Spring Guns versus Nitro Guns. Which one should I buy?

The doubt will always be present whether or not we are initiated into the world of sport shooting or small game with air rifles, and the question lies, as we always indicate, in knowing what we are going to use the air rifle we want to buy for. .

Previously we have talked about the types of air rifles and we have helped make the purchase decision based on this, it is good to review our article on this topic.

But today in this article we will see the difference between two types of rifles, comparing them one by one, and not all to all.

Differences between the spring air rifle and the Nitro Piston air rifle.

Air rifle calibers, which one to use 0.177 or 0.22
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The performance:

The spring rifle.

The spring rifle is simple, we break it, and in doing so the spring compresses the air in the chamber. When the trigger is activated, the spring releases the potential energy initially accumulated and pushes the air towards the chamber, propelling the pellet at the highest possible speed according to its design and technology.

The nitro piston rifle.

It has a similar way of functioning than the spring ones except for the part of the same spring, which does not exist in a Nitro Piston rifle, instead the chamber is loaded with a gas, the mechanical action of the spring rifle is reduced or does not exist, which greatly reduces vibration and helps to have much greater accuracy than traditional air rifles.

Durability:

By having fewer mechanical parts, the nitro piston rifle will last much longer than a spring one, since friction is minimal.

In general, a spring rifle has an average lifespan of around 7,000 shots, while a nitro piston rifle can easily reach 40,000 shots on average, which makes it almost 7 times more durable than the spring rifle.

The comfort:

Sport Shooting with Air Rifles (1)
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The nitro piston also slightly improves the shooting experience. When the spring is released, it usually generates a small recoil, generating vibrations and a loud sound.

The nitro piston releases air in a more controlled manner, reducing recoil, vibration and sound.

The spare parts:

This is a clear plus point for the spring rifle. A rifle spring is easily repaired or replaced. Spare parts are extremely cheap.

The nitro piston wears less but when it breaks it is not usually repaired, the spare parts can often be more expensive than buying a new rifle.

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