Air rifle shooting has a very sociable as well as sportive character: Be it in the family circle in the garden or yard, or the common sportive shooting in the club. On the one hand, the fact that air r ifles and the corresponding ammunition, mostly so-called diabolos, are comparatively inexpensive contributes to this. On the other hand, air rifles and air pistols are much less dangerous and therefore easier to obtain.
Purchase license-free air rifles are those air rifles that you can buy as soon as you are 18 years old (so-called "free air rifles"). These air rifles have a bullet energy of 7.5 joules or less, are marked "F in a pentagon" and are great for recreational and sport shooting, at least at the level of an ambitious beginner.
As a beginner, it may be wise to purchase an air rifle as a set, that is, with a scope, one or more spare magazines, diabolos and targets.
For people who want to perform competitively, match air rifles are recommended, which have an energy of more than 7.5 joules. They are more accurate, suitable for longer distances, but require a license to purchase, such as a gun permit, which can be obtained by hunters and sports shooters.
Important note: Although air rifles up to 7.5 joules muzzle energy are permit-free if they bear the marking "F in the pentagon", it is important that they are NEVER used or directed against animals or humans!
For beginners and hobby shooters who also like to shoot at a few empty cans in the garden, we recommend the following models.
The Eleven air rifle from Diana impresses with its ergonomic perforated stock with adjustable cheeks. The rifle also features high-contrast fiber optic sights, an 11mm prism rail, and a metal trigger with an automatic safety. The caliber of the 2.6 kg lightweight rifle is 4.5 mm (diabolo), and the MSRP is about 90 euros.
A classic bend-barrel air rifle in a modern perforated stock design, but with a traditional wooden stock, which is equally suitable for right- and left-handers. The precision trigger can be adjusted to the personal requirements of each shooter. Adjustable fiber optic micrometer sights allow for precise sighting - even in poor weather conditions. In addition, a scope can be mounted through the 11 mm prism rail. The air rifle in 4.5 mm caliber (diabolo), which also has a muzzle energy of no more than 7.5 joules, costs a bit more at around 200 euros MSRP, but impresses with its modern and ergonomic wooden look.
The Black Force 800 air rifle from Hämmerli has an all-weather plastic stock, which makes it very robust and yet still looks classic thanks to the design of the stock. The air rifle with bent barrel, rubber butt plate and checkering on the pistol grip and forearm is comfortable to handle and has the necessary grip. Sighting is via a two-tone fiber optic sight that is adjustable for both elevation and windage, allowing for quick target acquisition. In addition, the air rifle features an automatic safety on the adjustable pressure point trigger. The MSRP of the gun is around 140 euros.
The futuristically designed IJ 512 air rifle from Baikal has a very high bullet energy, only slightly below the legal 7.5 joule limit. The rifled break-barrel with 48cm length is combined with an elaborate sight with height and side adjustable rear sight and adjustable front sight with front sight tunnel and thus guarantees precise shooting results. The tilt barrel system is driven by a spring bolt action. A base with 11-mm scope rail is mounted on the weapon. The weapon has an automatic safety, a direct trigger. The stock is made of plastic. The MSRP of the air rifle is 120 euros.
The break-barrel air rifle from the traditional manufacturer Browning is a good and solid entry-level weapon with an automatic safety. The classic caliber is 4.5 mm diabolo. The synthetic stock is insensitive to weather and external influences. The MSRP of the weapon is about 120 euros.
The Mercury Chill Edge is a modern designed entry level air rifle, often including scope and mount. Weighing 3.2 kg, the articulated barrel rifle with synthetic stock comes in the classic 4.5 mm diabolo caliber and costs between 80 and 130 euros new.
In a list about air rifles, a model from Weihrauch cannot be missing. The model HW 30 M/II is a bit more expensive with 220 Euro RRP, but products of the company Weihrauch Sport stand for decades lasting quality and durability like no other. The HW 30 M/II model features a match-style pressure point trigger, a front sight tunnel, and a height- and side-adjustable micrometer sight with four different rear sight cutouts. The beech stock, equipped with a double-sided cheek piece and rubber butt plate, is long and manageable, and the rifle is lightweight at 2.5 kg total weight.
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