Air rifles have a long history, being known as representing one of the oldest forms of pneumatic technology. A Bellows air gun is the earliest example of using pressurised air as a weapon, dating back to around 1580. Their looks, uses and functions have changed throughout the years, from military uses to recreational tools.
There are different types of air guns that use various power sources. There are the following:
- Spring piston
- Gas spring
- Multi and single stroke
These types can also use various ammunition comprising of either pellets, BB or darts and arrows.
One of the earliest known uses for the air rifles were for hunting wild game in the early 17th century. In late 19th century England, air guns were used for target shooting to prepare for competitive matches, paving the way for more modern practices.
Air guns have been used in the past for pest control, hunting and field targets. In the modern age they are used primarily as a recreational past time. Millions have been spent from amateur and professional users for air guns at home or to prepare for competitions where a good amount of money can be won. Shooting at ranges has also become a popular choice for hen and stag dos around the world, gaining revenue for the ranges.
In some countries where owning traditional guns is legal, it can also be relatively expensive. Therefore, air guns are a cheaper method to gain the same level of excitement. They are also much quieter when used, meaning activities such as hunting is made easier. You can find a full range of air rifles and air pistols here http://www.solware.co.uk/air-pistols