Air rifles “new” you say? Um…not so much. Apparently, these were all the rage, back in the day. That day being the days of Lewis & Clark. As in “Lewis & Clark Expedition.” There. Now you’ve got something to stump your friends and amaze your enemies. These days, airguns are experiencing something of a renaissance. And no wonder . . .
They’re cheap. Relatively safe. And free from the bureaucratic morass that sucks time and money from owners aspiring towards “real” guns. (Except in New York City, where they’re banned).
You can set up an air rifle range in your basement and practice your trigger control without any hassle or much expense. At the high end, eleven-hundred plus feet per second is damn fast for any ammo. Deadly for varmints.
Which brings up a question: if they could use air guns to put a .46 cal. round ball through a pine board at 100 yards, why isn’t the military looking at this technology for today’s snipers?
For that matter, why aren’t manufacturers looking at it for places like California that are all about banning lead (most of the dangers of lead for shooters come not from the bullet, but from the lead in gunpowder that is released into the atmosphere when the gun is fired).
You could end noise pollution, lead pollution, and reduce the need for explosives by, oh, 100% with this kind of technology. Sounds like somebody needs to get to work on this stuff STAT.