You bought it, now you need accessories for your new air rifle.
Whether shopping online or at the big outdoor retailers, the most popular air rifles from 2015 cost less than $120. That leaves plenty of cash for accessories for your new air rifle and maximize success in the field. These four items do just that.
Robert Beeman, owner of Beeman’s Precision Airguns, says it takes only 3 foot pounds of energy (fpe) to take down a rabbit or squirrel. The unspoken caveat here assumes a precise brain shot to kill the animal instantly and humanely. The less accurate the shot, the more power needed. That’s where choosing the right scope comes into play.
The waterproof, fog proof Ledsniper 6-24X50 is ideal for hunting varmints and small game. Its Mil-Dot Reticle ensures maximum accuracy at 100 yards or less. The Bushnell Trophy XLT is also very effective, but some owners have reported blurriness in the reticle. This issue is remedied with a cheek riser that you can make on your own or buy from a store. CVLIFE Optics 6-24X50 scope is also a scope to consider for small game.
When the average person hears the word chronograph, they likely think of those stopwatch/time-keeping combo devices. But the type of chronographs hunters utilize are those that measure the speed of projectiles that pass through its sensors. Chronographs are important for determining lost performance with certain pellets, testing claims of manufacturers when it comes to speed, determining pressure limits for your rifle and much more.
The Shooting Chrony is a popular choice because it is inexpensive and easy to use. The Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph is also a top seller. Chronographs sometimes have the tendency to inhibit improvement in shooting due to some hunters obsessing over projectile speeds. It’s best to do all your testing at home and leave the chronograph behind when on your actual hunts.
Some hunters use lasers solely for point-break shots for finishing kills if the initial shot was not accurate. Others, particularly those with a steady hand, use them for longer-range shots. But the bottom line when selecting a laser is getting the brightest dot possible. Class IIIa lasers, the proverbial “pointers,” are limited by government regulations as far as maximum power output. Thus, the only difference in lasers for hunting purposes is how well they are built.
Beamshot is a reputable company that produces high-quality lasers with adequate dot-size. Zeroing is an issue with some models, but the more you pay the better product you’ll get. The Walther Night Force Flashlight and Laser combo is also popular for its ease of use and low price. Those on a tight budget should consider the UTG Deluxe Tactical Red Laser Sight, which typically costs less than $30.
Compressed Air Tank
Those who have chosen the “dark side” of air rifles — a pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) model — obviously dream of owning their own air compressor for getting air into the rifle. You could always splurge on a $1,000 Freedom8 Shoebox compressor, but those are typically out of the price range of most air rifle owners. Hand pumps are the least expensive options, but also provide a workout comparable to several minutes on an elliptical trainer. The happy medium lies with compressed air tanks.
The Air Venturi Carbon Fiber Tank runs about $300 and is small enough to fit into your backpack. The Benjamin PCP 90 Carbon Fiber Charging Systems provides up to 16 fills of your rifle before the tank needs refilling. The price tag is well worth it, considering it weighs less than five pounds full and allows you to hunt for entire day without worrying about running out of air.