Air Pistol: Vintage Air Guns & Target Airpistol

Air pistol is a type of handgun that relies on the compression of air or gas to fire projectiles. In most cases, metal projectiles are used as ammunition in air pistols, and these include metal pellets and zinc or copper-plated steel balls called BB. Air guns that use BB ammunition are often referred to as BB guns. There are also air guns that fire plastic projectiles, and they are called airsoft guns.

Air pistols come in different calibers, and the most common ones are .177”, .20”, and .22”. The .177” caliber air gun is the preferred type of gun for those who participate in shooting sports. It is the most accurate air gun, since it has a very flat trajectory. Many European air guns and America’s Sheridan air guns are .20” caliber guns. A gun of this caliber has a trajectory that is almost as flat as the .177” air gun, but it has better energy retention. Since its pellets are elongated and they weigh almost the same as .22” pellets, they are more aerodynamic than both the .177” and .22” pellets. The .22” air gun is commonly used for hunting small game, because it delivers greater impact than the smaller caliber guns.

Air pistols obtain the power they need to fire projectiles by one of three methods, and these are the spring piston, CO2, and pneumatic. An airpistol that functions by the spring piston method has to be cocked before it is fired. The cocking will compress the spring, and the pulling of the trigger will decompress it. When the spring is released, it will launch the ammunition. On the other hand, the CO2 air gun model does not require cocking; it needs containers that are filled with CO2. As such, it is costlier to operate, and it is often not as powerful as other types of air guns. Nonetheless, it allows the user to fire at a rapider rate. There are two kinds of pneumatic air guns, and they are the single stroke and multi-stroke designs. The single stroke pneumatic air gun has to be cocked, while the multi-stroke one requires pumping.

Air pistols can be used for hunting, controlling pests, and recreational shooting. They are also used for target shooting in competitive sports events. The type of air gun that is used for target shooting is called a target airpistol, and some of the competitions that require the use of such pistol are the Olympic 10 m Air Pistol, Field Target, and Hunter Field Target. The Field Target competition requires participants to shoot metal plates that are shaped like animals from certain distances.

The oldest air gun that is in existence today dates back to the late 16th century, and this means that air guns were invented at least four hundred over years ago. Many hunters in the past preferred to use air guns, because they could be used in the rain and fired at a rapid rate. The French and Austrian armies also used air guns for sniping. Even though the air pistol has become more accurate, durable, and reliable over the years, some air gun enthusiasts still prefer to use vintage air guns, simply because they are more powerful. Vintage air guns are also highly sought after by antique collectors.

Here are links to websites that sell vintage air guns and target pistols.

Which of the following is NOT one of the "Three Ws" that should be included in every hunting plan?

What firearm you are hunting with.
Who you are with.
When you are returning.
Where you are going.


What technique can be described as "slow, patient movement of the hunter into shooting position after game has been located"?

Stand Hunting
Still Hunting


Which species is there federal hunting laws for?

Wood Duck
Ring-knecked pheasant
Snowshoe hare
White-tailed Deer


Which field carry provides the most firearm control?



Which choice is NOT recommended when approaching downed wildlife?

Approach quietly from behind.
Poke animal gently with a stick.
Touch the eye gently, if there's no reaction, animal is usually dead.
Shoot it again before approaching to make sure it is dead.


What is the technique known as "driving"?

One hunter sitting in a blind waiting for game to come along.
One hunter moving slowly and patiently into shooting position after game has been located.
One or more pushers walk through an area trying to move game ahead of them into areas wehre blockers are waiting.
One hunter driving a vehicle and a second hunter in the back set shooting through the open window.


Scouting an area you want to hunt should include:

Walk around the area on opening day with your firearm or bow.
Walk around the area looking for animal movements and signs.
Look at maps and aerial photos of the area.
Answers B and C.


Which of the following is NOT a reason why you should develop a hunting plan for every hunt?

So friends and family know how to contact you in case of emergency.
So you can use your hunting plan to start a fire if you get lost.
So fellow hunters know where you are located.
So friends and family know where you can be found in case of a hunting accident.


Which of these items should be on every checklist included in your hunting plan?

Hunting license


Which of these does NOT violate a hunting safety rule?

Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Keeping your finger on the trigger while stalking game.
Two hunters shooting at the same game.
Identifying what lies beyond an identified target.