Squirrel Hunting with an Air Rifle

It is ironic that many hunters learn how to hunt by taking squirrels with air rifles but then feel the need to “grow up” and pass them over for conventional firearms. The truth is that squirrel hunting with an air rifle is not only one of the safest ways to hunt squirrels, but arguably one of the most rewarding and inexpensive ways too. Whether you are just beginning to hunt squirrels with an...

Pest Profiles: Norway/Brown Rat

Pest control - brown rat.
The common “brown” or “sewer” rat (Rattus norvegicus) is arguably the most despised and successful vertebrate pest of all time. While the species hails from northern China (the origin of the misnomer “Norway” rat is still unclear) the brown rat is literally everywhere today – most likely within a hundred meters of where you are right now in fact…that...

Pest Profiles: European/Common Starling

Pest Elimination: the European or Common Starling
Air rifles are perfect for getting rid of unwanted vermin around your property, and among the pest species that most often drive people to purchase an air rifle for this purpose is the Common or European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Despite being so unpopular, this is a seemingly innocuous, roughly 8-9 inch long bird belonging to the “song bird” family Passeriformes. But it’s not individually...

Choosing an Air Rifle For Survival

Choosing an Air Rifle For Survival
Air rifles are becoming increasingly popular among the survivalist crowd, and this interest is rightly deserved. No, of course an air rifle cannot match the power or reach of a conventional firearm, but that’s missing the point. A decent pellet rifle can make an outstanding addition to your “SHTF” kit precisely because they are an inexpensive and reliable way to bag small game –...

Air Rifle Hunting Basics

Air Rifle Hunting
For many of us, me included, the main reason why we become interested in air rifles in the first place is to hunt small game or dispatch vermin close to home. And for these purposes most high-quality air rifles are excellent. Unlike conventional firearms, air rifles are relatively quiet, have little or no recoil, and because they have limited range, are much less likely to produce dangerous stray...

Best Hunting Air Rifle For Small Game

Air Rifles For Hunting Small Game
Looking for the best hunting air rifle?  It’s not surprising, since many people are interested primarily in hunting with air rifles – it’s what first drew me to them after all – but this begs the question: what is a hunting air rifle anyway?  As we explain in more detail in our article on Air Rifle Hunting, hunting air rifles can come in anything between .117 and .50 calibers,...