Hunting using an air rifle is a popular sport. Part of the American tradition, hunting offers men a great time out in the outdoors and every year, more and more enthusiasts flock to shooting of rifles for recreation and as an outdoor hobby.
So how easy is it to effectively shoot an air rifle? Surprisingly, it can prove to be very easy, provided that one follows some elementary steps and remembers to use the correct rifle for shooting.
So how to Shoot an Air Rifle properly?
This section will offer you the basic knowledge of how to shoot a target using an air rifle with ease. It is not all that difficult to shoot an air rifle and if done right, it can prove to be quite rewarding and a whole lot of fun too.
Here, we will take a look at the basic steps that you need to follow in order to shoot using an air rifle.
1. Picking the correct rifle
While you may be impressed by the glamorous looking rifle that your neighbor just bought, you must not go about blindly making a purchase. After considering a budget, it is very important that you pick out a rifle of the appropriate length ad weight as per your body size. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to hold a rifle 90 degrees to your body steady enough to take a shot so as to consider the rifle to be a good fit for you.
2. Buying additional equipment
After you’ve chosen your preferred rifle, you will also need to purchase some additional accessories. These may include a bipod, which allows you to rest the rifle on, some targets so as to help you practice and also some cushions for you to rest on when not using the bipod. You may also choose to buy long range scopes as an add-on.
3. Learning how to use the rifle
The first thing that you will need to learn is how to sight the target down the barrel hole. While holding the gun steady, look down the sight hole, down the barrel and straight at the target. The gun should be tucked comfortably into your shoulder and keep the grip of your dominant hand very tight. Never touch the barrel of the gun and use your other hand to grip as tightly as you can the other handle of the gun, under the body of the rifle. Keep your finger off the trigger for now, but keep the gun aimed steady. You should be able to hold the gun pointed right at the target for at least fifteen seconds waiting to fire a shot.
4. Taking the air rifle shot
Now that you have held the gun steady and it feels comfortable, take a deep breath and put your finger on the trigger. Let out half of your breath and slowly and steadily squeeze the trigger. Make sure not to push the trigger too hard as this will result in jerk backs and will dramatically reduce accuracy. In fact, every time you squeeze the trigger, the motion should be smooth. In such cases, the firing will surprise you and you will require absolutely no effort in taking the perfect shot. While you will find this to be slightly difficult in the beginning, the more you practice, the better you will get.
It is recommended that you take a careful look at the guide or manual that comes with your air rifle so as to ensure the best shot. While the steps we have outlined are more or less the basic steps that can ensure taking a comfortable and an accurate shot, some rifles may have special instructions on how they can be used better.