Air rifles

Air rifles

Spring Powered Air Rifles

This type of air rifle uses a spring to compress air in a chamber. There are several different spring designs that should be discussed. They are as follows: break barrel, under lever, and side lever. With a break barrel design the barrel actually is hinged and you pull the barrel down which cocks the spring. Then you put a pellet directly into the barrel, swing it back into place and you are ready to fire. This is probably the most common type of spring powered air rifle. With a under lever, there is an actual cocking lever that runs underneath the barrel. To cock the gun you just pull down on the side lever which opens the breach where the pellet goes. Under lever and side lever air rifles are nice because the barrel remains fixed in place which improves accuracy. With side lever air rifles there is a cocking lever on the right side of the air gun which you pull back on to cock the gun.
This is where the power is at. Any magnum powered air rifle uses a spring as its power source. The two biggest advantages for buying a spring powered rifle are power and ease of use. With a spring powered air rifle you only have to cock the gun once to achieve maximum power. Most "springers" as they are commonly referred to are rated at 1000 FPS and can be used for small game hunting, target shooting, and pest control. Higher velocity means greater accuracy over longer distances so if you are going to be doing any hunting with your air rifle a Springer would be the rifle of choice. They also come in .22 cal and .177 cal. If you don't know which caliber is right for you then read our article ".22 caliber pellet guns vs. .177 pellet guns: Which caliber is best for you?"
There aren't a lot of cons with spring powered air rifles and that's probably why we sell more springers than anything else on our website. Some springers can be tough to cock for a younger person. Adult males will have no problem cocking the rifles but if you are buying the air rifle for your younger kids (Under 14) or wife make sure you know the cocking pressure before you buy. Most springers take about 25-30 lbs of pressure to cock.