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Air Rifle Shooting Tips



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Read through these air rifle shooting tips and bring your shooting up a few notches!

Air Rifle Shooting Tips to Improve Your Shooting


Stay on Top of Your Shooting Game

A lot of people think of air rifles as mere “toys,” something to use for fun or to cut your teeth when you're just learning to shoot. But, an air rifle can be a serious weapon for hunting and self-defense. As with any weapon, of course, proper airgun shooting technique must be learned and executed to get the results you want. After all, a weapon is only as good as the person shooting it.

The secret as with most things is practice, practice, practice! The next thing you know is you're getting better on how to shoot an air rifle accurately.

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Air Rifle Shooting Tips

Rifle's Natural Alignment

There are a few different air rifle shooting positions namely, standing, sitting, kneeling, and lying flat on your stomach. Apparently, the latter is the most stable that allows the shooter to be more accurate and relaxed. With this stance, the rifle points naturally at the target. Place the rifle down and move your body positioned nicely behind the air rifle. This way, you'll have a much better natural line position.

Hold the Rifle Firm Enough to Support It

Hold the air rifle firmly to have a good positive control. This is important the rifle is not flailing about all over the place. Maintain a good grip of the firearm without having a real muscular effort. Place the bipod at the front if you have one and your body nice and low to the ground. Make sure your chest is on the deck and you're not up on your elbows.

Sight Alignment

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Another important aspect of shooting is that the sight alignment must be correct. The shooter must have a nice and clear picture if the air rifle has a scope. Also, the front sight of the rifle should be centered perfectly in the rear sight aperture. Make sure that the target is properly focused for the distance you're shooting at.

Shot Release

The shooter must be able to release the shot and follow through with less to no change in position. You can practice this in a dry fighting scenario. You're not going to damage the rifle when dry firing and the natural progression of this is firing live ammunition.

There's no need for you to lift your head away from the stock. Your shooting eye will give you that extra awareness, so keep both eyes open when looking at the target.


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Whether you're using an air rifle or a firearm that chambers a more powerful ammo, these shooting tips are a great way to practice your shooting fundamentals. The only major difference is managing the recoil, but your stance, grip, and sights are basically the same. Keep these things in mind to give your air rifle shooting game a level ahead.

Got more rifle shooting tips to add to this short list? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 11, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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