A friend of mine sent me a link to a site awhile back that showed a man taking down a full grown hog using only a pellet gun. I thought: “this can’t be real…”
How can something that isn’t much bigger than a grain of rice take down a Massive feral hog?
I started doing a little bit of research on my various options when it comes to finding an air gun for sale and, turns out, it is completely true if said pellet is traveling at 1250 feet per second (many .22 caliber rim fire rifles only reach around 1100-1200 fps). I decided to pick up one of these air rifles and give it a test.
But where do I begin?
I spent months of researching and talking with manufacturers before finding the “right one.” But today I think I have found it.
It’s called the Girandoni
Now, There are multiple calibers and velocities that these things come in but, I decided to go with the .22 caliber, for the ease of access to ammo and the higher knockdown compared to the .177 (at the sacrifice of a little velocity, which I think is a fair trade off).
I had MAJOR issues with one thing when I was doing my air rifle research, however: The pricing…
With prices ranging from $80- $800, I did everything I could to make sure the I got the best price, without sacrificing quality. I spent countless hours negotiating with the manufacturer to get the price down….
Once I finished all of that, I picked up my prototype and headed out to my grandparents’ home for a little target practice.
After several hours of testing, here is what I have found about the Girandoni:
- The synthetic stock is rubberized and has a good grip, which since this is a break action style rifle is an incredible asset to not slip when you are loading it.
- That also means it’s lighter than wood and won’t split or rot.
- Cheap ammo (roughly $.003 per round!)
- Large variety of ammo. I found at least 10 different varieties of .22 caliber ammunition sitting on the shelf.
- Low maintenance. This gun does not actually “fire”, and as such there is little to no residue and not much is required in the way of maintenance. The only thing you will need to do is add a couple of drops of oil every 100-200 shots fired and the occasional cleaning out of the barrel.
- No waiting period. This is about the best pro I can think of, you can pick this rifle up off the shelf and buy it without any type of registration or waiting period (Check your local laws to verify this). There are currently no laws requiring a background check on an air rifle, at least not here in Texas.
There are a few cons with this rifle as well, but they aren’t big ones:
- Accuracy. The first 75-100 shots have very bad accuracy. This is a normal break in period for just about any air rifle and can be frustrating. BUT just stick to it and fire through your “testing” period and you will be amazed at how accurate this thing is even over 100 yards!
- Stiff cocking mechanism. It takes about 30lbs of pull in order to break over the barrel and load the pellet. Make sure of your hands are out of the way when you cock it. I was unfortunate enough to catch one of my knuckles several weeks ago (my own fault) and it’s still sore.
- Single Shot. Unless you go with the more expensive PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic), your normal break action gun will only hold one pellet at a time. This can be very taxing on your morale when you are trying to take down a few squirrel and are forced to reload after each shot. (again a little practice goes a long way)
An air rifle like the Girandoni that I purchased is great for practice and small game. Once the gun has been sighted in you should be able to kill any small game no problem. Just bear in mind that most small game has a successful kill spot of around 1” so you will need to practice. If you have the right ammo and a well-placed shot you could potentially take down larger game like a hog. But please do so at your own risk. Even if you do have other rifles for larger game and self-defense, the inexpensive and highly available ammo will make this an extremely useful gun to have on hand in a survival situation. And a perfect training rifle for children.
What’s your opinion?
Should you keep an air rifle in your survival gear?
P.S. I’ve worked out a deal with the manufacturer of the Girandoni but if you want one you need to click here now
I’ve got 17 of the set aside at 50% off of the MSRP this link But they are going to go fast… if you want one, get it NOW, you won’t get another chance.