Introduction: How to Shoot an Air Rifle

Picture of How to Shoot an Air Rifle

The hold you learned in the Marines for center fire competition is totally wrong for a recoiling spring air rifle like the RWS 34. You get away with it when shooting a center fire because of the speed the bullet is moving, whether 5.56mm or 7.62mm. If you had been a small-bore target shooter, you would have learned a totally different carry.

For right correctness with an air rifle, grip it like this method

Allow the air gun relaxation on your off hand – nothing else. Don’t access the stock with your finger trips. DO not rest your air rifle directly on sandbags or your groups will undergo. Rest the forearm on the open palm of your hand. You can lay your hand on a sandbag, if you want.

Only contact your shoulder gently with the rifle’s butt pad – don’t grip it in hard. And grip the pistol grip with just like lamp a grip as possible. Let your cheek only touch the comb of the stock. But try to rest the forearm on the same location and put your cheek on the same place on the comb, all the time.

Every facet of this grip approves the air rifle to retreat as much as possible. Which is the top secret to proper shooting with an air rifle (and with any other small-bore target rifle, as well)?
The “safecracker “carry takes results!

Hold your rifle like a safecracker function a secure – lightly! That normalizes the retreat and vibration patterns from shot to shot. With a spring air rifle like the RWS 34, the pellet does not start to move in the cask until the weighty spring-loaded piston has slammed to a stop! No one can hold the gun yet with that movement.

In addition to recoil, your air rifle has many small vibrations when it fires. The hold narrated over allows those small vibrations and the two-way recoil of the rifle to repeat the proper way from shot to shot. When the pellet leaves the muzzle, it’s at the same point in the recoil/vibration cycle every time.

If you effort to hold the gun hardly, you set up counter-recoil nodes and counter-vibration, you set up counter-recoil nodes and counter-vibration nodes that differ from one shot to another and your groups will be open

Step 1: Aim Small, Miss Small

Many shooters don’t know this and they think they can just guess where to aim when the aim point is gone. That increases the size of their groups by an enormous amount. Of course, after you’ve shot your super-tight groups, don’t forget to readjust your scope so the aim point and point of impact are the same.

Step 2: Shoot Smaller Numbers of Shots

A 10-shot group will always be larger than a 5-shot group from the same gun when all other conditions remain the same. A 3-shot group will usually be smaller than a 5-shot group. To decrease the size of your groups, shoot fewer shots.

Step 3: Use Real Paper Targets

Picture of Use Real Paper Targets

If you’ve never used real paper targets, you’re in for a treat. Real targets are printed on paper that doesn’t tear the way standard copier paper does. I’m always amazed at people who print their targets on a printer because they will have almost no idea how large or small their groups really are.

Paper targets are printed on special paper, which is why they cost a little more; but, if you care about accuracy, they’ll deliver the results you want. And, if you are going to use real targets, you should also use wad cutter pellets, because they cut perfectly round holes that are easier to score and measure. There are many brands and models of these pellets, but for my money RWS 10 light and high speed final match pellets get the highest marks. light and high speed final match pellets get the highest marks.

Step 4: Use a Good Scope

I can’t believe how many shooters give away 50% of the potential accuracy of their air rifle by not using a scope. When it comes to accuracy, there simply is no comparison between open sights of any kind and a scope. A target scope usually out-performs a hunting scope, but you have to be careful because a lot of makers call their scopes target scopes. Look for higher magnification and finer reticles on good target scopes, like this air force 4 16x50mm

Of course, if you just want to shoot with open sights, that’s a different story. But acknowledge that any rifle will be 50% more accurate with a properly-installed scope.

Step 5: Use Good Pellets

Picture of Use Good Pellets

How do you know a good pellet when you see it? For starters, brand-name pellets are usually good. The best names in the world are H & N, RWS, and Crossman (for Premiers in the cardboard box, only). Pellets purchased at discount stores tend to be the cheaper brands and are often disappointing. If you need to stock up on good pellets, this is a great time to do it. Pyramid Air still has their pellet promotion going – buy 4 boxes of pellets and only pay for 3!

Comments

tortlegamer (author)2016-12-14

Don't do that, you'll shoot your eye out

tomatoskins (author)2016-12-14

Great tips!

About This Instructable

605views

9favorites

License:

Bio: My name is Bill and my hobby is Shooting and Air Guns
More by billydi:How to Shoot an Air Rifle
Add instructable to: