What Are BB Guns?
BB guns are any gun which fires small shot or round. Most air guns are.177 (4.5 mm) or.22 (5.5 mm / 5.6 mm), and are designed for target practice, small game hunting and field target shooting. Often air rifle ammo is made of metal or lead, and is similar of shotgun bird shot. Pellet air rifles generally work on compressed air in order to maximize the force of the pellet, and sometimes using magnets to hold the BB’s in the barrel, which are ordinarily metal but now and then plastic is used in more game focused styles.
These guns are capable of slinging projectiles a long way which varies depending on the type, power source, and caliber of the gun. While today’s air guns are more powerful than the older traditional bb guns that we most commonly think of, many individuals still prescribe using at least a.22 caliber gun if it will be used to shoot anything other than small game.
Types of Pellet Guns
BB guns are not just for kids anymore. We all grew up with bb guns, but today there are war games as well as competitions that many adults participate in. A “BB” is typically made of steel with a copper or zinc plating, while a pellet is generally made out of lead. There is a wide range of BB gun types to choose from, ranging from co2 powered pistols and rifles to, spring-piston powered, gas spring, pneumatic, ranging from low-powered pistols to high-powered pellet air rifles–pellet guns come in a large variety of types and sizes with a variety of ammo, and accessories, available for each different use.
Airsoft air rifles are extremely popular today, and are also commonly referred to as BB guns or pellet guns. They also discharge orbed projectiles with the common Airsoft “BBs” measuring 6 mm in diameter. Rather than being constructed of metal, Airsoft ammo is made of plastic or other non-metallic materials specifically geared to impart low target damage (however, they can still be unsafe if casually or wrongfully used). Airsoft air guns and rifles are often employed for war-games just like in traditional paintball wars.
Pellet rifles come in a wide variety, often being replicas of real guns. You can get air rifles that are designed to look like shotguns, as well as very accurate sniper rifles. There are also many brands that specialize in hunting rifles. One of the most currently popular co2 pistols is the Beretta XX-TREME, which is based off of the very real Beretta 92 firearm. The Beretta has been used by law enforcement in the field in countless criminal confrontations. The most well known bb gun of all would be the 1938 Daisy Red Rider. Who knows how many kids grew up with a Red Rider!
Pellet Air Gun Uses
Small game hunting is a frequent use for pellet Air Rifle Lab, and they also make a good first gun for young adults just beginning to shoot. This is a great way to teach youth about our gun heritage, as well as safety and respect for firearms. While not really useful for self – defense, they do pack a sting and can cause damage if someone is shot in a place like the temple or eye. Another frequent use for pellet air guns is for killing or driving off pests like small rodents infesting the home, or stray dogs bothering people or getting into the trash.
There are many opportunities to shoot competitively with an air gun as well. Each year there are competitions across the US such as the National Rifle Association youth shooting program. This program has classifications for smooth bore BB guns, open from ages 8 to 15, and these classes are popular with youth groups such as Boy Scouts of America and 4H.