Choosing the Right BB: Are Air Pistols for You?
The design of BB guns was meant to facilitate their use in situations where the individual would not want serious power, but something a bit less destructive. Air pistols are a great choice. The momentum in these BB guns is caused by bursts of compressed air or the release of a coiled spring. The basic ammunition for air pistols is the .177 caliber round projectile (BBs). These are lightweight and do not cause excessive damage to the target. What this means is that you can practice shooting your weapon (at short range) with a realistic feel, but without the cost or destruction associated with a traditional firearm.
When shopping for BB guns to find the one that is right for you, it is important that you know what you plan to do with the airgun. For example, you might want to look at air pistols if you are only interested in target shooting or killing small pests at close range (100 feet or less).
You can have just as much fun searching for BB guns as shooting them. There is such a wide range of air pistols available that it will probably take some time for you to sift through everything and make a choice. The replica models are especially enticing. Basically, they range from the classic revolver to those that resemble weapons used by the military during wartime (Colt .45 1911, various BB machine guns).
BB guns are extremely popular and there are numerous vendors from which to buy. Spend a bit of time researching companies and what they have to offer in the way of air pistols. There are sometimes vast differences between dealers, prices, and quality. You will need to spend some time to find the best deals. Take stock of what you want the airgun for. That will help you narrow the choices.