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Air Rifle For Beginner - Gas Ram Or Springer?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Vasilis Delis, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. Vasilis Delis

    Vasilis Delis Member

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    Hi all.
    After almost half a year of great fun with air pistols, I feel quite addicted to air-gunning and think of moving on to an air rifle. Spring or gas piston? I read a lot of articles and reviews and I am very aware of the pros/cons of the two. Still, I feel that the right gun decision, especially for a newcomer like myself, takes more than Excel-type comparable facts. Also, some people think that any beginner should start with a springer just to get the basics of proper shooting. Other people suggest that you cannot go wrong with a recoilless, high power, quieter, smaller lock time gas piston.
    My aim, just back yard plinking and target shooting, also considering joining a shooting club (if available in town). For any of the two options, I have decided to stay on the safe side and go with big names like Weirauch (eg hw30, hw50, in the case of springers). Price wise, I consider anything in the 250-350 Euro region, for a start. As far as power is concerned, anything between 10-20 ftlb should be fine. Accuracy, trigger feel and overall quality is of high importance, for me.
    Any suggestion/experience/opinion would be very much appreciated.
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  2. willo1962

    willo1962 Keyboard Hero

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    From what I have read a springer at about 20flb would be nicer to shoot than a gas ram, I have no experience of gas rams but I am sure there will be plenty along soon to advise you
  3. Leon77

    Leon77 Busy Member

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    Ive owned an HW90K, cracking rifle. General consensus is if it's not a theoben ram dont touch them
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  4. pjgtech

    pjgtech Sleep, eat, work, eat, chillout, sleep, repeat.

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    I'd avoid a gas ram personally, the ones I've shot (admittedly only a couple) all had a harsh shot cycle and were slightly harder to cock than a springer. Cheers
  5. Nords

    Nords Schott glass addict

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    Vasilis, a Weihrauch will always be a safe bet for those three things, accuracy, trigger quality and over all quality. Go with one of their springers....
  6. landymick

    landymick Big Poster

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    The HW95 should be a decent purchase for you. I would suggest to start with springers first.:)
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  7. Claypole

    Claypole Keyboard Hero

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    When professional reviewers say nice things about lower cost gas ram rifles, they are generally lying.
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  8. That hurts

    That hurts Barely Active

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    If you can find a HW80 putting out around 18 ft.lb within your budget, buy it :up:
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