This is a discussion on If this sounds weird I'll blame how late it is within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I've heard that some people have / use a 22 caliber rifle as a personal defense rifle. With that in mind I've also heard there ...
I've heard that some people have / use a 22 caliber rifle as a personal defense rifle. With that in mind I've also heard there are air rifles available that are equivalent to or exceed the 22 rifle. Does anyone here use / consider their air rifle for this purpose?
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Had to do a little research. A air rifle shoots a maximum 10 grain projectile at around 750 fps. A .22 rifle shoots a 31 grain projectile at around 1500 fps. I don't think there is really much of a comparison. If you can get a firearm legally, use it.
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I don't want to be hit with a frozen pea thrown from across the room. That said, only a fool would rely on a air rifle for self defense if other options were available.
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I have a pump air rifle which shoots a nasty little pointed projectile. Allegedly it is very good at close range on neighbors cats. Not that I would know anything about that At anything over 30 feet and bigger than a cat, well son, it's time to buck up and buy a weapon Not you literally of course lol, Figure you are pretty loaded up.
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My air guns are the most accurate guns I own, and if you delve into the world of "field target shooting" you will learn that air gun marksmanship is quite challenging, nearly on a par with 1000-yard rifle shooting due to the meager air gun ballistics.
That challenge notwithstanding, unless you're in a position to deliver an eye shot with a magnum-powered air gun from a safe, ensconced position, an airgun will not provide effective defense.
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A buddy of mine has a pretty ticked out air rifle for hunting. I've seen small mammals take good hits from the thing and just run away. Not something I'd count on to stop a person... and I couldn't imagine spending more on an air rifle than he did his.
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I killed a raccoon with an air rifle once.
It took about ten shots before the damn thing finally died.
I'll leave it at that.
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When I was young (20) I rented the upstaris of an old 2 story house. Downtown. Bad hood. The renter that lived on the first floor told me that a 'friend' that was visting late at night some how "just went crazy" and came at my neighbor with a knife. My neighbor had armed himself with a Daisy CO 2 BB pistol and shot his attacker 3 times in the chest at piont blank range. The attacker grabed his chest let out a scream and ran out into the night. My neighbor guy said the powerlet (CO 2 cartridge) was "about half used up or I would have killed him".
I will always think it was a drug deal gone bad. But whatever the case I thought i was hearing the truth about the attack & shooting.
Just the way everything went down when it did.
That story never did inspire me to want to use a pellet or BB gun for defence. Sane non druggie folks know better than that!
Didden't trust anyone then always kept the door locked. 38 yrs. later we now live in a low crime area in a great neighborhood.....and the doors stay locked!
The Benjamin Rogue .357 is probably the most powerful large caliber air rifle out there these days.
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I'm sure people have been killed with plain old .177 pellet guns, but I'd go with that only after I ran out of bricks to throw.
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Not in a gazillion years would I use a .22 for home defense. I know...it's all about shot placement, but c'mon...
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Lest be honest folks, an air rifle can be used as an effective club in many situations.