Didn't know where else to post this since it is not a "firearm". My trusty Crossman pellet rifle went to its greater reward last fall. Originally, it belonged to my son and I kept it as a "get lost" varmint butt kicker. There was a sale over Christmas at one of the online stores for what appeared to be a well-made pellet gun. Solid wood stock, good psi, etc. Reading the reviews, the only complaint was it was so hard to cock. Didn't think twice since I am the manly man.
Got it the next week. Beautifully made (Beeman), long, long barrel, and to cock it? You gotta be kidding me. I had to bend that sucker between my knees and take both hands to cock it. I'm no spring chicken but I still pump iron regularly. I felt like a girly-girl. When I fired it, no adjusting the sights, it was dead on. But, what actually bothered me was that the power behind that little pellet was profound. In fact, I honestly thought that this was no bee sting on the butt. That sucker was going in and maybe coming out somewhere else.
Fast forward to some talk time with Three Feathers last week. My pellet gun came up for discussion. Dan and I both lived in Germany and both knew the insane rules for firearms and hunting. He said the Germans got around this by ramping up the power in their .177's. I.e. they can hunt small to medium game with pointed pellets and get the job done. I might have rolled my eyes a couple months ago but no way today.