What Is a Break Barrel Air Rifle?
You may have heard of a break barrel air rifle, but you may not be aware of what one truly is. There are several types of air rifle but this kind is quite rare in both its design and the way in which you use it. In this article we will look at what the break barrel air rifle is, how it differs from other types of air rifles, and we’ll also look at how the rifle is used and what it is used for.
There are so many different types of guns out there, so what exactly is a break barrel? Well it is a kind of spring piston rifle, meaning that it uses a coiled steel spring-loaded piston, in a compression chamber. Cocking the gun compresses the spring ready to fire. Some spring piston rifles have cocking levers, compressing the spring by method of a lever on the side or underneath of the rifle. However, many spring piston rifles are operated by method of a break barrel. The name is a good description of what truly happens when you cock one of these weapons as the rifle is hinged in the middle and you ‘break’ the barrel in two to cock it. Break barrels are very popular, are produced in large quantities and so you can get a good break barrel for a decent price. A break barrel rifle can produce strength from 600 FPS (feet per second) up to 1500 FPS.
This break mechanism makes it very different from other air rifles. What this method is it has a large diameter pivot bearing that acts as the barrels axle when the gun is cocked. The bearing is large to help spread the load. Some people worry that regularly breaking the gun, quickly, out in the field, could put the barrel out of alignment and reduce accuracy, but tests done on guns made by the same manufacturer, with the only difference being that one is a break barrel and one has a fixed barrel with a side lever, and no difference in accuracy was detected. This kind of air rifle is often shorter than other types, meaning that they keep up fewer rounds. They can also sometimes take longer to cock than those with a side lever and so taking fast consecutive shots can be trickier.
Break barrel air rifles are very shared. They are a popular kind and are used for many purposes. They are commonly used for hunting small game and birds, and for pest control purposes. You can easily use this particular kind for shooting at targets or tin cans. Break barrels are obtainable in a variety of calibers; the most shared being the.177 and the.22 The.177 has a higher level of accuracy and a greater range, but the.22 hits harder and so is better for shooting animals of any size. A.177 will take out a bird or a squirrel, but a.22 is more appropriate for anything larger than this.
If you are looking for a smaller, lighter and deadly air rifle do not hesitate to get one of these guns. They are the perfect gun for shooting small game, hitting targets with great accuraccy or just to use when you are bored!