A friend of mine sent me a link to a site awhile back that showed a man taking down a full grown hog using only a pellet gun. I thought: “this can’t be real…”
I started doing a little bit of research on my various options when it comes to finding an air gun for sale and, turns out, it is completely true if said pellet is traveling at 1250 feet per second (many .22 caliber rim fire rifles only reach around 1100-1200 fps). I decided to pick up one of these air rifles and give it a test.
Now, There are multiple calibers and velocities that these things come in but, I decided to go with the .22 caliber, for the ease of access to ammo and the higher knockdown compared to the .177 (at the sacrifice of a little velocity, which I think is a fair trade off).
With prices ranging from $80- $800, I did everything I could to make sure the I got the best price, without sacrificing quality. I spent countless hours negotiating with the manufacture to get the price down….
An air rifle like the Girandoni that I purchased is great for practice and small game. Once the gun has been sighted in you should be able to kill any small game no problem. Just bear in mind that most small game has a successful kill spot of around 1” so you will need to practice. If you have the right ammo and a well-placed shot you could potentially take down larger game like a hog. But please do so at your own risk. Even if you do have other rifles for larger game and self-defense, the inexpensive and highly available ammo will make this an extremely useful gun to have on hand in a survival situation. And a perfect training rifle for children.