Aiming and Unloading Air Guns
Where to Aim when using an Air Gun
Since air guns do not have nearly the amount of shock power that a shotgun or rifle does, shot placement becomes extremely important. To successfully harvest a squirrel or rabbit with an air gun, a precise head shot is recommended. This means excellent marksmanship and keeping the shots close. Thirty yards and closer are the shot you are looking for. Before considering hunting, you should be able to consistently group your shots within the size of a quarter for the .22 caliber and groups the size of a nickel for the .177 caliber air gun. While pointed pellets are more aerodynamic and might group better, flat or hollow point pellets offer greater knock down power. You will need to experiment with your firearm at the range to find out what pellet works best.
Unloading an Air Gun
The air gun is unlike most other modern firearms where you simply open the action to unload the firearm. Most air gun manufacturers recommend the gun be shot to unload it. This can simply be done by shooting into a safe backstop while still in the woods. Remember, it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the 450 foot safety zone of a dwelling or school playground.
Whether you are a first time hunter or seasoned veteran, the air gun has many possibilities in New Jersey's fields and woods. Many experts compare the air gunner in the firearm world to the traditional archer in the bow world. To be successful, both require self-imposed limits to make accuracy count on close range game.