Different types of airguns explained.

A spring-piston, gas-piston, Co2, and a PCP airgun

Different types of airguns:
Often we get questions like: "What does PCP mean"? or "What is a gas-piston"?

In the broad world of airguns, a lot of terms, types and names get thrown around. And it gets confusing very quickly.
Today, I am going to explain the basics.


What are we going to talk about?
Great question! We're going to talk about the basic types of airguns and touch on some variations. We won't discuss the technical aspects, since they differ a lot between brands. But in general, functionality is the same.


Spring-piston airguns
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Gamo G Magnum 1250 IGT Whisper Mach 1

What is the Gamo G Magnum 1250 IGT Whisper Mach 1?
The Gamo G Magnum 1250 IGT Whisper Mach 1 is a very potent, powerful, accurate an ergonomic airgun (with a very long name). Equipped with all the main Gamo technologies, it makes for a very comfortable, yet powerful shooting experience.

This break-barrel airgun is a very popular choice amongst our customers because it's a great multi-purpose air rifle.

It features a comfortable stock with an ergonomic pistol-style grip. This style of grip prevents your hand muscles from tightening and results in a more relaxed trigger pull.
On the back of the stock, there is a rubber recoil pad. This pad utilizes SWA™ anti-recoil system

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Hatsan Carnivore 135QE

Most of us are used to break-barrel airguns that shoot .177 (4.5mm) pellets. Or if you want some more power, a .22 (5.55mm).

But as some of us know, size does matter..

So what if you want some bone-crushing power of the .30(7.62mm)? Can this be done outside the realm of PCP?

Hatsan, known for always delivering more power than you expect, has proven us not only that this can be done with a break-barrel, but also that it's a lot of serious fun!


So what is this miracle gun?

The Hatsan Carnivore 135QE is the world's first big bore break barrel airgun.

This airgun is made for the big and heavy .30(7.62mm) pellet.
At first, this size was reserved to PCP airguns only, because they could provide

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The Hatsan Hercules (Bully).

Want a really big airgun that hits your target at a long range, and then smacks the target to smithereens? 

Then the Hatsan Hercules is the one for you.

Do you want to do the same thing, but in a compact transportable package?
Then the Hatsan Hercules Bully is even better!

What is the Hatsan Hercules?

The Hatsan Hercules transforms the Roman myth and literature to pure kinetic energy.

Shooting either a 7.62mm (.30") or a 9mm (.35") pellet at around 300 m/s (990fps), this beast of an airguns surely lets you know when you hit your target.

With two 10 shot rotary magazines (9 shots for the 9mm variant) and two 500ml

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The Weihrauch HW97 underlever airguns

When you're interested in airguns, it's very likely that you have heard of Weihrauch.
Weihrauch is world famous for the quality and precision of its airguns and airpistols.

Today we're looking at the Weihrauch HW97 Blackline and the HW97K.
There's not much difference between the Blackline and the HW97K besides the synthetic stock and the thumbhole. So all the technical aspect remain the same.

Praised for its accuracy, the HW97 is a fixed-barrel under lever airgun. And is considered to be a jewel amongst the spring-piston airguns.
These airguns are easy to spot amongst both hobby shooters, v

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IWA Outdoor Classics

Last weekend we had our annual field trip to the IWA Outdroor Classics in Nurnberg . And off course we made a video report showing some new products for 2019.

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Gamo Roadster IGT 10X GEN2.

A view years ago Gamo introduced the Gamo Quiker and Gamo Swarm which were break barrel action airguns with a 10 shot magazine

This 10 x loading system relies on a multi-shot rotary magazine which allows the shooter to blast up to 10 shots without touching a single pellet,improving the user’s autonomy, reducing reload timings and providing a more intense and enjoyable hunt.

These air rilfes had only one disadvantage because they had no open sights .

Now Gamo has come up with a new version of the 10x loading system on the Gamo Roadster.

This airgun includes a new multi-shot system using a state of the art horizontal magazine, making it possible to shoot without scope.


With t

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Controlling the recoil of an air rifle

Recoil on spring powered airguns.

Springers (airguns that use a spring or gas-piston) have their pros and cons.
One of the cons is, in contrary to PCP and pneumatic airguns , that springers have recoil.

What's the trouble?
Of course, this is not a problem when you are shooting some cans from a close range.
But when shooting more precise at longer distances, this might be a cause for misunderstood frustration when your pellets make a nice circle around the target instead of hitting the bull's-eye.

Also, when using a scope, the violence of the recoil requires you to use

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The Benjamin Sheridan Pump Air Rifles

The Benjamin Sheridan Pump Air Rifles

The Sheridan company started making the variable pump air rifles in 1947 and back then it was considered one of the best air rifles.

The company was best known for making the Sheridan Blue Streak & Silverstreak and these airrifles are still very popular with airgun collectors.

In 1977 the Sheridan company was purchased by the Benjamin Air Rifle Company who still kept it in production calling it the Benjamin Sheridan Blue streak.

That company was purchased by Crosman in 1994 and apart from a view adjustments the basically kept the riffle the same.

A very import thing they changed however is the caliber , because nowadays the variable pump air rifle is no longer being made in .20 (5,05mm) but in .177 (4,5mm) and in .22 (5,5mm).

This gives this air rifle more access to different types of airgun pellets.

The 4,5mm version is now called the Benjamin 397 and the 5,5mm / .22 is called the Benjamin 392.

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Differences in airgun calibers.

Differences in airgun calibers.

Often we get the question, which caliber is better for an airgun. For example 4.5mm (.177), or 5,5mm (.22).

Some airguns are only available in 4.5mm, while others are available in both 4,5mm and 5,5 mm. There are also more powerful airguns in higher calibers, such as 9mm.


What is most important on deciding the best caliber, is the power and velocity an airgun has with a certain caliber.

In The Netherlands, where we ship from. Airguns with a power above 7,5 joules used to be prohibited. Nowadays, the average airgun starts with 7,5 joules.

These 7,5 joules airguns will most likely only be available in 4,5mm. This is because in 5,5mm, the pellet will simply go too slow.


These days most break-barrel airguns have a power of 24 joules. With these airguns you can often choose a caliber.

In 4,5mm these airguns will send the pellet with around 300 meters per second. And the 5,5mm will go around 220 / 230 meters p

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