Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 52
'M SURE THE WORD air gun brings
back memories for many of us who
learned gun safety and marksmanship
with a BB gun or pellet rifle.
In the late 1950s, Dad started my
brother and me with a Daisy Model 25
pump-action BB gun, shooting at targets
in our basement with a couple of old
carpets for a backstop.
The Model 25's magazine tube, which
screwed into the front of the barrel, held
around 40 .177-caliber BBs, and a container of BBs cost a dime at the local
Plus, we'd recycle those projectiles
- which traveled not even 400 fps and
usually could be found lying at the bottom
of the carpet.
That was more than 50 years ago, and
air guns have changed a lot since.
Today, they are precision machines
that can push projectiles from .177- to
.50-caliber to velocities ranging from 400
to 1,500 fps.
Given their quality, power and accuracy, air guns have become lawful for
hunting in most states.
And in Pennsylvania's 2017-18 hunting seasons to begin July 1, .177- to
.22-caliber air guns will be lawful for
hunting small game, and .22-caliber and
larger air guns will be lawful for hunting
woodchucks and furbearers.
Those who will get their first experience with air guns this year will find they
propel projectiles similarly to cartridge