AirForce Talon Airguns
The Talon series of guns take the airgun world to a whole new level. They do a one-of-a-kind job of combining rimfire power with match accuracy. Check out http://www.airforceairguns.com to see the different models.
The original model is the Talon with its 18" barrel. Then there's the Condor with its 24" barrel. This is the most consistently powerful airgun available on the planet. This gun is more powerful than most .22 Long Rifle guns available. (1250fps in .22 caliber) The only downside to this power is that it's almost as loud as a normal 22LR rifle. This problem is easily fixable by moving to the Talon SS rifle. This rifle has the same size frame as the Condor (18") but has a 12" barrel. This
additional barrel shrouding removes almost all of the "PCP noise" from the gun with minimal loss of velocity.
The best part of the AirForce airguns is the ability to customise. In fact, the best way to buy the Talon airgun is to buy the Talon SS (836fps w/Crosman Premiers) and add the 24" barrel. This does not move you to Condor power levels but it does take you to just over 1000fps with the Crosman Premiers. With airguns it's important not to move past the sound barrier since the pellets are the most accurate under around 1090 feet per second.
My favorite part of using these airguns is the accuracy. When I shoot one I feel like I'm shooting a custom sniper-rifle. Airguns are made to hit the walnut sized head of a squirrel at 50 or more yards. With a little practice and the proper software extreme accuracy is possible. Yes, I said software. The ChairGun software (http://www.chairgun.com) takes all of the guessing out of airgun shooting. After setting up my Talon SS I was able to dial it in exactly.
I know that with my current setup that at 10 yards I need to move my scope up 72 clicks. With a little practice I can use the adjustable parallax on the end of my scope to dial in the exact distance. Once I know the distance I can dial in the scope exactly on the target. The Red Squirrel that has been eyeing my roof for the last year or so learned this the hard way. And using the Talon SS no one in my neighborhood knew any better when I dispatched the rodent.
Many people stay away from pre-charged pneumatic airguns because of the extra expense and effort involved. Many people will tell you that a Scuba tank is necessary to use a PCP rifle. My suggestion is to get a high-pressure hand-pump. It's a real pain in the butt to pump up a PCP rifle the first time, but once the rifle is pressurized it takes less than 100 pumps to fill. This saves all the stress of finding a dive shop to fill your tank. Many dive shops will not
fill a scuba tank unless you have a dive card. And it's no picnic to carry an 80cf scuba tank around to fill your gun. Buy the hand pump and save yourself the trouble.
The AirForce airguns may seem expensive at first, but the possibilities for their use is limitless. From plinking to hard-core hunting the Talon rifles are unbeatable.
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A big "Thanks" to Ryan for his very first guest post on Mr. Completely. He wrote an excellent post, and hopefully we'll be seeing more posts in the future!