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An air gun is any kind of gun that launches projectiles pneumatically with compressed air or other gases that are pressurized mechanically without involving any chemical reactions, in contrast to a firearm, which relies on an exothermic chemical oxidation (deflagration) of combustible propellants to generate propulsive energy. Both the long gun and handgun forms (air rifle and air pistol) typically propel metallic projectiles, that are either diabolo-shaped pellets, or spherical shots called BBs. Certain types of air guns (usually rifles) may also propel darts or arrows.
The first air guns were developed as early as the 1500s. They have been used in hunting, sporting and warfare. Modern air guns use one of three types of power source depending on the design: spring-piston, pneumatic, and bottled compressed gas (most commonly carbon dioxide).

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  1. jblake00

    Air gun help please!

    So my neighbor just came home with this BSF break action air pistol, cut barrel and all. He wants to have a new barrel machined so he can actually work the break without killing himself! Anybody know anything about this type of pistol? Is it just a matter of finding a good gun smith to make a...
  2. Capn Jack

    Air Gun Targets

    These are the aluminum targets a good friend of mine made me for winter time use of my shooting gallery, in the garage.:) The steel targets the gallery came with are for Rim-Fire .22 and my air rifle would not knock them down. :( I took a pattern to my friend and he made me these aluminum...
  3. CountryGent

    Pritchard's 19th Century Precharged Air Gun

    This is a pretty neat video on early 19th century air gun tech. I remember seeing something similar in a museum, and Ian references it, among the equipment Lewis and Clark had on their famous journey. Anyway, I just thought I'd pass it along in case others find it of interest. Cheers.
  4. CountryGent

    OSS Flying Dragon: A Silent Poisoned Dart Gun

    This looks like something out of a James Bond flick. It is a CO2 powered dart gun built by the OSS. I found it interesting, so I thought I'd pass it along. Cheers.
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