An air gun is any kind of small arms that propels projectiles by means of mechanically pressurized air or other gas (shooting involves no chemical reaction), in contrast to explosive propellant of a firearm (shooting involves an exothermic chemical reaction). Both the rifle and handgun forms (air rifle and air pistol) typically propel metallic projectiles, either the non-spherical pellets, or the spherical BBs. Certain types of air guns (usually rifles) may also propel arrows or darts.

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  1. CountryGent

    Can you identify this 19th century air gun?

    So, I have been watching an episode of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Jeremy Brett, in which one of Moriarty's henchmen attempts to assassinate the fictional detective with an air gun. Does anyone know if this is a real arm or simply a prop? All the other firearms in that show...
  2. surevaliance

    International  Notice to surrender airgun or antique firearm

    “NOTICE TO SURRENDER AIRGUN OR ANTIQUE FIREARM PURSUANT TO SECTION 41, ARMS ACT 1983 I, Inspector Olaf Karl Jensen, a Commissioned Officer of Police, hereby give notice that in my opinion you are not a fit and proper person to be in possession of an airgun or an antique firearm. Police are...
  3. Frank RW

    Picking the best Airgun for self defense...

    Well, that's something I've never considered. I get the premise, but I think I'd rather risk being in a no-gun zone with a concealed firearm than face the "8 percent" chance I'll actually need it.
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