Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by chrishill50888, Aug 12, 2018.
Hello. Which air rifle would you recommend for a beginner? Thanks
That's not an easy question to answer. It will depend on what you want to do with it, your size and how much you want to spend. Best bet is to try and shoulder as many as you can at your local club or registered fire arms dealer.
What discipline are you thinking of shooting?
Thanks. I fancy having g a go at hft but would also like to be able to try other disciplines as well,. I'm average size. The choice of rifles available is a bit bewildering.
I don't shoot HFT my self but knowing what I know now I would probably go for an air arms s400 classic in .177 for my first rifle. As they are accurate and reliable all rounder. They also hold their value fairly well.
Agree. S400 good all rounder and well established with a good record.
Thanks. New or second hand? What kind of prices are they?
Another vote for the S400.
Blackpool air rifles has them new for £459 in a beech stock. Secondhand depends on stock type\wood, age and condition but I'd guess £350 - £390 ish, but ive not looked for awhile.
The S400 is around the £ 440 mark new ,bit more for a walnut stock d
Second hand between £ 250 to £ 350.
You will also need a scope,mounts , gun bag and some way to fill it up e.g. stirrup pump or air bottle.
Ask at your club who is selling and local gun shop that gives the best deal's/ discount
And good luck, HFT is frustrating but fun
Depends on your budget and what you’re doing but I wouldn’t waste my time on an S400, go for an EV2 or Steyr, you won’t outgrow either one of those in 4 months and the stocks are better suited to both sports.
Anything. In fact nothing. Go down a club, see what people use for what you might want to do, then go from there. You'll get a bewildering array of opinions and you'll probably have more questions than that, but at least you can chat over with a few people why they have what they have and can build a short list. Then with a bit of knowledge you can ask again why people have what they have and others have other things.
About the only other bit of advice I would give you is that if your interest is shooting any form of target competition versus hunting, get a single shot rifle and don't go down the multi shot magazine route (unless there is a manufacturer single shot tray option) I did just that as I was only after plinking in my early days until my target shooting bug hit and then realised all after market single shot adaptors are generally a pain to load. I too would add a vote for the S400
Hi Chris, are you a member of a club yet?...if so then find out who the HFT shots are at the club and ask for their advice, i guarantee that they walked the same path as you when they first started out.
If not a club member then please feel free to drop me a PM and i'll organise a visit to Emley Moor so that you can try out a few different HFT rigs. We'll supply the brew as long as you bring some biccies.
Thanks to every one for there advice. Have to have a look at air arms these seem to be popular air rifles. Budget can't stretch to far. Might take you up on the offer Christ. Cheers
Chris is a legend in Steyr circles, but not quite up there with Christ. Yet.
Regading the S400 this is available in two sizes, Classic which is the standard length, and Carbine which is about four inches shorter and lighter. I have owned both and can recommend both
Anytime mate, just drop me a message.
The beauty of the s400 is that they are both accurate and easy to maintain....however, if you can find one second hand i would go for the AA MPR (FT), out of the 5 most accurate rifles i've ever shot, 2 were MPRs and would be my choice if starting out.
My vote would also go for a second hand MPR .
All the stock adjustments you will require, AA build quality and deadly accurate with the right pellets.
Hard to find second hand but I almost guarantee you sell it for what you paid for it if you don't like the sport (unlikely I know). Expect to pay around the cost of a new S400 for one but worth every hard earned penny. As regards scopes, look through as many of other people's as you can before you decide what to buy.
I can highly recommend a ride up the M1 to spend the day with Chris Chris! As for starter guns depends on your budget BUT get the best you can or you'll be forever chasing upgrades, the ones mentioned above have all been good, anyway buying a gun for HFT is the easy part, just wait till you start scope shopping!
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