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The air gun is a gun which fires projectile lead pellets by means of gas or compressed air. Used either for game or target shooting. Traditionally used as a first gun by young people.

Air gun shooting is probably the most popular of the shooting sports. As with other shooting sports, a prospective participant must firstly fully familiarise them self with gun law and safety procedures.

There are many club ranges spread across the country, although many airgunners enjoy informal target shooting within the privacy of their own back gardens, where the targets could be anything from the traditional paper 'bullseye' to old tin cans.

If you are under 14 years you cannot buy, hire, own or be given an airgun or ammunition. You can however use an airgun if: you are supervised by someone over 21.
If you are between 14 & 17 years, you can be given an airgun but not buy one yourself.

To be successful at air gunning, you should possess good eyesight, have a steady hand and be able to be totally focused on the target.

Airgun shooting is one of the most popular shooting sports in the UK. Pest controllers commonly use airguns, due to their quiet operation and the low cost of ammunition. Airguns are also used for both formal and recreational target shooting. The targets range from simple 'bullseye' paper targets in indoor ranges, to more complex 'field targets' that are set out in woodland and represent typical airgun quarry.

Air guns should not only be considered as a stepping stone into other forms of shooting, Air gunning is a highly competitive sport in its own right, in fact an Olympic sport. The UK boasts several world and European champions in almost all airgun target disciplines, both rifle and pistol.

The air powered guns of today are in most cases produced to an extremely high standard and are very sophisticated. Some of todays airguns are so powerful that the user must have them registered on a firearms certificate to comply with the law.

Closely Related Activities
Closely related activites include Shooting and target sports;
Pistol Shooting 529, Rifle Shooting 530, Target Shooting 531, Rough Shooting 527, Feild Archery 14, Target Archery 15, Crossbow 165.

Costs include;
gun, £100 / £1000.
telescopic sights £100 / £1000.
night sights £100 / £500.
Ammunition £5 per tin of 500 pellets.
Gun club fees.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

  The level of energy that could be required Energy  
  The level of demand that could be required by your arms Arms  
  The level of demand that could be required by your legs Legs  
  The level of demand that could be required by your sight. Sight  
  The level of demand that could be required by your hearing. Hearing  
  The level of demand that could be required by your speech. Speech  
  The level of demand of Cerebral Learning that could occur as a direct consequence of absorbing factual information. Learning  

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