The best way of teaching children and youth some hunting skills is to use the air rifles, better known as BB guns. They have the best safety precautions both for the user and the target. This is because they don’t cause massive damages after every shot like the real guns. These rifles come in numerous power ranges and it is their variation in power that will give you the right protection and safety. The best way to teach children or youth on rifle usage is to gain control over the rifle first before you aim and shoot.
Air rifles come in three major categories and they range from the high velocity rifles to least powerful rifles. For the low velocity rifles the main idea is the spring loads and their velocity will mostly be between 850 feet per square feet utmost and 600 at least. This however depends on the brand you choose. Some of the rifles are as follows:
Pump Action Air Rifles
This rifle focuses on pumping air to determine the right velocity for the pellets. The type of rifle and the amount of pressure in the rifle also plays a major role in determining how fast the rifle can shoot. The pellets also have varied impacts on the targets as well. Almost all the sporting stores have these rifles.
Ammunition Air Rifles
Pellets from these rifles have very little impact on the target. They are however very good for practice and are safe because of the slow pellets. You can choose these types of air rifles depending on their speeds and the impact. They are very good for learning as well.
This is the most dangerous. It fires very fast shots and are very powerful to fire up to 1300 feet per second. Mostly they are designed for game hunting. It works best with a separate scope to help you shoot long range target. They use air compressions and have same power as a .22 rifle. They also use projectiles of .177 to .22.
When going out to practice with an air rifle you have to wear protective glasses all the time. Your eyes are very delicate and could be damaged by the shots. These rifles are known to cause a lot of ricocheting and can be very dangerous especially in close ranges. If you choose to buy the rifles you also have to consider how mature the user is. Small children are better off starting with spring rifles and you also have to make them understand that the rifles are not toys. As they grow and mature they will upgrade and learn even better skills for hunting.
The best hunting experience is one where the user knows each and every aspect of the gun and therefore you have to make them understand all the time. If you are a trainer let the keep their fingers away from the triggers as possible so that they don’t shoot by mistake. Ensure that before shooting the rifles are held in the appropriate and comfortable positions. This ensures that they don’t make the wrong aims and shoot bluntly.