"The series isn't just for airgun fans alone. It's for every sportsman and woman out there. It's all about shooting and competing," says host Rossi Morreale. While airguns continue to increase in popularity, many are still very unfamiliar with them and the show's purpose is to educate others about airguns. Rossi joins The Revolution this week with an inside look at the competition series, plus a closer look at the world of airgunning.
The capabilities of today's airguns are remarkable, giving hunters the capacity to effectively shoot small game as well as larger game like coyotes, wild hogs, deer, bears, African game and more. It's amazing what they can do, Rossi says, noting that he has taken hogs from helicopters with a .50 caliber air rifle, taken part in a successful hunt for an American bison, shot deer with air rifles and more. Airguns aren't new and Rossi says that many people are surprised to find out just how far they date back noting legendary explorers Lewis and Clark used an air rifle, a .46-caliber Girandoni, in their exploration of the western part of North American in the early 1800's. Modern airgun design offers shooters a lot of different options with variable pump, break action, precharged pneumatic (PCP) and CO2 offerings, among others. Airgun and air rifle calibers from .177 up to .50 are available, as well as the standard BB to cater to a buyer's specific purpose. The availability of airguns that shoot slugs and even arrows really opens a lot of doors for hunters and shooters. When it comes to purchasing an airgun, Rossi talks about Pyramyd Air and the great resources they have to help buyers choose. He discusses some of the best known brands out there today and highlights some of his favorite brands at different price points.
Hunters and shooters are always looking for new challenges, a way to push their skills and abilities to the limit, and that's why so many have turned to various forms of archery hunting, long distance rifle hunting, handgun hunting and more. Airguns also fit into this category of increased challenge and their popularity is steadily growing. Air guns and air rifles are a great gateway gun into the hunting and shooting world. The way that firearms are portrayed in the movies, on television, in video games in the media and more has a tendency to put a bad taste in the public's mouth, Rossi says. Air guns and air rifles provide a different option for kids, young shooters, new shooters and seasoned shooters alike that are fun and not intimidating like a traditional rifle could be to some. There is a great opportunity with airguns to get the whole family outdoors and shooting together with a firearm that is friendly to all ages and skill levels. Shooters can learn the mechanics of shooting, firearm safety, form and more with the airgun platform. Beyond just fun backyard plinking and hunting, Rossi also stresses the opportunities for airgun shooters to compete in airgun specific competitions. Aside from recreational competitions, airgun marksmanship is also taken to a higher level of competition and seriousness with full scholarships available to major colleges around the country and even Olympic events.
Listen in as Rossi Morreale talks about airgunning and the new season of "American Airgunner Challenge" airing on Outdoor Channel, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm ET.