If you like shooting air pistols, think they are cool and you just want to plink and kill tin cans or just have fun shooting in your back yard and you are not concerned about pest control, hunting or need a lot of power, then a power range of 3 to 5 foot pounds of energy is all you will need. At a distance of 10 yards, the pellet or bb will stick into a Douglas fir 2 x 12 with very little penetration. This is also the perfect power range for stinging dogs and cats and making them not want to come back. These air pistols are most accurate with light weight wad cutter or round nose pellets ranging in weight from 4 grains to 8 grains. Pointed pellets should be avoided because they are known to be a cause of a jammed magazine. The “magic” pellet is found by balancing the weight of the pellet to the air pressure that the gun puts out; each air pistol has its own personality. Even though some of the air pistols in this category look like the real thing, they should in no way be considered for self defense.
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