Air weapons: The quickest growing, quietest trend for hunters
By Kristin Alberts
The majority of hunters opt for the most efficient weapons possible, which for ages, has meant larger bore centerfire rifles. But now, a growing demographic of hunters is thinking outside the traditional lines of hunting and venturing into the silently booming market of air-driven weaponry. Companies like Velocity Outdoor, Umarex, Sig Sauer and even Stoeger are riding that new hunting wave, while major gun manufacturers such as Remington, Marlin, DPMS, Colt, Walther, and Springfield continue putting their logos on airguns. As Guns.com traverses the SHOT Show floor in 2019, the shift is evident from more of a rarity to see air driven weapons on display to now finding them at every turn. Here are some of our favorites for hunters to explore.
Benjamin Bulldog at 2019 SHOT Show. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
The Bulldog big-bore bullpup air rifle is chambered in .357 and fires 145-grain eXtreme bullets created in conjunction with Nosler. That partnership moves airguns out of the backyard tin can and vermin realm and into deer, predator, and even African big game hunting. The Bulldog features integral sound suppression, a sidelever bolt reversible for lefties, full-length picatinny top rail, five round magazine, and can fire 10 shots at 800 FPS