Frequent Asked Questions
Why would I buy an AirForce Pre-charged over other PCP rifles?
Our Air rifles are some of the most durable, powerful and well supported rifles available today. The rifles feature 3 integral dovetail mounting rails which accept optical or open sights, bipods, night vision, scope levels, adjustable sling mounting studs, lasers, flashlights, etc. Many of these items are currently available directly from AirForce and the rest can be found from other manufacturers. You can easily adjust the velocity levels down for indoor or target shooting, or up for hunting and pest eradication; Customers can easily change the caliber of our Utility Models by simply changing the barrel. AirForce Air Rifles are manufactured here in Texas USA. Warranty and repair services as well as spare parts are readily available.
Why would I buy an AirForce Air rifle instead of a spring-piston air rifle?
Our air rifles are much more powerful than spring powered air rifles of comparable weights and costs. Even the most powerful spring air rifles still will not develop very high energy levels due to a rapid drop of of velocities in every caliber except the .177. Our rifles do not require effort to cock and are much more adjustable whereas spring air rifles require considerable cocking effort for less poser and adjustability. Spring-Piston air guns require special scopes because of their double recoil. Being Pre-Charged Pneumatics, our rifles have little to no recoil and can use any rifle scope that will focus in at the range you are shooting. The along with the dovetail rails and power wheel integrated into the rifle offer shooters limitless ways to configure and accessorize their air rifles for a variety of shooting applications. Our most powerful air rifles, The Carbon Fiber Texan and TexanLSS can generate more than 25 times the energy of the most power spring air rifles.
How quiet are the SS models compared to other AirForce rifles?
Air rifles using high pressure compressed air are much louder than spring-piston air guns of comparable power. Sound moderated models (SS and LSS Rifles) will be quieter than their non-moderated counterparts. The only rifle however that is considered to be “backyard quiet” is the TalonSS rifle.
Which rifle should I buy?
The Air Rifle that we would recommend to you depends on your shooting needs and application, as well as yourself. It is up to you to know the local laws and regulations pertaining to Airgun hunting in your area before you use our guns for hunting or pest eradication. If you need assistance picking a rifle please feel free to give us a call at 877-247-4867 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the maximum velocity?
Maximum velocity is dependent on caliber, barrel length, and projectile weight. We recommend using sufficiently heavy pellets and/or tuning the rifle to keep the velocity below the speed of sound. This practice will also assist with shot-to-shot consistency, accuracy and the volume of the rifle.
Examine the table below for more detailed information.
Does highest velocity mean most powerful?
No, at a given power setting, a heavier projectile traveling at a lower velocity will produce more muzzle energy than a light projectile at a higher velocity.
What are foot pounds of power?
The power levels of the rifles can be calculated and expressed in foot pounds of energy. This calculation is based on velocity(V) expressed in feet per second and pellet weight(W) expressed in grains and can be determined with the following formula- V squared times W divided by 450240.
Are these rifles accurate?
Yes, they feature German-made Lothar Walther barrels commonly used by target and benchrest shooters.
Should I buy a scope or purchase the open sights?
It is up to the user but the accuracy levels the rifles are capable of require the average shooter to use optical sights.
How far will the gun shoot accurately?
The Talon and Talon SS can shoot 50 to 70 yards. The Condor can shoot to 75 yards.
What type of trigger does the rifle have?
A 2 stage trigger set at about 2 pounds of pull.
What is the best pellet to use?
The pellets that normally provide good results are JSB Exacts, Crosman Premiers, Eun Jin, Predators and Beeman Kodiaks. The Condor will shoot .22 pellets that weigh 30 grains or more. In .177, shoot pellets weighing 15 grains or more.
How many shots do I get out of the tank?
The volume of the cylinder is 490cc and is the largest airgun reservoir we are aware of. The number of shots available before a refill is needed depends on the velocity you have your rifle set to. With the Talon and TalonSS, at high velocities of 800 to 1000fps you should get 30 to 70 consistent shots. At low velocities of 300 to 500fps you should get 200 to 300 shots. The Condor gets 10-15 full-power shots per fill.
Should I use a hand pump or a scuba tank to fill the rifle?
It depends on the shooter. The pump allows complete independence from air compressors and scuba tanks but requires physical effort on the part of the shooter. Using, a scuba tank to refill makes the rifle easy to use by shooters who may have been reluctant to get into airgunning because of the considerable effort to cock a spring-piston air gun.
How many strokes does it take to fill the tank with the hand pump?
It will take several hundred strokes to fill the gun’s air cylinder the first time; you actually need to pause several times to rest and let the pump cool. But the air cylinder is not completely emptied when you shoot. After the cylinder is fully charged the first time you will only top off the cylinder to replace the air from the shots you have just fired. If you shoot at high velocity, you normally pump 2 to 3 strokes to replace the air in the cylinder for each shot fired. Low velocity settings require about 1 stroke per shot to top off the cylinder. Warning: When filling the air cylinder for the first time the pump should be allowed to cool for 15 minutes after each 5 minutes of pumping or damage to the pump seals may result.
Can I store the air cylinder filled?
Yes, the high pressure air cylinders are designed to remain pressurized.
Are the air cylinders safe? How do I know?
Yes, the air cylinders are produced in accordance with Department of Transportation specification 3AL and are each pressure checked and serial numbered. The air valve used with this cylinder incorporates a pressure relief device as required by the Code of Federal Regulations.
Does AirForce Airguns Recommend Hydro Testing Facilities?
Yes, you can contact:
Spectrum Gas Products Inc.
2381 E Winston Rd
Anaheim, CA 92806
Astoria Scuba and Adventure Sports, LLC
100 39th St, Pier 39
Astoria, OR 97103
Bulls Eye Air
2725 State Hwy 32, Ste F
Chico, CA 95973
For a small fee and return shipping they can hydro test your tank for you.
What about maintenance on the rifles? Do I need to clean the barrel or oil any parts?
Maintenance is minimal and is covered in the instructional DVD provided with each gun.
Can I fill the air tank with other gases?
This practice is not recommended and voids the warranty of the rifle. The air rifle was designed for use with clean, dry compressed air or nitrogen gases only.
Can I use my home compressor to fill the air tank?
Normal home compressors will not achieve 3000psi. This is why the use of a scuba tank or special hand pump is needed.
What is the length of pull?
14 1/2 inches
What is the twist rate of the Texan .457 Barrel?