Air Gun

An air gun or airgun (also called pellet gun) is any one of a variety of guns that propel projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to firearms which use a propellant charge. Both the rifle and pistol forms (air rifle and air pistol) normally fire metallic projectiles, either pellets or spherical balls based on the BB size of birdshot - although a few fire darts.

Air guns that only use plastic projectiles are classified as airsoft guns.

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Air Gun Scope

A quality airgun scope is sometimes the key to a successful day at the range or in the field. Airgun scopes bring distant targets and surrounding objects up close and personal allowing safer, more accurate shooting. They gather and utilize available light making it possible to shoot in lower light conditions and allowing the hunter to hunt from dawn to dusk.

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Airsoft

Airsoft is a game in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms called Airsoft guns.

Gameplay varies in style and composition but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, C.Q.B., field, military simulations (MilSim), or historical reenactments. Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Participants typically emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations.

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Hunting & Wildlife Viewing - Statistics & Facts

People across the globe have been hunting since prehistoric times – paleontologists say there is evidence to suggest the practice was carried out in some parts of the world around two million years ago, long before the evolution of Homo sapiens. Back then, hunting was necessary for survival. Today, however, hunting has developed into a sport and a form of recreation in western cultures. In 2015, more than 15 million people participated in hunting in the United States. In the U.S., hunting is generally regulated on a state-by-state basis but all protected species hunters country-wide are required to hold a hunting license. There were 14.84 million paid hunting license holders in the U.S. in 2015.

Wildlife viewing, while not as historical, is an even more popular form of outdoor recreation in the U.S. It involves observing nature in its natural habitat and might include such activities as bird watching, safaris and scuba diving. There are around 21 million people who participate in wildlife viewing annually in the United States. The activity is a favorite recreational past time for Hispanics, with only running and jogging achieving a higher participation rate.

While wildlife viewing is an activity which can be done at virtually no cost, hunting can be a costly hobby. Not only do participants have to purchase the firearms and bullets, they may also have to pay for a license to participate. In 2015, the gross cost of hunting licenses in the U.S. amounted to 821 million U.S. dollars.

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