AirForce Airguns’ New Suppressed Big-Bore Air Rifles – SHOT Show 2017

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AirForce made waves at the 2015 SHOT Show with their Texan pre-charged pneumatic air rifle. The new TexanSS is the much quieter version of the original, which remains one of the world’s most powerful airguns. The TexanSS is a smaller, suppressed version of the big-bore air rifle.

“Within an hour of finishing the original Texan, we were at work on the sound suppressed version,” commented AirForce founder John McCaslin. “We wanted to minimize sound while retaining as much of the Texan’s power as we could. This air rifle strikes that balance perfectly.”

The TexanSS has a 24-inch Lothar-Walther barrel capable of delivering over 400 foot-pounds of force at the muzzle. On a full charge that exceeds standard .45 ACP loads. The airgun also has an adjustable power system.

“Every time we design a new gun or a new version of an existing rifle, we ask how we can make it better,” remarked McCaslin. “With TexanSS, we found a way to combine the power, reliability and usability in the field that we would expect from any good hunting rifle. Minus the sound.”


The TexanSS, top, next to other big-bore AirForce guns. (Photo: Martin)

  • Caliber: .457-inch
  • Velocity: up to 930 feet per second
  • Max fill pressure: 3000 PSI
  • Air Tank Volume: 490cc
  • Length: 45 inches
  • Barrel: 24.75 inches
  • Trigger: two-stage, adjustable for position
  • Finish: Black
  • MSRP: $999


These guns can push a .45-caliber pellet to 500 yards, with enough velocity to use on game. they also have a 1-MOA guarantee at 100 yards. One thing is for sure, these boys are serious.

Rick Ward, the “Urban Airgunner,” uses them to hunt coyotes. I am looking forward to testing these guns very soon.

Pricing and Availability

The base price for the suppressed TexanSS is $1,395, which is on-par with or even less than a comparable cartridge-based rifle. Considering this airgun isn’t a firearm and comes with a can, this is a great option for shooters everywhere.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • BillyBob January 25, 2017, 9:04 am

    What is the DB level ? Is it quieter than my AWC MAC 10 45 acp 131db. ? What is the pellet weight ? How many shots per tank ?

  • Powder Burns January 25, 2017, 5:29 am

    Ever notice how you never see these high dollar pellet guns in action when there’s snow on the ground?…THINK ABOUT IT….$1300.00 is a lot of money for a rifle that only shoots above freezing….

    • Frank Morehouse January 25, 2017, 6:40 am

      When it’s not “freezing” well that’s around 360 days a year here

    • duh January 26, 2017, 12:23 am

      This is HIGH PRESSURE AIR, not CO2. Not affected by freezing with a 3000 psi air tank.

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