Until recently, when I thought of an air rifle I usually pictured something akin to a BB gun with the little silver CO2 cylinders. I know there has been a history of big-bore, more powerful air rifles. Lewis and Clark had one with them back in 1803, for example. Modern air rifles are pushing the envelope (and the chronograph) on what can be accomplished with compressed air and AirForce is leading the way.
AirForce (clever name they have there) had a new air rifle at SHOT Show this year: The Texan. Be sure to watch our interview with a Texan as he talks about The Texan (which, if I’ve got my facts straight, is made in Texas, by Texans). We were in Nevada, but I bet this gun would have shot clear into Texas.
So what is so special about this Texan? As they say, everything is bigger in Texas and this rifle is no exception. We are talking about a .45 caliber bullet traveling around 1000 fps. Not too shabby for any rifle. Here are some specs:
- Max Fill Pressure: 3000 psi
- Action: Single shot
- Weight: 7.65 lbs
- Length: 48 inches
- Barrel: 34 inches
- Caliber: 0.45
- Trigger: 2 stage, adjustable for position
- Air Tank Volume: 490cc
- Sights: Open or optical may be installed
- Velocity: 1000 feet per second
- Energy: 500 foot pounds
The Texan should be available in the next few months. It has a projected MSRP of around $1,000. Oh, and you don’t have to do a transfer. And if any Texas fans are reading this, WPS.