With many varieties of air guns, it has made it easier to find the right type for your type of activity but at the same time has made it more challenging to pick your first one. To pick the right air gun type, you need to understand your needs. Whatever you intend to use the gun for should be the main determining factor and should be specific. If you want to use the gun for hunting, the animal species you’ll be hunting should be a determining factor in the air gun you end up buying. It would be best if you also prioritized the store where you shop. Even though it’s always a good idea to head to a local air gun store for your guns, you need to check the reputation of that store first. Here are the top 3 reasons why.
Your local air gun store has to stock high-quality guns. The type of gun you end up with will determine your experience. You need a gun that will fire when you want it to which means you should be able to find a gun with trigger sensitivity that matches your needs. They should have guns with the best fits and finishes that will allow you to have a gun that will make you proud. The general design of the rifle should be top-notch, and the stock should also be well designed. The more you’re comfortable with a gun, the easier it will be for you to use it, and the more you’ll feel confident while you’re out in the field. Even with the cosmetic finishes, the gun should still be safe enough to control.
Excellent Customer Service
When you head to a local air gun store, you should have confidence that they can give you all the services and products you need and even go the extra mile in giving you professional advice. Trusting the store is most important if you’re a first-time gun owner or if you’re not sure about the type of gun that will serve you best. Most good companies prioritize customer satisfaction, and the best way to ensure that is by giving you excellent services. Having a good reputation means the store should have patient and respectful employees who will handle every customer case separately and treat every client with the respect they deserve.
Diverse Gun Selection
The local store should be able to give you the type of gun you want. Different guns deliver different levels of power, making them suitable for hunting different animals. For instance, if you’re trying to kill pests, one of the most reliable guns for killing pests is a .22 caliber gun. It has more pellets and authority, and its size gives you more control. The size of the gun also matters for women; spring guns are a better suit because they are easy to cock and will, therefore, shoot easily. For men, others like Webley Patriot could be a good option because they are strong and require more strength to cock. The local store you buy from should have these varieties and help you choose the best one for your build and performance.
Great Online Reviews
If you are a beginner with air guns then you should check online reviews before heading to your local air gun store. If others are talking up the level of service, and more importantly advice they got from the store then you can rest a little more easy knowing you are going to get that same level of service. You don’t want the salesperson selling you a gun that isn’t adequate for your desired usage.
No Comissioned Salespersons
If a salesperson makes a commission on the gun you purchase
then they may steer you toward one that makes them more money and not one that
you really need. For instance if you
have a rat problem in your barn that you are buying the gun for then you don’t
need a super high foot per second rifle.
Whereas a gun that tops out at 1000 FPS is more than likely all you’d
need to shoot and kill rats a commissioned salesperson would be motivated to
sell you more gun than you need.
If you’re not sure about whether or not a particular store pays a commission to the sales staff, simply ask. If they say yes then be more skeptical of their recommendations.
Great Return Policy
When a store has a solid return policy with no restocking fee then you can be a little more relaxed and trusting of the advice you are getting from the sales staff. Being able to return the rifle after trying it for what you bought it for is a great piece of mind. Most stores will charge a restocking fee, just ask the store when making the purchase what their policy is. Then factor that into the purchase decision you end up making.
Some stores have a range where you can actually shoot the gun you’re thinking about buying. Getting a feel for how the gun performs really can make a challenging decision into a much easier one. Your online research will reveal whether your store has a range or not.
Buying your first air rifle can be an exciting thing, it can also be a little stressful if you don’t know much about air guns. As with any reasonably expensive purchase the more information you have at your disposal can only help you not to buy something you will regret later. For this reason you should head into your store knowing what you need and not throw yourself at the mercies of the sales staff in the store. Watching reviews on youtube can be a great help and allow you to see the gun in action before stepping foot into your car. You’ll also understand terms better when the store salesman uses them making their advice more meaningful and useful.