UKC Forum Member
Registered: Jun 2008
Location: Burlington, CT
There's absolutely no reason to ever get a "silencer" on an air rifle! A silencer's purpose is to knock-down the sound of the muzzle-blast, or the fiery explosion coming out of the end of the barrel. And of course there is no fiery explosion in an "air" rifle.
But a silencer will in no way (or at least it shouldn't) prevent that round (bullet, pellet, whatever) from breaking the sound barrier and therefore making a loud crack!
And yes, you can monitor cheaperthandirt.com, natchez, cabelas, etc, everyday like I do, but unless you're extremely lucky, all you will find are CB Match, or other subsonic or "plinking" rounds, all of which are very low velocity. And if you think a subsonic .22 pellet won't pack a wallup, neither will a subsonic .22 bullet coming out of a firearm. It's still .22 and it's still slow, no matter what kind of rifle shoots it. The reason those are target shooting or "plinking" rounds, is because you don't need any energy to put a hole in the paper. And the reason people use CB or CB Match rounds is becasue they're quiet. AND they're quiet becasue they are subsonic, and don't make the "crack" sound.
The .25 caliber pellet gun I used to shoot, was subsonic, but the heavier pellet increased the energy upon impact, making for a much better kill-shot. But to hold the air pressure, it had a large steel chamber in the stock, and the gun was terribly heavy to carry around. BUT, you could buy "ammo" (air and pellets) any day of the week!
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