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on March 1, 2007
The information in this book is now 5-6 years old and, in this age of product volatility, a lot of the mentioned rifles are no longer available. There's more here than you probably want to know when it comes to ballistics--I just skip the technical parts. As a casual airgun shooter, I'm really not too interested in the finer points involving physics. What House did in this book was to investigate a subject that is mostly ignored. He reviewed relatively inexpensive American multi-pump air rifles in the context of how they perform in relation to the more sophisticated, expensive--and decidedly less shooter-friendly--European rifles. His conclusion is somewhat astonishing in finding that the American rifles offer a lot of accuracy and utility for a reasonable price.

After reading this book, I felt obliged to dust off my old Daisy and give it a try at 10 meters. Unfortunately, it's been abused and neglected for well over 10 years and the whole barrel assembly was too loose to even attempt to use it again. I again consulted House and went out and picked up a Benjamin 392 that has proven to be a real joy. Every pellet I've tried gives substantially less than .5" groups at 10 meters even in my fairly unsteady hands and with my aging eyes.

The Crosmans, Daisies, Benjamins and Sheridans will never have the following or accolades of the finely crafted spring-piston European models but this book goes a long way in giving them the respect they deserve.
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on September 24, 2003
This is by far the best book for beginners and intermediate users of air rifles that I have seen so far. Lots of practical information on the selection and use of pellets and rifles. The author has a way of explaining some difficult topics in ballistics that makes the material useful to the non expert. I was also suprised to find out how accurate and powerful American air rifles are. The only additions I would have liked to have seen in the book are, 1) A chapter on shooting technique (target and hunting. and 2) A chapter on maintenance and lubrication. I would highly recommend this book.
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on February 13, 2017
Best airgun book in my collection!! Great detailed information on all aspects of airguns. Even though it was written over a decade ago, the information is still relevant and includes use of iconic airguns from Daisy and Crosman.
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on September 1, 2008
This is an unusual book due to its narrow focus; low cost pneumatic air-rifles. Mr. House has provided a thoughtful well presented analysis. I particularly appreciate his discussion of ballistics and pellet comparisons. This information alone was worth the price of the book, since I use it for reference information. He also did a great job of methodically testing the power and accuracy of the air rifles he surveyed, and compared their performance to that of more costly break-barrel and PCP rifles. Nice work!

My only criticism is that his bias toward inexpensive air guns does tend to cloud his analysis a bit. But, that said, he's written a very useful book on a topic about which not much is written.
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on May 14, 2015
This book is awesome. Great for beginners but full of fascinating facts for the advanced shooter. It is too sad, that there are so few books on airguns on the market. This book is about american classic air rifles, but currently, there are hundreds of more "modern" airguns on the market made in several countries. I'd love to see an updated version of this gem. This is a must have in the personal library for airgun lovers.
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on January 29, 2016
An old book, but worth the money. I found out several things one of which is that lower velocity means more likely to ricochet. You get the lower velocities from pistols.
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on March 25, 2015
Very interesting read, and fun to read up on older airguns
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on January 7, 2012
Gives a decent history of atrguns made in the US. A decent reference book for those who want to collect old and new American made airguns.
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