The Recycled Springers

Hello everybody, welcome to our first installment of Let ’em Fly. This weeks topic is about spring powered air rifles, my personal favorite. I love “springers” or “sproingers” as they are often called, because they are simple. Plain and simple. They have the least maintenance of all the different powerplants, they are easily worked on and modified, and can be quite powerful. They also operate most closely to the feeling of a “real”gun, by that I mean firearm. Firearms cock back, release some form of hammer or striker or firing pin or combination of these, and out comes the projectile. There are many, many different designs to how they accomplish this, but the movements are generally similar. Spring guns have a powerful feel to them with a similar cocking, release of the piston, and out comes the projectile, in this case, a pellet. Some of the stronger ones even kick like a medium caliber firearm. Some shoot plastic bbs or steel bbs but those are not what we are talking about. We are talking the magnum springers that people see EVERYWHERE. They are everywhere and in abundance.
That abundance is the topic of this weeks discussion, why are there so many springer air rifles on the market? Why are the same guns playing musical stocks?
Well, lets take a look. First thing has been the velocity race. An epic “who’s got what” that hasn’t been seen since the Cold War! Every single air gun maker has put out, some a plethora, of magnum spring air rifles that is the new fastest. The numbers have been flying, and a majority have not even grazed the estimated speeds they’ve claimed. The new market for spring air rifles is not the seasoned veteran airgunner that actually owns a chronograph, but are sixteen to twenty and buying their first high velocity adult airgun. Now there are high end super quality springers, but these companies have well established reputations for quality and serve a totally different area of sales. They also are not significantly involved in the velocity race. Go figure. Their guns have hovered in their proven velocity ranges and if they have had any hand in producing super high velocity springers- you can bet the ONE these companies created is well made and producing the type of speed they’ve claimed.
So the market is right for a whole bunch of new guns to be everywhere and anywhere they might be bought by the consumers they are aimed at. So they’ve made enough guns to put them everywhere. And so did every other company. Now what? Obviously all those products aren’t going to sell, maybe a good enough chunk, but hardly all of them. Now each of these companies have tons of leftover airguns and its been almost a year and…. Crab, what do we do with them all? See where Im going with this?
Now the point of this discussion is to get you thinking next time you see a “new” break barrel air rifle at the local Stop’n’Buy, ask yourself whether or not you’ve looked at them in the last six months, if you have then keep in mind that those girls on the shelf are just wearing different dresses, and do your homework as to what you really want out of your airgun.

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