If and when SHTF or Zombie Apocalypse takes place, we will have to keep food on the table, particularly protein.
But how does one hunt in an urban/suburban environment? If we are in a SHTF situation, you will not want to draw attention to yourself.
But you still have to put food on the table.
So, what is the solution? Slingshots? Crossbows & Archery?
Those are good viable solutions, but I like air guns.
In this article, I will give you the three air guns that I really like and personally own.
First is the “Crosman 1377 American Classic Variable Pump Power Bolt Action Air Pistol”
– Caliber .177 & .22
– Velocity Up to 600 FPS
This is my first pick for a stealth urban environment hunting weapon. This is a great single-shot pump air gun. In the BB / Pellet gun world, the Crosman 1377 is considered the “VW Bug” for customization.
You can swap out the grips, add a small stock to it, add a full metal breech, scope mounts; you name it.
There are several different versions that you can get.
Crosman Pellet Air Pistol .177 without Stock $59.99 – https://amzn.to/3kKz3E3
Crosman Pellet Air Pistol .22 With Stock .22 $105.99 – https://amzn.to/3Yo0kcW
Crosman Drifter Kit Pellet Air Pistol .22, Stock and Carry Bag $119.99 – https://amzn.to/3YnF3Ar
I have even heard that it being a Crosman, you can take parts off of other Crosman pellet guns, and odds are you can add them to the pistol.
There are a number of different third-party detachable stocks, folding stocks, collapsible stocks, and even fixed stocks you can add on to this great little pistol and turn it into a carbine.
But one of the first things you will want to do is add a steel breech, and once this is installed, you can mount a weaver rail to your weapon. Once you have the rail, you can attach a red dot or mount a scope.
Crosman Steel Breech Kit $49.99 – https://amzn.to/3Yp6Uju
The power of this is really good too. It will easily take down small game, even taking out a cat or dog with a well-placed headshot.
Using steel darts or pointed pellets, you could feasibly take out game weighing about 80 -100 lbs.
I recommend the HyperMAX Extreme Alloy Pointed Pellet. This is a BAD BOY of a pellet. They claim that it is 30% faster than your standard pellet. I am not able to officially check that, but when you think lead vs. alloy, it makes sense.
You can easily take down game using a well-placed headshot with this. This is where the steel breech & scope come into play because you do not want the game to suffer, so by shooting small game such as rat, squirrel, cat or dog you want to shoot them almost right in the ear canal. This will take the prey out instantly and not cause the animal any undue suffering.
HyperMAX Extreme $11.99 – https://amzn.to/3JgB6ZL
You would be amazed at the fan following of the 1377 also. Many hobbyists are making custom parts from hand grips, back caps, and even single-point sling attachment points. If you can think it up, someone has probably done it.
The second pellet gun I highly recommend is the Crosman 2100 or The Crosman Classic Rifle.
This is a multitasker in that it holds up to 100 BBs, or you can also use it as a single-shot pellet gun. This is a pump action weapon and will take down small game without any problems.
Vital stats …
– Caliber .177
– Pellet Velocity Up to 725 FPS
– BB Velocity Up to 755 FPS
This was the first BB gun that I owned, and I loved it. It performs really well. It also has built-in weaver rails so that you can attach a scope or red dot. This is a really fun weapon, but for urban use, I like the pistol better just because of the concealment purposes the pistol offers, but due to the length of the 2100, it is harder to stick under a jacket if you are out hunting.
Both of these weapons sell for around $50 – $65, and just about anyone can afford one.
The Crosman Classic Rifle $60.00 – https://amzn.to/41GOVIa
Finally, there is the Gamo Swarm Magnum 10X GEN3i – this is for those of you who live on the outskirts of town or in more of a suburban area. This is the one that I currently own, and I love it.
Now, this is a rather long gun, so there is no concealing this rifle where you could get away with possibly concealing the Crosman Classic and the Crosman 1377 air pistol.
This rifle is feature rich. Here are the specs from Amazon…
- ✅ [High Powered Air Rifle] Up to 1,300 FPS with alloy .22 Cal. Pellets
- ✅ [Inertia Fed] 10X GEN3i technology includes our revolutionary horizontal inertia fed magazine integration
- ✅ [10 shot Pellet Rifle] 10 shot Magazine: Simply break the barrel and fire for lightning-quick follow-up shots
- ✅ [Gamo’s Quietest Air Rifle Technology] Whisper Fusion noise dampening technology. The quietest Gamo noise reduction technology
- ✅ [Gas Piston Power] The IGT Mach1 Gas Piston replaces the standard spring power plant with an Inert Gas Cylinder, but the IGT MACH 1’s monster 33 millimeter cylinder delivers more velocity and terminal penetration
- ✅ [Precision Trigger] CAT (Custom Action Trigger): independently adjust the 1st and 2nd stages of their trigger to tailor the trigger pull and crispness to your personal preference
- ✅ [Recoil Absorption] RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail): Developed to subdue the taxing stresses placed on your scope from the intense recoil of air guns and high-powered rifles
If you use the .22 steel darts, you could practically take down any medium to even large-sized game if you have a good headshot placement in or around the ear.
NOTE…They make this in a .177 version, but the negative with that is that this pellet will break the sound barrier, and in doing so, you will get that really loud “crack” sound which defeats the purpose of hunting with an air gun.
The .22 version will not break the sound barrier and still gives you some good knock-down power for an air gun.
Now a few drawbacks that I have noticed when shooting mine.
First is the cocking of the rifle, and like any other breach-break rifle, you pull the barrel down to cock it. This one takes some strength, not that it is impossible. But this is not for you if you want a quick break breach. I must put the butt on the ground and push the barrel down to cock it. But I am an old guy, and my upper body strength isn’t like it used to be.
Second, if you are hunting in the dead of winter, I have noticed that winter air is thinner, so you are losing some of those extra foot-pounds of pressure as you would get in spring and summer hunting.
To me, both of these are neglectable, and no matter what, this is a beast of an air rifle.
Finally, there is the price of $299, which is kind of on the hefty side. But you are getting an outstanding rifle that will last a really long time.
So, if you are looking for an air gun that will take down the common rat to possibly a small deer or young boar, then this is the air rifle for you.
I own all of these, and I love them all. All have a great purpose, and by having some diversity in your air gun cache, you can really cover the gamut of small to medium to large game depending on the round and ammo you are using.
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