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5 Best Air Rifles for Squirrel Hunting

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Hunting with airguns? You bet. There are airguns out there that can be used to take down all kinds of animals. However, for large game, you should get yourself a rifle in a caliber that’s adequate for the type of game your hunting.

For small game, like squirrels, you’re fine to use an airgun, and some air rifles are actually designed for varmints and other small game. Here’s a look at some of the best airguns that Gander RV & Outdoors sells on its website. Any of the following will get the job done if you’re out there hunting squirrels.

Umarex Torque .22 Caliber Air Rifle

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The Umarex Torq .22 caliber air rifle is an advanced airgun that features an ergonomic design, a synthetic stock, a five-chamber noise reduction system, a two-stage adjustable trigger, and an ambidextrous thumbhole stock with automatic safety.

The rifle can shoot a pellet at a velocity of 1,050 feet per second and the entire gun weighs just seven pounds 12 ounces. It’s a single shot design and most of the powerful airguns you find will be that.

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Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle

Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle
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I’ve had personal experience with Gamo’s airguns and they’re top-notch. Near the top of the heap for the company is the Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle. This airgun features superior noise-dampening technology. It’s one of the quietest air rifles on the market. It has a synthetic stock, an automatic cocking safety system, and rubberized grips.

The weapon has an integrated gas canister that helps it achieve a muzzle velocity of 1,420 feet per second. This air rifle fires .177 caliber pellets and comes in with a weight of just over eight and a half pounds.

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Crosman Mayhem Air Gun

Crosman Mayhem Air Gun Package
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For many shooters and hunters, Crosman was their first airgun when they were a little kid. That was the case for me. However, Crosman does more than just youth airguns. The Crosman Mayhem is a squirrel’s worst nightmare. It features the company’s unique Nitro Piston 2 and SBD technology. The barrel is designed to keep sound levels down, and the all-weather synthetic stock provides longevity and comfort.

The airgun shoots .177 caliber pellets at 1,400 feet per second. The weapon weighs under 10 and a half pounds and is a single-shot break-action design like the other air rifles here.

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Crosman Trail NP2 Stealth Wood Pellet Gun

Crosman Trail NP2 Stealth Wood Pallet Gun Package
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If you’re sick of all these air guns with synthetic stocks on them, then the Crosmanb Trail MP2 Stealth Wood Pellet Gun is for you. It’s essentially the same gun as the one profiled above, but Crosman saw fit to make the weapon with a wooden stock instead of the synthetic stock, giving you some options.

This gun shoots .177 caliber pellets, too. It’ll launch them out of the barrel at a strong 1,400 feet per second and the wooden stock is actually lighter than the synthetic one at just under 10 pounds total.

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Gamo Varmint Air Rifle

Gamo Varmint Air Rifle
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The bargain option of the bunch, the Gamo Varmint Air Rifle, is affordable and deadly to squirrels and other pest or varmint animals. The rifle features a synthetic stock that’s durable and ready for anything, a two-stage adjustable trigger, and a thick butt pad for absorbing recoil.

The air rifle fires .177 caliber pellets which are perfect for squirrel hunting and the gun shoots them at a strong 1,250 feet per second. The gun is light, too, at under seven and a half pounds. It won’t be as quiet as the others, but it’ll still get the job done.

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What airgun looks like the best for you? Leave a comment below and check out all of the airguns for sale at Gander RV & Outdoors.

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    It sounds like you’ve never hunted squirrels with an air rifle. First of all a .22 is superior to a .177 in almost every respect except that the pellets drop faster. Other than that they transfer much more energy on target and do a lot more damage.

    Also you don’t want your air rifle to shoot faster than the speed of sound, about 1150 fps. If you shoot faster than this you get a loud BANG which ruins the whole idea of hunting with an air gun. Plus the sound wave catches back up to the pellet as it slows and causes it to tumble creating poor accuracy.

    Accuracy is the most important thing when hunting squirrels. You want to be able to make a head shot so you need a high quality gun. I recommend any of the German guns like RWS/Diana or Weirauch. Get one that shoots about 900 fps in .22 and you will never take a rimfire squirrel hunting again. The RWS 34 .22 is a perfect entry level quality break barrel rifle that almost anyone can afford. Have fun!

    1. Wade Thiel

      Hi Tim,

      I’ve actually hunted squirrels quite a bit with air rifles. Most of the squirrels I’ve taken have been with .177 caliber pellets, though there’s certainly nothing wrong with .22 cal pellets, which is why I include a gun that shoots that on this list. As for the sound comment, there are plenty of reasons to use an air gun that makes noise (don’t think the noise ruins the experience). Just because it makes a bit of a bang doesn’t mean it “ruins the whole idea of hunting with an air gun.”

      I do agree that accuracy is key for squirrels, and headshots are a must. You make some good recommendations, but I still believe my selections for air rifles here are quality options. Personally, I prefer something that has a velocity of over 900 fps, but that’s just me.

      Regardless, I totally agree with you. Once you find an air rifle you like, there’s almost no reason to have a rimfire rifle for squirrel hunting. An air rifle gets the job done easily.

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