Advancing Airguns & Airsoft Sales

Shooting Industry Magazine, November 2017

Though their history dates back to the late 1500s, airguns — the oldest pneumatic technology — still aren’t getting the credit they deserve. The best thing dealers can do is dispel the stigma airguns are just “toys.”

“Advancements in technology have allowed for more versatility and market opportunity than ever before,” said Richard Turner, president of Umarex USA. “And what we’re seeing is the emergence of unique applications that weren’t necessarily possible before.”

Still primarily used for training, recreational shooting and introducing youth to the shooting sports, an increasing number of shooters are using airguns for varmint and pest control. Innovations in pneumatic technology allow for larger calibers; hunters are using airguns to take medium- to big-game animals where state regulations permit their use. Read more...