Air gun

Air gun

Most air guns use metallic projectiles as ammunition. Some others use arrows. Air guns that only use plastic projectiles are classified as airsoft guns.

About Air gun

An air gun is a rifle (air rifle), pistol (air pistol), or shotgun that fires projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to a firearm which fires projectiles by means of a burning propellant. Most air guns use metallic projectiles as ammunition. Some others use arrows. Air guns that only use plastic projectiles are classified as airsoft guns. Air guns represent the oldest pneumatic technology. The oldest existing mechanical air gun, a bellows air gun dating back to about 1580, is in the Livrustkammaren Museum in Stockholm. This is the timeline most historians peg as the beginning of the modern air gun.

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