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Best Air Rifles for Squirrels & Pest Control UK

Air rifles offer a versatile and practical choice for squirrels and pest control.  They’re silenced, so you can use them in your garden discreetly without risking frightening the birds or neighbours! This makes this kind of gun even more effective when fighting off pests like squirrels or rabbits who might be threatening local bird populations with their invasive ways. If you want to get the job done without drawing attention, then an air rifle fitted with a good sound moderator is your best bet.


We are spoilt for choice when it comes to air rifles for pest control - so what are the best air rifle options for Pest control?


Here’s our Top 5 air rifle choices from the experts at Gunstar:-


  1. Daystate Red Wolf  (approx £1899)


Daystate Red Wolf


Introducing the latest addition to the Daystate family - the Red Wolf! This British gun is quite expensive, but it’s one of the best pre-charged airguns in the world and its features and ability justify the price.

This powerful PCP hunting rifle is available in four calibres (.177, .22, .25 and .303 calibres), and delivers stunning power and accuracy. 

With a sub-12ft/lb power curve, it's perfect for taking down small game or pests. Plus, with up to 500 shots per fill, you'll be able to take on even the most challenging hunts. Treat yourself to the Red Wolf and experience the ultimate hunting rifle!


  1. Weihrauch HW100 KT (approx £940)


weihrauch hw100kt


The Weihrauch HW100 KT is a high-quality air rifle that is perfect for both target shooting and hunting. This German-made air rifle is known for its accuracy and reliability, and is a favorite among competitive shooters and hunters alike. The HW100 KT features a precision rifled barrel and a smooth-cocking action, making it a breeze to shoot. With its adjustable trigger and scope mount, the HW100 KT is able to be customized to fit your individual shooting style.


Available in .177 and .22 calibres, plus .20 on special order, this compact airgun returns up to 75 consistent shots from a 200bar fill. Key features include a highly effective silencer, pressure gauge and a great adjustable two-stage trigger unit.


If you're looking for an air rifle that can do it all, then look no further than the Weihrauch HW100 KT.


  1. BSA R-10 SE (approx £879)




The British-made BSA R-10 SE is a high-performance air rifle that is perfect for those who want to take their shooting to the next level. With its amazing accuracy and powerful shots, the R-10 SE will help you hit your targets with ease. This rifle also features a comfortable grip and a precision trigger that makes it easy to control. 

Additional features include rear bolt action with pellet-friendly ten-shot magazine, cold hammer forged barrel and fully shrouded barrel with removable silencer.

You'll be able to shoot with confidence knowing that the R-10 SE will deliver every time.


  1. Air Arms S510  (approx £799)


air arms s510


The British made Air Arms S510 is a high-powered air rifle that's perfect for target shooting and hunting. It features a precision rifled barrel, a manual safety, and an adjustable trigger. With its powerful air piston and gripping Walnut stock, this gun is sure to give you the accuracy and control you need to take down your target.


The S510 measurest 97cm and weighs just 3.2kg. The rifle comes in .177 and .22 calibres, and can return up to 90 shots from a single fill. Key features include built-in air gauge, an adjustable two-stage trigger and a fully shrouded match-grade Lothar Walther barrel.


  1. Walther Rotex RM8 Varmint (approx £409.95)


walther rotex rm8


The Walther Rotex RM8 Varmint is a super value German-made airgun that is well built and shoots with impressive refinement.


The high-powered air rifle that is perfect for pest control and squirrel hunting. It features a powerful gas piston that delivers up to 32 ft/lbs of energy, making it ideal for taking down small rodents. The RM8 also has a precision rifled barrel and a stage trigger for added accuracy. It comes with a 4x32 scope for easy targeting, and is compatible with various accessories such as bipods and silencers.


The airgun is 104cm long and weighs 3.6kg. And returns up to 180 shots per fill.

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