air rifle

noun

Definition of air rifle

: a rifle whose projectile (such as a BB or pellet) is propelled by compressed air or carbon dioxide

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His great-grandfather, Albert Grannon was charged with shooting the boy with the .22-caliber Stoeger X20 air rifle, Humberside police said. Fox News, "Man, 78, sentenced after killing great-grandson, 6, with modified, unlicensed air rifle," 3 July 2019 Stanley Metcalf, 6, died in July 2018 of a wound to his abdomen A 77-year-old British man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the air rifle shooting death of his 6-year-old great-grandson. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Has 'Shown No Remorse' Pleads Guilty to Killing Great-Grandson, 6, with Air Rifle," 11 June 2019 Florida is the latest state to legalize air rifles of .30 caliber of larger for deer and .20 caliber or more for turkey. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission reconsidering its approval of air-powered guns, bows," 6 May 2018 The officer claimed that McBean pointed the air rifle at him, although witnesses disputed his account. Frances Robles, The Seattle Times, "Cops accused of excessive force use ‘stand your ground’ defense," 28 Jan. 2018 But air bows and big-bore air rifles are legal in Texas for taking exotics and non-game animals such as feral hogs. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission rescinds air gun/bow rule," 26 May 2018 Kids and teens can perfect their aim with either air rifles or archery. Hallie Levine Sklar, Town & Country, "The Complete Guide to Sea Island, Georgia," 28 July 2017 But big-bore air rifles are legal in Texas for taking non-game animals such as feral hogs and are used for that purpose. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission reconsidering its approval of air-powered guns, bows," 6 May 2018 While air rifles have a rather low muzzle velocity, the researchers could have imaged the bullet from a firearm with a very high muzzle velocity and still had a resolution of about 10 micrometers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of air rifle

1801, in the meaning defined above

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air rifle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air rifle

: a rifle that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets

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