air rifle


Definition of air rifle

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

Examples of air rifle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tucked away next to his cot, Camargo keeps a pump-action air rifle to fend off rats and two machetes for assailants. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 The answer was yes, and a search turned up a Ruger .22-caliber high-velocity air rifle. Frank Stanfield, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Around 1780 a Tyrolean gunsmith named Bartolomeo Girandoni developed a rugged air rifle that was soon adopted by the Austrian military. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2022 Standing in a boat in suburban Fort Lauderdale, Chris Whitaker aimed a .25 caliber air rifle at a large green iguana on a canal bank and squeezed the trigger. David Fleshler,, 25 Feb. 2022 Propelled by his love for marksmanship which was cultivated during his time with Boy Scouts and experience with .22 rifles, Kyler took to the air rifle team quickly. oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 In the classic story, Ralphie Parker, who lives in the storied and fictional Hohman, Indiana, remains unswayed in his quest for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 His experience with weapons was taking potshots at bottles with an air rifle. Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2022 The original movie, set in the 1940s, follows Ralphie in his pursuit of getting a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle (with a compass in the stock). Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of air rifle

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air rifle was in 1801

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Last Updated

2 Aug 2022

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“Air rifle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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