air rifle


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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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 Jeff Meador, a district spokesman, said the grants have provided money for an electronic scoring system and Olympic-style air rifles. CBS News, "Florida school shooting suspect was on rifle team that got NRA grant," 16 Feb. 2018 McBean, 33, was walking down the street, wearing earbuds, and had an air rifle propped on his shoulders, when Peraza ordered him from behind to drop it. Frances Robles, The Seattle Times, "Cops accused of excessive force use ‘stand your ground’ defense," 28 Jan. 2018 The clubs use a variety of firearms – from air rifles that shoot pellets to 9 mm pistols that fire bullets. Lisa Marie Pane, The Christian Science Monitor, "Members of school gun teams say learned skills include patience and discipline," 9 Apr. 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of air rifle

: a rifle that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets

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