What are PCP Air Rifles?
PCP, or pre-charged pneumatic air rifles rely on a reservoir of compressed air to propel the pellet as opposed to spring powered air rifles that use a spring to compress air in a chamber. PCP rifles fall into two broad categories – those that store compressed air in a cylinder and those that use a bottle. To fill PCPs with air, an air source must be attached to the cylinder or bottle, either by inserting a probe or attaching directly. Air sources can either be a compressed air tank, manual pump or specialised compressor.
PCP air rifles have either bottle or cylinder air reservoirs
Why choose a PCP Air rifle
Unlike spring powered rifles, PCP rifles have little to no recoil which makes them easier to shoot accurately. In addition, many of them have a magazine system which allows multiple shots to be taken once the action is cocked. Spring rifles require the action to be cocked either by breaking the barrel or an underlever, inserting a pellet into the breech and then closing the barrel/lever again. As a result, PCPs are quicker to fire, which is helpful for hunters who may need quick follow up shots.
With little to no recoil, PCPs are easier to shoot more accurately than spring powered rifles and most have a multi-shot magazine