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Air dart gun?

  • 12-08-2020 1:23pm
    Registered Users Posts: 26 ✭✭✭ biobot

    I have memories of an uncle having one back in the '80's, and trying them at a seaside funfair around the same time, and was wondering if there are any good options about?

    I'm familiar with the 1 joule / 328 FPS limits that above would require a license, so looking for something under that limit.

    Preferences: Pistol/handgun style, 0.177 darts, rather than pellets/BBs, spring/break-barrel type (no CO2), something that would have decent accuracy from about 3 to 5 meters, something that could be used in the garage.

    Also, not looking for something that looks like a 1911 replica, just something for a little target practice. Something not too noisy either would be a plus.

    Is there anything available that might fit the bill?


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,993 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n

    Unfortunately not, the projectile size is the issue.

    Airsoft bbs are tiny and light, 6mm and .2g-.3g on average. - that's why you can still play the sport with a gun under 1 joule.

    Paintballs, if I remember correctly, are 12 joules. So at that size you're already 12 times over the legal limit.

    I can't even imagine how much force you'd need to fire a heavy dart, let alone something with enough power to stick into a target.