Practicing and training with your carbine rifle is key to improving your gun-handling and shooting skills. Most of us packing up our gear and heading to the range, but that can be a hassle if we just feel like having a short shooting session after work.
You can practice in your backyard, but that’s generally frowned upon by homeowner’s associations, and it freaks out old lady Clutterbuck and the dachshunds next door.
Here’s an option for you to consider: Airguns. And no, I’m not talking about your grandfather’s spring-powered Daisy Red Ryder. I’m talking the real deal in terms of look, feel, function, and even weight. What if you could pick up air rifles, carbines, and pistols that were virtually identical to centerfire guns? Better yet, what if these air-powered wonders cost a small fraction of the price of their louder siblings and were way, way cheaper to shoot? And what if you could shoot such guns just about anywhere?
The folks at Sig Sauer may or may not be intent on global domination, but they are eying up backyards everywhere. Over the past two years, they’ve expanded out of their traditional rifle and pistol markets and launched entire new divisions for silencers, ammunition, optics—and quality airguns.
I’ve been testing three different Sig airguns, all of which are near exact replicas of the real thing. The Sig Sauer P226 air pistol is made from the same factory drawings as its 9mm big brother, so you can practice with your existing holster or other accessories. The other two guns are carbines based on the Sig Sauer MPX, which shoots pistol ammunition, and the MCX, which is chambered for rifle loads such as the .223 Remington and 300 Blackout (MCX). Their compressed-air-powered counterparts shoot tiny little .177 or .22 caliber lead pellets. Let’s take a closer look.