I had been looking for a gun I could break down, throw into my pack, and take off with on my motorcycle for the local
squirrel woods. I'd shot a Talon previously, and thought it would be the perfect gun. At the SHOT Show I'd met with
several of the key players over at the Air Force Booth, and begged a rifle to run through its paces. A couple of months
later I was sent a Talon SS to review on the bench and in the field, along with a 4-16x Air Force scope. Taking the rifle
down to my basement range I zeroed in and got used to it by sending a couple hundred pellets at a target ten meters
away, then made some minor adjustments to the two stage trigger until it was fine tuned for my shooting style. I then
started shooting groups with a variety of pellets including; Beeman Crow Magnum, Kodiaks, Ram Jets, Eu Jin, RWS
Superdomes, Field & Trophy, Predator Hollow Points, Polymer Tipped, Crosman CPs, and a few others to get
a handle on what the gun liked. After narrowing down the field a bit, I next started shooting at low, mid, and high power
settings; in the end I found that the three pellets offering the best all-around results for various applications were the
Superdomes, the Polymer Tipped Predators, and at high power the Eu Jins. Moving outside a couple days later I set up to
shoot at 40, 50, or 60 yards. At 50 yards I found that I could get sub half inch groups shooting off a sand bag, and
shooting offhand I could consistently throw pellets into the kill zone of a squirrel. Even though it took me a while to find a
consistent cheek placement on the combined bottle/butt, the pistol grip and fore stock offered an ergonomic package that
was very shootable from either a standing or prone position
Once I felt confident in the gun and my ability to
shoot it well, I started to take the gun out to
hunt rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, and starlings
and found it to be just what I hoped for a
compact full power takedown carbine that
allowed me to tune the performance for various
hunting conditions. The utility of this compact
package was underscored on a recent hunt; I
put the Talon SS, my camo, some pellets,
binoculars, and a bottle of water into my pack,
jumped on my bike and rode out to a
friend’s farm about an hour south of
town. It was a nice fall day, beautiful weather
with blue skies and cool enough to be
comfortable. The foliage was heavy on the
trees, which always makes for a challenging
hunt. Dressing up and putting the gun together, I
slowly worked my way through the forest until I
heard nuts crashing down to earth. Scanning the
ground, I located a spot with fresh cuttings and
started looking through the canopy until I saw a
branch shaking in a manner inconsistent with
wind motion. After a few minutes, I say a bushy
tail swinging over the side of a large horizontal
branch, then a squirrelly little head peering over
the side. Bringing the Talon up, I zoomed the
scope to 12x and centered him in the
crosshairs. When the pellet made contact, the
squirrel back flipped of the limb and came
crashing down a few yards away stone dead. I
worked my away along for another hour before
bagging a second squirrel, filling my
self-imposed limit. On several of the small
properties I shoot over, I keep my bag down to
2-3 squirrels as I'd rather have several short
hunts per season than a couple outings with big
numbers. At the end of my morning shoot, I
peeled off the camo insect suit, broke down the
gun, packed everything away and stopped by
the farmhouse for a cup of coffee before the
ride home. The Talon SS is an accurate and
powerful rifle, which due to the high volume
reservoir is a very handy rig to travel with. Fill it
once and you good for a weekend hunt. To
date I’ve used this compact carbine to
take many rabbits and squirrels, but have found
it effective on larger game such as raccoon and
turkey. I personally appreciate a traditional rifle
with beautiful wood; but for a gun that is
accurate, powerful, versatile, and an excellent
value it is hard to deny that this gun has a lot
going for it.
Review: Talon SS out for an
Early Fall Squirrel Hunt
    Jim Chapman
The Airforce Talon SS is one of
the only American manufactured
PCP air rifle. With a futuristic
design and a load of features
such as adjustable power
settings, multiple accessory
rails, and a detachable high
volume airtank/buttstock this
gun is worth a look.


Lining up a shot, the Talon is the
center piece of my travelling hunting
rig
Thick folliage makes for pleasent, but difficult
conditions.
Look for cuttings to steer you to your quarry.
The combination of accuarcy, power, compactness, and low report
make this an excellent squirrel gun!
But this gun is also strong medicine for larger game as this gobbler
found out.