Falcon Prairie .22 ; Initial Observations

The Prairie is an incredibly accurate hunting rifle, which is also plenty powerful. The first time I took it to the range for sight in after mounting a scope, I fired three pellets down range to see where it was hitting. But when I did a walk up could only find one pellet hole near the edge of the target. I figured the other two were off the paper, so went back and dialed to the left and down and shot again; this time five shots that I could see slightly enlarging a single hole. I zeroed the scope at 40 yards, and spent a couple hours punching holes in paper, and was very impressed by what this gun was capable of. I have often said I’m a good, but not exceptional marksman. However, I was blown away at how consistent my results were with this Falcon. The reason that this level of consistency can be achieved is the target grade barrel, and the balanced air valve design which allows these guns to deliver the shot-to-shot consistency of a regulated gun. As the afternoon went on, I noticed that there was a stand of trees about 75 yards away with a partially bare tree that grackles, starlings, and other (good) birds were perching on before flying to their nests under the roofs and in openings of the outbuildings. I’ve had permission to shoot on the property surrounding a local factories storage facilities for a few years, and though I primarily use it as my private range, have been given the green light to shoot pigeons, starlings, sparrows, grackles, and woodchucks that have caused a fair amount of damage and/or annoyance to the owners. Sitting down next to a pile of pallets, I braced the Falcon on my knee and lined up on a grackle sitting in 55 yards away and twenty feet up the tree vocalizing his dominance over the area. The two stage adjustable trigger was set at about two pounds, with a nice crisp break and no over travel. The bird simply crumbled and dropped from the tree. Not more than ten minutes later another one landed in almost the same spot, and bringing the Falcon to shoulder I obtained the same result.I hiked the area with the Falcon and found that it carried very well, and that I was able to shoot it from all positions including some convoluted postures as I edged around buildings or through bushes and old machinery. The checkered grip and forestock felt good in the hand, and the comb allowed me perfect alignment with the 3- 9×50 scope in high profile mounts. Falcon Airguns are built in the UK and sold through Airhog in the USA. These high quality guns are loaded with features; the model I shoot has an eight shot rotary magazine that is quite tolerant to a range of pellets. It is a cartridge type magazine that is a little bit more involved to load, but I have found the reliability quite good. I ran over a dozen types and brands of pellets through it without a single hang up or glitch. With the bolt pulled back and dropped into the rear notch, the magazine slides in and out quite easily. Push the bolt forward and drop into the front notch and the gun is ready to shoot. Each time this action is repeated the magazine rotates, and a numeric indicator shows the shooter what pellet has been chambered. The cycling of the action is smooth and solid, no play or suboptimal workmanship here! Besides tracking the number of pellets, there is an integrated pressure gauge situated in front of the trigger guard that also allows you to keep an eye on the fall in pressure as you shoot. The gauge on my gun is in pretty close alignment with the gauge on my fill station, which is not the case with all guns. I am so impressed with this gun that it has replaced my Webley Raider as my small game gun for our next safari to South. And I will expand this initial report on our return. A couple of weeks hunting hares, springhares, guinea fowl, hyrax, and a ton of other small game species will let me know if my initial observations are justified. I think this gun is destined to become a favorite

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