Can an FX Airgun Be Used for Self Defense?

Airguns are primarily designed for recreational and sporting purposes. But is it ever recommended to use an airgun, including an FX Airgun, for self-defense purposes? Find out below.

What is an FX Airgun?

An FX Airgun is a type of airgun manufactured by the Swedish company, FX Airguns. These airguns are known for their high quality and precision and are popular among airgun enthusiasts, hunters, and competitive shooters.

FX Airguns produce a range of airguns, including PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) airguns and spring-powered airguns. PCP airguns use compressed air to propel a pellet, while spring-powered airguns use a spring to compress air and propel the pellet.

FX Airguns are used for a variety of purposes, including hunting, target shooting, and competitive shooting. They are popular among airgun enthusiasts who demand high performance and quality from their airguns.

Can You Use an Air Gun as a Weapon?

Yes, you can use an air gun as a weapon. Air guns and air rifles may seem to be rather innocuous at first glance, yet they are potentially devastating weapons. They have been in use since the Napoleonic wars and employ the expanding force of compressed air (or gas) to drive a projectile down a barrel. However, small-caliber airguns are not very effective at stopping human or animal attackers.

Can I Use a BB Gun for Self-Defense?

Yes, but your state may have laws regarding BB guns for weapon ownership. For example, in California, you may own a BB gun if you are above the age of 18. According to the federal definition, it is not a firearm: “According to Section 921(a)(3), air pistols do not violate the law since they release a projectile using compressed air rather than an explosive.”

Is a BB or a Pellet Gun Stronger?

While both weapons are suitable for novices, BB guns are less powerful than pellet guns, which are more powerful.

Also, a major difference between them is that BB guns can only shoot BBs, but pellet guns can fire both types of projectiles.

To learn more about how powerful airguns can get, read our post The Most Powerful Air Guns.

Is .177 or .22 Caliber Better?

This depends on what you intend to use your bb or pellet gun for. .177 has a lower muzzle energy and a greater starting velocity. It also has a Kill zone range that is around 6 yards longer. The. 22 tests had a lower beginning velocity, but higher muzzle energy and a little shorter kill zone range.

A .177 caliber may be best for shooting targets, while a .22 caliber is likely best for hunting small varmints in a backyard.

Can Airguns be Lethal?

Yes, airguns, even small caliber versions can be lethal. High-velocity air weapons, which are marketed as “beginning guns” for kids, may produce severe injuries despite the appearance of non-lethal wounds.

What is the Most Powerful BB Gun in the World?

The Airforce Texan .45 is considered by many to be the most powerful production air rifle in the world. It’s a game-changing weapon capable of bridging the gap between conventional weapons and high-powered air rifles, permanently dispelling the myth that “it’s simply an airgun.”

Can Air Pressure be Weaponized?

Yes, air pressure can be weaponized using a certain type of delivery unit. For instance, a pneumatic weapon (bb gun, pellet gun) is a weapon that uses air pressure to shoot a projectile, similar to the way pneumatic tube delivery systems work. Enough air pressure can fire a projectile in a way as to be utilized as a weapon.

Can Airguns Hurt?

Absolutely. Pellet guns are designed to penetrate surfaces that can inflict pain and injure people. They are effective across short ranges of up to 500 yards but may be deadly when shot from close quarters, especially when sensitive portions like the eyes are damaged.

Can You Use an Air Gun for Self Defence?

Is using an airgun for self-defense or home security a good idea? The answer is a resounding No. Most airguns, except for the very largest calibers, are not well suited for self-defense. For this purpose, it is recommended to choose a high-caliber gunpowder pistol.

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Are Air Rifles and BB Guns the Same?

Air rifles and BB guns are close but not identical. With the help of pressurized air, they individually fire a single tiny pellet or bb. Air rifles are capable of being much more powerful than ordinary bb guns and usually fire pellets or bullets.

Can You Carry an Air Rifle in a Car?

This depends on the state and local laws regarding firearms and if the airgun is loaded or not.

In many states, airguns must be carried in a securely locked casing that prevents them from being easily picked up and discharged, since they are classified as “particularly dangerous weapons.”

Can a BB Gun Hurt a Person?

Yes, a person may be killed with a BB gun. This danger is increased by high-velocity BB guns with muzzle velocities greater than 350 feet per second. BB guns or pellet rifles are said to be responsible for roughly four fatalities each year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Can a Pellet Gun Penetrate Skin?

Yes, a pellet gun can penetrate the skin. The majority of individuals underestimate the degree of injuries inflicted by non-gun powder weapons. In reality, BB and pellet gun projectiles may pierce the skin, eye, thorax, and belly, causing bone fractures. They are a major source of harm, particularly among children and teens.

Airgun Injury

For more information, see What Can An Airgun Penetrate?

Do You Need a Gun Licence to Buy an Air Rifle?

Yes, in many states minors 16 and above, but under the age of 18, must have a Firearms Licence to own an air gun. However, they may use one under adult supervision without one. Airguns that are fully automatic are prohibited. Possession and use of “very hazardous airguns” need a weapons license.

What FPS is Lethal?

Penetration occurs in human skin at 300 to 400 feet per second. It is typically thought only capable of little damage below 350 feet per second. A lethal impact from a bb or pellet can occur at or above this level.

How Much PSI Does an Air Gun Have?

Airgun reservoirs are filled at about 3,000 psi. The hammer hits a valve when the trigger is squeezed, causing a burst of compressed air to drive the pellet out of the barrel and toward its target.

What Hurts More Airsoft or BB gun?

Both can hurt, but a powerful BB gun will likely hurt more.

In general, if you had to pick between a BB gun and an Airsoft gun to deal with little creatures running rampant on your land, BB guns would be the better option. Because they can put the small beast out of its pain quicker than Airsoft weapons, they’re significantly more merciful.

Is an Air Rifle a Gun?

Yes, an air rifle is a gun.

According to Wikipedia, airguns are considered weapons for legal reasons “independent of action type, caliber, or muzzle energy; for example, air rifles are classified as Class A firearms and must be licensed and registered.”

What is the Strongest Air Pellet Gun?

AirForce Airguns – Texan – is considered the world’s most powerful production air rifle with a caliber of 457. The Texan is capable of launching. 45 caliber rounds at over 1000 feet per second and producing energy levels of over 600* foot-pounds.

Do Pellets Hurt More Than BBs?

Both of these firearms have the potential to inflict significant harm when used at close range. Pellet weapons, on the other hand, have the greatest risk potential. Pellets may inflict more harm than BBs due to their larger size and odd form.

Pellets Vs BBs

What is the Effective Range of a .177 Air Rifle?

The.177 pellet is the most common in most firearms since it is the smallest and has the greatest range. It is accurate at 60 to 80 yards.

Can I Walk Down the Street With an Air Rifle?

In most cities, walking down a street with an air rifle will eventually draw the attention of law enforcement. However, it may be legal to do so. In most places, the air gun has to be unloaded and un-cocked.

When traveling with your air pistol in public, this is also crucial. Even a cleaning pellet left in the rifle qualifies as a “loaded weapon,” so don’t take this (or any of them) lightly!


The power and effectiveness of an FX airgun for self-defense is significantly less than that of a firearm, which is designed and tested for such purposes. These airguns also have limited range and accuracy compared to firearms, making them less reliable in high-stress situations. Moreover, using an airgun for self-defense could be illegal in many jurisdictions.

Lawrence the Airgun Ranger