So I've been into centerfire and rimfire since I was a kid of about 13yrs old. But, I cut my teeth on a BB and pellet guns starting about the age of 8 in my basement and backyard. It was easy to get sucked into the big dawgs and watching them eat, but when I want to do that I have to pack-up and head to the range min of 5 miles away (100yd max) with my long range option about an hour away. So while helping my neighbors put in a neighborhood garden at the end of the street, I realized I have a super nice place for a little range in the woods just 3 houses down. On a "water" break I took look around, yanked a few honeysuckles and cut off a few hanging branches. Low and behold I have about a 40yd clear path into an embankment. While I could probably get away with shooting some rimfire and centerfire there, I decided getting a pellet rifle would be the most neighbor friendly option. So I got on some air rifle forums and online stores and started looking. I was surprised how far air guns have come and how many different types (springers, pumps, PCP) and sub categories. Prices range from $50 up over $3000. I thought about what I wanted and would be a good starting platform. I listened to the suggestions of the veteran forum members and went with an RWS 34 MPC spring powered rifle. The 34 is a break barrel, single cocking stroke gun. Cock barrel, insert pellet and you have 900fps from a 7.9gr pellet. The 34 comes in many flavors, but the MPC is compact which I thought would help going through the woods for some small game hunting. The gun feels like a real gun at about 8 lbs scoped. I went with .177 even though going in I though .22 would be the best option. Again, research and the veterans pointed out the high versatility of the .177. The RWS is known for having one of the best airgun triggers in a springer gun. Having a good trigger was VERY important to me. Most airguns have junk triggers, so I stayed away from those. I got the gun in a package format with a good mount and decent 3-9x40 duplex scope for $300. More than I ever thought I would pay for a gun that doesn't burn powder. Now that I had the gun on the way I had to make a bench for my mini-range. Made this with some scrap wood for about $20 and some elbow grease. First time out I was surprised about the recoil the springers have. Feels more like a .223. With the spring guns having a double recoil of the piston and the lower velocity, I'd have to learn how to work with the rifle to get good groups. Luckly after about 25 rounds I was getting quarter to penny size 5 shot groups at 25 yds. The gun is a little "twangy", so I ordered a kit that reduces some of that and quiets the gun down. In the end, it's great b/c at lunch or after work, I can walk a few houses down, sit in the woods and punch some paper. All I can say is I'm hooked! Next I'd like to try one of the higher end under levers (TX200 or HW97). Anyway, if you want to have the ability to get out and shoot daily by yourself or with kids, grab a nice air rifle or two. With a tin of pellets running about $12 for 500, you can't shoot enough. Luckly my gun loves the $10 for 750ct pellets.. bonus!! Takes me back to being a kid. I've since cleared some more brush behind and move the target back another 15 yds. Pellet testing. Dime size groups at 25yds. This gun like the 7.9gr Benjamins, H&N FTT 8.64gr and 10.5gr Crossmans. Top left was sighting in (2 high, 1 low).