I'm considering the idea of getting myself an inexpensive sub 12 ft/lb air rifle for practicing, plinking, maybe having a go at HFT (there's a range not far at all) and if I'm lucky maybe some pest control or at least knocking some chubby pigeons off my bird feeder. Something to fill the gap, help my marksmanship a bit and have fun with.
Are there any good second hand air rifles to look out for? If so, where? How much do I need to spend? (it needn't be brilliant but obviously there's no point owning it if it can't hit a barn door at 10 yards and struggles to make a hole in a sheet of paper) Anything I really need to avoid? Scope choice?
As you cab probably tell, I know barely anything about this subject. Whilst I've shot air rifles before, they were always somebody else's and I didn't pay much attention.
The key for me is budget. Beyond a certain cost it won't be worth it for me, as I'd rather put more money aside for paid stalking and the eventual FAC. But if it can be done on a budget it would be nice to have in the meantime.
(just think, one day maybe I'll be the one answering the questions!)