Air Rifles in the UK

Air rifles are a fun way to seek the thrill of using a firearm without actually owning one. There are many reasons why someone might want to get an air rifle in the UK. They can be used for a variety of activities, including hunting, competition shooting, pest control and even informal target practice.

Perhaps you’re a fan of shooting sports and want to practice your skills at a local range. Maybe you’re planning a hunting trip and need a reliable way to take down small game. Or maybe you are traveling to the UK from the US and want to bring your favorite air rifle with you. Whatever your reason, this article has got you covered and will provide you with the information you need to know before you get an air rifle.

The Law Regarding Air Rifles in the UK

In the UK, while the law makes no distinction between firearms that require a license to own and air rifles, the latter is exempt from a license requirement as long as it not more powerful than 12 ft lb (most air rifles are just a little over 11 ft lb).  As long as one is over the age of 18, they can own and use air rifles, provided they have permission to shoot on whatever premises they are on. However, if you ever have any doubts, check in with your local police department. Remember that ignorance is not an excuse for breaking the law.

Can I Bring My Air Rifle From the US to the UK?

If you are traveling from the US to the UK, while it is possible to bring your air rifle from the US to the UK, some regulations and restrictions may apply. While it is legal to bring air rifles from the US to the UK. While some things may differ, depending on the gun and airline you use, there are a few basic things that you will need to follow.

You will not be able to bring the air rifle on-board as hand luggage. You will also need TSA approved locks on the case that you will be carrying the gun it. It will need to be unloaded, and in case of Pre Charged Pneumatic Rifles, or PCP rifles, you may need to demonstrate that the cylinder itself is empty. You will also need to declare it when checking in your luggage, at which point, most airlines will ask you to fill up some paperwork for the same. If you are bringing an air rifle from the US to the UK, we advise you to check with the relavant authorities.

While you may legally bring an air rifle to the UK from the US, it may require a lot of procedures and checks and may not be worth the hassle. Instead, we recommend buying an air rifle in the UK itself, as it is easier to do and there is a wide variety of options to choose from.


When using an air rifle, safety should always be the top priority. All users, no matter their age or experience level with air rifles should be aware of local laws and regulations, wear proper protective eyewear and apparel, and never point a rifle at anything they do not intend to shoot.

An experienced instructor can be extremely useful in helping new shooters get comfortable with the basics of handling and shooting safely. Investing in good quality equipment is also important for maximizing safety. With a little care and best practices followed while using an air rifle, it can be an incredibly fun and rewarding activity.