Pneumatic Hunting Shotgun From Air Venturi

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Airgun use is on the rise in the hunting world, and now there’s a new offering from Air Venturi. The company is known for producing airguns, but this particular airgun is something more unique, because it’s not a new rifle, it’s a pneumatic .50 cal shotgun. It’s called the Wing Shot, and it was designed with hunting in mind.

The Wing Shot can be used with either .50 cal shotshells or slugs, with shotshells being specially designed shells filled with No. 8 or No. 6 shot. Empty shells can also be ordered so you can fill them yourself. Each gun has an engraved hardwood stock and early reviews report these air shotguns as balanced and instinctually pointable. Air Venturi itself says the idea behind the airgun was to create an affordable model that can be used for game both on the run or wing, and they seem to have succeeded.

Paul Milkovich, Air Venturi’s Director of Business Development, made the following statement regarding the shotgun’s development and production: “The concept for the Wing Shot smoothbore air shotgun was to provide unprecedented flexibility and convenience at an entry-level price. We’ve accomplished that and more with the first-ever mass-produced .50 caliber air shotgun. With 5 consistent shots per fill, the Wing Shot offers hunters the ultimate in airgun shooting enjoyment with their choice of using it as a shotgun or rifle. Reliable power and ease of use are hunter’s friends in the field.”

This looks like an excellent option for taking down some hogs or whitetail this fall. Whether you’re new to hunting with airguns or you’ve done it before, the idea of a well-done smoothbore air shotgun is certainly appealing.

The gun is now available for pre-order and carries an MSRP of $799 although some sites have it listed at $749. Visit Air Venturi’s site at www.airventuri.com/

Specs from Air Venturi:

Caliber 0.50

Velocity Shotgun 1130 fps / Bullet 760 fps

Power Shotgun 360 fpe / Bullet 235+ fpe

Action Bolt

Barrel Style Smooth Bore

Fire Mode Single Shot

Gun Weight 7.25 pounds

Ammunition Shotgun .50-cal. shotshells / Rifle .50-cal. bullets

Overall Length 43 inches

Barrel Length 22.5 inches

Powerplant Precharged Pneumatic, 3000 psi

Fixed/Adj. Power 2 Settings

Max Shots Per Fill 5

Stock Hardwood, Ambidextrous

Buttpad Rubber

Safety Manual

Front Sight Bead

Trigger Two-Stage Adjustable

Warranty One Year

MSRP $799.99



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Victor Lourenço

    What is this? A picture for ants?

    • Tom

      I believe sir its a colour Pipboy icon for a new type of shotgun featuring in the new Fallout game.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    For $800 I want to hear something go bang.

    • Evan

      Yeah, that price is ridiculous. I got my Mossberg 500 for $350. And that’s a REAL shotgun.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Agreed, unless there is some crazy advantage to the air rifle (fill up once a year or something) no way I’m dropping that much cash when I could spend it on a nice new handgun.

        • Evan

          The article said five shots per fill up. That just makes it even more absurd. The only advantage I can see is that it isn’t a firearm and thus not subject to the labyrinth of laws pertaining to firearms. And that’s not worth $800 for what amouts to a glorified pellet gun.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, maybe for a Californian but I live in Texas where they practically issue you a shotgun at birth.

          • Evan

            Not even in California, as far as I’m concerned. I bought my Mossberg there when I was stationed at Twentynine Palms. It was a nuisance compared to buying a gun in a normal state, but still a better deal than this thing.

          • M.M.D.C.

            Right. In lieu of a rattle (pump action) or a silver spoon (over and under).

        • Tassiebush

          Airguns are pretty much inferior to firearms in every way performance wise but with ammo shortages this’d be pretty much unaffected as long as you had shot or one of those little shot makers and bullet molds. I guess the advantage is that you never face running out.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, but dont you have to take most of those high power air rifles down to a sporting goods store to have them charged?

          • Tassiebush

            There are hand pumps although they’d be pretty maddening to solely rely on. But it’s an option. Usually folks seem to own a spare scuba tank for top ups. Some carry smaller tanks for topping up in the field where lots of shots might be expected. All rather expensive upfront cost wise but kind of practical still.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Hey, whatever works.
            I just dont see myself owning one. Shotgun shells arent terribly expensive here yet.

          • Tassiebush

            I can’t really argue that putting the same money towards a decent shottie and a heap of ammo wouldn’t make more sense though.

        • Giolli Joker

          Longer hunting season in some states?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah didn’t think about that.

      • iksnilol

        You do realize that making an airgun is harder than making a shotgun?

        • All the Raindrops

          No, they don’t realize.

        • Evan

          So? It’s a substantially inferior tool for significantly more money, plus it seems to shoot some kind of proprietary ammunition that I guarantee will cost a whole lot more than 12ga shotshells. If they can’t sell it for a lot less than what I can get a good shotgun for, I completely fail to see the point. I’m not going to pay top dollar for something that isn’t as good as what I can get for less than half the price, irrespective of how hard it was to manufacture.

          • iksnilol

            Well, it is much quieter than a firearm, the ammo is cheaper (I bet those shells it uses can be reused many, many times), and it isn’t legally a firearm. That last one is especially nice for restricted areas and countries.

            Besides, 800 USD isn’t top dollar. You have to at least go into the four figure area to call it top dollar.

          • jerry young

            regular shotgun shells can be reloaded more than once as long as they’re in good condition and kept dry for a fraction of the cost of new, there is no way I would depend on an air gun to put food on my table and especially not for defense! when I read the cost I almost fell off my chair! this is way too much for what would be considered a short range under powered weapon.

          • J S

            In some states, it is a restricted item. Hell, in NJ, you cant even buy a slingshot over the counter, the heck with a air shotgun.

  • Sianmink

    And since it’s not a ‘firearm’ in most states you can use it on residential pests like those damn chickens. ^.^

    • Donald Johnson

      as long as those damn chickens are yours. Not some one else’s. You can go to jail for that & loose your gun.

      • Sianmink

        There are tens of thousands of wild chickens in my town. They aren’t anybody’s.

        • Bill

          Grackles and starlings loot my bird feeders, so something quieter than a .410, 22 Short or .22 shot round would be cool. Not 800 bucks cool – I can buy a lot of birdseed for that, but not having to worry about nicking a neighbor’s cow would be nice.

          • Giolli Joker

            A .50 cal airgun is not going to be particularly quiet…

          • Bill

            Neither would my wife be quiet if she found out I spent that on an airgun

          • Sianmink

            I’d probably just get a gamo silent air rifle for that sort of work. Though I’m confident on the ability of a .177 pellet at 1000 fps to end a blackbird like a lightswitch, I’m less sure on a tough wild chicken.

  • Tassiebush

    This is a really interesting development in airguns. Air shotguns have always struggled to achieve a power level /velocity suitable for hunting. I can only think of about two custom examples to achieve this. That velocity is a very big achievement in a large bore airgun.

  • anomad101

    Yeah, I really want to hunt hog with that.

  • Ezra Bristow

    In the UK, given the calibre and the power factor this is considered a firearm and requires licensing so won’t be much of a success…

    • gunsandrockets

      … in the UK.

      • Ezra Bristow

        Well people were saying “in gun restricted environments” UK is THE gun restricted environment; )

        • gunsandrockets

          Not just guns. THE weapon restricted environment. Makes Commiefornia seem like libertarian paradise in comparison.

  • nobody

    Sorry, but what idiot would buy this? It’s a perfect storm of garbage, proprietary shells and wads, max loads of 1/4 ounce of shot (half that of .410), only holds enough air for 5 shots before needing to refill it with a scuba tank that really won’t be portable, no magazine, no doubt powerful enough to be classified the same as a gun in countries with much stricter gun laws which would put it in the same category as a regular shotgun (which are generally the easiest type of gun to get in countries with strict gun laws from what I’ve read), weighs slightly more than a larger pump action 12 gauge, and costs 6 times as much as a break action .410 that would outperform it in every way. Hell, a cobbled together muzzle loading shotgun firing .410 equivalent loads would no doubt be preferable to this and would work equally well for getting around most gun laws.

  • Alex Nicolin

    Looks as as re-branded Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50, with the exception of having a smooth bore. Not really a new rifle.

  • Jamie Clemons

    sweet now if I can only find 800 bucks laying around.

  • Jack Bergfeld

    Years ago, my high school rifle and shotgun club received several Crossman 1100 CO2 shotguns. It was a pain to load the tiny shells with #8 shot and they were only good for about 20 yards. Great concept but not practical when regular shotguns and shells were cheap.