Oleg Volk took these photos of a home made air rifle. It looks like something out of the Steampunk aesthetic.

The air rifle looks odd but as you look more closely there are a lot of features hidden in plain sight.


In the photo below you can see what looks like a cat toy which appears to be attached to the air reservoir. I am guessing this aids as a wind direction indicator?

The gigantic film reel looking wheel is for parallax adjustment. There is even a knob and rubber chain so that the shooter can adjust it with his firing hand. The giant wheel is actually his indicator for the parallax adjustment at certain distances. He even has a custom magnification throw lever held on with a plumbing screw strap.


See the metal fork looking device? That is a spare ammo holder.

Does your gun have a built in wind speed indicator?

Rather clever method of adjusting elevation for projectile drop. As he dials in the correct elevation adjustment, the labeled tape extends or retracts back into the housing. You can also see the numbers along the edge of the parallax wheel.


Are there any serious air rifle competitors among our readers? Can you elaborate on the features of this rifle?


  • TVOrZ6dw

    Wind indicator? I’m pretty sure the cat toy is to lure prey into the kill zone of the firearm.

  • Michael Gallagher

    ‘rubber chain’ LOL, that is a rubber belt, it has no links like a chain.


    • Stephen Paraski

      Plumbing screw strap? i thought it was a worm drive hose clamp.

    • LOL @ “Rubber Chain” – Oh, you mean a belt.

  • A.WChuck

    He looks to be a Field Target shooter. They are a very serious, very accurate group of shooters, generally speaking.
    The “cat toy” is used to gauge the wind at the rifle, possibly in conjunction with another further down range. The elaborate scope setup is due to the fact that all range finding on the tiny targets must be done with your scope in Field Target shooting.

  • Vhyrus

    The grip is off of a paintball gun.

  • nonobaddog

    For being an article about a homemade rifle – you sure managed to not say anything about the rifle.

    • Nashvone

      All Barbie dolls are the same until you start to dress them.

      • I know! Picking the right outfits is the pits isn’t it?

  • Precious Mettle

    Pretty sure the airgun itself isn’t home made. Looks to be a MAC 1 USFT underneath all those bolt on bits and pieces.

  • Oleg Volk

    The orange zip tie tab is also the front sight for the backup irons designed to get the target into the view of the scope.

  • Giolli Joker

    Wow. It really did not look like a 2,000+$ rifle in the photos…