DENVER (Ammoland.com) – BB guns – made popular by the television and film industry – are what most people associate with air guns in modern times. Air rifles, originally created for use by target shooters and America’s military, eventually saw a shift to a more toy-like reputation with an increase of replicas hitting store shelves. MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories goes back in time, to the first air rifle in its simplest form and actor, shooting enthusiast and TV host Joe Mantegna recounts the gun’s history from military air rifle, to its more memorable characterization in the 20th century. Tune in to MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories on Wednesday, September 23 at 11 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.
Air rifles began as tools used by target shooters, hunters, America’s military and explorers like Lewis and Clark. As time progressed, they found their way into mainstream media after westerns and The Christmas Story’s infamous Red Ryder BB gun touted their use. Demand for toy replicas skyrocketed, eventually giving the gun a reputation far from the original. Despite their evolution, Mantegna proves their invention was not without great technological advancement. Tune in as Mantegna takes viewers through key points of air rifle history, providing an inside look at what he considers to be “the most unique gun story of all.”
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