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What is your main concern about how loud the air rifle is? Noise nuisance, complaining neighbors, not wanting to draw attention, or something else?

There are a lot of reasons why one air rifle may be louder than another. Items that may affect sound include caliber, design, manufacturing, action, amount of air used, pellet selection, target, shooting area, and more. Based on the model you’re looking at you can change the sound simply by choosing a smaller caliber and/or adjusting how fast the pellet leaves the barrel. A .177 pellet going at 650 fps will not be as loud as a .177 traveling at 1200 fps. And in many cases, a .177  traveling at 800 fps is going to be quieter than a .25 going 800 fps. If you don’t like how loud the air rifle is, try adjusting how much air is being used to propel the pellet, try different styles of pellets If that still isn’t working, you may be able to add more baffles or add on a moderator/LDC provided the air rifle can support that. Another option is to just replace the air rifle with a different one.

I’ve got two Hugget moderators and a Neil Clague LDC. The Hugget’s are on a .25 Compatto and a .22 Regal while the LDC is on an .25 S510.  By far, the S510 is the quietest followed by the Regal with the Compatto coming in last. However, each air rifle is very quite in its own right and as Smaug stated, the “WHOK” and “THAWCK” of the pellet hitting the animal/bird could be more of a sound concern than the discharge of the air rifle.