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LIVIT, now that I read about your injury…
Do try pumping. Maybe it won’t hurt?
If it does, I’m surprised cocking a springer doesn’t hurt. That tends to twist the back, rather than going straight up & down.
One possibly good option, depending on climate, might be a nice CO2 rifle, like the Hammerli 850 AirMagnum in .22. That’s got enough juice to smoke a squirrel out to maybe 25 yards, plenty accurate with its Walther barrel, and it can also be modded to run on high pressure air (PCP) if/when you decide to go that direction. If not, it can also be modded to run off of cheaper CO2 sources, like cheaply-refilled paintball tanks instead of the proprietary airgun tanks. If you shoot outside in cooler weather, this may not be a good option.
I have a modded Hammerli 850 AirMagnum, it’s pretty great. Maybe the best action of any gun costing less than $400. Smooth, strong, solid. Good magazines. Mine shoots 14.3 gr. JSBs at 940 fps, for 28 FPE. The squirrels are going to have to be wary of Ol’ Smaug next season.