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Air guns and firearms are not the same tool and a proper collection should contain both. No point in justifying one over the other. I don’t have to choose if I should have a toothbrush or a razor. I need both for different jobs. I wouldn’t use an Uzi to shoot squirrels in my back yard without my neighbors noticing and I wouldn’t use an air gun to storm the bad guy’s compound (in my mythical life as an elite commando).
If the question is asked by someone who doesn’t like any type of shooting then juat explain that it is because you are a man and real men like shooting stuff because it’s awesome.
To be fair, my perception of airguns (before I got into them) was based on the old single shot air pistol that my dad had when I was a kid. It was terrible. It took 3 guys to cock it and it would have been more accurate an powerful to just throw the pellet. Most people have never even seen a modern PCP rifle and have no idea of the precision and power they can have.
Typically, explaining what the most powerful air guns can do (and kill) makes people give them the respect they deserve. Direct them to the Extreme Big Bore site to see the power those things put out. People hunt bear and buffalo with those things…