By Darlene McCormick Sanchez
Lone Star Outdoor News
One of the biggest attractions at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas turns out to be a homegrown airgun.
AirForce Airguns of Fort Worth introduced the sound-suppressed TexanSS Air Rifle in .45 caliber at the show to a crowd.
The new air rifle is the much quieter version of the AirForce Texan, which remains the world’s most powerful production air rifle, according to the company. The TexanSS is slightly smaller — and a lot quieter — than its full-throated namesake.
The TexanSS features a precision rifled 24.75-inch barrel that will push a lead projectile to deliver up to 400 foot-pounds quietly. The rifle has an overall length of 45 inches and features a patented side lever action for easy loading and cocking
The suppressed airgun shoots a 405-grain bullet at 900 feet per second and allows three full-powered shots before needing to refill the air cartridge.
“We wanted to minimize sound while retaining as much of the Texan’s power as we could. This air rifle strikes that balance perfectly,” said AirForce CEO and Founder John McCaslin.