Prairie Falcon
Jim Chapman
The outstanding accuracy, consistency, and power of
this gun impressed me to the point that I had to
rethink my gun selection for an upcoming airgunning
safari to South Africa!
Falcon Prairie .22 ; Initial Observations

The Prairie is an incredibly accurate hunting rifle, which is also
plenty powerful. The first time I took it to the range for sight in
after mounting a scope, I fired three pellets down range to see
where it was hitting. But when I did a walk up could only find one
pellet hole near the edge of the target. I figured the other two
were off the paper, so went back and dialed to the left and down
and shot again; this time five shots that I could see slightly
enlarging a single hole. I zeroed the scope at 40 yards, and spent
a couple hours punching holes in paper, and was very impressed
by what this gun was capable of. I have often said I’m a good,
but not exceptional marksman. However, I was blown away at
how consistent my results were with this Falcon. The reason that
this level of consistency can be achieved is the target grade barrel,
and the balanced air valve design which allows these guns to
deliver the shot-to-shot consistency of a regulated gun. As the
afternoon went on, I noticed that there was a stand of trees about
75 yards away with a partially bare tree that grackles, starlings,
and other (good) birds were perching on before flying to their
nests under the roofs and in openings of the outbuildings. I've had
permission to shoot on the property surrounding a local factories
storage facilities for a few years, and though I primarily use it as
my private range, have been given the green light to shoot
pigeons, starlings, sparrows, grackles, and woodchucks that have
caused a fair amount of damage and/or annoyance to the owners.
Sitting down next to a pile of pallets, I braced the Falcon on my
knee and lined up on a grackle sitting in 55 yards away and
twenty feet up the tree vocalizing his dominance over the area.
The two stage adjustable trigger was set at about two pounds,
with a nice crisp break and no over travel. The bird simply
crumbled and dropped from the tree. Not more than ten minutes
later another one landed in almost the same spot, and bringing the
Falcon to shoulder I obtained the same result.I hiked the area
with the Falcon and found that it carried very well, and that I was
able to shoot it from all positions including some convoluted
postures as I edged around buildings or through bushes and old
machinery. The checkered grip and forestock felt good in the
hand, and the comb allowed me perfect alignment with the 3-
9x50 scope in high profile mounts. Falcon Airguns are built in the
UK and sold through Airhog in the USA. These high quality guns
are loaded with features; the model I shoot has an eight shot
rotary magazine that is quite tolerant to a range of pellets. It is a
cartridge type magazine that is a little bit more involved to load,
but I have found the reliability quite good. I ran over a dozen
types and brands of pellets through it without a single hang up or
glitch. With the bolt pulled back and dropped into the rear notch,
the magazine slides in and out quite easily. Push the bolt forward
and drop into the front notch and the gun is ready to shoot. Each
time this action is repeated the magazine rotates, and a numeric
indicator shows the shooter what pellet has been chambered. The
cycling of the action is smooth and solid, no play or suboptimal
workmanship here! Besides tracking the number of pellets, there
is an integrated pressure gauge situated in front of the trigger
guard that also allows you to keep an eye on the fall in pressure
as you shoot. The gauge on my gun is in pretty close alignment
with the gauge on my fill station, which is not the case with all
guns. I am so impressed with this gun that it has replaced my
Webley Raider as my small game gun for our next safari to South.
And I will expand this initial report on our return. A couple of
weeks hunting hares, springhares, guinea fowl, hyrax, and a ton of
other small game species will let me know if my initial
observations are justified. I think this gun is destined to become a
favorite!
Pulling the bolt back, rotating it
downwards then pushing it back to
the first notch loads and cocks the
gun
The cartridge containing the the
rotary magazine digest a variety of
pellets.
A very shootable gun, the author
found it came naturally to the
shoulder.
I found the accuracy of this gun to
be superb. Above is a five shot
group at fifty yards, shot in a
sittining position with the rifle
braced on my knee. The accuracy
is a product of a quality match
barrel and a valve design that
functions on a par with many
regulated guns.
This is one of the best small game rifles I've ever shot. It has done a job on pest birds out to 75
yards. I dropped this groundhog at 65 yards with a single head shot.... powerful and dead
accurate! There is so little recoil and the gun is so quiet that the impact can be easily followed
through the scope