Can a 300 FPS airsoft gun kill a bird? Many airsoft guns are sold for the high price tag that they have. They are popular because of their portability and replicas like the Lee Enfield can be used in any environment from the city to the country. But can a 300 FPS airsoft gun kill a bird?
According to some experts, a airsoft gun is only capable of penetrating up to 200 feet from its farthest point of impact. However, since the penetration is such a critical factor, many airsoft players shoot beyond this distance. This is called “glass shooting” and it can be very dangerous. In addition, the rate of fire of a 300 FPS airsoft gun can be very fast, which can make it very difficult to hit your target.
So can a 300 FPS airsoft gun kill a bird? The answer is no. Not even close. Airsoft guns cannot pierce through objects like a car bumper or a tree trunk. Also, airsoft guns are not fast. Even if a player could hit a target moving at a low speed, the same feat would be nearly impossible to do at full speed.
How then could an airsoft gun possibly pierce a moving bird? It is believed that if an airsoft gun was fired at a bird at close range, the bullet would go through the upper part of the bird. Because this upper part is thin, the bullet would simply pass through the upper half of the wing and exit on the ground. This would happen even if the bird was not hit. How could this happen? One theory is that the air pressure inside the empty stomach of a bird is too low.
Another theory is that the air tightness around the bullet causes the bullet to mushroom into a cloud of feathers when it hits the target. This theory is supported by the fact that a moving bird does not have the same air pressure around its body as does a stationary bird. Moving targets tend to shoot harder and have more energy. In addition, many birds’ wings are made of tough proteins that resist tearing and damage. In this case, the air tightness in the airsoft gun barrel may be the reason why the air went through the bird and came out the other way, not penetrating as it would on a hard target.
Some people claim that an airsoft gun can kill a bird with an airsoft gun because the bird cannot move fast enough to avoid being hit. They argue that the distance between the airsoft gun and the target (the target in this instance) is not large enough for the air to go through the target and still come out the other way. Of course, they do not mention how fast the target can fly, only that it can move fast enough to avoid being hit.
If you put two birds together with a bbs (buckshot) airsoft gun, and you blow it up with the same power as you would with a rifle, the results could be interesting. You might be able to kill both birds. Unfortunately, I have never heard of anyone doing this in a real life sporting event. I would be very surprised if someone did it, though. I would bet my life that there would be a paper cartridge in their hands before either one got off the ground and into the air.
Can a 300 fps airsoft gun kill a bird? Skeet Sutherland states, “No, it can’t…it just won’t. Airsoft is completely different than rifle caliber ammo. It will not penetrate over 100 feet, which means it will not stop on impact like real bullets will.”