We’re not above stealing someone else’s political slogan concept if it serves a noble
purpose. Oh, and this rallying cry might be the first ever on which we can all agree. Ready?
MAAA - Make Air Affordable Again
If you can look past the fact that our new maxim sounds a bit like the bleating of a cow-sheep
mutant or maybe a strained and tortuous call for one’s mommy, I think it’s a goal
that all of us air gunners can get behind, right? I mean really, we’re surrounded by an
infinite amount of free air, yet we have to pay through the nose to get it squished down into
the compressed form that modern airguns require to do their thing.
I’m not taking cheap shots (pun fully intended) at airgun companies. I know it’s hard,
and expensive, to stuff air into a bottle at pressures one hundred times greater than that of
my 2004 Toyota Sequoia tire. What I am doing is jumping on the bandwagon that the airgun
industry has already set into motion - Making Air Affordable Again.
Talking to a major airgun company executive at SHOT Show this past January, I was thrilled to hear
that one of their top engineering priorities is to develop air compressor solutions that bring
costs down into the couple hundred dollars range. Getting that low will take a bit more
time, but already we’re seeing big innovations that make at-home air compression much more
affordable. One sure thing about technology in virtually any product category is that, over time,
functionality goes up while the price comes down.
Already this year we’ve seen announcements from at least three companies for new compressor
products well below the traditional four-figure price point. Not only that, the new offerings
are small, compact, and perhaps most importantly, powered by both household current and 12-volt
DC. That means that the new compressors aren’t chained to the garage or basement at home,
but can be run from a car battery, 12-volt lighter outlet, ATV battery, or even a riding lawnmower.
Let’s take a quick look at three of the new offerings.