I've often wondered with all the new stuff and equipment for air rifles if they are a viable alternative to a .22 or shotgun for squirrels and other pesky small critters. It makes sense that something much quieter than the forementioned would be good in not scaring off game in the vicinity. Gamo and RWS certainly make a wide variety of such "weapons", some of which cost as much or more than a good deer rifle. A couple of years ago came along an air rifle with the Winchester brand. Remington and Ruger have jumped on the bandwagon. For under $200 you can get a pretty good lookin' apparently well made rifle with .177 caliber projectiles meeting or exceeding 1000 FPS. I went to Bass Pro to restock my tackle box with gift certificates received for Father's Day and my b-day. While browsing the store with a friend we stumbled onto the air rifle section and there it was.... a Ruger Air Hawk, and for just over $100 it also came with a 4X32 scope. Well, you guessed it. My tackle box didn't get restocked. For less than 200 I got the rifle, an RWS cleaning kit, and enough "ammo" of different variety to keep me shooting for weeks. It had nice fiber optic iron sites that work well and the scope works well enough for a cheapie. It even has an adjustable 2-stage trigger and decent hardwood stock. This is no kid's air rifle but an 8 pound adult sized one. I'm pleased with accuracy and amazed at how much penetration it has with hardened hunting pellets. This is perfect for those of you who live in town and have squirrels stealing from your fruit and nut trees. I've already proved it on a squirrel and a feral cat. I'm going into town to my brother-in-laws to see what it will do to the groundhogs coming in his backyard.