I am considering getting one for vermin control as rats are moving in near our chicken coop, and we have children around. We live rurally in an isolated spot with no direct neighbours. I have not used an airgun since I was a kid when we had a break-barrel rifle and a crappy pistol of some sort. Now there are all these CO2 and "hot air" and who knows what. It seems we are still using classic .177 and .22 but also steel BB, not really sure on the benefits of BB Vs pellets? Any general advice? My gut is I want a powerful .22 pistol so I can shoot a rat from far enough away it isn't spooked. I've seen prices vary wildly but not really sure what you get for the money other than aesthetics. Can you get a multi-shot gun? Finally... I am not a gun nut but where we live we are in-between two very poor, pretty rough villages and by contrast we're obviously a wealthy house by comparison. Given the current situation I can imagine an increase in casual crime as police are diverted elsewhere - I have seen reports of increased vandalism already. If the **** really hits the fan and people are panicking, I'd pick my house as a good target for looting We have chickens and will grow vegetables. So... I am really not thinking this is a factor nor am I in favour of it... but if it's a choice of protecting my family from an intruder... what's the deal?