An air rifle is a type of gun which fires pellets, BBs, arrows or darts using compressed air and mechanics without the usual chemical reaction required for a firearm to function. Air guns are thought to have dated back to at least the 16th century, and have been used for sporting, hunting and military activities since. Air rifles have many preferable qualities, such as lack of smoke, fast discharge and producing a quieter shot. One of the most famous air rifles is the Girardoni air rifle, designed by inventor Bartholomäus Girardoni around 1780; it was used both by the Austrian army and during the first expedition across the west of the United States, known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-6). Like other forms of weaponry, antique air rifles are sought after on the collectors' market for display purposes.
June 27th marks a very special auction held by Be-Hold, which focuses its lens on stunning, groundbreaking photography. Barnebys zooms in on the work of the renowned photographer Robert Capa who covered two of the century’s major wars and thus became one of the 20th century’s most important photojournalists. Here are our top picks.