If you are serious about shooting airguns accurately, you know the value of ballistics software. One of the most popular applications out there is Chairgun Pro. It is available for Mac, Windows, Android, and IOS. What about us Linux users?
First, I’d recommend installing on Android or IOS if you have devices that run those systems. It is a great portable tool to have handy. The desktop version has a lot more functionality, so let me show you how to get it up and running on Linux.
To begin, you will want to install Wine, the Windows compatibility layer for Linux from your distribution’s software repositories. For Ubuntu based systems, you will open a terminal and type the following:
sudo apt-get install wine
Assuming your installation of Wine goes trouble free, the next step is to download Java for Windows. I used version 6 update 43, found here: http://www.oldapps.com/java.php. Your browser might warn you about downloading this. I’ve used that download for a long time safely, but your mileage may vary. It probably wouldn’t hurt to run a virus scan on it.
I then downloaded the latest version of Chairgun Pro for Windows from here: http://www.hawkeoptics.com/chairgun.html.
We now have everything we need for our installation. I extracted the Chairgun Pro installer into my download folder:
The next step is to launch the Java installer and answer all the prompts until Java is installed.
Once Java is installed, we are ready to install Chairgun Pro. Launch it’s installer and answer the prompts until it is installed. I go ahead and answer yes to creating a desktop icon so I can have convenient access to it.
At this point, I now have a desktop icon that I can double click any time I want to do range functions with my pellet rifles:
Keep in mind that this software is virtually worthless without a chronograph. I recommend the Shooting Chrony F1, I’ve had mine for 12 years and it is still running strong. There some smartphone apps out there, I’ve played around with them, and found them to be fairly unreliable. Several people have found DIY ways to make chronographs as well, so that may be a route you would look into if you don’t wish to shell out just under $100 for a F1.