Air Rifle Reviews

You might want to hunt with air guns or pellet guns. For a little history, the air gun goes back to 1580. The Kunitomo air gun was developed by the Japanese inventor, Kunitomo Ikkansai, circa 1820–1830. It’s actually quite beautiful.

Kunitomo Air Gun

PelletsAn air gun is a small arms device that forces or thrusts projectiles by using compressed air under high pressure or other gases where there are no chemical reactions. Other types of guns use explosive propellants portrayed by or formed with the evolution of heat (exothermic) for a chemical reaction. Both the air rifle and air pistol use metal projectiles that are not round in shape or BBs (ball bullets) that are round. Some air gun rifles can propel darts and arrows. Three types of power are used for air guns being spring piston, pneumatic, and compressed carbon dioxide (CO2). These guns are used for hunting, sports, and warfare. Pump up a BB gun, and you can indeed kill a squirrel.

Air Gun Pellet

Check out our top 9 best Air Rifle reviews below for your hunting pleasures! BB Pistols can cost as little as $20 and high-end rifles can cost up to $1000+. We hope this guide will be helpful in your gun evaluations.

When to Use an Air Rifle

Air guns are used for recreational shooting, hunting, and sports competitions. Field Target (FT) shooting is where there will be cardboard or metal silhouettes of animals with a kill zone stamped or painted on it. Hunter Field Target (HFT) uses the same gear with different rules. The range for HFT is between 24- and 135-feet and 24- to 165-feet for FT. Different sized reducers can be used or increase/decrease the size of the kill zone.

 Small Game Hunting

When to use an Air RifleMy dad and I used to go rabbit hunting on frosty winter mornings in the long ago harvested cornfields for that late summer or early fall. The fields were surrounded by property separator woods that would have squirrels hunting on the ground for any dropped acorns from the oak trees. We used a pumped BB gun or pellet gun very proficient at this task. Today I still use a Daisy® BB gun to scare squirrels and cats from my yard and bird feeder.

Some of the factors to consider for using an air gun for small game would be caliber, sights, technique, and care of your gun.

What Pellet to use in Hunting Game Size

Caliber and Power Best for Hunting Air Rifle

The 4 most common calibers of size and gauges available today are 0.20, 0.22, 0.25 and 0.177.

General Guide

Pellet Size

Game/Action

0.20 (0.204) Small game and varmints; low speed pellets; kill tin cans; 0.177 has more speed
0.22 and 0.25 Medium game racoons; ground hogs; wood chucks; squirrels; medium birds; and targets using PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) or spring action pellets; high speed; flat trajectory
0.25 PCP Wild cats; medium game; targets; slow velocity great impact
0.177 Ground hogs, medium game, target with PCP; small birds, target, plinking with spring action, and CO2; high speed, sharp penetration for small/medium game

Plinking—shooting guns at items such as tin cans, bottles, and things you find on the ground; a casual, relaxed, and easy target shooting for fun. The name plinking is from the sound the bullet makes when it hits a can or other object. The loud metallic reverberation sounds like a plink. You can use any gun to plink. The most frequently used caliber for plinking is the 0.22 caliber long rifle. These are cheap and don’t sound too loud and are not as powerful as larger caliber guns.

The usual pick is among the 0.22 and 0.177 calibers. The 0.177 does not have much purpose except for match guns to bore size, trajectory, wind, and air pistols. An air gun choice would be 0.20 (5 mm) or 0.177 with the 0.20 being better, with the 0.25 being even more superior.

Gun owners say: 0.22 for fur and 0.177 for feathers. If you want birds use a 0.177; if you want other than birds, use 0.22 or 0.25. Hollow point pellets with polymer heads are preferred by many hunters for their sharp and flying tip for greatest velocity and accuracy.

Pellet Types

Wadcutter

Wadcutter

Flat head pellets intended to cut round holes in a paper target; good for competition, target shooting and plinking

Domed
Domed

Rounded nose or domed pellet heads for best aerodynamics and usually maintain their energy longer than other designs perfect for hunting

Pointed

Pointed

Great for maintaining velocity being more severely pointed than the domed pellets; good for plinking and hunting

Hollow Point

Hollow Point

Superb for hunting where the hollow center spreads out inside the animal

Variations

Variations

Centered on the 4 styles above, pellets have minimal changes for the performance wanted; some are of lead-free materials

Polymyer Tipped

Polymyer Tipped

Sharp and hard for hollow point types having aerodynamic shape being quality made

 

High Velocity

High Velocity

Lead-free ammo in standard shapes are not as heavy and causes the pellet to become unstable at high speeds and fly imprecisely

BulletsBullets

Bullets are larger caliber not good for typical pellet gun; has more weight and more FPE (foot-pounds energy) being a good choice for the 0.357 rifle

BBs

BBs

Can be dangerous ricocheting back into the shooter after bouncing off the target; made of steel, not aerodynamic since round; good for plinking and scaring away squirrels usually from the noise alone

Medium Game Hunting

The best air guns for raccoons, ground hogs, porcupines, prairie dogs, turkey, wood chucks and other like-sized animals, would be a 0.177 caliber using an air gun providing 20-pounds of energy at the muzzle. The larger the animal for a compassionate kill is a gun that offers both caliber and power in one. The bigger the animal the more kill power you need.

Large Game Hunting

The air guns for javelin (wild boar, small bears) and coyote sized game will need an air rifle of at least 0.45 caliber and more. Hunting these animals means one shot and a farther distance away for your own safety. You will need to shoot a 1-inch circle at the range you aim to shoot. Power decreases with the length so make sure your gun has both velocity and muzzle energy.

Types of Air Guns

CO2

  • CO2 Air GunInternal pressure is restricted to the pressure produced by the vaporizing CO2. The pressure is high enough to drive pellets 600-700 FPS.
  • The rifle has enough power for small animals, bird hunting, plinking, and practice.
  • Cylinder holds enough gas to fire several pellets.
  • Quick and quiet to reload with minimal effort.
  • Can carry several of the small light cylinders when hunting in the woods.
  • These features are imparted to the PCP rifles as well.

Precharged Pneumatic (PCP)

  • Precharged Pneumatic (PCP) Air RifleReloading is fast and noiseless.
  • Only the air moves when fired.
  • No need for a long receiver where a piston moves.
  • Reservoir can remain filled for use quickly.
  • Need a pump to fill using a large amount of pump strokes to fill it to 2000-3000 PSI.
  • After filled, can shoot 25-30 shots without recharging the rifle.
  • Reservoir must have enough fills to provide enough power or take a pump with you.
  • A scuba tank works well.
  • PCP air gun rifles are a hunters choice.

Break Action

  • Break ActionThe spring piston rifles are very popular today.
  • Don’t need to use the barrel as the cocking lever.
  • One method of the spring piston is the slide lever rifle using a hinged lever at the side pulled outward to compress air leaving the barrel in its fixed rigid position.
  • The under lever uses a rod held under the barrel as a cocking lever when pulled down.
  • The cocking motion pulls a piston to the inside rear receiver compressing a spring.
  • This type rifle can shoot pellets up to 1000 FPS and more with a 0.177 caliber of lightweight alloy pellets.
  • Used extensively for hunting due to high velocity.
  • They make a ‘twang’ sound when fired.
  • Take more practice to use being heavy, long, and noisy.

Spring Pistol Air Rifle

Calibers, Velocity, and FPS

A rifle fanatic ought to know the shooting velocity, caliber type, and weather conditions the gun can handle, the material it is made of, power source, if it can add accessories, uses for it, and safety systems. Will it fit the budget bill, will it use BBs or pellets, and can it be used where you live, is the power source PCP, CO2, or spring piston.

Other Considerations

Hunting Regulations

The first thing you must know before you go hunting is the laws and regulations in the state in which you plan to hunt. All states do not allow air rifles. Some restrict caliber and some states require a background check for transferring guns from one owner to another.

Firearm Maintenance

Firearm preventive maintenance is done regularly to safeguard the proper function of a firearm by the owner of the firearm. Use simple methods such as cleaning the firearm with gun oils, and lubricating with similar oils and greases. When a firearm has physical damage related to the ordinary use of the firearm, or when a firearm malfunctions in a life-threatening manner, take it to a professional gunsmith. The gunsmith can tell you if it can be repaired or is unsafe or safe to shoot.

Other Hunting Firearms

Many hunters have a favorite weapon to use for chasing down wildlife, practice, plinking, and killing varmints. Others use many types of weapons for instance compound bows, compound bow cam types of binary cams, twin cams, single cams, and hybrid cams. Other bows are recurve and crossbows shown at the red links.

Single shot and up to 5-shot rifles are reviewed here. Shotguns and double-barreled shotguns are not used as much today with the better rifles in the marketplace. A revolver or handgun might be used for killing deer, but why not use an AK-47? Gotta use common sense and have knowledge.

When to Use Bows or Rifles

When choosing your weapon for deer hunting you will probably choose the bow or the rifle. Everyone seems to have their penchant for one over the other and some like all weapons.

Bows—Contingent upon what you’re hunting will determine the weapon you use. Crossbows can be used only during rifle hunting season, unless you have mitigating factors such as a doctor’s note, if you’re disabled, or under 18. Check your game licensing department for how to do this.

  • Upper body strength is needed when using a crossbow. You will have to pull at least 80-pounds and some up to 200-pounds. That will surely fatigue you over time plus walking.
  • Recurve bows are good to use but they don’t break so you carry the weight always. A compound bow is commonplace among bow users. You can let it out a few pounds while you’re building up your arm muscles for more strength. Get one weighing about 60-pounds with a letoff of about 80%, nice draw length, and fully adjustable. Get a release to take the stress off your fingers and hand to draw back with your whole arm.

Rifles—are better mechanically than bows with a longer range, ammo that’s easier to take along, and are stress-free to use not being too heavy.

  • Being easy to use without taking much time, a rifle doesn’t take as much time to be skillful and adept at using it. Bow hunters are crafty and stealthy where a rifle hunter can put down a deer from a few hundred yards away. A bowhunter would need to be within 40-yards away.
  • Rifles are user-friendly, easy to get, and usually a family tradition. Boys usually get one from their rifle-shooting dads at about age 13.

Budget

Budget—must be considered for the bow or rifle and the paraphernalia (accessories, ammo, gun safe, trail camera, and hunting boots) for your weapon preference. A rifle is much cheaper than a bow. You might even want to take a cooler along with your rifle for a cold drink and snacks.

  • A good high-end rifle with all the whistles and bows will cost about $1000 and up. Yes, you can buy a best pellet gun for about $50 and BB guns for much less, but a BB gun will not take down an animal—maybe a bird or rat.
  • A good pellet gun is quiet and a larger caliber will take down a deer.
  • A bow will cost two times the amount of a rifle. You will also need scentless clothes and camo to get close to the deer.

Rifles are better than bows as a weapon. Those who choose bows have their reasons for doing so and both are perfect for a dinner table piece of meat. Bow hunters feel their method is a more natural way to hunt—hmm, why not a long spear?

Accessories for Air Guns

Considering your budget, you probably want all the accessories you can afford. Never put a firearm scope on an air rifle.

Air Gun Scopes Scope Mounts PCP Accessories: Handpump, Charging System
Upgrade Kits Aperture & Iron Sights Bi-Pods & Vertical Grips
Chronographs Cleaning & Maintenance Kits CO2 Cartridges
Flashlights & Lasers Gun Cases Holsters
Magazines, Clips & Loaders Reflex, Dot & Aim Point Safety Gear
Shooting Aids Slings Targets & Traps

You will want pellets or BBs as your stock items. Along with your hunting dog, you should be ready for the wilds.

Man and Hunting Dog

 

Top 9 Best Air Rifle / Pellet Gun Reviews (Updated Apr. 2017)

1. Gamo® Varmint Pellet Gun (0.177) - My Choice for Small Game

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5

The Gamo® company is in Spain making bullets, BB guns, rifles, pellet, and air guns for over 50 years. They understand excellence for your insistence on quality, modernism, and performance. The Gamo® Varmint is a #1 best seller on Amazon.com® for many good reasons.

The Varmint model number 6110017154 is 0.177 caliber with a muzzle velocity of 1250 FPS with PBA, and 1000 FPS with lead. The scope is 4×32 with stop, and the trigger is the standard model, spring piston powered, standard recoil pad. It is accurate with a high rate of speed for scoping out and ridding society of annoying critters such as mice, rats, squirrels, opossum, and some snakes. It is great for target shooting and plinking. It is loud like a 0.22, but becomes quiet after using about 50 times. It is rifled, not smooth bore. You can add a rail to it. It is a steel barrel with fluted polymer jack and synthetic Monte Carlo stock with 2 raised cheek pieces, manual safety, and the anti-beartrap mechanism.

It will it only fire 0.177 caliber pellets and BBs cannot be used; they will jam the gun. There is no pump lever. Youngsters might have a tough time cocking the gun. It is not a CO2 rifle; it is a spring action, break barrel type with a lot more power. It does not have or use a pump lever; it cocks by breaking the barrel open to a certain point, placing a pellet in the chamber and closing the barrel. There is no pumping. Buy some pellets and you’re ready to go hunting.

It can shoot through 1/2-inch plywood and would certainly go through yours and the neighbors’ glass windows.

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Specifications:

  • Cocking Effort: 30-pounds
  • Fire Mode: Single-shot
  • Grip: Ambidextrous
  • Gun Weight: 5.47-pounds
  • Hop Up: No
  • Overall Length: 46.85-inches
  • Barrel Length: 17.8-inches
  • Loudness: 4-Medium High
  • Magazine Capacity: 1
  • Safety: Manual
  • Front Sights: Fiber Optic
  • Rear Sights: Adjustable
  • Trigger Pull: 3.53-pounds
  • Use: Small game hunting/plinking

You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions for installing the scope, Allen wrench, and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in Spain.

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2. Gamo® Raptor Whisper Air Rifle IGT SAT (0.22)

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5

The Gamo® Raptor model number 6116795554 is a top best seller on Amazon.com® for plenty of good reasons for you hunters, plinkers, and shooters loaded with astounding features. It is quiet, and the butt pad reduces recoil with its Shock Wave Absorber (SWA) absorbing 74% more recoil. The Raptor Whisper integrates its Inert Gas Technology (IGT) into the powerplant with an inert gas cylinder with its gas piston. Your cocking and shooting will be smoother with no spring torque or fatigue. You will not experience any cold weather issues either. It lasts longer than a standard metal spring type. Get rid of those nuisance pests and unwanted varmints anywhere. It comes with a 4×32 scope and mount. It is also available in 0.177.

It is the break barrel type and a single shot with 11 mm optics dove tail and no open sights. The dampener reduces noise by 52% and the rifled steel barrel is designed with a fluted polymer jacket. You will love the 2-stage adjustable Smooth Action Trigger (SAT), all-weather synthetic stock with black rubber inserts, and 2 raised cheek pieces. The safety is manually operated and the forearm and pistol grip are textured for good gripping and support.

Specifications:

  • Velocity: 1300 FPS
  • Blowback: No
  • Fire Mode: Single-shot
  • Grip: Ambidextrous
  • Gun Weight: 5.64-pounds
  • Hop Up: No
  • Magazine Capacity: 1
  • Rail: Yes
  • Safety: Manual

You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions for installing the scope, Allen wrench, and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in Spain.

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3. Benjamin® Bulldog PCP (0.357) - Powerful Air Rifle for Medium/Large Game Hunting

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5

The Crossman Benjamin® Bulldog PCP (Pre-charged Pneumatics) model number BPBD3S multi-shot bolt action hunting air rifle is a top-quality rifle for large animals. Get away from traditional air guns and get into the arena using a 0.357. This one will not be wanted to kill rodents and squirrels; it is meant for hunting wild hogs, big cats, and African medium game. This rife is a high-end top-selling hunting rifle on Amazon.com®.

hogKill all the feral hogs with this big bore gun; they are wrecking the woods, gardens, fields, and environment. Take the restraint off the Bulldog PCP and let it go wild with you having free reign.

For deer, you should be able to deliver decent 3 shot groups at 35- or even 50-yards with either the H&N grizzly pellets or the JSB pellets. The FPE is about 200. The 118-grain pellet at 754 FPS chromed is about 150 FPE.

You can do back yard plinking in the city but always know where your lead is going and be aware of ricochets. It is loud enough to attract attention unless you purchased yours with a baffled barrel/silencer. Always check with your city’s ordinances to be sure it’s legal to shoot in the city.

It has the superb Baffle-less SoundTrap shroud for big bore sound suppression to not scare the animals. For you left-handers, the rifle has the sidelever bolt that is reversible for you lefty’s. The 5-shot magazine, 10-shots per fill, is easy to reload and is included with the gun along with the 6 Nosler eXtreme bullets, lubricant, and cleaning tool.

Note: Do not use vehicle/garage air compressors that only go to ±160 PSI because this rifle takes 2900-3000 PSI (pounds per square inch). A healthy person can fill it with a PCP hand pump. See the gauge on the bottom of the stock opposite the dovetail. This gun will fit any scope or bipod. The Bulldog configuration is short 36-inches overall length. This powerful rifle does not use CO2; it uses compressed air. Just get the Benjamin pump for the Benjamin air rifle and stop worrying about how to get the air in.

Any scope will work with 1-inch risers because the 26-inch picatinny rail runs the length of the barrel. If the scope sits low you won’t be able to get the covers on the lenses. You can put a flashlight, scope, bubble level and/or laser on your rifle and be ready for any situation that arises from when the sun goes up until it goes down. In fact, any optical accessory made for the AR (assault rifle) platform can be fitted to your Benjamin® Bulldog 0.357. It is weather resistant being metal with no wood.

Specifications:

  • 5th Auto-Indexing Rotary Clip
  • Sidelever
  • 28-inch Rifled Barrel
  • SoundTrap baffle-less trapezoid-shaped sound suppression
  • 50-inch long Picatinny accessory rail
  • 2-stage non-adjustable trigger (stage 1=2 lbs., stage 2=3 lbs.)
  • Manual Safety
  • 36-inches long
  • Ambidextrous Synthetic Stock
  • Rubber Recoil Pad
  • 3000 PSI Max Fill Pressure
  • 340cc Reservoir
  • 10 max shots per fill (going from 800 FPS down to 670 FPS and from 3000 PSI down to 2000 PSI by shot 10)
  • Weight: 7.70 pounds
  • Reversible Bolt: switch from right to left side (with our special service)
  • Foster Male Quick-Disconnect
  • 800 Max FPS with a 145-grain Nosler bullet (910 FPS max with an 81-grain pellet)
  • 200 ft.-lbs. max with a 170-grain bullet
  • Includes Swab-Its, 6 Nosler eXtreme bullets and lube
  • Caliber: 0.357/9 mm
  • Max Velocity: 910 FPS
  • Muzzle Energy 200 ft. lbs.
  • Stock Synthetic
  • Grip Ambi
  • Color Black

Benjamin Bulldog PCP Hunting Rifle for Medium and Large Game

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4. Ruger® Blackhawk® Combo (0.177) - best Air Rifle for the money

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Ruger® Blackhawk® model number 2244010 is a top seller on Amazon.com® with its variety of features. The velocity is 1000 FPS with a 4×32 mm objective lens/scope with mount and fiber optic sights, 1 tube 1/4 MOA duplex reticle parallax setting, unknown 29-foot field-of-view at 100-yards, 3-eye relief, 8 mm exit pupil 13.2-ounce, and with mount 12.9-inches long. It includes 11 mm dovetail rings.

The rifle is spring-piston single-stroke break-barrel with an all-weather synthetic black stock. It is ambidextrous for either the left or right-hand users. The barrel is rifled and uses pellets not BBs with a single shot.

The Blackhawk® will kill birds, small animals, and could blind a dog. You can kill raccoons and varmints, rabbits, squirrels using the simple break down barrel to load the pellet; it is not a CO2 or a pump action gun. It is a great gun for plinking and ridding yourself of pesky rodents. You cannot kill a deer or big game with this gun. The stock is all weather made of composite materials. Other features are the nitrogen-filled shockproof fog-proof, waterproof, windage, and elevation adjustments, multiple lens coatings with a matte black finish.

You will receive a User’s Manual, instructions for installing the scope, and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in China.

5. Benjamin® Bolt Action Variable Pump Air Rifle (0.22)

Our Rating: 4.3 / 5

The Crosman Benjamin® model 392 is timeless with its Monte Carlo stock made of American hardwood. This gun is a top seller on Amazon.com® with its adjustable sights and rifled brass barrel. It will shoot up to 685 FPS and 19.9 FPE (foot-pounds energy at the muzzle). The variable pump single shot bolt action is perfect for pesky varmints, target shooting, small game and predator hunting, and plinking. All Crosman Benjamin® guns are famous for their dependability, performance, and light weight. It loads one pellet at a time. It comes with no slings or swivels; a sling would be in your way.

Specifications:

  • Alloy Pellet Velocity: Up to 800 FPS
  • Max Muzzle Velocity: 685 FPS
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 pounds
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Length: 45-inches
  • Barrel Length: 19.25-inches to chamber, 24-inch barrel length
  • Mechanism: Bolt Action
  • Power Source: Pump-3 to 10 strokes of an on-board lever to compress air
  • Ammunition: Pellets
  • Capacity: Single Shot
  • Front Sight: Fixed
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable for windage and elevation
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • Effective Range: 15 yards

Built in AmericaYou will receive a User’s Manual, instructions for installing the scope, and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in the USA.

6. Winchester® Semi-Automatic CO2 Powered Air Rifle (0.177)

Our Rating: 4.1 / 5

The Winchester® Model M 14 steel barrel rifled semi-automatic rifle is better than the one you had as a kid. For the accuracy you want, the blade front sight and adjustable rear sight will fit the bill. The rifle will shoot both 0.177 pellets and BBs and has a strong and durable composite material for the stock. The Amazon.com® model number is 991014-402 is a best seller at an affordable price. A scope does not come with this gun.

You will have the CO2 clip that will hold 2 standard 12-gram cylinders for producing a max muzzle velocity of 700 FPS. Load 2 cylinders into the clip and then put into the gun. The clip additionally holds 2 each 8-round magazines for 16 total shots without you needing to reload. Load pellets, BBs, or combination thereof into the magazine and put into the rifle. After you shoot 8 times, flip the clip over and begin shooting again. The rifle is not a blowback so you do have to cock it one time to get the first shot.

WinchesterThe rifle does not come with CO2 cylinders; therefore, you will have to buy your own. Only use 12-gram. A 40-count box is less costly for each cylinder than a lower count box. Use care installing; the bolts to tighten them up are only plastic and you could break them. The trigger action is smooth; smoother than the break barrel. It has no sling adapter or scope mount.

The Winchester Semi-Automatic CO2 Air Rifle has a small safety lever in the front of the trigger guard for security.

This rifle will kill rabbits, small rodents, squirrels that I call tree rats with a fancy tail. It will not kill large game. It’s good for plinking and backyard target practice.

The overall length is 44.5-inches with a 9-inch depth for the magazine if you plan on storing it with it inserted and no youngsters around. It weighs 4.4-pounds.

You will receive a User’s Manual and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in Japan.

7. Daisy® 880 Powerline® (0.177) BB & Pellet Rifle (Recommended for Beginners)

Our Rating: 4.3 / 5

The Daisy® is a reputable brand of air guns since 1886. The air rifle model number 5880 is a best-selling rifle on Amazon.com®. The color is dark brown and black. The kit contains safety glasses, 500 Daisy® pellets, 750 zinc plated BBs, and a 4×15 mm scope with rings that you mount to the gun. The rifle uses a multi-pump pneumatic function. You will love the wood-grain plastic Monte Carlo forearm and stock. The barrel is metal.

You can shoot BBs 750 FPS and pellets 715 FPS. Just pour about 50 BBs into the magazine. Each time you pull the bolt back and push it forward, you will load another BB. You can also single load 0.177 pellets. Pump it 3 times practicing indoors or 10 times for max power outdoors. The gun is good for anyone over age 16 with experienced adults to supervise.

It will take down birds, squirrels, rabbits and other small rodents. Kill a skunk with a head shot and he will still spray. You can shoot this rifle with your left or right hand.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 3.10-pounds
  • Action: Multi-pump pneumatic
  • Sights: Fiber Optic front sight, adjustable rear sight
  • Safety: Cross bolt trigger block
  • Maximum Muzzle Velocity: 800 FPS, BBs 665 FPS
  • Overall Length: 37.6-inches
  • Caliber: 0.177 caliber (4.5 mm) BB or pellet
  • Barrel: Rifled steel
  • Maximum Shooting Distance: 291-yards
  • Capacity: 50 shot BBs, single shot pellets
  • Receiver: Engineering resin with dovetail mount for scope

You will receive a User’s Manual and 1-year Limited Warranty. It is made in China.

8. Gamo Whisper Silent Cat Break Barrel Pellet Rifle, .177

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5

One of the most powerful air rifle with the velocity of up to 1200 fps, it offers you powerful shots and guarantees the most humane kill on small game. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The trigger is also adjustable which makes it easier to use and load the gun.

Pros

  • This is one of the most powerful guns with highest velocity. This comes with a very reasonable price.
  • This air rifle is also very quiet, which will help for multiple shots and you will not scare away the small animal
  • The simple yet strong design makes it very easy to use.

Cons

  • The scope is kind of useless to many hunters. It is also not durable.
  • The double recoil is quite hard to operate, especially for beginners.
  • For some types of pellets, the shots will be inconsistent.

Verdict

You can use this gun to shot for small game such as rabbits, squirrel and pigeons. This is one of the best starter guns for anyone who just stars having a liking in hunting.  You can also use this air rifle for pest control.

9. Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 Break Barrel Pellet Gun

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5

The most outstanding feature of this air rifle is that instead of the mental mainspring, it comes with the Nitro piston, which makes the spring action smoother and causes less noise. Besides that, this model comes with an enhanced 2 –stage trigger that is adjustable for taking up. The innovation also helps to reduce the cocking effort by 10lbs and increase the speed as well as a shooting range.

Pros

  • You can shot almost effortlessly with this air rifle: only 28 lbs. cocking effort and no spring torque.
  • You can leave it cocked for hours and there is still no spring fatigue.
  • Thanks to the Nitro Piston, it works well under all kinds of weather.

Cons

  • This air rifle is relatively heavier than other models of air rifles.
  • After few hundred shots, the gun will not cock.

Verdict

This gun is perfect to use when you go hunting in extremely hot and cold weather. Besides, it is suitable for small game hunting and medium sized game hunting such as squirrels and raccoons.

COMPARISON CHART

Air RifleCaliberFPSPowerplantActionWeight
Gamo Whisper Silent Cat
Gamo Whisper Silent Cat
0.177" (4.5mm) 1200 (PBA)
1000 (pellets)
Break barrel5.28 lbs
Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2
Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 Break Barrel Air Rifle
0.22" (5.5mm)1100Gas pistonBreak barrel8.3 lbs
Daisy 880 Powerline
Daisy 880 Powerline Multi-pump Pneumatic Rifle, 37.6 Inch
0.177" (4.5mm)750 (BBs)
715 (pellets)
PneumaticMulti-Pump5.2 lbs
Winchester Model M 14
Winchester 990004-402 CO2 Semi-Automatic Action Hunting Pellet Gun
0.177" (4.5mm)700CO2Semi-Automatic4.4 lbs
Benjamin 392
Benjamin 392 Bolt Action Variable Pump .22 Air Rifle
0.22" (5.5mm)685Multi-pump
pneumatic
Bolt5.5 lbs

Tips

Read a good book by an expert on air guns by Dr. Robert Beeman here.

  • Guns are not toys! Keep them locked up no matter how “childlike” they look. Adult supervision is always needed. Misuse or careless use may cause serious injury or death. Always be careful and always shoot safely.
  • Be sure the rifle is properly sighted in before every hunt or practice.
  • Ensure pneumatic and CO2 guns are holding air pressure and not leaking.
  • Be sure the guns cock easily without binding or interference for spring guns.
  • Always make sure the safety is on and working properly.
  • Never dry fire your air gun because it can cause intense damage to the spring and piston.
  • For accuracy, hold the rifle gently with your trigger hand and pull back lightly against your shoulder.
  • Lay the forefront of the air rifle on your open palm and do not hold tightly. This lets the spring-piston gun to recoil around your front hand not feeling natural at first but will give you good results becoming second nature.

Final Thoughts

I hope that this Top 9 Best Air Rifle/Pellet Gun Reviews and Buying Guide will be able to provide you a deeper insight of these. Practice with your gun before going into the woods or forest to hunt. You want to be familiar with all of its workings. Have the correct ammo. Be acquainted with how birds and animals behave, live, and move. Be safe while out hunting and have fun!

Deer Hunting with Air Rifle

 

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