Top Five Air Rifles
This is a short pellet gun review of what I think are the top five most popular .177 and .22 caliber air rifles being used today. All of these air guns make fantastic choices for hunting small game, pest control, and target shooting. The ratings are based on sales popularity, price value, and user satisfaction reviews that I have researched.
It is important to consider what your use will be when selecting a pellet air rifle for either hunting, or competition shooting- in both cases, be sure to get a rifle with the highest velocity. This will assure the maximum power that is needed to take down small game with the fewest number of shots. You don’t want to injure small animals, but rather make the kill quick, and humane. Also keep in mind that the .177 cal pellet is more accurate than a standard Bb because of its aerodynamic shape.
While there are 4 different caliber air guns on the market today; the .177, .20, .22, and .25 caliber, it is the .177 and the .22 that are by far the most commonly used air guns for hunting small game or target competitions. This is strictly a review of the .177 and .22 cal air rifles; we’ll have to save the others for another day.
5.Crosman Quest 800x
You can easily take down small game with one shot with the Quest 800.This rifle has a solid hardwood stock and a spring-piston breakbarrel. This is a great looking gun, and Crossman did a fine job with the design. This is what you would call an all-round useful airgun rifle. Average Price: Under $150.00
4. Gamo Big Cat
Next, coming in at number four, the GAMO Big Cat 1250 .177 Caliber Air Rifle Combo Gamo Air Rifles have some of the strictest quality control standards, and make some of the most accurate rifles on the market. Their air guns are literally put through torture tests, such as shooting the rifles some 10,000 times before allowing them to be shipped out to consumers. Cumming in at under $200.00, the Gamo is a sure contender!
3. Benjamin Super Streak
This air rifle is one of the most popular among hunters. This is a powerful rifle that packs 1500 fps. Great for hunting squirrels, rabbits and other small game. This rifle is a little more expensive that the others, running between $325.00 and $600.00 depending on the specific model.
2. Benjamin 392
We’re getting close now. Coming in at the number two position, we have the classic The Bejamin is a extra fine looking .22 cal multi-pump pneumatic air rifle with a solid hardwood stock. However, there is no scope rail on this gun. The 392 is an accurate rifle that also has the power to take down those critters, with 685 fps. The price range on this gun is from around $189.00 to a little over $300.00 depending on where you get it, and what extras you would like.
1. RWS 460
I don’t mean to play favorites, but I sure do like RWS air rifles. But that has nothing to do with the Diana RWS 460 Magnum coming in at number one; it truly is a fantastic airgun. It looks good, feels good, and has a magnum velocity of 1350 fps when used as a .177 cal., and 950 fps when you use it as a .22 cal. Of course, it’s also the most expensive rifle in my list coming in at around $600.00, but worth every penny.
That concludes my short little rundown on some of the most popular air rifles. Whatever rifle you decide to purchase, have fun and remember that safety is number one when it comes to shooting guns.
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