Most Powerful Air Rifle – .45 Cal

Most Powerful Air Rifle

The most powerful air rifle today (2019) is the new Gamo Big Bore TC45 and TC35. The TC45 is .45 cal and the TC35 is .357 cal. The TC45 shoots a 350 grain lead pellet at 800 fps. That’s serious power!!!

Air Venturi .45 caliber 350 grain lead pellets

The Gamo Big Bore TC45 is a fantastic air gun and it’s a .45 caliber. Now that’s a Big Bore.

You can buy the Gamo TC45 here…

Here are the features of the Gamo TC45

  • Single shot bolt action
  • PCP powered
  • Integrated noise barrel dampener
  • Adjustable 2 stage trigger for optimal accurcy
  • 480 cc carbon fiber air tank
  • Picatinny optic mount
  • 10-40 shot capacity without recharging
  • Available in .357 and .45 calibers
  • Under lever cocking system
  • Grooved and textured AR style grip
  • Muzzle energy 248 ft/lbs

The second most powerful air rifle (commercial production) is the Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog .357 PCP air rifle. It shoots a .357 caliber 145 grain pellet at 800 fps.

The Crosman Bulldog is a compact Bull-pup design which allows the barrel to extend down into the stock. This makes the overall length much shorter than traditional air rifles. The Bulldog is only 36″ in overall length. It’s very compact.

The Crosman Bulldog allows you to step into the Big Game hunting realm with a very powerful air rifle. You can take large game like deer, hogs, antelope, bear, predators and African plains game. Buy the Bulldog (34% discount) here…

Here are the features of the Crosman Bulldog Air Rifle

  • Black or camo synthetic stock
  • Bullpup design for compactness
  • 36″ overall length
  • 26″ Picatinny rail for sight attachment
  • SoundTrap barrel shroud to dampen noise
  • Side lever bolt is reversible
  • 10 shots per PCP cylinder fill
  • Velocity up to 800 fps
  • Cleaning tools and oil included.

However, there are custom air rifles that exceed this power. There is a .620 caliber custom air rifle that shoots a 435 grain pellet at 900 fps. It costs about $2,000. If your budget is unlimited, you can get a lot of power.

Most Powerful PCP Air Rifles

Here are some of the more powerful PCP air rifles other than the Gamo TC45/TC35 and the Crosman Bulldog. These are much less expensive but still very powerful. They sell for $150 – $500. The Crosman Maximus Hunter is really hard to beat.

  • Crosman Maximus Hunter – 1000 fps (.22 cal)
  • Benjamin Discovery .22 cal – 1000 fps
  • Benjamin Marauder .22 cal – 1000 fps
  • Hatsan Hercules Bully .30 cal – 1070 fps
  • Hatsan BullBoss .22 cal – 1070 fps
  • Umarex Gauntlet .177 cal – 1000 fps
  • Gamo Coyote Whisper Fusion .22 cal – 1100 fps

Crosman Maximus Hunter

This is a great PCP hunting air rifle with a lot of power. It’s comes in .22 caliber and .177. The .22 cal model will shoot lead and alloy pellets with velocities ranging from 850 to 1000 fps. I prefer the heavier lead pellets in .22 caliber for hunting. Heavy pellets penetrate deeper providing quicker kills. It’s a real bargain at around $230. You can buy it here…

Crosman Maximus Hunter Air Rifle Features

  • Rifled barrel
  • PCP power system
  • Steel breach
  • Synthetic stock
  • 2000 psi gauge
  • up to 30 shots before recharging
  • Bolt action single shot
  • Muzzle velocities of 850 – 1000 fps
  • Dovetail mounting rail
  • Single stage trigger
  • Ambidextrous stock
  • Crossbolt safety
  • Sling mounts

I also like the Crosman Discovery PCP Air Rifle in .177 and .22 calibers. I owned many Crosman air guns and loved all of them. Crosman makes great products and the prices are excellent. You just can’t go wrong. The Discovery is in the $300+ price range.

Crosman Discovery PCP .22 Air Rifle Features

  • .22 caliber
  • PCP or CO2 powered
  • Muzzle velocity 900 fps
  • Single shot bolt action
  • All wood stock
  • Adjustable open sights
  • Steel rifled barrel

Most Powerful Break Barrel Air Rifles

Break barrel air rifles are the second most powerful next to PCP or Pre-charged Pneumatic. Break barrel air rifles cock and charge the system when you break the barrel. These air rifles can be very powerful. The calibers range from .177 to .25.

Here are the most powerful models.

  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 .177 cal – 1420 fps
  • Umarex Octane Elite Air Rifle .177 cal – 1400 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Magnum .22 cal – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Fusion Gen2 .177 cal – 1300 fps
  • Umarex Forge .177 Air Rifle – 1250 fps
  • Umarex Fuel .177 Air Rifle – 1200 fps
  • Crosman Vaporizer Nitro Piston Elite .22 cal – 1100 fps

I love break barrel air rifles!!! I had a Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 rifle and it was fantastic! They have a ton of power and don’t require CO2 or compressed gas, so you can keep shooting until your run out of pellets. Nice!

Break barrel air guns are great for hunting. They have lots of power and accuracy. You just can’t beat them!

Gamo and Umarex make some of the best break barrel air rifles available. The Gamo Whisper Fusion is really hard to beat in power and price. It’s just a great gun. I recommend the Gamo Fusion Mach 1 and the Umarex Octane Elite.

Let’s take a look at these 2 air guns.

Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle

This is just a beautiful air rifle. The stock is awesome and when you shoulder it you’ll know what I’m talking about. It just fits really well and feels lighter than it is.

Here are the Fusion Mach 1 Features

  • .177 cal lead or alloy pellets
  • Muzzle velocities up to 1420 fps
  • IGT Mach 1 gas piston for high power, low vibration and smooth cocking
  • CAT (custom action trigger) 2 stage trigger
  • RRR – recoil reducing rail for optic sights
  • Barrel vibration/noise dampening system
  • Adjustable open sights
  • Weight 8.0 lbs
  • Trigger pull 3.74 lbs
  • Barrel length 18″
  • Price approx $230

Umarex Octane Elite Air Rifle

Umarex makes some really nice air guns and the Octane Elite is one of the very best. It’s super powerful with a muzzle velocity approaching 1450 fps with pellets. That’s faster than a .22 long rifle.

One of the features on the Octane is a thumbhole stock. I love thumbhole stocks. They feel really good when you mount it to your shoulder. I had a .470 Capstick rifle with a thumbhole stock and it was awesome. Thumbhole stocks give your hand a neutral position which feels great because there is no twisting of your forearm or wrist. You can buy the Octane Elite here… 

Umarex Octane Elite Features

  • .177 caliber
  • 1420 fps velocity
  • 19.5″ barrel
  • Break barrel action
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Fiber optic sights
  • Synthetic thumbhole stock
  • 2 stage adjustable trigger
  • Weight 9.5 lbs
  • Trigger pull 3.5 lbs
  • Rubber butt plate for comfort
  • Approximate cost $180

Full Auto BB Gun – they’re legal too

Full Auto BB Guns are legal to own without any backgound checks or special permits like Class 3 weapons. Anyone can buy and own one.

…they’re great for self defense too!

So which makes and models are fully automatic… like a machine gun?

Here is the full auto list…

  • Crosman DPMS SBR Co2 Full Auto Rifle
  • Umarex Legends MP40 Gen 3 Co2 Rifle
  • Umarex Steel Storm Full Auto Pistol
  • SMG 22 Cal Full Auto Belt Fed Pellet Rifle
  • Beretta 92A1 Full Auto Co2 Pistol
  • Umarex Beretta M92 A1 Full Auto BB Pistol
  • Crosman PFAM9B Co2 Full Auto Pistol

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Crosman DPMS SBR Co2 Full Auto BB Gun

The Crosman DPMS SBR (short barrel rifle) is an AR-15/M4 style bb gun/rifle that looks and feels like a real firearm. It retails for about $200.

Here are the features…

  • Tactical short barrel for quick action and light weight
  • Semi auto and full auto operation
  • Fires over 1400 rounds per minute
  • Muzzle velocity 400+ fps
  • Blowback action functions like the real M4
  • .177 cal BB ammunition
  • Co2 powered – 12 gram cartridges
  • Quad rail for attaching accessories
  • Adjustable 6 position stock
  • 25 round magazine
  • Nylon Fiber construction
  • Front and rear flip up sights
  • Flat Earth finish
  • Angled forend
  • Realistic weight and feel
  • Smooth bore barrel
  • Weight 6.21 lbs
  • MSRP $199.99

Crosman DPMS SBR Full Auto BB gun-rifle

Umarex/Legends MP 40 Gen 3 Full Auto BB Rifle

The Legends MP 40 BB rifle is a classic from WW II. It was originally German made and was very effective at short ranges. Every German soldier carried one. This BB gun replica is exceptional and feels like the real thing.

With a velocity of 465 fps and with steel BB ammunition, the Legends full auto BB gun/rifle makes a fine self defense gun.

  • Heavy metal form feels like the real firearm
  • Semi auto and full auto operation
  • .177 caliber steel BB ammunition
  • Designed after the 1938 German MP 40 machine gun
  • 52 round magazines
  • Co2 powered
  • Weight 7.7 lbs
  • Sights: fixed front and adjustable rear
  • Barrel length is 9″
  • Smooth bore barrel
  • Velocity: 465 fps
  • MSRP $228.47

Legends MP 40 full auto BB Gun

SMG 22 Cal Full Auto Belt Fed Pellet Rifle

  • 22 Caliber, Belt Fed Pellet Machine Gun
  • Powered by CO2, HPA, or Nitrogen gas
  • Fully automatic fire
  • Fires Up To 360 Rounds Per Minute
  • 100 round ammo drum
  • Rifled Barrel for better accuracy
  • Average velocity is approximately 500 fps
  • Upper and Lower Picatinny Rail allows you to mount various accessories
  • Easy pellet loading tool for ammo belts
  • Made in the USA
  • MSRP $550.00

SMG 22 Cal Full Auto Pellet Gun

Umarex Steel Storm Full Auto Pistol

The Umarex Steel Storm is a replica of the infamous Uzi machine gun. It’s super compact with lots of firepower. The fire selection is semi auto, 6 round full auto bursts. Another option for a self defense BB gun. It retails for about $110.00

Steel Storm Features:

  • Semi auto and full auto operation
  • 2 CO2 12 gram cartridges
  • 30 shot capacity with 300 round reserve
  • Drop out magazine holds dual CO2 cartridges
  • .177 caliber BB ammunition
  • Barrel Length 7.5″
  • Compact and realistic feel
  • Picatinny rail mount for accessories
  • BB velocity 430 fps
  • 300 shots per 2 CO2 cartridges
  • Weight approximately 3 lbs
  • MSRP $109.99

Umarex Steel Storm Full Auto BB Gun

Umarex Beretta M92 A1 Full Auto CO2 Pistol

  • Excellent replica of Italian Beretta M92 pistol
  • Blowback realistic action design
  • Metal frame
  • Single/double and full auto fire modes
  • CO2 powered
  • Velocity 310 fps
  • 18 shot BB magazine
  • Fixed front and rear sights
  • .177 caliber
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
  • Barrel length 4.5″
  • Smooth barrel bore
  • MSRP $139.09

Umarex Beretta M92 A1 full auto BB pistol

Beretta 92A1 Full Auto CO2 Pistol

  • Realistic metal frame and weight
  • .177 caliber
  • Steel smooth bore barrel
  • Velocity 330 fps
  • 2 magazines included
  • 1500 BB’s included
  • 12 CO2 cartridges included
  • Semi auto and full auto fire modes
  • MSRP $169.99

Beretta 92 A1 CO2 Full Auto BB Pistol

Crosman PFAM9B CO2 Full Auto Pistol

This is a perfect BB gun for self defense. The velocity is 450 fps which gives you descent penetration with steel BB’s plus Full Auto operation. The look and feel is realist with a real Beretta M92 handgun.

PFAM9B CO2 BB Pistol Features:

  • Realistic size and weight
  • .177 BB ammunition
  • Smooth bore barrel
  • CO2 powered operation
  • Realistic blow back action design
  • Muzzle velocity with steel BB 450 fps
  • Semi auto and full auto fire rate
  • Fixed front and rear sights
  • 20 shot BB magazine
  • Metal frame and slide
  • MSRP $99.95

Crosman PFAM9B Full Auto BB Pistol


Air Rifle for Self Defense – Check This Out

Self Defense Air Rifle – Sig Sauer MCX Assault Rifle

….there are air rifles that are powerful enough to use for self defense….not as powerful as a firearm but much better than nothing or a knife.

Sig Sauer MCX Air Assault Rifle Features

  • Powerful – up to 700 fps depending on CO2 cartridge. Pellets can penetrate 6+” of soft tissue and 1/2″ of hard wood
  • Multi Shot – 30 round magazine…you can shoot 30 pellets as fast as you pull the trigger….very nasty and could be deadly to most targets
  • Compact – short overall length of 35″ and is quick to bring into action.
  • Low Noise – no flinching because of loud reports plus target practice in backyard without disturbing neighbors
  • Easy to Purchase – no paperwork or background checks. Buy online and it gets shipped to your front door

Sig Sauer MCX Air Assault Rifle Reviews

I have been a big fan of Sig Sauer firearms since acquiring my first one, a p226 in 9mm, almost 20 years ago. There’s a certain level of craftsmanship, and quality of materials used, you come to expect from Sigarms and this air rifle certainly carries on that tradition. Constructed mostly of metal, this rifle has some real heft to it, nearly matching it’s centerfire big brother in weight. Mock suppressor is all metal. Iron sights are fully adjustable (for windage And elevation) and also of all metal construct. Not like the cheap plastic non adjustable ones that you’ll find on most other air rifles. Very nice. Full picatinny rail runs from the top of the barrel end of the handguard and length of the “upper receiver” to the charging handle.

I mean super solid, one of the best pellet guns out there. Yes sometimes you might get one that doesnt work 100%. But thats very rare. I sorry to say am one of those people. But do intend to buy anouther. I hv used friends and what an expierience as a gun and pellet gun enthusiest. This is the only one u will need. The power, the look, how its made. I hv a real one and theres not much diff in size and weight. They do a great job on this gun. Just mk sure you shoot it in closed areas or on big pieces of land or your next door neighbor, that just whatched hitman will call the cops on you out of fear. Lol. Im dead serious and they are allowed to confiscate it from u and will write u a summons or if the cop is just a jerk arrest u for the night. And if they come drop it on the ground as fast as you can thdy will shoot to kill. Im dead serious. But hv fun with it, i love it. Great piece. Go buys yours before the price goes up.”

Bad ass gun, fired 1000 rounds already. Accurate enough to hit a 1/2 inch group of 5 at 35 feet. No problems at all, absolutely love this thing.”

excellent air rifle. great for training for the real thing. accurate as all get out”

Self Defense CO2 BB Gun – Daisy 415

The Daisy Powerline 415 BB Gun for Self Defense

Daisy Powerline 415 bb gun

Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun out of the box

Daisy Powerline 415 Features

  • Powerful – 500 fps with BB’s – can penetrate 4-5 inches of ballistic gel or equivalent soft tissue
  • Multi Shot – 21 shot magazine combined with CO2 power to provide 21 fast shots before reloading
  • Lightweight – lighter than any cartridge handgun – enables men and women to hold and shoot accurately.
  • Low Noise – prevents flinching from loud gun report and allows backyard target practice
  • Inexpensive – under $40 … ammo $5 for 350 BBs or pellets
  • No Background Check – easy to purchase, no paperwork or background checks…can buy online and get it delivered to your door.

Daisy Powerline 415 BB Gun Reviews

This Gun rocks. Had it now for almost two weeks and put almost 500 rounds though it. Very Powerful. Don’t get complacent and remember this thing can do some damage. I get about 125-175 shots or more before the Co2 gets low. The BB’s load at the top. Be very careful when putting BB’s in. Somehow I got a BB caught inside the spring while loading, and damaged it trying to get the BB out. Make sure it is locked forward, don’t let it release while loading. Daisy was nice enough to send me a replacement spring at no charge. The instructions say you never need to lube any seals. I don’t think it would hurt to lube the Co2 contact with Air gun lube occasionally. It has a one year warranty so you can’t really go wrong. I have shot it almost every day with no problems. If it breaks after a year or sooner, I got my money’s worth for sure. Daisy customer service is top notch. From what I can tell Co2 cylinders are by far cheaper on Amazon than any where else.

I am very pleased with this BB pistol. It has more power than I thought it would have, it feels solid and it is easy to load and operate. As a bonus, everything you need to get started comes in the package.

I nice pistol that has alot of power! Love it!

Hadn’t fired a bb gun since I was a kid, a LONG time ago. Plus, had never fired a bb pistol.
This is a superb value, a lot of fun and it packs a punch so be sure to wear safety glasses. I have enough property that I can shoot outside with no problems. It is surprisingly accurate. Plan to get another one so we can have contests in the back yard when friends visit.”

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Best Air Pistol for Self Defense – Which are Lethal?

Can you use an air pistol or pellet gun for self defense?

…some say NO but let’s examine the facts that few people know

Why Pellet Guns Are an Option for Self Defense

  1. Velocity 400+ fps – penetrates 3-4″ of soft tissue
  2. Multi shot magazines – shoot 10-50 shots without reloading
  3. CO2 Power – provides continuous shooting without cocking the action….and lots of power
  4. Easy to Purchase – no regulation or background checks
  5. Low Noise – no ear protection and will not disturb neighbors or set off car alarms
  6. Easy to shoot well – no recoil or noise…pinpoint accuracy is easy to obtain
  7. Lightweight – men and women can handle and shoot easily

Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun out of the box

Daisy Powerline 415 Air Pistol – Muzzle Velocity – 495 fps…Buy the Daisy 415 air pistol at

BB Penetration in Ballistic Gel

Here is a block of Ballistic Get that I used to test the penetration of the Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun. You can see 2 sets of BB’s…Black Diamond and Copperhead BB’s. They are sitting at the 3″ mark. Both penetrated the same distance.

If I had the choice of an air gun or no weapon…I would naturally choose the air gun. I would chose an air gun over a knife also. But I would much rather have a firearm. Multiple shots from a medium powered air gun will definitely stun an intruder to say the least. If nothing else, it will give you some time to escape and call 911. The ideal target is the face and particularly the eyes. Eye shots will blind the intruder and most likely kill them immediately. Once the brain is penetrated, it’s almost always “Lights Out”.

There are real human tissue tests performed in a lab by medical professionals entailing bb and pellet penetration on human skin, human eyes and human bones. Don’t worry, the human body parts were from deceased. This is real proof of the capabilities of bb guns and pellet guns for self defense.

Air guns or pellet guns are limited in power which is why most people say you cannot use one for self defense BUT some have enough power to stop a human if shot placement is correct. A heart or lung shot with most pellet guns is useless however a Temple or Eye shot could be fatal. Steel BB’s traveling at 400-500 fps will penetrate the human eye and hit the brain. A temple shot will most likely hit the brain also resulting in a stunned, disabled or dead target. If you look at some gelatin air gun penetration tests, you will see that pellets and BB’s will penetrate about 5-6 inches. That much penetration in the human brain will be fatal or serious paralysis. Some pellet guns can penetrate 1/4″ plywood.

There are a few considerations to think about when choosing a pellet gun for self defense.

  1. Rifle or Pistol
  2. Semi-auto or bolt action
  3. Single shot or repeater

Ideally you want multiple shots in a semi or fully auto mode. The size of the gun is up to you but smaller is handier and easier to bring into action. More powerful air guns are better but you have to also consider if they are multi-shot and semi-auto. A break barrel air gun might not be the best choice since you will only have one shot. Break barrel pellet guns have enough power to easily stop an intruder with a single shot. But do you want to bet your life on that one shot? I prefer to have 4 or 5 + shots available in short order.

Pump, Break Barrel, PCP or CO2 Air Guns for Self Defense

So what type of air gun is best for self defense?

Let’s look at pump air guns. Pump air guns certainly have the power to stop a human and are available in .177 and .22 calibers. They shoot steel BBs and lead pellets which are great ammunition against soft targets. BUT they are a SLOW 2nd and 3rd shot. You have to pump them 10 times and then load a pellet or BB. This takes too long in the heat of the moment. If your 1st shot does not stop the threat, you may be in for some hand to hand combat real quick or dead if the threat has a gun.

Break barrel guns fall into the same category as the pump guns. Break barrels are slow to reload but do have plenty of power.

PCP or Pre-charged Pneumatic guns are a little faster to reload than pump guns and break barrels but are basically a single shot gun. A 2nd shot will not be as fast as you would like. PCP guns are however very powerful and available in calibers up to 12 gauge.

CO2 guns are just about ideal for self defense with the exception of power. If CO2 air guns had velocities of 800 fps, they would be perfect. Most CO2 air guns are in the 400-500 fps range with .177 BBs or pellets. 450 fps will provide about 3-4 inches or so of penetration in ballistic gelatin. This is ample to penetrate the human brain with an accurate shot. Small game are easily dispatched with a BB or .177 pellet at 450 fps. And the advantage of multiple rapid fire shots can really “put the brakes” on a would be intruder.

So what are the best air pistols for self defense?

  1. Crosman SR 357 CO2 6 Shot BB Revolver  – 450 fps
  2. Winchester Model 11K CO2 Pistol – 410 fps
  3. Crosman PFAM9B BB Air Pistol – 450 fps
  4. Daisy Powerline 5170 CO2 Air Pistol – 520 fps
  5. Daisy Powerline 415 BB Pistol – 495 fps

Crosman SR357 CO2 Air Pistol for Home Defense

Winchester Model 11K CO2 Air Pistol for Self Defense

Crosman PFAM9B CO2 Air Pistol of Self Defense

Daisy Powerline 5172 CO2 Air Pistol for Self Defense – 520 fps…Buy the Daisy Powerline 5172 at

Here is why I would choose one of these for self defense. They are the most powerful air pistols and offer multiple shots with the pull of the trigger. These 4 are also very reliable and well made. To make these ever more formidable would be to add a laser sight. This makes it very easy to make a fast and accurate/lethal shot.

Best Air Rifles or Pellet Rifles for Self Defense

The same requirements go for air rifles for self defense. They must be a multi-shot semi or fully auto BB gun and be powerful enough to penetrate the human skull. Let’s look at some good semi-auto CO2 air rifles with multi-shot capabilities. I’m looking for velocities of 400 + fps.

  1. Sig Sauer MPX ASP CO2 Airgun – 30 round magazine, .177 pellets, short assault type air gun, up to 700 fps with hyper-velocity alloy pellets, semi auto platform.
  2. Crosman Comrade AK CO2 Air Gun – 22 round magazine, short assault type air gun, up to 600 fps with BBs and semi auto operation.
  3. Crosman RepeatAir 1077 CO2 Air Gun – 12 sot rotary pellet clip, compact traditional rifle style, up to 625 fps with hyper-velocity lead pellets, semi-auto operation.

Sig Sauer MPX ASP CO2 Air Rifle

Crosman Comrade AK CO2 Air Rifle

Crosman RepearAir 1077 CO2 Air Gun