Best Air Pistols for Self Defense [2020 Update]

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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 Air Pistols 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
  8. Inexpensive – air pistols for self defense cost around $40 while air rifles are a bit more expensive at around $100 – $200

Best Air Pistol Choices for Self Defense

Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun out of the box

Daisy Powerline 415 Air Pistol – Muzzle Velocity – 495 fps.

I bought this air pistol. I love it! And YES I’m a Glock lover too. Go figure.

The Daisy 415 is a great air pistol. It’s plastic but feels nice in your hand…a little light but not bad. It’s CO2 powered which is great because you get more power and fast follow up shots when needed. I prefer to not have to pump an air pistol or rifle between shots.

The 415 is one of the most powerful air pistols available. The muzzle velocity runs around 495 fps with steel BB’s. It will penetrate 3″ of ballistic get with a steel BB. I shoot in my backyard all the time and it never disturbs my neighbors or makes any dogs bark.

The Daisy 415 air pistol is great for target practice, pest control like mice, birds or squirrels and self defense.

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 scientific 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 1000 fps pellet pistol would be the ultimate. 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 3-4 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. Power
  2. Rifle or Pistol
  3. Semi-auto or bolt action [blowback or manual bolt action]
  4. Single shot or repeater [magazine or clip]

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.

Best Air Pistol Sights for Self Defense

Another consideration is sights. Open sights are the standard on all air pistols and they will work but there are better solutions. You could opt for a Red Dot optical sight if the pistol has a mount or is drilled and tapped for an optical sight. They mount with scope type mounts or a rail. A Red Dot does require you to raise the pistol and look through the sight in order to aim. This is not ideal but it is better than open sights. It’s quicker and more accurate.

The best sight is a Laser Sight. It requires no eye alignment and you can aim with the pistol in any position. A laser sight puts the dot on the target and does not require any eye alignment. It’s also great in low light situations where open sights and red dots are not the best. A laser sight typically mounts on a rail. The Daisy Powerline 415 has a rail mount under the slide which is perfect of a laser sight. Laser sights are also pretty cheap. There are lots of models for $20 – $30.

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.

Best CO2 air pistols for self defense

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

Crosman SR357

The Crosman SR357 features a heavy metal frame which gives it a weight of 2 lbs. It really feels like a real firearm. It also has a real 6 shot swing out cylinder that accepts reusable cartridges. Nice job Crosman!

The SR357 is a double and single action revolver that shoots .177 cal BB’s. It is CO2 powered for maximum power and has a muzzle velocity of 450 fps.The barrel is a steel smooth bore and is quite accurate non the less.

The SR357 is a great air pistol for target shooting, small game hunting, pest control like mice and rats and self defense. It’s realistic design would make a good deterrent against an unarmed intruder. If that fails, I would fire until empty.

Winchester Model 11K

Power – The Model 11K is a dual CO2 powered pistol with a maximum muzzle velocity of 410 feet per second with steel BB’s
Construction – The 11K air pistol features a steel frame and smooth bore barrel. The grip is black composite and very durable.
Action Type – blow back semi auto action design to simulate real 1911 semi auto firearm. The slide stays open after the last BB is shot. Nice!
Magazine Capacity – the magazine holds 16 steel BB’s and is easily inserted and ejected. The magazine is easily reloaded in short order
Uses – target practice, pest control and self defense.
Appearance – The Winchester 11K is a super nice two tone air pistol that looks and feels like a real Colt 1911. The weight and grip feel are very good. It has a realistic weight of 3.8 lbs. It really feels nice in your hand.

Crosman PFAM9B

Power – a single CO2 cartridge provides muzzle velocities of 400+ feet per second with steel BB ammunition
Construction – The frame and slide and metal and have a realistic weight. Grips are composite material with checkering. It weighs 2.44 lbs.
Action Type – blowback action with semi auto and full auto modes.
Magazine Capacity – the magazine capacity is 20 rounds of BB’s
Uses – target practice, pest control and self defense.
Appearance – the PFAM9b air pistol resembles the Beretta 92/M9 semi auto handgun. It is a ton of fun to shoot in full auto mode…holy cow!! It’s powerful and operates like the real gun.

Daisy Powerline 5172

Power – CO2 powered by a single cylinder and produces a muzzle velocity of 520 feet per second. It is one of the more powerful CO2 pistols available
Construction – metal and plastic
Action Type – blowback semi auto action
Magazine Capacity – 21 shot clip
Uses – target practice, pest control and self defense.
Appearance – this air pistol resemble a Colt 1911 with a tactical flair. It feels realistic in your hands and is fun to shoot.

Sig Sauer M17

Power – CO2 powered by a single cylinder and produces a muzzle velocity of 430 feet per second. It is one of the more powerful CO2 pistols available. It uses pellets for ammunition. It does not shoot BB’s however.
Construction – Metal slide and polymer frame. The barrel is steel and rifled for accuracy.
Action Type – blowback semi auto action
Magazine Capacity – 20 pellet clip. This has a cam lever drop magazine just like the real M17
Uses – target practice, pest control and self defense.
Appearance – The M17 is a very close replica of the real military M17 handgun. It looks and feels like the real gun.It field strips exactly like the M17. Very cool! It has a rail mount under the slide and can accept real M17 accessories like laser sights, flashlights, etc.

Best Ammo for Self Defense Air Pistols

So what air gun ammo would be most effective in a self defense situation?

Steel BB’s – steel bb’s have the advantage of being hard and not deforming when hitting a target. This means they will typically penetrate deeper even though they are lighter in weight than a lead pellet. The round shape also promotes deeper penetration compared to some of the lead pellets with a hollow point or flat nose.

The other advantage is that air pistols that shoot BB’s will have a large magazine capacity whereas pellet pistols will not. So you get multiple fast shots without reloading. Some magazines will hold 20 rounds of BB’s. That’s a lot of shots and fast.

Lead Pellets – lead pellets have the advantage of being heavier in weight. Heavier projectiles will penetrate deeper than lighter ones. Pellets also come in pointed designs that will increase penetration. Hollow point and flat point pellets are not recommended as this shape decreases penetration. Look for heavier pointed or round nose lead pellets for self defense.

Conclusions

Here is why I would choose one of these air pistols for self defense. They are the most powerful 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.

Just because I keep getting asked this…”What’s the most powerful air pistol?”

…here it is…

Top 10 Most Powerful Air Pistols

Here are the top 10 most powerful air pistols available today.

  1. Benjamin Marauder – .22 cal at 700 fps
  2. Umarex Strike 22 – .22 cal at 520 fps
  3. Umarex Strike – .177 cal at 650 fps
  4. Benjamin Trail NP – .177 cal at 625 fps
  5. Crosman P1377 – .177 cal at 600 fps
  6. Crosman P1322 – .22 cal at 460 fps
  7. Daisy Powerline 415 – .177 cal at 495 fps
  8. Crosman SNR357 – .177 cal at 450 fps
  9. Gamo PT-85 – .177 cal at 450 fps
  10. Crosman Vigilante – .177 cal at 435 fps

The Gamo PT-85 is a realistic blow back type air pistol in .177 caliber. It designed extremely well and looks like the Ruger Security 9 handgun. It is a CO2 powered air pistol with a 16 shot magazine.The realistic blow-back slide action is pretty sharp. It fires .177 cal pellets only and has a muzzle velocity of 450 fps. It has a steel rifled barrel and is fairly accurate. It retails for $89 on the Gamousa.com website. It’s a bargain.

The Gamo PT-85 CO2 air pistol has many uses. It’s great for target practice, small game hunting/pest control and self defense.

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

This air rifle is very popular with target shooters and people wanting a self defense air rifle. It’s compact and powerful. Anyone can shoot it well, especially women. There’s virtually no recoil or muzzle blast. It shoots .177 pellets at 700 fps.

The MPX is definitely the nicest looking and handling pellet rifle available. But it’s not cheap at $260+. Once again, if you can find one. They sell out quickly.

Crosman Comrade AK CO2 Air Rifle.

If you’re a AK-47 fan, and I am, then this air rifle will satisfy your taste. It’s well designed and manufactured with a good feel. It’s powerful and fairly accurate out to 50 yards or so. The muzzle velocity with steel BB’s is 600 fps. It functions in a semi-automatic mode with a magazine capacity of 22 BB’s and a reservoir of 150. The weight is a nice 4 lbs. Not too light nor too heavy. You could use this air rifle for hunting, target practice and definitely self defense. It retails for about $59.99 [if you can find one] These are a hot seller and most online stores are out of stock.

Crosman RepearAir 1077 CO2 Pellet Air Gun

The Crosman 1077 pellet gun is very reliable and features a nice 12 shot rotary clip. It is quite powerful, shooting .177 caliber lead pellets at 625 fps and alloy pellets at 780 fps. This rifle has enough power for hunting, target practice and self defense. Because the 1077 is a semi automatic action, it may be well suited for self defense where a quick 2nd and/or 3rd shot may be necessary. It has a rifled steel barrel and is very accurate with the right pellets. The open sights are fiber optic however this rifle can accommodate an optic sight. A Red Dot sight would be ideal on this gun.

The Crosman 1077 retails for $85.00.

Automatic BB Guns – for self defense?

Automatic BB Guns – Are They Good for Self Defense?

Automatic bb guns can be used for self defense but they need to have a minimum muzzle velocity of about 350-400 fps.

First let’s settle the question on legality.

Are Automatic BB Guns Legal to Own?

…in most states YES. BB guns are classified as “non-powder & toy guns”. You do not need a background check or fill out any paperwork to buy a bb gun. It is not a Firearm.

Auto BB Gun Specifications – requirements for self defense

  • Powerful:  350-400+ fps
  • Multi shot magazine
  • Steel BB ammunition
  • CO2 powered
  • Reliable
  • Ergonomic:  easy and quick to bring into readiness
  • Affordable: < $250

Here is the most critical feature/requirement of a self defense auto bb gun…power: 350-400 fps with steel bb’s.

This will penetrate about 3-4″ of soft tissue, in scientific tests and my own Ballistic Gel tests. This type of penetration can be lethal to humans if the bb’s reach a vital target. Vital targets would include the face and more specifically the eyes. The human brain lies right behind the eyeball and optic nerve. It’s easy to hit since the eye is a very soft target and very easy to penetrate. It is much softer than Ballistic Gel.

BB Penetration in Ballistic Gel

Here is my bb penetration test. All bb’s penetrated 3″ into the Ballistic Gel block from 5 feet. The test gun was the Daisy Powerline 415 CO2 pistol with a muzzle velocity of 495 fps.

As long as the automatic bb gun has a muzzle velocity of about 350+ fps, then it will be good for self defense. Auto bb guns have an advantage over semi-auto in that they fire continuously when you pull the trigger. This is highly destructive to the target.

So which automatic bb guns are available?

  • Crosman DPMS SBR Co2 – 1,400 rpm
  • Umarex Legends MP40 Gen 3 CO2 Rifle
  • Umarex Steel Storm Pistol – 6 round auto bursts
  • SMG 22 Cal Belt Fed Pellet Rifle – 360 rpm
  • Beretta 92A1 CO2 Pistol
  • Umarex Beretta M92 A1 BB Pistol
  • Crosman PFAM9B CO2 Pistol

How Much Are Automatic BB Guns?

The price ranges from $99 to about $550 depending on the make and model. The most expensive is the SMG 22 Cal belt fed bb gun at $550. The cheapest one is the Crosman PFAM9B CO2 pistol at $99.00. The best bang for your buck is the Crosman DPMS SBR CO2 rifle. It sells for about $150-$200.

What is the Best Automatic BB Gun?

The absolute best auto bb gun is the Crosman DPMS SBR CO2 rifle. It is high quality, powerful at 400 fps and has a high cyclic rate at 1,400 rpm. It is devastating!

Crosman DPMS SBR Full Auto BB gun-rifle

It is the best looking and functioning automatic bb gun. Crosman did a great job with the design and fabrication of the DPMS SBR. It feels like a real AR-15/M4 type rifle. The sights are adjustable and line up quickly though for home defense, you’re likely to just point and shoot. You can buy it here for less than the listed MSRP of $199.99…Buy at Amazon.com

Here are the specifications

  • Tactical short barrel for quick action and light weight
  • Semi auto and full auto operation
  • Fires over 1,400 rounds per minute
  • Muzzle velocity 400+ fps
  • Blow back 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

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Most Powerful BB Guns – 1000 fps?

What are the most powerful BB guns?

These are BB guns NOT pellet guns. Pellet guns only shoot pellets. These air guns will shoot BB’s and pellets.

Since there are BB pistols and BB rifles, I’ll discuss both BB gun types. Remember these air guns, pistols and rifles, are .177 cal and can shoot BB’s and pellets.

BB gun maximum power is in the 800 fps range. If you want or need more power than that, you need to check out these at pellet guns.

Most Powerful Pump BB Guns – Rifles

  • Winchester Model 1977XS – 1000 fps
  • Crosman Legacy 1000 – 800 fps
  • Crosman AirMaster – 800 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 880 – 800 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 901 – 800 fps
  • Umarex NXG APX Rifle – 800 fps
  • Remington 1100 Pump BB Gun – 745 fps
  • Crosman Classic 2100B Pump – 755 fps
  • Crosman Pumpmaster 760 – 645 fps
  • Crosman Recruit – 680 fps

Most Powerful CO2 BB Guns – Pistols

  • Crosman TACC11KT2 pistol – 550 fps
  • Crosman TACC1911BB pistol- 550 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 5172 pistol –  520 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 415 pistol – 495 fps

There isn’t much selection in power system types if you want the most powerful BB guns. In rifles, you have multi-pump and in pistols, you only have CO2 powered. Most BB pistols have muzzle velocities of 400 fps. The ones listed above are much more powerful.

There is a much better selection in BB rifles, if you want the most power. I have owned a Daisy Powerline 880, Crosman PumpMaster 760 and the Crosman Classic 2100b. They were all great BB guns with lots of power for small game hunting.

Winchester Model 1977 XS

The most powerful BB rifle happens to be the Winchester Model 1977XS. Pellet velocity reaches 1000 fps while BBs run about 800+ fps. This is more powerful than the other multi-pump BB guns.

You can buy the Winchester Model 1977XS BB gun here….Buy at Amazon.com

Winchester Model 1977XS Features

  • Multi-pump pneumatic action
  • .177 caliber BBs and pellets
  • Synthetic thumbhole stock
  • 4 x 32 mm rifle scope
  • 50 BB reservoir
  • Bolt action single shot
  • 3-10 pump max
  • 1000 fps with pellets and 800+ fps with BBs
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Crossbolt trigger block safety
  • Weight 3.1 lbs
  • Retail Price $129.99

Most powerful variable pump BB gun - Winchester 1977

Crosman AirMaster BB Gun

The Crosman AirMaster is another powerful BB gun in a multi-pump configuration. It’s very similar to the Crosman Classic 2100 but has a little more power. The Classic 2100 has a maximum BB velocity of 755 fps while the AirMaster can do 800 fps with the same BBs. I like both gun and have owned the Classic 2100.

Crosman AirMaster BB Gun Features

  • Multi-pump power system – 3-10 pumps
  • Bolt action single shot
  • Steel rifled barrel
  • Synthetic stock
  • Adjustable fiber optic sights
  • 4 x 15 mm rifle scope
  • Shoots both BBs and .177 pellets
  • Pellet velocity up to 1000 fps
  • BB velocity up to 800 fps
  • Weight 4.80 lbs
  • Retail Price $99.99

Crosman AirMaster is another powerful pump BB gun

Umarex NXG APX BB Rifle

Umarex makes some really nice BB guns and the NXG is no exception. It has a futuristic design that is quite eye catching. It’s a multi-pump powered BB gun and can shoot BBs and pellets. The stock design makes this gun very comfortable to shoulder and shoot accurately.

Umarex NXG APX BB Rifle Features

  • Multi-pump power system 2-10 pumps max
  • Maximum muzzle velocity 800 fps
  • Synthetic thumbhole stock
  • Long pump lever for ease of pumping
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Dovetail rail mount
  • Dual raised cheekpiece stock
  • 4 x 15 mm rifle scope
  • adjustable fiber optic sights
  • 75 round BB reservoir
  • Automatic safety system
  • EZ load ramp for pellets
  • Retail Price $65.26

Crosman TACC11KT2 BB CO2 Pistol

The Crosman TACC11KT2 CO2 BB pistol is the most powerful BB pistol available. It can shoot BBs up to 550 fps. This is a semi-automatic gun that can be used for self defense, hunting small game and target shooting. It has enough power for hunting birds, rats, frogs, small rabbits, squirrels and snakes. It also has enough power to kill a human, if the right target is hit.

Crosman TACC11KT2 BB CO2 Pistol Features

  • CO2 powered – 2 cartridges
  • Semi-automatic action – just pull the trigger
  • Powerful – 550 fps with BBs
  • Steel smooth bore barrel
  • Synthetic frame and slide
  • Compensator/suppressor included
  • Quad Picatinny Rail
  • BB clip located in grip and is removable
  • Class 2 laser sight
  • Retail Price $79.99

The most powerful CO2 pistol is the Crosman TACC11KT2 BB CO2 Pistol

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Most Powerful Spring Air Guns

Most Powerful Spring Air Guns…1500 fps!

Typically the old style spring air guns are not very powerful, usually having muzzle velocities around 300-400 fps such as the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, however there are some, that are very powerful such as the Crosman NP line of break barrel air guns. Some of these air guns hit the 1,500 fps mark.

Just a side note: Break barrel air rifles are essentially spring air type pellet guns. They just call them break barrel because that’s how you charge/cock the action. The power system is still Spring Air.

Most Powerful Spring Air Guns List

  • Benjamin Trail NP XL1500 Air Rifle – 1500 fps
  • Umarex Octane Elite .177 Air Rifle – 1450 fps
  • Crosman Ironhide .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Vaporizer .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Diamondback Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Quest .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Valiant .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Mayhem .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • Crosman Rogue .177 Air Rifle – 1400 fps
  • RWS Model 460 Magnum Spring Air Pellet Gun – 1350 fps

The Most Powerful Spring Air Rifle: Benjamin/Crosman Trail NP XL1500

This is the most powerful production spring air or break barrel air rifle available. Velocities can reach 1500 fps with alloy pellets.

This is a great option. It’s very accurate and comes with a 3-9 power 40 mm rifle scope. It powerful enough for fox, rabbits, rats, birds of all sizes, ringtail, prairie dogs, frogs and small coyote.

Benjamin Trail NP XL1500 Features

  • Hardwood thumbhole stock with recoil pad
  • Break barrel/spring air power system
  • Muzzle velocities up to 1500 fps
  • Adjustable trigger
  • Nitro Piston power system
  • 70% less noise than typical spring air guns
  • 3 – 9 x 40 mm Centerpoint scope
  • Bull barrel – steel rifled
  • Picatinny rail mount
  • Sling mounts
  • Weight 8.5 lbs
  • Single shot action
  • Lever safety
  • Retail Price $309

Benjamin Trail NP XL1500 spring air rifle

The following link will take you to Amazon.com where you can buy this spring air rifle at a discounted price (save around $50)….Buy at Amazon.com.

Umarex Octane Elite Spring Air Rifle

The Octane Elite air rifle is the 2nd most powerful spring air type rifle having a muzzle velocity up to 1450 fps. Umarex makes some really nice air guns and the Octane is one of the best.

Octane Elite .177 cal Features

  • Muzzle velocities up to 1450 fps with alloy pellets
  • Umarex StopShox recoil and vibration reducing system
  • Composite thumbhole stock
  • 3 – 9 x 40 mm rifle scope
  • ReAxis power system generates more power
  • 5 chamber noise dampening system reduce muzzle blast noise
  • .177 caliber – lead and alloy pellets
  • Adjustable fiber optic sights
  • Adjustable trigger
  • Picatinny rail mount
  • Retail Price $249.99

Umarex Octane Elite Spring Air Rifle

The following link will take you to Amazon.com where you can buy this spring air rifle at a discounted price (save around $60)….Buy at Amazon.com.

Crosman Rogue

The Crosman Rogue is one of the newer break barrel models from Crosman. It features Crosman’s latest noise dampening system barrel shroud. It’s highly effective and allows you to shoot in your backyard without disturbing your neighbors. It also does not spook game while hunting. The Rogue is a really attractive air gun and is very powerful with a muzzle velocity of up to 1400 fps with alloy pellets. It’s a top contender in powerful spring air guns and priced around $300.

Crosman Rogue Features

  • Break Barrel/ Spring Air powered
  • SBD sound dampening system
  • Synthetic stock
  • Adjustable sights
  • .177 cal – lead and alloy pellets
  • 3-9 x 40 mm rifle scope
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Adjustable 2 stage trigger
  • Picatinny rail mount
  • Sling mounts
  • Nitro Piston 2 power system
  • Weight 7.4 lbs
  • Lever safety
  • Retail Price $299

Crosman Rogue spring air rifle

Crosman Diamondback Air Rifle

The Crosman Diamondback air rifle is another powerhouse with a muzzle velocity approaching 1,400 fps. This is faster than a .22 LR which hits around 1,200 fps. This is a great air gun for hunting small game out to 100 yards or so. It really shines when hunting birds but also fox, rabbits, squirrels and small coyote.

The Diamondback has a unique stock/grip. It’s very similar to the AR-15 pistol grip and is very comfortable. Nice job Crosman!

Crosman Diamondback Features

  • Powerful spring air/break barrel action – up to 1400 fps
  • SBD noise dampening suppressor
  • Adjustable sights
  • Adjustable 2 stage trigger
  • CenterPoint 3-9 x 40 mm rifle scope
  • Durable synthetic AR-15 style stock
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Weight 8.5 lbs
  • Lever safety
  • Retail Price $189.99

Crosman Diamondback Air Rifle

RWS Model 460 Magnum Air Rifle

The Diana RWS Model 460 Magnum, which is distributed by Umarex, is a premium spring air rifle with lots of power. It’s available in .177 and .22 calibers and features a single stroke cocking lever. Let’s look at the features.

  • Under-lever cocking arm – superior leverage reduces cocking effort
  • Spring air power system
  • Hardwood Monte Carlo stock
  • High quality German engineering
  • Highly accurate to 100 yards
  • Integrated 11 mm dovetail rail for optics mounting
  • Includes a 4 x 32 mm scope with mounting rings
  • Top side loading port for easy loading of pellets
  • Micro-adjustable sights,
  • Shoots .22 caliber pellets at up to 1000 fps
  • Retail Price $599.00

RWS Model 460 Magnum Rifle - spring air-break barrel

The .177 caliber Model 460 Magnum shoots .177 pellets at up to 1350 fps. If you prefer higher velocities for longer range hunting or target shooting then the .177 caliber model 460 is what you want.

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Most Powerful Pellet Guns

Most Powerful Pellet Guns

The absolute most powerful pellet guns available today are the Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog and the Gamo Big Bore TC35 and TC45. These are commercial production guns. There are a few custom pellet guns with more power but they cost $2,000+.

The Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog is a .357 caliber PCP or Pre-Charged Pneumatic pellet gun with a muzzle velocity of up to 800 fps with a 145 grain lead pellet.

Bulldog Features:

  • Bullpup compact design – 36″ overall length
  • Synthetic non-slip stock
  • Bolt action single shot
  • PCP powered
  • .357 big bore caliber
  • Muzzle velocity up to 800 fps
  • 26″ Picatinny rail mount
  • Baffle-less SoundTrap shroud reduces sound levels
  • 10 shot per PCP tank fill
  • Reversible bolt
  • 5 shot magazine
  • Weight 7.70 lbs
  • Retail Price $899.99

The Gamo Big Bore TC45 is a .457 caliber PCP pellet gun with a muzzle velocity of 800 fps with a 350 grain lead pellet.

Gamo TC45 and TC35 Features

  • .45 caliber or .357 big bore
  • PCP powered
  • 350 grain lead pellet at 800 fps/ 190 grain at 1000 fps
  • Single shot action
  • Noise dampening barrel shroud
  • Adjustable 2 stage trigger
  • 480 cc carbon fiber gas cylinder
  • 10-40 shots before recharging
  • Picatinny rail mount
  • Retail Price $1000

The Gamo Big Bore TC35 shoots a 190 grain .357 lead pellet at 1000 fps.

Out of these 3 pellet guns the Gamo Big Bore TC45 is much more powerful. It shoots are larger diameter pellet (.457 vs .357) that weighs twice (350 grain vs 145 grain) as much as the Bulldog’s .357 pellet with the same velocity.

350 grain .45 caliber lead pellets from Air Venturi

So how much do they cost?

These 2 big bore pellet guns are not cheap. But they’re not unaffordable either. The Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog runs about $700 and the Gamo TC35 or TC45 about $1000.

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These 2 pellet guns are well made, accurate and very powerful. You can hunt big game with either of these 2 pellet guns. Some examples of game taken with these are as follows: deer, antelope, bear, wild boar, African Plains game, elk, predators and exotics.

If you’re looking to spend a bit less money but still want a very powerful pellet rifle then here are some great options in .22 and .177 calibers. These pellet guns are in the $200+ range.

  • Gamo Swarm Magnum .22 cal – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 .22 cal – 1020 fps
  • Benjamin Trail NP XL .22 cal – 1100 fps
  • Umarex Octane Elite .177 cal – 1400 fps

Gamo Swarm Magnum Pellet Rifle

  • .22 cal high power hunting pellet rifle -1300 fps with PBA Platinum
  • Single cocking break barrel air rifle
  • 10X Quick-Shot patent pending technology that features a 10 round rotary style magazine which provides faster loading for repetitive style shooting or hunting. Simply break open the fluted polymer jacketed barrel and fire for quick follow-up shots.
  • Magnum-powered air rifle, 33 mm cylinder and IGT MACH 1. This gas piston is an upgrade from the standard IGT and delivers higher muzzle velocity while maintaining the benefits of the IGT: durable, less vibration, and smooth cocking.
  • Whisper Fusion noise suppressing technology is the quietest Gamo technology.
  • Gamo 3 – 9 x 40 mm scope with RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail) – absorbs the recoil of the rifle which increases the lifespan of the scope.
  • CAT (Custom Action Trigger) – Independently adjust 1st and 2nd stages, adjust your trigger to your personal preference, make it predictable.
  • Comfortable all-weather synthetic ambidextrous thumbhole stock
  • Retail Price $299.99
  • 5 year warranty
  • Made in Barcelona, Spain

Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Pellet Rifle

  • .177 cal pellet single cocking break barrel action
  • 1420 fps with PBA Platinum pellets
  • Powerful – IGT MACH 1 gas piston delivers higher muzzle velocity, less vibration, and smoother cocking.
  • Quiet – Gamo patent Whisper noise reduction dampening system reduces shot noise to around 70dB.
  • Accurate – take small game out to 100 yards
  • Gamo 3-9×40 scope with RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail) – Absorbs the recoil of the rifle increasing the lifespan of the scope
  • CAT (Custom Action Trigger) – Independently adjust 1st and 2nd stages, adjust your trigger to your personal preference, make it predictable.
  • Comfortable all-weather synthetic ambidextrous stock
  • Made in Spain

Benjamin Trail NP XL Pellet Rifle

The Benjamin Trail NP XL is a premium pellet gun. The stock is excellent and fits great when you shoulder the gun. The break barrel action is smooth and easy to break. This pellet gun is available in .22 and .25 calibers. Crosman/Benjamin did a great job designing and manufacturing this pellet gun. The .25 caliber model retails a little over $300 but WOW…it’s worth it.

  • Break barrel single shot action
  • .22 or .25 caliber
  • Nitro Piston powered for maximum power
  • Alloy pellet velocity 1100 fps, 950 fps with lead pellets
  • Steel rifled barrel
  • Weight 8.5 lbs
  • Real hardwood checkered thumbhole style stock
  • 2 stage adjustable trigger
  • 3-9 x 40 mm AO scope
  • Lever type safety

Umarex Octane Elite Pellet Rifle

  • Upgraded version of the Umarex Octane
  • Advanced Umarex StopShox anti-recoil and anti-vibration technology
  • Newly designed rugged synthetic textured stock
  • Includes 3-9 x 40 mm rifle scope and scope rings
  • Features the Umarex ReAxis power system that reverses the axis of the power system to generate more power, muzzle velocity, and energy
  • The five chamber SilencAir sound dampener is permanently attached to the air rifle barrel to reduce muzzle blast and maximize stealth
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Fiber optic sights
  • Break barrel action system
  • Shoots .177 caliber pellets up to 1400 fps
  • Retail Price $199.99