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

Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun out of the box

Daisy Powerline 415 Air Pistol – Muzzle Velocity – 495 fps…Buy the 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 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 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. 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.

Crosman Comrade AK CO2 Air Rifle

Crosman RepearAir 1077 CO2 Air Gun

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

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

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.

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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 air gun for hunting small game out to 100 yards. 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

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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

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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.

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

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.

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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….Buy at 

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