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….Buy at

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

Full Auto BB Gun – they’re legal too

Full Auto BB Guns Are Legal?

A full auto BB gun is legal to own without any background 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?

Full Auto BB Gun Listing

  • 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. This is the most popular auto BB gun by far. It has a realistic feel and weight. It doesn’t look or feel like a plastic toy gun.

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 a 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

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

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

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Air Rifle for Self Defense – Any Lethal?

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”

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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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Most Powerful Air Pistols 2019

The most powerful air pistol or bb pistol depends on the style and purpose. Difference purposes will dictate which air pistol you need to consider.

If the purpose is hunting, you might choose a single shot or multi-shot CO2, break barrel, spring air or pump but if you’re looking for a self defense or home defense BB gun then you will want to look at some of the more powerful CO2 air/BB pistols. You do not want a single shot air gun for self defense! You need a multi-shot. You need to keep shooting until the threat is stopped.

Here is the Absolute Most Powerful Air Pistol available today….

…The Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Pistol. It shoots .22 caliber pellets at 700 fps and alloy pellets at over 800 fps. (Buy at

Now let’s discuss the various types of air pistols.

Most Powerful Break Barrel Air Pistols

The most powerful break barrel air pistols are the Benjamin Trail NP pistol and the Browning 800 Express. The muzzle velocities with .177 pellets are 625 – 700 fps. The Browning 800 and the Benjamin Tail NP are break barrel actions and have rifled barrels. These are great air pistols for hunting small game or target shooting. They have enough power for self defense but are single shots. I prefer a multi-shot air pistol for self defense.

Most Powerful Break Barrel Air Pistol List

  • Browning 800 Express Air Pistol – 700 fps
  • Benjamin Trail NP Air Pistol – 625 fps

Benjamin Trail NP Air Pistol Features

  • Nitro Piston Technology
  • 625 fps muzzle velocity with pellets
  • Adjustable Sights
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Cocking assist aid included
  • Tactical synthetic frame/stock
  • Ideal for target shooting or small game hunting
  • Fiber optic front sight
  • 70% less noise than spring air pistols
  • Smooth cocking effort
  • Low recoil
  • Low noise
  • Push button safety
  • Most powerful air pistol

The Benjamin Trail NP air pistol is a inexpensive but powerful air pistol suitable for small game hunting and target shooting out to 30 yards. It is quiet enough for backyards shooting without disturbing the neighbors. The break barrel design allows somewhat fast follow up shots. Multi-pump air guns require 5 – 10 pumps before shooting. The break barrel is one barrel break cycle and then shoot. It’s much faster and easier.

Browning 800 Express Air Pistol

The Browning 800 Express is a powerhouse air pistol with a muzzle velocity of 700 fps with .177 cal pellets. It’s a break barrel single shot air pistol and is suitable for hunting small game or target shooting. The pistol grip is ambidextrous and will accommodate either right handed or left handed shooters. It’s very smooth cocking and very well made. It features a great set of adjustable open sights that make it easy to hit targets out to 50 yards.

Most Powerful CO2 Pistols

You could also use one of the self defense CO2 pistols for hunting depending on the game and the distance. 500 fps is plenty of power to hunt small game out to 50 yards or so. Birds and small mammals are perfect game for this type of air pistol and at this distance.

Most Powerful CO2 Air Pistol List

  • Crosman 2240 Bolt Action Air Pistol – 420 fps in .22 cal
  • Daisy Powerline 5172 Air Pistol – 520 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 415 Air Pistol – 495 fps
  • Crosman CRVL357 Revolver – 450 fps
  • Crosman TACC11KT2 – 500 fps

For bigger game or longer distances, look at the Crosman American Classic in either .177 or .22 calibers and the Crosman Trail Mark II Air Pistol. Both are very powerful and can accommodate a scope for hunting.

Most Powerful Multi Pump Air Pistols

Multi-pump Air Pistol List

  • Crosman American Classic in .177 or .22 – 600 fps
  • Umarex Strike Point Pellet Gun – 650 fps

Crosman American Classic Pump Air Pistol.

  • Single shot bolt action
  • .177 or .22 caliber
  • Powerful pump action
  • Variable power  3 – 10 pumps
  • .177 BB velocity of 600 fps
  • Adjustable open sights
  • Durable synthetic grip and forend.
  • Shoots .177 BBs and pellets
  • Reliable
  • Inexpensive…$55.00

Umarex Strike Point Pump Air Pistol


  • Single shot bolt action
  • Available in .177 and .22 calibers
  • Multi-pump variable power 3 -10 pumps
  • 5 chamber sound dampener to reduce noise level
  • Fiber optic sights
  • Durable All Weather synthetic stock
  • Max velocity 500 fps

Most Powerful Spring Air Pistols

  • Beeman Sportsman 2004 – 410 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 340 – 240 fps
  • Umarex DX17 – 200 fps

Spring air pistols are very inexpensive, reliable and a ton of fun by a frog pond or small lake or stream. You can shoot targets or hunt small game with them too. The ideal small game is mice, frogs, birds and snakes. I’ve shot many, like hundreds, of frogs when I was a teen. There was a pond where my dad worked. I would go to work with my dad in the summer and hunt frogs and wild mice all day long. I used a Daisy Red Ryder rifle and a Daisy spring air Colt Peacemaker. It was a lot of fun!

Powerful Self Defense Air Pistols

So, for self defense you want the most powerful CO2 repeating pistol available. You also want high capacity, like a 10-20 round magazine. And it needs to be reliable.

I prefer CO2 air pistols because they have a lot power and are semiautomatic which means you don’t have to cock it or manually load the next pellet or BB. You just keep pulling the trigger.

The most powerful CO2 pistols have muzzle velocities around 400-600 fps with BB’s. 400 fps is the minimum for self defense. 300+ fps just does not provide enough penetration in soft tissue to be lethal. 400-500 fps will reliably penetrate 3-4 inches of soft tissue. If the BB hits the soft tissue of the face (eyes or temple), it will be lethal at this velocity.

Here are some models of the most powerful CO2 air pistols.

  • Crosman SR 357 CO2 6 Shot BB Revolver  – 450 fps
  • Winchester Model 11K CO2 Pistol – 410 fps
  • Crosman PFAM9B BB Air Pistol – 450 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 5172 CO2 Air Pistol – 520 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 415 BB Pistol – 495 fps

I own the Daisy Powerline 415 CO2 Air Pistol and I love it. It’s well made and feels like a real firearm. It’s easy to load and is very powerful. It shoots BB’s at almost 500 fps and has a magazine capacity of 21 shots. This is fantastic. Think about this: If someone breaks into your house, he/she is going to get 21 shots in the face and in less than 10 seconds. This is totally devastating!

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Daisy Powerline 415 BB gun out of the box