The BB Gun Bible [2020 edition}

The BB Gun Bible – news, technical specs, ballistics, ratings and recommendations

BB Gun News Bulletin

Umarex USA
Ruger 10/22 BB Gun replica – is an officially licensed replica. The 10/22 is a CO2 powered rifle in .177 cal. The authentic detail is uncanny. It looks and feels like the real 10/22.

Legends Cowboy Rifle – released by Umarex. It’s an authentic 1892 lever action replica and extremely detailed right down to the ejection of spend cartridges. It holds 10 metal cartidges in the tubular magazine just like a real 1892.

Crosman Full Auto R1 – 1,400 rpm rate of fire with BB’s.

BB Gun Definitions

Pump Action – a lever is used to compress air into a cylinder to propel the BB down the barrel at medium to high velocities. Most pump action guns are bolt action. Bolt actions must be manually cycled in order to load a BB into the barrel. Pump actions are pretty reliable and generally last a long time. If the action and seals are kept lubricated and clean, they will last 5-10 years. Most pump actions have a pump range of 3-10. Velocities can approach 800 fps.

A few classic examples are the Crosman 760 PumpMaster and the Daisy Powerline 880.

CO2 Cartridge – a small metallic cylinder or cartridge holds compressed CO2 or Carbon Dioxide and is used to propel BB’s through the barrel at moderate velocities. The cartridges are inserted into the gun with a thumb screw to hold it against a seal. CO2 gun velocities range from 300 – 600 fps with BB’s. The action can be semi auto or bolt action. CO2 air guns are popular because you can shoot in rapid succession without having to cock the action or load each BB. They are great for target practice or small game hunting.

Some classic examples are Daisy Powerline 415 BB pistol and the Crosman 2240 pistol.

Spring Air – usually the cocking mechanism like a lever or action bolt compresses the spring/air cylinder which then powers the BB’s. Spring Air guns are lower powered but a lot of fun to shoot. The velocity range is 300 – 400 fps with steel BB’s. These guns are great for beginners or kids. They are very reliable and will last a long time without much maintenance. They are the cheapest of the BB guns.

Pistols and rifles are available and the all time favorite in this category is the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. It’s a lever action and has been around for 100+ years. It’s a great gun to shoot tin cans with.

Bolt Action – BB and pellet ammunition are loaded with the bolt. Some guns have the bolt also cock the firing mechanism. Bolt actions are very reliable and easy to use. Most PCP, CO2 and pump BB guns are bolt action.

Semi Automatic – loads ammunition and cocks the firing mechanism automatically after a shot is fired. You just keep pulling the trigger until the magazine or clip is empty. They are FUN. Semi automatic guns are mostly CO2 powered and very reliable. Only one shot is fired when you pull the trigger unlike fully automatic.

Full Automatic – these are the machine guns of the BB world and they are totally legal without any license or background check in most states. The rate of fire ranges from 200 rpm to 1,500 rpm. They are a BLAST to shoot. All full auto BB guns are CO2 powered. They are great for shooting tin cans and bottles. They aren’t as expensive as you might think. The price ranges from $65 – $600.

BB Ammunition

Most BB’s are steel but you can buy lead BB’s too. The reason you might want lead BB’s is to stop them from ricocheting and damaging something you didn’t intend on shooting. Lead BB’s will flatten upon impact because they are soft. Lead BB’s are also heavier and might be a choice for hunting. The heavier lead BB will penetrate deeper. BB’s are only available in .177 caliber.

There are special steel BB that have a black anodized finish to reduce surface variation [smoother surface] and increase velocity. They are called Black Diamond BB’s from Hornady. Crosman also makes some called Black Window BB’s.

Pellet Ammunition

There are tons of pullets to choose from. The selection is absolutely huge. and that’s just lead…there’s also PBA and non-lead. There are match grade pellets, hollowpoint hunting pellets, heavy hunting pellets, round nose, flat nose, domed and pointed. It’s endless.

PBA Pellets – are non-lead and can be many different metal alloys from copper to platinum or anything in between. PBA or non-lead pellets are lighter in weight than lead and so will provide higher velocities [30%+] compared to lead. Some are very soft while others are hard penetrators.

Tactical BB Gun

Tactical BB guns have become more and more popular. The most popular ones resemble the M4/M16, AK-47, Sig Sauer M17, Glock 17, Sig Sauer MPX, etc. There are semi automatic and fully automatic guns and are powered by CO2 cartridges. They do look and feel realistic. From a distance you could not tell them apart. They function like the real firearm with detachable magazines, blow-back actions, barrel shrouds, suppressors and Red Dot optical sights. They also have rails for accessory attachments.

Sig Sauer MPX tactical bb gun

Sniper BB Gun

There are a few sniper versions of bb guns available. They feature a break barrel action for high power and accuracy, a bipod for stability, scope and sometimes a suppressor. These are designer for long range, high accuracy shooting. They are great for target shooting, hunting and of course “Special Ops”.

Here are some of the more popular models

  • Black Ops Tactical Sniper Air Rifle
  • Hatsan Model 125SN Spring Sniper Air Rifle
  • Evanix Sniper X2 Air Rifle .30 cal
  • Benjamin Armada Tactical Air Rifle
  • Evike Swiss Arms TAC-1  Air Rifle

Lever Action BB Guns

Lever action BB guns are very popular and in fact the most sought after BB gun is the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. It’s a classic from the 30’s [1938] and is still around today with the wooden butt stock and engraved Red Ryder Logo. The Red Ryder is a spring air lever cocking gun with a tubular magazine that holds 650 BB’s. The muzzle velocity with steel BB’s is 350 fps. This is great for target practice and hunting small game like mice, birds, frogs, etc. The Red Ryder is an ideal bb gun for kids around 10+ years of age. A great beginner gun.

Umarex USA also has a really nice lever action gun, the Legends Cowboy CO2 gun. It’s authentically designed and looks and feels like a real firearm. It so realistic that it loads with cartridges and ejects them by operating the lever. Nice touch Umarex!

Most Powerful BB Guns/Rifles

I just want make this clear, these are BB guns and NOT pellet guns. I’m going to discuss the most powerful BB guns. These are all pump action BB guns. The most powerful ones shoot steel BB’s at 800 fps.

Here’s the list.

  • Remington AirMaster – 800 fps
  • Crosman Legacy 1000 – 800 fps
  • Daisy Powerline 880 – 800 fps
  • Umarex NXG APX  – 800 fps
  • Crosman 2100 Classic – 755 fps
  • Crosman Remington R1100 – 645 fps
  • Crosman 760 PumpMaster – 645 fps
  • Crosman 1077 CO2 – 625 fps
  • Daisy Powerline Model 35 – 625 fps

Most Powerful Pellet Guns

Just to answer any questions, here are the most powerful pellet rifles in .177 and .22 calibers.

.177 cal Pellet Rifles [alloy pellet velocity]

  • Gamo Swarm Magnum 10X GEN2 – 1650 fps
  • Benjamin Trail XL Magnum – 1500 fps
  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 – 1420 fps
  • Crosman Valiant – 1400 fps
  • Benjamin Vaporizer – 1400 fps
  • Benjamin Summit NP2 – 1400 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X GEN2 – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Maxxim – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Swarm Whisper – 1300 fps
  • Gamo Wildcat Whisper – 1300 fps

..22 cal Pellet Rifles

  • Gamo Swarm Magnum – 1300 fps
  • Benjamin Trail XL Magnum – 1100 fps
  • Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 – 1020 fps

Most Powerful BB Pistols

The most powerful BB pistols are also pump action with a muzzle velocity of around 600+ fps.with steel BB’s. These 2 guns are great for target practice and hunting. The will accept BB’s and pellets as ammunition.

  • Umarex Strike Point pistol – 650 fps
  • Crosman American Classic 1377 Pistol – 600 fps

Most Accurate BB Guns


Pump BB Guns


CO2 BB Guns


Spring Air BB Guns


Lever Action BB Guns


Cheap BB Guns [under $50]


BB Guns for Kids


BB Guns for Girls


BB Guns for Hunting


Best Targets


Best BB Ammunition


BB Gun Maintenance and Care


Most Popular BB Guns by Sales