Cheap Pellet Guns – a Few Options

The price of any particular pellet gun can vary based on a variety of factors, not all of which are related to performance. Wooden vs. plastic stock,  .177 caliber vs. .22, spring piston power source vs. Co2, these are just some of the individual characteristics that can effect a pellet gun’s price and makeup. While some of these options are more expensive than their counterparts, that does not necessarily make them better or more effective. The following cheap pellet gun choices are models that I’ve picked that won’t break the bank and still provide excellent value.

Crosman Optimus Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177)

crosman optimus break barrel air rifle

Running at only 90 bucks, Crosman still finds a way to provide a great hardwood stock and fiber optic sight on this bad boy. With 1200 FPS using alloy ammunition and 1000 FPS using lead, there aren’t too many sacrifices on the power side either. If you’re looking for a solid pellet gun at a conservative price and don’t want to use a plastic stock or sacrifice on build quality, the Optimus is a great choice.  The .177 caliber makes it ideal for target shooting, while the FPS means it’s still powerful enough to take down small game and varmints.

Ruger Blackhawk Combo air rifle

Ruger Blackhawk ComboThe Ruger Blackhawk is similar to the Optimus in that it has a spring piston power source, .177 caliber and 1000 FPS velocity. There are some key differences however that make this model unique. For one, rather than a hardwood stock, the Blackhawk has an all-weather composite stock. This makes it lighter and more resistant to rain and other weather conditions. The Ruger also comes with a 4x magnification scope, which in my opinion really makes this model stand out. For only $20 more than the Optimus, an included scope is a great deal.  Any decent scope you can buy anywhere else will cost well over $20, and both the Blackhawk and Optimus have the power and accuracy to shoot long distances. The 1 year warranty is really the icing on the cake when it comes to the Blackhawk, and for $110 Ruger has certainly captured my attention.

Winchester Model M 14 Semi-Automatic CO2 Air Rifle

Winchester Model M 14 Semiautomatic Co2 Pellet RifleThis is a fun pellet gun that is quite different from both the Optimus and Backhawk, and will probably appeal to a different user group as well. Modeled after the famous Model M 14 rifle from the late 1900s, this pellet gun replica features a rifled steel barrel, blade front site, and adjustable rear sight for accuracy. The remainder of the piece is molded synthetic, meaning gun will not be particularly heavy. Rather than a spring power source like the Blackhawk or Optimus, the Winchester is powered by CO2. This will result in the rifle being much quieter to fire, and will not require a manual caulk for every shot. In fact, the rifle is semi-automatic, and capable of firing up to 16 shots before a reload. With all the benefits of Co2, there is 1 drawback, which is that is not quite as powerful as the spring piston versions. The Winchester will have a maximum FPS of about 700, which is great for plinking and target shooting, but pushing the envelope for small game hunting. In conclusion, I’d like to note that the Winchester is not some random throwback and not to be underestimated. The pellet rifle is quite accurate, and has the added convenience of being operable with both pellets and bbs.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a cheap high powered pellet gun, The Crosman Optimus Break Barrel or the Ruger Blackhawk would be your best bet. If you’re looking for a cheap co2 pellet gun, the Winchester Model M14 is a great choice. Be sure to check the home page for further pellet gun advice.

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