From rolling tin cans in your backyard to standing on the podium of the Olympic Games .177 caliber is without question the most popular airgun caliber in the world.
There are many reasons for its popularity but one of the main factors is because the ammo is typically cheaper than other calibers, and there is such a huge selection of ammo to choose from in both cost and type of pellets available. That coupled with the price of airguns in .177 caliber that can range from as little as $20 for a multi pump air rifle at a big box store to over several thousands of dollars for a custom made target rifle. There is a .177 caliber airgun that will fit your needs.
Because It is the only caliber allowed for use in official ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) airgun competition. Many hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent over the years in the pursuit of ultimate accuracy with .177 caliber pellets, and because of the trickle-down effect, airgunners of all levels have benefited from that research and development.
.177 cal. rifles are perfect for:
With so many options to choose from it's difficult to narrow down our top picks, but here is where we would start.
J. G. Anschutz GmbH & Co. KG is a sporting arms manufacturer based in Ulm, Germany, they have been in business since 1856 making both firearms as well as air rifles and air pistols for target and competition shooting. Anschutz air rifles are used by many competitive shooters participating in the Summer Olympics events and they are the maker of the standard biathlon rifle used in the Winter Olympics.
The Anschutz 9015 ONE Target Air Rifle is the ONE rifle that can be adapted to fulfill the needs for all shooting disciplines.
The stock of the 9015 ONE is endlessly adjustable and made from the finest stainless steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum, where your body contacts the rifle, for comfort they use the finest walnut.
The rifle meets ISSF regulations, the trigger is adjustable from 30 grams to 170 grams, the rifle is regulated, and you get about 200 shots per fill, more than enough for plenty of sighters, and 2 full matches.
From the precision benchrest, to three position club shoots, this is the rifle that will take your shooting game to the next step on the podium.
The Anschutz 9015 ONE Target Air Rifle is the pinnacle of air rifle precision, engineering and design, the stock is adaptable for all shooting disciplines, is completely adjustable to different shooters stature and form, and is available in left or right handed configurations.
The rifle does have dry fire capability, so you can practice your form and follow through without using air or pellets.
The rifle has an extremely fast lock time, meaning from the time the trigger releases (called the break) until the pellet leaves the barrel, the recoilless and vibration free design ensures your shot is going to go where you were aiming.
The Anschutz 9015 ONE is a precision match rifle, it is not intended for hunting, and is not adjustable for more power. Like most precision match air rifles it does not have a safety.
While the rifle is made from stainless steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum, these types of rifles are not designed to be used in adverse weather conditions.
Air Arms has become known around the world as being one of the most detail-oriented airgun manufacturers and the S510XS does not disappoint.
From the tip of the Q-Tec moderator mounted on the end of the legendary Lothar Walther barrel, to the adjustable buttpad of the Italian made Minelli laminated custom stock, it shows the English take their airgunning very seriously, everything is as they say "Top Drawer".
The S510 XS features a stunning Italian-made laminated stock complete with an adjustable cheekpiece and buttpad. On the underside of the stock are integrated swivel sling mounts and an accessory rail towards the forend. Each rifle includes 2 of the 10-shot auto indexing magazines, smooth side lever cocking mechanism, and built-in pressure gauge.
But the quality is not just on the outside, inside you will find an adjustable trigger, with the manual safety located conveniently on the trigger, a new regulator for more consistent shots, more power, and better accuracy than ever before, and the icing on the cake is a buttery smooth side lever cocking mechanism.
If you want to turn heads at the range or in the field, because of the accuracy and the looks, get your Air Arms S510XS today.
The S510 XS has a legendary Lothar Walther with a permanently attached Q-Tec suppressor that quietens the bark of the .177 projectiles that are being launched at speeds of up to 1035 FPS. While the 186cc air reservoir fills to 250bar (about 3625psi) to give you about 40 shots at high power with about 20 ft lbs of energy.
The rifle ships with 2 of the AirArms 10 shot magazines, a fill adapter, and 4 hex wrenches to make any personal adjustments to the rifle. The rifle is regulated, and has adjustable power so you may tailor the velocity to your specific needs. The gun has an adjustable comb, and buttpad, and the front accessory rail allows you to adjust the position of your bipod, or sling mount to any position along that rail.
The S510 does not have open sights, so you will need a scope and dovetail mounts. It is a precharged pneumatic rifle so you will need an air source to fill it to 250 bar(3625psi) but thanks to the 186cc air cylinder, it can be filled with a portable hand pump when you are away from other fill sources. The manually operated safety is located on the trigger itself, some shooters may not like that position. The gun does not use a standard foster fitting to attach your fill device, the fill adapter is proprietary to AirArms rifles and match pistols.
The EDgun Leshiy 2 is what some people call a truck gun meaning it is robust, simplistic, compact and ready to go at a moment's notice. It will fold up to fit into a standard backpack or briefcase, making it ultra portable and discrete. Fully extended and ready to shoot, the gun is just over 25 inches long. But don't let the diminutive size fool you, the EDgun is a full power air gun ready for small game hunting, pest control, or target shooting.
The Leshiy2 is fully ambidextrous, including the safety, the stock folds for storage and can even be removed without any tools. It has a 170cc air cylinder that fills to 300 bar (4350psi) the small air cylinder means it can be hand pumped if necessary. In .177 caliber you will get about 36 full power regulated shots before having to refill the gun.
The externally adjustable regulator allows you to change your power levels on the fly, without degassing the gun first. The gun uses a precision Alfa barrel that is encased in a custom designed moderator to quieten the power this airgun generates. EDgun includes two magazines that hold 8 rounds each, and a holder that mounts to the gun to hold the spare magazine ready for use.
From slugs to pellets, from plinking to hunting game, the semi auto EDgun Leshiy 2 has the accuracy, power and features you need.
The subcompact modular design of the Leshy 2 lends itself to being stored in a backpack or briefcase making it easy to transport or store in a vehicle discreetly. The EDgun Leshiy2 is completely ambidextrous making it perfect for left-handed shooters. With a weight of only 5 lbs, it is easily used by smaller shooters, or carried all day in the field.
You will get about 36 full power semi auto shots per fill, and the 2 includes 8 shot magazines allow for quick follow up shots if necessary. The precision Alfa barrel and suppressor make it quiet, and most importantly accurate for hunting and target practice.
The gun folds to make it easier to store and transport, but it will not fire with the stock folded, or with the stock removed, the air supply is in the butt stock. The Leshy 2 fills to 300 bar (4350psi) while still able to be hand pumped, a small portable fill tank or compressor is suggested.
The Leshiy 2 is expensive for a small airgun, but the technology, ruggedness, and features it has can not be found on any other airgun.
Do you want power, accuracy and portability? Of course we do, and those things can be had in the airgun world, but rarely are they found all in one gun.
That brings us to the Ataman M2R Ultra-Compact X, with the Black Soft-Touch Stock. The list of desirable features does not stop there, toss in a factory polished Lothar Walther match grade barrel, an adjustable trigger, folding stock that is adjustable for length of pull, and has a cheek riser. The M2R fills to 300 bar (4350psi) with either of the included fill probes, one has a foster quick connect, and the other has a standard BSPP fitting used by many compressors and hand pumps that are already on the market.
You can expect to get about 65 full power shots with the .177 caliber version, at about 850fps, the perfect velocity where diabolo pellets achieve their best accuracy. Folded, the M2R is just 23 inches long, when the stock is deployed and fully extended, it is just 36 inches long. Making this a perfect gun for small game hunting in the woods, with an unscoped weight of just 6.2 lbs, you will forget it is there.
When all of this is combined into one small package, you get the Ataman M2R Ultra-Compact X, it is the ultimate small game, pest control, or just fun plinking carbine.
The compact form factor of only 23 inches when folded is one of the unique features of the M2R, but it being ambidextrous is a boon for left handed shooters. The ability of having over 65 full power regulated shots on tap, coming out of a match grade Lothar Walther barrel is a huge benefit for hunters and pest control professionals.
As a precharged air rifle, it does need a fill source for high pressure air, it fills to 300 bar, (4350psi) but because of the small air reservoir, it can be hand pumped. The M2R only comes with 1 magazine when most rifles you get today ship with 2 magazines.
While the Marauder has been around for a few years, the engineers at Benjamin have been quietly upgrading the rifle over the years as PCP technology has advanced, such as a factory installed depinger to make the guns firing cycle quieter, a simplified breech to make a more stable platform for larger scopes, and easier to service, an improved valve design to increase the shot count, and the trigger was moved rearward to provide better ergonomics and hand position.
The .177 caliber Marauder uses a barrel built in house by Crosman (Crosman has been making match grade barrels for decades) the barrel is encased in a full shroud that has baffles installed to make the rifle one of the quietest full power PCP rifles available today. Benjamin integrated the fully adjustable trigger that Crosman uses in their 10 meter competition rifle for the Marauder.
The .177 caliber rifle uses a 10 shot rotary magazine that has become the most duplicated magazine design in the airgun industry. The bolt of the rifle can be moved so it can be operated from the left side, the safety and stock are already ambidextrous, making this a perfect rifle for southpaws.
The rifle is infinitely adjustable for velocity, shot count and fill pressures up to 3000 psi. The Marauder is a proven design that other companies have tried to copy, but have never equaled. The Marauder excels at everything, hunting, pest control, target shooting, and informal plinking, you have to shoot it to believe it.
The rifle is covered by a manufacturer's 5 year warranty. The trigger, the accuracy and how quiet the gun is when fired is amazing. The pressure gauge is located on the bottom of the rifle in front of the trigger guard for safety reasons, not at the barrel end of the rifle like some other guns.
The durable black synthetic stock is ambidextrous, has an adjustable comb, and pre-installed sling swivel studs. The fill pressure is adjustable, as is the velocity, the hammer spring, the transfer port opening and trigger, allowing you to tune the rifle to your needs, from low power indoor target shooting, to a full power hunting machine.
As it comes from the factory, the Marauder is not regulated so as your pressure gets low, your velocity will drop as well. There are no sights on the rifle, so you will have to buy a scope and rings. The rifle ships with only 1 magazine where other rifles normally come with 2 magazines.
The Air Venturi Avenger is a shooting star that has risen to the top of the entry level PCP market by offering features that are normally found on rifles normally costing thousands of dollars more than it does.
The Avenger is budget priced, but its features are anything but budget, as standard equipment, it comes with an externally adjustable regulator that allows you to set the pressure at which you want the gun to operate while the main 180cc pressure tube fills to 300 bar (4350psi) giving you many more regulated shots per fill than a gun that only fills to 3000psi.
The list of premium features continue with a smooth side lever cocking system. It ships with 2 auto indexing magazines, a single shot tray that is kept in place by magnets, an adjustable 2 stage trigger, an adjustable hammer spring, and a shrouded barrel. It also features built in sling attachment points, a picatinny rail to mount a light or bipod, a combo rail that accepts either 11mm or weaver type scope mounts, a standard foster quick connect filling system, and dual gauges. One for the regulator pressure, and one for the fill pressure of the gun.
The best thing about the Air Venturi Avenget is its accuracy, in the accuracy department the Avenger will go toe to toe with airguns costing 5 times as much as it does.
The .177 caliber rifle is capable of 22ftlbs of energy, making it very effective for taking small to medium sized game. Whether you are hunting or target shooting, the Air Venturi Avenger has the accuracy and power you need to succeed.
The externally adjustable regulator lets you tune the gun to the power level you want for optimum accuracy and air efficiency. The Avenger is lightweight, and shoulders easy, while the side lever lets you smoothly and quickly load a second shot without losing your sight picture.
The scope rail fits both 11mm and weaver type scope rings for more flexibility. The Avenger is extremely accurate and the shrouded barrel quietens the report of the high velocity .177 caliber projectile.
The Avenger can be used left handed, but the controls are set up for a right handed shooter. The rifle fills to 300 bar (4350psi) while it is able to be hand pumped, a small portable compressor would make it much easier. The rifle does not come with a scope, so you will have to buy one. The all weather synthetic stock seems a little plasticy to some owners.
What does a full 5 star review air rifle look like? It looks like an AirArms TX200.
Most people that have shot the TX200 agree that it is considered to be one of the finest spring powered air rifles ever made. The TX200 is made in England and the quality of the deep rich bluing and wood work is second to none in the industry.
But don't let the good looks fool you, the TX200 MKIII is a workhorse that is accurate, powerful and shoots like a tuned rifle right out of the box, this is the rifle all other spring powered airguns are compared to.
The rifle comes with an adjustable match grade trigger, and a match grade Lothar Walther barrel that is housed in a fixed steel shroud with a suppressor in the shroud to make this rifle backyard friendly. The rifle has a smooth underlever cocking arm making the rifle easy to cock and load, it also has an anti-beartrap mechanism with a positive release conveniently located on the right side of the rifle.
The stocks are made in Italy by Minelli, one of the world's finest stock makers. The rifle is available in walnut or beech wood, and can be purchased in either right hand or left hand configurations.
The .177 caliber TX200 has proven itself in the field target competition circles for years, and in the hands of hunters and sportsmen that demand a high level of accuracy, power, and craftsmanship in their airguns.
The rifle is backed by a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
The AirArms TX200 needs no support equipment, just the rifle and a tin of pellets for an afternoon of hunting or family recreation. The long underlever makes it easy to cock, and the shot cycle is smooth and quick.
The gold plated adjustable 2 stage match trigger is light and crisp while the fully shrouded and baffled barrel makes it a very quiet rifle.
The TX200 does not have open sights so you will have to provide a scope and dovetail mount. WIth a rifle weight of just over 9 lbs, it will be about 10 pounds after mounting a scope.
The rifle is so beautiful, you may be reluctant to take it out in the field hunting, but don't let the good looks fool you. This is a hard working rifle.
The Beeman R9 is one of two spring powered airguns on this list, but it is the only one with the traditional breakbarrel design, and adjustable sights.
When you hold and shoot the Beeman R9, you can feel and see its quality in workmanship and construction. It is hand assembled in Germany by skilled craftsmen that take pride in what they do. The hardwood monte carlo stock is ambidextrous, and the automatic safety is conveniently located at the rear of the action accessible to both left and right handed shooters.
At only 7.3 lbs, the Beeman R9 is an all day shooter, just a tin of pellets and the rifle, and you are set for an entire afternoon. Accuracy is built into the R9, it has been the go to rifle for many thousands of airgunners for hunting, pest elimination, paper punching, plinking and of course, field target competition.
The time proven breakbarrel action is smooth and easy to cock, while the famous Rekord trigger is the gold standard by which all other triggers are compared. It can be adjusted to suit your needs.
The rifle comes with fully adjustable hooded sights, but if you find the need, your choice of scope is easily mounted on the 11mm dovetails, and the receiver is machined to use a recoil stop pin if you choose.
When you cock the R9, the safety is automatically engaged, if you take the rifle off safe, you have to either fire it, or recock the barrel to reset the safety.
Shooters that are used to shooting pre-charged rifles may be bothered by the noise and recoil the spring guns make when it fires a pellet at over 900fps.
All of the air rifles on this list so far have been about serious airgun hunting and target practice. This entry is all about why we got into airgunning in the first place PURE FUN, well, with maybe a little bit of serious mixed in.
The Crosman SBR is a smoothbore airgun that shoots steel or frangible BBs at about 430 fps, it is meant to replicate the ergonomics and controls of an AR-15. It has a 6 position adjustable stock, adjustable flip up sights, 4 weaver/picatinny rails for mounting optics lights and accessories.
Compared to the other airguns on this list, it sounds kind of boring until you realize it is also selective fire. That's right, it will shoot in semi-auto mode, then you can turn on the fun. It holds 25 rounds in the full size magazine, and uses two of the easily available 12 gram co2 cartridges.
This rifle is meant for rolling soda cans, and shredding paper targets at the rate of 1400 rounds per minute.
On the serious side, you can use the Crosman DPMS SBR to practice your firearm shooting as all of the controls replicate the ones found on the real firearm, but without breaking the bank with the cost of ammunition, and range fees.
It's fully automatic. But it also gets 100 shots with 2 of the readily available 12 gram co2 cartridges. It has the weight and feel of the real firearm, and you may customize it with your preferred grips and accessories.
For a smoothbore air gun, it's accurate enough to hit 16oz water bottles at 20 yards. It comes with 1 magazine that holds 25 rounds, and adjustable flip up sights, so you don't need to buy an optic to start having fun.
The included speed loader is not the best quality, it is faster to just slowly pour the bbs into the magazine from the bottle. Being powered by co2, it does not work well in cold temperatures.
If you fire it a lot in full auto, the gun will cool down and the velocity will drop. But if you shoot using short bursts, the gun recovers quickly.
At 6.5 lbs, the Crosman SBR is heavy. It has a lot of metal on the insides, but the outer shell is a good quality glass filled polymer.
Have you ever wanted to own and display an iconic historical firearm, but you did not want to pay the $40,000 price tag nor the cost of insuring an original and the worry of having it stolen? The Umarex Legends MP40 is just for you.
The Umarex Legends MP40 submachine gun is a faithful replica of the German MP40 from WWII. It is all metal with plastic in the same places the original had Bakelite (the first plastic made from synthetic materials). It has a selector switch under the gun that lets you choose safe, semi and full auto modes.
The rear sight is adjustable for elevation, and the stock unfolds from under the gun, to turn it from a tin can mowing machine pistol to an accurate carbine.
The Legends MP40 uses two of the 12 gram co2 cartridges held in the 52 round metal magazine, and provides you with well over 100 shots.
For fans of WWII military arms, this legendary gun can be yours to use and enjoy.
The Legends MP40 has 2 firing modes, full-auto, and semi-auto. It also uses 12 gram co2 cartridges and regular steel bbs that are available in most big box stores. With the magazine charged with two co2 cartridges, you will get well over 100 shots before needing to replace the co2 cartridges.
It is a faithful replica of the real firearm weighing almost 8 lbs, and it is all metal other than the grip panels. The hooded front sight and open rear sight stay true to the original firearm.
It does not stop shooting when you run out of BBs, so you have to pay attention to when the magazine is empty. The gun will jam if you do not use steel BBs, so you have to be careful of ricochets.
The gun shoots very fast on full auto, so make sure you buy a lot of BBs.
That is a question that airgunners have debated for decades, and it will continue to be the subject of discussions and arguments for as long as there are 2 calibers to choose from.
Asking that is like asking which is better, a convertible sports car or a pickup truck. They both only hold 2 people, and they both get you from point A to point B. One gets better gas mileage, one carries more stuff.
With smaller targets like mice, rats, chipmunks and squirrels, the smaller kill zones require more precise shot placement to be effective. This is where the .177 caliber shows its precision target heritage.
Some animals or targets require a harder hit to knock them down, that is where the .22 caliber shows it greater weight, and larger frontal area to transfer energy to the target. Both calibers will do the job, one uses speed to do the job, and one uses muscle to do the job.
When you buy a tin of pellets, you are actually buying a certain number of ounces of lead, that just happen to be in the shape of your favorite pellets. .177 pellets will typically weigh about half of what .22 caliber pellets weigh. That is why many manufacturers will sell a 500 count tin of .177 caliber pellets for $9.99, and sell a 250 count tin, but in .22 caliber for the same price. So you get more shots for your money.
The answer to that question is always changing, airgun technology is always advancing. Every year, someone figures out how to squeeze a few more feet per second out of an air rifle platform, either by using lighter ammo, or by designing a more powerful way to push the pellet down the barrel.
At the time of this writing, the fastest velocity .177 rifle listed is a Gamo Magnum break barrel that advertises a velocity of 1650 fps, that is accomplished by using the newest IGT gas ram from Gamo, and using PBA Platinum ammo weighing only 5.1 grains per pellet.
Speed sells, pure and simple, the velocity numbers on the box are always the first thing potential buyers look for.
With slugs and bullets that is ok, they are designed to be stabilized by the twist of the rifling in the barrel, but in the pellet world, speed is not your friend. The diabolo shaped pellet is like a badminton birdie, it is stabilized by air passing over the skirt at the rear of the pellet.
As you push a pellet shaped projectile closer to the speed of sound or beyond, the pellet can destabilize because of the turbulent wind going around the pellet and be thrown off target causing you to miss what you were aiming for.
Hunting game animals with airguns is not legal in all states yet, and what you may legally hunt varies from state to state.
Pyramyd Air has an interactive map that shows what animals may be legally harvested with airguns in each state. Please check with your state and local Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to get the most up to date laws governing hunting with airguns in your area.
A .177 caliber air rifle can kill pigeons, crows, squirrels, and rabbits. If you use a heavier .177 pellet with a pellet rifle that produces higher velocities it will give adequate penetration to reach vital organs to kill an animal quickly and humanely.
If you're looking to hunt something larger than a rabbit, remember larger animals take more energy and deeper penetration to humanely kill them, that is why states limit the minimum caliber and velocity that can be used to legally harvest game.
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