Christmas gifts for the airgunner: Part 1
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Gifts for $25 and under
- Gifts for $100 and under
- Gifts for $250 and under
- Gifts with no price limit
First of all, to my American readers — Happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I hope you do, too.
With the holidays fast approaching we sometimes need help finding those perfect gifts. This blog offers some of my personal picks this year.
Gifts for $25 and under
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my book, BB Guns Remembered. It’s the perfect short story collection bathroom reader for someone who enjoys nostalgia. And this book makes the B.B. gun the star. At $10 it’s the perfect stocking-stuffer. If your airgunner likes to read, this is a good one!
Your airgunner may like a tin of Smart Shot Lead BBs. These BBs are on the large side and tend to be more accurate than steel BBs in many guns, plus they are much safer. Before ordering these, be sure to ask your airgunner if he has guns that can use them.
Shooters always need targets to shoot at and the paper ones your shooter copies are lousy. They tear and don’t give a good impression of the shots. He would probably love to have a stack of good paper targets, but will never order them for himself. Be a hero and do the deed!
Many shooters can use the Air Venturi Pellet Pen and Pellet Seater. It comes in 177 and .22 caliber, with .177 being the most popular. The seater is adjustable for seating depth. It helps those shooters with fat fingers and anyone who shoots a breakbarrel really needs one!
Gifts for $100 and under
First up in this category is the Beeman P17 air pistol. It’s only $35, yet it shoots like airguns selling for many times as much. It’s accurate, has a great trigger, adjustable sights and it feels great in the hand. What’s not to like?
Every shooter needs a bullet trap that will last and not get shot out, and the Do-All Bullet Box does just that. This is another item an airgunner won’t buy for himself, yet every one of us needs one. He’ll thank you every time he uses it!
The Tech Force M8 is priced right at $100, but as a breakbarrel spring piston rifle it offers value that other low-priced spring guns cannot give. Maybe your airgunner missed his chance to own an Air Venturi Bronco. The M8 is the next best thing for even less money!
For a great single-shot pellet pistol it’s hard to beat the Crosman 2240. It’s accurate, powerful and very ergonomic. It runs on CO2, so be sure to buy some 12-gram cartridges if you buy the gun. And don’t forget that it’s .22 caliber.
Gifts for $250 and under
My top recommendation in this category is the Daisy Avanti Champion 499 BB gun. At $140, it represents the best value in a target airgun. And be sure to buy some Avanti Precision Ground Shot which this gun needs to do its best. Better get some 5-meter targets, too, as they are not common items for airgunners to have.
Does your airgunner want a good accurate spring rifle? I recommend the Walther Terrus. It’s not overly powerful, but it is deadly accurate and a great value in a spring gun. I’m recommending the model with the synthetic stock because it works well with this rifle, and it’s less expensive.
Got a cowboy? Get him a John Wayne Duke Colt BB revolver. He’ll be proud of it and surprised by the accuracy, too. This family of airguns also comes in identical models that shoot pellets, if he doesn’t want a BB gun. I like the BB gun models best, but that’s just a personal preference.
Every dedicated airgun shooter needs a chronograph. They measure the speed of the pellet or BB coming out of the airgun and are useful in many different ways. But most shooters won’t buy one because of the cost. What a wonderul gift to give — one that he needs but would never buy for himself! I recommend the Shooting Chrony Alpha Master, because it has the remote display with controls that allow you to be up to 15 feet away from the skyscreens. That’s most useful on a crowded public range. He’ll love it!
Gifts with no price limit
These are the things most airgunners want, but probably have to wait for a birthday or Christmas (and maybe more than one) to get. I’ll start with the finest spring piston air rifle made today. That would be the Air Arms TX200 Mark III. This is an air rifle I have no reservations about recommending, because I know it performs. It needs no tuning, because it’s fine just as it comes from the box. Just mention it to your airgunner in a casual conversation and listen to see whether he wants one. I’ll bet he does! This rifle comes without sights and will need a scope and mounts.
Another great air rifle is the Talon SS from AirForce Airguns. This is the airgun that accepts interchangeable barrels, so it’s not just an air rifle — it’s a whole system. It can be any of four different calibers in three different barrel lengths. I recommend getting the .22 caliber base gun to start with. This is one of my go-to air rifles. And this one has great power that the next rifle doesn’t have. This rifle comes without sights and will need a scope and mounts
If your shooter likes the classic look of a rifle, then the Benjamin Marauder might suit him better. You can’t change calibers of this rifle like the Talon SS can, and the power is lower (but still respectable), but the Marauder does have some unique qualities. The adjustable trigger is near-perfection, and the shooter can adjust the fill pressure and the rifle’s power for best accuracy. And Marauders are very accurate — often just as accurate as the Talon SS. I have no caliber recommendation for a Marauder, so ask your airgunner what he fancies. This rifle comes without sights and will need a scope and mounts
My final recommendation today is for an air pistol that many shooter will like, but not all. The Beeman P1 appeals to the shooter who’s after ultimate accuracy in an air pistol. It holds like a 1911 firearm and has a beautiful adjustable trigger, and adjustable sights. But it’s hard to cock, so check with your airgunner before buying one.
That’s it for today’s gift guide. I’m thinking of writing at least one more.