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Beeman P17

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By A Reasonable Person from USA on 2012-12-18 02:43:29

Things I liked:

The Beeman P17 is an excellent value for someone interested in a 4.5 mm (.177 cal) target air pistol. Before you buy, think about what it is that you intend to use an airgun for. If you wish to shoot 10 meter air pistol targets and stay in the black at very low cost, this pistol is definitely worth three times what it is sold for. If you want rapidly to make many tiny dents in a barn door from 5 meters or otherwise blast away promiscuously, then skip the P17 and buy the CO2 BB gun which will do that job for you. If you want to hunt, skip pistols and go to a pellet rifle with enough power and accuracy to allow you reliably to achieve first round kills; then make yourself some rat, rabbit or pigeon stew, or at least supplement your cat's diet with your take. Is this an Olympic 10 meter target pistol? No, but it is surprisingly accurate for 10% of the cost of a basic match target pistol such as the Baikal 46. It has good balance, points very naturally and has a splendidly light trigger and servicable open sights. The P17 is a Beeman-licensed Chinese manufactured copy of the Beeman P3/Weihrauch HW40 manufactured in Germany. Except for the post and vee sights (very satisfactory for target shooting, the rear being adjustable for both elevation and windage,) it follows the P3/HW40 design very faithfully for less than 20% of the cost. I have found that Beeman model 1235 7.7 grain coated wadcutters work very well for target shooting in my P17, and are very economical.

Things I would have changed:

Loading seems awkward at first, but will soon become easier, especially if you start with pointed pellets, then switch to wads when you are used to the loading. Beeman Model 1239 8.5 grain coated pointed pellets will serve that purpose. With these products, you can find out whether you enjoy the sport without having to spend serious money on it. While the design is very good, the level of quality assurance in assembly seems, from the sample of user reviews I have read elsewhere, sometimes to fall below that standard. Most are assembled well, but some are less well assembled. While the manufacturer should improve quality control, the P17 is warranted for a year, and is not difficult to work on when the warranty has expired. There is plenty of help for diagnosing and fixing problems on the Web. After about 2,000 rounds, I started to have trouble with pressure loss. Since the pistol was then still under warranty, I spent $12 on sending it to Beeman for repairs. After a month, it came back in good order. Now that it is out of warranty, I work on it myself. A Google search for P17 overhaul led me to a number of useful sources of information, including Derrick's overhaul part 1 and finale, which are step by step guides with very good color photo illustrations (Thank you, Derrick.)

What others should know:

Cocking this device is too difficult for a child, but within the abilities of most mid-late teens and adults. Anyway, it is not a toy and is not suitable for children. The safe handling considerations for firearms apply to pellet guns. The top of the receiver incorporates dove tail grooves between the front and rear iron sights for mounting accessory sights. Some offers of P17s bundle them with an open style red dot sight. If you are, or think that you may be, interested in target shooting, then the P17 is worth your consideration. If you do not enter formal competition, it may be all that you need. In any event, it is a fine pistol for developing pistol marksmanship and maintaining proficiency economically and at home, rather than driving to a firearms range and firing ball ammunition frequently. I know of no other target as good for so llittle money.

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By Mike S on 2022-08-01 21:15:15

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This is a 7 year follow-up. Thousands of rounds and still as accurate as when new. I opened up the gun and smoothed out the air intake hole on the cylinder. Added some silicon lube on the piston ring and the rest is history. A small drop of Pellgun oil on the breech seal and into the port when opening the action and this gun will just keep on putting pellets through the same hole.

Things I would have changed:

Recent reviews seem to indicated the burr at the air intake issue has been addressed.

What others should know:

I added a dovetail to Weaver rail with a the loop side of a Velcro strip which extend over the rear sight.to increase the leverage when closing the over-lever. Really reduces the cocking effort and protects your hand from the sharp edges of the dovetail and rear sight. Red dot is in from of the adapter.

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This is a really nice airgun for the price. Easy for me to pump, very accurate, surprisingly smooth trigger for its price range. I was really impressed with it.

    Things I would have changed:

    I find the automatic safety a bit awkward, but I am sure lawyers wouldn't want that changed.

    What others should know:

    This pistol is not good for darts. At regulation range it will bury the dart in the board well past the tip.

  • 1.0 1.0

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    1.0 1.0

    Things I liked:

    This is a 7 year follow-up. Thousands of rounds and still as accurate as when new. I opened up the gun and smoothed out the air intake hole on the cylinder. Added some silicon lube on the piston ring and the rest is history. A small drop of Pellgun oil on the breech seal and into the port when opening the action and this gun will just keep on putting pellets through the same hole.

    Things I would have changed:

    Recent reviews seem to indicated the burr at the air intake issue has been addressed.

    What others should know:

    I added a dovetail to Weaver rail with a the loop side of a Velcro strip which extend over the rear sight.to increase the leverage when closing the over-lever. Really reduces the cocking effort and protects your hand from the sharp edges of the dovetail and rear sight. Red dot is in from of the adapter.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Sights and grip. No Co2 cartridges. Price can't be beat for the product you receive. Outstanding value. PA packs their products very well. Packs pellets like they were nitroglycerin.

    Things I would have changed:

    Reduce size a little. The sights, while nice with excellent visibility, are just too large. Chamber in .22 cal. if a respectable velocity can be maintained.

    What others should know:

    Made in China. Cocking is stout so be careful closing the slide. Not a complaint, just be aware of this. If you haven't owned a .177 cal. air gun, which I hadn't, prepare to do a lot of squinting as you attempt to load pellets. Barrel placement and slide design doesn't make them easy to load either. Even with these quirks, I consider this a good buy and well worth it's price. I read that the cylinder is easily rebuilt using common O-rings from most hardware stores. If true, that's good to know if the need arises to rebuild the gun. Simple is good!

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

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    Things I liked:

    Were too start, its a amazing plinker for the accuracy and build quality also power it puts out. I use the excite pointed 8gr pellets it really likes these, they execute perfect out of this pistol. Best Buy for the price, I have seen this so many times passed it up because I thought it might be weak because of price and low and behold its one of the best plinker in my collection.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Its takes a little to get used to cocking it for it has some effort for that and beware how close you cock it towards your shirt it can catch it and bite a hole in it lol and make sure its closed down because the top will flip up with some serious force and if your hand is in the way well its gonna hurt.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Ted with Pyramyd Air recommended this air gun and what a great recommendation. I let two friends try it and now I'm ordering my third one.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    For under $50 I think this is one of the best deals out there. I'm retired, a veteran(USMC), and firearms enthusiast. The closest gun range to me is an hour away. I can shoot this Beaman P17 indoors or outdoors at my house and not disturb anyone, while working on site alignment and trigger control. Additionally the safety on the Beeman is common to a 1911 that I have a bedside companion. I like that I don't have to buy CO2 cartridges(though I plan to eventually purchase a Single Action Pellet Revolver that uses CO2(who else but Pyramyd Air...:)) because I can see how one of those will help me develop speed in loading and unloading a couple of single only firearms(revolver, derringer) I have been blessed with.

    Things I would have changed:

    I know other reviewers have complained about how difficult it is to cock this pellet pistol. I'm a Marine, I see this an opportunity to develop techniques that will allow me safely and more easily close the action. I can see how others might see this is as a negative, but not me.

    What others should know:

    I looked at many different pellet pistols before I bought this Beeman P17. If you're a firearms enthusiast like myself who's owned and shot many different semi automatic handguns you can't go wrong with this purchase. Marksmanship takes patience and lots of practice. You can't "spray and pray"(shoot a bunch of rounds quickly with this pellet pistol) and that's a good thing in my view. I like this Beeman so much, I am seriously considering buying the more expensive version(s) and using the P17 to train others.

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Great value for price.

    Things I would have changed:

    Need tool to load pellets, like black powder percussion capper. Inline pellet pen does not work! Tweezers?

    What others should know:

    Be sure "hammer" catch is closed all the way after loading and closing/pressurizing

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    What's not to like. FPS is right on with 7 gr diablo's. Single stroke piston means no CO2. Accurate, yes. Priced right.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Back away from the board if you shoot darts. It will bury them.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Great to handle, no recoil and looks well made. Single shot single action so accuracy is always good.

    Things I would have changed:

    The pistol is very hard to cock (for me a 74 yr old) but I suppose that can't be fixed.

    What others should know:

    I would not recommend using a pellet sizer on your ammo for this gun - I did and the pellets just fell out. The barrel prefers a slightly oversized or "standard .177.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Light weight and accurate

    Things I would have changed:

    Ammo loading should be easier

    What others should know:

    Nice plinking gun for the price

  • 5.0 5.0

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Adjustable rear sights for elevation and windage.

    Things I would have changed:

    Loading port is hard to access. Would make it easier to get to.

    What others should know:

    This pistol is extremely accurate. At 10 meters fired three rounds that I could cover with a dime.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The Beeman P17 is a well built very accurate pump air pistol.

  • 1.0 1.0

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    1.0 1.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The rear sight is loose and turns by every shot. I had to return it.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This is an awesome pistol. Very smooth trigger which is better than most air rifles. Sure beats the trigger in my Avenger.

    Things I would have changed:

    It is a little hard to load the pellet but is ok once you get used to it.

    What others should know:

    For the price you wont find anything this good. It is my first and only pistol and I love it.

  • 1.0 1.0

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Well I am on my second one the first one pellets fell out of the barrel , the second one I just received pellet loaded an stayed in after I shot went to cock the barrel again and a bolt fell out couldn't see from top anywhere it came from fired second time rear sight and a spring went flying across the room so really there's NOTHING I LIKE

    Things I would have changed:

    DiSCONTINUE THIS ITEM

    What others should know:

    DON'T WASTE YOU'RE MONEY OR PATIENCE

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    No C02 or pumping required and still shoots over 410 fps. Solid construction. Decent fiber adjustable sights. 3/8 inch rail for red dot.

    Things I would have changed:

    More power if possible.

    What others should know:

    If you love plinking then this is a cheap well built plinker. When cocking make sure your hand is as close to the rear as possible and keep your palm and fingers in an open position. It does take some muscle to cock but the reward is worth the effort.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The trigger pull on this is real good. 9 year old could actually hit the targets with this pistol, & so could I. Auto safety & Good velocity.

    Things I would have changed:

    The loading port is kinda of hard to hit for big fingers. 9 year old had a little problems, but will get better with use. Cocking is a bit hard & the 9 year old pinched his fingers once & then on I had to cock it, says it takes 28 pounds to cock & I believe it.

    What others should know:

    With a little bit of practice, I think we can hit some cans out in the back yard & different ranges. So far this is the more fun pistol.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I really like the trigger, nice smooth pull and clean break. Excellent value for the money. I like the fiber optic sights, very accurate right out of the box. I ran a tin of pellets through it so far and was very enjoyable. I also love not having to use co2!! I would purchase it again even though it was made in China. This a great backyard plinker!

    Things I would have changed:

    A little bit if a pain to load. I have found that pointed pellets are a little easier to load.

    What others should know:

    If you are looking for a good cheap plinker this is it!! I am very pleased with the accuracy of this gun. This is my first Beeman and I am impressed!

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Really nice product

    Things I would have changed:

    The pressure to cock,, need to make easier loading

    What others should know:

    Shoots really good

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Best pellet pistol for the money

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

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