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Definitive Guide to Air Arms TX200

Airgun great, Tom Gaylord called it "The Spring-piston rifle to which all are compared." Since the mid 80's the Air Arms TX200 has been the go-to rifle of field target shooters and hunters the world over. More may have been written about this rifle than any other airgun, but can enough really be said about a rifle that is loved by so many? Take a look at why the TX200 really is one of the greatest air rifles ever made.
Detailed Review


The Basic Anatomy of the TX200
Owning a legend is one of the big draws of buying a TX200. This gun has been around a long time and has seen a few different iterations (3 to be exact, that's why it's now called the TX200 MKIII) however the heart of the TX200 remains the same. The traditional spring-piston design has been around forever but the TX200 does it just a little better than the competition. The smooth underlever design takes just 27 lbs to fully compress the spring and with the addition of an anti-bear trap device on the MKII iteration of the TX200 there is zero worry about losing fingers. The underlever design also means a fixed barrel which contributes to greater accuracy and consistency.



Speaking of the barrel, the TX200 uses an all steel button rifled barrel that will eat just about anything you feed it. Seriously, this gun is accurate with so many different pellets that you should have no trouble finding accurate ammo for your TX200.

The Air Arms TX200 is built to look excellent just as much as to shoot with excellence. The blued metal finish is one of the best that we have seen. Air Arms has also done an excellent job of customizing stock and rifle options to fit the shooter. Rather than an ambidextrous grip, the TX200 offers both left and right handed versions of their stock in walnut. A slightly cheaper Beech option is available for right handed shooters. The difference? Beech is both heavier and harder than walnut, but for many the look of well-crafted walnut is hard to resist.



There is also a carbine hunter version of the TX200 that is designed for those looking for a shorter action to improve the handling of the gun primarily for hunting. All the benefits of the TX200 remain, but with a shortened barrel (9.5' compared to the 13.2' of the regular TX200). Cocking the carbine version also takes more effort due to less leverage (about 5 more pounds of effort required)



The stock was designed with field use in mind. Whether hunting or shooting in a Field Target match, shooters will appreciate the tall Monte Carlo cheek piece to help gain a great sight picture with your scope. There is a flat spot on the forearm just ahead of the trigger that is perfect for off hand shooting.



While preference plays a part, we feel that the TX200 is extremely well balanced with a shift towards heaviness towards the muzzle which many feels help stabilize the gun when shooting. The stock and pistol grip all feature fish scale inlays that are incredibly detailed. As mentioned the gun has been created to be as much as work of art as well as a highly accurate rifle.



If this is your first underlever, you'll notice that underlevers in general, and particularly the TX200 are quite a bit heavier, and not necessarily made to be toted around the field without a sling to aid. This heaviness really does add to the stability of the rifle when shooting and is part of the reason the accuracy is so exceptional. Thousands of field target shooters can't be wrong, the weight is worth it.

A Truly World Famous Trigger
The TX200 takes advantage of the famous Rekord trigger design. The Rekord trigger was first developed by Weihrauch and appeared in the HK97 and is one of the best 2 stage airgun triggers ever developed. Air Arms has taken some liberties with the Rekord design to make it even better. The TX200's version of the Rekord is made from riveted steel sections rather than bent sheet metal. Air Arms has also added bearings to the points where the trigger components pivot on the pins. This helps smooth out the trigger as well as slightly speed up lock time.



Air Arms has also added the ability to adjust first stage pre-travel on the TX200, on the original Rekord's first stage pre-travel could only be adjusted by bending a metal tab that acted as a forward trigger stop. The first stage pull is very light and pulls very smoothly. There is a definite wall where the second stage starts just before the break allowing you to perfectly stage your shot. The second stage break is very crisp and breaks like glass at just under 2 lbs out of the box. Our test gun broke at just 1.63 lbs!



Shot Performance, Calibers & Loudness
The TX200 will shoot lights out. Period. A big part of the reason this gun is loved so much is that it has become a staple in the field target community. In field target matches, accuracy is everything. So you know that for the gun to be as popular as it, is it's got to be a ringer. Our .22 caliber test gun was mounted with a Hawke Sidewinder 6-24x56 AO scope and shot groups under 1 inch at 50 yards with both JSB 18.31 grain pellets and 14.66 grain H&N Field Target Trophy pellets.



The TX200 is solid in the power department as well. We shot 10 shots over our chronograph with both the JSB 18.31 grain pellets and the 14.66 grain H&N's. The JSB pellets averaged 572 fps and 635 fps with the 14.66 grain Field Target Trophies, which resulted in 11.29 ft/lbs and 13.13 ft/lbs respectively. This makes the TX200 a great option for small game hunting and pesting, as well as target shooting.



With the addition of a barrel shroud to the TX200 MKIII the TX200's sound signature was reduced to just 71 dB. That puts the TX squarely in the backyard friendly category. Keep in mind that you will not fully appreciate the sound reduction downrange since the sound and vibration of the powerplant will be heard and felt more by the shooter. But your neighbors will certainly notice.



Though a little expensive to be a backyard plinker alone, if you're looking for the best of the best to shoot around the house, in the field, or at a Field Target match; the Air Arms TX200 can handle it all.

Care and Accessories
First off you've probably noticed that the TX200 doesn't have open sights. This is by design as the gun was really designed for field target shooters. The lack of open sights really leaves a nice platform for mounting even the largest field target quality scopes. So picking up a scope is a must.



A gun as beautiful and carefully crafted as the Air Arms TX200 demands a high grade of care and loving protection. A hard case is a must in our opinion as this is not a gun you lean against the desk waiting to be knocked down to dent the wood.

Cleaning for the TX200, like all spring guns, should be fairly minimal. Should you need to clean or lubricate your rifle we recommend either a silicone based airgun oil or a greaseless dry lubricant such as LPS1. LPS1 is also safe on wood and really brings out the shine of your TX200.



Cleaning pellets are an easy way to cut down on lead dust. After a long shooting session, run a few of them down the barrel just like you would regular pellets and you're good to go. Saves on cleaning time in the future and helps make sure your gun is ready for the next shooting session.

Make sure to post your own review of the TX200 once you've received it and shot some lead down range. We welcome your comments and questions.
Made in the United Kingdom TX200 rifles are crafted in the Air Arms factory located in East Sussex, England. Great attention to detail goes into every rifle that Air Arms manufacturers and the TX200 is not exception. From the exquisite blued metal finish to its checkered Beech or Walnut stocks, the TX200 is the kind of gun that will last you a lifetime and that can be handed down to the next generation of airgunners.
Field Target Ready The TX200 has dominated the springer class in field target for quite some time and it's really no surprise. Of course it's stunningly consistent accuracy is a big factor, but it is also because of the airguns ergonomics. Air Arms took into account that most field target guns are equipped with high magnification optics, because of this the TX200 features a very tall Monte Carlo cheekpiece that is perfect for large, high mounted scopes. They didn't stop there though, the wide, flat forend provides a very stable platform for shooting from a wide variety of positions.
Legendary Trigger The TX200 comes equipped with what is essentially a tuned and slightly updated version of the legendary Rekord trigger. The Rekord trigger was first developed by Weihrauch and appeared in the HW 97K and has been a favorite of serious airgunners ever since. The two stage Rekord style trigger of the TX200 pulls at just under 2 lbs right out of the box. Perfect for precision shooting.
Accuracy & Power The TX200 is accurate above all else. At 50 yards this gun will easily hold groups under an inch with the right pellets. Our .22 caliber TX200 loved 18.13 grain JSB Jumbo Heavy's and 14.66 grain H&N Field Target Trophies. With the JSB pellets the TX200 averaged 572 fps and 635 fps with the 14.66 grain Field Target Trophies
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100% Recommend this product (7 of 7 responses)
By David Shannon
CA
November 12, 2018
this rifle is the best
The tx 200 hc is way better than i expected. typical of many consumers today I watched hours of you You-tube deciding if this rifle was the one for me. Happy to report this rifle is excellent
, fit finish , accuracy, the trigger is the best . I love the trigger.my experience with Airgun Depot was excellent.they double packed the rifle to protect it during shipping. top notch crew.
Prosaccuracy- cant hope for better fit and Finish-excellent pricey but way worth it the walnut stock is worth the $$$$$
Consprice ... cant drive a Ferrari and complain about the cost.
Best Usespest control the 22 hits hard
By Dave
Arcata ca
October 24, 2018
A great buying experience
I cannot say enough about airgin depot . airgin depot exceeded my expectations . Everything was easy . Ups tracking , they double boxed my tx200 , I am pleased. The rifle is every thing I expected .
A great experience . Thumbs up . Thank you .
ProsGeorges walnut stock . Accurate I like the heft of the rifle .
ConsNone
By Thomas Kurpiewski
Ohio
October 9, 2017
Experienced or novice, this IS the Air Rifle for you!
Only taking 27 pounds cocking effort, this rifle's beauty, accuracy, and over-all performance makes Air Gun shooting a very pleasurable experience. I've owned dozens of Air Guns and the TX200 is as good as it gets.
ProsACCURATE! Beautiful, professionally blued and stocked in the walnut variety. Power, at 930 fps in .177 cal, is sufficient for pest control. If you take care of this firearm, you'll pass this beauty on to the next generation.
ConsHard to load at first when scope equipped but with use you'll become proficient and overlook this minor obstacle.
By Dan
Sacramento, CA
June 20, 2017
Very nice Air rifle
Looks and over-all finish are simply awesome. The TX-200 MRKIII is a little louder than I expected. But I figured I'd get a moderator for my new TX-200. Come to find out you can't fit a moderator on a
TX-200 MRKIII which was very disappointing. I purchased the HAWKE Air-max 4-16X50 scope and mounted it on my TX-200. Sighting the TX-200 in was a bit of work, come to find out every screw holding the rifle together was loose. I had to completely strip down the TX-200 and retighten all the screws. Watched some You-tube videos and then got everything tight. Now the TX-200 shoots dime size groups at 25 yards. After about 30 shots I started getting flier pellets out side the groups. Come to find out some of the screws on the gun were loose again. After reading comments on the web I see this is a common issue with this rifle and I may need to use some thread lock. This was a little disappointing for such an expensive air rifle.
ProsVery nice looking , accurate springer .22 rifle Love the trigger very nice I give the TX-200 MRKIII LH Walnut 4 stars - wish I could give it 5 stars but see "CONs below"
ConsVery heavy, get some shooting bags Loose screws when new Little loud for backyard plinking No sling mounts for such a heavy rifle it needs sling mounts. Safety has been acting up on me, does not always work! Can't fit a moderator on the TX-200 MRKIII
By Brent
Milford, MA
March 31, 2017
Beautiful and powerfull
I received this rifle as a birthday present and, due to weather here, have only had a chance to use it at 10 meters indoor. I need a thicker backstop! Using JSB Match Diablo Jumbo heavy at 10 meters punched through the 0.025 ducting steel I had been using for my 0.177 target guns. Constancy seems very good for the first 30 shots. one quarter inch groups at 10 meters off a single point rest .

This is a heavy gun compared to my Daisy Avanti 0.177 10 meter target rifle, but that adds some stability offhand.

I had some cocking troubles at first. It didn't want to set the safety or allow the anti-beartrap to release without several tries. I explored on-line and saw that this was not uncommon. 1/2 turn of the rear trigger assembly attachment screw seems to have totally fixed it.

As many have noted, it's stone cold beautiful!
ProsGood power. Very consistent at 10 meters.
ConsInitial cocking/safety problems
By Tod
Lodoga, Ca.
November 21, 2016
This rifle is a must have!
I haven't been able to find any faults with this rifle so far. Fit and finish is as good if not better than any other rifle I own. The rifle just oozes quality that will become apparent the first time you pick it up. Accuracy when well scoped is excellent and doesn't seem to be as hold sensitive as many other springers out there. I purchased this rifle in .22 and was prepared to be somewhat underwhelmed with the groups it would shoot compared to a .177. That has also not been the case. You get what you pay for definitely applies here and once purchased you will feel absolutely No buyers remorse. I've included a target shot at 20 yds of 5 shot groups. Pellets were JSB Jumbo Heavy.
ProsFrom my perspective. Everything!
ConsFor some with big hands or limited dexterity the loading port could be a challenge.
By Tod
California,
November 10, 2016
You get what you pay for
At least in this case. This is without a doubt one of the finest rifles I've ever owned. Let people sing all the praises they want for the Chinese air rifles on the market. They can't hold a candle to the TX. From fit and finish to the superb accuracy right out of the box and just the feel when you hold it in your hands....amazing! If all you can afford is a Ben or a Gamo...I get it! But if you can save up for TX you will never regret it!
ProsEverything
ConsNone
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