Unlike many production pistols, the P3 is made of quality materials. Manufactured by the legendary Weihrauch factory in Germany, this air pistol has a rifled steel barrel. In fact, all critical mechanisms are made of ordnance steel, while the exterior shell is made of tough, durable polymers.
Whether you shoot right-handed, left-handed, single-handed or two-handed, the Beeman P3 can accommodate you! The ambidextrous design and the functionality of the cocking mechanism are convenient no matter what style of shooting you enjoy.
Accuracy is 0.20" center-to-center. You won't find too many pistols in this price range that can brag about that kind of accuracy! The P3 is perfect for 10-meter target shooting, but you'll end up doing a lot more with the gun. Plinking, shooting spinners, and popping tin cans are loads of fun, and the P3 is up to the challenge!
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- Caliber0.177 cal
- Velocity410 fps
- Ammo TypePellets
- Barrel StyleRifled
- Fire ModeSingle-shot
- Gun Weight1.7
- MechanismSingle-stroke pneumatic
- Front SightsFiber Optic
- Rear SightsAdjustable for windage and elevation
- Trigger Pull1.5
- UseTarget Shooting
- WarrantyLimited Lifetime
The first thing I noticed was the material and quality difference between the two airguns. The P3 is really excellent but the P17 is surprisingly very good.
I've shot both airguns side-by-sde and both shoot very well and both are very accurate. Is the P3 worth the $180 difference? I'll leave that up to the buyer.
If you are on a budget, the P17 is a wonderful, sensational bargain. But if you can afford it, the P3 is the one to get.
The P3 overall has a better build, a better finish and a more solid feel in the hand. Components are machined stainless steel (sears, springs, pins, hammer, cams, valve parts) and the external trigger, safety and over lever lock parts are aluminum. Hammer, sears and cams have very squared and trued contact surface areas that provide smooth interactions and increase reliability. Out-of-the-box, the excellent precision 2-stage trigger has a 1st stage 6oz-1\2" adjustable pull, with a crisp break-like-glass 2nd stage set at 15oz...Nice!
The polymer frame assembly reminds me of the Glock polymers...solid, strong and light. The exterior texture finish is rugged and tactile and grip ergonomics is near perfect. Combined with the aluminum piston and pneumatic cylinder, the overall weight is well balanced and the pistol has a solid feel in the hand. When I don't pull a round, with the iron sights I was able to quickly zero in my POA and readily shoot 10 yard 5-shot cloverleaf groupings within a .250 spread (RWS Hobby 7.0g WCs)! The P3 comes with a lifetime warranty (only to original purchaser)...the P17, just a 1 year warranty.
The P3 and P17 shoot about the same velocity and have similar accuracy (possibly P3 a slight hair better). Both have 15oz triggers (P3 2-stage, my P17 single stage-after mod), both sears break like glass, both handle almost identically, both have excellent accuracy and both load pellets - compress pneumatics (over lever pump) equally! Where components are top notch in the P3, the P17 has stamped steel parts that may or may not be as reliable.
IMHO, if your wanting\needing the extra durability the P3 offers, or possibly the reliability\longevity it may bring, even though it appears at this time to be a relative equal in the accuracy department, then 7X the investment certainly could be worth it! However, if you want\need to be frugal with your air gun investment, willing to put in the time and effort to tinker-repair-upgrade-mod a P17 (if\when needed), then this option is certainly also worth it!
YES, its worth the extra money cost to have an incredibly accurate target pistol! If you can get one, Get it!
I paired mine with a red-dot scope, and while I had some initial concerns about being able to cock the pistol with the large-diameter sight, these proved unfounded.
One thing I did discover: I *cannot* use PBA ammo with this gun...soft lead only. Apparently the harder PBA ammo doesn't allow a proper seal in the breech.
Other than that I'm extremely happy with this gun, and believe you would be as well.
CONS: Loading can be difficult for people with large hands. The safety release requires left hand if you are right handed. If you are left handed it can be reached with the trigger finger.