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Avanti Champion 499

Daisy's Avanti BB rifle!
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  • Code: PY-617 · 0.177 cal · 240 fps ·
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The Avanti Champion has been dubbed "the most accurate BB gun in the world" time and time again. The beautiful spring air rifle is used by thousands of shooting education programs to teach as well as compete. Emblazoned with the "Official Shooting Education BB Gun by Daisy" medallion in the stained solid wood stock, this single shot, muzzle-loading BB gun looks as great as it performs. It is a single-shot, lever-action muzzle-loading BB gun. Velocity is very consistent at around 240 feet per second. The 499 wasn't designed for general-purpose shooting or plinking but was created for a single purpose: to shoot a BB as accurately as possible at a distance of 5 meters. The 499 may be "just" a BB gun, but take one look at it, and it is instantly clear that this gun was designed for serious competition. At 36 1/4 inches long and 3.1 pounds, it is the right size for many young shooters but the walnut-stained wood buttstock and forestock are thick enough so that they can be easily handled by teenagers and adults. This rifle is not designed for a scope. Underneath the pistol grip is a black plastic lever that is used to cock the 499 and also serves as the trigger guard. The cocking effort is quite light so even the youngest shooter can manage it. Inside the trigger guard, the plastic trigger feels comfortable to the finger, even for extended shooting sessions. On the right hand side of the black metal receiver is a plastic slide safety. Pull it back to "safe;" move it forward to fire.

On top of the receiver is a precision micrometer adjustable peep sight that can be click-stop adjusted to put the 499 precisely on target. At the far end of the black metal barrel is a hooded sight with interchangeable apertures. Underneath, the wooden forestock flares at the bottom for easy gripping, and a sling can be attached for three-position shooting.

Shooting the 499 is a joy, even for an experienced shooter. The firing sequence instructions are stamped on the top of the barrel. 1. Put "on Safe." 2. Cock. 3. Feed BB. (This involves dropping a BB down the muzzle of the gun while holding it muzzle upward and letting the BB roll to a magnetic "catch" in the innards of the gun.) 4. Aim. 5. Take "Off Safe." 6. Fire.

The trigger pulls lightly and evenly until the 499 discharges. It is very predictable and compatible with accurate shooting. There is a slight twang as the powerplant launches the BB, and a hole appears in the target. What puts a smile on every shooter's face is the accuracy of the 499.

Note: This rifle cannot accept a scope.
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  • ManufacturerDaisy
  • Caliber0.177 cal
  • Velocity240 fps
  • ConditionNew
  • Ammo TypeBBs
  • ActionLever-action
  • Barrel StyleSmooth bore
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight3.1
  • Overall Length36.25
  • Loudness1-Low
  • MechanismSpring piston
  • SafetyManual
  • Front SightsGlobe with Aperture Inserts
  • Rear SightsAdjustable for windage and elevation
  • Trigger AdjustabilitySingle-stage
  • Trigger Pull4
  • UseTarget Shooting
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Avanti Champion 499
17 Reviews
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65% Recommend this product (11 of 17 responses)
By Stas
Cumming, Georgia
Perfect first competition bb gun
December 30, 2019
The 499b has been purchased as Christmas gift to my 6 year old daughter. The rifle has arrived on time in well wrapped pack. The only assembly was required is rear sight, which was very easy. It took me few shots to adjust sights to zero it. My daughter has fallen in love with this rifle, the light grey color wood stock make it look great. Overall it is well made. Lever action pump works great and easy, my daughter has no issue to charge it and shoot bullseye from 7 yards from prone and bag support. We are using standard .177 bb from Walmart. I can imagine how this rifle can shoot with match grade bbs. It is great rifle to teach your kid gun safety (real safety works great) and bring him or her to a shooting sport.
ProsEasy to operate, accurate, safety, real wood stock, good trigger.
ConsStock is not adjustable, dyang age kids would have some problems shooting from standing position, single shot muzzle loading.
Best UsesCompetition shooting for kids.
By John
Great Target Rifle
January 3, 2019
This rifle is made for target shooting at 5 meters, and it's excellent at that distance. It's very easy to cock, and kids and older adults will have a great time shooting doesn't have much power, I doubt it'd harm a chipmunk, but I still wouldn't point it at someone, it could still put an eye out. For the money, it's one of the best target rifles you can buy.
ProsReal wood, great peep sight.
ConsNot very powerful.
Best UsesTarget shooting, it doesn't have enough power for anything else.
By John
Burrillville, Rhode Island
a gun so nice, i bought AND reviewed it twice, even if the first review did not post
December 19, 2018
I wrote up a nice little review of this great little gun earlier, but, somehow i did not post it it seems.

I would just say that, this gun is surprisingly excellent, i bought it for my brother so he could practice some fundamentals on his farm, without disturbing neighbors, or waking a sleeping toddler.

i ended up keeping the one i bought, and purchased him a new one because i kept "testing" it so much.

really a great bb gun, and the muzzle loading did not detract from using it for casual plinking at all for me.

this time i am signing up for airgun depot my business email, just to confirm the dang thing posted, i like it that much.

By John
Rhode Island
So nice, I bought one twice (accidentally)
December 19, 2018
I was looking for something that I would give to my brother to practice his marksmanship without disturbing the neighbors, and I wanted something familiar to the old daisy BB guns we had, but where accuracy could really be pushed.

I got what I was looking for, and more.

I had reservations about the muzzle loading slowing down the plinking, but I found that, in practice, it was not as burdensome as I had thought, certainly it is less of a hassal than say, a break barrel, for comparison.

the accuracy was, at 10 meters, everything it says it is, and the sites are a joy to shoot and adjust, really very good quality.

what I found in this gun is that it was every bit a fantastic accurate little rifle you could practice fundamentals with, but also a very enjoyable back yard plinker
ProsAccuracy Quality of the optics Trigger
ConsNot a con exactly, but the quality, fit and finish of this rifle makes me wish there was a multishot daisy lever action closer to the Avanti than the red ryder.
Best Usespracticing fundamentals and improving your marksmenship plinking fun
By David
Northern New Mexico
The Only BB Rifle Anyone Ever Needs
August 2, 2017
Nothing else comes close. At five meters this really is a target gun. At 10 meters it still outshoots many more expensive pellet rifles, and I've been able to blow away nefarious soda cans reliably out to 50 feet allowing for ballistic drop. It's a hoot! The sights are a joy to use and cocking is especially easy. If you think a muzzle loader is a bit weird, you're way right -- but in a truly wonderful way. It's the easiest loading air rifle I've used (just drop that old BB in) and by far the most fun: you'll fall in love with those few seconds while you listen to the BB slowly work it's way down to the final snick when it seats. Turns out this is useful because occasionally one of the BBs will be a bit small to fire straight, but it warns you by falling too fast. I keep a can sitting out to shoot those at so I can avoid messing up a shot group. If there's a downside it's that you really should use only the Avanti ground shot, which is more costly than Plain Old BBs, but it's really still pretty cheap. Plus, you use it more slowly because it really is worth the time to aim this puppy carefully. It doesn't have much punch, but I like that because it reduces the danger radius while still having adequate oomph for target practice and fooling around. Means you don't need 40 acres to safely use the gun with reasonable precautions.
ProsAccuracy, sights, ease of cocking, fun of loading, wood stock, flat forearm base, solid mostly metal construction, accuracy and above all accuracy.
ConsReally must use only somewhat more expensive Avanti Ground Shot (or whatever Daisy ends up calling it when they kill off the Avanti name completely). But this is also a plus, really. Could use a butt pad to prevent slipping at the shoulder (easily cured with just about anything stuck on back there). I'm actually kind of surprised nobody makes a fitted or slip-on pad for this gun.
By Steven
Most accurate BB Rifle Ever!!
May 30, 2017
I was hesitant purchasing this rifle due to the price. It cost about four times that of a Red Rider BB Rifle. I eventually made the purchase because my small grandson is planning to visit from the city and I want to teach him gun safety and shooting skills. He is too small to cock the lever on a Red Rider and due to the heavy trigger pull on the Red Rider accuracy will be difficult at best. Enter the Avanti Champion 499. This is a fantastic BB rifle. The strength needed to cycle the action is very light and the trigger is fantastic. The trigger breaks evenly and is not heavy at all, but is stiff enough enough to prevent unintended discharges. The peep sight configuration is phenomenal. Once dialed in I was exploding aspirins easily at 10 meters. I know that my grandson will love this rifle because he will easily be able to handle it and develop the shooting skills and accuracy this rifle is capable of. It is a single shot rather than a repeater as the Red Rider is, but this is an advantage for the new shooter as one learns you only have one shoot and must make it count so naturally strive for initial accuracy rather than rely on a quick followup shot. I love the Avanti Champion 499 and have been shooting it almost daily and am finding a deep satisfaction in doing so because it is capable of so much. I am sure my grandson will love it as I do and I look forward to his visit and some quality backyard range time with him and this most accurate BB rifle.
ProsThe Avanti Champion is easily cocked, has an excellent trigger, fantastic sights, and is extremely accurate!
ConsThe cost of the Avanti is about four times the cost of a Red Rider BB Rifle.
By Anthony
Sunny Florida
I'm a Believer Now
June 8, 2016
It's pretty rare to find a product with all five star ratings, especially a BB gun. I was skeptical but ordered one to try it out. I needed a quiet gun to shoot indoors in the hot summer months down here in Florida. Wow, as it turns out, what a great choice. All the reviewers were correct. The 499 is super accurate, as in one hole accurate at 16 feet. I thought the gun had malfunctioned after a half dozen shots. because I couldn't hear the impact on my target box. What was happening was that the BB was going through the same hole and just hitting the fluff inside the box. True, I swear. Fit and finish on the gun is very good. The accessories included were also of good quality; nice micro rear sight, front sights with selected replacement inserts, a nice quality sling with hardware, assorted papers and great instructions. I've got at least 300 shots on this rifle already, and look forward to shooting again tomorrow. Super easy cocking by the way, and a very clever method of loading. Really nice purchase thanks to previous reviewers and AGD.
ProsAccurate, light, easy cocking, economical, great accessories, did I mention ACCURATE!
ConsWood stock could be better finished. I'll work on it. It's smooth but a bit dull, and the color is not what I would prefer.
By Charles
Fun gun
January 29, 2014
I've had one of these about 5 years now. Lots of fun to shoot after work. I recently discovered this gun can be scoped. It has a short dovetail with a scope stop hole. You can attach a single ring and a short scope. Or you can attach a dovetail to weaver mount and use a scope with weaver/pica tinny rings. For aging eyes it helps
ProsAccurate easy to shoot
By Brian
Great Gun
December 5, 2013
Totally impressed with this gun, it's not a Red Ryder, it is everything that the ad says it is, "the world's most accurate BB gun."

Be sure to use the Avanti precision ground shot which is .176/.177 diameter, this gun is made for the larger, precision BBs.

At 10 meters, I'm putting the BBs inside a 1" diameter bulls-eye.
Prosmuch better built than any other Daisy BB gun
Consa butt-pad would be a good addition
By Mike D.
San Jose, Ca
June 11, 2013
When I was a little boy, I got a 99 from my Dad. I was able to become a good shot at the 25-30 foot range. That was about 60 years ago. I moved up to match shoots and have had a lifetime of fun. But the BB guns still are my favorite. I got this 499 from my family for a birthday present. I have it hanging next to my old 99 and it is really fun shooting it against the 99.
ProsThis is a gun for younger kids, but I think anyone who wants to challenge themselves at 10 meters will have fun.
Consno butt pads so I had to make em.
By billy j.
China town, NY
October 17, 2012
The rifle is very very accurate. Only one shot and sometimes it only goes about 2 feet. Other than that, it is very good.
ProsAccurate, heavy in the hand, and real wood and metal.
ConsOccasionally misfires.
By M S.
Great Gun
January 11, 2009
Gun came with the 5899 receiver sight, front sight inserts, target sling with swivel and unmounted stud with white spacer.
I mounted the stud 1 inch from tip of forearm using 5/32 drill. A dime can be used to dismount the installed sight when exchanging for the 5899 receiver sight. You will need a small slot screwdriver to tighten the two screws to remove play on the 5899 sight. I elected to also use the original sight screw for added alignment and security.
Trigger is stiff out of the box but does break in after about 50 rounds. It was too stiff for my 10 year old and he switched from his index finger to his middle finger until the trigger began to wear in.
It is accurate. I put 10 rounds in the same hole as a demonstration to my son that it will shoot very well. I will probably enroll him in one of the future NRA BB Postal matches after he gets a better handle on sight alignment and trigger squeeze.
By V D.
Accurate Fun
March 26, 2008
What a find. An unassuming, unadorned, unheralded, inexpensive pinpoint shooter. If you want a gun that will make you smile every time it performs so surprisingly well, this is it.

To take a leaf from another reviewer, this IS a perfect present for someone who has everything. Delight is a BB right on target time after time after time.
By Jim K.
Indoor Rifle
January 7, 2008
The AVANTI Champion 499 Competition Grade BB Gun is working out just as I had hoped as a rifle that my kids and I can use for practice inside the house. Using a Crosman Target Trap and Daisy BB's, the gun is quiet and accurate using a 5 meter (about 16 feet) range that we set up in a long hallway.
By James W.
Shoot Where You Look
January 7, 2008
Love this BB gun. Extremely accurate, cheap and fun to shoot. Bought one for my stepson, one for my brother -- now I'm feeling left out, might have to order a third for myself.

A perfect present, by the way, for someone who thinks they have everything.
By Rodger M.
Love my BB guns.
December 13, 2007
I purchased two (2) AVANTI Champion 499 Compteition Grade BB guns. One for me and one for my grandson. Both work fine. They are really fun to shoot. I like the heavy duty stock and adjustable sights. They come with an adjustable sling assembly, but no directions as to how to mount the sling on the gun. Also, one gun came with the 5899 RECEIVER SIGHT, which is excellent. The other gun was missing the 5899 RECEIVER SIGHT. So, I am now in the process of tracking down a replacement. Otherwise, me and my grandson love our AVANTI Champion 499 Competition Grade BB guns.
By Thomas D.
Target BB Rifle Daisy
July 13, 2007
This is an excellent target rifle, BB rifle. The accuracy is very impressive and is the perfect start for youngsters interested in gun training and target shooting. Highly recommend.
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By Elizabeth Caldwell from Lonoke, Arkansas on December 3, 2011
Is this gun appropriate for an 11 yr old? How had and how far does it shoot?
By Staff on February 3, 2012

Yes this would be appropriate for an 11 year old. Full size guns can be hard for them to cock.
By Conor from Sunnyside, WA on February 1, 2012

Umm, I'd get something like a Crosman Titan or Crosman Quest, or something bigger than this....this will only go max 50yds.

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