.22 caliber airguns come in all shapes, sizes, and powerplants. There are hundreds of different types. We want to help narrow the field for those interested in a .22 cal air rifle, because of the commonness and versatility, regardless of budget. Our list of Top 10 .22 caliber will include spring & gas ram, CO2-powered, multi-pump, and of course, PCP airguns. Let’s get started.
10 – Benjamin Trail NP
The Benjamin Trail NP is one of the best-selling airguns on our site, with over 174 reviews, averaging a solid 4.5 Stars. The Benjamin Trail NP is one of the most powerful break barrel airguns on the market and has been around for over ten years. Capable of pushing up to 30 foot-pounds, it’s a great option for backyard testing.
9 – Gamo Swarm Magnum 10x Gen II
Another exceptional power break barrel, the Gamo Swarm Magnum 10x Gen II combines power and stealth with a ten-shot magazine. Gone are the days of having to load individual pellets between shots. With ten shots on tap, the Gamo Swarm Magnum is a perfect all-day hunting airgun.
8 – Umarex Gauntlet 2
Brand new for 2021, the Umarex Gauntlet 2 .22 caliber airgun promises a massive shot count along with accuracy, stealth, and tactical features like m-lok slots for rails and accessories. With a street price of around $400, the new .22 cal G2 from Umarex USA is going to be a hard airgun to keep on the shelves.
7 – Air Arms TX200
The Air Arms TX200 delivers PCP accuracy and performance without the need for all the other gear. Unlike other springers that use a break-barrel design, the TX200 has a fixed barrel and cocks via an under-lever cocking system, ensuring accuracy for the long term. The TX200 platform has won more springer class field target competitions than all other airguns combined.
6 – Hatsan Mod 95 Vortex QE
With power, good looks, and exceptional trigger, the Hatsan Mod 95 Vortex QE needed to be part of our top 10. Hatsan builds powerhouse airguns that really deliver. The .22 caliber Mod 95 produces 800 FPS with lead pellets. Its integrated QE moderator keeps the shot noise to a minimum, and the fully adjustable Quatro trigger will please even the pickiest trigger snobs.
5 – Beeman QB78 Deluxe
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the CO2-powered Beeman QB789 Deluxe. This very affordable, shingle shot, bolt action air rifle produces over 600 FPS in .22 cal and is tack-driving accurate. It comes complete with a beautiful wood stock, adjustable trigger, open sights, and gold accents. It’s a real sleeper.
4 – FX Impact MK3
While way up there on the price scale, we can’t ignore the FX Impact MK3 in our top 10. It sits atop our “best ratings” list for .22 cal airguns for the volume of five-star reviews it receives online. In the case of the FX Impact, you truly get what you pay for, with a fully customizable shooting platform that scales with the shooter throughout their airgunning existence.
3 – Gamo Urban
Quiet, accurate, and very affordable, the Gamo Urban .22 transformed backyards from boring to awesome. This little PCP is based on a BSA design and shares the same match-grade barrel as its bigger cousins. Where some airguns are designed to be modified and tinkered with, the Gamo Urban is made to just shoot and shoot well with minimal effort. It’s a great first PCP for younger shooters.
2 – Crosman 1322
We aren’t really sure how many Crosman 1322 multi-pump pistols we’ve sold over the years, but it has to be in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands. This model has been in production for a long time, and for a good reason. It delivers PCP accuracy via a variable power, multi-pump system. It is lightweight, highly customizable via 3rd party mods, and remains a favorite starting point for airgun hobbyists worldwide.
1 – Benjamin Marauder
The Benjamin Marauder is the current undisputed king of blue-collar airgunners. It came on the scene over a decade ago and has remained king since its arrival. There are some newcomers poised to challenge that title, but for now, it’s still king. The Marauder is a highly adaptable platform with massive 3rd party mod support. It’s accurate, really quiet, and fun to shoot. It can be set up for target shooting or hunting with just a few turns of the Allen wrench.
With over 200 .22 caliber airguns listed on our site, it’s hard just to feature 10. So, if you would like more information on all we have to offer, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you pick the perfect .22 air rifle for your shooting needs.