The sport of airgunning is a blast. But, the cost of getting started, especially when comparing it to other sports, including firearms, can be a little scary. However, you don’t have to give up accuracy or build quality to get started; you just need to know how to pick the right airgun. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best bargain airguns you buy.
Right at the top of our list is the Beeman QB78S. This CO2 Rifle is available in .177 and .22 calibers and performs well above its price tag. Running on two 12-gram co2 cartridges, shooters will get over 50 to 60 shots with better than expected accuracy out to 20 yards. The .22 caliber model is suitable for pesting rats and other small animals if that’s your goal.
Remington AirMaster 77
The Remington AirMaster is a multi-pump rifle that can shoot BBs or Pellets. As a BB shooter, you’ll get good velocity and decent accuracy out to 5 or 10 yards. When you swap out to pellets, you can start to stretch that out to 15 or 20 yards. It is a great rifle at the price point and will deliver a lot of quality trigger time for someone on a budget.
Daisy Adult Red Ryder, Family Combo
Let’s say that you want to start teaching your youngster proper gun safety and gun etiquette while at the same time having a lot of fun on a budget. Rather than spending $200, $100 on each gun, take a look at the Daisy Adult Red Ryder Family Combo. You’ll get the adult-sized Red Ryder, the standard Red Ryder, and a pack of Daisy BBs to get started. Don’t count the Red Ryder out; it may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie.
Air Venturi TR5
The Air Venturi TR5 makes the list because it’s a precision, multi-shot, spring-powered, side-lever airgun that’s crazy accurate and fun to shoot. It shoots well above its weight class as a precision airgun. The repeating action is certainly a plus. As you cock the rifle, a side-shuttle magazine automatically advances to the next pellet in line. When you close the cocking lever, the pellet pusher seats the pellet, and you are ready to go. The trigger is surprisingly good for such an inexpensive airgun.
At this price point, what would you really expect? Would you expect to get one of the nicest shooting pneumatic air pistols on the market? Well, it’s exactly what you get with the Beeman P17. This compact, single-shot pellet pistol has no recoil, feels great in the hand, and will drive tacks all day long. The trigger is what always impresses new shooters. It’s smooth, crisp, and breaks at under a pound.
Crosman Diamondback SBD NP Elite
So far, we’ve looked at airguns mostly designed for target shooting and plinking. But what if you want to hunt on a tight budget? That’s where the Crosman Diamondback SBD comes in. Available only in .22 caliber, it’s all about hunting on a tight budget. Now, the basic version comes only with open sights, so you’ll need to add a scope if you want an optic. In our opinion, however, this is the better way to go. More times than not, bundled optics are essentially starter scopes anyway. By starting with open sights, you’ll get to know your airgun and you can find better scopes down the road, should you decide that’s the choice for you.
What’s The Best Budget BB Gun?
The best budget BB gun is really going to depend on what kind of shooting you want to do. But, we’ve hit the basics in this article which should give you a great jumping-off point. And, if you need any help narrowing down your options, just give us a call at Airgun Depot, as we are always eager to help.