When it comes to picking a PCP airgun and getting all the gear that you need to run it, it’s pretty hard not to walk away with serious sticker shock. But we are going to do our best to show you all some of the most affordable PCP airguns to help you get your foot in the door, have a great experience, and still have a little money in your wallet. Let’s get started.
The Gear Before the Gun
Before you start looking at the PCP you’ll be putting in your basket; you need to look at the gear that’s going to drive it. Specifically, you need to decide if you will use a hand pump or if you’re going to spring for a personal compressor right off the bat. Having done this for many, many years, and if you expect that you’ll want to shoot weekly, we suggest you budget for a personal compressor. The RovAir and JTS are great, reliable options for around $500. If a personal compressor’s just not in your budget, that’s ok. You can start with a hand pump like the Air Venturi G9 or the Air Venturi MK5 and upgrade to the personal compressor later. With that out of the way, let’s look at some budget PCPs that perform way above their price point.
Stoeger XM1 Suppressed
This new affordable PCP airgun from Stoeger has been a top performer with our customers. It features an integrated moderator, a 2900 psi air cylinder, a 4×32 scope, and a highly customizable stock. It also comes with open sights for those who want to skip the optic. The small cylinder lends itself to being very hand-pump-friendly while still delivering up to 50 shots per fill. The Stoeger XM1 Suppressed, combined with an affordable hand pump, is an ideal starting point for new PCP shooters on a budget.
Umarex Notos Carbine
The Umarex Notos Carbine is a regulated microcarbine that produces consistent power and accuracy at an amazingly low price. Additionally, the Notos can be converted to a pistol by purchasing the grips and open sights kit. As with the XM1, the small air cylinder makes it ideal for those starting with a hand pump. It can produce over 20 foot pounds across three 7-shot magazines. Combined with the side lever action and adjustable trigger, the Notos Carbine from Umarex USA is an affordable PCP powerhouse.
JTS Airacuda and Airaduca Max
We are going to combine the two offerings from JTS into one group here. The Airaduca Standard is an unregulated, wood and steel, traditional airgun that delivers awesome shootability, power, range, and accuracy for well below the price of other similar airguns. The JTS Airacuda Max takes everything from the Standard and adds a regulated air system, dual gauges, and adjustable stock. And now, just in time for the 2023 holidays, the JTS Airacuda Max is available in .30 caliber. So not only can you get a great airgun at an affordable price, but you can get a regulated big-bore airgun at an amazing price.
Air Venturi Avenge-X Classic
New for 2023, the Avenge-X has transformed the expectations of most airgunners. It all started with the original Avenger that delivered easy adjustability through an externally adjustable regulator and hammer spring. The new Avenge-X builds upon the original Avenger, allowing shooters to swap stocks, air cylinders, and calibers. Airgunners can start with the most affordable model and then modify it to a carbon fiber-fed bullpup as they get more into the sport. The Avenge-X is truly “Your Airgun, Your Way.”
Our final budget PCP is the PCP that broke the US airgun market wide open for airgunners previously unfamiliar with PCP airguns. The Benjamin Marauder is available in .177, .22, and .25 calibers and multiple stock options. There’s a regulated model and even a semi-automatic model. The key features across all the various models are an extremely quiet, integrated moderator, a fully adjustable match trigger, and ease of maintenance and use. The Benjamin Marauder established the baseline of what an affordable PCP should be, and it’s still viable today and class-leading on many fronts.
That’s a Wrap
While we focused on some of the more popular affordable PCP airguns, there are many more to choose from. If you would like to know more about the other options we have on our site, just call us, and we’ll be very happy to help.