Surplus air guns, ammunition, and accessories have always been popular. These items are normally cheaper than buying directly from the manufacturer, and like the name implies, there is usually a large quantity to choose from. While surplus air guns can literally be an excess of any make or model of air gun, these pneumatic weapons are usually replicas of authentic army firearms.
It is not only the United States military that air gun manufacturers are copying, but other countries as well. One of the more popular surplus air guns is a .177 caliber air rifle based on a firearm used by the Romanian army. Surplus air guns are usually powered by either a gas canister or a spring piston and fire .177 or.22 caliber pellets.
Just like other replica pneumatic rifles, surplus air guns are great for target shooting, plinking, and small game hunting. If you are interested in a surplus air gun, you will want to make sure that it includes a scope or a rail to help ensure that your shots are accurate. One other thing to remember before purchasing a surplus air gun is to make sure the ammo and accessories are easy to find. This can be a problem with some of the older surplus air guns, especially if they are based on foreign military models.
To give you an idea of what to look for in a surplus air gun, we’ve included a few of our favorites. Hopefully this will help you find the best surplus air gun for recreational shooting.
Recommended Surplus Air Guns
Benjamin Legacy Jim Shockey Shockey Signature Series Air Rifle
This surplus air rifle is capable of firing .22 caliber pellets up to 950 feet per second and features a two-step adjustable trigger. The air rifle is powered by nitro piston technology which helps give your shots additional power and control. The noise dampener on the air rifle can reduce noise by up to 70 percent, making this an ideal air rifle for small game hunting and pest control. The 3-9 x 40mm scope is adjustable for a perfect sight line every time, and the rear optic will adjust for wind and elevation. The air rifle is also easy to cock, and the molded barrel fits comfortably in your arm. A sling is also included for easy carrying over rough terrain. Perfect for target shooting, small game hunting, and pest control, this surplus air rifle is fun and easy enough to shoot at any skill level.
Crosman American Classic 1377 Pneumatic .177 Single Shot Pistol
This lightweight and powerful Crosman air pistol is capable of firing .177 caliber pellets up to 600 feet per second, and uses a bolt action design. This air pistol is easy to cock and loads in seconds, and its sleek design will get it noticed on the shooting range. It can be used either indoors or outside, and it is powerful enough to cut through tin cans. It also features a fixed front optic sight, along with an adjustable rear. Use this surplus air rifle for plinking and target shooting or for taking out pests like rabbits and squirrels. Weighing only 32 oz., it is also a good air pistol for novice shooters.
Crosman 1911 Semi-Auto .177 BB CO2 Air Pistol
This replica army air pistol features a steel barrel and a checkered grip. The drop out clip can hold 20 .177 caliber BBs for easy reloading, and is powered by a CO2 canister. The CO2 is held in the grip for balancing and easy replacement, and a picatinny accessory rail can be found underneath the barrel. While the bottom rail may limit what you can add to this air gun, the included front and adjustable rear optic sights still help you stay lined up on target. The air gun’s frame is constructed from a durable polymer, and the rifled steel barrel will last through thousands of accurate shots. With a velocity of 480 feet per second, this replica air pistol is perfect for plinking and for pest control.
Note: Even with surplus air guns, it is still important to check with local gun laws before purchasing.