When you first mention a tactical pellet gun, most people immediately think of SWAT teams and army snipers. Which brings us to the question of why would you want to own one? The most obvious answer for some air rifle collectors is that they are simply cool. They are powerful, accurate, and the realistic design makes these air rifles great training tools.
There are tactical pellet guns designed for all types of shooters, from the inexperienced to the professional marksman. Each one of these pneumatic guns are designed to give users close to the same experience they would have with a standard tactical firearm. While these guns may differ in the trigger pull, and even the caliber, there are a few things that all tactical air guns should have in common.
One thing to remember is that while you can use tactical air guns for hunting small game, this is not exactly what these guns were designed to do. They are usually either gas or electric powered, which also means you want them to be semi-automatic. This gives you the opportunity to experience the rapid fire precision that these air guns are known for, and to show off your target grouping skills. You should also consider purchasing a tactical pellet gun that includes a scope, with the most common being a 4 x 32 magnification, but most air rifles will also let you add other scopes as your skill level progresses.
As we stated earlier, these types of pneumatic firearms are not designed for hunting, but were designed for plenty of backyard fun and as a teaching tool. For those of you who simply have to hunt some type of small game, tactical pellet guns can also be effective at getting rid of pests and varmints. To show you what you are missing by not having one of these entertaining and exciting air guns in your collection, we have reviewed a few of our favorites.
Our Favorite Tactical Pellet Guns
Gamo P-25 Blowback Pellet Pistol
This semi-automatic pellet gun features a weather-resistant metal body and full blowback design just like the standard tactical pistols. This .177 caliber air gun is capable of firing up to 450 feet per second with PBA pellets. Using a CO2 canister, the air gun can accurately group shots and hit center targets. While you can protect your yard from small rodents and even leaf-munching lizards, this is still not a gun designed for hunting.
Instead, it was designed to give beginning gun users a realistic training experience as they learn how to safely aim and fire a weapon, and the air pistol can also help more experienced gun owners practice their target shooting ability. The rifled barrel helps to keep all of your shots centered, even with the increased velocity from the CO2 canister. The drop down clip also holds eight additional firing pellets. A one-year warranty is also included on all new air rifles purchases from GAMO.
Crosman MTR77 Tactical Style Air Rifle with 4×32 Scope
One of the first things you’ll notice is that this pellet gun looks just as powerful as the real version. The air rifle is powered by a nitro piston, and features an adjustable two-step trigger. The nitrogen gives your pellets more velocity with your shots, while the adjustable trigger gives you complete control over your shots. The .177 caliber air rifle is capable of firing up to 1,200 feet per second, and can also be used for hunting small game like rabbits and squirrels. Since the nitrogen piston is quieter than either gas or CO2, it is easier to hit small moving targets without startling them.
The heavier weight of the air rifle, at 6 lbs, makes it ideal to use as a training firearm; but it might not be the best air rifle for younger children. The included 4 x 32 magnification scope will also help you line up your targets before taking your shot. Impress your friends with your shooting abilities, or take the air rifle to the shooting range and see if you can beat the current high target shooting scores. A one-year warranty is also included, and the air rifle’s rail is ideal for mounting other scopes and sights, or even a camera.
Umarex 2254855 Steel Force .177-Caliber BB Air Pistol
This air rifle is simply fun to own and shoot. While it does make a great teaching aide, it is still an exciting and entertaining pellet gun. The air rifle is capable of firing up to bursts of 6 pellets and can hold up to 300 BBs in the magazine. This means that you can truly experience the power and excitement that comes from firing a semi- automatic tactical weapon. Powered by a CO2 canister, the air gun can fire up to 430 feet per second, and it is true to the M4 style of guns in its incredible range and accuracy.
The air rifle also features a picatinny rail, which is perfect for mounting scopes, cameras, and even red and green sights. The pellet gun is a little difficult to take apart, but this is one of the reasons why it makes a good training rifle. With the accuracy and power this air rifle gives you, it can be used for almost any type of shooting. Hunt small game, get control over pests in your yard, and have fun showing off with your friends. A limited 90-day manufacturer’s warranty is also included when you purchase a new air rifle.
This pellet gun was designed for anyone who loves the look and feel of AK47s. It not only looks authentic, but the pellet gun also shoots just like the real firearm. Powered by a rechargeable battery, it is capable of firing up to 475 feet per second,and can shoot an impressive 600 rounds per minute. The integrated gearbox and rails not only look good, but they also let you mount other scopes, sights, cameras, and even a carrying sling.
The air rifle is easy enough to fire for shooters of all skill levels, but it still packs the punch that more experienced marksmen crave. The air rifle is also capable of hitting a target from up to 40 feet accurately, which makes it ideal to take to shooting competitions or for plinking cans with friends. The folding stock and travel case also make it easy to take this air rifle with you where ever you go. Take it hunting at home with friends, or travel to a new area for a different type of game. A bit of advice includes adding a carrying sling to the air rifle’s rail if you plan to be doing a lot of walking while you are carrying the air gun. It weighs a little over eight pounds, which can get heavy after a long day hunting rabbits.
Note: While tactical pellet guns are mainly used for fun and training, they should still be treated with care and respect. It is also a good idea to check your local gun laws before you purchase any type of air rifle.