I struggled quite a bit with what to call this part of the guide. For the purpose of this guide, the airguns included can be found for under $250USD. These are airguns I feel are great values, and will make a great addition to anyone’s collection, be they a novice or a veteran airgunner.
Crosman “American Classic” 1377, 1322 and 1300KT
The Crosman 13xx series multi-pump pneumatic air pistols are, beyond a doubt, a special series of airguns to me. My very first airgun was a Crosman multi-pump pneumatic back in the 1980s. I still have it to this day, though it has seen better days. The 13xx series has an amazing number of after market parts available for them, and many enthusiasts learn the basics of airgun tuning on this pistol.
In 2015, Crosman added the 1300KT as an option through the Crosman Custom shop. You can choose your barrel length and type, caliber and stock as well as breech type, trigger and other options.
In addition there are a few different packages available from different online, and possibly local vendors as many big box stores carry the 1377. Airgun Depot offers a nice package, seen below, for under $80.
The Daisy 880 is another multi-pump pneumatic, but this time a rifle. It is a great starter rifle, and is carried by most major retailers. For many people, the Daisy 880 is all they’ll ever want or need out of an air rifle. Great for plinking, and still more than capable of small pest and varmint control, the 880 is one of the more popular airgun in the USA for good reasons. The base rifle retails for roughly $50, making this our most affordable airgun on the list.
The Benjamin 392 is a multi-pump pneumatic rifle with a long history. The modern day version of the timeless classic, the Benjamin 392 is one of the most iconic modern day air rifles out there. Current versions include a non-adjustable 2 stage trigger, and aftermarket scope mounts are available for this grandaddy of most modern airguns. You can usually pick up a Benjamin 392 for around $175, new and under $130 if you get lucky and can find a refurbished one available.
Hatsan Mod 87 Vortex QE
I recently received a Hatsan 87 Vortex QE in for review from Airgun Depot, and so far I am impressed. With a 2 stage adjustable trigger, built in adjustable cheek plate, barrel shroud and 3-9x Optima scope, the Mod 87 offers a great value with an average price of right around $200. Of the non-PCP rifles I’ve tested, this one is by far my favorite for small game hunting. Look for a full review later this winter.
The first CO2 rifle to enter the list is the Beeman QB78. An evolution of the respected Crosman 160, the Beeman QB78 has been a favorite of airgunners for years. It is probably THE most modded and tuned air rifle in the world. The possibilities are nearly limitless when it comes to aftermarket parts. Repeater kits, bottle kits, regulators, raised breeches, shrouded barrels and more are available for modifying your QB78. My advice is to get this one in .177 and use it for plinking and target shooting.
Check out our review of the Beeman QB78 : Reviewing the Beeman QB78
The Benjamin Maximus is setting a new bar when it comes to affordable PCP air rifles.
Note: Being a Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle means you need some additional kit in order to fill it. Typically this is done either with a high pressure manual pump, SCUBA or SCBA tank.
The Maximus is a great entry into the world of PCP airguns. Based on the Benjamin Discovery, the Maximus is Benjamin’s attempt to bring the joys of PCP Airgunning to the masses. We’ve worked with Airgun Depot to put together a package for the Maximus which includes a pump and scope which are a step up from what is typically found at this price point. The Maximus rifle on it’s own is currently available starting at $160. Packages including pump can be found for $300 and up.
Air Max Precision Pistol / SPA PP700W
The SPA PP700W is distributed by a number of companies across globe. It is an affordable, salle breech, single shot PCP pistol with features well above it’s price point. This pistol features an externally adjustable regulator and transfer port restrictor, while the trigger and hammer spring tension are adjustable as well. With a little adjusting, I was able to tune the .22 model to deliver over 30 12FPE shots or an amazing 60+ 8FPE shots per fill.
Our full review of the Airmax Precision Pistol can be found here: Airmax Precision Match Pistol / SPA PP700W Review