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Top 5 Beginner Air Rifles Under $100

Choosing best air rifles under $100 for an adult is not an easy task. You are on the budget, the buying options are limitless and you don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on cheap, poorly made toy guns. But don’t you worry; this top 5 list brings you the best rifles on the market. These are quality guns that can last for years, offer solid basic features and are excellent for beginner adult. They are awesome for target shooting and plinking. Most of them can help you get rid of the nasty pests in your property.

The Daisy Red Ryder 1938 75th Anniversary Special Edition

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Pop quiz:

What’s a classic gun that American kids and adults love altogether?

A Daisy Red Ryder .

Correct. And what’s even better than a Daisy Red Ryder?

A Daisy Red Ryder 75th Anniversary Edition. Oh yeah.

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Cyber Monday Air Rifle Deals

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Here we go . The busiest shopping season of the year when we can take our favorite rifles at the jaw-dropping , low prices. Many air gun retailers offer special deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday to the end of the year so this post will be dedicated to give you the hottest deals. I will update it frequently from Cyber Monday towards the end of December.

Keep in mind that the deals will not concentrate on one day but spread through out the Cyber Monday week to the end of the season so remember to check up this page again to save your hard-earned money and enjoy the sweetest deals at the same time.

Also, note that some deals are not listed as a Cyber Monday deal or today’s deal on e-commercial sites but the prices are lowest in the whole year of 2015 so you’d better grab it this time before the prices raise again.


Daisy Red Ryder 1938

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Is PCP air rifle the best choice?

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PCP air gun is one of five types of air rifles. In the market today, PCP air guns have become more and more popular and are sought-after .In this post, we will take an in-depth look at a PCP rifle, what it is, how it works, its pros and cons and whether you should buy one at all.

Where did PCP Come From?

Contrary to common beliefs that PCP rifles have been made only recently, they actually appeared the first time in the mid-1500s. The first who made the most of them are Austrians. The Austrians had thousands of PCP guns for their army in the war between them and France. Their guns were .26 caliber, 24 shots per minute repeaters in the time that a repeating firearm didn’t even exist. It gave them a huge advantage over Napoleon’s army who only could make 3 shots per minute due to the loading difficulty of the gun powder. After that time, PCP guns continued to be made. The manufacture of PCP air gun stopped after World War 1 and was revived in .177 and .22 caliber around 1980.

How it works?

PCP stands for Pre-charged Pneumatic, which means that the compressed air is put into the gun in advance before it is shot. Basically, it’s the air gun with a hollow tube containing high-pressurized air. Typically, the air is compressed at 3000 psi (pounds per square inch), sometime less, sometime more. There are multiple ways to fill the air reservoir.  You can use hand pumps, scuba tanks or carbon fiber tanks. Once the gun is filled to a certain pressure level, it is ready to use. The firing cycle of PCP happens as follows: When you pull the trigger, the firing valve opens and releases compressed air inside the barrel. The compressed air has no way to go but behind the pellet and the pellet is pushed out of the barrel due to propellant force of the compressed air. After that, a small amount of air and pressure in the reservoir are reduced.

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New generation of Nitro piston technology


5 years ago, Crosman Corporation, a well-known air gun manufacturer, changed the way the whole world viewed the break barrel air rifle with the Nitro Piston 1 TM technology. They replaced traditional coiled spring with a nitrogen-filled strut in the chamber of the air rifle to provide a better shooting experience: less recoil, less noise (no twang sound as other break barrel guns ), less required cocking effort, long-lasting and can be left cocked for days without degradation in power. Crosman’s product line made with Nitro piston 1 technology has achieved huge success, proved by the presence of nitro piston guns in the best-selling lists of the biggest online stores such as Amazon, Wal-mart, and PyramidAir.

In January, 2014, Crosman announced the all-new Nitro Piston 2 technology:

In May, 2014, the Nitro Piston 2 air guns became available to purchase:

What’s new in the Nitro Piston 2?

Nitro-Piston-2-LogoThe strut in the Nitro Piston 2 is generally the same as in the Nitro Piston 1. The advanced part is the piston. The piston will be the precision machine featuring patent-pending Recoil Arrest and Tail Guides. These new features help dampen vibration and recoil from the forward movement of the piston. Moreover, Nitro Piston 2 also requires less cocking effort (up to 10 pounds) so it’s totally friendly for young and female shooters.

The Nitro Piston is now manufactured for the Trail model. Crosman states that they will work down to less expensive models to provide a new shooting experience for a wide range of customers while not raising the gun cost.

With Nitro Piston 2 technology, Crosman once again extends their reach for more potential customers. Now, not only the experienced gunners can take advantages from this new tech but kids, women and beginner shooters are benefitting from its easy cocking action and newbie friendly characteristics as well.

And the best part is…

All Nitro piston 2 air guns are manufactured in the Crosman facility at Bloomfield, New York (yes, made in the USA exactly as you like) so they can keep their hands on the manufacturing process and manage the quality up to their expectations.

Crosman Nitro Piston

In the air gun market today, there are many air rifles made with nitro piston technology, even the best selling list on has a bunch of nitro piston air guns at the top such as the Crosman Nitro Venom, Benjamin Trail XL 1500, Nitro Venom DuskCrosman Vantage and so on. In this post, we will take an in-depth look at the nitro piston air gun so you will know whether you need one, whether one is right for you, and whether you should buy one at all.

When nitro piston gun come to the market?

The very first air gun made with nitro piston technology was the Nitro Piston Short Stroke (NPSS). It was introduced publicly for the first time in the summer of 2009 by Crosman Corporation. Crosman had this technology licensed under the name Crosman Nitro Piston TM and used it for gun manufacturing in the wide range of air rifles.

How it works?

nitro pistonA nitro piston air gun is a spring gun without the spring. Instead of using a coiled spring as the power plant, it uses a nitrogen-filled cylinder. The nitrogen in this cylinder is already kept under pressure and you put more pressure to it when you cock the gun. The air is held under tension until you pull the trigger. When that happens, the pressurized air expands and propels the piston forward. The piston, in turn, comes abruptly at the air transferred port. The compressed air has nowhere to go but behind the pellet as the chamber is sealed completely. As a result, the pellet is pushed out of the barrel due to the driving force of the compressed air.

Advantages of nitro piston air gun

Nitro piston guns do have plenty of advantages in comparison with spring air guns. Here they are:

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Question_GuyHave you ever wondered how many types of air rifles are out there? Or is your head spinning around with various powerplants and you don’t know which one to choose? I got you covered. In this post, you will get the detailed information about all types of air guns and each type’s advantages and disadvantages so you can save time and money in the quest of searching for the best air gun on the market.

There are 5 types of air guns in the whole world. They are spring powered, gas piston, precharged pneumatic (PCP) , variable pump and CO2 air guns. Each type has its own unique characteristics but all of them got their names due to the way they operate.

Spring powered

In the spring powered air rifle (springer), there is a piston and a coiled spring inside the chamber. The spring is compressed when you cock the gun. When you pull the trigger, you make the spring decompressed so it causes the piston to move forward. The piston movement makes the air compressed and the pellet is propelled out of the muzzle due to the force from pressurized air. All of this happens in the blink of an eye.


  • Simple to use
  • Cheap to buy
  • Accurate, powerful, consistent on shot-to-shot basis
  • Fully self-contained, no need for CO2 cartridges or pumping equipments
  • Helps you sharpen your shooting skills since springer often has lots of recoil
  • Gun parts are available in the market
  • Easy to service, modify or tweak the gun for better performance.


  • More recoil compared to other types
  • Requires practice to cock and shoot properly
  • Cannot be left cocked since the spring will be fatigued and might not function perfectly
  • Gets weaker if you shoot for several years, but can be modified for better performance

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