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What kind of air rifle can you get for $200? Keep reading to find out!
As we’ve mentioned before, there are five common types of air rifles: one using spring as the power source – called the springer, one using CO2 gas as the power source – called the CO2, and one using compressed air as a power source – called the PCP, and the other two are variable pump and gas piston.
At $200, it’s not too easy to find a decent PCP air rifle because they usually come at a cost. However, with only $200, you can find some really nice spring powered and CO2 air rifles. These are suitable for shooting tin cans, pest control, or for small game hunting. The best air rifles under 200 bucks can also be suitable for medium game hunting.
The stocks of air rifles under $200 are usually plastic as it’s cheaper than wood and synthetic. The barrel would also not be as good as a more expensive air rifle, but I think it’s enough for some purposes.
Most air rifles under $200 discharge .177 caliber pellets, and some discharge .22 caliber pellets. Almost no sub-$200 air rifle discharge .25 or above caliber pellets.
Air rifles under $200 usually don’t come with scopes and other accessories like silencers.
Therefore, if you just want a basic gun for pest control and small game hunting, 200 bucks is just enough for the basics. But If you want a serious tool for hunting deer, you may want to to spend as much as $500.
N.B. Besides the cost of purchasing an air rifle, there’s also the cost of pellets and recharging compressed air, dry nitrogen or CO2 gas. If you purchase a springer, you won’t need to worry about the recharging cost, saving yourself hundreds of dollars every year.
Low price doesn’t always mean low quality. Here are the top 5 air rifles under $200:
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Sig Sauer MCX .177 – Fun and affordable
Sig Sauer is a serious firearm manufacturer. They were founded in 1853, in Switzerland. In 1949, their SIG P49, which was used by the Swiss army, quickly became a legend on the battlefield as well as the competition field. Later, they started producing hunting rifles, which were also really successful and well-known worldwide. In 1980, they reached the US market. The American market played an important role in making SIG an international leader in the small arms industry. Nowadays, they produce the toughest, most precise rifles, pistols, suppressors, optics, ammunition, and airguns, many of which are used by leading global militaries. Their brand philosophy revolves around the love of freedom, the unwillingness to compromise and the desire to be the best.
The Sig Sauer MCX .177 is a really fun gun. You can say that just by looking at it. The stock is made of synthetic, and the barrel is made of rifled steel. The butt plate is made of plastic. It comes all in black. You can use either a Weaver or Picatinny scope on this gun. The overall length is 34.7 inches. The barrel length is 17.7 inches – the short length makes the gun shoot even faster.
The gun uses CO2 gas as the power source. A CO2 air rifle has much less recoil and is much quieter than a springer, but this is still a loud enough rifle in itself. It’s a semi-auto rifle that can unload 30 shots of .177 caliber pellets. The max velocity is 700 fps – not so fast, but it is accurate.
The gun is used for fun plinking, not for hunting as it’s not powerful enough. The Sig Sauer MCX .177 costs $190 and it comes in a choice of black or earth color. In terms of enjoyment, this is the best air rifle under $200
Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle
The Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle is a rarity — a great PCP air rifle for less than $200 that discharges .22 caliber pellets.
Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle
Beeman is a brand name of Weihrauch & Weihrauch GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of sporting air rifles, air pistols, cartridge rifles, and pistols. The company has more than 100 years of experience. In fact, they were the first mass-produced German .22 rimfire rifle. Nowadays, they produce innovative PCP air rifles. Their rifles are made of proven materials. Every component is carefully monitored by experienced specialists to be accurate in dimension and hardness.
Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle has an ambidextrous design with a hardwood stock. The gun has a compact size and lightweight: less than 7 pounds and 39 inches. The Barrel length is 21.5 inches. There a rubber pad on the butt plate to absorb the recoil. There are two raised cheek pieces on each side. The gun features an 11mm dovetail mounting rail.
This is a bolt-action PCP air rifle with a single shot capacity. There is just a little recoil when shooting. The sound is a little loud but isn’t too bad.
The Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle has a 136cc cylinder that can be filled up to 2,000 psi of compressed air. You can shoot 50 shots per refill in .177, and 35 shots in .22 caliber. The shots are accurate enough at 50 yards. The velocity is up to 1000 fps in .177 caliber.
The gun has a really affordable price – about $180. But it can easily take down groundhogs, rats and squirrels. This is really a wonderful air rifle, you can’t find such a good PCP air rifle under $200 like this. For me, this is an awesome 22 air rifle with lots of beauty, and the best .22 air rifle for hunting for under 200 dollars.
Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle
The Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen firearms manufacturing company was founded in Germany in 1886. They have more than 130 years of experience in the firearms industry. They produce the world’s leading firearms and air guns. Their products are intended to be used for sports, defense, and law enforcement. They are well-known for their high-quality craftsmanship and rugged durability.
The Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle uses a spring as the power source. The spring pistol makes it shoot like a real gun. Spring power is the simplest and the most classic of the three power methods available when it comes to airguns. Although it has many disadvantages, such as recoil and noise, spring will give you the most real feeling when shooting. If you can handle the recoil and shoot accurately, your shooting skills must be great and you are ready for a full-bore rifle. The spring rifle also doesn’t require any gas or refills. It also doesn’t get affected by the weather.
Being a springer, however, the amazing thing with the Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle is that the robust spring piston break barrel mechanism inside helps the gun reach a maximum velocity of 1400 fps on .177 caliber pellets.
The gun has a synthetic stock, recoil absorption rubber on the buttstock, and a raised cheek piece which is designed for right-handed shooters, but also usable for lefties. Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle has a good grip feeling. The trigger is adjustable at 2 stages. For the scope, the rifle features a dual Weaver and 11mm dovetail mounting rail system.
The gun is quite long with the overall length of 49.0″, the barrel length is 19.75″. The weight is average at 8.25 lbs. The Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle is a break barrel air rifle with a cocking weight of about 45 lbs.
The gun can shoot a single pellet per load, which makes some noise and does cause recoil.
The rifle’s price is about $180 – another fantastic hunting air rifle under $200.
Hatsan 95 Air Rifle with the Special Walnut Stock
Hatsan is the most famous manufacturer of air guns in Turkey. They were founded in 1967 and are now available in over 90 countries worldwide. They are ISO 9001 certified. They have a high-standard production process, from initial processing of materials to final product testing. The raw materials are very selective, using things such as Turkish walnut and very high-quality steel. The end product is very high-quality and durable.
The Hatsan 95 Air Rifle is the most accurate air rifle under $200. It’s really accurate, quiet, and does not have as much recoil as normal break barrel spring powered air rifles. The maximum velocity is about 1000 fps. This rifle is powerful enough for hunting, yet is still backyard friendly.
The Hatsan 95 Air Rifle comes in .177, .22, and also .25 caliber. It has a beautiful ambidextrous Turkish walnut stock with a rifled steel barrel. There’s a rubber pad at the butt plate, but no raised cheek piece. The trigger can be adjusted at two stages. The overall length of the rifle is 44.3″. The barrel length is 17.7″. The weight is 7.8 lbs without a scope. The scope that comes with the rifle is really excellent and accurate too.
This rifle has excellent quality but a budget price — an amazing choice for air gun enthusiasts.
Gamo Varmint Break Barrel Air Rifle
This is the lowest priced air rifle in this list. Gamo is Spanish brand with over 60 years market experience. They specialize in rifles, bullets, and BB guns. Airguns and pellets need to be precise in every detail, so they develop and manufacture them at local facilities in Spain for the best quality control. Gamo Coyote has innovative products at an affordable price, which is the reason why they are available in over 90 countries.
The Gamo Varmint Break Barrel Air Rifle has a tough all-weather molded synthetic stock in matte black finish. The barrel is made from fluted polymer jacketed steel. There’s a ventilated rubber pad at the butt plate for recoil absorption. It is a break barrel air rifle that can shoot 1 shot per load.
The gun is compact. It weighs 6.1 pounds and it’s 43.3 inches long. The barrel is 18 inches long. The rifle features a gas piston power source and uses .177 caliber pellets. It can discharge PBA Platinum pellets at 1250 fps.
This gun can shoot tin cans and small animals like birds. The price is really affordable, and this is a great gun to have to eliminate the pest problems in your backyard.