What kind of air rifle can you get for $200? Keep reading to find out!
As you have known, 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 the power source – called the PCP, and the other two are variable pump and gas piston.
At $200, you hardly can find a PCP air rifle because they usually have higher prices than other types. However, you can find some really nice spring powered air rifles and some really nice CO2 air rifle with only $200. Those air rifles under 200 dollars are suitable for shooting tin can, pest control, or for small game hunting. The best air rifles under 200 bucks can also 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 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, some discharge .22 caliber pellets. And almost no under-200-dollars 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, under-200-dollars air rifles are enough. But If you want a serious tool for hunting deer, you may want to purchase a above-500-dollars air rifle.
Notice that: besides the cost of purchasing air rifle, there are also the cost of pellets and the cost of recharging compressed air, dry nitrogen or CO2 gas. If you purchase a springer, you don’t need to worry about the recharging cost, hence save yourself from few hundreds dollars to few thousands dollars each year.
Low price doesn’t always come with low quality. Here are top 5 best air rifles under 200 dollars:
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Sig Sauer MCX .177 – Fun and affordable
Sig Sauer MCX .177
Sig Sauer is a serious firearm manufacturer. They were founded in 1853, 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 product lines of hunting rifles, which were also really successful and well-known worldwide. In 1980, they reached the US market. The American played an important role that has made SIG an international leader in the small arms industry. Nowadays, they produce toughest, most precise rifles, pistols, suppressors, optics, ammunition, and airguns, many of which are used by premier global militaries. Their philosophies are the drive to be the best, the love of freedom, and the unwillingness to compromise
Sig Sauer MCX .177 is a really fun gun. You can say that just by looking at the rifle. The stock is made of synthetic, and the barrel is made of rifled steel. The butt plate is made of plastic. All in black. You can use either weaver or Picatinny scope on this gun. The overall length is 34.7 inches. The barrel length is 17.7 inches – the short length make the gun shot even faster.
The gun uses CO2 gas as the powerplant. A CO2 air rifle has much less recoils and is much silent than a springer. It’s a semi-auto rifle that can shot 30 shots .177 caliber pellets per load. The max velocity is 700 fps – not so fast. The rifle shoots loudly but accurately.
The gun is used for fun plinking, not for hunting as its power is not much. The price of Sig Sauer MCX .177 is $190 and it comes with two version: one is black and the other is earth color. This is the best air rifle under $200 in terms of enjoyment.
Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle
This is a rare good PCP air rifle under 200 that discharges .22 caliber pellet. Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle is from Beeman.
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 pcp air rifles which are intended to be precious and innovative. Their rifles are made of proven special 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 cheekpieces on both sides. The gun features 11mm dovetail mounting rail.
This is a bolt-action PCP air rifle with single shot capacity. There is just a little recoil when shooting. The sound is a little loud but isn’t too bad.
Beeman QB Chief PCP air rifle has 136cc cylinder that can fill up to 2,000 psi of compressed air. You can shoot 50 shots per fill 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, 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 under 200 dollars.
Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle
Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle
Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen is the firearms manufacturer, which was founded in 1886, Germany. 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 the high-quality craftsmanship and the rugged durability.
Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle uses spring as the powerplant. 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 affect by the weather.
Being a springer, however, the amazing thing with Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle is that the robust spring piston break barrel mechanism inside make the gun reach the maximum velocity of 1400 fps on .177 caliber pellets.
The gun has a synthetic stock, a recoil absorption rubber on the buttstock, and a raised cheekpiece which is designed for right-handed, but also usable for left-handed. Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle has a good grip feeling. The trigger is adjustable at 2 stage. For 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 of 19.75″. The weight is average at 8.25 lbs. Walther Talon Magnum Air Rifle is a break barrel air rifle with the cocking effort about 45 lbs.
The gun can shot a single pellet per load, which makes some noise that does 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 95 Air Rifle
Hatsan is the most famous manufacturer of air guns in Turkey. They were founded in 1967 and now are available over 90 countries worldwide. They have certificates ISO 9001. They have a high-standard production process, from initial processing of materials to final product testing. The raw materials are very selective, such as Turkish walnut and very high-quality steel. The end products are high-quality and durable.
Hatsan 95 Air Rifle is the most accurate air rifle under $200. It’s really accurate, quiet, and not as much recoil as normal break barrel spring powered air rifle. The maximum velocity is about 1000 fps. This rifle is powerful that is made for hunting, but backyard friendly.
Hatsan 95 Air Rifle comes in .177, .22, and also .25 caliber. It has beautiful ambidextrous Turkish walnut stock with a rifled steel barrel. There’s rubber pad at the butt plate, but no raised cheek piece. The trigger can be adjusted at two stage. The overall length of the rifle is 44.3″. The barrel length is 17.7″. The weight is 7.8 lbs without scope. The scope that comes with the rifle is really excellent and accurate too.
This rifle has an excellent quality but has a budget price, an amazing choice for air gun enthusiasts.
Gamo Varmint Break Barrel Air Rifle
This is the lowest price air rifle in this list. Gamo Varmint Break Barrel Air Rifle is produced by Gamo.
Gamo Varmint Break Barrel Air Rifle
Gamo is an over 60-year-old Spanish brand. They specialize in rifles, bullets, and BB guns. Airguns and pellets need to be precise in every detail, so they develop and manufacture them in the 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.
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 butt plate for recoil absorption. It is a break barrel air rifle that can shot 1 shot per load.
The gun is compact. It’s 6.1 pound heavy and 43.3 inch long. The barrel is 18 inch 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 shot tin cans and small animal like birds. The price is really affordable, and this is a great gun to have to eliminate the pest problems in your backyard.
If you’re finding the best air rifle scope under 200 dollars. Here are my other recommendations:
- Vortex Optics Diamondback 4-12×40 Dead-Hold BDC Reticle
- Vortex Crossfire 2 4-12×44 Riflescope Deadhold BDC MOA
- Leupold VX-1 3-9X40
- Nikon Prostaff 4-12X40
- Redfield Revolution 3-9X40 Accu-Range