What gun should I buy!!!
Ok, so I see all the time people agonizing over which air gun to buy. Most of the time people want to spend as little as possible, which is ok, as long as they realize that inexpensive air guns come with their own set of challenges. I’ve been corresponding with one of our readers and decided to take our last exchange of comments and turn it into a post as I believe it may be helpful to other readers.
Deputy Lynch said this in his last post:
For some reason my post was cut short!
I have a total of $134 in the G1 and it would be $200 for the B26 with their 3 x 9 scope and 1 piece mount; $220 for the B26-1 with the same set up!
Would this set up be worth the extra $65 – $85??
Also, I would prefer to go with the .177 over the .22 since it is easier and there is greater availability of the .177 pellets?
I would like a gun that would group under 1 inch at 20 yrds.
What do you think about a Mendoza RM-2003 for under $150 which would give me both calibers?
I realize that $220 is not a lot for this hobby, but I would rather spend anymore than that on another Glock or AR-15!
One more thing; how hard are these things to shot since they all seem much more critical than even a cheap .22 lr?
Thanks again for your assistance and could you email me directly if all of this post doesn’t list?
Here is/was my response:
Dear Deputy Lynch
I thought your post might have been abbreviated… and I’m glad that you’ve kept writing. This kind of exchange is helpful to our readers.
1″ in .177 at 20 yards is a very attainable goal. There are several rifles out there that can do this. I would recommend that you check B.B.’s Blog over at PyramidAir. ( www.pyramidair.com/blog ) He did a series of articles on “The best rifles under $100, $200, $300, etc.” He has a lot more experience with different guns than I do.
You may want to call the folks over at www.airgundepot.com or www.compasseco.com and talk to them directly. Both suppliers have been very helpful to me. From what I’ve been told, and it will be one of our next reviews, the TechForce 99 Magnum ($135 on sale from $169 at www.compasseco.com right now) gives you under lever cocking, fixed barrel accuracy, and delivers 1100 FPS in .177 (expect 900 to 1000 fps depending on pellet, 900 fps is what you are looking for, and if you can get it with a heavy pellet, that will work best.)
In general, hunting with a .177 means you have to be an excellent shot or you will mostly just wound your game, even if you use hollow point pellets, expecially something as big as a ground hog. Consider rather a hard hitting .22. In the long run I think you’ll be happier with it, but that is just my opinion. There are many excellet choices in .22 pellets, the RWS line is a good example.
I’m not sure about the Mendoza RM-2003. I have the RM-200 and it is one of the nicest rifles under $100. I’ve read conflicting comments on their other products, so I’m not sure what to tell you.
Regarding “how hard are things to shoot,” how have you done with the G1? Have you been able to get the groups you are looking for? I recently took a trip to see family and visited my nephew, to which I gave a Crosman Sierra pro rifle. He was complaining that he could not get the scope adjusted, so I took a day and we all went shooting in their back field. After a while I was shooting sub 1″ groups at 25 yards with his gun. He could barely keep 4″ groups at that distance. When I gave him the Contender 89 or the BAM B40 he shot 1″ groups with ease. The difference: weight of the guns, craftsmanship, and experience.
My brother in law, who is an excellent shot, come to find out, took my Beeman GH950 a and dropped a red squirrel out of a tree 30 yards away while shooting from a standing position on his 2nd floor landing. He also took my rifles, and from a standing position, shot a 20oz water bottle at 65 yards when I couldn’t hit it. He has a lot of practice shooting in the woods without the benefit of a nice shooting table and rest so he just puts me to shame.
The bottom line, my nephew was able to shoot a quality gun from a rest accurately. My brother in law was able to shot a quality gun from any position. The common factor was that they were both shooting quality guns. As much as I appreciate Crosman for providing low cost adult air rifles, if you get a good one, they still take a lot of skill to shoot accurately. When I shot the Crosman Sierra Pro and got the groups down to 1″, it took a lot of concentration and effort, something that you may not have time to do, when the little critters are tearing up your yard and you want to dispatch them.
You mentioned Glock and AR… if you are a firearm guy you know there is a big difference between Hi-Point and Glock. They both may shoot 9mm, but one you could trust with your life and the other you may go and plink with, but if given the choice would never grab it in a pinch when the other was available.
In the air gun hobby world $200 is really not a lot of money, but it is hard for folks new to the sport to justify spending $200, $300, $400, or more on a pellet rifle when a firearm in many cases costs less. I had the same problem when I started. But once you shoot a real quality air gun and realize that you don’t have to go to a range every time you want some trigger time, you’ll gain the appreciation for the sport and the guns.
I don’t know if I’ve helped or just confused you more, but I hope that this exchange has been helpful and useful for you.
Best of luck.
If you’d like to read the entire exchange, take a look at the following article: GRT III Drop-In Replacement Trigger
Happy and safe shooting.