Best Air Pistols for Under £200
At Pellpax, we offer a wide range of superb air pistols, ranging from £47.99 to £1,599.99. If you’re looking to buy an inexpensive pistol, at the lower end of this price range, there’s actually quite a lot of choice. So we thought we’d pick out some of the very best air pistols available for under £200.
Three great CO2 pistols for under £200
First of all, let’s take a look at three excellent CO2 pistols for under £200.
The Walther CP99 CO2 pistol, launched by Umarex in the year 2000, is based on Walther’s P99. The P99 is an extremely successful semi-automatic pistol that’s been used by numerous law enforcement agencies in Europe and the US since 1996. From 1997 to 2006, the P99 was the chosen side-arm of James Bond, the world’s most famous fictional secret agent.
Originally created as a training gun for the German police, the CP99 replica was unprecedented in its remarkable physical likeness to the firearm it emulates. The CP99 fits most P99 holsters and all of the P99 accessories, making this replica pistol the ideal choice for training. Umarex’s Walther CP99 is still one of the most popular CO2 pistols on the market today.
The CP99 is a double-action CO2 pistol that fires .177-calibre pellets. It has an approximate muzzle energy of 2.3 ft/lb and is powered by one 12g CO2 capsule that’s stored out of sight in the pistol’s stock. From each CO2 capsule, you’ll get up to 80 shots.
The CP99 has an 84mm rifled steel barrel, an overall length of 180mm, and it weighs 726g. This pistol kit comes in a Umarex branded hard case, along with two 8-round rotary magazines and a spare pistol grip. At £159.99 (reduced from £174.99), the Walther CP99 Operations Kit is real value for money.
Norica NAC 1703 – 4.5mm BB Air Pistol
With ergonomic design, durable build, and comfortable handling, Norica’s NAC 1703 is a fantastic buy at just £69.99. This 4.5mm (.177) BB pistol is powered by one CO2 capsule, which is housed inside the 19-shot magazine. At 195mm long, this lovely replica is just 2mm longer than the original; weighing in at 710g, it’s 78g lighter than the S&W MP40.
Umarex’s fully licensed replica of the Glock 19X is fantastically realistic in terms of appearance and feel. The pistol’s unique colour and markings are faithfully replicated in this CO2 version, and its dimensions are almost identical. The magazine, which holds 18 4.5mm BBs, also accommodates a 12g CO2 capsule.
The Glock 19X by Umarex delivers muzzle velocity of 344 FPS, and the blowback gives a powerful recoil that feels gratifyingly authentic. This pistol is available from Pellpax for £109.99.
Three fantastic spring pistols for under £200
A simple, reliable spring action is favoured by many experienced shooters, and it’s also a great choice for beginners. Here are three superb spring-action pistols.
Gamo P-900 – .177 Pellet Air Pistol
The Gamo P-900 shoots .177-calibre pellets, which are individually loaded – i.e. there is no magazine. This simple-to-use pistol has a muzzle energy of around 3 ft/lb, and muzzle velocity of 344 FPS. With ambidextrous grip and TruGlo sights, this pistol lends itself to accuracy and reliability, and so it’s not surprising that at £58.99, this little gem is one of our best-selling pistols.
SMK XS32 – .22 Pellet Air Pistol
With a muzzle energy of 5 ft/lb, the SMK XS32 is not far below the legal power limit for pistols in the UK – and it’s therefore ideal for close-range vermin control. It has a break-barrel action, and pellets are loaded one by one. This pistol features a manual safety, bear-trap system, fibre-optic sights, and 9-11mm mounting rail. The cocking aid is slipped over the end of the barrel and removed before each shot.
This SMK XS32 is a superb all-rounder. It’s perfect for the beginner target shooter, the casual plinker, or the serious small-vermin controller. This pistol is available from Pellpax for just £99.99.
Hatsan Mod 25 SuperCharger
Rugged and compact, ergonomic and comfortable, this single-shot break-barrel spring pistol features Hatsan’s XRS Recoil Reduction System, threaded aluminium cocking aid, and a ½ inch UNF thread for attaching a silencer.
The Hatsan Mod 25 SuperCharger features the Hatsan Quattro trigger – a two-stage adjustable trigger with gold-plated trigger blade, which is one of the most sophisticated triggers on the market today. The pistol has a manual safety, a cocking safety bear-trap system, and TruGlo fibre-optic sights.
The Hatsan Mod 25 SuperCharger is available in .177 or .22 calibre.
A super PCP air pistol … not quite under £200!
PCP airguns are, on the whole, more costly than either spring-powered or CO2-powered guns. So let’s stretch the parameters of this blog and take a look at a really nice PCP pistol.
SMK Artemis PP700SA
The SMK Artemis PP700SA fires at a power of up to 5.5 ft/lb, which is not far below the maximum legal power for a pistol in the UK, making this pistol the perfect choice for both target shooters and vermin controllers. The black synthetic stock is well textured for a firm, comfortable grip. And it’s a lot tougher than a wood stock, making it resistant to knocks and scrapes.
Pellets are loaded one by one into the rear of the barrel, after the hammer has been cocked. An air stripper at the end of the barrel reduces turbulence in the air as it expels the pellet, and the full shroud on the barrel reduces muzzle report. The Artemis, available in .177 and .22 calibres, is a beautifully accurate and consistent pistol – a popular choice at £219.99
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