Who said only men could use air rifles? Well, I am pretty confident nobody will make the mistake of assuming this. Air rifles are definitely not reserved for men only.
There is a wide variety of air rifles that are perfectly suitable for a woman.
If you are a lady looking to buy a good air rifle to use for plinking and target practice, it is recommended to go for something more lightweight with a smaller caliber.
However, if you also want to use it for pest control, you need to focus on a more powerful air rifle that produces higher fps – about 1000 fps and above.
The most commonly used standard calibers that are suitable for women and especially beginners are the .177 and .22.
Another thing to consider is the effort required for the cocking stroke. Some air rifles can have a cocking stroke that is extremely heavy, even for some men. It is hard to say, but generally speaking, I would avoid anything above 30 or 35 lbs.
Below I share with you some of the best air rifles for women that are easy to use, lightweight, and very comfortable.
List of the Best Air Rifles for a Woman
These are the best air rifles for women at a glance.
|Brand and Model
|Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle
|Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle
|Gamo Varmint Air Rifle
|Daisy 880 Powerline Air Rifle
|Ruger Explorer Air Rifle
|Crosman Optimus Air Rifle
|Crosman Fire Nitro Piston Air Rifle
Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1
Powerful and accurate, this air rifle brings a lot to the table. It is definitely not a toy, and the built quality proves it. It can easily be used to hit targets at distances of 30, 40, even 50 yards.
This air rifle is not recoil-free. There is a small recoil that can be felt. However, the rifle uses a recoil-reducing rail, which is very effective at reducing the recoil (which also reduces the stress on the scope produced through the recoil).
The trigger is consistent with a decent creep and feel to it. The barrel is easy to cock and load.
The only downside to this model is the fact that, although being very quiet, it still does produce a very audible snapping sound. If you want to use it in your backyard, then chances are your neighbors will hear it.
Overall this is a very fairly priced air rifle that comes with a 5-year warranty.
Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle
This one is a lightweight and extremely fun to use air rifle.
First, let me point out that this air rifle is very easy to put together, and it is not difficult to attach the scope and dial it in. The instructions are clear and concise, so even beginners will not have any problems here.
What I like about it is that it is very quiet and accurate. It shoots pellets up to 1200 fps, so it is also very powerful. With that being said, it is not completely silent, and there is a chance your neighbors will hear it.
The scope is of good quality and, once adjusted properly, it provides for very consistent and accurate shots. You shouldn’t experience any problems hitting targets that are even 30 yards away.
Weight at about 7 lbs this air rifle is very lightweight and comfortable to hold and shoot with.
One of the downsides of this air rifle is that in the very beginning, it will be hard to cock and load. It takes a little time and usage before it becomes a little easier to do it.
Gamo Varmint Air Rifle
If you are looking for a high-quality air rifle that is perfectly suitable for women and it is not expensive, the Varmint air rifle from Gamo may be just what you need.
The first thing that I want to point out is that this air rifle comes at a very low price; it is practically a steal.
As you can probably tell, it is designed for hunting varmint and other small animals. It fires pellets up to 1250 fps, so you can expect it to be very powerful. However, that does not mean it cannot be used for plinking and target shooting.
It is super lightweight, something that makes it very comfortable and easy to use.
The accuracy of this air rifle is not going to be perfect, but it can be comfortably used at ranges from 12 to 25 yards.
Overall this is one very inexpensive air rifle that has excellent built quality.
Daisy 880 Powerline Air Rifle
This air rifle can be used to shoot BBs at about 750 fps and pellets up to 715 fps. This makes it very useful in case you want to have the freedom to shoot both BBs and pellets. It is best used for shooting at relatively short distances from 10 to 20 yards.
As you can see (judging by the fps), this air rifle is not very powerful. However, it can be used for small animal control and general plinking and practicing.
It is a quality air rifle but leaves much to be desired, especially compared to some of the more expensive models on this list. With that being said, the very low price this air rifle sells at is making it a good option for beginners.
The neat thing about this air rifle is that it comes with some extra accessories like a quality pair of safety glasses, 750 BBs, and 500 Daisy pellets. As soon as you get it, you are good to go!
Ruger Explorer Air Rifle
Rugar is a well-known brand manufacturing some high-quality air rifles.
However, some may be too heavy to cock and load. For example, the Blackhawk, which is an excellent air rifle for men, requires about 30 lbs to cock and load, which may be too heavy for some women.
The good news is that the Ruger Explorer is much lighter and comfortable to use.
The design of this rifle is very lightweight, making it a suitable air rifle for women and young kids.
The sight on this air rifle is exceptionally good, and they provide a good sight picture and alignment even in low light conditions.
This air rifle does not have a lot of power to it. It shoots pellets at about 495 fps, so it is not suitable for pest and vermin control.
However, it is perfect as a first, introductory gun. It is recommended for women and young kids that want to learn the basics of shooting, gun safety, and handling.
The price of this air rifle is very low, making it a great purchase.
Crosman Optimus Air Rifle
This air rifle is extremely accurate and super powerful. It can shoot pellets up to 950 fps, which makes it useful for not just plinking and target shooting but pest control as well.
This air rifle can be used to shoot targets between 10 to 25 yards.
This is a quality .22 air rifle that will definitely leave you pleasantly surprised after seeing its built quality.
The built quality is solid, and despite the higher fps, there is minimal recoil, and best of all, it is very quiet. Shooting this air rifle is a real pleasure.
On the downside, the cocking stroke maybe a little heavier for some women.
Overall this is an excellent high-quality air rifle that comes at a fair price, which will not break your bank.
This air rifle is a little different – it is semi-automatic. It comes with a rotary pellet clip that can hold up to 12 pellets.
This model is powered by a co2 cartridge and can shoot pellets up to 625 fps. The relatively low fps means that it will not do a good job at pest control, but it is perfectly suitable for target practice, skill brushing up, and plinking.
The gun is very lightweight, weighing a mere 3.69 lbs.
The fact that it uses co2 makes it super easy to use and shoot; however, with some of these co2 rifles, a well-known problem is the co2 leakage that can occur sometimes.
Crosman Fire Nitro Piston Air Rifle
The design of this air rifle is very ergonomic and comfortable. It weighs about 6 lbs, so it is not one of the lightest rifles out there, but it definitely isn’t one of the heaviest either.
With that being said, for a 6 lbs air rifle, it provides outstanding power. It is capable of shooting pellets at 1200 fps.
It shoots very accurately at distances up to 20 – 25 yards.
The Crosman Fire Nitro is very quiet, providing for relaxing target practice and plinking. But it is also perfectly suitable for small animals and pest control.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this otherwise outstanding air rifle.
The scope is nothing special. It is a mid-range scope. So you may need to get a scope of higher quality, which is more geared towards your needs.
And lastly, it really deserves to have a pair of high-quality iron sights.
With all that being said and considering the price it sells at, this gun is offering fantastic value. A great bang for the buck even when considering the extra cost for a better sight.
Conclusion: Best Air Rifle for a Woman
I hope this list of the top 8 air rifles for a woman helped you chose the suitable airgun one for your needs.