What are the Best Spring Piston Air Rifle's for under $200?

If you're new to the sport or just on a budget you may be wondering what you can get for just a couple of hundred dollars. Well, the good news is there are some very good Air Rifle's available. Even better news, I've done the research for you and can make the below recommendations. You won't be disappointed with any of these so you can really take your pick. However, I do have a favourite and I explain why. Read on...

Choice 1: Gamo Varmint Air Rifle (.177 Caliber)

I like the Gamo brand. They're well known for allowing their guns to be dry-fired. It's not recommended but they do allow it, see their statement on their website here. If you're not sure what 'dry firing' an airgun means, be sure to check out my article on it here.
This makes it a very good gun for the beginner, who may initially make a few mistakes! Don't be fooled into thinking this is little more than a toy though. The Gamo is a very capable Air Rifle. It's of the break-barrel variety and is capable of velocities of up to 1250 fps. Whether you'd actually obtain those numbers under scrutiny is another question, but it certainly does deliver some speed. The Rifle comes with a 4 x 32 shockproof scope and an ambidextrous stock for all you lefties out there! If you like the look of it, click on the link below or the image to get the latest price.

Gamo Varmint Air Rifle (click to check current price on Amazon)

Choice 2: Umarex Ruger Targis Hunter .22 Caliber

A higher caliber rifle than the Gamo, this .22 will pack slightly more punch. It certainly looks the part also with an almost stealthy appearance. The Ruger is capable of high-velocities, advertising 1200 fps for alloy pellets. Although it's of a higher caliber don't think you'll be deafened when shooting. The Umarex has the SilencAir Noise Dampering System which really does decrease the 'bang'. This is something that may please your first-time, or younger shooter. Not to be out-done by the Gamo, the Umarex also comes with a scope, a 3-9x32 variety and an adjustable 2-stage trigger. If you'd like to take a closer look or are just interested in the price, click on the image or link below.
Umarex Ruger Targis Hunter (click to check current price on Amazon)

Choice 3: Crosman Optimus Breakbarrel Air Rifle

The reviews for the Crosman tell you pretty much all you need to know. Check it out on Amazon (or elsewhere), consistent excellent feedback. The Optimus is a .22 caliber break-barrel that will shoot up to 950 fps. All three of these guns are actually similar in velocity but I wouldn't get caught up too much in the numbers here. These speeds are more than enough for the time of person interested in these rifles. Like the other two rifles, the Crosman comes with a decent 4x32 precision scope. Nice, simple looks with a solid support and reliability history make this an incredibly popular choice for those just getting into the sport.

Crosman Optimus Air Rifle (click to check current price on Amazon)

Why I chose the Gamo Varmint Air Rifle!

These are all great guns and you really wouldn't be disappointed if you went for any of them. However, I had to choose one (for my son as it happens) and went for the Gamo. Why did I do this?

  • The .177 caliber was more appropriate to the environment where he would be doing most of his shooting.
  • Gamo Air Rifles tolerate dy-firing a little better than most of the other manufactures. It still shouldn't be encouraged with Springers but you can get away with it.
  • The Varmint is a very capable rifle with speeds up to 1250 fps.
  • The reviews (both on Amazon and elsewhere) speak for themselves. If you want a second opinion (of hundreds of other opinions why this is such a good Rifle) then check these out!
  • The price is exceptionally good for such a rifle.

  • So, there you have it. My recommendations for Air Rifles under that $200 bracket. There are others of course but at the moment, these are my favourites. Happy shooting guys and stay safe!