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Question Need Your Help To Choose A Gun

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by CrazyPizza, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. CrazyPizza

    CrazyPizza Newbie

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    Hello!

    I’m currently looking for getting my first air pistol (as a complete newbie). I have done some research in the past 4-5 days. My main reason to prefer a pistol over a rifle is the more compact characteristic of the pistol, although I’ve read it’s easier to learn with a rifle. We have quite a small yard (approximately 10x5 meters), so if I want to shoot at targets further than 10 meters, I have to take the gun to a place, where it’s possible (mostly by bicycle). Also, I see a better chance to get a reasonably good pistol in the 100 - 120 Euro price range. (The cause of this limited budget mainly is that I wouldn’t like to spend much more money for something, that I don’t know much about) I’ve read and watched a ton of reviews and forums about air guns, according to them the Crosman 2240 or 1377 would be a good choice, but I’m open to other suggestions. I don’t mind, that they’re single shot pistols, my main aspect is accuracy. I’ve would have some questions:

    1. Which one is better for target shooting/plinking? Do the 2240’s bigger and heavier pellets have a significant effect on accuracy? (In our country 7,5 joules is the legal muzzle energy limit for airguns, which in case of the 2240 means 110-120 m/s muzzle velocity, by the 1377 it’s about 160 m/s).

    2. Which construction is more durable? As my logic goes, the lesser the moving part is, the lesser problem could happen. Considering the pumping mechanism of the 1377, I’m a bit concerned that it might be a weak point.

    3. How much and what kind of maintenance do these guns need? What is their estimated lifetime with regular usage?

    4. And finally, a highly subjective question: Which gun is more fun to shoot overall? (the 1377 looks a bit front heavy)

    Thanks for your help!

    CrazyPizza
     
  2. Tom A

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    Have a look at the Wheirauch HW40. It should be right in your budget. It's accurate, well-made, and relatively compact. It's a single-stroke pneumatic, so no need for CO2 cartridges. It's a .177, which means cheaper ammunition as well. It's not a powerful pistol, but more than adequate for target and plinking shooting.
     
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    Yup HW40 or the cheaper beeman copy

    2240 is five but as co2 runs out accuracy and impact drops

    1377 is good but pumping is annoying after a while and loud

    Hw40
     
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  4. CrazyPizza

    CrazyPizza Newbie

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    Thank you for your fast reply! I will check it out.
     
  5. Modski66

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    I had a 1377 for a while, I really got fed up with the multiple pumps required to get enough power. A single stroke pneumatic like the HW40 is definitely the right way to go, I have the Beeman P17 and have been very pleased with it.
    Another alternative for a bit more cash is the Gamo Compact, it has an anatomical grip, which is a definite advantage for "proper" target shooting with one hand.
     
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    I have a 2240 and 1322 (similar aa his brother 1377, but on .22 caliber), plus P17 and HW40 and a P3 (Beeman version HW40)...

    For accuracy, the P17 is close to the HW40, then HW40 is better than Crosman guns.

    For power (plinking), HW40 will be a bit low vs 2240/1377, as the two Crosman can reach the speed and power limit to 5fpe... Or more easily if you mod it...

    And the other advantage of a HW40 is it's surely much better built and trouble free shooting right from the box. The only thing you will need to do is just clean up the protective oil in the barrel... And if go for a P17, you have better strip it down and do a full tune ( cleaning, de-burr, polishing, re lube...) before shooting your first pellet. There are many instruction and how-to you can find from YouTube or just Google it...

    Don't miss a beat, otherwise it would probably end up to cause every trouble you think of or not very soon. Mine truned into a part gun after about 2000 shots and in its life, I opened and repaired it for several times (maybe just every 300 shots, I had to opend it up and checked it out)... Learned everything about this design but have no chance to use that experience even once on my HW40 in the past two years I owned and keep shooting my HW40 and the last generation P3 I bought used.

    Then a 2240/1377, watch out the deep hole of moding it.... As it's really not that good from the box (not bad at all either), but there are just too many aftermarket parts for you to mod and tune it better, and better, and better..... And then end up you will find the money you 'invested' would buy you 2 HW40 or more....

    Cheers~ All listed pistols are good choice, maybe you just need to pick one you feels like....
     
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    ^^^ THIS ^^^ :D
     
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  8. CrazyPizza

    CrazyPizza Newbie

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    Thank you all for your help! :)
     

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