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Advice Sub-£100 Air Pistol

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by ambriel, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. ambriel

    ambriel Engaging Member

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    I'm in the market for a sub-£100 air pistol. What do you recommend?

    Don't mind if it's .177 or .22 as I have rifles in both.

    No planning on putting a scope on it so will need to have decent open sights.

    Thinking more along the lines of a good springer but wouldn't rule out a gas gun.
     
  2. mattyts

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    Webley Typhoons are springers for abut £65 but not top quality, Beeman P17 2004E are single stroke guns so no recoil and are very accurate,not much power but great fibre optic sites,they come in at about £60
     
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  3. Beachcomber

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    I'm looking for exactly the same at the moment.
    I'm leaning towards CO2 powered as it will be easier for my son to use and as it will be indoor target shooting the temp issue is not a problem.


    At the moment I'm keen on the Crossman 2240 which go for £80 new, although the 357 Magnum 10 shot looks like it would be alot of fun!
     
  4. mattyts

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    2240s go for about £65 round here, plenty of power too for a pistol. semi auto Co2s always lack in power and accuracy,their main selling factor is usually realism and fun.
     
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    Not hears of CO2's lacking accruracy - other than when the cylinder needs changing or if you are going out in the cold.
    Are the £65 ones second hand? I did post a wanted ad here for a pistol but had no takers.
     
  6. mattyts

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    I haven't seen any semi auto CO2 pistol that will match or even come close to the accuracy of a 2240 or a SSP.

    I have just seen a 2240 with red dot posted for £60 secondhand on FB...
     
  7. edtwozeronine

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    I saw a £99 (New) Gamo c02 pistol on a local dealers website. Can't vouch for it or anything. Could be a fun plinker though.
     
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    Ah yes, I saw that one - looked a bit tatty and the seller didn't know how old it was!
     
  9. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    if you want a genuine opinion on the 357 ask matty his erm dad has one that matty uses under supervision :D
     
  10. mattyts

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    Yes,I have a 357...came from a really nice bloke too :D can only use it when Dad is around though ;)

    I get about 65 shots per capsule and accuracy is pretty good for a CO2 semi auto,it's realistic,bulky and lots of fun for plinking :)
     
  11. NorfolkDave

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    Several Gamo compacts come up s/h for around £100. Excellent starter pistol for target use. Target grip, with adjustable palm shelf, single stroke pneumatic, excellent sights.

    Dave
     
  12. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Please the 357 is not a semi automatic, it is a double action there is a difference you know!

    A semi automatic uses the power of the escaping gas to reload and recock the mechanism. The most famous semi auto is the Colt 1911. The airgun equivalent is the Tanfolio 1911 Witness at sub £100!

    A double action is a revolver A single action requires you to pull the hammer back to take the next shot. A double action uses the trigger pull back to rotate the cylinder containing the shots so that when the hammer goes forward the shot is in position and loaded.

    There are air gun revolvers that are single action, there are air gun revolvers that are double action, there are also airgun revolvers that are both single and double action.

    The Crosman 357 is a dual action (single and double) revolver. I know, I own one!
     
  13. secretagentmole

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    For accuracy you want a CO2 or PCP match pistol. These tend to be eye wateringly expensive. You can buy cheaper though. In olden days before people bolted air cylinders onto guns and decided to make them look like something from Star Wars, you had SSP (single stroke pneumatic) or recoil free pistols.

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    Daisy Powerline and a Gamo SSP pistols. These have match shooting sights and the Daisy 747 has been used in America at national level target shooting. They tend to make about 3 ft lb!

    Now for those of you who prefer a Spanish twist there are the MSP (or multi stroke pneumatic). Imagine target shooting with the added bonus of trying to bruise your palms!
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    These plastic palm shredders are closer to 6 than 3, available in .177 or .22 and are very very accurate! The long barrel helps a lot with that.

    The wife has a rather rare SSP full target pistol in original case with seals that was under £100, this is the Air Match 600 SSP, came with full set of seals, original tool kit (ho ho ho poxy spanner and cheap plastic srewdriver that fits nothing - this was a noted flaw). This beauty is in it's own leather case and was hand made in Italy!
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    (note extended foresight attachment and the left handed grip, my wife is left eyed).
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    (note the switch, this allows you to cock the gun without pressurizing the mehanism so you can dry fire it to get used to the trigger mechanism)
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    The black piece of metal under the gun is a foresight extender so you get greater accuracy!

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    4 of my pistols. The Daisy 747, Crosman 357, Crosman 1322 Medallist and 1377 Classic.

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    His and hers 1911's, the Tanfoglio Witness by Cybergun.

    All of the above cost under £100 each. Just shop carefully!
     
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  14. NorfolkDave

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    So you like pistols then!
     
  15. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I have a few, got more rifles though, lots more rifles!
     
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    As Mr Mole has shown with his excellent collection there are a wide variety available and just upping the budget by £50 would open many doors.

    Though I am normally biased toward Crosmans the CP88 is also a nice little starter pistol, a tuned 2240 would also come in sub £100 (with trigger mods), the excellent Alecto is also sub £150 used.
     
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    Thanks guys for all the info and suggestions. I'm away to do a bit more research now and see which of these my local (hah!) gunshop has for me to take a look at next time I'm in the town.
     
  18. mattyts

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    Product description of the Crosman 357,taken from the Crosman official site.

    The Crosman 357 Revolver is a Co2 air pistol.

    This semi-automatic 10-shot air pistol is unique with revolver styling and finger-molded grip design, perfect for action shooting.

    This semi-automatic 10-shot air pistol
     
  19. Darren Petts

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    Doesn't matter what Crosman says - it's NOT a semi. Stating is is one doesn't make it one. It's double action. The trigger has to both cock the hammer AND release the sear or it has to be cocked by hand each shot.

    As to the original poster's requirements, a Baikal IZH53 is an excellent spring pistol for well under your budget brand new.
     
  20. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-automatic_pistol

    Excuse me oh genius TH208 upgrader! Click on that link. Semi automatics are NOT revolvers, they are magazine fed pistols which are loaded by the action being powered by exhaust gasses. Crosman may describe it as a semi automatic, it is not. the 357 uses a revolver mechanism with a dual action trigger that can also be used as a single action by pulling the (fake) hammer back!
     

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