BB Guns

BB Guns for Sale

BB guns can provide an exciting recreational experience when used as directed in a safe, controlled manner. BB guns are air guns, meaning that they fire small metal pellet projectiles, or BBs, using compressed air. This is different from a firearm that fires its bullets by means of a combustion reaction (burning gunpowder to produce force). BB guns that use plastic BBs are called airsoft guns.

Types of BB Guns

Rifles vs Pistols

At their most basic level, BB guns come in two varieties: BB pistols and BB rifles (also called Air rifles). Pistols are smaller, hand-held weapons that are compact and easier to handle. Rifles tend to have longer barrels, and are slightly more difficult to handle given their size when compared with BB pistols. Apart from the size difference, there are also differences in how each type of gun operates. Pistols tend to have magazines or reservoirs to hold multiple BBs or pellets. While some rifles also use magazines or cartridges of some sort, with or without a reservoir in the case of guns firing BBs, rifles often are single-shot. In some cases, while they may use a magazine of some sort, if they are bolt-action, the activity of cocking the gun after each shot makes them more like single-action guns that semi-automatic ones. Most of the higher-velocity rifles are single-shot, or use bolt-action.

 

Firing Mechanism

BB guns operate using a pneumatic process to fire the BB from the gun. Pneumatic processes use pressurized air to transfer force to an object which, in this case, are the BBs/pellets. There are three basic mechanisms used to power the guns: spring-pistons, compressed air, and CO2. BB Guns that use spring pistons tend to be rifles and require that you “cock” them. These rifles are typically cocked using a mechanism built into the barrel that is used to engage the spring prior to firing the weapon. These are often called break-barrel air rifles because of the fact that the barrel “breaks” in half to cock the gun. There are a number of things to consider when evaluating these guns. The heavier the construction and better quality the materials used for the gun, the longer it will last. Additionally, the stronger the spring, the faster the BBs/pellets travel (and the harder it can be to cock the gun depending on the quality of the construction). When the trigger is pulled, the spring is released and it forces a column of air into the barrel that then propels the BB/pellet. Guns using a spring-piston typically fire their projectiles at the highest levels of speed allowed by the law. Compressed air BB guns come pre-charged (also called pre-loaded) or either have a single or multi-pump mechanism that must be operated to create the pressure required to propel the BB. In the case of pre-charged pneumatic BB guns, a reservoir is filled with pressurized air from a tank or other source which makes them extremely easy to use. These types of guns are most popular for pest control or small-game hunting and are often used in professional competitions given that they typically fire 35 to 50 shots per “recharge” of compressed air. Guns that use a pumping mechanism also used compressed air. Single pump air guns vary in terms of the final velocity of BBs/pellets, with higher quality guns that have better engineering providing the most velocity. Multi-pump guns follow a similar pattern with the exception of the fact that it can be possible to fire more than one BB/pellet with each full recharge. In the case of BB guns that use CO2 cartridges, carbon dioxide gas is held at high pressure in small cartridges that fit within the body of the BB gun. In each type of type of gun, the force of the compressed air is released when the gun is fired and is the primary force propelling the BB forward.

Choosing a BB Gun

Choosing the right BB gun should be an exciting process! However, there are many different types of guns that come in all shapes and sizes. There are handguns and rifles; guns that operate using spring-pistons, compressed air or those that use CO2; you can use BBs that are pointed or BBs that a round, and a number of other things. Given the massive amount of information there is out there, we have tried to gather the top BB guns from each category for you to choose from. To make the process very easy and a lot of fun!

BB Gun Comparison Guide

The table below shows a list of BB guns for sale. We have put together some key factors to consider when purchasing a BB gun that you can use to select your BB gun. They are:

Feature
Description
CaliberCaliber measures the size of the bore, or hole, in the rifle barrel. The bore determines the size of the BB or pellet that can be used in the barrel. Higher caliber guns mean that larger BBs or pellets can be used.
VelocityVelocity measures the speed that BBs/pellets travel when leaving the barrel of the gun.
AmmunitionThe type of projectile, either BBs, pellets or both.
ModeThis identifies the type of shooting action the gun delivers, either single-shot, semi-automatic or automatic.
MechanismThis identifies the mechanism used to generate the power required to fire the weapon: spring, compressed air (single pump, multi pump, or pre-loaded) or CO2.
WeightThe weight corresponds with durability and should be considered in the context of intended use of the gun. Lighter guns tend to use more plastic or composite materials while heavier guns have more metal components.
Suggested UseBB Guns can be used for many different activities. The key thing that determines how many different activities a BB Gun may be used for is the Velocity. The higher the Velocity, the broader the uses for the gun. Typically, people use BB Guns for the following activities:

    • Competition – many shooting competitions allow air rifles. BB Guns designed for competition tend to be very sturdy, highly reliable and are the most accurate. Outside of competition they can be used for most other activities (depending on the Velocity).

 

    • Pest Control – a BB Gun that has a velocity greater than 500 fps can be used for pest control (gophers, bats, rats). BB Guns with velocities greater than 900 fps can be used to bring down small game (game birds, squirrels, rabbits). If you intend to use a BB Gun for pest control, it’s best max out velocity within your budget.

 

    • Plinking – whether you’re shooting cans, bottles or some other object, plinking is the most common use for BB Guns.

 

  • Target Shooting – this can be a fun activity, though it requires a BB Gun with a bit more precision than one solely designed for plinking. If you’re going after steel or paper targets, accuracy is key. BB Guns designed with target shooting in mind tend to have the highest accuracy (on par with those designed for competition).
Price ($USD)BB Guns vary widely in price. Typically Pre-Compressed Pneumatic BB Guns are the most expensive, while single-action pump ones can be much less expensive. The following is the indicator we use to give a sense of relative pricing as you explore BB Guns we have highlighted:

  • $ – Under $100
  • $$ – $100 to $150
  • $$$ – $150 to $250
  • $$$$ – $250 to $350
  • $$$$$ – $350 and up

If you’re looking to just have a little fun, save your money unless you want to have LOTS of fun – dont’ spend more than $150. If you’re looking for something a bit more durable that can be used for a wide variety of activities, budget between $150 and $250. If your budget is flexible, the sky is the limit!

 

BB Gun
Type
Caliber
Velocity (FPS)
Ammunition
Mode
Mechanism
Weight (lbs)
Suggested Use
Price ($USD)
BB GunDaisy Classic Red Ryder 1938 BB GunRifle0.177280BBsSingle-ShotSpring2Plinking$
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BB GunCrosman Raven Compact Break Barrel RifleRifle0.177600PelletsSingle-ShotSpring5Plinking, Target Shooting$
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Crosman Raven Compact Break Barrel Rifle (with Scope)
Rifle0.177600PelletsSingle-ShotSpring5Plinking, Target Shooting
$
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BB GunCrosman Vantage .177 Caliber Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.1771200PelletsSingle-ShotSpring6Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunCrosman Phantom 1000X .177 Caliber Air RifleRifle0.1771000PelletsSingle-ShotSpring6Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman Phantom 1000X .177 Caliber Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.1771000PelletsSingle-ShotSpring6Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunDiana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact .177 Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.1771250PelletsSingle-ShotSpring8Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunDiana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact .22 Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.221000PelletsSingle-ShotSpring8Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunRuger Air Hawk Elite Combo Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.1771000PelletsSingle-ShotSpring8Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$
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BB GunRWS 34P Pro Compact .177 Air RifleRifle0.1771000PelletsSingle-ShotSpring8Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$
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BB GunCrosman M4- 177 Tactical Pump .177 Caliber Air RifleRifle0.177625BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump4Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunDaisy Powerline 901 Air RifleRifle0.177750BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump4Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunDaisy Powerline 953 TargetPro Air RifleRifle0.177560PelletsSemi-AutomaticSingle Pump6Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman 760 Pumpmaster Air RifleRifle0.177625BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump2Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman 760 Pumpmaster Air Rifle (with Scope)Rifle0.177625BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump2Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman Benjamin 397 .177 Caliber RifleRifle0.177800PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump6Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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Crosman Sheridan .20 Caliber Blue Streak Air Rifle
Rifle0.2675PelletsSingle-ShotMulti Pump5Pest Control, Target Shooting
$$$
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BB GunDaisy Avanti 853C Pellet Rifle Rifle0.177500PelletsSingle-ShotSingle Pump5Competition$$$$
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Daisy Avanti 753 Elite Target Pellet Rifle
Rifle0.177510PelletsSingle-ShotSingle Pump6Competition
$$$$$
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Crosman Benjamin 392 .22 Caliber Bolt Action Air Rifle
Rifle0.22685PelletsSingle-ShotMulti Pump5Pest Control, Target Shooting
$$
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BB GunDaisy 880 .177 cal Air RifleRifle0.2750BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticMulti Pump3Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman Benjamin Discovery Dual Fuel Air Rifle .177 PCPRifle0.1771000PelletsSingle-ShotPre-Loaded Compressed Air5Pest Control, Target Shooting$$$$$
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Hatsan AT44S 10 Shot PCP .177 Caliber Air Rifle
Rifle0.1771070PelletsSemi-AutomaticPre-Loaded Compressed Air7Pest Control, Target Shooting
$$$$$
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Hatsan AT44PA 10 Shot PCP .22 Caliber Air Rifle
Rifle0.22970PelletsSemi-AutomaticPre-Loaded Compressed Air7Pest Control, Target Shooting
$$$$$
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BB GunCrosman PCP Challenger .177 Caliber PCP Air RifleRifle0.177530PelletsSemi-AutomaticPre-Loaded Compressed Air9Pest Control, Target Shooting$$$$$
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AirForce Condor Bounty Hunter PCP Air Rifle
Rifle0.1771450PelletsSingle-ShotPre-Loaded Compressed Air6Pest Control, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunSmith & Wesson M&P 45 CO2 Pistol
Pistol0.177370BBs or PelletsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunWalther CP99 Compact CO2 PistolPistol0.177345PelletsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunWinchester Model 11 Semi-Automatic CO2 Air Pistol
Pistol0.177410BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunUmarex Steel Storm Air PistolPistol0.177430BBsAuto/Semi-AutomaticCO23Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunUmarex H & K MP5 K-PDWPistol0.177400BBsSemi-AutomaticCO23Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunBeretta Elite II CO2 PistolPistol0.177410BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunBeretta 92FS CO2 PistolPistol0.177425BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$$$
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BB GunWalther CP99 Compact CO2 Pistol with LaserPistol0.177345BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunWalther PPK/S PistolPistol0.177295BBsSemi-AutomaticCO21Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunMakarov CO2 BB PistolPistol0.177380BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunSmith & Wesson M&P R8 CO2 BB RevolverPistol0.177410BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunDesert Eagle CO2 PistolPistol0.177425BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$$$
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BB GunCrossman 1377 American Classic Variable Pump Bolt Action Air PistolPistol0.177600BBsSingle-ShotMulti Pump2Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman 3576 Semi-Auto CO2 RevolverPistol0.177435BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman 1322 Air PistolPistol0.22460BBsSingle-ShotMulti Pump2Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman C41 Metal Frame .177 Air PistolPistol0.177495BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman C31 CO2 pistolPistol0.177495BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunCrosman Benjamin Marauder Pre-Charged Pneumatic PCP Multi-Shot Bolt Action Compressed Air PistolPistol0.22700BBsSemi-AutomaticPre-Loaded Compressed Air3Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunWebley Alecto .22 Caliber Right Hand Air PistolPistol0.22660BBsSingle-ShotMulti Pump3Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunWebley Alecto .22 Caliber Left Hand Air PistolPistol0.22660BBsSingle-ShotMulti Pump3Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$$$$
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BB GunCrosman 1088 8-Shot Semi Automatic Air Pistol with Shooting Glasses and AmmoPistol0.177430BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunDaisy Outdoor Products CO2 Pistol (Black, 9.5 Inch)Pistol0.177520BBsSemi-AutomaticCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$
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BB GunHatsan Model 25 Supercharger Air PistolPistol0.177700BBsSingle-ShotSpring4Pest Control, Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunBrowning Buck Mark Air PistolPistol0.177320PelletsSingle-ShotSpring2Plinking, Target Shooting
$$$$$
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BB GunBenjamin EB22 Air PistolPistol0.22430BBsSingle-ShotCO22Plinking, Target Shooting$$
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BB GunDaisy Outdoor Products Powerline 201 PistolPistol0.177230BBsSemi-AutomaticSpring2Plinking, Target Shooting$
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