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“zebra”If money was no issue then a small compressor could well be the easiest and simplest option.

If mobility is a problem then I could see how dragging a large tank to a store for refills might be an issue. That being said, carbon fiber tanks are not that heavy and you’ll need some strength to hold pcp rifles anyway. 

I think that scba tanks offer the most flexibility as you can take them with you to the range etc. A compressor usually has to stay at home. Even if I bought a compressor, I would probably still want a small tank for the road. 

The way to minimize hassle with tanks or pumps is to buy an efficienct pcp gun that makes best use of the air so you only need to fill your scba tanks once a month or every two months. The most efficient guns get 60 or more shots per fill. The least efficient get 2 or 3….

You might want to check out the FX Indy as an easy alternative. It is pumped using a cylinder built into the gun. While pumping is involved (and lots of it), it is considerably easier and less uncomfortable than using hand pumps. 

One way or another, you’re going to have to fill that air reservoir. 


I agree, for instance, The large Air Hog 88 cu ft Whole Hog Carbon Fiber SCBA Tank Set.. I WAS TOLD, when full weighs approximately 18 lbs with 4200 psi. I do not yet know if this is true for a fact. I purchased one less than 2 years old for an excellent price should be here in the next 2 days. There are smaller tanks out there that weigh less than 5 lbs filled but how many fills will your particular PCP gun will get differs from different air guns. It gets to a very fine balancing act on what,t you want to do against what you can afford to do against, in my case, what I physically do. It is a tough decision so take your time. If there is a PCP dealer in your area, go over and look, handle some different air rifles and tanks if they stock them. If no dealer, check around for someone close to you that might have PCPs. In my case, I only have the forums to read and ask questions. A hit or miss setting so far. but I am confident I can find something to my liking.