Reply To: Best value based on these priorities?
1st, who has what available at your local club? I have both made and been the recipient of some very thoughtful deals ” just to keep the new guy coming back” , which is a well know phrase at one of my favorite FT clubs.
Available today, Gauntlet hands down ( I do own one ). You want regulated tho counting shots and carrying a scuba tank around does add to the fun, sometimes. The QB?Gauntlet trigger is just fine for FT.
Wanting to wait for new offerings ( do keep in ind dates do roll back and even vanish ) you wont be shooting the early Spring shoots and it is a wait and see thing.
One of the regulated crosman offerings would be a good pick as far as support/warranty/parts.
TON’s of used .177 FT suitable rifles available right now , even in your price range.