Looking for a break barrel pellet pistol

Forums Springers, Pumpers, C02, & Vintage Looking for a break barrel pellet pistol

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    Bowhunter73
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    Hey guys and gals I'm looking for information on a break barrel pistol for my brother-in -law he's not wanting to spend much over a hundred dollars but can if need be wanting something to shoot a few pests around his house he had a Beeman P17 that only lasted for a 100 pellets the only spring piston I've owned was a Beeman P1.

    Thanks Terry 

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    Saltlake58
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    Must have been a bad P17, I've put several hundreds and hundreds through mine.  It is a cheaper gun (I Think Wally World sells it for $30 or so now), but should last more than a couple hundred.  I like mine,   There are times when it won't compress the air, I just have to open it and let the cylinder fill slowly.  Then close and shoots like a charm.  Considering a new one.

    I like the P17 because it's a single stroke and cheap.  I don't like break barrel pistols that have the huge springs and pistons inside.  Really hard to shoot.  The P17 is easy, if it cocks.

    Maybe try another one, keep the receipt and see if it works better??

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    starlingassn
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    1377 or 1322?   

     

    its a pumper not a break barrel,

    but it would be worlds more accurate.

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    Skillet
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    Break-barrel springer pistols seem to be waning in popularity. Most are combersome to tote, and a bit underpowered for pesting.

    I'd second considering the 1377/1322 platform. Inexpensive, variable power and for occasional shooting more economical than Co2. (You pop that ctg and ur commited for abt 30 shots)

    only have one Break barrel springer pistol, a Winchester branded Diana in .22.

    it's massive and only clocks a sedate 320+. Might do for rats/birds at moderate range, also, springer pistols are quite challenging for a beginner to shoot accurately. Even experienced shooters need regular practice with them.

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    sonny
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    I have a 1377 crosman  very reliable and fairly accurate out to about 25yrds(about as far as i have shot it). Have had it for 15yrs still shoots good.

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    Scrufhunter
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    +1 for the 1377/1322   for $100 you can get the pistol, up grade the breach and maybe get the MIM LPA sights   I think amazon has the pistol for $40 right now. Plus there is a huge after market for those wonderful little pistols, and very accurate. I've had one for 15yrs in 177 and have taken quail, pigeon, and even jack rabbits with it.

      The Benjamin Trail Pistol sucks , and I would say the same for all break barrel pistols  

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    Harmless
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    Umarex Trevox Air Pistol (.177) or the Browning 800 Express (.22)  for pest control. The Browning Buckmark (.177) air pistol for fun plinking. All are break barrels that I looked into myself, reviews and research all were pretty good.

    Oh yeah , the Cometa Indian Air Pistol, is one that was rather promising as well, much like the Webley Tempest (the Tempest is cool, but hard to find).

    Ultimately I went with the Ataman AP16 for pest/hunting, it's a pcp. and the FAS 6004 for target/plinking it's a single stroke pnumatic (still waiting on that one). But those are both well past the $100 mark.

     

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    Bowhunter73
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    Thanks for all the info guys I'll pass it on to my brother-in-law

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    addertooth
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    Don't leave out the Benjamin trail NP pistol too.

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    dantes
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     I know you said break barrel but I'm going to be that guy and recommend a pumper, the crossman 1322. Powerful and accurate enough to kill rabbits. I've taken pigeons at 40 yards with it(modded). For 50 bucks its a great deal and you could always down the line add some simple mods like a scope and stock or go crazy with it.

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    MadMike
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    I have two P17's , they are fun and very accurate. I ordered them both at the same time and use both often for pistol practice. One resides in the basement for quik shots betwixt chores, and the other to shoot down the hall to freakout the cats whilst i relieve boredom. One has the issue that saltlake58 mentions, and the other has been flawless. Both are equally spot on accurate. For the price, I'd say unbeatable. That's why i got 2.

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    Lemensd
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    Browning 800 mag. I have had for 5 year's or longer and has been a good shooter… it's mounted in a sliding frame that absorbes the kick , it spits out .177midweight JSBs at a tick over 700fps.

    I have a red dot sight on it , I set it up this way to be my kayak gun.

    I believe it cost me $170.00 , the only problem that I've ever had was keeping the red dot sight from walking off the groved receiver regardless of how tight it was clamped down (common problem with powerful Springer's) Browning did not provide a scope stop recess for a pin. I was able to stop its movement with an clamp on scope stop installed behind one of the mounts. BTW it did come with adjustable open sights that are very usable.

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    Harmless
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    Lots of reviews seemed unhappy with the Benjamin trail NP pistol, when I was researching it, but it is good looking as the breakbarrel pistols go

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    Bowhunter73
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    Thanks guys I passed the info on to my brother-in-law and he's looking into the Trevox and Trail NP

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    court215
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    I would have to second the crosman 13xx pump platform. It’s waaaay easier to shoot, has a ton of mods, can be made into a carbine with optional shoulder stock, and is cheaper. I had a trail xp and couldn’t stand it. It’s tough to cock without the giant plastic thing on the front and feels really long with it on. Couldn’t get along with the trigger either. 

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    court215

    I would have to second the crosman 13xx pump platform. It’s waaaay easier to shoot, has a ton of mods, can be made into a carbine with optional shoulder stock, and is cheaper. I had a trail xp and couldn’t stand it. It’s tough to cock without the giant plastic thing on the front and feels really long with it on. Couldn’t get along with the trigger either. 

    Yeah I have one also, It takes about as much strength to cock it as a full size riffle, and the trigger pull is about 5 miles long, 

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    I should add. If you are looking to use a pistol for pesting, most of the break barrel pistols velocity/FPE is to low. I've only seen one magnum break barrel pistol that sounds capable, but that velocity was most likely done with a super light weight pellet.If you cant or dont want a PCP, and the OP says $100 then the Crosman13xx is your best option, and I think most everyone else would agree. If your going to spend $170+ on a break barrel pistol, you can get a full size riffle for the same or less and have a much more sutiable gun for hunting/pesting………I keep my 1377 in my hiking bag. Its small, light weight and will keep you fed if need be.

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    1shooter
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    I’m sure the original poster has enough information and all the previous airguns mentioned seem great especially for the price but want to throw one more into the mix.  Its nice we have so many options.

      The RWS LP8 

       I have owned the older version, the magnum P5 or G5 whatever it is, for 3 years now and it has been a great tool for my pesting problems. I’m over pumping multiple times and slowly getting over springers and moving to just pcp but I will buy the LP8 when mine ceases to work anymore due to the coveinent size and problem solving results it has executed, plus like it doesn’t look exactly like a real gun.  16 voles and 3 gophers plus others this  year shows that it is a valuable tool for me to keep around.  I do need to set traps out more often but when the opportunity arises this pistol rarely disappoints 

    Notes about the pistol:

    accurate with the light adjustable trigger.  (my range is short  5-10yards with open sights and less than 5 I use a red dot sight just below the barrel via a clam picitinney rail adaptor. Bought both from pyramyd air)

    recoil not too bad  or loudbut hard on all types of scopes.  Trigger and a follow through after trigger is pulled helps keep this pistol very accurate.  (reminds me of a t50 stapler where there is a long weightless draw of no resistance, like the trigger then breaks soft (pistol) and bites back and vibrates some but nothing to big and just like proceding to put in more stapes I am already reloading the pistol)

    one cock/pump reloading (with free hand on top and grip hand not moving I’m back on target after clicking of the automatic saftey. This is for me where the spring pistion pulls away from the multipump class of airguns and your back on target sooner and less likely fo spook the pest,ie less movement, sound and quicker should an opportunity present itself.)

    I use JSB 8.4gr pellets and just shot two at 535,538fps

    I realize that this is more than $100 but you were asking about spring piston pistols and nobody mentioned this one so figure I would jump in. 

     

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    sonny

    I have a 1377 crosman  very reliable and fairly accurate out to about 25yrds(about as far as i have shot it). Have had it for 15yrs still shoots good.

    +1 for the 1377.  I brained a Muskrat with mine, and other than the "dance", he was dead.  I love mine, and shoot it quite often.

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