Many of the older air gun users fondly remember their first pellet guns. Most of the earlier BB guns featured a break barrel design, which is gaining in popularity once again. A break barrel pellet gun is simply one where the barrel folds down for loading, and then easily snaps back into place. These air guns commonly use a spring to load and compress the air. This gives you even more power and distance, which is perfect for shooting targets that are farther away and for hunting small game.
Most break barrel pellet guns are capable of firing anywhere from 600 feet per second up to an impressive 1500 fps. Not only are these rifles quickly becoming the most common type of pellet rifle on the market, but they are also extremely affordable. They are still just as much fun as the older models, and are a great way for older shooters to experience the same excitement for target shooting as they had when they were younger.
Break barrel pellet guns are perfect for any type of air gun users, including young children and beginning shooters. Their simple design makes them easy to use, and their single shot action makes them safer than other types of air guns. Use them for plinking and distance shooting, or spend a fun afternoon teaching the younger generation how to safely aim and fire. These break barrel pellet guns are still just as fun and exciting as they were when they were first introduced.
The Best Break Barrel Pellet Guns
Gamo Hornet Air Rifle (.177 caliber)
This .177 caliber pellet gun features a break barrel design and is capable of firing up to 1200 feet per second, as long as the ammo is PBA Raptors. A manual safety on the trigger helps to prevent accidental misfires, while the fluted steel barrel helps your shots go farther. It is an ideal pellet rifle for target shooting and plinking, and the included 4 x 32 scope makes it easy to track small game when hunting. The lightweight air rifle weighs only 6.1 pounds and can be easily managed by younger shooters.
Ruger Blackhawk Combo (air rifle)
Featuring a sleek and stylish design, this .177 break barrel pellet gun is capable of firing up to 1000 feet per second. The 4 x 32 scope makes it an ideal pellet rifle for hunting squirrels and rabbits, while the single shot design helps to keep you right on target. The pellet rifle can be adjusted for different elevations and wind speeds, and the dove tail rings make it easy to attach additional sights. A rear adjustable sight is also included on this powerful combination air gun. While it uses a break barrel loading system, it is nitro filled. Perfect for firing pellets out of the rifled barrel, it also includes a one-year limited warranty.
Gamo Big Cat 1250 Air Rifle w/ 4 x 32 Rifle Scope (.177 caliber)
With PBA pellets, this .177 caliber air rifle can fire up to 1250 feet per second. Hit tin cans from an amazing distance and remember why you loved break barrel air rifles when you were younger. A 4 x 32 magnification scope is included for small game hunting; and the rifled, fluted barrel gives your shots the power and accuracy they need to hit the target perfectly. While the barrel is steel, the body of the air rifle is constructed of a durable synthetic material. While the air rifle is easy to fire, the break barrel action requires an additional 30 pounds of extra pressure. This might make it to difficult for some younger target shooters.
Benjamin Trail NP Break Barrel Air Pistol (.177 caliber)
While this is a break barrel air pistol, it also features a nitro piston. It is a perfect air pistol to use for plinking and target practice, and even for backyard pest control. Even though it has more than enough power and velocity at 625 feet per second for hunting small game, it is best design for target shooting and backyard pest control. It is fun to fire and an assist is included for easier cocking, making this a great first gun for younger shooters. The synthetic frame is durable and weather resistant, and is also a good air pistol for residential areas with a noise dampener that reduces the firing volume by up to 70 percent.
Crosman Phantom .177 Caliber Break Barrel Air Rifle
The newly designed body on this air rifle is made to give you maximum comfort when you are firing. The all-weather construction and thin body give it a unique look that will sure to be noticed. The air rifle is capable of firing up to 1000 feet per second, and is also weather resistant. The adjustable trigger lets you control the speed and power of your shots, allowing you easily adjusts for distance. The long, thin barrel gives you even more accuracy, which is why it is considered an excellent air rifle for small game hunting. The checkered grip also makes the pellet gun comfortable to carry and provides additional stability for lining up perfect shots.
Note: Before firing or purchasing an air rifle in your neighborhood, it is always best to check your local gun laws.