The following is a listing of the top four models that have been thoroughly tested with an array of ammunition and targets on the range as well as in the field. They are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Benjamin Trail NP XL1500

Crosman Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 .177 Caliber Air Rifle Side View

The NP stands for nitro-piston which serves as a replacement for the standard steel spring. This air rifle utilizes a nitrogen filled gas ram that is able to reduce the recoil as well as noise. The 1500 refers to the firearm’s velocity that utilized unleaded pellets, which you actually do not want to use. With heavier lead pellets you will have an impeccable shooter on your hands.

The Benjamin Trail NP XL1500 is outfitted with an ambidextrous thumbhole stock as well as a bull barrel. It does take s bit of muscle in order to cock the gun, but it has been able to accumulate a great number of fans for its power and accuracy in regards to small game. The very best performance was garnered from the use of 10.5 grain Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets with a trigger set at a firm 3.4 pounds.

Pros

  • It is powerful enough for pest control.

Cons

  • There is no automatic safety. Additionally, with the scope it weighs near 10 pounds.

Who Should Purchase This?

This is NOT an option for children, but it is ideal for those wanting to hunt small game or for the use of pest control around the house.

Specifications

  • .177 caliber
  • Break barrel
  • Nitro piston single shot
  • Weight: 8.5 pounds (without a scope)
  • Upwards of 1500 fps
  • Picatinny rail
  • CenterPoint 3-9X40mm AO scope

RWS Model 48

Diana RWS 48 Air Rifle

Those that are serious about air riffling, this is the firearm that is ideal for you. Even after testers fried hundreds of rounds, they were consistently left with the sense that they had yet to truly tap into its full capabilities. The RWS Model 48 cocks through a side lever that makes for far less movement than that of a break barrel mechanism. This is truly a plus when hunting small game such as squirrels, etc. The TO6 trigger is best described as quite superb as well as fully adjustable.

One inch groups can be achieved with 14.3 grain Crosman Premiers.

Pros

  • This is a firearm that is very well balanced as well as handsome while containing ample enough power for varmint and small game.

Cons

  • They are infamous for their scope mounts that are abysmal and their downward slanting barrels. Ultimately you will be forced to shim the scope.

Who Should Purchase this?

This is ideal for those that are highly knowledgeable about air rifles, but does not want to break the bank. It is also an optimal option for those that are willing and have the time to expend in order to truly exploit the 48’s impressive capabilities.

Specifications

  • .22 caliber
  • Side lever
  • Spring piston single shot
  • Upwards of 900 fps
  • 8.5 pounds
  • Adjustable open sights with 11mm dovetail scope

Ari Venturi Bronco

Although the Ari Venturi Bronco is far too slow for hunting, but it is ideal for target shooting. With the use of a crisp two-stage, two pound trigger it is very easy to cock given that only 18 pounds of force is required. It is also fairly quiet and the Bronco has an impeccable reputation for their accuracy short range.

Pros

  • The trigger of the Bronco is quite superb and it also contains a very well-made wood stock that has quality sights as well as an automatic safety.

Cons

  • There are users that contend that the stock is fairly unlovely. This is not truly a big deal given that it is not powerful enough for the hunting of game.

Who Should Purchase It?

This is an ideal purchase for someone that is serious about keeping their skills sharp without risking alarming neighbors.

Specifications

  • .177 caliber
  • Break barrel
  • Spring piston single shot
  • 6.5 pounds
  • Upwards of 600 fps
  • Adjustable open sights with an 11mm dovetail for scope

Benjamin Marauder

Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Rifle, Synthetic Stock air rifle

This is a Benjamin that is made in America as opposed to China, where the Trail NP is manufactured. This Benjamin happens to be a pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle that will not need to be cocked. Once pellets are loaded into the $15 aftermarket, eight round rotary magazine, you will be able to unleash hell [virtually] silently. The best shots are pressured between 1900 and 2300 psi, which will achieve groups with 7.8 grain Benjamin .25 ammo at a distance of 50 yards.

Pros

  • IT hosts a great two stage, match trigger. Owners of the air riffle tend to brag about the bagging bobcats.

Cons

  • The magazine is not included, although it should be, and it does take a while for it to smoothly cycle.

Who Should Purchase This?

This is ideal for anyone that can afford to purchase them. This is an air rifle that is optimal for varmints as well as small game.

Specifications

  • .25 caliber
  • Bolt action PCP
  • 8 pounds
  • Upwards of 900 fps
  • No sights
  • 11mm dovetail for scope