Here is our list of Recommended Airguns Under $500
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RWS 34 – The most popular rifle sold by RWS, this German rifle will keep you shooting accurately and powerfully for decades. While it doesn’t have some of the frills that more expensive guns have, it goes head-to-head where it really counts!
RWS 34 Stryker Combo – If you’re a serious airgunner on a budget, the RWS 34 Stryker Combo was made for you. The well-balanced hardwood stock makes it easy to hold and shoot. This rifle also sports a two-stage adjustable TO6 trigger, a completely adjustable rear sight, and a finely rifled barrel. It’s ideal for hunting small rodents, plinking, target shooting and popping cans.
Hatsan Striker 1000S – Delivers great power with lead pellets. Ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances.
Umarex Fusion Co2 Rifle – A great rifle for backyard plinking and target shooting. Ideal for shooting spinners, paper targets and tin cans. If you’re teaching someone to shoot and they’re unable to cock a spring rifle, this might be the ideal airgun for that task. It has very good accuracy and it is quiet as well.
Ruger Air Hawk Combo – This beautiful spring-piston Ruger Air Hawk rifle comes with a sleek hardwood stock. The fiber optic sights (fixed front, adjustable rear) help you quickly acquire your target, or you can use the 4×32 airgun scope that’s included.
Ruger Blackhawk Combo with (unmounted) 4×32 airgun scope & mount – Ideal for plinking and taking small game.
Hatsan Mod 95 – The beautiful walnut stock on the Hatsan 95 air rifle delivers a powerful first impression. And when you shoot it, it’ll reinforce that first impression. The adjustable match trigger will give you control, and the SAS delivers less felt recoil.
Ruger Air Magnum Como – This is a BIG rifle! Intended for hunting and pest elimination, this mammoth airgun will cleanly take small- and medium-size game with one shot. The Ruger Air Magnum can be used equally well by right- and left-handed shooters. Combo includes 4×32 scope.
IZH 61 Target Pro Air Rifle – This 5-shot air rifle is so much fun to shoot, you’ll definitely have a tough time putting it down. A spring-powered gun, the IZH 61 is easy to cock and can be used by adults and youngsters (with adult supervision).
Hatsan Mod 85 Sniper Air Rifle Combo, MOBU Camo Stock – Spring-piston air guns are easy to use and require nothing more than a tin of pellets. If you like the simplicity of shooting airguns, the Hatsan Model 85 Sniper combo could become your go-to air rifle. The camo stock makes it easier to stealthily stalk your prey. Includes 3-9×32 scope, mount, bipod, sling and integral silencer.
Gamo Big Cat 1400 Air Rifle Combo – Pest elimination is one of the major reasons many people buy powerful airguns such as the Gamo Big Cat 1400. You can take mice, rats, rabbits, squirrels, small pest birds and more with this air rifle. Includes 50 rds of Platinum PBA pellets, 4×32 scope and mount.
Browning Leverage Air Rifle – This air rifle has a lot to offer…traditional styling, rock-solid scope platform, fixed barrel, accurate and easy to cock. Just 28 lbs. of cocking effort, but you’re still getting magnum hunting power. With so little effort, you can shoot all day, carry it in the woods (not too heavy, even with the scope!) and hunt or eliminate pests. Don’t hunt? Shoot some targets, kill some tin cans, flips some spinners…the list is endless.
Hatsan Mod 125 Air Rifle, Black Synthetic Stock – While many manufacturers make an accurate barrel, the downrange accuracy is often foiled by a bad trigger due to a heavy pull. Hatsan’s proprietary Quattro trigger will surprise you with its adjustability and crisp release. Ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances. This gun is ready to go when it arrives. Just add pellets and start shooting. Mount the scope for increased accuracy.
Gamo Whisper Air Rifle Combo – Ambidextrous spring rifle includes unmounted 3-9×40 scope with standard reticle, 1-piece mount, fiber optic sights and noise dampener.
Hatsan Mod 125TH Air Rifle Combo, Black – The 125TH is ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances. Incl. 3-9×32 scope, mount and muzzlebrake.
Stoeger Arms X20S Suppressor Air Rifle – With the Stoeger Arms X20S, you can shoot at a flock of pest birds and not scare all of them away after the first shot. Stealth…this gun has it in spades!
Hatsan Mod 135 – Extreme power for a spring-piston rifle! .177 cal – 1250 fps with lead pellets. .22 cal – 1000 fps with lead pellets. .25 cal – 750 fps with lead pellets. No matter which caliber you get, the Hatsan 135 air rifle will take care of pesky garden varmints and destructive critters, such as squirrels, rabbits, grackles and chipmunks. The shock absorber reduces vibration, and that should increase accuracy, as well.
Gamo Varmint Hunter HP – An incredible hunting package! Hunt day, night, dawn & dusk. No matter when you hunt, you’ll have the right equipment. The Gamo Varmint Hunter HP comes with a synthetic stock that lets you concentrate on the job at hand instead of worrying about wear and dings on a wood stock.
Hatsan Torpedo 100X Air Rifle, Walnut – Beautiful Turkish walnut, the Torpedo 100X air rifle is modestly priced compared to most other underlevers on the market. Get accuracy and a great trigger for a fraction of other guns with similar features. Ideal in any caliber for dispatching small, pesky rodents at short distances. Also fun for plinking, shooting spinners and popping paper targets.
Hatsan Mod 125 Sniper Air Rifle Combo, Black – This air rifle combo is a complete hunting kit and has several nice upgrades you won’t find in most other magnum air rifles. While many manufacturers make an accurate barrel, the downrange accuracy is often foiled by a bad trigger due to a heavy pull. Hatsan’s proprietary Quattro trigger will surprise you with its adjust-ability and crisp release. Ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances. Incl. 3-9×32 scope, mount, bipod & adjustable sling. Permanently attached silencer also acts as a muzzlebrake.
Gamo Bull Whisper Extreme – Gamo has an unmatched reputation for producing powerful, hard-hitting spring-piston air rifles…and the Bull Whisper Extreme is no exception. Delivering massive knockdown power, this air rifle is suitable for hunting small-to-medium size game. Incl. 3-9x40AO scope, mount & ammo.
Diana RWS 34P Pro Compact – Shorter than many air rifles with this much power, it’s a great gun if you shoot a lot or like to hunt for hours on end. Good for taking small pests, plinking, shooting spinners or popping paper targets. Includes 3-9x40AO scope & mount.
Gamo Whisper CFR Air Rifle Combo – The Gamo Whisper air rifle has become one of the mainstays of airgunning. It’s great to have the power to hunt without the usual loud report you’d get from such a powerful springer. If you’re into hunting or pest elimination, this would be a great rifle to get the job done. This is the first time a Whisper has been offered as an underlever (fixed barrel). The Smooth Action Trigger is a fine trigger that gives you even greater control. This should increase the accuracy potential of your air rifle because of greater predictability. The Shock Wave Absorber buttpad helps reduce the felt recoil, making a much more pleasant shooting experience.
Gamo Whisper Fusion Air Rifle, IGT – This gun is loaded with features that make it much more pleasant to shoot for longer periods of time — less noise, less felt recoil, a trigger you can personalize to your needs and an adjustable cheekpiece that helps you acquire your target that much quicker because it helps align your eye with the scope or open sights. While many of today’s scope/gun combos don’t include open sights, this one does. Shoot it with or without the scope. An ideal backyard shooter that is very quiet and has enough power for hunting.
Gamo Whisper Fusion PRO – This gun is loaded with features that make it pleasant to shoot for longer periods of time…less noise, less felt recoil, a trigger you can personalize to your needs and the option to use open sights instead of a scope. Includes 3-9×40 AO scope, mount, noise dampener & ammo.
Hatsan Mod 125 Sniper Combo, Camo – The 125 model has Hatsan’s proprietary Quattro trigger, which has superior adjustability and a crisp release. Ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances. Includes 3-9×32 scope, mount, bipod & adjustable sling. Permanently attached silencer also acts as a muzzlebrake.
Diana RWS 34 Meisterschutze Pro Compact – RWS Diana 34 Meisterschutze Pro Compact delivers a whopping 1000 fps in .177 caliber, and Diana has added an oversized muzzlebrake to give you additional leverage to make cocking easier. The included 3-9x40AO scope is ideal for hunting small game, making this the perfect hunting combo. If you’re a lefty, you’ll appreciate that this is a totally ambidextrous rifle and stock. The TO6 adjustable two-stage trigger lets you customize it for your shooting preferences. It’s obvious that Diana put a lot of thought into this rifle, which will give you decades of shooting and hunting pleasure!
Diana RWS 34P Striker Combo – The most popular rifle sold by RWS now comes in a black stock made from a durable, all-weather, injection-molded synthetic. This German rifle will keep you shooting accurately and powerfully for decades. While it doesn’t have some of the frills that more expensive guns have, it goes head-to-head where it really counts! Great for paper targets, spinners, dispatching small rodents at close distances and more!
Weihrauch HW30S – Shoot spinners, paper targets and cans all day long with this easy-to-cock German rifle. Comes with the famous Rekord match trigger. Ideal for men, women or smaller shooters…or anyone who wants to shoot an accurate gun with great shooting characteristics.
Benjamin Trail NP XL – This Trail NP XL rifle features an ambidextrous hardwood thumbhole stock. In .177 caliber, this rugged breakbarrel boasts an impressive 24 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, providing a velocity up to 1500 fps. Includes unmounted CenterPoint Optics 3-9x40AO scope.
Benjamin Trail NP Nitro Piston Hardwood – Quiet power…something you don’t usually find in a spring gun. 950 fps with lead-free pellets. Includes unmounted CenterPoint Optics 3-9x40AO scope.
Webley Patriot – The Webley Patriot air rifle has had a faithful following for decades because of the massive and reliable power it delivers. It’s been used for hunting all sorts of rodents and medium-size pests. From small rodents to woodchucks, it takes down pesky critters reliably and with ease. If you plan to dispatch critters larger than rats and mice, either .22 or .25 caliber are recommended. If you plan to hunt mostly woodchuck-size animals, get .25 caliber.
Hatsan Dominator 200S – This sleek air rifle will conform to your shooting needs, instead of you having to fit to it. Besides the great 2-stage adjustable trigger, the buttpad comes with 3 inserts to lengthen the pull and the raised dual cheekpiece moves up & down. Whether you use open sights or opt to scope this rifle, it’ll fit you like a glove. Ideal for dispatching small, pesky rodents at short distances. Also fun for plinking, shooting spinners and popping paper targets. Underlever. Includes barrel-clamp bipod and adjustable sling.
Weihrauch HW50S Breakbarrel – Beech stock, Rekord trigger, front sight inserts. Ideal for plinking, shooting spinners, popping paper targets and dispatching small rodents at close distances.
Diana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact – Feuerkraft stands for “Firepower” in English, and that’s exactly what this rifle delivers but in a small package. It’s 4 inches shorter than the 350 Magnum, making it more convenient and lighter weight if you’re carrying your gun rather than just benching it. It’s hard to get German quality at this price so, don’t pass on this one! Includes unmounted 3-9×40 scope. In .177 cal, 1250 fps which is ideal for hunting small rodents or plinking. In .22 cal, 1000 fps which is ideal for pest control, hunting small game & plinking.
Beeman R7 Elite Series – The most accurate at 10m of all the Elite Series air rifles, the FP and velocity have been reduced to allow for a smaller scale and lighter weight air rifle. Includes Bushnell 4-12x40AO scope.
Beeman R9 – German quality, hand-assembled and ready to accept any task you give it! At only 7.3 lbs., this breakbarrel marvel will delight you with spot-on accuracy. The R9 begs to be shot all day long, and you’ll have a hard time refusing. Field target, plinking, spinners and paper targets are perfect for this caliber.
Crosman Phantom 1000X – It has a newly styled all-weather synthetic stock with a Monte Carlo buttstock and checkered pistol grip and forearm. The tailored styling makes the gun easy and comfortable to hold and offers natural points to properly balance the gun while shooting. Front and rear fiber optic sights let you acquire targets quicker (11mm dovetails allow for a scope), and the two-stage adjustable trigger (adjustable for length of second-stage pull, not pull weight) ensures further customization to your shooting preference. Includes a 4x32mm CenterPoint scope with multi-coated lenses and finger-adjustable windage & elevation knobs. This rifle is ideal for plinking and target practice, but you can also take small rodents.
Crosman TR77 – A really nifty stock! The forearm and buttstock are engineered for shooting comfort. The Crosman TR77 air rifle has enough power to reliably and humanely dispatch small pests at close distances. Includes CenterPoint Optics 4×32 scope & mount (unmounted).