Those that love to hunt, fish, and shoot are often easy to buy a reasonably priced gift for. They could always use another one of the accessories that fill the stores’ shelves during the holidays—flashlights, knives, and multi-tools. There’s something though that most probably do not have—a modern BB gun or pellet rifle.

We’re all familiar with The Christmas Story—"you could put your eye out". The BB guns of yesterday, like in that classic movie, aren’t quite the same as the airguns you’ll find on the shelves today and whether your shooter is a handgun guy, or gal, or a rifle shooter, there’s an air-powered gun that’s going to suit their fancy.

For the handgun shooter, consider a replica airgun. Something that closely resembles the firearm they like to shoot. For instance, if your shooter likes a 1911, like many do, consider an Umarex replica of a Colt or if a polymer handgun is what your shooter owns, maybe a Smith & Wesson M&P that looks like the firearm on the outside, but uses a disposable 12 gram CO2 capsule on the inside of the grip. There are other replicas too, like a Beretta M92 often seen in movies or a Walther PPK, as used by Bond in the 007 films.

Many of the air pistols on the market shoot steel BBs, but you’ll also find some that shoot pellets. Most pellets are made of lead and the guns that use them have rifled barrels, making them inherently more accurate than BB guns with smooth bore barrels.

You’ll also find that the cost and operation of an air-powered handgun is quite advantageous. For instance, you can find a Beretta Px4 Storm with a slide that cycles with each shot, for under $99 online; whereas, the firearm can cost as must as $575. You have to consider the ammunition too—a tin of 500 pellets might run you $7 and 500 rounds of 9mm could be $200. That’s a penny and a half versus 40 cents a round. Combined with CO2 you can operate an air-powered pistol for about two cents a round—giving you and your shooter the luxury of pulling a trigger without breaking the bank.

Do you have a rifle hunter in the family? One that loves to shoot 22s for fun? There’s a variety of pellet rifles that will fit either. The most popular are break barrel rifles that fire one pellet per shot, like an Umarex Octane or an RWS Model 34. These are great rifles for off-season practice or to take care of a pest. For right around $100 you might consider a synthetic stock Ruger break barrel rifle or if your budget allows, take it a step further and spring for a nice wood stock Ruger Yukon.

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