Semi-auto bb pistol


February 2, 2014, 10:49 PM
I've been entirely too busy at work to get out and shoot like I should, so I'm thinking about setting up a little range in the backyard. I already have a Crossman 1337 that I rebuilt a few years ago. It shoots great but is slow, and I'd like to get more shots in.

I'm looking for recommendations for a semi-auto bb or pellet gun. Not going to be hunting with it, would like it to be reasonably quiet, be accurate enough to help reinforce good habits at <15 yards, good enough trigger and sights, and be easy to load. I'd like to spend less than $200, but if what I need is more feel free to recommend it.

I have a very accurate airsoft Sig, but even that's a bit slow then of course there's the cleanup. I suppose I'd be open to airsoft too if anyone has a good recommendation.

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February 3, 2014, 07:39 PM
I'm with you. I just picked up a Gamo PT-85 CO2-powered pistol in .117 caliber (pellet.) Haven't gotten outside to run it yet, and I'm not expecting rimfire-like performance, but I hope to at least get some quality trigger time with it.

The PT-85 is made to look like a 9mm service pistol (though it does not replicate any specific "real" gun), and has a rifled barrel. Some of the gas is used to cycle the "blowback" slide for realism, so the shot-count per gas cartridge will be reduced.

Technically, it's actually a revolver, as it uses "clips" with rotating cylinders in each end. Load each end, insert the clip, and fire eight rounds. Then, remove the clip, invert and re-insert it, and repeat.

Online, the gun goes for around $100. At my local Bass Pro, it was marked at $119. At my local Wal-Mart? $69.

Another one I had been looking at was the Crosman 1088, which replicates a Ruger P-series gun. Same features, including the rifled barrel, but lacks the slide-action, so shot-count per bottle should be higher. When I last saw it at WM, the price was also around $60.

I'll let you know how the Gamo works out as soon as I can..

February 3, 2014, 08:16 PM
I'm thinking the same thing. Might get an airsoft pistol. I want to work on sight picture and trigger pull.

February 8, 2014, 11:43 AM

I have ordered from them several times, and always recieved good service. There are many excellent realistic Co2 BB pistols in the $200 range that will last you a very long time.

February 9, 2014, 10:48 AM
If accuracy is not a huge concern (meaning you're not trying to shoot dimes), I'd recommend a blowback action BB pistol. These usually have similar controls to the firearm they replicate and the recoil is just fun.

The Umarex Walther CP99 is very nice for the $70 cost. Plastic frame, metal slide, metal controls. Slide locks back on empty, nice slide catch, single action, drop free metal stick mag. It's a compact gun though.

On the high end is the Sig X-Five P229 at around $120. This one has a full size drop free mag and of course is a full size gun.

There is also a Tanfoglio 1911 as well that has had good reviews if you want that style.

If you do want to shoot accurately, there are pellet repeater replicas but they don't have as realistic functions. They mostly work with an 8-shot rotary clip that drops into the center of the slide.

February 11, 2014, 02:57 AM
I am looking for the same gun, basically. Are those $70 guns high enough quality to be worth buying?

February 11, 2014, 08:16 AM
You're not going to get the same quality as a firearm until you move into the 300-600$ range. But they don't feel like cheap toys. Typically the Umarex brand ones are pretty good. On par with budget priced .22lrs builds. The metals used are usually a zinc alloy for the frames and slides. The barrels are steel with some more steel bits inside. The plastics are not polymer quality for their plastic guns but close. They usually have good weight too.

Crosman and Daisy brands I feel are a bit more on the cheap toy feeling side at the lower price ranges but for a few exceptions.

I have a few Umarexs for sale. Looking to fund another air gun. :p

February 15, 2014, 01:14 AM
Thanks for the help. Some good options given. I'd prioritize ease of loading the magazine, trigger, and sights so long as the gun is accurate enough for fast shooting at 10-15 feet. Is the blowback slide action really worth the extra CO2 use?
mf-dif, gotta ask, if you're selling your Umarexs what are you funding?

February 15, 2014, 01:05 PM
Absolutely the blow back is worth it. Adds a lot to the realism and fun. You lose about 25%, but still hover probably just under the 100 shot range.

The reason I'm for an IZH-60 rifle I just bought. I guess you could say I'm re-investing. ;)

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