Best CO2 Air Rifles

CO2 Air Rifles use CO2 cartridges for the power source of the gun. Most of the time these guns are a little less powerful than piston driven rifles or even PCP guns, but there are still several solid options to consider. One of the benefits is that the initial cost is usually reasonable, but have to keep in mind that you will need to purchase additional cartridges going forward if you plan to continue to shoot these guns.

Umarex Storm CO2 Air Gun

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The Umarex Storm is a fantastic air gun. It can be fired in either single shot or automatic mode. When I tried out the full auto mode, I was impressed with how well it held a pattern spread. The BBs remained in a tight formation far longer than some other air guns. And the 300 round tank gave me lots of flexibility so I could enjoy shooting a lot longer. It is excellent for target practice or for just plain having fun. The Umarex also packs a pretty good punch. The BBS are powered out this baby by two 12 gram CO2 capsules located in the handle; when I get ready to reload, the magazine drops out making reloading very easy and without any CO2 loss. I don’t mind telling you I’ve had a ball with shooting at old coke cans and bottles. It handles well and feels good in my hand. The Storm is one of the best air pistols that I’ve ever owned.

VelocitySizePower SourceCaliberPellet CapacityBB Reservoir
Up to 430 FPSWeight: 2.7 Pounds
Length: 15.0 inches
CO2.177N/A300

Benjamin Discovery PCP and C02 Air Rifle

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This is one of the best CO2 air rifles that I’ve ever owned. In fact, I think it is even better than the Remington. It’s definitely lighter. In most of the reviews I’d read, people raved about how powerful the Discovery is and they weren’t exaggerating. I have pumped it up to 2000 psi and that’s enough to deliver a mighty big wallop. However, many people complain about it being too hard to pump up, but I haven’t had any problem with it. Of course I’ve been working with CO2 rifles for a long time so I’m used to these bad boys. However, you’ll have to do a lot of pumping to get a full tank; that is if you want maximum power. Otherwise, just pump it up to your liking. The Discovery is perfect for target practice. Heck, I was knocking beer cans down from 60 ft. away. So if you’ve been looking for a quality CO2 rifle then they don’t come any better than the Discovery as far as I’m concerned. Of note is that this is a duel power source air rifle which can use both CO2 cartridges or PCP power.

VelocitySizePower
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Up to 900 FPSWeight: 5.13 Pounds
Length: 39 Inches
PCP/CO2.22Single ShotN/A

Hammerli 850 CO2 Air RIfle

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I’ve had my Hemmerli 850 for a couple of weeks now and I couldn’t be more pleased. I was really impressed with the sight on this gun. It really aided my aim an improved my shooting. Not like some guns that seemed to have placed the sight there just for decoration. The sight uses fiber optics to produce red and green dots for easy alignment. Another thing I like about the 850 is that it has the look and feel of a real gun. I guess that’s because they build them differently over there in Europe. This .22 pellet gun really packs a wallop. The CO2 gas canister that powers it was also easy to install. One more important thing you might want to be on the lookout for: if you’re used to air rifles with hard to pull triggers, then be ready for a pleasant surprise: The trigger action is real smooth and easy and without the resistance you find with other CO2 rifles. For my money, the Hemmerli 850 is the best CO2 rifles ever built.

VelocitySizePower
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Up to 760 FPSWeight: 5.65 Pounds
Length: 41 Inches
CO2.22, .1778 ShotN/A

EBOS CO2 BB gun

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This is one of the best BB rifles I’ve ever owned. It is compact and easy to handle. The reservoir can hold up to 400 BBs, extending your shooting time between reloads. I like the fact that I can fire in 1, 4, or 8 shot bursts too. I can use the single shot setting when I just want to knock a beer bottle off a post or something. But when I want to splatter something, I switch to the eight-shot mode. Speaking of power, the EBOS gets its power from a handy 88 gram CO2 capsule for duration. However, you’ll have to supply the batteries yourself. A real bumber. Not really, though, with all the features the EBOS gives you. The sight is excellent but you might have to improvise. Just slide any wedge-shaped object underneath it to raise it to your liking. Nevertheless, it is accurate and I had no problems knocking over beer cans. Oh, and one other thing, the on-off switch has no LED indicator light, so you’ll need to be careful when you put it down to check the on-off switch. Nevertheless, I rank the EBOS as one of the best CO2 rifles in America.

VelocitySizePower
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Reservoir
Up to 540 FPSWeight: 3 Pounds
Length: 24.75 Inches
CO2.177N/A300 Resevoir
24 Shot Mag

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