Affordable BB Pistols

Who says you have to break the bank to enjoy the fun of shooting? The truth is that you can choose from one of several high-quality air pistols between the $40 and $65 price point. Whether you are wanting to do some backyard plinking, take a pistol to the range for more serious target practice, or buy an affordable air pistol as a gift for a friend, you might be surprised by the quality you can find in that price range.

Adding ever greater affordability, these air guns cost very little to shoot once you have them in hand. You can get a whopping 1,500 Umarex Precision .177 caliber Steel BBs and a 12-pack of Walther 12g CO2 cartridges for less than $20, setting you up for hours of shooting fun.

The key to getting the most out of your investment is to select a bb gun that not only is affordable but that consistently performs well and that suits your shooting style and preferences. With that in mind, let’s take a look at four very affordable air pistols, all of which are powered by the same CO2 cartridges and shoot the same .177 caliber steel BBs.

Baby Dessert Eagle

Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle

A lightweight air pistol with a double action, the Baby Desert Eagle is terrific for plinking because the built-in 15-BB magazine allows for quick, efficient loading.

The pistol is also very versatile, with a built-in bottom Picatinny rail and an accessory rail for the top which allows you to equip this air pistol with your choice of optical accessories.

Beretta Elite II

Beretta Elite II

If you want an ultra-realistic replica of the original firearm and very high velocity, be sure to look at the Beretta Elite II BB Pistol.

This BB repeater fires at an impressive 480 fps, and drop-out 18-shot magazine adds a realistic touch. The CO2 cartridge, like the magazine, is housed in the handle.

S&W M&PSmith & Wesson M&P

A replica of the Smith & Wesson Military and Police firearm, the S&W M&P BB pistol provides a great, economical option for serious target practice if you own a Smith & Wesson M&P firearm because it looks and feels like the original and features the same double-action trigger. Equipped with fixed fiber optic sights, this surprisingly affordable airgun also lends itself perfectly to backyard plinking. The drop-out magazine holds 19 BBs.

HK USPH&K USP

The HK USP Air Pistol allows you to spend less time re-loading, with its drop-out magazine that holds 22 rounds and also houses the CO2 cartridge that powers the gun. This highly realistic replica of the original firearm has fixed front and rear sites and an accessory rail underneath the barrel.