Top 5 PCP Air Guns For 2022
Pistols are interesting, but rifles are truly fascinating. This feeling is not unique among airgun or firearms enthusiasts. Pistols are convenient to use and fun, but when it's time for serious shooting, a rifle is the only way to go. This year, a trend has become increasingly obvious to everyone in the airgun world– PCP's have come into their own. Along with PCP rifles, air archery is coming into its own as well. Here are the top 5 Umarex air rifles for the year 2022.
The .30 Caliber Gauntlet 30
The Gauntlet has been a huge hit in the Umarex catalog from the moment of its introduction. And the Gauntlet has been under continual development during its existence. With the introduction of the Gauntlet 2 about two years ago, the next logical step was for the platform to grow in caliber. The .30 caliber Gauntlet is that step. Introduced in the spring of 2022, the .30 caliber Gauntlet PCP delivers big power and great accuracy downrange. WIth a 50 grain pellet, the .Gauntlet 30 will break the 100 ft-lb mark out of the box. Unlike the smaller caliber Gauntlets, the Gauntlet 30 does not feature any internal baffling but the barrel is threaded to accept aftermarket sound suppressors like those available from DonnyFL. Despite its “new” status, the popularity of the Gauntlet 30 is undeniable. Get one while it's in stock!
The AirSaber Air Archery Gun
Though the concept has been on the market for several years, when Umarex introduced the AirSaber, we set the bar for both performance and value. With a retail price under $400 and the ability to throw an arrow well over 450 FPS, the single barrel AirSaber will impress the hardest to impress shooters and airgun power junkies. Even though the AirSaber Elite 2X double barrel air archery gun was released earlier this year, the original AirSaber has been a very strong seller since its introduction.
The Gauntlet 2 .22 and .25 Caliber Rifles
As alluded to earlier, the Gauntlet series was and is a huge Umarex success story. The original Gauntlets are still popular shooters, but when the Gauntlet 2 was introduced, those seeking impressive power to shoot heavier pellets were immediately pleased with the the current iteration of the Gauntlet. In .22 caliber, the Gauntlet 2 is regulated to 1900 PSI and the .25 caliber version is regulated at 2100 PSI. With a 24 cubic inch bottle that takes a maximum fill of 4,500 PSI, you can't make a mistake with the Gauntlet 2
The Origin Family of PCPs
The bar to entering the PCP shooting game is, unfortunately, money. Buying a PCP is one thing, but getting the rifle filled with air is another thing altogether. Entry level electric pumps often cost double or triple the price of a rifle. The cheaper option is to pair the rifle with a hand pump. While this does make for some physical exercise for the user, it does make the price threshold fall down to a much more affordable price range. The Origin kit solves this problem for shooters. This kit pairs a hard hitting and accurate rifle with a handpump and all for less than $400 retail. Over time we discovered that there was demand for the Origin by itself since it was such a fantastic air rifle in its own right. Therefore, the .22 caliber Origin can be had in either the kit form or as a stand alone rifle. We've even introduced a .25 caliber version of the Origin, too.
The Hammer .50 Caliber Big Bore Rifle
It's not your grandad's BB gun and it's not what most people think of when they envision a air rifle. The Umarex Hammer is more like an air powered muzzle loading rifle. No spark, no powder, but, yes, an explosion of sorts launches a .510 diameter slug out of the barrel with serious muzzle energy. Most 300 to 400 grain slugs easily make power in the 600 to 650 ft-lb range which is ideal for harvesting large game here in North America. It's also just fun to sling a huge hunk of lead at a steel plate at the range. Firearm shooters will be intrigued. Trust me.