Every kid from a family of shooters dreams of the day he or she gets the very first BB gun under the tree. Grown men and women still remember those days and get nostalgic about that gift. BB guns are fun for everyone, from the first gun to the very last purchase, they never go out of style. The best BB gun for the money can be a great gift for your kid or a wonderful trip down memory lane for yourself.
BB guns typically come in two popular calibers, .177 and .22. They are accurate and fast, and if necessary they can take down small game. You can get your BB gun in rifle form or in handgun style.
The nice thing about BB guns is that you do not need a license to carry. Aside from possible shooting your eye out, or someone else, you are unlikely to seriously harm or maim, much less kill anyone with your BB.
The other bonus to a BB gun is the price. You are going to spend way less on a BB gun that on an AR-15, and you can still get the same thrill. You point, you shoot, you have a great day aiming at targets. No harm. No foul.
You’ll also spend far less money on pellets or BBs for your BB gun than you would on bullets for a handgun or rifle. Saving a buck is nothing to sneeze at.
Best BB Gun for the Money: 5 for Firing Fun
1. Daisy Outdoor
This is a classic rifle-style BB gun in .177 caliber. It has a 650 shot capacity and a 350 fps max velocity. You get stained solid wood stock, so it’s got that classic old school rifle look. The forearm matches the stock and the metal of the gun is a black coating to contrast with the wood.
The Daisy Outdoor has a lever cocking, spring action design, so you get the feel of an early Smith and Wesson model from the 19th century.
2. Umarex XBG
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The Umarex has the look of a modern-day handgun, in full black coated metal jacket. It’s a .177 caliber pistol that takes 19 pellets at a time.
It is lightweight and compact, so you can carry it around with you if you’re headed out for target shooting or to take out small game. It shoots at 410 feet per second from a 12-grain CO2 capsule housed in the grip.
3. 880 Powerline Air Rifle
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This rifle comes with a whole sniper rifle kit. If you’re looking to go full sniper in the middle of the woods as you aim for raccoons and squirrels, get the 880.
You’ll get safety glasses, a scope with rings, 500 Daisy pellets, and 750 BBs. It is a multi-pump pneumatic rifle with wood grained Monte Carlo stock and forearm. You and shoot BBs and pellets between 715 and 750 feet per second.
And if that wasn’t enough, you get a full one year warranty. So your satisfaction really is guaranteed.
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For those of you with the very real fear that your BB gun will be mistaken for an actual gun and that you, or worse, your kid, may end up shot as a result, the Taurus is the pistol for you. If even after the fear, you still want a BB gun, this one has a bright orange color at the end of the muzzle, absolutely screaming “toy!”
It has a spring powered single shot and includes a magazine that holds 20 rounds. This is the perfect BB gun for the first time kid who likes to play cops and robbers in the backyard. Just don’t let him or her shoot the little brother or sister.
5. Colt Rifle and Pistol On Duty Kit
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So if you like the idea of the Taurus, and you’re looking for an upgrade, go with Colt. With this kit, you get both a spring powered rifle that includes a vertical grip and a flashlight and a spring powered pistol with a lower rail.
The rifle takes .12g. BBs and the piston take the same, shooting just a bit slower than the rifle. Both guns are clearly toys, not weapons, so you shouldn’t have to be worried about being mistaken for an actual sniper when you’re just out for some play. Still, maybe don’t just go carrying this machine gun wannabe around town.
From automatic weapons to simply pistols, the options above give you a large range to choose from for your money. You or your kids, or both, can have a great time target shooting or look for small game out in the woods with any of the BB guns listed above.
Make this decision based on your experience and your comfort level with BB guns. Also, take in to account the area you live in and the people around to make sure no one is misinformed.