According to Field and Stream and other reviewers, the Crosman Nitro Venom, the Gamo Silent Cat, the Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT, the Ruger Blackhawk Combo, the Benjamin Marauder, the RWS Model 48, the Air Venturi Bronco, the Crosman Recruit multipump, the Benjamin Trail NP XL1500 and the Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump are among the best air rifles of 2014. Price, power and ease of maintenance are key considerations.
How well a gun helps kill prey humanely is also an important consideration. This demands not just an accurate weapon but the skill and know-how to target places on the body that assure a quick death, such as the spot below a rabbit's ear. As far as it is possible, one should pick a gun that is easy to use, particularly new gun owners. In this regard, break air rifles are recommended because of their simplicity.
There are several types of air rifles. The first is a spring rifle, which leverages a mechanical spring to compress the air that forcefully ejects a pellet. Pneumatic rifles use springs in favor of pressurized air or nitrogen. They are more durable than spring rifles because they have fewer moving parts. Pre-charged pneumatic rifles use a small storage tank to store compressed air. They tend to be more expensive than other types of air rifles. Others utilize carbon dioxide, stored in replaceable canisters, as a propellant. While they cost less than other models, the canisters need to be changed, and that can increase their operating costs.