I agree on no scope. I shoot 5mm Sheridans (the old good ones) with "iron sights" and they are plenty accurate. Scopes on pellet guns are a selling point. I have shot some with scopes and honestly, I saw no improvement in accuracy.Check out Pyramydair.com, they are the largest on line dealer. Check out the reviews and blog. FPS is NOT the most important thing. Accuracy is. A pellet becomes unstable at much above 950 FPS, thus inaccurate. It is a BS selling point much like megapixels in cameras. I would not get one with a scope as the scopes they come with are not very good. Gamo sells some ok entry level rifles. Be careful, there are a lot of junk pellet guns on the market.
2nd the GAMO .. I bought a Gamo Big CAT 1200 for my wife a while back.. and liked it so much i bought another one for myself. If you use their "PBA" ammo it'll shoot 1200fps and you'll here a "pop" kinda like a .22 when the pellet goes supersonicYou can get a pretty sweet scoped Gamo for under $150. .
I also "vary the FPS" (slow it down) when I need to encourage a stubborn bull to move along, give the random stray dog a reason to keep moving on down the road and to rid the martin house of of rif-raf without putting holes in it. I had to snicker on that on LandPirate as I do the same. But when something needs to die, 8 pumps and it's dead.I have an old Sheridan 5mm (.20 cal) that is dead nutz on. I've had since I was a kid. I've taken 1000's of birds with it, rabbits, squirrels and feral cats too.
I recent bought my wife a Gamo but I'm not too impressed with it. It does not consistently group.
I like the Sheridan because I can vary the pressure by the number of pumps. Comes in handy when I have to blast marauding Starlings and house sparrows off the wife's Purple Martin house.
I knew all that! :slimer::spineyes:For 150.00 Its gunna be rough. The Gamo's are great after ya spend 35.00 for the trigger upgrade, then mabey a lube tune for another 100.00..
If its just for plinkin. I would get a bam b-26 from Mike Melic at flying dragon air guns... Around 189.00 already tuned and it comes with a recork trigger copy.. It is essentialy a Beeman r-9 which is really a Herbert Wierach german made quality gun... Of coarse its a chinese clone of the super german r-9, but they cut no corners and put out a fantastic rifle...
Bam is located here in houston and is a supplier.. Mike Melic is the sales end.. great guy and great gun for a very cheap price.. I own 3 of them.. .177, .20, .22 cal.
x2....the break action and side lever are both spring powered as opposed to pump up...the spring powered are much quieter. The spring ,when released ,shoves a piston down the cylinder,shoving the air thru a small orifice behind the pellet.....the pump up releases the charge of air all at once ,causing a POP equal in sound to a 22. My neighbors never hear anything when I'm shooting my RWS 45 in the backyard.