If you’re looking for a well-made, accurate rifle for target shooting or small game hunting, I recommend the Benjamin Marauder .22 caliber air rifle. The Marauder is a PCP air gun, meaning it gets its power from an on-board tank of air compressed to between 2,000 and 3,000 psi. It features a 10-shot clip, a reversible bolt for left-handed shooters, and 2-stage, adjustable trigger. It will shoot a .22-caliber pellet at 1,000 feet per second. You can get through about 20 shots before the internal tank needs to be refilled, which can be done via an external tank or a pump.

Shooting a quality air rifle is satisfying experience. It’s quiet and it’s inexpensive, as ammo is only about $0.02/round. If you want to go green and shoot lead-free pellets, you’re looking at $0.10/round.

To mine, I added an illuminated UTG 4-16×44 rifle scope, which makes it quite accurate to about 50 yards.

The rifle retails for a little over $500; a Hill MK3 pump runs about $290; the scope is about $140.

Crossman Airguns: Benjamin Maurader

Benjamin Marauder for sale at Pyramyd Air

UTG 4-16×44 rifle scope

Hill MK3 pump