View Full Version : Airguns with triggers similar to pistols?

Mr Kris
September 4, 2006, 06:51 PM
Hi all,

I've been looking for an airgun for trigger practice, but would like one with a trigger similar in feel/weight to a real firearm. I haven't shot many, and the ones I have shot have all felt "springy" in the trigger.

Anyone have any favorites? Something with a 1911-like trigger would be really nice....

September 4, 2006, 06:58 PM
If you want an air-pistol with a nice trigger your options are extremely limited and expensive. If you are thinking rifle, say so and I'll start naming names...

Otherwise, check this one out...

Mr Kris
September 4, 2006, 07:03 PM
I was thinking pistol actually.... I don't mind spending a lot of money; in the long run I think it'll be worth it. I was hoping to find something that feels like a gun that I own, gripwise etc... I shoot revolvers, 1911s, da/sa autos mostly.

September 4, 2006, 09:32 PM
Well, then you are about to have a lot of fun. The Hammerli AP-40 (photo) is about the top of the line. Depending if you like a light or heavy pistol you can get it in steel or aluminum, although both come with weights to balance it to your liking. The trigger is adjustable for every parameter you can think of so you can get that well-tuned 1911 feel.
They make another precision air pistol with wood grips that I have not tried out. I'm sure it's just as nice or nicer.

If you would like to fire more than one shot without futzing with your pistol, check out the Feinwerkbau C55 series. They also have triggers that adjust with fine precision.

September 4, 2006, 10:37 PM
I have an old Crosman CO2 revolver that I bought at a yard sale.

The double action trigger is absolutely horrid in all aspects, but the single action trigger is quite nice.

The trigger on my Crosman 1377 isn't so bad either.

Got any friends with air guns? Perhaps you could test fire some of theirs.

What sort of price range are you looking at? That Hammerli AP40 is something like $1300 or so.

September 6, 2006, 07:45 PM
If you want to practice trigger pull, you can dry fire most weapons. If they aren't able to be dry fired, you can use snap caps to safely practice your trigger pull.

It will be extremely difficult to get any sort of non-firearm to have a similar trigger pull to your 1911. None of my airguns ever had a 4-5 good pull. It was either creepy and heavy, or very, very light.

September 6, 2006, 07:54 PM
Here try these out. I have one of the earlier Walthers and its trigger is fully adjustable and is every bit as good as my Bullseye guns.

WARNING!! Do not have a mouthful of coffee when you click the "Price" button.:D



September 6, 2006, 07:54 PM
I got one of these at cabelas for $20 just to play around with. Comes with a cool target covered in a sticky gel so you can shoot inside without the pellets flying all over the place.


The trigger is actually kinda similar to the single action pull on the sig I shot last saturday but a bit lighter. It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but for $20 you can't go wrong.

September 7, 2006, 09:16 PM
This company, manufactures replica airguns.

I use a Umarex Beretta 92FS CO2 pellet pistol to practise in my basement.

It has the same size, balance, weight and trigger feel as a 9mm or .40 Beretta handgun. I have an Elite II, but the sights on the air pistol are similar enough.

Currently, they manufacture CO2 replicas for Walther, Beretta, Browning, Colt, Magnum Research, Smith and Wesson.

I'll bet they manufacture a replica of either a gun you have or a gun you want.

They're not cheap. I paid almost $300 for my Umarex Beretta--but it should last at least as long as a real gun. But the price of pellets plus the CO2 cartridges makes .22LR seem expensive.

September 7, 2006, 09:19 PM
How about some good old snap caps? I just got some in 12ga and .40.

Mr Kris
September 8, 2006, 07:03 PM
Thanks for the replies all!

I do dryfire practice all the time, but it'd be nice to have something with a single action trigger that I don't have to manually cock between each trigger press. And it's always a plus to put holes in something while practicing :)

I've got some good starting points now...

chris in va
September 11, 2006, 07:45 PM
I wonder how that Walther PPK you see at WalMart does in that regard.

September 11, 2006, 08:02 PM
I have one.

The trigger pull is very spongy and not the least bit crisp.

The hammer and sear are made out of zinc too, so they wear a little quicker than I care for as well.

Accuracy is poor.