Pyramyd’s 2023 Top Air Rifles

Pyramyd has announced its 2023 Top Air Rifles. This is a list of the best-selling air rifles sold by the company throughout last year.

As always, Pyramyd’s year-end best-seller lists are a fascinating peek into the sales of the “World’s biggest airgun dealer”. When compared to previous years, they’re also a guide to the changes that are happening in the airgun industry – that’s why we track them with great interest every year in HAM.

Below. The Air Venturi Avenger was the top-seller again. It was a HAM Gold Award Winner in both regular and bullpup configurations.

2023 Top Air Rifles

Now first, let’s remind ourselves that the airgun market has become increasingly fractured between the airguns that are still being sold in big box retail stores and those from online specialist dealers like Pyramyd.

The .177 caliber, Zillion FPS, single shot break barrel air rifle still dominates in the big box retail world.

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However, online shoppers have taken a completely different path, as we can see from this table showing Pyramyd’s 2023 top air rifles, compared to the 2022 list.

Position2023 ResultType2022 ResultType
1Air Venturi AvengerPCPAir Venturi AvengerPCP
2Umarex GauntletPCPUmarex GauntletPCP
3Gamo ArrowPCPDaisy Red RyderSpring/Piston BB
4Umarex NotosPCPSeneca Dragonfly Mk 2Multi-Pump Pneumatic
5Hatsan BlitzPCP Selective FireBenjamin MarauderPCP
6Seneca Dragonfly Mk 2Multi-Pump PneumaticDiana ChaserCO2
7Benjamin MarauderPCPFX ImpactPCP
8SIG MCXCO2AirForce TexanPCP Big Bore
9Daisy Red RyderSpring/Piston BBGamo Swarm MagnumBreak Barrel Gas Ram
10JTS Airacuda MaxPCPCrosman 362Multi-Pump Pneumatic

First, it’s clear that seven out of the top ten are PCPs. That’s up from five in 2022. One of them – the Hatsan Blitz – is the first selective fire PCP to have made Pyramyd’s list ever.

But with the ever-present exception of the spring/piston, BB-firing Daisy Red Ryder, the “traditional” .177 caliber break barrel pellet rifle has finally disappeared from Pyramyd’s best sellers list.

For a graphic comparison going back as far as nine years ago, Pyramyd’s top sellers in the past were as follows. You’ll see that five break barrel springers were in the list in 2015.

1John Wayne Lil DukeDaisy Red RyderDaisy Red Ryder
2Black Ops Junior SniperBlack Ops Junior SniperBenjamin Marauder
3Umarex Legends MP40Gamo Whisper Silent CatUzi BB Submachine Gun
4Gamo Whisper Silent CatBenjamin MarauderRemington Tyrant
5Benjamin MarauderBenjamin Trail NP2Crosman 1077
6Umarex Steel ForceCrosman 1077Stoeger X20S
7Gamo Swarm MaxximUzi BB Submachine GunUmarex Octane
8Daisy Red RyderWinchester M14Gamo Viper Express
9Umarex GauntletH&K MP5-PDWDiana 34
10Diana StormriderUmarex Steel StormAir Force Condor SS

Before taking a closer look at the 2023 top-sellers, let’s give a round of applause to the Daisy Red Ryder and the Benjamin Marauder. These have featured in this list every year since 2015, being joined since 2017 by the Umarex Gauntlet. That’s staying power!!!!

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Air Rifles

As we commented at the end of our six-part mega review of the Avenger: “There’s no doubt that the Avenger is THE $300 PCP to buy if you’re an experienced, interested airgunner who loves to tinker. It offers a huge raft of benefits including – most importantly – the ability to easily change the regulator setting and thus the shooting characteristics of the gun.”

We see no reason to change that conclusion, except to add that we expect the new Avenge-X to be neck-and-neck with in when we see Pyramyd’s 2024 top sellers!

Air Venturi Avenger, Regulated PCP Air Rifle 0.177

The Umarex Gauntlet was the original value-priced regulated PCP. It set a new standard in the airgun industry and is still a very popular contender.

This multi-HAM Gold Award winner is now on its second generation with Muzzle Energies that have climbed to over 100 Ft/Lbs in the .30 caliber version.

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Air Rifles

HAM concluded: “The Umarex Gauntlet 2 gives you a ton of gun for the money – in every respect! Power, accuracy and consistency were all outstanding in the sample tested by HAM. The consistent shot count is good, too. Yes, the Gauntlet 2 is more expensive than the original Gauntlet, but it’s easy to see why, given this stellar performance.”

Umarex Gauntlet 2 PCP Air Rifle 0.22

The Gamo Arrow is a new entry to this list. It’s also – I think – the first time a Gamo PCP has featured in this list.

Gamo Arrow Multi-Shot PCP Air Rifle 0.177

2023 Top Air Rifles

The HAM Gold Award-winning Umarex Notos is a bargain-priced PCP air rifle that offers outstanding performance. It’s also great fun to shoot!

2023 Top Air Rifles

Umarex Notos PCP Carbine 0.22

The Hatsan Blitz is the first selective fire (semi- or full-auto action) PCP air rifle to make this Pyramyd list. That’s a definite sign of the times!

Hatsan Blitz Full Auto PCP Air Rifle 0.25

Another HAM Gold Award winner! In our review, we commented: “The Seneca Dragonfly Mark Two is almost-certainly the best multi-pump air rifle available today. If you’re in the market for a multi-pump, this is the one to get!”

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Air Rifles

Seneca Dragonfly Mk2 Multi-Pump Air Rifle 0.177

The Marauder is an oldie but a goodie. One of the first HAM Gold Award-winning air rifles, we reviewed it back in 2014!

Don’t forget to add the Archer Airguns Tune Kit that can add up to 100 FPS and increase  the shot count of your Marauder for less than $20.00!

Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Rifle, Synthetic Stock 0.177

SIG Sauer MCX CO2 Rifle, Black 0.177

Daisy 1938 Red Ryder BB gun 0.177

JTS Airacuda Max PCP Air Rifle 0.22

So that’s the Pyramyd 2023 Top Ten Air Rifles list. Thanks to the company for making this information available!