Pyramyd’s 2023 Top Pistols

Now we have Pyramyd’s 2023 top pistols. This list of best-selling air pistols is a companion to the similar lists of top air rifles and riflescopes already published in HAM.

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Pistols

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Crosman 2240 CO2 Air Pistol, .22 caliber 0.22

Pyramyd’s year-end best-seller lists are undoubtedly the best insight we – the airgun-buying public – have into the sales of the World’s biggest airgun dealer. No other company gives us anything like it. That’s why it’s so important and interesting…

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.

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Pistols

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Hatsan Jet II 0.177

So what do we learn from Pyramyd’s 2023 top pistols list?

Well – for a start – we see that only six of the pistols are CO2-powered. ONLY six? Yes, because there were seven in the 2022 list and normally it’s eight or nine.

This year, we see two PCPs – the most ever – one spring/piston and one single-stroke pneumatic action.

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Pistols

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec. CO2 .177 BB Gun 0.177
Position2023 ResultType2022 ResultType
1Crosman 2240CO2Ruger Mark IVSpring/Piston
2Hatsan Jet IIPCPColt SAACO2
3Springfield Armory 1911CO2Crosman 2240CO2
4Colt SAACO2Glock 17CO2
5Hatsan Jet IPCPDan Wesson 715CO2
6Colt 1911CO2Beeman P17S/S Pneumatic
7Glock 17CO2Colt 1911CO2
8Dan Wesson 715CO2Springfield Armory 1911CO2
9Ruger Mark IVSpring/PistonDiana BanditPCP
10Beeman P17S/S PneumaticWebley MarkVICO2

Pyramyd's 2023 Top Pistols

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Duke Colt CO2 BB Revolver Weathered

Does this mean that the days of the CO2-powered air pistol are numbered? This is unlikely in my opinion as CO2 power still provides the best propulsion method for the ultra-realistic firearms-reproduction blowback pistols that dominate the list.

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Hatsan Jet I 0.177

As with both rifles and scopes, we find a couple of real long-term air pistol stars that appear in Pyramyd’s list every year. These are the Crosman 2240 and the Beeman P17.

Both of these models make the “top ten” list every year and that defines them as real classics. Indeed the 2240 even topped the list outright for 2023!

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Colt Commander CO2 Pistol 0.177
Position201720162015
1John Wayne PeacemakersJohn Wayne PeacemakersColt Peacemaker
2John Wayne 1911Beeman P17Crosman 2240
3Beretta 92A1Tangfolio Witness 1911John Wayne Peacemakers
4Crosman C11Crosman 2240Tangfolio Witness 1911
5SIG SAUER P320Crosman C11Umarex Legends M712
6Umarex Uzi CarbineBeretta 92A1Crosman 1322
7Remington 1875ISSC M.22Legends P08 Blowback
8Beeman P17Beretta PX4Beretta PX4
9Umarex Steel StormUmarex legends M712Beeman P17
10Crosman 2240SIG SAUER P226Crosman Vigilante

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Umarex Glock 17 Gen4 CO2 Blowback .177 BB Gun 0.177

Interestingly, given the clear demand in the air pistol market for ultra-realistic blowback firearms reproductions, neither pistol fits into that category. However they both benefit from a low price while the 2240 benefits from a long-standing infrastructure of third-party upgrades and accessories that makes it ideal for tinkerers.

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Dan Wesson 715 6″ CO2 BB Revolver, Nickel 0.177

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Ruger Mark IV Pellet Pistol 0.177

Again we need to thank Pyramyd for giving us access to their 2023 top pistols. Tomorrow’s “Top Ten” list will be the last one for 2023, but it’ may also be one of the most interesting. It’s going to be ammo…

BUY FROM PYRAMYD:
Beeman P17 0.177