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!

The post Pyramyd’s 2023 Top Air Rifles appeared first on Hard Air Magazine.
Pyramyd Air needs to sell more Benjamin Bulldogs. How does a larger big-bore not make the list? I see that the Texan fell off.
Usually, Pyramyd publishes multiple "Top Selling" lists. Sometimes there's also a "High End" air rifles list. Sometimes not. This is what we saw in 2021, for example Pyramyd Air's Top Selling 2021 High End Air Rifles - Hard Air Magazine

We'll have to see what they come up with. At any event, I have 100% confidence that Pyramyd is being honest with these rankings. (What could they gain by not doing so?).
Kind of surprised the Gamo outsold the Notos, but the $300 Arrow with handpump kit probably sold very well, it even tempts me.
Ya, seeing all the notos threads around with 100 posts to the thread , but little to nothing on the Gamo arrow out side the games are junk bashing threads
@hameditor The list dropped from listing 4 big-bores to almost none in 2 years? That's rough. What is going on?
A lot of people are not buying and upgrading big bores that pyrmayd air sales I think, if you buy a texan or a bulldog it just is what it is and remains mostly unchanged year after year, at least not enough to sell your previous year model. Lot more small bores being updated, changed, changed out for a new model like the M3 was popular then the Dynamic or Panthera took that over.

Hunters keep and learn their tools, fiddlers want the newest and best. Thats just how I see it.
@CTAirgunner Some of your ideas don’t seem to be supported by the data. The Bulldog was just updated last year. Not the most attractive looking gun to many, so I get that aspect. With last year’s upgraded versions, I’m not sure how much more upgrading can be done that’s going to make much of a difference when compared to the out-of-the-box power levels of its predecessor versus what you get after modifying the .357 Bulldog. The Gauntlet got a side lever and is the only big-bore on the list that I noticed this year. Aside done the side lever I don’t know what else was upgraded. Now juxtapose that with the small-bore Maurauder remaining on the list. It’s old and hasn’t been updated in years, but still sells well at Pyramyd Air.

What I’m reading is that people like cheap(er). It appears that perhaps the entry level guns sold more because of the affordability factor. The Gauntlet is an entry level big bore and is priced as such. Other entry-its big bores like AEA have gone up in price (along with most other big bores). This may be part of the reason that new shooters are less inclined to start shooting PCPs with big bores or for existing airgunners to purchase more of them. Perhaps this is because people new to airguns don’t know if they will like them and stick with them, so they don’t want to sink thousands into the hobby on the front end. Or maybe because of the shape that the economy is in. Why spend a lot on an expensive gun with fairly expensive projectiles when I’m not familiar with the hobby and I really don’t have a lot of space and time to shoot? I can’t be certain if any of this, but it seems plausible to me. Some airgunners have shared with me that they are now focusing on shooting their PBs due to prices being down. I really have no idea about the details or accuracy of Pyramyd’s sales data. I imagine that because hunting is a waning sport, that casual and new shooters outnumber hunters. Couple that with the idea that hunters tend to keep their hunting rigs and take care of them versus a casual plinker who may toss his $300-$500 entry-level PCP in the same corner that he tossed his old childhood Daisy. This may also account for some lower sales numbers concerning big bores. These are some of my thoughts on the topic. I don’t see a point in speculating much further, but interesting nonetheless.
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FYI. I double-checked with Pyramyd. The "Top Selling" models are exactly that. They are listed by the number of units sold, not by any other factor.
@hameditor Then the common factor on this list seems to be the price factor. In comparison to mid and upper-tier PCP and pneumatic airguns, these are considered relatively cheap and/or entry-level airguns. I'm not familiar with a few of the listed rifles, but I assume nothing on the list is over $800 and I think that's a generous estimation (probably more like $600-$700).
Ya, seeing all the notos threads around with 100 posts to the thread , but little to nothing on the Gamo arrow out side the games are junk bashing threads
What I have noticed is the Arrow, like the Notos, seems to have issues if the mag isn't loaded properly. But the big thing is that it's harder to properly mount a scope. Tom Gaylord had to use adjustable rings to get the scope properly mounted. People who just use the iron sights seem to have no problems, though.

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