A selection of 5 fully automatic air rifles that are legal for almost everyone. (Collage by Field & Stream /)
The National Firearm Act of 1934 makes it illegal, if not impossible, for individuals to own a firearm that fires more than one round each time the trigger is pulled. Fortunately, air rifles are not considered firearms by the ATF, which means you can still experience fully automatic fire if you wish. Just pick up one of the several fully automatic air rifles available today. (Be sure to check local codes and regulations.) It might not be quite the same as spraying lead with an M4 or Tommy Gun, but throwing a hail of BBs into a stack of cans sure is great fun . Fully automatic air rifles are relatively rare on the market due to their complexity. Here’s an overview of what’s available.
The Hatsan Blitz costs $ 999. (Hatsan Airguns /)
With 53 foot-pounds of energy at 730 fps in the .30 caliber, Hatsan’s Blitz is powerful enough to take out medium-sized games. Unlike other air rifles designed for hunting, you can set the selector to fully automatic and completely crush a number of cans in seconds. Part of the magic that makes up the Blitz feature is the Swing Load magazine, which spins fast enough to keep up with the rate of fire. Unfortunately the capacity is limited to 21 pellets in the .22 and less in the larger calibers. You therefore have to reload frequently when using the fully automatic function. The 580cc carbon fiber bottle fills at 3,625 psi and delivers up to 130 shots at full power. An easy-to-read manometer shows the pressure level at a glance. The flash is available in calibers .22, .25 and .30 and drives pellets at 1,050, 970 and 730 fps. When it is finally tapped, refilling the preloaded pneumatics is easy with the supplied filling probe.
Crosman DPMS SBR
The fully automated DPMS SBR costs $ 179. (Crossman /)
A fully automatic M4 is out of the reach of most civilians, but you can have a BB replica that is great fun in the back yard. Crosman’s DPMS SBR looks similar to the M4, but the mechanics are based on compressed CO2 instead of gunpowder. With a selector switch you can switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic fire at 430 fps. The detachable magazine is similar to a 30-round pressed steel round, but contains two 12-gram CO2 cartridges and 25 BBs instead of 5.56. Quad-Weaver / Picatinny rails on the front part offer plenty of space for mounting flashlights, lasers and other accessories over the angled front handle. Use the full length top rail to mount the optics or aim with the included flip-up sights. The buttocks are adaptable to shooters of different sizes, so the whole family can have fun.
Umarex Beretta M92 A1 fully automatic BB pistol
Umarex’s fully automated version of the Beretta M92 A1 is priced at $ 144. (Umarex USA /)
Fully automatic centerfire pistols are known to be difficult to control. The recoil momentum combined with the short radius makes it nearly impossible to keep the muzzle from climbing into the sky. Fortunately, fully automatic BB guns are a lot easier to hold on to – and buy. Umarex’s CO2-powered version of the Beretta M92 A1, which our troops have been wearing for many years, offers fully automatic functions and fires 18 BBs with a single push of the trigger. The replica’s metal frame gives it a realistic weight and feel suitable for training purposes. While the kick isn’t comparable, the blowback design emulates the sliding movement on the real thing. A drip-free magazine houses the 112-gram CO2 cylinder and 18 BBs.
Umarex Legends M1A1
The MSRP for the Legends M1A1 BB fully automatic pistol is $ 229. (Umarex USA /)
The Chicago Typewriter thrives on the shame that went down in history from gangsters like Al Capone. You will likely never get your hands on a Thompson submachine gun, but you can find the Umarex Legends M1A1 at your local air rifle dealer. This fully automatic replica of the Tommy Gun spits out BBs at an incredible rate of fire. The Legends M1A1 features a recoil action with a reciprocating handle similar to that of the original. If you tilt the scale to about 8 pounds, it also weighs about the same. The magazine holds 30 BBs and houses two 12 gram CO2 bottles. Reloading is a breeze, but you’ll likely want to bring a few extra magazines with you as these run out quickly.
LCS Air Arms SK-19 automatic air rifle
The new top-of-the-line fully automatic SK-19 is priced at $ 2,189. (LCS Arms /)
Most fully automatic air rifles typically lack accuracy, but the SK-19 from LCS Air Arms has it all. With an adjustable, regulated action and a precise Lothar Walther barrel, the SK-19 offers unparalleled accuracy with select fire capability. The massive magazine of the SK-19 contains 19 pellets, which you can empty in less than 3 seconds with fully automatic or switch to semi and take more measured pictures. A carbon fiber case and muffler surround the barrel to lower the sound signature no matter how tough you get afterwards. Two separate displays show the pressure on the regulator and in the detachable 480 cm3 carbon fiber tank, so you can see at a glance how fast the pellets are moving and how much fun you are still having. The SK-19 is available in both .22 and .25 calibers. It pushes pellets with up to 60 foot-pounds of energy, making hunting medium-sized game a viable option. Made in North Carolina, the SK-19 is the pinnacle of fully automatic air rifle technology, but not cheap.
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