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PCP Air Rifle Vs. Breakneck Pellet Gun: Which One?



2022-10-26 12:24:52




Whether you are a novice hunter, plinker, or someone looking for their next pellet gun investment, deciding which one to go for is a big decision. One of the big questions surrounding pellet guns is whether you should go with a PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) air rifle or a Breakneck pellet gun. Before you make up your mind, you should look into the significant differences between the two.

PCP airguns propel projectiles by utilizing the pneumatic energy created by compressed air stored inside the gun and then released through valves when you shoot it. Breakneck pellet guns propel projectiles with force created by a spring piston powerplant, which you need to manually cock by flexing a lever.

One of the main differences between the PCP air rifle and the Breakneck pellet gun is how they propel their projectiles. Although, the differences don’t stop there. Each of these airguns has its pros and cons, affecting the buyer’s decision as to which one they might prefer. Understanding the differences in weight, shoot ability, necessary equipment, and costs involved will help you determine the right option for you.


PCP Air Rifle Vs. Breakneck Pellet Gun: Differences

The main difference between these airguns is how they cock and propel their projectiles. Let’s look at each one to find out how it works.

PCP Air Rifle

PCP air rifles propel their projectiles through the utilization of the pneumatic potential energy they get from compressed air stored inside the gun. They then release this air through valves when you shoot them.

You need to pre-fill your pre-charged pneumatic air rifles cylinder from an external air source, for example, manually with a high-pressure stand pump or with an air compressor. Your PCP air rifle will remain pressurized until you deplete it through shooting.

When you squeeze the trigger on a PCP airgun, it opens a valve, releasing a small amount of compressed air. In turn, this will push the pellet (projectile) out of the gun through the barrel. Every shot uses up some of the compressed air, and once the air is at a minimum, you will need to refill it.

Once the air pressure stored inside the airgun is low, the pellets will no longer travel as fast or far, and the airgun will no longer be as accurate as it was.


Breakneck Pellet Gun

Breakneck pellet guns, also referred to as Break Barrel pellet guns, are what we term spring-powered rifles. This type of pellet gun uses a coil spring and a piston that compresses the air inside the gun’s chamber. When you squeeze the trigger, the spring decompresses, forcing the piston forward and expelling the pellet.

In a Breakneck pellet gun, there is a hinge on the gun’s barrel right at the junction with the receiver. You flex this downwards by pulling down the end of the barrel in one single action to expose the breech so you can access it. You also use the barrel to cock your pellet gun as well.


PCP Air Rifle Vs. Breakneck Pellet Gun: Pros

Both of these airguns have pros, and knowing these advantages will help you decide which airgun is best suited for your needs.

Pros Of A PCP Air Rifle

Reloading this airgun is relatively quick, straightforward, and noiseless. Due to its fixed barrel design, it is generally accurate and shoots fast. When you shoot a PCP air rifle, only air moves through it at the time of firing, contributing to its minimal recoil and outstanding accuracy. You can opt to leave the reservoir filled even when the gun is in storage, so it’s ready to use.

PCP’s pellet guns can also fire heavier pellets and produce higher velocities, producing more muzzle energy. All of this contributes to the range of accuracy. With most PCP air rifles, you can expect to be able to take down game at distances of up to 68.5 meters, depending on the type of gun you own.


Pros Of A Breakneck Pellet Gun

One of the most important pros of this type of airgun is that the Breakneck pellet gun allows you to head off into the wild with just your pellet gun and a box of pellets. There is no need to carry around a compression setup as this is not necessary. Overall they are more cost-effective when it comes to upfront costs as you do not need to purchase an air compression mechanism to go with your airgun.

These pellet guns are also flexible and simple, giving them an advantage over the labour-intensive air gun pressurised systems such as the PCP air rifle. They are also reliable and the perfect option for small game hunting or pest control.

Many Breakneck pellet guns can drive pellets at velocities that reach up to fps if you use lightweight pellets.


PCP Air Rifle Vs. Breakneck Pellet Gun: Cons

As with all things, there are always a few downsides, and the PCP and Breakneck are not exempt. Knowing what these cons are will help you to plan for them and help to make your choice between these two airguns a little easier, at least, we hope.


Cons Of A PCP Air Rifle

One of the significant disadvantages of a PCP air rifle is that you need to fill the reservoir somehow. The most common way to do this would be to utilize a special pump or a compressor. This filling mechanism adds costs, which means the initial setup price for a PCP air rifle will be pretty high.

If you go for a hand pump, you will need to put in a large number of strokes to be able to fill the reservoir enough to get to the required pressure of 2000-3000 psi. Once you have filled your reservoir, you will get around 25-30 shots before you need to fill it again.

You will therefore need to ensure that you have filled your reservoir enough, and if you plan on shooting more than 25-30 shots, you must keep your filling mechanism on hand. Once the air pressure stored inside the reservoir gets low, your airgun will lose its accuracy.


Cons Of A Breakneck Pellet Gun

One of the most significant setbacks to the Breakneck pellet gun is that their designs often cause them to be on the heavier, longer, and noisier side. They tend to make a relatively loud twang when you fire them, and also, due to the heavy spring pushing the piston forward, the recoil is often quite significant.

Their length and weight make them somewhat hard to cock, and in most instances, these airguns require more practice to ensure that you shoot them accurately.

Lastly, Breakneck pellet guns require more frequent reloading and cocking, which can sometimes be more painful than anything else.


Final Thoughts

Choosing between a PCP air rifle and a Breakneck pellet gun is hard. Both of these great airguns have their pros and cons, and when it comes to the cons, neither one has serious enough drawbacks to put you off. I guess what it will come down to in the end is cost, ease of use, what you have to carry with you to enjoy your day of shooting, and which airgun makes you feel more comfortable.


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