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Updated Sep 11, 2023 11:56 AM
The National Firearms Act of 1934 makes it prohibitive, if not impossible, for private citizens to own a firearm that dispenses more than one round for each pull of the trigger. Lucky for you, air guns are not considered firearms by the ATF, which means you can still experience full-auto fire if you want to—just be sure to check local ordinances and regs. It may not be quite the same as spraying lead with an M4 or Tommy Gun, but unleashing a hail of BBs into a pile of cans sure is a lot of fun. Because of their complexity, these air guns are relatively few and far between on the market. Here’s a rundown of the best full-auto air guns available.
Best Full-Auto Air Guns: Reviews and Recommendations
With 53 foot-pounds of energy at 730 fps in .30 caliber, the Hatsan Blitz is powerful enough to take down medium-size game. But unlike other air guns designed for hunting, you can flip the selector switch to full-auto and absolutely annihilate a row of cans in seconds. Part of the magic that makes the Blitz function is the Swing Load magazine, which rotates fast enough to keep up with the blistering rate of fire. Unfortunately, capacity is limited to only 21 pellets in .22, and less in the larger calibers, so you’ll need to reload frequently if you leave it on full auto.
The 580cc carbon-fiber bottle fills to 3,625 psi to provide up to 130 full-power shots, and an easy-to-read manometer indicates pressure level at a glance. The Blitz is available in .22, .25, and .30 caliber, propelling pellets at 1,050, 970, and 730 fps respectively. When it’s finally tapped out, refilling the pre-charged pneumatic is simple using the included fill probe.
A full-auto M4 is out of the reach of most civilians, but you can have a BB-firing replica that can deliver plenty of backyard fun. Crosman’s DPMS SBR outwardly resembles the M4, but the mechanicals are based around compressed CO2 instead of gunpowder. A selector switch lets you toggle between semi- and full-automatic fire at 430 fps. The detachable magazine resembles a stamped steel 30-rounder, but houses dual 12-gram CO2 cartridges and 25 BBs instead of 5.56. Quad-Weaver/Picatinny rails on the forend provide plenty of real estate to mount flashlights, lasers, and other accessories above the angled foregrip. Use the full-length top rail to mount optics, or take aim with the included flip-up backup iron sights. The buttstock is adjustable to fit shooters of varying sizes, so the whole family can get in on the fun.
Full-auto centerfire pistols are notoriously difficult to control. The recoil impulse combined with the short radius makes it nearly impossible to keep the muzzle from climbing skyward. Fortunately, full-auto BB pistols are much easier to keep on target—and buy. Umarex’s CO2-powered take on the Beretta M92 A1 that our troops carried for many years offers full-auto capabilities, firing 18 BBs with a single pull of the trigger. The metal frame of the replica gives it a realistic heft and feel, suitable for training purposes. While the kick isn’t comparable, the blowback design emulates the slide movement on the real thing. A drop-free magazine houses the 112-gram CO2 cylinder as well as 18 BBs.
The Chicago Typewriter lives on infamy, cemented into history by gangsters such as Al Capone. You’ll probably never get your hands on a Thompson submachine gun, but you can find the Umarex Legends M1A1 at your local airgun retailer. This full-auto replica of the Tommy Gun spews BBs at an unbelievable rate of fire. The Legends M1A1 features a blowback action, complete with a reciprocating bolt handle similar to the one found on the original. Tipping the scales at about 8 pounds, it weighs about the same, too. The magazine holds 30 BBs and houses two 12-gram CO2 cylinders. Reloading is a breeze, but you’ll probably want to pick up a few extra mags, because they empty quickly.
Accuracy is usually lacking in most full-auto air guns, but the SK-19 from LCS Air Arms has it in spades. With a tunable, regulated action and a precision Lothar-Walther barrel, the SK-19 offers unprecedented accuracy with select-fire capability. The SK-19′s massive magazine holds 19 pellets, which you can empty in less than 3 seconds on full-auto, or you can switch to semi and take more measured shots. A carbon-fiber shroud and silencer surround the barrel to bring the sound signature down no matter how hard you get after it.
Two separate gauges indicate pressure at the regulator and in the 480cc removable carbon-fiber tank, so you can tell how fast the pellets are moving and how much fun you have left at a glance. The SK-19 is available in both .22 or .25 caliber, pushing pellets with as much as 60 foot-pounds of energy, making hunting medium-size game a viable option. This made in North Carolina, the SK-19 represents the pinnacle of full-auto airgun technology, but it doesn’t come cheap.
Best Full-Auto Air Guns: Final Thoughts
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