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Beeman P17 air pistol – My test and review

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Today I will be testing the Beeman P17 air pistol for you!

I frequently get to hear that I only test high-priced air pistols and air rifles. But that’s only half the truth. I try to show you only interesting guns, because I want it to be worth your while to read my post and watch my video. After all, I don’t want to waste your time. Beeman P17 is definitely worth your while. You will see the reason for this in the post and my video.

Technical specifications of Beeman P17

The Beeman air pistol works with pre-compressed air. The pressure is built up when the pistol is closed. There is no spring wear and tear on this air pistol and no pump or CO2 cartridge is required for its operation. The consistency of Beeman P17 is excellent. You can take a closer look at it in my chrony test.

You can aim with the rear sight and front sight. The high contrast of the fiberglass sight helps extremely, even in poor light conditions. Alternatively, a reflex sight or pistol scope can be mounted on the 11 mm dovetail. If you only have an optic with a picatinny rail, you can use a 11 mm dovetail to picatinny adaptor.

Shooting with Beeman P17

The pistol can be opened at the hammer. The upper part of the gun housing can be folded forward without effort. Then you can put the pellet into the barrel. With a little effort and your flat hand, you can now close the pistol again. It is really important to pay attention while doing this. Otherwise, your skin can get caught in between the upper and lower part of the gun. This is very painful.

The trigger is adjustable and has a trigger weight of 900 grams. Therefore, there is only a small risk of swerving the air pistol while shooting.

The shot doesn’t cause a recoil. As you can see in my shooting test, a remarkably high precision can be achieved. I would even claim that the pistol is far more precise than I am. But just take a look at my shooting test in the video below.

My conclusion

I can give every plinker, amateur shooter and prospective 10m pistol shooter a clear recommendation to buy a P17! I don’t know any other air pistol that offers so much performance for so little money. If you are not looking for a gun that goes into your glass cabinet, you can overlook the slight manufacturing flaws. They don’t spoil the shooting experience and can be fixed quickly. Those who are not yet sure whether air pistol shooting is the right hobby, will not take a big risk with Beeman P17. The low purchase price is worth it in any case. There are also no ongoing costs for CO2 cartridges or the purchase of a compressed air pump that is needed for other models.

Have a nice day!

Please stay healthy.

Best wishes!

Yours, Andi

Interesting links:

HERE you will find the comparison between Weihrauch HW40 and Beeman P17.
My test of shooting Beeman P17 with a Hawke micro reflex sight is HERE.

Do you already know my international YouTube channel? HERE you will find videos of more powerful air rifles in English.

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Technical data

  • System: single-stroke pneumatic
  • Caliber: .177 (4.5 mm) pellet
  • Magazine capacity: 1 shot
  • Total length: 9.6” (235 mm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (780 g)
  • Velocity: 410 fps (120 m/s)
  • Adjustable fiber optic sight
  • Safety: automatic
  • Trigger: adjustable metal trigger
  • Mounting rail: milled 11mm dovetail

Video

My conclusion

What I like:

High precision for a reasonable price, lies very well in the hand, high constancy in performance, great price/performance ratio

What I don’t like:

When closing the pistol, you have to pay attention to your hand, slight optical defects which can be fixed quickly

Rating:

Precision:
8/10
(8)
Material:
5/10
(5)
Handling:
6/10
(6)

Recommended for:

Price:

approx. 80 €

Precision:

Here I test the precision at a distance of 11m while the gun sits on a gun rest. The more stars, the better the precision.

Handling:

Handling is the overall rating of how the rifle can be handled by the shooter. This includes transport, cocking and loading the rifle, handling in prone, kneeling, and standing positions as well as weight and recoil.

Material / Processing:

The materials used and their processing are evaluated here.

Price:

The price is approximate and can of course vary depending on the model.

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