Hammerli 850 AirMagnum Review

Hammerli 850 Review

The Hammerli 850 isn’t your average air rifle. For starters, there’s no pump action required to operate it, which is a refreshing idea, and also part of the reason why it’s enjoyed rising popularity over the last few months. Is the Hammerli Air Rifle really worth considering, or is it just another less-than-capable knock off?

Read our review and see for yourself…

Hammerli 850 Review - At a Glance

Our first impressions was a mixed reaction between loving the design and wondering what they could possibly have packed into that sleek body to make it as powerful as the manufacturers claimed it was. It’s a handsome rifle to say the least, and it looks like a real (as in Warcraft-style) rifle, not just an air rifle. We definitely noticed why the Hammerli had a price tag that didn’t quite measure up to others in its class, and that’s not a bad thing.

Performance Notes

The Air Magnum 850 works with a CO2 canister, which eliminates the need for pumping between shots, and allows you to shoot up to 8 shots in rapid succession. As for the velocity, the shots travel at roughly 760 feet per second, which is good enough in our books.

We took the AirMagnum out for some field testing, and we’re happy to report that it’s more than capable of handling hunting tasks with ease. Thanks to its .22 caliber and the power of CO2, you’ll have more than enough force to tackle any application in mind.

As for the gas canisters, they last a long time, and we recon you’d easily be able to fire 200 shots before you’ll be forced to replace the canister. This is because the CO2 canister you’ll use for the Hammerli 850 is an 88g cylinder, which is bigger than your standard size, but also makes things a little more convenient and much cheaper in the long run.

Keep This in Mind

The Hammerli Rifle comes just like that, a rifle, without a gas canister to get you started. This might possibly be the Air Magnum’s biggest downfall. Then there’s also the matter of the scope. It’s not horrible, but it’s definitely not brilliant either. If you’re looking at ways to improve your accuracy, investing in an aftermarket scope should be your first consideration.

Hammerli 850 Air Magnum Review

The Pros:

  • It’s very powerful and accurate enough
  • It’s easy to use and requires no pumping
  • It’s a reliable and looks like a real rifle
  • It has an 8-pellet clip with bolt-action
  • There’s no recoil

The Cons:

  • It’s not as affordable as most other air rifles    in its class
  • CO2 cartridges can be very expensive if you    shoot a lot
  • It’s loud

Our Verdict

It might be a little more expensive than your average air rifle, but its looks and ease of use explain that part perfectly. We think the Hammerli 850 is an outstanding choice for just about anyone because it’s powerful, reliable, and handles with the utmost of ease. We scored the Hammerli 850 an overall 7 out of 10, only subtracting some points for the fact that it isn’t silent at all, doesn’t come with a gas canister, and the fact that it’s a little more expensive than other air rifles in its class.

Would We Recommend It?

If you’re looking for an air rifle that’ll operate silently, please look elsewhere because you won’t like the sound that comes out of the 850 AirMagnum. If however you’re keen on investing in a rifle for target shooting or plinking (heck even self-defense when the need arises), then we’d happily recommend the Hammerli 850!


Hi! I'm Dave - an air rifle enthusiast and a bit of a geek to be honest. When I'm not out at the range or on a hunting trip, I enjoy writing about different air rifle products and accessories.