Ruger Blackhawk Combo air rifle review

Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle Review

The Ruger Air Magnum Break Barrel 0.22 Caliber Air Rifle has enjoyed a popularity craze for a while now, and it’s not hard to understand why. Although it differs in a lot of ways, it’s mostly compared to the likes of the RWS 350. Is this really one of the best air rifles out there, or is there a sneaky hook involved that you don’t know about? While we could spills the beans right here and now, you need to know the whole story of how the Ruger Pellet Rifle performed in real life tests!

Before you go ahead and buy one for yourself, read our review and then make an informed decision…

Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle - At a Glance

We loved the look of the Blackhawk Rifle, and we were seriously impressed with the fact that it came at such a low price. The other thing that got us intrigued was just how fast this thing could shoot, not to mention the accuracy claims that paved the way for it.

Obviously we took it out for some field testing, and as you’ll notice from our remarks, it’s a pretty good rifle, for a pretty great price.

Performance Notes

When it comes to dealing with the Ruger Air Rifle, your two most important factors to keep in mind are weight and power. The weight of the pellet you use will MAKE OR BREAK our experience, do not underestimate the warning.

The Ruger Blackhawk Pellet Gun is said to have the ability of shooting pellets up to 1500 FPS, which is more than the Gamo Big Cat 1250 is able to do. But here’s the catch: If you want to hit those supersonic speeds, you’ll need to use 3 or 4gr range pellets, which gets a little ludicrous actually.

Pellets that light have a tendency to go off target since recoil kicks in before they actually leave the barrel, plus they also cause a very loud cracking sound once they break the sound barrier. It’s a catch 22 scenario really, because if you opt to use regular 9gr pellets, you’ll regain the accuracy you want and need, but you’ll lose A LOT of speed. This might be worth it though, because you’ll still be able to reach speeds of up to 1000 FPS, plus it’ll make your rifle a lot less noisy.


The Ruger Blackhawk has a good basic design, but it’s not going to make you break out in sing and dance. The weight feels good, the trigger is better than the Big Cat’s, and it feels right when you hold it. The problem is that it’s not actually a solid construction; it only looks like it is.

Ruger Blackhawk Combo air rifle review

The Pros

  • It’s powerful
  • It can reach supersonic speeds
  • The trigger-pull works
  • It’s affordable

The Cons:

  • You’ll have to trade off power for speed or      vice-versa
  • It doesn’t have a solid design and might get   flimsy over time
  • It’s not the most durable air rifle out there
Our Verdict

We like the idea of the Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle. The only issue we have here is the fact that you’ll have to go through a lot of trial and error before you find the combo of weight and power that works for you and with the rifle. For its price, this gun performs well enough, but it’s not great. We’re not saying it’s terrible either. We’re saying that the choice is up to you. There are many other options out there that can bring much more value, accuracy and reliability to the table, for exactly the same price.


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.