Two very similar pellet pistols. Both are single stroke pneumatics, both have rifled steel barrels, both are recoilless, both have a rail you can mount a scope or red dot sight on, and both have adjustable sights as well. They look very similar, too. But the P3, on top, retails for $270, and the P17, for under $50. What gives?
Both are sold by Beeman, and they share a common design, but the P3 is made by Weirauch in Germany (it’s actually a Weihrauch HW40), and the P17 is an authorized Chinese-made knockoff. Yes, it’s cruder, the trigger isn’t as good as that on the P3/W40, it lacks the fiber optic front sight, it has stamped parts where the P3 has machined ones, and it’s probably not going to last as long. But it’s still a remarkable good value in an accurate pellet pistol. If you’re used to the spray-and-pray CO2 pistols that have a hard time hitting a 12″ target at 10 yards, the P17 will surprise the heck out of you. It’s a great way to get started in bullseye shooting on a budget. And if you want a quality gun that will last a lifetime with care and maintenance, and that will produce near-match accuracy, get the P3.