Gamo Tactical SOCOM Air Rifles

Aside from the questionable name of SOCOM being applied to air rifles, I really like the styling of these new rifles. Three models will eventually be available but only the Socom Extreme is currently available to be purchased.

The SOCOM EXTREME was created for an all new level in long distance air gun shooting and hunting.

Gamo took their famous 1250 powerplant and re-tuned the beast to deliver a stunning velocity of over 1650 fps using the new PBA Platinum .177 ammo. The powerplant was matched to a precision steel, composite jacketed bull barrel which also helps reduce the larger cocking force. The precision barreled action is mated to a newly designed tactical, light weight composite stock. This specially engineered stock has a long tapered sure grip forend which leads back to pistol grip with palm swell for quick steady mounting. The buttstock features an ergonomically shaped cheekpiece which works for right and left handed shooters. Each SOCOM EXTREME air rifle is fitted with a special 3-9×50 Scope with red, green and blue illuminated glass etched reticle securely anchored by the Gamo solid one-piece mount. The composite stock reduces gun weight to a manageable 9 lbs compared to a heavier wood stock air rifle.

MSRP $399.95


The SOCOM TACTICAL is the ultimate air rifle for high performance flexibility for day or night shooting. The Tactical composite stock has a custom molded forepiece and palm swell grip area for maximum control. The fully adjustable tactical comb has a raised cheekpiece and allows for an instant sight picture adjustment using the optical or the included fiber optic fixed sights. The receiver is topped with a precision 3-9×40 AR Scope anchored by a solid Gamo one-piece rail mount. The scope is fitted with a powerful, fully adjustable precision laser and light which quickly readies the SOCOM TACTICAL for night operations. The 26″ barrel is made of precision rifled steel and is shrouded in a fully composite jacketed fluted polymer bull barrel. The barrel on the SOCOM TACTICAL is also fitted with the Gamo ND52, Noise Dampening Technology muzzle dampner. Combined with outstanding velocity at nearly 1300 fps with new PBA Platinum .177 ammo. The Tactical is fully capable of handling any backyard varmint incursions 52% quieter than a standard spring air rifle.

MSRP $329.95


The SOCOM CARBINE is specially configured to offer quick mounting and target acquisition. Its Gamo power plant is tuned to deliver a sizzling velocity of nearly 1300 fps with the new PBA Platinum ammo through a short, composite jacketed, precision rifled .177 cal steel barrel. The 3-9×40 precision AR scope is securely anchored to the receiver by the solid, one-piece Gamo mount. The long eye relief and brilliantly clear optic work in tandem with the special all-weather composite stock with sure-grip forend, palm swell pistol grip and adjustable comb with cheekpiece. The shooter can instantly adjust the stock for his or her comfort.

MSRP $329.95


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • War Wolf

    Gamos hype their FPS like CD-ROM makers hyped their “x” speed in the 90’s. 1650 FPS is of little utility if you can’t put the pellet on target. The PBS ammo leaves a lot to be desired too. In fact I learned to avoid .177 altogether because of the significant loss of muzzle energy at 50ft as compared with a .22 pellet. This loss is even more significant when using PBS pellets because they are so light. Being an urban bound resident it is impossible to use a traditional firearm to dispatch pests where I live. To solve this problem I looked at many air rifles and finally settled on an RWS Model 54 “Air King” with side cocking lever. The barrel stays fixed so accuracy is never compromised. She throws .22 lead at 900 fps through my chrono and does it in style. Every critter from skunk to squirrel to rat is a confirmed 1-shot-kill every time. The rifle is 99.5% recoilless and simply a true work of fine German craftsmanship. The wood is beautiful and the bluing is perfect. At $625 it wasn’t cheap but it has a lifetime warranty and it looks and feels every bit as substantial as my regular firearms. If any of the readers are considering spending money on a Gamo I would suggest they spend the extra money and get the RWS instead and save themselves from what will surely be a case of buyers remorse.

  • Nas

    WW, As much as I agree with you about the quality of the RWS rifles, I must say that the Gamo rifles are excellent entry-class air rifles. They make a nice starting point for people just getting in to air guns. Maybe not these models, but the $150-$250 models provide a nice level of bang for the buck.

  • War Wolf

    Nas, I agree with your statement for the lower end stuff but if a buyer is considering spending $400 on a Gamo they need to buck-up a few more dollars and get the RWS. The lower power Gamo rifles are fine but when Gamo tries to push a .177 at speeds exceeding that of .22LR CCI Stingers the accuracy absolutely goes out the window. My RWS punches a single ragged hole from 150 feet all day long. A hyper speed .177 would probably not even hit a paper plate at that distance. I shot my friends and I actually questioned if there was not something wrong with it because there were times when the target didn’t even have a hole in it. Then he tried my RWS and shot bullseye 10 out of 10 times.

  • Vak


    Air rifle.

    It feels like something’s off, but I just can’t quite put my finger on it.

  • Komrad

    I own a Gamo and my grandfather owns three. We did find that PBA ammo is less accurate but when using standard lead pellets they are all powerful and accurate within their range. They have much more power and accuracy than most airguns and the more powerful .22 pellet guns may even be appropriate for rabbit or squirrel. All of them are a great value and fun and cheap to shoot.
    @ War Wolf
    Gamo airguns are made in Spain.

  • John K.

    No offense to air rifle shooters, but if I’m going to spend $400 on a rifle I’d better be useful in some way. Buying a cheap and fun plinking rifle is one thing but $400 is way more than I’d spend on a toy with little to no real-world application. And I’d much rather buy myself some ammo or reloading equipment than a “tactical air rifle”.

  • JohnK:

    An air rifle can be used many places a firearm cannot. And pellets are easier to resupply than loaded ammunition.

    That said, I agree the higher-end ones are getting a bit silly.

  • Erik

    I agree with you John, Air guns have come a long way and I remember growing up there was not much to choose from. These days airguns really are a great substitute and practice tool to keep your accuracy “intact” and the pellets are ten fold more affordable than AMMO ammo.

    With that said I enjoy going down to the range and blasting off some real rounds but if you are just getting into shooting an air rifle is a good start. If you want your kids to learn accuracy before dealing with heavy recoil, what better way than with an airgun. Yes there are better quality air rifles than Gamo, bit for the price of some of their models I think you get a lot for your money. I just tried the Hunter Extreme and WOW what a nice rifle indeed.


  • I am very interested in SOCOM Gamo air rifle tactical, I think the model is fit to hunt pigeons in my place (tropical forests of Timor island) and that was important, its price is quite cheap.

  • Gunner

    Two years ago I purchased a Gamo Big Cat 1200. I shot this thing about 100 times and have to say that accuracy is not one of the strong points of this gun. Matter of fact, it is terrible.
    Every time I shoot at a target, the thing shoots into another direction.
    I noticed that, when loaded, the barrel can be rocked sideways because the mounting is really of poor design.
    The swivel-bolt that mounts the barrel to the spring chamber is fastened to only one side of the V-receptacle on the spring chamber. This receptacle appears to be of soft poor quality material and has a tendency to spread open when loading. This then allows the barrel to move sideways, resulting in loss of (all) accuracy.
    It was a terrible investment.

  • MongooseSniper

    The only way I would get this gun us if they sell it with the gas srping conversion. I have a whisper with the gas spring and it is by far one of the best break barrell pellet rifle I’ve owned. Actually the only thing I like about the SOCOM version is the stock/raised cheekpeice. I really hope they end up selling the stock seperatly. would be the place to look for anyone interested in getting a different stock for your gamo rifle depending on the type of rifle. Aloha.

  • Dick_P

    I have a Gamo Viper 22 cal/shotgun combo. I have had the same problem as Gunner. The accuracy of this gun is terrible. I didn’t expect too much with pellets considering the unrifled barrel, but it is worse than I expected, even with a scope. It will bunch shots within a 2″ circle at 50 ft., but I never know where the 2″ circle will be. Every time I use it, it is different. It may be low/right or high/left. Sometimes, it changes during the same shooting session. Shot shells are not much better. I have had squirrels dead-to-rights at 25 ft and missed!!! I’m not that bad.

    Now, after about 150 shots, the gun seems to have lost a lot of power. I don’t know what is causing that, but overall, this has not been my best gun purchase.

  • Kasper

    Also, don’t forget that some states classify a .22 cal airgun as a firearm. So shooting a in city limits can bring steep fines and or jail time.

  • Erik_E

    I have to agree with most of you guys in here that gamo doesn’t make that good of a airgun. But with a little bit of work they are sufficient (and fun) for rabbits and squirrels at 50 yards!
    You do need to tune it a bit otherwise jou get the same stuff as Dick_P has!

    @John Hardin
    take a look at these guns.

    (I assume you in the US so you can hunt with these.
    here in holland you’re not allowed to hunt with a airgun. no matter what the power of the thing! He makes them up to .50 and 500+ joules)

  • BigAl

    I recently purchased a Gamo Viper Express from a local gun shop that had it discounted down a bit since it was their last one and they were getting out of the air rifle business. I should have known better! The first 25 pellets were dead on and hit like a rocket, but the next day, it wont even dent an empty can. I used to do gunsmithing as a hobby, so I am not ignorant of the inner workings of a gun. I cannot for the life of me see what is wrong, but I suspect the seals are blown already and that puts a bad taste in my mouth for Gamo products. I guess I will just toss this one off to a bad purchase decision. Now, I wish I had saved my money toward a REAL air rifle! I suppose you get what you pay for.

  • C-Daddy

    While airguns have their place, I believe that with the price of these particular airguns, one would be much better off purchasing a quality .22 LR.

  • Dick_P

    C-Daddy, if I had a nice place in the country, I would agree with you 100%, but I live within the city limits of a major city and a 22 LR would be frowned upon. I’m not totally sure that the air rifle is legal, but I’m totally sure that the 22 LR is not. will have a new gun, not sure what, but something before the squirrels start eating my pecans this year.

    • Squirrel Slayer

      CB match .22 longs. Quieter than a pellet gun. Hit with way more force (790fps) but the weight of a .22 projectile. They won’t cycle in a semi-automatic, but shoot great.

  • Brian_L

    I purchased two Big Cat 1200 rifles about 500 pellets ago, each, and so far, I have not experenced any problems like those of Gunner (Sorry about your situation guy, Gamo has a good service dept.). Overall, I would rate their quality as a plinker to be very good for the $$ spent.
    My only complant would be their trigger pull (yeeech)! But because the
    thing has to release a spring that could double as a mono-shock on a dirt bike, I guess that I’ll have to live with it. Yep, best air gun of several brands so far.

    I have more accurate, and powerful rifles, but I suspect my apt. dwelling
    neighbors would complain if I touched off my Remington .30-06 Springfield in my living room.

  • PlastikHAYN

    Hey Brian_L. You should visit and check out their GRT-III triggers. There really sensitive and also adjustable. It’s pretty much made for Gamo’s and run about 30 bucks. Get your money up son!!! You won’t regret it. Aloha!

  • Brian_L

    Appreciate the suggestion there PlastikHAYN, checked it out, WOW! Local naughty girls, and triggers!Life is good! actually,I’m getting used to my trigger pull, and wonder how long an aluminum sear would last anyway. Fine I’ll admit it, I’m cheap. My main concern now is eventually running into Gunner’s problem, that is, wear on the barrel pins ect.
    Wish Gamo would put an extended eye relif scope on their barrels so they would stay alligned permently. just think of it:A survival/tactical/assult pellet gun! kindda makes me want to blouse my combat boots and don my Ninja mask!

  • Brian_L

    After reading the one zillionth positive testimonial from the installation of the GRT-III trigger, I’ve learned three new things about myself:
    (1). I suck at spelling without spell check.
    (2). I’m the only person on the planet Earth who hasn’t heard of the GRT-III trigger.
    (3). I am very inpatient when waiting to recieve triggers I’ve ordered.

    I’ll let you all know what happens after I install it, but I suspect it will be a heck of a lot better than the garbage that my Gamo Big Cat came with originally.
    Thanks again PlastikHAYN.

    • strikin matches at 40

      Waiting on Charlie da Tuna to send me my GRT4 for my Big Cat 1400. Send a money order? Get in the 21rst century and accept credit cards already.

  • Brian_L

    Hey, what the heck you guys, this ain’t Brian’s Blog you know, somebody talk pellet gun stuff besides me for a change! Anything! Anyway, I installed my GRT-III trigger and the results are simply amazing! Well worth the $32.00 investment. Next subject: My Big Cats came with 3x9x40mm scopes and one peice bases, and although I have not experenced any problems with them so far, (possibly to short of range to tell), I have heard so many bad reports on their 4×32 scopes, (shifting POI’s, broken crosshairs ect.) that I figured how much better can these scopes be. So I went ahead and ordered a Leaper’s 3x9x32mm scope, because I like the idea of an adjustable objective lens, and I’ve heard that they’re decent for the money.
    I do like Gamo’s one piece bases, with their stop pins, so I will reuse them. Gee, what’s next? Build a spring compressor….

  • Dick_P

    I finally bought a Stoeger D10 in .177 caliber. After about 50 shots, I really like it. I have a Winchester 4×32-AO scope on it and it will put 5 shots inside a 1″ circle at 20 yds every time. Two tree rats down within the last week.

    I really wanted another 22 caliber, but nobody offered one at a decent price. I remember having a Benjamin 177 when I was a kid and it killed a lot of squirrels and doves. If this one is as good, I will be happy.

  • Brian_L

    Hi there Dick-P,
    I’m really enjoying my 3-9×32 Leapers with the AO feature. I’ve owned several nice rifle scopes (Redfield-Weaver-Leupold-ect.) in the past, but for some odd reason I’ve never owned one with an adjustable objective lens. What a difference over my original Gamo scope! Now I miss my target with much more clairity! Owned a Sheridan .20 cal. as a kid. and killed to many innocent little critters to be pleased about it, but if those flippin’ pine squirrels get into my roof insulation one more time… Enjoy your Stoeger D10.


  • Wayne

    I have owned the Gamo Whisper for a few weeks now. It is the .177 with the factory spring, scope and trigger. I am considering the piston conversion as well as the after market trigger, but I wanted to see what it can do before I have any modifications done.

    I was not too excited about the accuracy initially, BUT then I began to earn. I tried 12 different pellets and learned that the springersmust be held differently than traditional firearms.

    After finding the pellet my gun likes the best (Beeman Kodiak Extra Heavy) and modifying my hold I can consistently shoot groups at 10, 20 and 30 yards that can be covered with a dime, nickel and quarter respectfully.

    I have not been hunting yet, but the heavy pellet produces quite a bit of kinetic energy. There is plenty to dispatch small game with a head shot.

    If I were hunting where 50 yard shots were available, I would opt for a .22 or .25, but I am pleased enough with this setup that I am not sure I’m going to spent the money on any mods.

  • Brian_L

    I’ve found that hold makes a big difference in how my rifle groups.
    Just the way springers are I suppose.
    I have only tried three different types of pellets so far, and of those the Crossman Destroyers do the best, with groups hovering around a quarter at sixty six feet (the legnth of my pellet gun range), and that is with the GRT-III trigger and Leepers scope.
    You have my curiosity up now (Wayne), I may have to try other types and weights of pellets.
    If you can shoot groups that tight with a stock Gamo, imagine how your Whisper might perform with a trigger replacement and a better quality scope.

  • Morgan

    I can’t seem to find much information on the SOCOM 1250. It claims 380 m/s muzzle velocity on the catologue but on the box it says 305 m/s!

  • Morgan

    I can’t seem to find much information on the SOCOM 1250. It claims 380 m/s muzzle velocity on the catologue but on the box it says 305 m/s!

  • I had to say to all the guys who hate on the upper end gamos, that i own a SOCOM EXTREAM and a RWS MODEL 48 ,the latter for 20yrs and have put in my will to my now 18year son apond my death the 48 because it,s the being my first adult air gun. but my socom change the game not only is it my first gamo but to me it is in the top of the line of spring air guns . if you know any thing about fire arms and hand loading if want to stop a bullet from makeing that sonic crack take some powder out in my socom being a air rifle and not haveing powder i had to look at the pellet this took some time and invesment and so tuneing the gun by removeing the stock scope and trashing the PBA pellets replaceing the scope with a Leapers 6×24 and settaled on the CROSMAN DESTROYER PELLETS know this to all ,their is a maxium range and maxium effective with some time if you stay with in these envlope you will see this socome is a hard hitting and long range flat shooting rifle .so i say to you all spend a bit more money on a scope and find new pellets haters it,s all clear down range ,good hunting and god speed

  • AL

    I have owned the Socom Extreme for over a year now and have put thousands of rounds thru it on my own 100yrd. range. Here is the breakdown. This rifle is capable of 2in.groups at 50yrds. 6in. at75yrds. and fairly consistant hits on gallon size milk jugs at 100yrds. Not bad. Now here is the bad. The trigger sucks. Almost a full 1/2in. of creep never knowing when it will break, terrible for accuracy. The scope will not stay zeroed due to the recoil of this powerfull air rifle. This drove me crazy untill I changed it out. The PBA ammo is to fast and not consistant over 50yrds. Also makes the report as loud as a 22.long rifle. Dont get me wrong this is an extremely well built rifle and I like it. It is extremely powerfull. The scope is junk and needs to be upgraded, and the trigger needs to go back to the drawing board. If anyone knows of an after market trigger or some type of fix please let me know. Thanks

    • Squirrel Slayer

      Charlie da Tuna sells GRT4 triggers to replace the crappy SAT triggers on Gamos for $39 which includes shipping. They are crisp and will dramatically help your accuracy. Google GRT4 and you can find it. Made from aircraft aluminum. Serious quality. I have one on my Big Cat 1400 and love it.