Gamo Releases “Big Cat” 1250 Air Rifle

I swear Gamo is like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi following the “One Sausage, Many Lengths” product philosophy. Latest to the sausage fest is the “Big Cat” 1250 DX break-action air rifle. I’m sorry, but I utterly dislike the name. .177 caliber can hardly be called “Big Cat” when its more like a tamed pussy cat. While fast for a break-action, I could hardly see this taking down a tiger.

My thoughts aside, the rifle has the standard Gamo specifications. The kitty includes the S.A.T. (smooth action trigger), S.W.A. (shockwave absorber recoil pad), and includes a 4x optic. MSRP is pegged at a reasonable $204.95.


Full Press Release Below:


Gamo Unveils ‘Big Cat’ 1250 DX Airgun

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Gamo Outdoor USA ( introduces the rebirth of a legend this year. The all-new Big Cat 1250 DX features its famous heavy duty powerplant capable of producing 1250 FPS (with .177 PBA Platinum pellets) and 4×32 magnification scope included; perfectly suitable for target practice, and large, medium or small pest control. The new Big Cat 1250 DX includes many of the top features from Gamo’s premium air rifles such as Gamo’s polymer over molded jacketed precision rifled steel (fluted) barrel for climate protection combined with a new lightweight and durable Non-Slip All-Weather synthetic stock. The New Big Cat 1250 DX has a single cocking system and features the new S.A.T (Smooth Action Trigger) and S.W.A (Shockwave absorber) recoil pad.

Big Cat 1250 DX SPECS

– .177 Cal.

– 1,250 fps with .177 PBA Platinum pellets

– New Lightweight and durable Non-Slip textured All-weather synthetic black color stock

– SAT™ Smooth Action Trigger™

– SWA™ (Shock Wave Absorber), with up to 74% recoil absorption

– 4×32 rifle scope

– MSRP $204.95

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Gamo Outdoor USA is a leading consumer products company that designs, manufactures and markets a diverse portfolio of outdoor sporting goods products under such world class brands as GAMO®, BSA Optics®, Laser Genetics®, Aftermath®, and is the exclusive distributor of BSA Guns™ and Joker Knives®. For more information visit:

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • With that high of a pressure, is this a CO2, or pump/lever acrion? As you can tell, I know nothing concerning air rifles.

    • iksnilol

      Looks like a good old break barrel.

      I hate those with the fiery passion of at least 1.5 suns.

      • Edeco

        huh… I can’t imagine having a strong feeling about ’em…

        • iksnilol

          They require a completely different shooting technique to be accurate. So if you’re thinking of buying one as a cheap plinker/practice tool you’ll have wasted money.

          With firearms and non-piston pneumnatics you hold the gun tightly, with a piston airgun you hold it as loosely as possible. You know how Alex does his limp wrist test? That’s kinda how you have to shoot a piston airgun to be consistent.

          • No Debt

            “artillery hold”

          • iksnilol

            Yes, the dreaded artillery hold. AKA wet diaper hold.

          • Edeco

            Ah, the weird recoil… understandable.

          • iksnilol


            Guns recoil back, airguns recoil back and forth. Also messes up scopes, that’s why I don’t mind using airgun scopes on rifles.

  • felix

    So grown men own and shoot these BB guns, for fun?

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      Yupp, good for shooting without in your yard without getting swat sent on you if you live in the city.

      • No Debt

        I shoot my .22 Benjamin Trail XP in the basement.

  • Edeco

    Weird name for a .177 since .25’s are a thing. I’ve been craving a Hatsan 125 for lower hassle shooting; seems to be about the pick of the litter of higher powered break barrels.

    • No Debt

      .22 strikes a good balance between .177 and .25

      • Edeco

        No doubt, but I like the idea of how 25 is decidedly subsonic whereas 22 is on the edge depending on ammo and atmosphere.

  • ca

    Gamo is crap. Been there had that. Beeman, Airforce, and Benjamin are better buys for the money. Gamo’s talk of high levels of performance is often just marketing speech.

    • No Debt

      Marauders are nice but $$$

      • ca

        Marauders are about $500. You can get a comparable Benjamin Nitro Piston break barrel for the asking price of this Gamo, complete with a real wooden stock.

  • kilroy

    This Gamo 1250 is on the market for years.Quality is Gamo=not as good as the German airguns.They get their velocity only with their own pellets.But these are led free and the weight is very little.With lead heavy pellets you can”t get the 1250 fps.Barrels are thin liners inside plastic schroud.Very heavy spring is used and the strenght of the weapon/parts don’t like this.On my 1-10 scale :it gets a 5.

  • Robert Kruckman

    Nathan: Up until now I have great respect for you. Now you Diss an Air gun You have never tested, Maybe never seen. I have every type of GUN and still like my Airguns.