The .22 Remington NPSS what you should know

Some of you may remember my last air gun review, where we talked about the “Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle” if you’ve read that article then you know that the Titan GP is a great addition to the survival gun rack. Many preppers think of air rifles as toys, which is an unfortunate mistake because they can be a very useful and effective survival foraging tool.

Anyway several weeks ago I asked our friends over at Pyramyd Air to send another one of their air guns for review, namely the “Remington NPSS Nitro Piston Short Stroke air rifle” the NPSS is a good-looking rifle with my first impression being that it looks like a cross between an air rifle and a modern sniper rifle.

Another thing that I noticed, is that the ambidextrous polymer thumbhole stock on the Remington NPSS fit was well made and fit my grip and length of pull better than the Titan GP. The raised rubber cheek piece was an interesting feature and added to the “sniper rifle” look mentioned above.

The Remington NPSS comes equipped with a Center Point 3-9 x 40 scope and one-piece mount that were very sturdy when mounted to the rifle. The Center Point optics provided were clear and the cross-hairs well centered. I also liked the large and easy to adjust windage and elevation dials, which made adjusting the rifle on target much easier.

Even though the rifle was a little heavy at around 9 lbs with the scope mounted and a having a length of 43.75 inches it did balance well and did not feel as heavy as the actual weight would suggest. It seems weight is always a negative factor when dealing with this type of air rifle and I wish manufacturers could figure out how to cut the weight down to under six pounds.


  • Caliber: .22
  • Ammo Type: Pellets
  • Body Components: Carbon Fiber
  • Power Supply: Nitro Piston (Nitrogen Gas)
  • Overall Length: 43.875
  • Barrel Length:
  • Fire Mode: Single-Shot
  • Gun Weight: 7 pounds
  • Muzzle Velocity: 850 fps with Lead 1000 fps with Alloy
  • Front Sight: N/A
  • Rear Sight: N/A
  • Scope: Centerpoint 3-9×40 AO with one piece mount

Another thing most air rifles of this type have in common is that they have no “iron sights” if the scope breaks and you don’t have a spare then you’re up the creek without a pedal. I suggest putting back at least one extra air gun scope for use as a spare.

I would also like to see manufactures outfit their rifles with sling swivels or some other type of set-up that would make it easier to put a carry-sling on their rifles. The “Gamo Gun Buddy Rifle Sling” works pretty well, but the system could be improved greatly with a swivel system on the rifles themselves.

Okay, enough of my nitpicking let’s go shooting…

Shooting from the bench at 25 yards, I was able to average 1 1/2 groups with an assortment of pellets including; Beeman Silver Bear, Beeman FTS, Beeman H&N MatchPremier Hunting Point, Benjamain Discovery, Crosman Premier and JSB Match Diabolo which gave the best and most consistent accuracy of the lot with an average group of just under one inch.

One of the most common questions following my review of the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle was about penetration. So I decided to answer that question by testing the Remington NPSS on several different targets. See the photos and captions below…

As you can see the pellet went through this Red Oak board and dented the side of this metal 55 gallon drum.

As you can see the Red Oak board mesured just under one half inch.

Exit hole of a once full soda can.

exit hole through an empty paint can.

As you can see the .22 Remington NPSS is not a toy and is perfectly capable of quietly taking small game out to approximately 35 yards. If you’re looking for an air rifle for survival, small game hunting or pest control the NPSS will be a welcome addition to your survival gun rack…

What do you think – are air rifles a useful survival too?

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Definitely useful, especially for vermin control and small game. Great for rifle practice in your backyard. Great way to spend some time with family, maybe with some friendly competition. Pellets are pretty inexpensive, compact and have a long shelf life.

    Lightweight springer – I don’t know if its in the cards, especially with magnum power. The lightest springer I am aware of was the Beeman C1 carbine, about Winchester ’94 carbine long and heavy. But they have been discontinued for a while – might be able to scare one up though.

  2. I do like my air rifle. The lack of iron sights is an issue as the original scope failed and it took a trip into town to get a new one. Having backup is a good idea.

    There’s more than enough power for small game. Good for keeping in practice without alarming the neighbors.

  3. Dean in Michigan says:

    Definitely a good survival tool. However, I don’t see myself getting one unless I somehow enter luxury prepper status. Not that they’re overwhelmingly expensive, it’s just not something on my list of needs.

    I would probably only use it for birds, since even the smallest .22 round will do to much damage to the small amount of breast meat a bird has. I have 2 nice wrist rockets that I purchased just for birds, and even though they are not nearly as accurate as an air rifle, I still have the ability to take birds without spending any more towards that effort.

    So I would agree that it is a good survival tool, just not one I will be getting. But thats just me.

    • It would be good for drilling squirrels. The range limitations are about right for them.I did not see the price but being a heavy Remington I bet it is not cheap.

  4. Dean has a good point. This rifle has had my eye for some time now, but more for fun. A bolt action .22 with CB’s would seem like the equivalent without having to spend extra to outfit a new caliber platform. Still doesn’t keep the kid inside me from drooling though……

  5. This is the air gun I HAD picked out to buy…before I found out Pyramyd couldn’t ship it to my state because our state considers it silenced (or some such thing)! Pyramyd told me they could ship it to someone we knew in another state, and they could ship it to us legally…or we could drive 6 hrs. to Pyramyd and buy it and bring it home legally.
    I ended up with a Diana RWS 34 .22 and everyone here just loves it! Didn’t bother with a scope – I am a “natural” shooter and scopes get in my way. And since we live in a heavily wooded area, scopes aren’t too useful here anyways.
    Sure am glad we got the air rifle – I see it being very useful come SHTF…and a whole heck of a lot of fun until then!

  6. I agree air rifles are a good addition to the survival tools, I also agree with sixbears iron sights are a must! Don’t over look them as self defense tools also…getting shot in the face/head with anything is a deterrent, they could take a eye out at further distances and penetrate the skull at closer distances.

  7. Thanks for this reviw. I am a firm believer in Air rifles for a survival arsonal. This may be my next aquisition.

    I have a very old Sheridan silver streak .22 pump. No Scope, Iron sites only. Excellent rifle. I however would not buy the Benjamine version now.

    I also have a Gamo Varmit with scope and no iron sites. Nice weapon. The pump cylander seems to heat up after a couple of shots and looses power.

  8. The Prepper says:

    How does this rifle compare to the Titan GP? Which of the two would you buy?

  9. Interesting. I had received a paintball gun as a gift and never found out how to get propellent, but I’m wondering if an air rifle would be less offensive to my “guns are bad” programming.

    Are there any models that are sustainable post-SHTF? I have a vague idea that black powder can be make from pigshit, but I’m wondering how modern one could get before sustainability gives way to raw stockpiling. My latest fancy was to a marble collection and a way to launch them painfully, which might mean a system that is just less accurate with river rocks.

    This isn’t a strictly “what gun should I buy” but more of a “can you narrow my research.”

    • Kelekona,

      If I may, can’t get away from stockpiling, but pellets are pretty cheap. Stay away from CO2 models for obvious reasons. I own a couple of air rifles that are 1 pump/break action. Even my first China made cheapy is heck on vermin. I plink voles from garden with ease. I purchased a Beeman Sportsman II with 2 barrels, one for .177 and one for .22 for $135 off of CL, it rocks. Not as quiet as you might think, but puts a hurt on stuff. I would consider it to be a deterrent to 2 legged critters too. That .22 cal pellet would do some damage. That Titan looks great, don’t know the cost, will be looking it up pronto, but my cheaper models work great and have fixed/adjustable sights.

  10. Great post but I want to clear up a minor misconception. The problem with air rifles in the prepping community is that everyone immediately disregards the .177 caliber in favor of the larger .22
    With a normal gun this makes sense, bigger bullet, more gunpowder, more power. but with an air rifle it’s different. You are increasing the weight and surface area but you are putting the same energy into it as the .177
    This means that you are actually getting less bang for your buck. With a .177 you get a greater range (I have a similarly powered rifle that is accurate at over 70 yards) and because it has less surface area it has much better penetration. But what i like most is the sheer size of the bullet. I recently bought a tin of 500 hollow point pellets (to give it extra energy transfer) and the tin is 3 inches in diameter and a little less then one inch tall. I then added the remaining 300 pellets from the old tin to the new one. I now have 800 rounds of ammunition stored in less space then my wallet. I would greatly suggest reviewing a .177 rifle whenever you get the chance and see if you prefer it. Also some rifles do come with iron sights.

    • village idiot says:

      I use the .177 cal. pellet, and I have two rifles that shoot them. I’ve killed many a crow and squirrel with them over the past few years.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      70 yards!That intrigues me. RH: I have a passing familiarity with many guns that go bang but I know very little about airguns. I’m guessing the weapon reviewed by MD is expensive. Can I get a decent .177 single pump for say $200 or less? (I have a few guns and too many calibers of ammo. I don’t want to have to stock up on gas cylinders.) Any recommendations?

      • SurvivorDan says:

        I have sling shots that I’m fair to middlin’ with ….except for when my old shoulder gives out. Pump airgun might fill that gap and with greater range and accuracy.

      • NorCal Ray says:

        The Benjamin Titan that M.D. reviewed earlier comes in .177 and .22. Take your choice. They retail for 148.00 at WalMart.
        I havce both and they both have treir place.

        • SurvivorDan says:

          Thanks NC RAY. Was there today getting some oats ($12.24 30 yr buckets) but I’ll stop in tomorrow and check one out.
          Interesting that WalMart who used to practically hide the long term food in the seasonal section has a big display right at the door.

    • Agreed. Stated velocities on my Beeman are 1000fps for.177 and 850fps for .22. Can’t confirm, but makes sense. Obviously the .177 will travel farther flatter and the .22 will have better knock down at shorter distances, kinda like the 9mm vs .45 debate. Either is fun and cheap to shoot. Found the best prices at Ace for pellets.

  11. Wont buy any .22 …………hate em . The only one I have was given to me as a kid , works fine , just dont have much use for it .

  12. Air rifles are to me , far better than a .22 , they are quiet and do just as much damage as the pop guns do . I have neighbors I dont want calling the cops on me , so the pellet gun is perfect for getting rid of all those mocking birds that wake me up screeching at 3 am . Persistant little jerks , I kill one and within 48 hrs , another moves right in , I kill that one and yet another moves in , after I dropped four of them , the immediate area seems to have been cleaned out . All quiet on the western front now 😉

  13. I have a Titan and love it. My next air gun will be a PCP. With a lead dust collector. Right now the one I want is sold out online, but this is the best deal I’ve found on it…

    My brother has one and it’s a GREAT shooter. Flat trajectory. Smooth even shot.

  14. Not to try and hijack your post, but I just wanted to let anybody know that might be interested. currently has coupons up for both Spam and Hormel chili.

  15. The pellet rifle is a wonderful addition. I have one, but I’m a little down on it since it is breach loaded and spring based. On the upside, I have killed squirrels at 50 meters with it with the scope mounted on it

    I’d like to get a different type that a 1000 ft/s rating.

  16. For those who want to bash the .22 as being ‘popguns’, check some of these vids out.
    People are accurately using .22 long rifle up to 1735 yards and the bullet still retains enough energy to go through a turkey or swing a steel plate.
    This is not to say that I advocate a .22 as a survival weapon, but if it’s all you have, don’t be afraid to use it. But I sure would not advocate an air rifle for anything more than pest control in a community setting, and I don’t care what the caliber is.
    Now, there are some very good air rifles on the market and some very good shooters with them- but the average person is not going to buy one due to cost. Rather, more people are apt to buy the compressed CO gas shooters and find they’ve bought the wrong tool, especially if they live in cold climates. (Ask me how I know.)
    If you want to buy an air rifle, do so, but don’t expect it to be a life saver .
    Just my .05.

    • Check out those vids, Josh- you’ll see it. Not to say everyone can do or does, or even has interest in it, but it does point out the fallacy of how ‘impotent’ the lowly .22 is.
      Some of the things people are doing with .22’s is simply amazing. Stuff I’d never have believed if not for Sniper’s Hide forum’s shooters proving what they say. Those guys back up what they say, even with .22.

      • Josh, keep digging through those videos, you’ll run into the one I’m speaking of. It’s not a typo and it wasn’t luck because he did it three times in two minutes. The guys were in Australia. As to the power of the .22 at 400 yards, there’s a video of a shooter going through a ten pound turkey at 400 yards. That’s THRU the turkey, not just into it.
        As for ‘posing no threat’, that isn’t what the shooting is about, or what the topic is about. Why have a larger caliber than .22, or even a rifle, if you’re not concerned with tackling someone at more than face to face range?
        The topic (I presented) was about the ability of a .22, not that it’s a good choice for survival. But some believe it’s the ultimate survival weapon and get knocked for that thinking. Who’s to say, really? What fits you may not fit me.
        On a personal note, I’m intending trying some of the long range .22 shooting this year rather than stick to just the high power rifle. Aside from surviving anything, it’s going to be just pure fun seeing what I can do with it. Our club has a 600 yard range: I promise to post some vids on my site of what I’m doing. So, please be sure to check me out and we can get a decent dialogue going about the “lowly, imperfect,weak-kneed cousin or real guns, the .22”.

        • SurvivorDan says:

          On the one hand I respect the capabilities of the ‘lowly’ 22. On the other hand I push the istance ‘ limits’ of shooting with every weapon i have including the handguns. I just can’t see effective use of a 22 out any where near 400+ yards. I would experiment but I can’t imagine the holdover and the trekking out to look for hits would wear my poor old body out. But then again, I haven’t seen the videos….yet. Will check them out with interest JSW. Are we talking about some specially developed weapon, bullet and hand load?
          Ohio Prepper ? You tried this? Is it possible?
          As for me …1745 yards? Maybe if I kept dropping them out of a hot air balloon?……..

        • Dan, no these are not specialty loaded bullets, but off-the-shelf production bullets. Some of the authors tell you which bullets they’re using, some are comparison tests of various brands. And the rifles are varied, off-the-shelf .22s anyone can buy. Some are ‘tricked out’ by the owner, but available to anyone. (Imagine buying a Ruger 10-22 and putting in a Volkhaurtsen trigger or a match barrel.)
          My comment (originally aimed at TR’s comment) seems to have generated quite a discussion, so I want to clarify a bit more.
          The people making these videos aren’t claiming the effective killing or useful veracity of the .22. Rather, they are using the shoots to test their skill levels, pushing their weapons and themselves beyond what are considered ‘normal’ limits.
          (Again, I do not advocate the .22 as a SHTF weapon, but I do consider it a ‘survival situation’ weapon if that’s all I have. Even the military and civilian survival ‘experts/teachers’ advocate a .22 for a survival bag hunting tool. Definitely not for self-defense unless it’s all you have.)
          Some of the video authors have stated their reason for showing their shooting is to dispel chatter about how weak the .22 is. None are claiming it’s a sensible long distance hunting tool, nor are they advocating LD shots at game or people.
          I found the original video on site while reading their discussion of LR .22 competitions. True- not everyone will be able to perform these shots because not everyone will spend the requisite time in practice. Too, the people at Sniper’s Hide are devout shooters, many who’ve seen the elephant and used their skills effectively.
          On a personal level, I’ve done quite a bit of .22 silhouette shooting, max range 100 yards, and would not have thought to push the envelope beyond that range. The .22 has been my fave small game gun as well. Being one who really enjoys a shooting challenge, watching those vids and reading the SH blog, I’m encouraged to go beyond what is considered norm for my rifle as a means to test myself and my rifle, to step outside my comfort zone and shoot beyond the ability of my rifle. Once I reach that point, it’ll be time for a better tool.
          In concluding, please: do not think the .22 is a ‘good’ long range hunting tool, because it isn’t. But do think of it as a very useful, cost-effective, training tool: what you learn with .22 can be translated to larger bore. And lastly, DO get to wherever it is you practice and train with your .22. Push your limits and prove for yourself what that ‘little lowly .22’ round will do in your hands. That goes for pistol/revolver as well.
          Happy shooting.
          Oh- on trekking to the target: the shooters at SH are shooting at steel: you can hear the hits so no need to ‘trek and check’. My 65 year old bones don’t like the hike much, either, so I use my four wheeler for that.

  17. Josh,

    Have you ever seen a pedal boat? Sorry the about befuddling you…

    • LOL, I’m sure we all knew what he meant, and it ain’t the first time someone mixed a metafore… (sp intentional) LOL. I love the way a family can come up wth things to argue about!

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Clear as a ball. lol

  18. I think “survival rifle” is a broad term and needs to be clarified. Survival on the one hand can mean getting lost in the woods and you survive based on knowledge and what you have on hand (and it assumes an intact society). On the other hand survival can be a post-SHTF endeavor. In the latter, being quiet means staying alive (from the roving bad guys, or zombies if you prefer) it also assumes a long-term situation and means not having resupply or spare parts.

    Just a couple thoughts pro and con re air rifles.

    – quiet for small game hunting and use in dispatching trapped animals
    – if you have a pump gun (non-CO2) and a small lead cast for pellets, you could use long-term
    – potential barter item. should not consider bartering other guns (even .22LR) as they may end up being used against you…

    – CO2 rifles would not be appropriate, due to supply issues of the canisters
    – limited to short range small game
    – yet one more thing to have, get parts and ammo for, break

    There are so many things that make sense to get/have. For me I am trying to have simplicity with some allowance for redundancy. And simplicity is a really relative term (as below). I have selected 4 calibers: 12 ga allows for hunting basically anything from birds to bears, 5.56 is primarily for self defense as is the 9mm (pistol). Last is .22 LR that is for small game primarily (can be used for many others) largely because i can buy thousands of rounds for a small amount of cash. In addition to the above, I also have a compound bow for “quiet” hunting (need extra strings and repair parts and arrows) as well as a sling shot for birds, small game. At some point, all of your “stuff” become unwieldy and for me, the above are what I am focusing on – building out spare parts and ammo (or arrows). For some, an air rifle may be a great buy/have for reasons mentioned above.

    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

      No, but I wonder if shotgun pellet size F could be pressed into service? Those can be purchased by the 25# bag. BUT the only F sized materials I’ve seen are STEEL shot, which should NOT be shot in barrels with rifled barrels (steel wears down rifling).

      In smooth bore barrel, I don’t see why that would be a problem, especially for short range ‘trap’ gun.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      good sound reasoning James. I have basically the same arsenal but the slingshots may not serve me well as I age and the shoulders give out. Also I hate losing an expensive arrow when I miss a bunny in a bramble patch or the one I winged into the river last year…lol.
      Then again, the bow gives me hard hitting power for bigger game and tangos at close range. Ah, the choices to make. Never ends.

  19. I have wanted an air rifle for some time now. Last month Midway had a sale on the one I was looking for, a GAMO Whisper in 22 cal. Came with a scope and fiber optic sights. The stock is just the right size for me and the “iron sights” fell right in place when I picked it up.
    I chose this one because right now I am in a urban (abet smaller town) setting and have an issue with strays in my back yard (noise is an issue). I had a RWS in .177 that I got in Germany. Tried to use it to dispatch a feral cat and hit it in the forehead. It just shook it’s head and ran off. At least it didn’t come back. For this reason I felt that the .177 was not enough pellet for me (I do not know what the velocity of the RWS was).
    Since I’ve gotten it, I have not had much chance to shoot it, but it will be going for several long walks later this spring. With a max velocity of under 1000 fps, and the enlarged, baffled muzzle, it should be much quieter than a standard one.
    I will be putting together a spare parts kit for it, and add to the 1,000+ pellets I already have for it.

  20. Excellent and thorough review on the .22 Remington air rifle, M.D. I have been ready to wade back into air rifle shooting, and was pretty settled on the Benjamin Sheridan 392 .22, but this article gives me one more good option to consider when I finally do make a purchase.

    Air guns are indeed a too-often neglected option when putting together a survival oriented firearms cache. They offer many advantages for small game acquisition and basic self-defense, and don’t carry as much of the legal baggage (yet) that conventional firearms do.

    Air guns have also played an important role in the history of our nation. As many regular blog readers are probably already aware, Lewis and Clark included an air rifle (Girandoni) on their historic transcontinental expedition. Here is a Youtube link with more info for those interested:

  21. they’re not only useful, but necessary I think, you could hunt without giving away you’r position, a 1000 rounds of .22 cal pellets are much easier to carry than .22 rimfire (not that i would trade it for my rimfire.). it just make’s sense to have one. but I also do not favor the idea of no iron sight’s.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Iron sights are a must. Ask any ex-grunt who had a red dot or scope malfunction and had no rear iron sight. I have no use for my handle on my AR15 E-2 and have a red dot for the rail but I won’t mount it until I have a pop up rear sight for it.

  22. Gabe in California says:

    The problem with buying a .177 call nitro piston air gun is the velocity. They can actually shoot upwards of 1200-1400 FPS which leads to pellets breaking the sound barrier and becoming as loud if not louder than a rimfire equivalent. The. 22 call for nitro piston guns is perfect, they stay just below sub sonic and therefore don’t scare the critters.

  23. nnyready says:

    i have a benjamen/shariden .177 with scope that i am so glad to know is a tight shooter at 20yards or so,will havr to stock up on ammo for it and save my .22rf for winter striped 550 cord would make a nice sling in an emergancy 25-50ft of it should do nicely.

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