What is the most powerful CO2 Blowback pistol on the market?

What is the most powerful CO2 Blowback pistol on the market?

For shooting enthusiasts and airsoft aficionados, there is always a great curiosity in discovering the most powerful models.

CO2 blowback pistols are known for their realistic recoil and enhanced shooting experience, making them a popular choice among airsoft enthusiasts. But are there options with good power?

In this article, we will adress the mechanics of the blowback system, the advantages and explore some of the most powerful CO2 blowback pistols available on the market.

What is a Blowback system?

As previously explored in the article Blowback System – Do you know what it is and what is its importance?, the blowback system refers to the mechanism in which the backward movement of the bolt simulates the recoil of a real firearm.

This system is powered by CO2 gas, which is stored in cartridges inside the air pistol. When the trigger is pressed, the CO2 is released, propelling the projectile or ammunition and causing the bolt to move backward, mimicking the reaction of a real firearm.

Advantages of the Blowback System

But is the blowback system a good choice for everyone? It can be an option to consider, especially for two major advantages.

First, the blowback system offers a more realistic shooting experience, simulating the recoil of real firearms, which can result in a more satisfying experience.

Second, there’s also the fact that they become a bit more practical. Some players emphasize the advantage of the blowback system, which moves the bolt back after each shot, so we don’t have to do it ourselves. The trigger has a faster and lighter operation, allowing for rapid and consecutive firing.

However, there are some disadvantages to consider, as we explored in our previous article.

How is the power of a CO2 Blowback pistol measured?

The power of a CO2 blowback pistol is primarily measured by the muzzle velocity (V₀), typically expressed in feet per second (fps).

A higher muzzle velocity indicates greater power and penetration capability. Additionally, the caliber of the pellet or BB also plays a crucial role in determining the overall power of the CO2 pistol.

Are CO2 Blowback pistols less powerful?

One of the most common questions when comparing CO2 blowback pistols to their non-blowback counterparts is what the difference in power is.

Indeed, there are differences related to energy consumption and design restrictions of blowback models.

Energy consumption: CO2 blowback pistols distribute a portion of the CO2 cartridge’s energy to simulate recoil through the movement of the bolt back and forth, which is the “blowback” feature. This mechanism consumes a substantial amount of energy, leaving less energy available for propelling the projectile or BB. In contrast, non-blowback models use all available energy to propel the projectile, thus achieving higher muzzle velocities.

Design constraints:The design philosophy of blowback pistols often involves a balance between simulating realistic recoil and maintaining pleasant power. Designing a model that offers realistic blowback action and high FPS is a challenge, also due to the inherent mechanical complexities of the blowback system design.

What is the most powerful CO2 Blowback pistol?

While there are several CO2 pistols with blowback systems that have over 400 fps (which can already be considered quite powerful), there is one model that stands out.

It is the Gamo PT-85 Blowback Tactical pistol. This is clearly one of the most powerful CO2 pistols with blowback since it has a muzzle velocity of up to 560 fps (when using PBA Platinum pellets).

In addition to providing high power, this model also features a realistic blowback action, resulting in an authentic and exciting shooting experience.

This Tactical variant is equipped with a longer barrel, which gives it excellent accuracy for a CO2 firearm in its class, as well as a (non-real) “silencer” that can be removed and a Red-Dot RGB sight and Laser + Light.

We had previously explored this CO2 pistol in another blog article, and it continues to be the top choice for many of our customers.

Safety Tips for Handling High-Powered CO2 Blowback Pistols:

As always, safety should come first, especially when dealing with higher-powered CO2 pistols. Therefore, consider the following advice.

Using protective equipment: You should always use eye protection and, if possible, ear protection when firing.

Handle with care: Treat all CO2 pistols as if they are always loaded, keeping the barrel pointed in a safe direction.

Store safely: Keep the firearms and CO2 cartridges stored separately and out of reach of children and unauthorized users.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the use, maintenance, and storage of the pistol and CO2 cartridges.


CO2 guns remain a top choice among airsoft enthusiasts.

Although blowback system versions are generally less powerful than others, this system provides a more realistic shooting sensation.

Fortunately, there are high-powered options available, such as the Gamo PT-85 Blowback Tactical pistol, which allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

In our online store, there is no shortage of high-powered CO2 pistols. Discover our full range!

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