GAMO’s Big Cat 1250 is a powerful .177 caliber break barrel airgun with an included scope. It takes a no-frills approach that keeps the cost down while still offering everything you could want in a high-velocity rifle. It’s quiet, accurate, and built to last.
This is an excellent air rifle for plinking or small game hunting, with all of the features you’d expect to find in a quality gun. From the outstanding muzzle velocity to the smooth break barrel action, the GAMO Big Cat 1250 is a joy to pick up and shoot.
Specifications & Features
● 1,250 FPS muzzle velocity
● 30 lbs spring piston break barrel action
● Includes 3-9×40 scope and mount
● Ambidextrous stock and safety
● Polymer-jacketed 18” steel barrel
● 2-stage adjustable trigger
● Raised cheekpiece for comfort
● 11mm dovetail scope rail
● Weighs 6.1 lbs, overall length of 43.4”
● Backed by GAMO’s 1-year warranty
Between the fully rifled steel barrel and the fact that this air rifle uses high-velocity, low-caliber pellets, it’s an extremely flat shooter. It’s accurate out to 150 yards with PBA pellets, making it competitive with a lot of airguns that cost twice as much.
The GAMO Big Cat 1250 has an 11mm scope rail, which is the most popular option, that allows you to mount the optics of your choice. However, the Big Cat comes out of the box with a 4×32 scope and mount manufactured by GAMO.
Pellet quality has a lot to do with accuracy, and GAMO recommends PBA ammunition for this gun. PBA pellets are lead-free, so they’re lighter than standard pellets. They’re also balanced differently, with a slightly longer skirt that stops tumbling at high speeds.
If you’re using the right ammunition, you’ll be very happy with the accuracy of this air rifle.
.177 caliber pellets don’t hit as hard as .22 caliber ones do, but the added velocity helps to make up for its lightweight ammunition. Out of the box, with cheap wadcutter pellets, the GAMO Big Cat delivers enough power to take down small game and varmints.
At 1250 FPS, you have enough energy behind each shot to be able to effectively use hollow point pellets. If they’re not zipping along fast enough, hollow points won’t deform and open up on impact like they should. That’s not a concern with this rifle.
Going by the numbers, the Big Cat 1250 generates 22.11 joules, or 16.31 foot-pounds, of energy at the muzzle using GAMO PBA Platinum pellets. That’s enough stopping power at 20 yards to take down a raccoon, penetrate the hide of an armadillo, or knock a squirrel out of a tree without a problem.
Compared to other rifles in the same price range, the GAMO Big Cat 1250 is about 30% more powerful on average.
GAMO is known for making high-quality products, and the Big Cat 1250 is no exception.
All of the steel on this gun is blued, and the barrel is shrouded with a polymer jacket for added protection. The stock is made of high-quality composite material to keep weight down. Unlike the fiberglass stocks you’d find 20 years ago, these composites are just as strong as wood.
Another thing you’ll notice about the Big Cat is its trigger group.
GAMO built it to be adjustable, with a long initial pull that makes squeezing off a shot second nature. If you prefer a shorter pull, you can easily change it to your liking.
You’d expect to find an adjustable trigger on a high-end .22 target rifle, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see that GAMO included it here.
GAMO stands behind the Big Cat 1250 for a full year.
They’re known for excellent customer service and if you have a problem with your rifle, you can expect a quick replacement. That really speaks of the quality of the rifle as a whole. This is one of the most affordable guns on the market to offer a decent warranty.
Compare Similar Models
This is based on .177 caliber air rifles.
|Velocity||1250 FPS||1000 FPS||1200 fps|
|Powerplant||Spring piston||Spring piston||Gas piston|
|Front Sight||None||Fiber Optic||None|
|Rear Sight||None||Fiber Optic||None|
|Weight||6.1 lbs||8.16 lbs||7.4 lbs|
|Length||43.4 in||44.8 in||44.25 in|
|Cost||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Rating the GAMO Big Cat 1250
The following is based on a 1 to 5 stars rating.
It lacks iron sights and some find the trigger to be a bit long. These are minor flaws that some users can live with, especially that it comes with an upgraded 3-9×40 scope and mount. 4.5 stars are given for the parts.
A maximum velocity of 1250 FPS and a 30-lb spring piston break barrel action are just some of the factors that make this a powerful airgun. 5 stars are given for its power.
The fact that it uses high-velocity, low-caliber pellets, it’s an extremely flat shooter. 5 stars are given for its accuracy.
Ease of Use
Both the stock and safety are ambidextrous, plus it’s lightweight and compact. This beauty makes it really easy to reload and shoot. 5 stars are given for its ease of use.
For the price, you’re not going to find a more powerful air rifle. GAMO Big Cat 1250 offers the best balance between cost and performance that you’re going to find anywhere.
Another big selling point is its power. 1,250 FPS with high-velocity ammunition is overkill when it comes to small varmints. You are rest assured that nothing you take aim at is going to suffer because you’ve hit it with an underpowered pellet.
This gun is completely ambidextrous if that’s a concern for you. The safety lever is mounted inside of the trigger guard, and both sides of the stock have raised cheekpieces for comfort. Left-handed shooters will feel right at home behind the scope of the Big Cat 1250.
Finally, the GAMO Big Cat 1250 is lightweight and relatively compact for a full-size air rifle. At just 6.1 lbs and 43.4” long, you can easily carry this rifle around for hours.
It shoulders quickly and handles well, with just enough heft to feel good in your hands. Add an optional sling, and you might forget that you’re even carrying it.
Points for Improvement
One thing that immediately springs to mind is the lack of iron sights. Most shooters prefer to use a scope, but it’s nice to have the option. Another thing you’ll notice is the lack of muzzle brake. You might not think they’re necessary for air rifles, but the Big Cat 1250 has a bit of a kick.
Fortunately GAMO compensated with a nice, thick recoil pad.
A long pull makes for nice, steady shot, but some users complain that GAMO takes things too far. That said, not only is the length of the trigger pull adjustable, but it’s also easy enough to get a feel for when the trigger is about to engage.
With a little practice, you can make crisp, quick shots despite the long pull.