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Gamo Hornet Air Rifle, .177 Caliber
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
Hard to imagine dinging this gun because of the scope -- the rifle costs a hundred bucks, which is what a purist would pay for a low-end scope alone. And if mounted and fit properly (distance from eye to ocular lens), the scope is more than adequate. If you plan on taking shots at game 250 yards away, you've got the wrong rifle. But for kill shots on back yard pests, this rifle excels.

On day one, I set up a small bore target at 93 feet with a wood backstop (fence), and shot 5 shots. When I went to the target, it took me a few minutes to figure out where the shots landed. Turns out they were high and right by about 3 feet, but in a nice little 2" group. Made minor adjustments and kept firing. Now I'll save anyone interested in this rifle some time and lead: the windage and elevation knobs need to be cranked. A LOT. 4 to 5 clicks will barely move your impact point. I figured this out after putting about 20 shots -- 5 at a time -- down range, with hardly any change. Then I gave both knobs a full turn, and finally started getting some movement. So yeah, it took me almost 40 shots, but once dialed-in I was hitting the bulls-eye regularly, using Crosman pointed lead pellets.

Sometimes reviewers tend to embellish their results, but this is true: with this rifle and stock scope, I've made numerous kill shots on chipmunks at 78 feet (26 yards). I know this distance because that's where the majority of chipmunk activity is in my backyard, so I had to take the measurement. Now the disclaimer: I bait the chipmunks with sunflower seeds or peanut butter, so they don't move around much. And the shots were taken from a sitting, supported position. But to have the kind of confidence that you can kill such a small target at a relatively long distance (for an air gun) is awesome.

You could spend a lot more money for a gun with a higher FPS and better scope, but the Hornet is a STEAL of a deal -- and deadly accurate -- for what I'm using for. A couple of squirrel and chipmunk families in my neighborhood with deceased relatives will attest to that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2014
Being an experienced shooter, I thought that this gun wouldn't be anything too special! Boy, was I surprised! This gun has everything! Power, Precision and a Nice Optic (Scope)! It drops anything from squirrel to rabbits to dove.

On plenty of the other reviews, there are complaints about the scope being terrible. To be honest, the scope is a little rough in the beginning! The reason is that it takes time and patience to break in this gun! When first firing, it has a big kick! After putting 300 rounds through it, the gun seems to settle down!

Over all, this gun is fantastic! Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2015
After a few years of messing around with your average $30 Walmart pellet guns, I decided to go for a 1200 rifle to do some small game hunting. My family has never owned any guns of any kind in the past, so all of this is very new to me. Absolutely blown away by this rifle. Very high quality synthetic build and very fun to shoot. Definitely going to indulge myself further into the air gun hobby, and maybe even the firearm hobby in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
This gun is awesome! This thing can shoot a card at 100+ yards! I bought this gun to learn hunters safety. It is a rifle! I have this hill that I plan to use as my shooting position. I ordered the umarex pointed pellets, they should be perfect, over 8.0 grains and bellow 10.5 grains. I also bought a bipod that is coming today. All off of amazon, who can beat free shipping?! Can't wait tell I shoot this gun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
Just received this rifle yesterday. Looks great and mounting the scope (mandatory as there are no iron sights) was pretty straightforward once you realized what the recoil pin was there for.

I test fired it once in the backyard - let's just say I'll be taking it to the range or a less suburban area to fire it from now on. That one shot had the same report as my 10/22 carbine - it's LOUD. Last thing I need it my neighbors calling the police, so I'll keep this as a range and rural varmint gun. It also helps one understand why a lot of the higher end Gamo's come with a silencer/suppressor built in.

Gun was pretty accurate (for that first shot at least). I'll take it to the range, dial in the scope and see how it does and post an update. I'll probably replace the scope, it's not as awful as some are saying but it's definitely entry level.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this purchase, and for the price, you can't beat the deal.

UPDATE (7/21/14): OK, the other reviewers were closer to the mark than I realized. This scope is GARBAGE. I spent 2 hours at the range sighting this thing in yesterday and while I got consistent groups in the 1" range, getting it dialed in to bull was next to impossible. I'll be replacing the scope shortly. The report decreased significantly after 20-30 rounds, so we'll see how it goes over the next couple of sessions.

One word of warning, check your local ordinances before firing in your back yard. I was unaware that my county had outlawed air rifles (figures). I'll either have to take it to the range or to a rural property to shoot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
It took about 350ish pellets to break it in even after cleaning the shipping oil from the barrel, but that is to be expected. The scope that comes with it had so many bad reviews i didnt put it on, i had a shock proof bushnell 4x32 and put it on for now. I sighted the gun in at 40 yards and have nicle to quarter size groups consistanly with crossman premier hollow point 7.9g pellets. I tried a few other brands and they were not as accurate(by alot). I bought the rifle for small game hunting: rabbits, squirrels, doves, crows ect... (yes we eat what we kil unless its a scvenger causing trouble). At 40 yards i can usually make a clean heart shot on a squirrel and it goes completely through the body dropping it instantly (another one for the freezer, lol), the same with good size rabbits. I shot a pesky trash spreading racoon from 30 yards with a head shot and dropped it instantly also an opossum. this is an excelent gun with minimal cocking effort. MY eight year old boy can cock it, he strains a bit but he does it and he hits a target at 40 yards with it too. I would recomend a shock proof scope rated for air rifle recoil also i would get one with an infinity (front lens adjustment) setting for the paralax, that way you can be at any distance and hold your eye in the lens at any position and not affect your accuracy. I am getting a 4-16x40 with adjustable paralax with an infinity setting. this is over kill for an air rifle but ill get good light at dusk or dawn and personally i like to be able to see what in shooting at really well and close, i just shoot better that way. I hope this helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2014
After more than a year with the hornet I can say that it is probably the best buy in air rifle today. Besides a lighter barrel the internals are the same as Gamo's more expensive rifles. It started to really smooth out after my first 500 crosman premier hollow points, and now with another 750 pellets fired it has really come into its own add a very accurate rifle. At 35 yds, shooting from a rest, a good pellet, which is whatever you find works best, will fall inside a quarter. At 75yds I can consistently tag a red bull can with little adjustment. This rifle will break a cheap scope with its dual action recoil. That said, the included scope will lose zero a lot in the first few hundred rounds, but the smoothing out of the action will ease that over time. I have gone through two other scopes in the $50-75 range and they both couldn't handle the recoil. The Gamo scope is back on and maintaining zero.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2014
This is an awesome gun for the money. I was shocked at how powerful it is with only cocking it one time. I have owned Crossman's, Daisy's, and a Benjamin and this surpasses all of them. Before purchasing the gun, I read many of these posts as it relates to how bad the scope, so I really was ready for the scope to be garbage as I have another scope. Well I mounted the scope that came with the gun to try it out, and after about 10 - 15 shots making adjustments along the way, it is dead on as it relates to the accuracy. I would not hesitate to recommend this gun. Well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
I got 2 of these for my husband and son for Christmas. I was skeptical because some of the reviewers had issues with adjusting the scope, but they got it sighted in with no problems. They both love the guns...I'd definitely recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
Absolutely the best air gun that shoots 1200+FPS. We are shooting 3" groups @ 75 yards with cheap ammo. My son saved up for this during the summer and after excessive research, this is the one he chose. He couldn't be happier.
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