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Good, but could be better.
on July 24, 2013
I didn't buy my Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT from Amazon, but I wanted to write an honest review for people to base a sound decision on before buying this gun. I did hours of research on Gamo pellet guns and went with this gun because it was rated at being quieter then most pellet guns, it had a decent price(to me), decent reviews, and because the gas piston is supposed to be quieter then a springer.
It is pretty quiet shooting 7&8 grain pellets, but the trigger pull is a little long and takes a little getting used to. Like everything else these days, I'm hoping theirs a kit on the market that will help shorten the trigger pull and make it crisper and easier to shoot.
Their are a few hang-ups that most people write about in their reviews that people tend to disregard then blame the gun for their problems. I almost regretted my decision until I remembered the reviews I read and put everything together.
#1 The scopes that come with these guns are truly junk(unless I got a bad scope) when it comes to shooting them on these pellet guns. Every 10-20 shots I was readjusting the scope because it was being thrown off by the shock. Get rid of the scope ASAP, but be careful in buying a new scope because you will want a scope that's rated for the higher shock of a pellet gun. I tried a decent Simmons "rifle" scope and had the same problems as the Gamo scope. Put the Gamo scope on a .22 or .17cal and it "should" work fine.
#2 From what I read in a few reviews, be aware that break barrel pellet guns can have a problem they call barrel droop/sag when it comes to sighting your scope in. It will cause your scope to not have enough adjustment. I had this problem in all three scopes I mounted on this gun where I couldn't get enough adjustment in the "UP" direction. I had to put a shim between the scope and rear mount to fix the problem. The heavier the pellet, the more I had to shim it. If Gamo would at least let a person buy the gun without the Gamo scope it would be a step in the right direction to reduce costs and customer aggravation, but maybe that's the only way they can get rid of the scopes they have in stock????
#3 Be aware that all pellets are not created equal and will shoot different patterns out of this gun. I found I had the best performance when I used my pellet pen to lightly/gently seat the pellet into the taper of the barrel. If the skirt of the pellet went anywhere past the taper, they didn't pattern good at all. In order of best pellet performance for me was the Diablo Exact 7.3gr, Crosman Premier Hollow Point , then the Crosman Destroyer. All 3 pellets seemed to have a "smooth" fit in my gun with just the right amount of pressure. I had about a 1/2"+ pattern with the Crosman hollow points at 30yds(depending on the wind) then went to the Diablo Exact 7.3gr and tightened the pattern with almost no adjustment. IMO, They were both so close in my tests that they're worthy of shooting without readjusting my scope if I ran out of one and had to use the other. In no particular order, I had extremely poor patterning with Gamo Rockets, Diablo Exact 8.44gr, RWS Superdome 8.3gr, RWS Super Point 8.2gr , Daisy Precision Max Pointed, and Crosman Powershot Gold Flight Penetrator 8.5gr lead free pellets. Most of these pellets seemed to have too "tight" of a fit when seating them into the barrel which seemed to be causing sproradic flight patterns.
While I was writing this review I called Gamo customer support and asked about the factory scope not staying zeroed and explained about the shimming I had to do to make any scope work on this gun. They said the gun must be defective and that it might have a bent barrel. They also said a person should never have to shim a scope on their guns. I don't know what the odds are of the scope and the gun both being bad, but I'm going to send it back for a replacement and I'm going to leave a 4 star rating because I knew what I was in for when I purchased the gun. Research taught me everything I needed to know. If my gun has a bent barrel, it's still shooting fairly consistent at 30yds for me even with a slight breeze.
I got my replacement gun last week. It was going to take 3-4 weeks to get a replacement gun through the mail so I made the 1.5hr trip south to the Big "C" Store in Prairie du Chien, WI to make the exchange and save time. I put a new Leapers scope on it last night and guess what? Same problem as the first gun. I had to shim the back scope mount again to get enough "UP" adjustment. I called Gamo again and they said the same thing. Shouldn't have to shim, must be a defective gun. I'm stuck wondering what to do. The only thing in common is that both guns came from the same Big "C" store so that would mean they must have received a bad batch of guns from Gamo. What are the odds? The only thing for me to do now is to send it directly to Gamo under warranty and let them see what it's doing. I'll update this review when I get the results and I'm changing my rating to a 3 star for the aggravation.