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Crosman Optimus Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177)
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- Pellet Velocity: Up to 1000 fps
- Alloy Pellet Velocity: Up to 1200 fps
- Length: 45 in
- Fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight
- Hardwood stock
- Shoots up to 1200 FPS (alloy) / 1000 FPS (lead)
- 45" overall length, 7.13 lbs weight
- Ideal for pest control and target shooting
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The Optimus break barrel is both powerful and elegant. It features a handsome, ambidextrous hardwood stock. With a relatively light cocking force and a two-stage adjustable trigger the Optimus is built to get the job done with velocities of up to 1200 fps with alloy pellets. The barrel incorporates a micro-adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight.
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There are so many inaccurate air rifles out there I wonder how many new people just think they are lousy shots. This one comes from the same factory as the raven, it has the same great quality. I'm getting 1 inch maximum spread around the bullseye at 25 yards just using a table rest. Best of all, this one costs almost half the price of the webley, stoeger, gamo, and benjamins I have tried, all with very poor accuracy or inoperable.
Just use a round head diablo shaped pellet around 7-9 grains, some good optics, and believe me, you will be smiling.
However, I'm assuming that the penetration I'm getting means the MV is 1000 FPS+. Can anyone enlighten me some more on this? Thank you.
Perhaps not the fastest of the lot, but has adequate speed
and accuracy is good. Was a little disappointed at first. Had
to learn how to shoot over again. The same hold that works
with center fire rifles makes the air rifle inconsistent. Found
the artillery hold and it made all the difference.
* Very fair price
* Easy to cock/breaks open easily
* Barrel locks up securely
* Well balanced
* Easy to see sights
* Hard hitting (haven't ran it through a chronograph though)
* Accuracy issues
* Safely does not automatically engage (personal preference since I am grabbing toward the end of the barrel)
* The rear sight was not centered well (I have mine pushed all the way to the right)
* Stock screws keep coming loose
* Breech is very tight/have to use a pellet seater
* Trigger is very heavy even after adjusting it.
The pros are pretty self-explanatory. I like the rifle's appearance and function. I will go into a little more detail about the cons. My concern with accuracy - While using the "artillery hold" I have difficulty consistently hitting 2" rings at 10-15 yards. I would consider myself a decent shot and I have sufficient trigger control with other firearms and air rifles. I owned a Ruger Air Hawk .177 and was much more pleased with its accuracy and dependability than I have been with the Optimus thus far. In the rifle's defense, I have only been using Daisy and Crossman Premier pellets; wad cutters, hollow points, and spear points, since they are the most affordable and easy to find in the stores. The Optimus may prefer another pellet, this is just my observations. The safety is not a defect, just another step to get used to with this rifle. After following the manuals 100 round break-in period I set up my paper grids to sight in the rifle. I went through many more rounds trying to get a tight, consistent group. About 1 ½" to 2" at 10 yards was the best I could muster. I also had to slide the rear sight almost all the way to the right to find center. It shoots fine, I just don't like having my sight slide all the way to one side - my OCD doesn't like how that looks. The screws holding the stock to the action keep loosening off, I am sure in time I will Loctite them, just not yet. The con of having to use a pellet seater (in my case a ball-point pen) to push the pellets into the breech is just another step I would like to have left out. The Optimus will still fire fine without the pellets being seated deeper in the barrel, but my concern was that when I locked up the barrel it might deform the cone of the pellets. Without using a tool or pen tip to push the pellets into the barrel and inserting them only by hand, I was not able to get them pushed in till they were flush with the breech. I am not sure if this was necessary, but I only can assume risking having the pellet cones deformed would not help my accuracy one bit. The last item was the trigger. It has a very, and I mean VERY, heavy trigger pull. I read and watched numerous articles and videos of how to do a "trigger job" on the rifle to create a light trigger. I may try this down the road. Even with the heavy trigger it still breaks consistently.
Overall, I am pleased with the Optimus for the price I paid. I received the rifle (version without the scope) and the manual. The directions were clear and easy to cover. Of course Amazon packed it well and shipped it quickly. This is a good rifle for fun shooting and plinking away some time, but I am not yet sold on this being a "Dead Eye Dan" varmint rifle. If things change I will add to this later.
After more and more pellets fired downrange, I am retracting 2 and a half of my "cons" statements. One is regarding the accuracy, the second regarding the far rightward push of my rear sights and the ½ regarding the use of a pellet seater. First, I have settled on using Crosman wadcutter pellets and the accuracy issues have been corrected. I am now getting ¾-1" shot groupings off a rest at 10-15 yards using only the iron sights. I can consistently hit my swinger targets out to 50 yards and am very pleased. I don't know if it was a break in issue of just needing to run more pellets down the barrel or if it was an issue of the pellets I had been trying. Either way, with over 1000 pellets shot it is working very well. The second con, the sights, has also been worked out. As it broke in or as I changed pellets, I have been able to push the rear sights back closer to the center where it is not so far off to the right. And the last half retraction is the need for a pellet seater. The pellet skirts still hang out a little much for my pleasure, but I have discontinued using the seater just to see what would happen and the rifle has been doing fine. I do seat the pellets if I am working for very consistent loads and shots, but just for plinking and fun shooting I no longer worry about it. My opinion of this rifle has gone from one of apprehension to an opinion of being very pleased. I would recommend this rifle to anyone wanting a great shooting, inexpensive, fun rifle and therefore have decided it is fully deserving of 5 stars.
I have now purchased a second Optimus. I have added a scope to both rifles (one came with a scope) and I have to say I am very, very impressed with this rifle. They both shoot excellent for a rifle in this price point. I am now regularly shooting hanging targets at 35 and 50 yards. My groups are around 2" or less with just a simple rest for the forend of the rifle. I cannot stress enough how pleased I am with this rifle. I left my initial comments just so you can see that I did have frustrations, but this rifle is well worth the learning I had to do to shoot this rifle accurately and precisely. The second rifle was much quicker to sight in and get tight groups. I immediately cleaned and scrubbed the bore multiple times (around 20 times with a brush and cloth) before I ever shot it. I then quickly ran 100-200 cheap pellets through it. I then switched to the Crosman Premium wadcutters and have not looked back. I love these rifles. If you don't mind a little work getting it going this is a wonderful purchase. I would buy this rifle again without hesitation if something ever happened to mine. I hope this helps.