Gamo Hornet Air Rifle, .177 Caliber
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- 0.177-caliber air rifle for hunting and target shooting
- Velocity of up to 1,200 fps with PBA Raptor ammunition
- Single break-barrel cocking system; manual trigger safety
- Fluted polymer jacketed steel barrel; 4x32 air riflescope
- 18-inch barrel length; measures 43.3 inches overall; weighs 6.1 pounds
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This spring operated break barrel air rifle features an ambidextrous, synthetic all-weather stock, a two stage adjustable trigger and a ventilated recoil pad. The fluted polymer, jacketed rifled barrel keeps you on target.
The Gamo Hornet 0.177-caliber air rifle will go the distance for thousands of rounds of hunting and target shooting in any weather. Cable of yielding a sizzling velocity of 1,200 feet per second with PBA Raptor ammunition (not included), the rifle is ideal for your next outing. Features include a single break-barrel cocking system, a manual trigger safety, a fluted polymer jacketed steel barrel, a second stage adjustable trigger, and a tough all-weather molded synthetic stock.
- Velocity: Up to 1,200 feet per second with PBA Raptor; 1,000 fps with lead
- Butt plate: Ventilated rubber pad
- Cheek piece: Twin cheek pads
- Checkering: Nonslip texture design on grip and forearm
- Scope ramp: Grooved receiver
- Scope: 4x32 air rifle scope with rings
- Ammunition: Any 0.177-caliber pellet
- Trigger pull: 3.74 pounds
- Cocking effort: 30 pounds
- Barrel length: 18 inches
- Length: 43.3 inches
- Weight: 6.1 pounds
Warning: Airguns are not toys. Airguns are recommended for use by those 16 years of age or older. Adult supervision required. Misuse or careless use may cause serious injury. Do not brandish or display your airgun in public. It may confuse people and it may be a crime. Police and others may think an airgun is a firearm. Do not change the coloration or markings to make it look more like a firearm. Buyer and user should conform to all laws governing the use and ownership of their airgun. The person handling the airgun and anyone nearby should always wear protective eyewear. Read all instructions before using. Always use care and shoot safely.
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BIG TIP: Read the little booklet manual that it comes with. Preferably more than once, for the safety of you and those around you. It's easy to read and is only around 15 mini-pages.
Durability/Aesthetics: This air rifle is solid, the weight is distributed evenly, and boy does it look hot. The cheekpiece is smooth and feels like a hug to the face, and the minute amount of recoil against the ventilated rubber buttpad feels more like a massage than a jerk! And a big plus for me: No huge logo anywhere! In my honest opinion, this rifle is the quintessence of true craftmanship. (It's a work of art!)
Besides the new paint job, a friend of mine that owns both airguns and big guns customized/shaved down the grip to fit my petite hands. I wouldn't ever do this myself, however- Doing it wrong can ruin the gun or hurt someone. Note that I love all other aspects of the gun and do not wish to change them.
I'm tossing the one that came with it as soon as I have an extra $50-$100 laying around for a higher quality one. I'm no expert, but the eye-relief on this bad boy is a pain in the butt. You have to be just close enough for the full picture. I'm also unable to fully zero it in (But maybe I'm doing it wrong, will edit soon) so my shots are always lower than the center point.
The Trigger & The Safety, and the Barrel:
Just as I expected, the trigger is smooth and has a good amount of resistance. It is not a hairpin trigger, but you don't have to truly squeeze either. I can easily move my trigger finger to pull back the safety.
I noticed that many people ask this: Is the barrel hard to 'break?': I am a 95lb female and after the first ten times, it's practically a piece of cake. Make sure to grip the end of the barrel near the muzzle, and rest the butt on your hip or thigh as you pull it downward. Keep pulling until you hear a loud 'click'.
Bottom Line: Don't Hesitate!
Let me know if this helped, and happy shooting! (:
Do not attempt to install this China made Junk Scope on this nicely made in Spain air rifle! (Use the scope for bird watching, spotting, but NEVER on any rifle)!
I give this rifle a 4.5 star rating. It is much lighter than most in its class due to the hollow plastic stock and the one detraction (the reason for not getting 5 stars) that the barrel is a lightweight thin-walled steel encapsulated in a thick plastic sleeve (rather than the standard thick solid steel barrel). However, this light weight makes it a joy to carry, since such air rifles cannot practically have slings.
I installed a 4X-40 fixed power Swift scope (after rejecting due to inaccuracy several 2x7 and 3x9 variable power made in China scopes). The 4X power is sufficient for this rifle's range and with this Swift scope (bought is on sale for $45) it now places 9 of 10 shots in a dime sized target at 30 feet (this is after about 500 pellets).
The reason I got this one (after a long time researching many) is my $600 RWS 350 Magnum (made in Germany) with a 3x9-42 Swift Premier Scope weighs about 10 lbs(I sometimes get tennis elbow cranking its near 40 lbs cocking pull) --- was hoping I'd get a quality lightweight that can be easily cocked, while still having good power and accuracy (at a low price that I can keep in the truck and not worry).
This rifle surpassed my expectations --- at about $160 with the quality Swift 4X scope --- it is several grades above the rest in it class. While many US companies (Beeman, Daisy, Crossman, Ruger, etc.) have their rifles now produced in China (known for questionable quality), this European made air rifle is better than others twice its price!
Here are some pointers that will help make its performance optimum:
1) Shoot at least 200 pellets to "break it in". In the beginning the action, cranking and trigger will be stiff. Center your scope , but expect to recenter it after about 500 rounds (at this point your action will be smooth, and once your QUALITY Scope is zeroed in, it will remain so for a very long time).
2) After 200 pellets clean the barrel from lead depositing. You can use a small cotton wad (oiled) then dry, until it comes out clean, that can be pushed through the breach towards the tip of the barrel (never the other way around). Push it slowly, so it makes contact at all time with the walls. Do not spend money on fancy oils, cleaning agents, etc. --- use Dextron II Automatic Transmission Fluid (the red stuff you use for your car's transmission) since it is one of the best cleaners and LUBRICANTS that can never gum up! I use a long bamboo BBQ skewer to push the rod through (or buy an aluminum .177 rod --- soft metal or wood, so walls are not damaged by contact). Oh, and NEVER buy a .22 air rifle ( their pellets travel much slower and drop quickly making long shots near impossible). Buy only a .177 air gun (with the right pellets, a 1/2 dollar coin can be hit at 100 yards with ease)!
3) Use the same pellets all the time! The slightest difference in weight, manufacturer, and even shape, will change the accuracy! For this rifle, heavier than 8 grain but not over 10.5 grain pellets work best.
4)I have found that with air rifles of this power (1000 fps) the VERY BEST are the domed ones made in Germany at 8.3 grains (superior accuracy for target and superb knock down and penetration for hunting)! Umarex Superdome Field Line Pellets, .177 (Per 500).
Hope the above is helpful.