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Hard Hitting, but Hefty
on May 29, 2012
Air guns are available in various types. They are multi-pump; single pump, (also called a "spring piston" or "springer"); CO2 powered; or PCP (pre charged pneumatic.) Each has its strengths and weaknesses. If you don't know about the different sorts of air guns you should do a little research to see which one is right for you.
This gun is a springer. It is a single shot break barrel design; quick to cock and load; failry hard hitting; and NOT variable power.
This is a nice product: Solidly made and it feels substatial in your hands. It looks A WHOLE LOT better in person than in any of the pictures I have seen. It is a hard-hitting .177 pellet pistol worthy of plinking and shooting fun,..... and maybe the occasional small pest control BUT ONLY at very short range. It has a 3/8 dovetail mounting provision for a number of popular scopes and sights, but the standard issue fiber optic "iron" sights are easy to see and acquire, and are also adjustable for windage and elevation.
The gun came to me in a blister pack which had to be cut open. At this price point I don't object to that, but if you are considering this gun also consider buying a case of some sort for storage because you won't even have a cardboard box once you open the package. The cocking assit device is a heavy duty plastic tube that slips over the front of the barrel. It doesn't interfere with the sights when in place and it can be left in place while shooting if you wish. It is a slip fit, but snug enough that it isn't going to just fall off easily. It is heavy duty and I cannot imagine needing to replace it out of normal wear. you will definately want it for cockig the gun.
This gun is also quite heavy, requires a good deal of cocking force, and it has more recoil and a moderatly loud report as airguns go. The trigger is adjustable for travel but not force and is a bit stiff for my tastes, making it hard to sqeeze off a shot. In my personal experience these traits together have made it difficult for me to master reliably hitting my targets, although other reviewers on other sites do not share that shortcoming.... so it isn't that the gun lacks accuracy, it is just this particular shooter's personal preference and skill level.
Although the report is not particularly loud, if you live close to your neighbors and are seeking to shoot nearly silently so as not to raise thier objections this isn't the gun for you. They probably wouldn't notice a single shot, or even several shots over the level of normal background suburban noise, but on a quiet evening they would definately hear what you are up to.
The gun came from the factory with the overly-generous amounts of oil in the chamber. In spring air guns you should only use silicone oil in the chamber because the high air pressures will cause petrolium based oils to actually ignite. (Look up "Air Gun + Dieseling" to learn more) This can look cool and add velocity to the pellet, but it can also damage the gun. It also causes smoke and its attendent scent of burned oil AND (IMO) more noise. This gun was Dieseling out of the package and I had to clean it and run several pellets through it before it stopped doing so. Then it sat overnight and the Dieseling started again. I guess I didn't get all the oil out.... but the effect is less with each session, so eventually..... Anyway, no harm seems to have been done but I was glad to have initially tried it outside where the smell and smoke were not a problem. If you have an indoor range just be aware of this issue. (Edit: I have snce run many more pellets through the gun and cleaned it again. The Dieseling has ceased and the report is quieter now, though not as whisper quiet as some airguns.)
All in all I like the product very much. As a training/practice gun for actual hand gun shooting this is probably a pretty good choice.
My decision to rate it only 4 star comes from the fact that a hard-hitting gun is usually chosen for small pest control, which is only possible with accruacy. (You don't need a lot of energy if all you are doing is punching holes in paper targets or alumnium cans.) That hard-hitting energy is only useful if you can reliably put your pellet into a small kill zone on your target. The last thing I want to do is to just wound some critter and then spend the afternoon chasing it around to deliver a coup de grace. Maybe some other shooters can handle this gun with the required accuracy for reliable and humane pest control, so far I can't. But I'll keep practicing. Other than that the quality/price/value is 5 star all the way. Heck, for the price you can't go wrong.
The trade offs are a solid feeling, hard-hitting gun VS. high cocking forces, heftier weight, and a little more noise. If that trade off suits you this is a fine product. If you seek total stealth from neighbors, or dead-on match accuracy* you might find you are better off with a different choice... but to get this level of quality you will probably pay more regardles of what choice you make.
* I have noticed that serious match pistols are failry low velocity guns. I do not know the real reason but I suspect it is the various laws regarding ownership of air guns. Many countries set their laws according to the muzzle energy. Makers of match pistols probably keep thier energy levels low so as to be able to sell to a wider market, or so that their customers can take thier match pistols to international meets. I am no expert, but I have shot a couple of these and the accuracy can be quite amazing. If you are interested in target shooting don't bother fretting over muzzle energy.