Thursday, January 26, 2006

The .25 caliber Career Carbine

by B.B. Pelletier

A lot of you like to hunt with your airguns. I'd like to show you a carbine that's a hunter's dream - the Career Carbine in .25 caliber! (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see specs & prices.)

The Career 707 Carbine is a trim little rifle with a BIG PUNCH! In .25 caliber, it will roll the largest airgun game.

Career 707
The Career 707 was one of the first powerful Korean repeaters to come to this country. It has been a huge success, mostly due to the smashing power the rifle develops. In fact, it's so powerful that Americans were asking for modifications to LOWER the power before the first year of importation was up (1995). That's a switch! The big plus with a Career is the accuracy. These rifles can deliver sub-1" groups at 50 yds. and still deliver the same muzzle energy as a .22 short!

Career Carbine
The Career Carbine came several years after the rifle. It has the same general appearance as the rifle, but the shorter length makes it lighter and faster in the woods. You will lose some shots due to a smaller reservoir, and the power is not as great as the rifle, but the Career Carbine is still a very powerful air rifle! Instead of 70 foot-pounds, you're down somewhere in the 50s. Big deal! The woodchucks won't know the difference.

The Carbine is also a loud airgun. It has to be with that much air coming out of a short barrel. If you decide to buy one, do so for the convenience of a small handy carbine that still exceeds the power of most European airguns. Because you will shoot diabolo pellets, you will have the same safety range as lesser air rifles. I'll make pellet recommendations in a moment, but there's one more thing I want you to think about.

The Career Carbine in .25 caliber!
As long as we're going big today, why not go all the way and get a .25 caliber carbine? While I was looking through the pages on the Pyramyd Air website, I noticed how difficult it is to find the Career Carbine. Then, I noticed a sale on the .25 caliber Career Carbines. Do you know what a great deal this is?

I think that airgunners sometimes order a carbine without knowing how powerful it will be. Maybe they're shooting an RWS Diana 52 at present and this little carbine that weighs LESS THAN 7 LBS. is MORE THAN TWICE AS POWERFUL as their rifle. They don't stop to consider how the Carbine accomplishes that. It does it with a lot of compressed air, and the muzzle blast reflects it. If you're prepared for the sound of a .22 rimfire, the carbine sounds nice. If you compare it to a spring rifle, it will assault your senses.

Which pellets?
Today's Career has an adjustable pellet feed, so the gun can adapt to long or short pellets. My No. 1 pick is the 36.6/36.8-grain super-heavy Eun Jin pellet. Yes, they're expensive compared to smaller-caliber pellets, but this is a hunting rifle we're talking about, and these pellets really reach out and do the job. Never scrimp when it comes to ammunition for hunting! My second choice is the (almost) 31-grain extra-heavy Beeman Kodiak pellet. In fact, try both pellets in your gun to see which is the best. Some guns shoot the Kodiak better than the Eun Jin.

Two more pellets
I know from experience that the 21-grain Diana Magnum pellet is very accurate in other .25 caliber airguns, so give it a try in the Carbine. It's lightweight (imagine 21 grains being called light!), so you'll get more velocity to reach out farther and flatter for squirrels and rabbits. The H&N Field & Target pellet also looks good. At 24.4 grains, it's a medium-weight pellet in this caliber.

If you use a scope, you've GOTTA pick the new Leapers 6x Bug Buster. It's built on Leapers new TS super-strong platform and has more power than ever - yet it's sized perfectly for the Career Carbine. The article I linked to is about a different TS scope, so don't be confused by the slightly different appearance.

The bottom line for the Career Carbine is this - it's not for everyone. But, for hunters, it's a good 'un. If you hunt where light weight and small size are important, this one might be for you.


At January 26, 2006 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Pyramid Air have the Career 707 MKIII's in yet? Or does any place have the Mark IIIs yet? They're really nice looking!

At January 26, 2006 9:17 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

I've never heard of a Mark III, but Pyramyd Air has had the Career III for some time. Is that what you are referring to?


At January 26, 2006 4:48 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

An update on the Mark III. I was informed by Pyramyd Air that they will be carrying a new model called the Infinity. Could that be the Mark III you refer to?

Where did you learn about the Mark III and in what country is it available?


At January 26, 2006 8:26 PM, Blogger D.B. said...

I have had some interest in these precharaged airguns but the prices for the pumps seem to me to be way out of line, and scuba tank prices are even more expensive. You can buy a really nice firearm for less than the cost of this gun and pump.
Is there any economical option in our future? My wife would kill me if she thought that I would spend $200 on a pump!

At January 27, 2006 7:53 AM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


I'll address your concerns in a posting to this blog next week.


At January 27, 2006 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope the mark III is a new single tube career 707, it has a detatchable single tube, like the tanker but is also avaliable like that as a rifle. Also the hunting scene has been taking off and only says Career 707 mkIII on it in gold letters. Heres a link...

At January 27, 2006 6:36 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

Wow! That is a different-looking rifle. I don't know if that is the Infinity I was told about or not, but Pyramyd Air will see it too, if they haven't already seen it.


At March 20, 2006 3:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know how many pumping the refile needs to fill?

At May 25, 2006 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, which one is better?, more powerful, more accurate, the sumatra or tha career 707, tx

At June 19, 2006 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sumatra is better then the Career.
They have about the same power but
Sumatra comes with a rotating mag.
That will allow you to shoot all differnt types of pellets. With the Career you have to take off the
receiver cover and adjust the pellet stop when shooting differnt pellets.
Sumatra can be turned down to shoot crosman premier pellets at 900fps about 40 to 50 shots. Career will not regulate the power on low. Career is ment to shoot heavy pellets. Sumatra can shoot heavy and light pellets.
I own both and I like them alot.

At March 29, 2007 2:42 PM, Blogger Gerardo said...

Do you know how can I adjust the pellet stop to accep different pellet on my Career III 707 .22 Cal.; because I want to use diabolo barracuda but it jams in the rifle. I need some graphics to do this.

At March 29, 2007 2:54 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


The adjustment is in the 707 manual on this website. On the home page scroll to the bottom, click on manuals, on the manuals page scroll down to Shin Sung Career 707.


At July 15, 2009 2:43 AM, Blogger nejc said...

The career is a great gun!
The only downside is the pellet stop!! I takes about 200 pumps to get it to fuul presure!

I think it is better than the sumatra!
It is better looking, more powerfull!


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