Remington Genesis: Part 1
by B.B. Pelletier
I promised several readers I'd look at the Remington Genesis. It's an adult-sized spring-piston air rifle that promises 1,000 f.p.s. in .177 caliber. It's housed in an unusual thumbhole synthetic stock that has panels of extremely grippy rubber on the forearm, pistol grip and cheekrest. The buttpad is also a thick, black rubber pad, so this rifle will stay put in your hands! A quick look reveals several areas that remind me of a Gamo; but Crosman, who makes the rifle for Remington, says it's made in the U.S.A. The model I have has the scope and mounts, so I'll test the rifle using them.
Some interesting specs!
The Genesis has an interesting set of specifications. Overall weight is 6 lbs. and the cocking effort is 28 lbs., which means the Genesis is both lightweight AND easy to cock! Given the rated power level, that means it has what it takes to be a handy hunting rifle. When I first hoisted it to my shoulder, I noticed something else. It balances like a majorette's baton! Neither muzzle- nor butt-heavy, the Genesis handles rapidly because the center of gravity is always between your hands.
The Genesis comes with fiberoptic front and rear sights. I do not like fiberoptics, but I know they are all the rage today and evey new rifle is going to have them. The sights on the Genesis, however, are different than most. You can still see a square post above the green dot in front, and the two red dots in the rear sight do not seem to light up in anything less than full sunlight. So, in effect, you get a great post and notch sight that happens to have a green dot at the front. I can live with that.
Scope and mounts
I have to give very high marks for the design of the integral scope-stop hole and for the selection of the scope mount. It would appear that whoever put this package together knows something about spring-piston airguns, and that's not common. Usually, the maker just throws in a set of the cheapest rings the Chinese make and a scope to go with them, but the Genesis breaks with that tradition. The mount is a rugged-looking one-piece design with the correct scope-stop pin to match the hole in the receiver! Hallelujah! This point is overlooked so often, then guys like me have to answer endless questions about the possible workarounds. Thanks, Crosman!
Congratulations to Crosman for putting in a real scope-stop hole.
The scope was another surprise. It's a 3-9x40mm variable that parallax-adjusts down to 10 yards! More proof there's an airgunner behind this rifle. I installed it with the Allen wrench that came with the rifle and got still an additional surprise when I looked through the scope the first time. The reticle is a duplex - the best of all reticles for most purposes - with mil-dots in the center! To quote the 18th century British sailor, "I am impressed!"
The stop pin on the underside of the scope mount interfaces perfectly with the rifle's stop-pin hole.
Cocking the rifle the first time revealed a lot of spring click noise coming from the spring cylinder. I believe this will subside in time. If not, the rifle may need a professional lubrication - one that would involve a powerplant disassembly. It comes from a too-dry mainspring; but if there's any grease in there, it'll get distributed by the time 100 shots are put through it and everything will be fine.
Next, I'll look at how it shoots.