Testing the Gamo Whisper - Part 2
by B.B. Pelletier
Well, Joe in Maryland explained that a 50 percent reduction in noise is only 3 decibels, so in that light, I can accept Gamo's claim of a 52 percent reduction. Sorry, but I was thinking in different quantitative terms (i.e., percentage of loudness).
A well-rounded stock
Let's continue our look at the features on this Gamo Whisper breakbarrel. First, let's look at the stock. It's a black, synthetic stock with a fairly wide forearm and a deep pistol grip. The cocking slot is short because the rifle has an articulated cocking link I'll talk about in a moment. The Monte Carlo cheekpiece is low, and the cheekpiece is on both sides of the stock. In all ways, this rifle is ambidextrous. The thick, black rubber buttpad is very nicely contoured to the butt and looks terrific. The pull is slightly short at 13-3/4", so the rifle is well-suited to shooters of smaller stature.
What's behind the easy cocking?
Archimedes said, "Give me a place to stand and I'll move the world." He was referring to the ability of levers to multiply force. That same science works on breakbarrel air rifles. The length of the barrel (the lever) and the location of the fulcrum (the cocking link pivot point) determine how easy or hard a gun cocks to a greater extent than the power of the mainspring. Gamo designed the Whisper right in this respect. On close examination, I see they've reduced the baseblock by a huge amount, so they can place the anchor point of the linkage exactly where they want it.
The barrel breaks back an incredible distance. This is relaxed. It comes back another 4-5 inches!
They also employ an articulated 2-piece cocking link that's longer than a single piece. It allows the barrel to pivot more on the pivot pin, which means they use the cocking force over a longer distance. The net result is a lighter effort.
There's that small steel barrel I mentioned in the first report. Note the chisel detent. The easy cocking includes breaking the barrel open.
A nice set of fiberoptic open sights
The front is a post and bead that's hooded for protection. After what happened to the RWS Diana 34 Panther front sight, I'll accept that fiberoptic sights need protection. The rear sight is fully adjustable and is fiberoptic as well. Both windage and elevation adjust in smooth clicks, and the windage has a reference scale. They are so nice that I thought it would be nice to test them first, before mounting the scope that comes with the rifle.
A red fiberoptic post and bead front sight is protected by a steel globe.
The rear sight is fully adjustable and also fiberoptic.
And somebody remarked, "If the trigger becomes nicer with use, what is it nicer than? Itself, before the use?" Obviously the answer to that is yes. And you readers all chimed in and made sure I knew about Charlie Da Tuna's GRT-III drop-in replacement. I have looked at his website, and I'll see what I can do about working him into this blog.
A trigger replacement will probably void the Gamo warranty. That wouldn't bother me if this were my own rifle, but it's not. Maybe I'll scare up a cheap, used Gamo at Roanoke.
And I heard the usual anti-plastic remarks made on the first report. What I wonder is how do you wood-and-steel types every buy a modern car? When I have a choice, I'll pick steel over plastic every time. That's why I'm a 1911 fancier and don't care for Glocks. But, I would never make the mistake of thinking that just because an airgun has plastic it won't work well. I like the synthetic-stocked RWS Diana 34 Panther over the traditional wood-stocked 34, and I'm hoping this Whisper will show me the same great traits.
I may have to postpone the shooting, as I'm leaving for Roanoke in two days and the weather isn't cooperating. But don't despair; we'll get there.