Things I liked:The Patriot's power is incredible for a springer. In .25, this is a gun capable of hunting any small game and some medium sized critters as well. You can reach out and touch them at 50 yards without a problem. Not easy but not as difficult to cock as I had anticipated from reading other reviews. I put 400 pellets down range my first time at the range. I got a decent workout and a nice blister but it wasn't bad. Accuracy at 50 yards is very good. I typically manage 1.5" groups using Beeman Kodiak Match pellets. I'm quite pleased with the gun's fit and finish. Things I would have changed:The trigger is a little on the heavy side. I don't like the rear sight but this is not such a problem because I don't intend to do much shooting without a scope. I'm a fan of walnut. I purchased the accessory walnut stock and refinished it myself to improve the gun's appearance. What others should know:This gun is heavy and will break scopes. I promply broke the first scope I had on the gun. The scope was listed as suitable for a air rifle but it simply wasn't up to the task. I say the rifle isn't too difficult to cock but I must admit some of my friends wouldn't agree with me. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it. Make sure you get the correct 1 piece scope mount. It should have provisions to take advantage of the shallow grooves in the top of the rifle.
Things I liked:I read many of the reviews before making this purchase. It went against my nature to buy a gun this "cheap". I typically live by the philosophy that you get what you pay for. I kept looking for an excuse to buy something "better" (i.e. more expensive). Finally I broke down and added this gun to my cart. After half an hour with this gun, I have to admit that I think this gun is an exception to the rule in that you get way more than you paid for.
It took me a couple shots to get used to the trigger which is not match grade by any stretch of the imagination. It's a little creepy but perfectly serviceable. I used those shots to get the sights adjusted to my range. By the 10th shot I was ready for a clean target. Shooting off-hand from 5 yards, the next shot left me wondering where it had hit. Upon examination, it had cleanly removed the bullseye from my target. The next 3 pellets literally went through the same hole. I don't think I have ever done this with another pistol. I am shocked at the accuracy that this pistol is capable of. If anyone cares, I was using RWS Hobbys. The experience left me wanting to write this review. Things I would have changed:For the price, I don't think could complain about anything. I don't know how well it will hold up over time but it seems solid enough. What others should know:The gun makes a little more noise than I had expected but I wouldn't call it loud. Cocking takes a little effort but with a little practice, it becomes second nature. Buy this gun. You won't regret it.