Things I liked:The feel, trigger, weight, appearance, accuracy, sturdiness,and quality are all exceptional for the price. Things I would have changed:The glossy finish is not a match for my Makarov. What others should know:You get approximately 5 magazines of 18 BBs (90 shots)
per 12g CO2 cylinder.
Things I liked:I like the size, content, photos, and illustrations. Things I would have changed:Some data is missing/inaccurate for some airguns: ie listing a gun semi-automatic,or fully automatic when it is, in fact, a burst-gun. Omitting accessories available, such as the spare magazines for the UMAREX Makarov. Include a few more details please!
Things I liked:The price is right for this product. Being of plastic, these cylinders must be occasionally replaced. My Crosman .357 functioned well with new cylinders. Things I would have changed:Nothing.
Things I liked:These pellets fly extremely well when used in my TechForce bolt action .22 rifle (I ported it!). It should be noted that while speed increases with PBA lighter pellets, accuracy will suffer unless the gun is ported or has adjustable power. The accuracy increased when I switched to the Raptor, and that is all I will use with this rifle now. I tried other brands of PBA pellets of similar weight but none performed anywhere close to as good as the Raptor! Things I would have changed:Nothing! What others should know:As mentioned previously, accuracy with a lighter pellet can only be achieved with adjustable power or porting. This is because 99% of airguns deliver a fixed charge of propellent gas that will likely be a perfect match for only one weight of pellet. Shot groups for other pellets will degrade. When weight is increased it takes longer for the pellet to leave the gun (lock-time), and accuracy will decrease. When a pellet is too light, the excess gas left over after pushing the lighter pellet, will surround and destabilize the pellet as it leaves the muzzle. Porting gets rid of this excess gas at the last moment, allowing a light pellet to be more accurate than lead, due to its much reduced lock-time. I ported my paintball tank powered CO2 rifle by drilling a pair of 1/16" holes on each side of the front sight. I angeled the holes slightly forward toward the muzzle. I carefully dremeled off the extrusions with a small diamond burr. Before this operation the rifle only liked one weight and brand of lead pellet. After the porting, the gun was more accurate with all pellets, but especially so with the GAMO Raptor.
Things I liked:These magazines functioned flawlessly in my Umarex Makarov, and are not too expensive. Things I would have changed:Nothing. What others should know:These magazines hold 18 BBs, while advertized to hold 16. Since the pistol is good for 90 accurate shots on one CO2 cylinder, I purchased 4 extra mags for it. When all of the magazines are empty, its time to replace the CO2 cartridge.
Things I liked:Once I got it working, it was wonderful. It is made from really tough material. It worked best with Daisy BBs. (Another popular brand was eventually OK but not as smooth or easy, even after I worked out the bugs.) Things I would have changed:Adapter #4 (for the Makarov) would not stay on the loader. I permanently attached it to the speedloader with JB Weld. Next I Dremeled off a tiny amount of the lock-lug to shorten it by about 1/64" and increased the bevel by about the same amount. After I ran about 100 BBs through the mechanism to loosen it up.I also added a few drops of oil to the hopper. I switched to Daisy BBs. It now functions beautifully. Now I wouldn't be without it! What others should know:This may work easily "right out of the box" for other magazine fed BB pistols, but it required a bit of tweeking and creativity with the Makarov. Don't give up if you initially have problems with it...you can probably work them out!
Things I liked:Very easy to use. Very well built. Things I would have changed:I'd offer a shorter version with only a 1' to 1.5' hose. What others should know:If the open/close control-knob comes loose (unscrews), simply apply some good epoxy (ie JBWeld) to the threads and reinstall it.
Things I liked:Almost everything about this product appealed to me. It is affordable, well-built, easy-to-use, and loads of fun! Daisy BBs work best, as the .171" diameter OD is a perfect match for the .173" smooth bore. Although it voids the warranty, this is a relatively easy gun to modify. I tooled down a Daisy Powerline 901 barrel cut to 15" and enjoy much improved accuracy and external ballistics with GAMO lead round BBs. Coupled with a laser, Red Dot site, and verticle grip this guns a hoot! Because of its low cost this is just a great project gun for modification. Things I would have changed:Nothing What others should know:Always slug the barrel of new guns as the .177 caliber is merely a reference number, and you need to know the true inside bore diameter to get the best ammo. You should also always double-check the OD of BBs and pellets for a good fit for your airgun. (Unlike BBs, pellets need to be a few thousanths bigger than the bore for proper function. How tight this should be varies with the gun.) This is easily done by using a good set of gunsmiths calipers to measure the OD of a lead pellet pushed partially into the bore and removed. The large Eun Jin hunting pellet works well for this due to its length. You'll likely be surprised at the wide variey of bore diameters you'll encounter with various airguns. The ideal BB gun bore/projectile relationship is for the BB to be .002" smaller than the bore so that there is a .001" of freebore on around the BB as it blows down the barrel. Anything greater loses speed, and anything tighter may cause a jam due to variations in some steel BBs. If you switch to lead BBs you can get away with a .001" tolerance for a total of .0005 around the BB in the bore for greater speed and better accuracy. If you fail to install/replace the safety C-washer properly on the barrel, behind the baffel, you will damage the inside of the gun, as the barrel will be blown out and the BBs will beat-up the inside of the gun. Lastly, if you choose to make and install a suppressor make it a permanent part of the gun or you may get a visit from the BATF.
Things I liked:My earlier review of this product stands but i failed to give it the proper five star rating in both the Overall and Value categories. I hadn't had my coffee yet! Things I would have changed:See the previous rating, I would make the stretched out length of the hose available in a shorter length. ( I used a black plastic flashlite modified to hold an 88 gram CO2 cylinder, JB Welded to the right side of the steel storm. This works very well except for the excessively long tubing.) What others should know:See the previous rating.
Things I liked:I like the packaging, precise diameter, and price. These relatively inexpensive lead roundballs functioned perfectly in my UMAREX STEEL STORM. After I made a barrel change to get more power and speed, I needed a precision round lead projectile to match the new barrel. It needed to be .001" smaller than the new smoothbore barrel, and the GAMO round fit the bill exactly. Further,they come in a screw-top lidded can avoiding the irritating spills associated with pry-top cans. Things I would have changed:Nothing What others should know:I like to add a few drops of TEFLON/silicon lubricant to the can to prelube the ammo.
Things I liked:Everything about it. It is precise, easy to install and zero. The sight movements click crisply with each adjustment. Things I would have changed:I am not a fan of the white dots, unless there is a matching white dot on the front sight. A variation of this sight should be offered that would fit the original plastic breech. What others should know:For those who choose to install the available rifle stock, you should know that the sight has a different zero when used as a rifle. You will not be able to switch back and forth from rifle to pistol or pistol to rifle with the exact same zero.
Things I liked:This was an easy upgrade to install for me, but might not be for some beginners. Things I would have changed:The instruction sheet was terrible. It is tiny and very sloppily reproduced so that the print is smeared and blurry.
Things I liked:I like the price of this Nitro Piston rifle, as its quality is comparable to other Nitrogen enhanced break-barrels that cost two to three times as much. A plus for me was the short 13" pull on a very nice hard-wood thumbhole stock. Another plus was the gun's relative quietness. Things I would have changed:Get rid of the cheap scope, and either let us get our own or supply a better quality 4 x 32 such as a Barska or Winchester, which for the price have way more quality. Get rid of the long-pull,creepy trigger which does not have enough adjustment to get properly short. Both butt pad screws were stripped out and I had to use tooth picks and glue to properly secure the butt-pad. It was just not worth sending back for such a simple problem, but I would have to say that such screws should only be installed by hand or with a good quality clutched driver so that such things as stripped out holes in wooden stocks do not ever happen! As with all new in the box pellet guns I checked all of the other screws and found them to be loose but thankfully not stripped! After tightening them the gun was functional. What others should know:With some minor modifications which I will not disclose, I was able to improve the gun's accuracy so that it outshoots a GAMO that cost considerably more. The gun did not deliver the advertised speed of 800fps with lead pellets or 950 with alloy pellets, but I found it to shoot GAMO lead Diablo wad-cutters the best. I really don't care a wit about pellet speed....only about accuracy. Pellet speed and accuracy are just not the same thing! Out of the box and after one hundred shot break-in, it delivered a miserable 22 square inch group at 30 meters with an average pellet speed of 720 fps. After I modified it, it delivered a 3 square inch group at the same range, and was even quitter than before. The modified gun shot the GAMO Diablo pellet at an average speed of 610 fps. The key to accuracy is to quit obsessing about the pellet speed, and look at the other factors that effect "lock-time". That is all the hint you will get from me on this! Good luck.