Things I liked:It’s really more like “Things I Love”. The consistent accuracy, quiet report, raw power, bluing, heft, aesthetics and sheer elegance (I find myself just staring at her at times), simplicity of function, low maintenance, overall engineering, the absolute joy of target practice, and the capability to execute humane kills time and time again! Things I would have changed:Find a better solution for the cocking arm buffer (Part Number: TX 227). This outstanding masterpiece deserves it.
What others should know:The cocking arm buffer on my TX 200 Mk3 wore off and I did not notice it. However, I did notice how the rings of the cocking arm wore the bluing off down to the steel on the underside of the barrel. This seems to be a problem with some TX’s from what I have heard and read. Air Venturi sent me a few replacement buffer’s, but it is a real challenge inserting them. My solution was to trim the buffer with a pair of small sharp scissors to make it fit. I also placed a soft rubber O ring on the end of the cocking arm. The bottom line is the cocking arm buffer is only for aesthetics and seals the opening on the underside of the barrel while the O ring does the “heavy lifting” as it buffers against the bottom of the barrel each time the rifle is cocked. I think the combination of the two looks great IMHO. I purchased my O rings from my local hardware store. Sorry, I do not have the exact part number, but I selected a few O rings I thought might work. Once I found the right O ring I returned the others and purchased additional O rings for the future. My TX is a .22 caliber with an awesome walnut stock. I contacted Air Arms to ask what they recommended to keep the stock in tip top condition. The answer was to use walnut oil. I periodically apply Mahoney’s walnut oil to my TX 200 and it really looks great. The accuracy of my TX is phenomenal! I have been able to attain sub 1/4" groupings at approximately 20 yards. The artillery hold, breath control, and trigger pull are all crucial elements in attaining these exceptional groupings. My local squirrel population has been severely decimated as a direct result of the TX 200. My TX seems to love Predator Polymags (as my primary hunting pellet…they are devastatingly accurate and pack one heck of a wallop to say the least), JSB Exact Jumbo Diabolo’s (15.9 Grain), RWS Superdome’s, and Crossman Premier’s (in the cardboard box). On a good day I can place pellet on top of pellet with my TX200. I have noticed how my TX is getting smoother and I think more powerful during the break in period (I have shot almost 2,000 pellets through her). My longest confirmed flat kill shots have been in the 50 to 55 yard range! How about that? The TX 200 Mk3 is not an inexpensive air rifle, but I believe this heirloom is worth a great deal more than the asking price of admission. I am thinking very seriously of purchasing another TX 200 in the .177 caliber. Thank you Pyramyd Air for recommending this exceptional air rifle!!!