Things I liked:This is my first air rifle in a very long time. My previous was a Crosman 140 that I received when I was 7 years old. I was interested in a break barrel for backyard plinking/target shooting and the occasional tree rat extermination. The nitro piston intrigued me, as I had read that springers had funky recoil/jump so when PA had this unit on sale for Christmas, I sprang for it (no pun intended).
I think this gun represents a fair value for the money. It is not a high end gun, but fit and finish were about what I expected. I find it easy enough to cock, but my 5' 27 yr old daughter finds it pretty challenging - and she's no wimp. Fiber optic sites are nice and bright, but I had to crank the windage way left to get on target - this might be a problem with how I hold the gun. I subsequently mounted BSA RD30 red dot, but wasn't happy with the accuracy. I then mounted the included Centerpoint scope and I'm happier with the accuracy. I've shot a few 3 shot groups that a dime would cover at about 40'. I get fliers and I'm trying to decide if it's me, the pellets or the gun. Things I would have changed:Prior to this, I mostly shot rimfire and centerfire pistols. The first thing that surprised me on this gun was the trigger - it really stinks and feels a mile and a half long. Research quickly pointed me to the GRT III trigger which I ordered and installed - it makes a WORLD of difference. I know some think it's crazy to put a $30 trigger in a $130 gun, but to me it was worthwhile. There are guides around to modify the stock trigger, but I wasn't really up to tearing down the trigger group. The GRT III is completely reversible to stock.
I was surprised that the rear sight assembly was essentially all plastic and mine appears canted to the left from horizontal (maybe that's part of the "shoots to the right" issue). Since I was mounting optics, this wasn't all that big of a deal for me.
The breech seems to be pretty sharp and some pellets take a little more effort to load. I may polish this some - again, there are guides on the internet.
A nicer finish on the stock would be nice. The stain is OK, but the clear coat seems pretty thin. What others should know:I tried a variety of pellets in the gun - JSB Exact match, RWS Superdome, Crosman Premium Hollow Point and Crosman EX Destroyers.
Best accuracy so far seems to come from the RWS Superdomes.
Make a cleaning pull through from string trimmer line. The barrel is amazingly dirty, I assume from the manufacturing process.
I believe the gun is not too loud. However my current backstop is 1/2" plywood and it makes a substantial "whack" when hit... so hard to distinguish between that and the gun. I plan on making a "silent" pellet trap.
Pellets out of this gun will blow through 3/8" cypress fence boards (oops). I read one account of shooting through 3/4" plywood - I don't believe it, unless maybe it was shot from an inch away. Regardless, there seems to be very good power from the gun. No critters have been shot (yet).
I bought this gun for backyard shooting in an urban environment and it fits the bill. Accuracy is mostly good, discounting any fliers. I plan on tinkering with this gun - so it's both a project and a fun gun. I'm finding it quite enjoyable.
If you're looking for a decent entry gun with included optics and a nitro piston, this is a good deal!
Things I liked:Non-magnum springer is easy to cock. Carbine length is easy to handle. After probably 300 rounds, mine is settling in and accuracy is good - hoping it improves to 'excellent'. Things I would have changed:Open sights are nothing to brag on, but I mounted a Tech Force scope. The two bladed trigger is a bit odd, but if you shoot a Glock you'll be right at home. What others should know:New gun diesels badly. I'm up to around 300 rounds and it still diesels on occasion - I have NOT lubed anything.
Things I liked:Bright and clear image. Easy to adjust for parallax. Things I would have changed:Threads on turret covers are a bit rough - almost feels like they may gall. What others should know:Not positive how reproducible the "clicks" are on the elevation and windage adjustments.
Things I liked:Mounts seem well made for the cost. Necessary allen wrenches are included. Things I would have changed:Nothing - reduce price without sacrificing quality if possible ;-D What others should know:Mounted my Tech Force scope on my Air Venturi Bronco perfectly. Huge improvement over the CenterPoint scope included with my Remington Vantage NP.
Things I liked:Well made, good power in small package. Things I would have changed:Hole for scope stop pin. Integrated muzzle brake/sight/cocking assist. Round edges on grip - rather sharp and unpleasant to grip after a while. What others should know:I'm still evaluating accuracy. At 5 yards, not bad. Ten yards leaves something to be desired, but it may just be me and not finding the best pellet for the gun. I removed the front site and mounted a 15mm solid steel brake for a cocking assist. NcStar scope used instead of open sights. Overall I'm pretty satisfied, but I would not call it a tack driver (yet).