Things I liked:I really liked this gun's ambidextrious design with the Thumbhole in the Polymer stock and the flip up thumb safety. The included scope's optics were decent. Things I would have changed:It was a little too loud, to only fire 1000 fps.
The trigger pull was atrocious.(Bad) Specifically, it is long, heavy, and mushy, as though the plastic trigger is very flexible.
Also cocking it is about 30% harder than my other Breakbarrel with the same fps rating.
The overall length of the gun is a little too long to fit in my canvas case without removing the shoulder pad from the buttstock.
I don't like the omission of sights. What others should know:I'm not a gunsmith, so I can't tell you anything technical about this experience, but the gun shot fairly well, For a little while.
The scope was not even ballparked in, and had to be shimmed up in the back ring.
So, I fired about 50 shots of plinking and sighting in the scope, and the cocking action got cranky and difficult. Then, the last time I cocked it, the compression discharged as the barrel reached the end of the charging stroke. After that, it would not cock or fire or reset or nothing.
I am sooo happy that this happened within the first week of purchasing this gun. I will return it tommorrow.
Things I liked:I like the Competition style stock and grip.
It makes a quiet 'thunk' sound with 7 gr lead ammo.
It feels light and is perfectly balanced.
So Powerful some shots bust through 3/4 birch plywood.
The 3-9 40mm AO scope has very good optics. Things I would have changed:The scope rings and set-up. What others should know:I've had this .177 Bull Whisper EXTREME for 2 months and I am finally getting the scope zeroed in. It is very accurate at my normal range of 35 yards.
The shock is fierce and I have to pull it into my shoulder to subdue it.
The original scope set-up has a set of short rings on top of an add-on 3/8 rail on top of the piston chamber. I overtorqued the screw through the ring-cap. So I replaced the rings with NC STAR high rings, and removed the extra rail to put the scope down closer to the line of fire. I had to install a stop pin in the back one to stop the scope from walking toward the buttstock.
The claimed cocking effort of 41 lbs seems heavy at first, but I got used to it. My 11 year old son can operate and fire this gun with no problems.
Alloy pellets are fun because of the cracking sonic boom that breaks about 30 feet from the muzzle, but I can't always predict where they will end up.
I think this gun shoots best with 7.9 gr. Crossman Premium Hollow-Points. 10.5 gr Crossman Ultra-Magnums work well also if you sight for the extra weight. They did break through 3/4" birch plywood I pasted my Shoot-N-See onto. 13.4 gr JSB Monster Diablo pellets cause a big drop in fps. GAMO Tomahawks are not consistent enough and some of them break sonic.
I shot my first tree rat yesterday. It was in the scope one second, and gone the next.
Go Ahead, Spoil Yourself with the best Break-Barrel
Things I liked:The solid stock has nicely Knurled hand holds.
It is so totally quiet. I can shoot between the neighbors house and mine and they don't notice.
The built in Weaver rail makes it easier* to mount a scope.
The cocking effort feels like it is about 30 lbs. Things I would have changed:I'm not sure I like the balance. It seems to be heavier towards the butt stock. There is a significant [Barrel Droop] on mine so that I had to shim up the rear of the scope to get in the ballpark. Also, I don't like that I am addicted to shooting it. I'm not getting any work done. I'll have to loan it to my kid brother. He's much more responsible than I am. What others should know:If I needed to hit something hard over fifty yards away, I'd be grabbing my GAMO .177 Bull Whisper Extreme, not this. Closer ranges? Sure. I like throwing the .22 caliber lead around.
Things I liked:Soft lead mushrooms very well on impact. Things I would have changed:Bigger front diameter. What others should know:The only thing these destroy is my confidence in my accuracy. They DO NOT shoot well from my GAMO Bull Whisper Extreme .177 springer.