Things I liked:Impressive hitting power. In an informal shoot-off against my brother's IZH Drozd at 10 yards, Steel Storm had comparable accuracy and power. Reservoir & magazine combo much more convenient than Drozd's. Steel Storm's externally operated magazine makes it easier to keep from shooting empty shots. Seems to maintain good power down to last dozen shots. The unintended burst fire as the CO2 gets low is a good indicator of when to reload CO2 whereas the Drozd just keeps dribbling weak shots out the barrel if you're not paying close attention. The safety mechanism allows a trigger pull to un-cock the gun without discharging CO2 or BB. Things I would have changed:I did change a couple of things. Marked the front sight center blade to make it more visible. Also, did what the package showed for the Fire Selector, highlighted in orange to make the burst characters stand out. It would be nice to have a better CO2 cartridge piercing wrench (i.e., metal), already broke an ear off one of the two plastic ones supplied. What others should know:The Steel Storm is noticeably louder than the Drozd, due to its blow-back operation making it sound a lot like a power nail gun. Mine has a reservoir leak that let a BB get somewhere it doesn't belong but so far hasn't impacted the operation of the gun. As noted in other reviews, it is much easier/faster to load the magazine up from the reservoir if it is not packed full of BB's. Although some reviews support claim of 300 shots per CO2 cartridge pair, I have got about 200 shots for first 4 sets of cartridges.
Things I liked:Has a very low price to give you a taste of what an electronic dot sight is like to use. Mounts well onto Weaver/Picatinny rail and has a set of grips for 11 mm dovetails. Comes with extra CR2032 battery. Things I would have changed:If the could improve the mounting design of the platform that has the window and dot projector but not increase the price by more than $5, it might get my rating from a 2-star to a 3 or 4-star. What others should know:With the recoil of my Steel Storm that I use it on, the dot projector/window platform loosened upon its adjusters after jut a couple hundred shots. The o-rings under the adjuster knobs as suggested by others helps some but the adjusting threads in the platform get so loose that it flops around way too much. I added some foam rubber pads in strategic places to take up the slop but its still only marginally acceptable for plinking and not very good for target shooting.
Things I liked:Low priced, reasonably rugged and still light weight for its size. Things I would have changed:Noting if I was going to carry two guns in it as it was designed for. What others should know:I settled on this size because it had large enough dimensions for my Umarex Steel Storm. However, I didn't appreciate what the pillared construction meant. Overall, it was a perfect fit for the Steel Storm except the pillar halves came together right where the gun's trigger rests. Plano does make a deeper model with the same length/width dimensions for 4 pistols without the pillar. So I decided to modify this model by clipping off about half of the male end pillar. Then it makes a fine single large gun case.
Things I liked:Looks good, easy to mount and demount, nice on/off switch setup, fully adjustable sighting. Things I would have changed:Tolerance for rail mount fit too sloppy. Requires about 0.010" shims to get what I'd consider a proper fit. They do have a felt pad stuck over the mount lock return spring, but the pad is too small and thin to snug up the fit nearly enough. What others should know:I found the combination of 3 set screws used to adjust and lock the laser tube a bit tricky to use. They would lead you to believe that you just back of the diagonal screw and do your elevation and windage adjustment, then lock it down with the diagonal screw. In practice, I find that it is hard to tell from the turning effort on the set screws when you aren't in a bind between them. It takes a lot of back and forth between the adjuster screws and the lockdown set screw to get the laser pointed where you are shooting.
Things I liked:Nice finish and detail on both metal and plastic parts. Feels solid to hold and shoot undoubtedly due to the liberal use of metal . Very strong velocity and still gets well over 100 powerful shots per CO2 cartridge. BB magazines are easy to fill and insert and eject easily as well. Even without adjustable sight, it seems to shoot true. Things I would have changed:The CO2 piercing knob/flag is too hard to grip and turn. Becauseof this the CO2 loss that occurred before the cartridge seated seemed excessive. So I remade a piercing screw with a hex end that allows it to be turned with an external key like the style of the Umarex Steel Storm. It would be nice to have the sliding grip somehow snap into place rather than drifting around. You don't notice this shooting, only handling the gun. What others should know:You need to finish the trigger pull crisply or the chambered BB may roll out of the barrel or get a noticeably reduced CO2 firing burst.
Things I liked:The combination of the cardboard front, internal curtains and metal back does a very good job of trapping the shots. The structure of the parts makes it simple to replace the front, curtains and collect spent shots. Things I would have changed:The first internal curtain is made of a fine woven nylon fabric. If it was hemmed like the second and third curtain it could add to its life by not having it unravel from the edges. And the nylon fabric isn't really tough enough not to be shredded in the center from BB's from the likes of the Crosman C41 I'm using. If there was another curtain material to serve as a smooth initial deflector for the remaining curtains, the life of the curtains might be longer. Also, the plastic curtain hanger rack isn't durable enough to take a direct hit. I added a strip of wood in front of the hanger to absorb any errant shot impact. What others should know:If you want to repeatedly shoot hundreds of rounds at this target trap from a gun in the 400+ FPS velocity, be prepared to do frequent maintenance replacing the cardboard front and the internal curtains. Crosman does sell replacement curtain sets but they are over 25% the cost of a whole trap. They don't sell any plastic curtain racks so you'll have to fashion your own if you let the rack get shot up.
Things I liked:Overall construction is very well done with good materials. The accessory side pockets are well laid out for CO2 cartridges, ammo and magazines. Things I would have changed:The pistol side pockets don't work well for two guns. Maybe they should just have a center gun pocket on that side with a smaller accessory pocket on each side of the gun pocket.
Things I liked:Solidly made. Found it surprisingly easy and quick to fill. Things I would have changed:Nothing. What others should know:It seems to hold 19 rounds and still allowing the follower to cross the fill hole. It might take 20 if you are willing to have the last BB exposed by the fill hole.
Things I liked:Realistic single and double action. Adjustable sights. Simulated cartridges for BB loading into cylinder with speed loader. Long barrel heft and accuracy. CO2 cartridge arrangement in grip, no piercing screw exposed. Things I would have changed: Deburring of cast metal parts before finish was applied. Leave off the embossed lettering on the ends of the BB cartridges. Leave off white letter text warning on right side of the frame; use a sticker like the power rating applied on the left side, then you have the option to peel it off. What others should know:The gun deserves better quality control. Issues with mine included a bent crane so the cylinder wasn't in line with the barrel when it was locked into the frame. The crane arm bends too easily, a design problem. Secondly, the cylinder release for swing out didn't slide far enough to disengage the cylinder's spring-loaded pin from the frame. Needed to push very hard on the cylinder to swing it out. Thirdly, the transfer bar between the hammer and CO2 valve stem didn't rise sufficiently during a trigger pull, so the transfer bar pushed both upwards and in on the stem when it was struck. Fourthly, the end-cap for the hammer's coil spring was assembled backward. The cupped side wasn't facing the spring coil. Finally, I question the embossed lettering on the end of the cartridges. The gun comes with cartridges loaded in the cylinder. This left an imprint of the Dan Wesson lettering on the raised ring of the rubber CO2 seal. I'm concerned that the embossing could abrade the seal ring or temporarily if not permanently deform the rubber surface if cartridges are left in the gun. Also, 1/3 to 1/2 of the seal ring's surface is seated over the embossed lettering, so the CO2 may tend to leak by the seal more so than a full flat surface. Tuning tips abound to increase the preload on the hammer spring to obtain more FPS. Consider checking the cylinder alignment and remedying CO2 delivery problems I've observed before resorting brute forcing CO2 to get a stronger shooting gun.