Things I liked:My 850 .22 arrived today and I am blown away (pun intended).
I own over 30 air pistols and air rifles (not to mention more than a dozen firearms) and the 850 quickly rose into my top 5 favorites. Here's why:
The all-around general feel of the weapon is superb. It looks, acts and feels like a quality product. And it is.
The best OEM trigger of any of my 30+ air guns. I actually had an NG (negligent discharge) as I was bringing the rifle up to my shoulder to fire (still hit the target, but I wasn't ready to fire). I am very used to hard triggers on these <$1000 guns, but the 850 trigger is very light and crisp. It is a true joy to shoot.
The action appears to be all metal, aside from parts of the safety knob and the magazine is partially plastic, too. The rest, however, is all high quality, well-painted steel. The bolt operates and slides smoothly. I haven't had a jam or issue yet with 100 shots fired so far. The magazine is easy enough to load and insert into the weapon.
The sights are great! They are glow in the dark and provide great ease in identifying your target. Accuracy was spot-on, right out of the box, at 50'.
This is my first purchase involving 88g AirSource rifles. I'm pleased with it. A high shot count with consistent fps. Things I would have changed:I personally can't stand synthetic stocks. Yes, they have their advantages, but give me a good old wooden stock any day. Had the 850 been offered with a wood stock variant, I would have gladly spent $100 more on it. You can adapt a wooden stock to this, but you often lose the AirSource cover functionality.
The sights sit pretty high on the barrel. This is the first rifle I've ever found, I think, that would benefit from a cheek riser for me.
Folks are complaining that the butt stock feels hollow and flimsy. Some have filled theirs with expanding foam from the hardware store. I may end up doing exactly that. A little more weight on the rear wouldn't hurt anything, anyhow.
The safety engages after every shot. It's a politically correct, unnecessary, pain in the butt. I'm sure that can be modded out, but it's a frustrating "feature" to have out of the box.
I don't expect any manufacturer to offer both left- and right-hand bolt action pellet rifles, but it'd be nice. If I could get this with a left-hand bolt, I'd pay $1000 for it. What others should know:Despite my CONS, which are more personal grievances and peeves than anything, you should 100% buy this rifle and now. If you are looking for a quality, recoil-less, extremely accurate bolt action repeater, you need not look any further.