Things I liked:Sighted in perfectly for 10 meters (using Gamo Match 7.71 grain wadcutters) right out of the box -- and VERY accurate. It's the easiest to cock spring airgun I've ever handled, seems lighter than the advertised weight (a good thing, IMO because it is well-balanced and smooth shooting and doesn't seem to need more weight). The western stock is point-friendly and the blonde wood contrasts nicely with the black metal. Also, it is very, very quiet, and I'm a basement shooter, so that's important to me. Things I would have changed:Hmmm. Nothing. Well, Mine has no serial number, and that sort of thing matters a bit to me. A serial number would be nice, but I'm being picky. What others should know:The two bladed / two stage trigger will take getting used to for me. I do not dislike it, but it is not a natural feel for me yet. (The second stage is crisp and light, though.)
Things I liked:FUN! It's a lot quieter than my Marauder, slightly quieter than my Avanti 747, and only slightly louder than my Daisy 25 and Red Ryder! It is VERY QUIET. P.A. needs to change the sound rating to 2, perhaps even 1. It's so light you hardly can tell it is in your hands; it loads VERY easily with a huge capacity in the reservoir, and the internal magazine (15 or maybe slightly more BBs) fills quickly with a few shakes of the gun. CO2 loads easily, and it is easy to put your Pellgun oil drop on the piercing pin / seal assembly if you prefer that to putting it on the CO2 cartridge tip (I do). I don't know yet how many shots per 12 CO2 grams of one can expect, but this gun shoots no more than 350 fps, probably more like 300 fps, maybe even more like 275. (P.A. should chrony it.) So you'd probably lose the shot count before 12 grams of CO2 runs out. Sights are simple, and out of the box mine shot to the point of aim (and pretty accurately for a BB gun) at 20 feet, and I was using Copperheads, not Avantis or anything fancy. It's so much fun to just squeeze and squeeze the trigger, I probably did let it get a bit cold, although I shot it at 70 (F) degrees in my BB-friendly (pizza boxes filled with newspaper) basement range. Remember ricochets. Kid, this'll put yer eye out if you don't use safety glasses and shoot only at soft objects. If this gun has you curious, get it! It's kinda like the old Crosman 500 but lighter duty. Things I would have changed:Do NOT make it all metal because that would raise the price! The trigger is a slightly heavy and a bit creepy because it is clearly doing some of the mechanical work of cocking the gun and putting the next BB in position for launch. It IS a wide blade trigger; however, and the longish pull and bit of weight make it safer for kids to shoot. What others should know:All plastic. Hey, it's less than fifty bucks! What do you want? This gun is about fun, and for the price, it just might be the most fun air gun of any sort that I have seen for years. A word of caution: if you are a parent of a young child, be right there all the time because this is so quiet and so much easy gun-fun that somebody could get permanently hurt without Dad or Mom keeping a constant eye on the little one's trigger finger. The gun is cheap and is probably good for a few thousand rounds before it needs to go to the curb and be replaced with a new fifty dollar Daisy 74. If that is not enough value for the dollar for you, then you should probably look at the Model 105 Jones, but it'll not be nearly as big a riot in the backyard. Pull trigger, shoot; pull trigger, shoot; pull trigger, shoot. If that makes sense to you, this is just the toy for you (yes, YOU, Dad).
Things I liked:The heft, the feel in the hand. It has a fast and snappy blowback, but it is mild compared to some other CO2 BB pistols with blowback. The trigger is pretty good, with a short, light first stage followed by a short, crisp medium weight second stage. The accuracy from 25 feet or less is very good compared with most other BB pistols, especially if you brace it with your off hand grasping the magazine. It is slightly less loud than other CO2 BB guns. Loading BBs is easy and straightforward. I'm still on the first CO2 powerlet and I've probably already shot it 60 times, so for a blowback pistol, it is economical on the gas. Speaking of gas, this is a GAS to shoot. A great plinker. Things I would have changed:Even though I am VERY experienced with CO2 powerlets and did everything properly, the pistol did lose maybe 10 percent of the gas as I tightened the twist screw to charge the gun. I have done this only once so far with this pistol, but I have a strong feeling this will be the case each time. What others should know:Much of it is durable plastic, but it does not look or feel like plastic. It looks and feels like the real thing. Eventually I think I will purchase two more of the BB/CO2 magazines. They are expensive, but by the time you've gone through a magazine of BBs, the gun is cold enough that changing out the mag for a warm one would improve the performance. The CO2 stays in the magazine when you take the unit out for reloading BBs, and waiting ten minutes for everything to warm up as you shoot with the other mags and then reload with more BBs should eliminate much of the "cold gun" problem associated with CO2.