Things I liked:Very high build quality, great looking rifle, extreme power/velocity in 177 cal, superb accuracy right out of the box, very impressive. T06 trigger is spectacular, and a HUGE part of this rifle's excellent performance. Things I would have changed:Some people don't like the front sight. What others should know:Once you shoot the 460 magnum, you will understand just how good it is. With very little practice, you will be getting tiny groups at 30 yards. Also, the T06 trigger is so good, you will not even believe it, until you try it. Truly fantastic! I would say it's nearly a 'hair trigger' so be prepared for that.
Further, there is no "springy" sound when firing the rifle (many cheaper springers make that noise, but not this one). All you hear is a "crack" when fired; it sounds a lot like a .22 long rifle, but a bit quieter.
Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this rifle, the outstanding power and velocity, and the ease of taking surgically accurate, hard-hitting shots even at longer ranges.
Things I liked:Excellent weight, these hit very hard without slowing down the velocity too much. Accuracy at 40 yards is decent, and you can easily use this pellet for squirrel or rabbit hunting within that range. Things I would have changed:Nothing. I used to shoot the old Sheridan brand cylindrical pellets, many years ago, and those were good to about 25 yards before flying wildly off target. This new style shape is a huge improvement and extends your effective range about ten yards at least (when shot from a old '79 Silver Streak). What others should know:I have never tried these in a modern air rifle. I am basing my review entirely on their performance when shot from my 1979 C series Sheridan Silver Streak pneumatic. Overall, I give these pellets an excellent rating--Accuracy, Velocity, and Uniformity of shape, all very good to excellent.
Things I liked:High-end build quality, superb accuracy, and very high power. Things I would have changed:I prefer the T06 trigger, but, the T05 is still worlds better than most others I've tried. What others should know:This rifle is huge: Very long, and it is also very heavy. The feel is typical German design; meaning, this thing is very heavy and bulky, but at the same time, it shoots like a dream, as smooth and pleasurable as fine chocolate. Brilliant!
The Germans expect the owner to adapt to this rifle, not complain about it's weight and size, because, you will be greatly rewarded for your efforts due to it's extra fine trigger pull, superb accuracy, and blazing power. I love German engineering, it is so 'in your face', but at the same time they pay great attention to fine, smooth details. An example on this rifle is the tapered breech, which allows pellets to nearly 'fall' into loading position, smooth as silk! All mechanical actions of this rifle are super smooth and easy. Housing all of these fine workings is a huge, heavy rifle body. Like I said, very German!
Built like a tank, I can easily see this gun lasting basically forever. Highly recommended, and I can tell you this much; once you shoot one, you will understand just how great it is. These RWS rifles are in another league entirely, compared with the junk you can buy at wal-mart.
Things I liked: 1) Extremely accurate with Crosman Premier hollow points, with groupings of 1/8" to 1/4" at 10 meter range. Tight groups continue out to around 25 yards, and that is very, very good considering the price of this rifle.
2) Good quality for the price; this model has been known to last 15 years or more, without repair under average use. This means this model is a great choice for scoping, and owning for a fairly long time before needing replacements
3) Excellent air chamber design (same concept as Benjamin and Sheridan air chamber designs). Efficient, and very reliable. Things I would have changed:Pumping action is tougher than some other pneumatics, similar to Benjamin 397. Not a complaint though, I have become accustomed to the extra effort.
Plastic stock is ultra-cheap, hollow, and too light. I suggest drilling a hole in the butt plate, and filling the stock with some type of acrylic or other polymer to add weight and a stable feel to the stock.
Considering the effort required to cock the hammer/ open the bolt fully, I think Crosman should replace the plastic bolt with some type of sturdy metal bolt handle. It's fine in cold weather, as the plastic is stiff, but in warm weather, it is softer, and flexes too much. I should note: Cocking effort is reduced greatly once the rifle is broken-in (about 500 shots or so). What others should know:Rifle is a truly great inexpensive choice for target practice and plinking. This thing is incredibly accurate, so much so, as to be very surprising. Frequent oiling is necessary on the pump cup to maintain decent velocities. Manual says 250 shots, but I recommend oiling about every 30 shots or so, whenever the pump cup looks dry. Consistently high velocities around 650 fps require frequent oiling. Not a complaint, this is just how it is.
This rifle is great for mounting a scope. I prefer the $50 dollar Center Point brand .22 rimfire scope, because it works so well, and will embarrass friends at the 10 meter range with much more expensive air rifles, since it's accuracy is so incredibly good (with pellets).
Shooting BB's is a waste of time for target practice, but, they are great for taking out rats, and snakes, at close range. Some people don't know this, but you can repeatedly open and close the breech to load multiple BB's into the breech, providing an effective 'scatter-gun' effect at close range for taking out rats, snakes, or whatever.
Also, you can muzzle load a wadding, such as a felt cleaning pellet, then follow up with No. 8 lead bird shot, for a great 'rat shot' load, or simply as a 'stinger' to run off unwanted pests. Being a pneumatic, you can be creative and play around with various types of loads, airgun darts, or whatever you can fit in the barrel. Some people build arrows from small diameter wooden dowels, for launching out of the rifle.
Things I liked:Superb value, very low cost. Quality is excellent for the price. Accuracy is also excellent (for a BB pistol) regardless of price. Over a hundred shots per C02, means it is very economical to shoot. Plastic construction is high quality, and feels just like a real firearm that is built of ABS plastic. Very nice looking details, very tough and solid construction. Lightweight, perfectly balanced in the hand. Feels great to hold and shoot. Also, very, very fun to shoot and practice with. Things I would have changed:Trigger pull is long, a bit heavy, BUT, smooth. Trigger breaks predictably, so it's easy to get accurate shots off. No real complaints about the gun overall, especially considering how inexpensive it is. What others should know:Umarex USA offers only quality products, and even their economical models such as this one, still retain very high quality builds and top quality design. It feels tight. Actions such as the C02 loading, and magazine construction and loading procedure feel very smooth, tight, and solid. I am still impressed with the low cost of this gun considering it's performance and quality feel. Also, accuracy is incredibly good for a 4" barrel firing BB's. You get a superb practice weapon here for a ridiculously low price. Highly recommended on the 'cheap'.
Things I liked:Excellent value. A quality product at a super low price. I like the feel of it, this pistol fits my hand perfectly, and feels solid and sturdy. Fit and finish are top notch. Accuracy is EXCELLENT for a BB gun, I shoot soda cans at 15 yards easily hitting them. This pistol is economical with the CO2, easily getting over 100 shots, even on a cool day. Power is also very impressive for a BB pistol. I like this gun a LOT ! It is super fun to shoot, and I bet Umarex is selling a large number of this model. Also, you can mount a laser sight on the bottom rail, adding to the fun of shooting this gun. A simply great combination of low-cost, quality, and fun. Things I would have changed:Trigger pull is raspy at first, but will smooth out after a few hundred shots. Then it's much better. I can't really think of anything else to change on it, because this model really is a great practice weapon and backyard plinker. Tons of fun, and super cheap to shoot all afternoon. What others should know:This pistol does not have active slide action, but that's ok, it's so much fun to shoot that it doesn't matter. But, it does have a drop out magazine, like a real gun, so it's fun to drop the mag, load it up, and click it back in, like a real gun. The action of the magazine slide is smooth as silk, with a positive 'click' engagement. Very good stuff, very fun to shoot. The black plastic construction is really high end stuff, I think it's ABS, very tough material, with a nice, solid feel, just like a real firearm constructed of synthetic material. Feels the same as the real thing.