Things I liked: JOHN from AL,,Apr19,09,,age 61 I have a lot of years experience with firearms,,especially .22 cal rifles but little knowledge of air rifles. The .22 cal Whisper is lightweight and balanced with 2X7 Center Point scope (option). So far I have run 200 RWS Superdome pellets through it...accuracy is about 2 1/4" groups at 25 yds (shot off shoulder resting weak hand on deck rail). I intend to shoot it off a good rifle rest to see what it is truely capable of. It is easy to cock and load,,,,the factory open sights were in tact out of the box,,no damage or loose parts...the open sights are good enough for closer range shooting but a scope is a must for any distance shooting. The single mount is holding the scope well and no factory screws are loose after 200 firings. I like the overall looks and everything seems to be made well except the factory trigger, which is cheap and a potential cause of poor accuracy. The silencer unit works well with the 14.3 grain Superdomes...birds and squirrels dont seem to be affected by noise...just movement when cocking. Overall it is an OK air rifle but it's no tack driver with the RWS SUPERDOMES. It has been my experience that not all rifles shoot the same nor does the same ammo shoot the same in all rifles. Its expensive but you might try the PYRAMYD buy 3 and get the 4th free deal selecting 4 diff types of pellets. Also install A GTRIII trigger and watch your group sizes shrink.
Things I would have changed: I have not tried the Gamo 3X9 scope provided in the combo but I did inspect it out of box and it seems to be ok...it stays in focus at 10 to 50 yards contrary to one reviewer that says his would not focus. The trigger pull weight is too much for any consistent accuracy so get a GRTIII from Charliedatuna.com and follow his website instructions to install it.....(pay close attention to loose factory spacers which can come out of place when removing barrel and receiver assembly from gun stock ...also flat washer under rear trigger mount screw) Its not a good thing to have parts left over after reassembly. Add a drop of blue thread sealer to three main stock -to- receiver screws so they dont get loose from shooting.
What others should know: This is not an Olympic Game tri-ethilon shooter but more of a fun gun for up close shooting out to 30 yards. Remember, you wont have a heavy rifle rest with you in the woods or when you need to get off a quick shot at a pesky dove over bait you just put out. Yeah,,, I know why you bought the Whisper,,,(they are xtra good with a garlic and creole dry rub,,wrapped in bacon and BarBQ'd over hickory or mesquite smoke). IN SEASON of course
Things I liked: John from Alabama...I like everything about this air rifle. I have broke it in with Beeman Kodiak heavy .177 pellets,,,one inch groups at 25 yards. The feel is great,,,the rifle looks great,,,cocking and loading is very quick. The factory trigger is ok but a GRT III drop-in replacement is the secret to good tight groups. With the Beeman ammo I hear only the spring action when firing. For any distance shooting mount the scope. For the money this air rifle is Great.
Things I would have changed: I recommend changing the trigger to one made by CHARLIEDATUNA.COM,,,,the GRT III.....almost all rifles shoot better with a quality adjustable trigger
What others should know: PyramydAir has good prices and excellent service...I received my rifle in good condition....they are a good company to deal with