Things I liked:The power this gun has surprised me! I honestly thought it would be fairly weak but the sound the pellets make as they hit the trap from 10-15 yards is just as loud as my Nitro Venom .22 from 25 yards! Accuracy is real good right out of the package, had to fine tune the fiber optics but was very pleased. One thing that surprised me but I thought was really cool, was the gun literally smokes the first 20 times you shoot it. I don't mean air...I mean smoke! First time I fired it my daughter and I laughed really hard due to smoke whisping out of of the barrel. I also really like the feel of the gun, it is very well balanced and the weight is nice. Great groupings at 10-15 yards. Things I would have changed:I would change the design slightly so that the cocking handle is fixed and is a suppressor. This gun is not too loud, I shot it in town but have a double lot, and no one complained. It is however, much much louder than my Nitro Venom .22 cal. Can't really knock any stars off for that though, just wishful thinking. What others should know:I bought this gun for my 8 year old daughter, big mistake due to the fact she can't cock it. As a dad I feel that independence is important so I wouldn't have purchased this if I knew she couldn't use it all on her own (while being supervised). To dads or moms out there I would recommend the Crosman 1322 or 1377 if purchasing for a child under 12, that way the child can still put 5 or 6 pumps into the 1322/77 and feel they are doing it "on their own".
Things I liked:First thing is first, I purchased this rifle in .22 cal to take out rabbits and ground hogs in my garden. This was my first REAL air rifle.
The power is really amazing. The Nitro Piston does a great job of producing power without much recoil. The break barrel cocks slightly rough at first but smooths out quickly. I always found it was easy to cock with a singular smooth motion. The gun itself is really accurate after the required 200-300 round break in period. This is in part because of the WEAVER/PIC rail system that is welded on. Prior to the break in period expect wild wild west results in accuracy. I almost returned this rifle it was so bad. Be patient with it, it took me two or three sessions to really pull in the reigns. The bluing is deep and true while the stock wasn't jaw dropping, I still think it is very rich in colour and feels good in the hands. The rubber butt stock sits nicely in the shoulder and at around 8.5lbs scoped, it is hefty enough that you know you aren't holding a toy but light enough it isn't a burden on the arms. When I go out to get rabbit, squirrel, or pigeons, this is the rifle I reach for. This is also a very quiet gun, after the 200-300 round break in. I have shot this rifle in town and is definitely backyard friendly, please just make sure you have an adequate backstop. I have shot through pallet boards with this rifle from 15yards. Things I would have changed:Trigger is not bad if you are hunting or pest shooting like I do. I can see why bench shooters would dislike this trigger...a lot. I kept the trigger and just adjusted it slightly and it worked for me.
I would and did get rid of the scope, completely USELESS under 10 yards and over 30.
Knock some money off the deal or include a sling and 200 rounds of ammo to break the rifle in! Crosman really did this rifle a great injustice by putting such a terrible scope on it. This rifle should be bundled with 3-9x32AO scope if they want to keep sending these out with scopes. What others should know:-Clean your rifle properly when you first get it.
-Tighten stock screws when you first get it.
-Mount new scope!
-Shoot 200-300 rounds to properly break it in.
-USE ARTILLERY HOLD. I cannot stress this enough. I get quarter sized groups of 5 at 25 yards all day after I did what i stated above.
This gun loves Crosman Premium Hollow Points, 14.3gr. I used them while breaking the gun in and to take out pigeons. I also have tried JSB Jumbo Exact 18.13, got a tin full of mashed garbage but the ones that were good shot pretty darn well. Slower speed but grouped slightly better than Crosmans. Hunting pellet for furries is definitely Predator Polymags, no surprise there. Headshot for the win and game over for the furry. Avoid daisy pellets like the plague, as they are garbage in this gun and often tumble shortly after leaving the barrel. I hunt rabbit, squirrel, pigeon, and occasionally the raccoon and feral cat. I give this rifle a solid 4.8, as the only thing I would dent it on is total value of the package. Trigger could be a lot better and it should come with the option of no optics and being cheaper. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one of these rifles and I am actually going to be buying the Venom Dusk as my next .177 rifle.
I hope this rather windy review helps out other air-gunners and newcomers.
Things I liked:I really like the quality of the catalog. High quality photos and text is superbly easy to read. I really enjoyed the vast amount of information contained within. Almost as good as the website! Things I would have changed:Nothing. It is basically the website in print form, minus the reviews. What others should know:Very good catalog, as the high quality photos kept my 4 year old son busy for an hour. We opened the very well packaged box and he looked at the guns we ordered than ran off with the catalog. An hour later he comes back pointing to a $1200 pcp saying "This one is mine, right dad?" This catalog is also a GREAT catalog to keep near "the throne". Definitely the shooter's version of window shopping!
Things I liked:The length is really good, long enough to fully clean a BRAND NEW air rifle in a single pull through! The brass weight is very easy to drop through and the built in brush does a super job cleaning out the debris while the loop at the end polishes the rifling. Also love the fact that it is easily bundled around itself, then fits in a Crosman pellet tin with screw lid. This keeps nasty off of your gear in the field! Things I would have changed:For the price you really can't find a better cleaning tool for the .177. If I were to be really stingy or demanding I would ask Stoeger to include a sample of an airgun cleaning fluid but honestly that seems unreasonable for the price and quality of this product! What others should know:If you own an airgun...BUY THIS! This product is top notch and performs as stated, a SINGLE swipe through cleans it extremely well. I ordered a Hatsan Striker 1000s and it came with what looked like axle grease in the barrel. One pull through, spotless! This is also WASHABLE. Very very pleased with this product and highly it recommend to everyone!
Things I liked:Very bright circles and easily seen through a scope or even fiber optic sights at reasonable ranges. The "splatter" is top notch and no need to take your eye off the target to see where you hit. I like how the 2" targets fit on the Crosman Zombie Spinner targets. Very cool. You also get 180 targets on 20 sheets. That is comparable to standard paper targets. Things I would have changed:Honestly I was disappointed these were not adhesive backed. For me and my daughter this is a bummer because it means less time shooting and more time using scissors to cut out targets to tape to cardboard and then using the staple gun to attach the cardboard to the pallet that holds the targets. I can't really knock off a star for that but it would be a strong suggestion to Birchwood Casey to offer these with optional adhesive backing. What others should know:Not adhesive backed but still very, very good targets. Well worth the money and will provide hours of entertainment for only $9.99! I have found that when We, my 9yo daughter and I, go shooting these keep her interest more so than paper targets or pop cans. She prefers these because of the "splatter" effect when she hits the target. It is an instant gratification that even I, former military police, get a kick out of. I highly recommend these for those with younger shooters and those who just enjoy seeming a good SPLAT after they have shot their targets.
Things I liked:I love these pellets as they are good for both hunting and plinking due to their cost and effectiveness. I use these in everything from my daughter's Daisy 35 to my Hatsan Striker 1000s. They are accurate, do proper damage in the field, and come with a screw on lid! Things I would have changed:PUT THE WEIGHT ON THE TIN CROSMAN!!! We all know it is 7.9gr but for newbies or for those who just happen to pick up a tin at a local store won't know this. Very disappointed Crosman continues to ignore this. What others should know:Probably the best all around pellet there is for plinking. Accurate, average weight, and knocks down rabbits, pigeons, and squirrels with zero trouble. I highly recommend them.
Things I liked:The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 shoots these fairly well...if you can get them to fit. Things I would have changed:QUALITY = FAIL! Out of 500, I could use maybe 200 of them due to most of the skirts being bent, smashed, or rolled in or up. I paid good money, a lot more than I should have, for these and was left with an unusable product. I refuse to by JSBs again until they can get quality control standards that meet industry standards.
Price = FAIL 2x as much as Crosman Premier HPs and don't work nearly as well. I would also change the fact that the lid isn't a screw on...for the price I better get all the bells and whistles. What others should know:On the tin it says "Hand Selected" but I swear mine where sorted by the Iron Fist because 60% of my pellets were just smashed or unusable. When I got them to fire out of the Nitro Venom they shot "ok". I found that Pred Polys and Crosman PHP work way better and are more useful and a better value.
Things I liked:Awesome plinking pellet due to accuracy and cost per shot. Also makes a great rabbit and pigeon round. Mushrooms nicely upon impact and drops small game very quickly and humanely. Skirts are all nicely shaped and fit very well into the Crosman Nitro Venom .22cal. I also appreciate the fact they come in a screw top tin! Things I would have changed:Nothing...good price, good quality, nice tin. What more do you need? What others should know:I use these in the Nitro Venom .22 and have taken close to 30 pigeons and 5 rabbits. Accurate at 30-35 yards and below. I would recommend using these as they are cheap and effective and they break the Venom in very well.