Things I liked:Contains everything you need to get started with proper cleaning and maintenance Things I would have changed:Add to the number of cleaning pellets instead of giving two small tins of lead pellets. Also, the cleaning rod snapped at the joint on initial cleaning making the rod useless What others should know:If I had to do it again, wouldn't buy a kit. The cleaning rod is poor quality
Things I liked:After reading a ton of reviews and spending countless hours on YouTube, I settled on this rifle. The key selling features to me were the quality of the included scope and the thumbhole stock. The stock finish is nothing special, but may spruce up with some wood polish. The accuracy seems to be getting better and better as the gun breaks in. I didn't waste my time with the stock scope rings, but went with two-piece Accurings for $10. This totally eliminated the need to shim the scope and I was able to get the scope sighted within minutes. I also went through and tightened all the screws before firing. After putting 50 pellets through it, however, I found everything had loosened up. I removed all the screws and used blue loctite on the threads and so far haven't had any issues with the screws coming loose. Cocking effort and recoil are what I would expect with a 1000 ftp springer. Things I would have changed:There are three things I'd change to make this go from good to great. (1) Replace the scope rings with something that can handle the recoil from this rifle and keep the scope in place. The stock rings are junk and went straight to the trash can. (2) Add the ability to change the trigger pull weight. You can adjust the trigger pull, and the stock pull weight is not bad. However, I'd like to drop the pull weight by about a pound. (3) Add some way to use a sling. This rifle is heavy and carrying it on a hunt will get old fast. Sling mounts would be a great option for those who want to use this to pluck off some small game. What others should know:I'm still experimenting on pellets that this rifle will like. It definitely does best with pellets over 8 grains. Anything lighter and I tend to see some flyers and/or funny holes in paper targets that I attribute to pellet instability.
Things I liked:Very easy to use. I've tried this and a similar pen from Crossman, and found this pen to give a better feel (at least for this user). Quality is decent if you know your dealing with a piece of plastic. Things I would have changed:Price! These pens can't be expensive to produce. If I can buy a ball point pen or a mechanical pencil with more complicated mechanics for under $5, I should be able to do the same with a pellet pen. If the price dropped, I'd buy several and hold different pellets in each, or just carry a couple into the field when I go hunting so I'd be sure to have plenty of ammo at the ready.
It would also be nice to make it 1/4 inch longer. I can fit about 18 pellets in it. I'd like to fit 20 so I can shoot 5-shot groups without reloading the pen. It would also help when comparing pellets in a rifle to be able to load the pen with a multiple of 5 pellets. What others should know:The capacity is dependent on the pellet. I have yet to be able to load 20 pellets in it.