Things I liked:I like ANY permutation of the 13xx line, and this is no exception, sturdy,easy to mod, powerful,accurate great new forearm, takes down and assembles well..I have had none of the "shaky stock" syndrome that some reviewers have mentioned. Things I would have changed:Ummm, nothing really, it is at a fair price, and the backpack and other geegaws are cheap, but they work and can easily be upgraded --- especially the first aid kit and backpack. You probably have an old bookbag or laptop case laying around - use that to store the rifle and stock, either will give better protection to the sights and thinner parts of the stock casting, Add a couple of pellet pouches with your favorite pellets in 'em, add some military surplus hardware to the first aid, a couple of cliff bars and transfer whatever gear that is likely to get dragged through the mud to the Crosman pack and you're off to the races. What others should know:In our headlong dash to buy expensive PCP gear, we often forget that virtually any springer or multi-pump gun can be modded for very reasonable money to exact humane kills on some pretty tough medium game, especially if we quit overlooking .20, .25 and .30 --- yes .30, PCP only at the moment, but, who knows. I myself will gladly leap into PCP when: the power goes up, the price goes down and somebody comes up with a 20 or 28 Gauge PCP shotgun, even a muzzleloading light steel shot trap gun.
Things I liked:Very well made air rifle. All adjustments, manufacture and appointments for utility or delectation (especially the sling swivels-which should be made at least available on all air rifles) are worth the price of a Savage 308/30-06/243 with scope at Wal-Mart. I am enjoying the little air rifle, in particular the pleasantly surprising accuracy with all of the many brands, configurations and weights of pellets I have run through it. Accurate, strikes the game with an excellent firm hand, all with virtually no recoil whatever! Well done Benjamin! Things I would have changed:The barrel could use a little more length and less shroud. More length might make it come - at least in the same neighborhood as the advertised velocities and a small shroud would make cocking it just as comfy, and with a few holes drilled in it-quieter as well. Aside from more velocity and recoil dampener/noise reduction system, I can find no real fault with this handy little kit rifle, in fact, since I have owned it I never leave camp without it or my Martin 50Lb recurve bow! What others should know:My rifle has no provision for an automatic (therefore, anti-beartrap) safety, the safety must be engaged manually. I do not see any problem with the setup, but as auto-safeties have become the norm, I thought it might do some good to mention it.
Things I liked:I really like that it comes with a sling, more accurately, that you can put a non-universal sling on it at all-which is unusual for an air rifle. It has adequate power, it's reliable (so far, it hasn't been out long enough for me to have given it hard use for ten years) and it is very accurate. All in all I am very satisfied with it, the scope is good quality as is the overall quality of the rifle, fit and finish, stock work etc. and it isn't as heavy as advertised. The ultra-modern poly pistol grip stock with partial wrap around non-slip recoil pad fits me very nicely and the geometry of the stock gently encourages me to hold the rifle correctly regardless of body position. It seems to be a well made, accurate and sturdy small game rifle that I will use in my bug-out equipment. I'm relying completely on air guns and archery for survival purposes due to ammunition related issues and the fact that I live in too wet a climate to rely, long term, on black powder, besides, I like air guns. Things I would have changed:I think a 19' barrel would increase velocity without adding noticeable weight. It would also be nice if the barrel shroud were made from aluminum instead of plastic and suppressed noise, as it is, it just adds length to help ease cocking the gun without adding to power, accuracy or noise reduction