Things I liked:They look very cool .But do not let looks decieve you. Things I would have changed:Quailty control is none.Out of 150 2/3 were usable out of the box! The rest had such bad casting wings on both sides from head to skirt that you never really know where they might fly.Like others have said each pellet is a different size.Shooting a Tuned Crosman Quest 1000X (scoped)sighted in at 30 yards with 1/4 in. groups these things had a hard time hitting a 4x4 ft. sheet of plywood.Maybe I got a bad batch??But you be the judge! What others should know:If you are a sincere target shooter or a small game hunter do not waste your money on these pellets.They are totally unpredictable.If you still have a bug to buy them look into the see thru tin and check out the pellets for yourself.You will see the casting wings down most pellets which will cause them to fly like a hand thrown model airplane with no tail.Remember if you can not hit the target what good are they?
Things I liked:Right out of the box the 97K is a one hole shooter with a trigger unmatched by other rifles..Remember,, it will take at least 50-75 shots to lead-up/season the barrel before your groups really start to tighten up.
The deep rich high polished bluing on these rifles is absolutely beautiful.The Blue Laminated Stock is a eye catcher where ever you go ,it will in fact draw a crowd. Things I would have changed:Not a thing from the factory,but follow the instructions to adjust the trigger to your liking.I shortened the length of pull and lightened it to a 1.5 LB. trigger pull.
After break in you may want to have it professionally tuned as I did.This makes a al ready great gun perfect in my opinion. What others should know:The twenty(.20) caliber round is a sure winner at both short and long range shooting.
I have shot this rifle off a bench at 100 yards and could cover the group with a quarter(.25cent piece)
I have taken many awards shooting NRA Match indoor on a 10 meter range ,and finished second at our 1st of the year Field Target Match shooting Piston Class.
I'm am not a pro shooter either! At 60yrs old I wiggle all over the place,but the HW97K does help even a old shooter like me..
Be Warned !!! It is a heavy rifle at 11+ pounds with a scope I wouldn't want to walk around a woods all day with this gun.Of course a young guy it probably wouldn't matter!
Things I liked:Its a .22 cal.Fit and finish is real nice,a smooth,powerful accurate shooter right out of the box.This rifle can be had for less money if you do your homework.This rifle shoots RWS 14.3 gr.Super-H-Points the best,with a average of 720FPS and less than half inch groups @ 35yrds.off a bench.
No twang at all just a quick solid thunk when fired. Things I would have changed:I did change the trigger to a GRT-lll and what a difference it made!! It can be found here>
This brought the total trigger travel to a length of 1/8" with a pull of less than 2 lbs. Now were talking accurate!
The original trigger pull had to be better that 6lbs. to pull it and total travel was the length of your backyard,maybe more!Making accuracy almost impossible!
Crosman really needs to work on there trigger situation,,they have to be the worst in the air gun world.And I am sure it costs Crosman a lot of sales because people bringing them back because of a crappy trigger. What others should know:It will take at least 25-50 shots before it quits dieseling and settles down to the smooth shooter it is.It also takes 100 or more shots before the barrel tightens up and really starts to show how accurate it really is.Be sure to check the stock mounting screws when new every 25 shots or so(they will come loose) I ended up using blue locktite and let it set over night to keep them tight.
They also tend to be very hard to break open the barrel when new,a little moly grease on the detent will help,but as it is shot it will get easier.