Things I liked:Easy to cock, synthetic furniture, overall appearance of this air rifle. I bought this for my daughter to shoot, but as I was zeroing it in, I got hooked on this one. Accuracy out of the box managed a 5 shot ragged hole within 10 meters, and have managed to consistently hit the middle of a soda can at about 25 yards. However, this was done with Crosman Premier hollow points. I noticed that this one is finicky with pellets and prefers the heavier ones for longer distances. You can use lighter pellets like Gamo Match, or the EX Destroyers, but you will have to change your grip on the gun further back...at least that's what I had to do. Stock sights sucked, they were crooked...and they are plastic. That being said, I scoped this one with a 3-9x40, and I am now hitting soda can "middles" out to about 40 yards! Okay, maybe not the middle all the time, but I am ringing the can! Also, the gun is very quite...a plus for me in my neighborhood! Things I would have changed:Definitely the plastic sights and especially the trigger group!!! A plastic trigger group??? I don't get it. IIRC, once the gun is cocked, it is the trigger group that holds the spring in place...and IIRC, plastic wears faster than metal. A shame because this gun is a good gun, but were the said items made of metal, it'd be a damn fine gun! What others should know:IMHO, the power to weight ratio is a bit off, the gun is too light...therefore this gun is pretty sensitive to how tight you hold, and where you hold. Find the sweet spot on all types of pellet weights and you'll shoot fine!!!
Things I liked:I got this one to replace the Crosman Raven I recently got for my daughter...I just did not trust the plastic trigger group on the Crosman in terms of longevity. I like that the Recon has a metal trigger group, much smoother break of the barrel, and stock is SO much more ergonomic than the Raven. The Recon is an accurate rifle, and I managed to hit a soda can at about 35-40yds. away with a different scope, not the one that came with it. Things I would have changed:The scope that comes with the Recon. It has a "TV screen" shape when viewed through the scope! I would also like to see a scope stop included with this rifle. Even though the FPS is not the fastest, the vibration definitely causes scope movement. What others should know:For me anyway, I have found the Recon to be finicky in terms of where you grip the rifle. I found that grabbing the very front and pulling into your shoulder with a straight a pull as possible will result in great accuracy. Lotta trigger creep, but I am happy it is metal! (FWIW, I do not think the trigger is adjustable).
Things I liked:Out of box accuracy and the dieseling of those first few shots out of the box! Whoa...sounded like I was shooting a 10/22!!! Back to accuracy...out of the box, after adjusting the PLASTIC rear sight (Ugh) I managed a sub 1/2" CTC 5 shot group using Crosman Wadcutters at about 15 yards away. It took about 8 pellets to sight this one in. As the day went on, I tried a bunch of different pellets, and they all behaved basically the same. Let's talk about accuracy again...I hit 3 out of 3 shots at a soda can just using the PLASTIC (Ugh) open sights at approximately 40+ yards!!! I had to use a leaf as my marker as to where the can was because I could not really see it in the forest area of my backyard, but hit-hit-hit!!! I enjoy the balance of this one, and the wood stock is "good enough"...reminds me of my SKS Scout in terms of overall finish. Trigger is nice, and I turned mine about 3/4 clockwise to adjust the second stage. Did I also mention this air rifle is accurate? ;-) I am still learning this rifle, but average 5 shot groups were always about 1/2" outside of 20 yards, and usually anything within 20yds. I could pretty much get those shots in one hole, or the 5 shots would at least be touching...amazing. Things I would have changed:Here it comes...the plastic sights. When adjusting the elevation knob on my rifle, it was so loose, I wondered if it was going to stay put. Had to mess with it a bit to get it to stay. I mean, the sights work...but it's shame to create a rifle this good, only to put plastic sights on it. I am going to mark my current "sight settings" on the knobs because they can turn easily if bumped...pity. I would have rated this one 5 stars all the way were it not for those darn plastic sights!!! What others should know:Initial few breaks of the barrel are not bad at all, but man did that first shot unleash some loudness and echo! It really sounded like rifle going off, or a 38 cal. revolver...Also, this one has excellent balance and is not to finicky in terms of hold. Um...did I mention it was accurate? ;-) Amazing air rifle for the price, stock *can* get slippery from sweaty hands, however, I always put some grip tape on mine where I hold to keep the rifle from slipping and to remember where the gun likes to be held for best accuracy.