Things I liked:Lightweight, accurate (after adjusting the scope), comfortable, inexpensive. Things I would have changed:Visual magazine is not visible if scope is attached. Also, upgrades on the cheaper bits (reservoir and cap, stock, dovetail) would be worth $20 more. What others should know:Probably the best rifle for the money available. I have fired hundreds of rounds with the Recruit and never had even a jammed BB. Variable power via pump is great for indoor shooting. To get a better air rifle, expect to pay two to three times the price.
Things I liked:Lightweight, inexpensive, very quiet. Perfect for indoor target practice with variable power and nobody can hear it. It's amazing how many shooters can enjoy it with the collapsible stock. Reliable: I have put 2500+ shots through this thing without a problem. The weight and absence of recoil and noise mean that my 9-year old sister can shoot this for hours without fatigue. It's like clicking a mouse. Things I would have changed:Filling in the stock really would make the Recruit more solid. Also, safety is not ambidextrous. Finally, the rear sight scratches the bottom of the scope. Scope can be a pain at first; windage and elevation adjust is vague. Spend a few minutes and you will be rewarded with unreasonably tight groups. But then again, this thing cost less than a pair of jeans. What others should know:There are certainly more accurate and powerful rifles out there, but few are as easy to live with and ask for so little ($50?!). I own a range of rifles and consider the Recruit a favorite. If you want to introduce someone (or yourself) to airguns, or want to sharpen your shooting inside while the weather sucks, this is could be the best $50 you will ever spend.