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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
By WalterE. from USA on 2013-02-16 11:54:24Things I liked:I've only had my .22-caliber Dusk for a week-and-a-half, but so far I love everything but the trigger. and even that isn't all that bad. So many reviewers talk about "right out of the box" inaccuracy; "break-in time"; being so long; "dieseling and loud report prior to, and during break-in. CLEAN THE BORE before shooting the gun! and you'll find that all of the above will be reduced to almost zero. After a thorough bore cleaning, it took me three shots with H&N Field Target Trophy's, 14.66 gr. domes, to zero the scope, and three more shots to obliterate a dime-size bulls-eye at 60-feet. I've been shooting 1" hickory nuts off the tree I hung the target on, from my back door all week, and missing darned few. Love the Picatiny Rail scope mount, and the way the cross-bolts lock into the rail slots. I defy the scope to move.
Things I would have changed:The trigger definitely leaves some to be desired if you wanna drive tacks, but making modifications—without spending nearly 40-bucks for a golden trigger is a no-brainer, if you have modest mechanical skills, no matter what the "experts" and snobs say. The scope is perfectly fine for the average plinker and fun-shooter, but I am going to upgrade to one with AO adjustment so I will have range-finding capability for hunting.
What others should know:I read, but seldom pay any attention to overly negative reviews on anything, considering most to be verification of the saying: "It's usually best to remain silent, and have people think you are stupid, rather than speak up and remove all doubt." I've never written a review before, but after having read hundreds concerning this rifle, after reading the couple of overly derogatory comments on this site, then receiving mine, I just couldn't withhold. The bore must be cleaned "right out of the box". There was (preservative, I guess) the worst crap I've ever seen in a rifle bore, including the cosmolene my M-1 Garand had been packed in since 1945, when I cleaned it in 1958. It took me a couple of hours and many, many patches before one came out clean. Don't listen to one or two nay-sayers when hundreds of others are singing praises. C'mon. Anyone who claims to have paid over $200. for a gun that sells for $150., and less — wel-l-l-l, doesn't that tell you something/ This is a great gun for the average shooter, and a great platform piece for anyone wanting to tweak himself a tack-driver at a very modest price. I recommend it to anyone, except to those who suffer from "Mine Is Bigger Than Yours Syndrome" and simply must have Calvin Kline instead of Fruit of the Loom. They wouldn't be happy if the Dusk put every shot in the same hole, and only cost twenty-bucks.
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By Warren from USA on 2014-07-06 23:56:41Things I liked:Thank you Pyramyd Air and Crosman for all your help trying to resolve my issues with the nitro venom dusk .22 cal. air rifle.
Things I would have changed:My arrogant thought that if others can learn to shoot and fix the problems with a nitro piston air rifle so can I. And my never give up attitude.
What others should know: I have had this nitro venom dusk .22 cal. air rifle for more than a year. I am on my 5th scope.  center point 3-9x32  UTG 4x32 AO and I am on my second Hawke 2-7x32 AO IR (This rifle is a scope killer) It's favorite pellet is the JSB 15.89 grain and the H&N 14.66 grain 5.53mm head size. Most of the time this rifle will shoot a 1 inch group of 5 or 10 shots at 23 yards. The problem is the group changes from day to day or from morning to afternoon. One day the group will be dead on and the next day the group will be 2 or 3 inches high or low or somewhere in between. This makes this rifle worthless for hunting or even shooting cans. Not everyone can shoot and fix the problems with break barrel air rifles. I should have gave up after 3 months and saved myself a lot of money, time and aggravation. I don't think I will get another air rifle any time in the near future because of the problems with this one.