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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
By Robert from USA on 2009-08-25 11:15:39Things I liked:This is a remarkable air rifle. A great deal for the money. It is very well engineered from the gold metal trigger to the detachable air chamber. My rifle is very accurate for my shooting ability compared to my Marauder which is also very accurate.The metal rotary magazine is easier to load, easier to insert in the rifle and seems more durable than the plastic spring magazine of my Marauder. Also my Halestorm came with 2 metal rotary magazines as opposed to having to purchase a second magazine seperately for my Marauder. The built in dual scope channels for Weaver and 11mm mounts is a great idea that is simple and should be incorporated into more air rifles. The stock is high quality hardwood and is a beautiful match to the rifle that looks better than even the pictures can show. The adjustable rubber butt on the stock is another great feature for the money. I like the automatic safety set with each cock of the rifle compared to my Marauder which is manual. The fiber optic sights are high quality although I removed mine to mount a scope. I like the charging system which involves inserting a brass coupling nozzle from the side. You can easily attach the nozzle to your pump first and then insert it into the fill chamber as opposed to unscrewing an end cap and attaching the pump hose to a fixed quick connect as in the Marauder. The detachable air chamber with the ability to purchase spare air chambers is an innovative design although I probably wont use it for my shooting.
Things I would have changed:Add a shrouded barrel !!!! The Marauder wins for backyard shooting due to the significant noise reduction from the shrouded barrel. This gun and some other high powered air rifles are too loud to shoot in your backyard without disturbing your neighbors. The design of this rifle would very easily lend itself to adding a shrouded barrel. Also it requires a seperate quick connect fitting to adapt the charging nozzle to a Benjamin type air pump. This would be nice to include but I can't complain due to all the other features for the money.
What others should know:The owners manual I received with my rifle did not cover some details. The rifle comes with a heavy brass fitting that has a threaded core. This is a degasser and protective cover that screws over the pressurized air chamber when you remove it from the rifle. Until I removed the air chamber I couldn't figure out where this heavy fitting went. To remove the air chamber you simply unscrew it from the rifle holding the notched areas at the end where the air gauge is. It can be removed fully or partially charged without any air loss and it or another can be easily reinserted and screwed back tight to continue shooting. The manual that came with my rifle did not cover this so I called tech support before I tried to unscrew a high pressure air chamber !! The tech support at Pyramid Air is excellent.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
By Scott from USA on 2009-12-07 15:07:31Things I liked:Great stock, adjustable butt pad open sights, very, very accurate. Shooting 35FPE with Kodiaks. Shoots most pellets well, not very pellet fussy.
Things I would have changed:Trigger is too heavy even after adjusting. Fit & finish & materials. Use machined metal instead of pot metal. Better magazine molding. One of the 2 magazines won't cycle because the teeth are not all uniform.
What others should know:Very rough out of the box. took about 500 pellets for things to smooth out. A lot of pot metal used. Finishes on metal part don't match & some edges had places were the paint has come off. Bottom line, spend the extra $50 bucks & get the Marauder
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