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By Tom from USA on 2009-03-27 19:10:10Things I liked:When I rate the Hammerli 490 Express with 5 stars, I feel that I have to explain the rating. This rifle is a budget-level youth model breakbarrel spring rifle that is way better than its low price would seem possible, but it is not the equal of a TX200 or a Beeman R1. So don't buy it thinking that it is. However, what you get with this rifle is an honest (wood and steel) air rifle with WAY more accuracy than the price dictates! The trigger is too heavy, but I overlook that because of the accuracy, the light weight and the easy cocking. This is a little spring rifle you can fall in love with, if you overlook that trigger. The firing behavior is smooth and even--way better than you would expect. And although I called it a youth model, adults will like it too. This is a rifle anyone can love!
Things I would have changed:I would put a smoother, lighter trigger on it. But I won't rate the rifle lower for just that, because when you see the accuracy you will learn to live with that trigger.
What others should know:This isn't a magnum air rifle. It's a fun gun--the kind you will shoot ten times more often than you do those huge magnums. This is an all-day air rifle. And there are aftermarket tuners who can smooth and lighten the trigger. You can find them in our daily blog.
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By Pete from USA on 2010-04-11 19:02:34Things I liked:Nicely shaped and good looking stock; reasonably priced. Easy cocking action, although if you have the gun inclined after loading a pellet, the pellet will sometimes fall out of the breech while closing the action.
Things I would have changed:The trigger is lousy - a better trigger would dramatically improve the accuracy and overall experience of this rifle. The automatic safety is a pain in the neck, gritty and stiff - you need to release it using your left hand. Once the safety is released, it cannot be re-engaged. Pretty anemic power: I wasn't looking for 1,000 fpm, but this gun is definitely on the wimpy side. The scope mounting rail is 11mm or 3/8", so if you have a scope with a Weaver style dovetail, you'll need to buy new mounting rings. Reasonably accurate, but not up to the standards of even another inexpensive rifle like the Gamo Big Cat.
What others should know:This could be quite a good value IF you could replace the trigger with a GRT trigger like you can do with the Gamo guns and variants. The action on the 490 is completely enclosed and basically cannot be worked on without significant disassembly. With a better trigger (or at least the ability to modify or easily tune the trigger) and a little more power, this would be a terrific bargain at the price. As it is, it's an OK buy, but not much more than that.