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By Mike from USA on 2010-09-05 22:56:52Things I liked:This is a great gun for a great price (got it on sale a couple weeks ago). I only wish I'd bought this before I bought my RWS 34P Striker - could have saved myself over $200. This is much shorter and lighter, but comparable in power, accuracy, and build quality. Much easier to lug around than the 34. The red dot sight is very nice. The adjustable stock/buttpad is also a nice feature, but anything past the first stop seems awkward.
Things I would have changed:Add some open sights (fiber optic or peep) in case you want to remove the red dot. The carry handle is not really functional with the red dot attached. Also add flip-up covers to the red dot so they don't get lost. The Weaver rails on the forearm are right where you hold the gun. If you mount a flashlight and/or a laser, it may be tough to grip it comfortably. Put a laser on and had to shift it to the left side and as close to the muzzle as I could get it.
What others should know:The easiest way to cock this rifle is to slap the muzzlebrake as shown in the video review on the website. Otherwise the short lever makes it difficult. It's also hard to find a case for this with the red dot attached. It won't fit in the Plano scoped case for my 34P.
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By PowerMacSC from USA on 2010-02-27 17:09:46Things I liked:Compact, Tactical, Power... The Norica Goliath 88 may be small but it packs a punch. This unique break barrel spring airgun is lightweight and yet generates almost 14 FTLbs at the muzzle. Accuracy is pretty good at 10 yards out of the box using the included Red Dot scope, but holding really tight groups will take a lot of patience and practice. The recoil is sharp and the height of the scope makes it impossible to rest your cheek as you would a normal rifle. As a close in "tactical" pest elimination device it will excel, past 15 or 20 yards and things get dicey. A long eye relief scope mounted lower on the receiver would really be the ticket.
Things I would have changed:make the handle and red dot scope mount like on my AR.. the whole handle mounts to a weaver mount right on the receiver.. if I want to run open sights then I can use the handle.. If I want to drop in a 24x scope, I can remove the handle and mount the scope right to the receiver.. all in all it would make for a vastly more practical rifle and give you the best of both worlds.. tactical 10 to 15 yards.. and then a quick switch and you could reach out and touch something...
What others should know:the recoil is very harsh.. practice is a must to get .5" groups at 10 yards with the red dot scope.. the rifle can do it.. but the work will come in with your technique.