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Things I liked:Nice and light and easy to carry. Has plenty of power for my needs. Best accuracy for me is with a power wheel setting of 7. My rifle shoots best with JSB Exact 15.89 grain pellets, but the Crossman Premier HP is a close second.
Things I would have changed:Trigger is not nearly as nice as other PCP rifles I've shot. Mine breaks cleanly at 2.5 pounds with no creep and is fine for hunting I suppose, but it would be nice to have an adjustable trigger to get the pull weight down.
What others should know:Gun was delivered with an improperly made spin-lock bushing. The tank would not index properly on the frame. Once it was tightened, to get it loose, I had to flood the bushing with Kroil and use a plastic hammer with the spin-lock wrench to get the tank off. In doing this, scratched the anodizing off the frame in two places. I contacted AirForce about the problem and emailed pictures of the stuck tank. AirForce customer service acknowledged some of the guns were shipped with out of tolerance spin-lock bushings and apparently, I received one of them. AirForce sent a replacement bushing and wrench which I received the next day. The replacement bushing resolved the indexing problem, but the scratches remain. Accuracy is okay, about like my RWS 48 spring gun. My FX Typhoon will shot rings around the Talon though.
Things I liked:How many airguns have their own airgun geeks club? The talon does! A bunch of pelletheads all gather together online and compare and show off their talons to each other. some peoples kids, huh? The talon is not just an airgun. the talon is a whole shooting system. You can have interchangeable barrel lengths, four different calibers, and different power plant options(hpa or CO2), you can have several airguns in one package. The talon is a great entry level into the world of PCP airguns. Even without all the extras, the talon, taken on its own merits is a rock solid airgun. The talon Is very simple and sparten by design, but the simple straightforward desgn is what makes it so powerful.
Things I would have changed:Out of the box, the talon is a fine shooting machine with a bit of room for improvement. there are a couple of quirks that are easily overcome. one of them is the safety. it seems just out of reach when you are wrapping your finger around the trigger, and if youve already drawn a bead on your target and forgotten to switch it to fire. you may find yourself missing your shot entirely, when you have to have to lower the gun to switch it to "fire".
What others should know:If youre already into PCP guns than you most likely have necessary sundries. the scuba tank to fill your HPA tank is a must. the air force hand pump can be a real headache. The hand pum is subject to failure and has one of the o-rings that needs replacing on occasion. The replacement can be done at home by someone with a good set of tools and above average mechanical skills, or it has to be returned to the manufacturer for repair. When the pump is working well, you get about ten PSI per pump. its a long way to 3000 psi at that rate. Also, the talon loves heavier pellets. I like shooting a .25 cal. thirty five grain domed pellet that will blow through a green 2x4 at twenty yards. by changing to a twenty four inch barrel, you can increase the muzzle velocity quite a bit. One of the things that makes the talon very cool, is the tuning and mods that can be performed to give it even more power. there are people out there that do just that, tune talons. that is why the talon has its own group of airgun geeks that show off their own personal tweeks and modifications that theyve made on their talons, talon SS, talon Ps and condors.
Things I liked:Solid construction. The only thing that sounds when I shake my gun is the safety pin, which by the way, works perfect. I have seen many airforce airguns that have the numbers pasted like a sticker but with this one they came painted to the plastic dial, good work there. Haven't shot it yet since I'm waiting for pellets and some parts but it seems that is going to be a success. The high room you have for customization. Turning it into a .177 .20 .22 and a powerful .25 caliber gun. THE TRIGGER is AWESOME but shamefully its plastic. The trigger on my Air Arms TX200 is a dream to shoot, but the trigger on the Talon is even softer and very predictable. Its NON ADJUSTABLE. The ''butt pad'' is a SOLID PIECE OF METAL. I thought it was plastic too. Love that!
Things I would have changed:The plastic parts, both of them and the trigger too. They look and feel like a cheap bb gun. For 500 dollars they should had came at least with some quality hard plastic parts at least. Telling you the truth, I can't think of something else I would have changed.
What others should know:This is my first pcp air rifle. Bought it with a Hill Pump, so make sure you get the right adapters. What I did to save money was just get the AirForce 1/8" and 1/4" BSPP Refill Adapter. Just screw one part to the Hill pump hose and leave it there, the other part screws to the bottle.
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