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Things I liked:Accuracy, lightweight, short, and very well made that feels solid and comfortable to shoot. A very attractive gun ideal for small game, and easier to carry than a heavier spring piston.
Things I would have changed:The Talon SS CO2 is not as quiet as I expected. The firing mechanism is quite loud, and the report from the rifle is louder than I expected from a gun with a compensator. I have a .22 spring piston rifle that is slightly quieter than the Talon SS CO2. Also, the CO2 gun loses a little power if you shoot often in a short time period . Even though the Talon SS is a high quality gun, it is pretty expensive for a rifle that shoots slower than the average .22 springer.
Things I liked:Everything! This is my first adult (read expensive) airgun, and it lives up to my wildest expectations!
Things I would have changed:I'd like to see some accessories aimed specifically at the CO2 tanks, like a cheekpiece (the tank gets cold) and a rubber butt pad to keep the back of the bottle from slipping around on your shoulder. Minor quibbles, the gun shoots GREAT!
What others should know:This gun is fantastic for just general shooting. It's light, compact, and accurate. Since I do most of my shooting indoors at 10 meters, I found the trigger to be acceptable out of the box and getting better with use, even if it's not technically a target trigger. The SS shroud gives me sufficient separation with open sights for target accuracy, although I did have to fabricate a front sight base to get the sight up enough to use. I did hang a barrel weight on the end of the lower dovetail, the gun is just a tad muzzle light to hang right (personal preference, you might find it acceptable as is). No regrets, this gun is worth every penny.
Things I liked:Looks cool. Lots of shots from Co2 tank. Trigger is decent. No pumping! Nice short gun.
Things I would have changed:Ergonomics. The tank makes for a lousy stock. Unless you get high scope mounts or the tri-rail accessory, your head will always be tilted looking through the scope. Of course raising the scope up higher makes sighting in the gun very range specific and some scopes won't have sufficient elevation adjustment which means drooper scope mounts (added cost). Scope is too high to begin with.
What others should know:Forget 700 FPS in .177 caliber. Mine is running around 595 FPS with a 7.9 grain pellet at 70 degrees F. Rather disappointing since I specifically wanted a new gun with a higher muzzle velocity than the others I have. I'll probably wind up trying HPA which then means adding a pump or scuba tank for refills. I would have been happy with the Co2 if it really produced 700 FPS as advertised. I realize Co2 is temperature sensitive but everything I've read seems to indicate that even at 85 degrees I may only be around 625 FPS. Overall, I wish I would have had a chance to try the gun before purchasing. Pyramyd's 15% re-stocking fee + shipping would mean I would be out $75 if I returned it at this point. I'm thinking the Benjamin Marauder may have been a better choice for me.