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Average Customer Review4.5 (28 reviews)
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Things I liked:It has a great feel, is accurate and has a really good trigger.
Things I would have changed:The sights and grips are really good, but a finer front sight and target grips put this gun over the top.
What others should know:I bought this pistol to work on my pistol craft without using up my dwindling supply of non-replaceable rim-fire ammunition. This gun fills that need. It shoots well, the trigger is light but crisp and the gun has a good size and heft to it. The gun is well made. It is not really hard to cock or load, and I usually shoot it for a couple of hours at a time. I think it will be going strong when my grandson inherits it, hopefully a long time from now.
Things I liked:The accuracy is pretty amazing. The trigger, light and smooth. The 410 fps rating is sufficient for target or game IMO. I'm a 1-pump airgun shooter so I like that and have never considered any other type. The fiber optic sights are superior on any pistol and they are on this one too.
Things I would have changed:It doesn't need changing but be careful cocking it - keep your cocking hand flat to keep the action from getting some of your skin. I've read some don't like the safety on the left side and I disagree - it's in the perfect place to take off with my weak-hand thumb...which is where I put my thumb when I shoot anyway.
What others should know:When I ordered the P3 it was on back order so I also ordered the P17 and got it about a month before I got the P3. Appearance and functionally they are really close to the same. The biggest difference that I noticed is that the safety is easier to set off on the P17 - the P3 takes a little more force and a "click" which may be a good thing. Other than that, both pistols are quite good so far. The P3 is German-built and the P17 is a Chinese copy, but a decent one as far as I can tell for the person on a budget - $240 vs. $40 is a big deal. Common sense tells me that the P3 is superior - we'll see how the P17 holds up but so far it's doing the job.
Things I liked:Accuracy wise it was just super. It will happily put 5 rounds in a group the size of a nickel, and probably better. Notice I said it will, not "I can". Right now my goal is just putting all 5 in the black. It is surprising how much harder it is for me to see the front sight indoors as opposed to outside in the sunshine. The pellets I ordered are Crosman premier light. They are $26 dollars for 1250. If you order three boxes the fourth is free. There are cheaper pellets, but with with cost of .22 LR these days what the heck? I am frankly kind of fired up about my new pistol. It looks like it will give me good feedback on my trigger control and sight picture. And, I can practice in the comfort of my home rain or shine.
Things I would have changed: It does take a little time to load, but that's probably a good thing, as it made me slow down rather than just plink away. The trigger doesn't reset after you break the shot, so that's kind of a bummer.
What others should know: I recently ordered a Beeman P3 air pistol. A retired Fish and Wildlife officer friend of mine had brought me a stack of old Shotgun News magazines. The articles by Tom Gaylord had got me thinking about an air pistol that I could shoot indoors. Tom is in the employ of an outfit called Pyramyd Air. I understand that the P17 is a Chinese made copy of the P3 and a bargain to boot. That's all well and good, but frankly I was willing to pay more for the P3, as it is made by Weihrauch in Germany. Besides that, Pyramyd Air was sold out of P17's. 8) I set up a 10 meter "range" in a upstairs hall using a wooden target holder with a putty backstop. I placed the target on an old milkcrate and set a piece of scrap blandex against the wall, just in case. In the target holder I placed a sheet of 10 meter air rifle targets. What a hoot! The P3 is a fun little pistol. It seems to be modeled after some generic polymer pistol. To fire it you pull the "hammer" back to release the "slide". The slide hinges at the muzzle, and after levering it forward you can place a .177 cal pellet in the breech end of the barrel. Then after pressing the slide back down you can fire the pistol. There is a safety above the trigger that is applied automatically. The pistol comes with fiber optic adjustable sights. I blacked out the rear fiber dots. It was difficult for me to focus on the front sight with all those dots shining at me. The trigger is quite good. Two stage and it broke at 1 pound and 6 ounces on my Lyman trigger scale.