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Average Customer Review4.5 (51 reviews)
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Things I liked:Powerful, not to hard to cock and mine is VERY accurate when set up properly (see below) to the point that it shoots better then I do. Even with the scope mounting issues i was able to ping a 4 inch target at 50 yards. Priced in an affordable range i think you could hunt pretty well with this gun, as well as target shoot and plink. I like the trigger,which feels somewhat heavy out of the box. I like the synthetic stock (wood would have been nicer but for the price the money is better spent on the actual air gun mechanism) with its raised stippeling which provides a good grip (not as nice as checkering would have been but OK) Recoil feels about as much as my pals .22 rimfire. Scope is pretty decent for this rifle.
Things I would have changed:Better scope rings. Sling would be nice too. I dont like the safety being right infrount of the trigger- if it were automatic i might like it better.
What others should know:Scope mount SUCKS- Make sure the set screw goes into the hole (mine didnt fit properly) POI would change after every few shots... eventually I realized that the scope mount had bounced HALF OFF THE GUN - pretty annoying as I was in the woods on vacation. The verticle set screw had gouged a trail as it bounced backwards on every shot. When I got home I got a tap and die set and enlarged the hole to take the set screw (which did not fit properly before) and now the gun is a tackdriver at 15 yards (not taken it out again)
Things I liked:This review is based on my replacement rifle as the first was defective. Overall this gun is a tremendous value. I'd say it easily competes with break barrels in the $250-$300. The internals are the same as the Benjamin NPS or discontinued Remington NPSS which are a notch above those found in the Trail NP. It's a very smooth cocking gun with the lightest cocking of any gun in its class (my guess is low 30# range). The gun is light yet the recoil is very manageable. The shrouded barrel does make this a backyard friendly air rifle. The 40mm AO scope is very nice for an included scope and is well suited for this rifle. The trigger pull length can be adjusted and the break is reasonably clean and consistent. The stock is light and a good fit for smaller to medium shooters (more on these last 2 points in things I would change). Accuracy is as good as any breakbarrel I've shot but I did do a tune on mine before shooting. Rested 10 shot groups of 1/4" at 10yd and 1/2" at 20yd.
Things I would have changed:The stock geometry needs to be improved. The trigger is too far forward for comfortable shooting in all positions. Some positions are better than others but there is definitely room for improvement. I'd also increase the height of the cheek rest a bit and smooth out the under side foregrip section. The fit is just a touch tight at the breech which causes a slight rub during cocking. The trigger, while far superior to what comes on the Trail NP is in need of some work too. It's 1st stage pull is too long and the pull was close to 6 pounds! It actually hurt my hand after firing 200 pellets. The scope rail needs to be a weaver rail because the dovetail mount with vertical set screw is not able to handle the recoil properly. I realize this gun offers a ton for the money at its price but I would gladly pay 40 or 50 bucks more for these issues fixed. The trigger is the only thing I was able to fix using an $11 trigger kit that included a 2 pound spring, bushings and screw.
What others should know:It likes CP HollowPoints and domes, and Diabolo exact jumbo heavies (best groups). Predator Polymags do about as good as the CPs. Gun benefits from a tune and barrel cleaning as there seemed do be some grime in the barrel. Unlike most break barrels this barrel freely pivots when cocked and tightening the breech pivot bolt won't prevent this. This probably contributes to its light cocking effort. Check ebay for the NPSS trigger kit. I did get occasional flyers out of my groups until I tightened the barrel pivot bolt a bit. As for mounting the scope, make sure you tighten the vertical set pin so it seats fully and then fully tighten and loctite (medium red or blue)all the screws. The monoblock scope mount is nice but the vertical set pin isn't up to the job of limiting rear slide and proper mounting is essential to get the scope to hold zero. Even with this my scope slid 1mm rearward before it settled into it's place. It could really benefit from a weaver mount.
Things I liked:This is far more powerful than I thought it would be. Very nice! I was able to quickly sight it in and took my first rabbit with a head shot. It was done before it could fall over. I am very impressed with that. The trigger is far better than the one I had experienced on the Fury II and the nitro piston is such a huge improvement over the typical springer that I don't think the springers have a place anymore. I wouldn't even consider using a cheaper scope than this one and might end up replacing it even though it's better than most that come on these. The trigger isn't as good as I would like, but it's definitely adequate for my uses.
Things I would have changed:The stock has some really sharp edges on it which is pretty annoying. The trigger reach is considerable. I'm not a small guy and I'm stretching my hands pretty far.
What others should know:I don't know if it's just a part of airgunning or not, but it seems that I need to re zero nearly every outing in order to get back where I want to be. This could be because of wind, humidity, temp, and such. I honestly don't know, but so far I can't just depend on the scope to be perfectly zeroed every time I take it out ( and I did locktite it down). I highly recommend the nitro piston set up unless you are going to go PCP. The NP2 is what I wish would have been out when I bought this!
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