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Average Customer Review4.5 (94 reviews)
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Things I liked:6.4lb weight. 37.75 overall length easy to carry in bush with Gamo Gun Buddy Sling. 12 1/4" stock pull. Texture of stock. Made sturdy for outdoors. Pneumatic action for cold weather and target shooting. Weighted front barrel. 5 shot clip. Overall feel and a steady, quickish pull to target. Fast sight acquisition to target with a wide rear aperture. Fiber optics are good in changing light. Safety placement. Colour. Versatility. Price. Accuracy. Well thought out.
Things I would have changed:The lever catches some peoples fingers when snapping shut. The rear site aperture and fiber optic is a bit wide, being good for quick sight acquisition, but to large for 10 meter shooting. Make the rear aperture slightly more narrow and either drop the fiber optics or decrease their diameter. Make the single load gate easier to drop a pellet into.
What others should know:We use this rifle for plinking, informal 10 meter shot and classic Biathlon. Using classic stride on cross country skis. The entire family does this for fun, we shoot at cans maybe 47 feet out, very roughly a conversion of the standing 160' feet 4.5 inch target in Olympic biathlon. Of course when multiple competitors are shooting at the can it jumps around, making quite the sparring match. 5 shot clip is a must. The Gamo slings work well for blasting over fields, through brushy trails and woods. We are not to worried about the gun when wiping out, it's tough. It is easy making trail circuits because pellet guns are much safer than 22 rimfire. The short stock works nice if bundled in heavier clothing and the gun works below 0. Lots of laughing, family and friends are addicted, quasi competitive about 30X a season.
Things I liked:Everything about this gun! It feels right to me when shouldered. It is very very accurate with a scope, and even with the iron sights I can often shoot one hole 5 shot groups at 25' in my basement offhand.
Things I would have changed:Not much. Maybe the trigger. After around 1000 rounds it is light enough on the pull, but does have a lot of creep. Still, this is a very usable trigger for me, and I have not done a thing to it! It gets very boring very quick hitting target after target after target. To make things more challenging in interactive targets I only aim at the feet, ears, tail or any other very small (1/4") appendage on the target. Aiming at center of mass is way too easy!
What others should know:Just buy it. You will like and use it probably more than any other gun if you have an indoor place to shoot. It only needs pellets, and shoots very well with cheap pellets. There is no recoil, the noise is low, and it is accurate. Not a lot of power, but for paper punching and interactive targets, it is very inexpensive to buy and use! Highly recommended!
Things I liked:The 953 is very accurate. Shooting at 18 yards inside, with 20x scope and sandbags, 29 of 30 shots can be covered with a quarter which is 0.75" c-c using RWS R10 7.0 gr pellets. This is the most impressive group out of about 15 groups with different types of pellets.
Things I would have changed:Nothing
What others should know:The 5 shot clip works good, order extras. The 953 takes a strong arm to cock but I can can cock it OK at 70 years old. I cleaned the barrel and that improved the accuracy. The stock is nice.