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Things I liked:This is almost identical to my Daisy 753 I bought 30 yrs ago through the NRA, except for the adjustable stock and being a single shot only & of course the Lother Walther barrel. This rifle design is sturdy, accurate and dependable. I bought this rifle mostly to tinker with because I knew it was an accurate platform to begin with. I wanted to mount a scope right away, yet I opted for the target sight version so I could use the sights later or on another rifle.
Things I would have changed:For the price, nothing. This is a great rifle to start with. Cocking this rifle isn't as bad as some might think. I was 15yrs old when I got my 753. Just try different technics with leverage and you'll be fine. At my local club I shoot 20-5 shot groups in 2 hours for score and am not fatigued. As far as the trigger, polishing the hammer and sear to a shine does wonders. Also, this is only for experienced shooters who tinker. I found most of the things on the internet useful when it comes to the 953 and it's variants but what made the most difference in my 1.25lbs trigger pull was the removal of the spring just in front of the trigger "the lawyers spring". Chats with my local gunsmith and testing show it is still indeed SAFE & effective. The rear spring is strong enough to hold the sear.
What others should know:I mounted a custom Tasco 8-40 power scope that adjusts down to 5 yards in parallax. The 10m NRA target almost fills the 50mm exit lens. Using H&N sport pellets, caliper measured groups of .18-.21 for my past 10-5 shot groups, benched; I believe, speaks volumes as to the accuracy of this Daisy 953 and it's stock barrel. By the way, if you're shooting for group size adjust you're scope so you don't shoot out your point of aim, I prefer my group to land up & to the right while aiming at the 10 ring. I think I'm going to buy another Daisy 953!
Things I liked:It's silly accurate, doesn't care what you feed it, and doesn't need frequent or thorough cleaning. Noise level is suitable for indoor shooting without ear protection. I also like the five-shot clips.
Things I would have changed:The trigger is gritty, with a long pull. You can get used to it, but I think Daisy should improve it. The cocking lever is shorter than it could be for comfort. The fiber-optic iron sights are awful.
What others should know:Use the cheapest pellets you can buy for this gun; it doesn't care. I've put bent pellets in and they shoot as straight as the perfect ones. I bought a tin of RWS R-10 lights with my rifle, and it actually shoots straighter with cheap Crosmans or even cheaper Daisys. Buy extra clips. If you wear glasses, you may want to remove the rubber eyecup from the rear sight. Also, that tiny pinhole doesn't let much light in, so you'll need lots of light on your target to see it. After mounting the diopter sights, I found that when I cocked it, my fingers were hitting the big plastic mounting nut that holds the rear sight on. I replaced it with a jam nut and an acorn nut (size M-4 metric). Don't try to hunt with this, except for maybe small birds at close range. I doubt it could humanely kill anything bigger than a chipmunk.
Things I liked:Just like everyone says, this'll shot one jagged hole all day at 10 meters with most pellets. Not my prettiest rifle, but my most accurate.
Things I would have changed:Trigger could be much better, but can be made much better with easy fixes found on the internet.
What others should know:You won't have any more fun at this price.