Average Customer Review5 (60 reviews)
Things I liked:It hammers them downrange,and the open sights are good...but thats about the only things i can brag on about this one. I will give the benifit of the doubt and say most of the issues i had with this may have been solved if I had opted for the NitroPiston-but this rifle was badd. Thankfully,PA was AWESOME in addressing the situation and had me set up with another combo in record time with NO hassle whatsoever.
Things I would have changed:Everything,but most of all,the scope mounts!!That thing would walk ALL over.Of course, with the hammering this thing produced it wasnt surprising.Even during break in, was reasonably tight with open sights-but with the scope,you'd zero,get 2-3 decent shots,then have to rezero.Loud,bulky,and even someone like me who shoots regularly for long stretches,a beast to cock.
What others should know:Only negative review i've had to post, and like i said, may be a different ballgame with NP. And on the bright side,PA turned it around in record breaking time(LOVE my Benj Trail NP AW .22 !!)
Things I liked:This is a beast that will definatly put it downrange when doing pest control around the place(but then,so would the log it feels like you're toting around)...the open sights were dead on out of the box.
Things I would have changed:Way too heavy to field lug all day, cocking was a chore, the trigger pull was so long you could go get a sandwich before it broke, but the absolute worse was the scope-zero in/fire three shots/realize scope was walking/reset and zero back in/enjoy three shots/realize scope is walkong again...after way too much of this,i sent back to exchange-Folks at PA were GREAT! Got me set up in record time!
What others should know:If you're dead set on this one, go .22 with NP and start looking around for some magic scope mounts. If you're only shooting open sights,this might be an option,but there are plenty other rifles that are a better choice.
Things I liked:I own this gun in the .22 and the .25 caliber versions and they're both well crafted, quite powerful, accurate (with the right pellet), dependable and really fun to shoot. Honestly, if you're looking for a quality air gun you can be proud of, without breaking the bank, buy this gun ...I wish they still carried the .25 caliber and maybe they can order one for you, but if not ...I would suggest purchasing the .22 version. It's obviously a lot more bang for the buck.
Things I would have changed:Personally, after a few small adjustments to suit my way of shooting, I really enjoy these guns. However, I'll address what seems to be a common complaint, the hollow stock! The stock is hollow, but not thin walled at all. If anything, I might would fill the heel/toe end of the stock with expanding foam. Maybe something similar to, "Great Stuff," spray foam to make it feel more solid. Expandable foam also wouldn't increase the weight very much and might be worth the effort for what it would accomplish. One could drill two small holes at the top and bottom of the heel/toe end of the stock, under the last shoulder pad and fill the stock through the top hole, allowing the compressed air to escape out of the bottom hole until the desired feel is achieved. Just remember the foam expands! But truthfully, is it really that bad now? Not really ...I believe most people wouldn't even notice if they didn't read about it first. In reality, you only notice the slight hollow sound if you tap on the side of the stock itself. I would say they accomplished their goal of bringing a well crafted, yet affordable weapon to the marketplace. Therefore, outside of those minor issues there's nothing I would change.
What others should know:I purchased the .22 first and was so impressed I purchased the .25 cal soon thereafter. IMHO, out of all the guns in this price range, there's nothing even remotely close to the talon. The scope that comes with the gun isn't bad at all, especially if you're shooting within 100 yards or less, but obviously they aren't a Leupold, not for 209.00 including the gun. lol I haven't had any problems with scope slippage or movement after mounting and sighting it in. As with any scope, you have to really tighten them down, but without striping the threads of course or creating an indentation in the rail. You can feel when it's approaching the shear point or damaging the rail, long before it does any damage. Also, as with all new guns and scopes, the scope has to be sighted in again after several hundred shots, but typically will stay in perfectly thereafter, as long as you don't drop it or something. The guns are heavy, but not any heavier than my Win. Model 70 30-06, Rem 270 or any other real firearm/rifle of equal size. To me the weight says quality. As far as my Talons go, the .25 cal is substantially more powerful than the .22 ...even though the difference in size is not that significant, the .25 hits like a sledgehammer. TIP: I reverse the metal stop on the rail to set the scope further back