by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1


Norica Quick is a big, robust-looking underlever.

Today, we’ll look at the velocity of the Norica Quick. Remember my prediction that because of the long transfer port in the flip-up breech cap the Quick would probably not be much faster than its advertised 1,000 f.p.s., even though it takes 56 lbs. of force to cock.

Gamo Match
The first pellet I tried was the Gamo Match 7.5-grain wadcutter. They fit the breech loosely and dieseled several times before calming down. The average was 893 f.p.s. with a spread from 885 to 899. Fourteen feet per second is a tight distribution for a brand new springer. The average energy is 13.28 foot-pounds.

RWS Club
The seven-grain RWS Club 10 averaged 920 f.p.s. with a spread from 911 to 930. At the average velocity, the pellet produces 13.16 foot-pounds. These pellets also fit the breech loosely.

H&N Baracuda Match
These are the same as Beeman Kodiak Match pellets. They averaged 744 f.p.s. with a super-tight spread from 742 to 747 f.p.s. That’s what a PCP with a regulator is supposed to do. I was most impressed! These pellets fit the breech just about right, which no doubt helps with the consistency. They produce 13.03 foot-pounds, on average.

Trigger pull
The two-stage trigger varied between 5.5 and 7.1 lbs. While that sounds quite heavy, once again, it’s pretty crisp, so it doesn’t feel like as much as it is. There’s no provision for adjustment. The safety engages automatically with cocking and can be taken off by the trigger finger.

Because the rifle was broken in a little during this test, I decided to try the cocking effort again. It remained exactly where it was before.

General observations
Someone, I think it was Matt, wondered how troublesome the underlever is to pop out for cocking. The answer is that it’s not troublesome at all. It pops out easily, yet it stays put all other times. The firing behavior is quick and somewhat harsh. There’s moderate forward recoil and also a tiny bit of buzz at the instant of firing, but it’s over quickly.