by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- The test
- Accuracy — JSB Exact RS
- Accuracy— JSB Exact Heavy
- Accuracy— Crosman Premier Light
- What next?
- Final group
Today I complete the report on the Forge from Umarex. This is a breakbarrel rifle with a gas spring and … Well, you can read the past posts to catch up.
I’m running this test because the last time we looked at the Forge I felt the poor 4X32 scope that was provided with it might not have extracted all the accuracy the rifle can produce. I vowed to return and test it with a better scope and today the Force is mounted with the Aeon 8-32 AO scope with trajectory reticle, which is one of the best scopes I own. You can read about it here.
This will be 10 shots with each pellet from a rested rifle at 25 yards. I started with the conventional artillery hold but soon discovered the Forge can be rested directly on the sandbag. I used the artillery hold in the last test, so that may make a difference today.
I had forgotten how heavy the Forge trigger is. It challenges me to hold the rifle steady while squeezing it. An 8-pound trigger is a little overboard on the anti-liability side, I think.
Accuracy— JSB Exact RS
I sighted-in with JSB Exact RS pellets (5 shots) so they also shot the first group. At 25 yards ten pellets went into a group that measures 0.573-inches between centers. I was off to a good start! In the last test the same pellet put 10 in 0.973-inches. As I mentioned, though, it could all come down to the different hold.
Accuracy— JSB Exact Heavy
Next up were 10 JSB Exact Heavy pellets. I thought they might do well in the Forge because of its power. The first shot landed 4 inches below the aim point. I hadn’t anticipated that. It was off the target paper in spite of me aiming at a target on the top, but the second shot landed close enough to it that I continued shooting. I didn’t want to adjust the scope, in case the other pellet to be tested would then be too high. At the end of 10 shots only the first one was off the paper, but I photographed the group with the target still taped to the cardboard backer.
This group was not a good one. It measures 1.143 inches between centers and is elongated diagonally. This would not be a pellet for this rifle.
Accuracy— Crosman Premier Light
The last pellet I tested was the Crosman Premier 7.9-grain domed pellet. I thought they might land higher on the target than the JSB Heavys because they are lighter. They did land higher, but they still struck the target 2 inches below the aim point. This time I did adjust the scope up, so the pellets would strike closer to the aim point.
Premier Lights gave me the worst group of all. Ten pellets went into 1.965-inches at 25 yards. This group was so big that I wondered whether something had happened to the scope.
At this point I was confused. The first group showed me that the Forge was more accurate when used with a better scope — I thought. But then the second and third groups were so large that I wondered whether something had happened. One way to check that is to shoot another group of the RS pellets.
I had to adjust the scope before shooting this group because I had moved the impact of the Premier Lights up by two inches. Now the scope had to go back down again.
Ten shots gave me what looks like it wants to be a good group, except for two outlying holes. They were shots one and six, and I can’t think of any any reason why they aren’t with the main group. So 8 pellets are in 0.58-inches at 25 yards and all 10 are in 1.453-inches.
I have learned things in today’s test. First, the better scope is a definite plus. I was able to see the aim point much better and as a result to aim better.
The heavy trigger is a negative. I can work with it, but each shot required a lot of concentration.
It’s too bad the scope that comes with the rifle isn’t that good. However, in retrospect, it looks like I shot nearly as well with it as with the scope that cost more than the entire Forge package. So, maybe Umarex is right to package a scope like that with this rifle.
The rifle definitely likes JSB Exact RS pellets. We see that in the previous test and in both groups shot today. I can’t explain the two fliers in the last group. That could have happened for any one of many reasons. Without further testing we can never know for certain.
I’m going to end this report here. There will always be more that can be tested, but I believe I have given the Forge a thorough test. I would recommend it to most buyers who are looking for a lot of power with decent accuracy in a $150 air rifle. It’s easy to cock and not very hold sensitive, but the trigger will take some getting used to. All things considered, it’s a good buy.