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Air Venturi Avenger Bullpup precharged rifle: Part 1

Avenger bullpup
Air Venturi Avenger Bullpup.

This report covers:

  • What’s a bullpup?
  • Features
  • Adjustable buttpad
  • The stock
  • The trigger
  • Sidelever
  • Leftys?
  • How many shots in the magazine?
  • The scope base
  • BB’s take
  • Surprise coming
  • Adjustment of the Price Point PCP threshold.
  • Summary

This report published on Saturday and I had to take it down. I believe the problem this time was me. I think I forgot that there was a weekend and just scheduled the blog for the next day. We are back on track now and this will be a four-day week for BB, who will take this Friday off as his Christmas holiday.

Today we begin our long look at the Air Venturi Avenger Bullpup. It’s a precharged pneumatic repeater with a sidelever, a user-adjustable regulator, user-adjustable power, a fully shrouded and baffled barrel, dual gauges — one for fill pressure and the other for the regulator and I’m going to stop there. If I went on to tell you every feature this rifle has I would be writing most of this report in the introduction.

What’s a bullpup?

Bullpup is the name given to a certain kind of short rifle where the barrel length isn’t sacrificed as much to make it carbine-length. Instead, the buttstock is shortened dramatically. Sometimes that makes for a rifle with a very short length of pull (distance between the butt and trigger) that turns the shooter into a “ship-in-a-bottle” marksman. The EDgun Lelya 2.0 is an example of that. Remember the toothpick crossbows?

Well, the Avenger bullpup isn’t that way. Yes, the buttstock is short, but the layout of the rest of the rifle makes it feel larger than its overall length of 33 inches implies. The barrel, alone, is 22-inches, so little power is lost. The pull is a man-sized 14-3/4-inches. I will tell you right now that BB Pelletier isn’t a fan of bullpups, but when he first hefted the Avenger bullpup it changed his mind. This one feels right to me!

This rifle comes in .177, .22 and .25 caliber and I am testing a .25! That’s right, sports fans, this is the quarter-inch bore. Advertised power for the .177 is 22 foot-pounds. It’s 34 foot-pounds for the .22 and for the big .25 it’s 45 foot-pounds. I know, I know — you want to know if, when you adjust the regulator this way and the hammer spring that way, will you be able to tune in Radio-Free Europe? And the millennials all said, “Whaaaaaat?”

Features

This air rifle has features upon features that aren’t found on PCPs costing four times as much. “Quick, BB, tell us — does it have a single-shot tray?”

Why, yes it does. It comes from the box with the single-shot tray installed and one of the two magazines they give you is stored in the compartment under the butt. The other one is inside the box, just so you can get some practice inserting it into its storage place in the butt.

There is also an adjustable cheekpiece, but unlike any you’ve ever seen. This one slides straight back!

Avenger bullpup cheek back
The Avenger bullpup cheekpiece slides back.

Why would you want that? Well, the design of the rifle already puts your head up high for the scope. This sliding cheek rest probably allows you to position your head more comfortably. I’ll have to play with it to find out.

Adjustable buttpad

The specs said there is an adjustable buttpad, but I didn’t see any place to insert the Allen wrench. That’s because it doesn’t need one! Simply pull the spring-loaded pad straight back and then move it up or down to suit yourself. The range is limited but in concert with the adjustable cheek rest you should be able to find something you’ll like.

Avenger bullpup buttpad up
The buttpad is up.

Avenger bullpup buttpad down
The buttpad is down.

The stock

This bullpup stock is completely synthetic. But it isn’t a hollow butt, cheap synthetic. It’s good stuff! In fact it’s such good stuff that the three Picatinny accessory rails are made from the same stuff. Even the two that can be removed are made from the same stuff as the stock.

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The trigger

The trigger is often one of any bullpup’s weak points. Typically a long linkage is required to mate the trigger blade that is considerably forward with the sear that remains in the back. Since the pull on this rifle is 14-3/4-inches it’s a full adult size and then some! That distance can cause the trigger to have slop and jerky movements — creep, if you will. “So, tell us, BB, how is this trigger?” I will tell you — in Part 2. And stop your whining! Pookey, pookey. Do I have a surprise coming for you!

I will tell you that the Avenger trigger is adjustable. And that is all I’m gonna say.

Sidelever

Does it really have a sidelever? Yes, it does. The bullpup design puts the lever that cocks the rifle by your right cheek, but the Avenger isn’t that hard to cock, so the lever’s placement isn’t a problem.

Avenger bullpup sidelever
Yessir — that’s a sidelever all right. 

Leftys?

At this time the Avenger Bullpup, like the full-sized rifle, is just made for right-handed shooters. The stock and trigger are ambidextrous but the lever can’t be moved to the other side of the receiver. However, that isn’t as big a problem as you might think. The sidelever cocks so easily that a Lefty probably won’t mind it.

How many shots in the magazine?

There are 10 pellets in the .177 and .22 magazines and 8 in the .25 mag. And there is also that single-shot tray that BB plans to start using right away.

The scope base

There are no open sights so a scope base is provided. It’s a Picatinny rail that stands proud of the barrel jacket more than an inch. I can tell just by looking at it with the butt on my shoulder that any good scope is going to line up with my sighting eye.

I want to mount a nice scope on this rifle! My new Meopta 4-20 is scheduled for the TX 200 Mark III when I get it back into action, but I have some other nice scopes to choose from. 

BB’s take

I have done some things with this rifle that I haven’t told you about today, because this is an Avenger. The last Avenger I tested I almost bought because it was so nice. That one was a .22 and if I didn’t already own an Air Arms S510XS I would have bought the Avenger. If this one tests out, I will have to say that Avengers are the best value on the market.

Oh, I am biting my tongue to keep from spilling the beans! I wanna talk!

Surprise coming

Besides my surprise that won’t come until Part 2 there is a second Avenger surprise coming your way this week. Oh, boy! And (note to self) it’s gonna have to happen soon because old BB Pelletier is taking this Friday, December 24, off for Christmas, as a part of his four annual holidays.

Adjustment of the Price Point PCP threshold.

Time passes and things do change. Costs go up, so BB is adjusting the threshold for a PPP up from just under $300 to just under $350. It doesn’t matter that much in the grand scheme of things, but I want you guys to know where I’m coming from when I make pronouncements. That puts the Avenger in a synthetic stock into the PPP category, with this bullpup just a little higher.

Summary

Is it too early to proclaim a winner? I suppose if this bullpup just won’t group or if it only gets 12 shots per fill I will have to say something, but this is an Avenger and I have high hopes

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B.B. Pelletier
Tom Gaylord is known as The Godfather of Airguns™ and has been an airgunner for over a half-century, but it was the Beeman company in the 1970s that awoke a serious interest in airguns. Until then, all he knew were the inexpensive American airguns. Through the pages of the Beeman catalog, he learned about adult airguns for the first time. In 1994, Tom started The Airgun Letter with his wife, Edith. This monthly newsletter was designed to bring serious reports about airguns to the American public. The newsletter and Airgun Revue, a sister magazine about collectible airguns, was published from 1994 until 2002, when Tom started Airgun Illustrated -- the first American newsstand magazine about airguns. Tom worked for three years as technical director at AirForce Airguns, the makers of the Talon, Condor, and Escape precharged air rifles. Today, he writes about airguns and firearms for various publications and websites. He also makes videos, and you'll find short clips embedded in some of his artices on Pyramyd AIR's website. Tom is a consultant to Pyramyd AIR and writes under the name of B.B. Pelletier.

62 thoughts on “Air Venturi Avenger Bullpup precharged rifle: Part 1”

  1. BB,

    I can see the pom-poms you are hiding behind your back!

    Siraniko

    PS Section This report covers: 1st sentence: “Today we begin out (our) long look at the Air Venturi Avenger Bullpup.”

      • BB,

        I’ve read the article twice and those large pom-poms are already twitching behind your back. This would qualify as a Gen 2 type bullpup for Gunfun1 I believe because the cocking handle is still located in the rear. Then again what would one expect at the level of a PPPCP? This is already cheap champagne on a beer budget!

  2. I still believe that Bullpup design goes side by side with semi auto function. In any case lever must be operated without losing sight picture. Otherwise…
    I wonder if Benjamin will follow with a Marauder Bullpup or, even better, a Semi Auto Pistol.

  3. I have been thinking about getting a bullpuppy for a long time. I was thinking about the P35 system by Diana Skyhawk with a laminated stock. It’s a beauty, but the Germans still want 750 euros for it. 🙂
    I think this Avenger will get a high score in the BB test. It’s too synthetic for me, and I know it only looking at the photos.
    ……. But this laminated Diana Skyhawk… how to explain to my wife that I really need it! 🙂 Most people who purchase P35-like system never resell it.

    • Tomek,

      “how to explain to my wife that I really need it!”

      BB has the reputation for being an “enabler” showing us all these wonderful airguns and encouraging us to buy them (like I really need encouragement to buy a new airgun eh? LOL!)

      For the last couple of airgun purchases (HW50S and HW30S) I’ve blamed BB saying that he MADE me do it. 🙂

      …My wife is very understanding of (retired) boys and their toys. Good luck with a Skyhawk!

      Like you I don’t care for plastic stocks, they have their place but I prefer wood. Why don’t you get an Avenger and make a wood stock for it? I’m planning on making a firewood stock for my Maximus and a maple one for my HW50. It’s not difficult to do if you have access to a table saw.

      Hank

      • Vana2 – this is a good idea, I blame BB for making me buy it! 🙂 There are 2 more airguns on their way, need to wait until they will be finally delivered first. There is a potential mayor risk of receiving all toys at the same day 🙂 hehehehe.
        Sometimes synthetic stocks are not so bad, it very depends on the “whole thing”. But usually wood is wood.
        I have HW50 in the laminate stock painted black from FWB 🙂 This is crazy! I was able to adapt it to the system, far lot better then original one.

  4. BB,

    “a “ship-in-a-bottle” marksman. The EDgun Lelya 2.0 is an example of that.” I am afraid you lost me on this one. I ain’t never heard o’ that afore.

    Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of bullpup air rifles as so many of the “inexpensive” ones are so klugey looking. I guess that producing a Gen 1 bullpup helps to keep the cost down as there is less redesign and parts. A decent trigger linkage is going to cost you. I imagine if you throw in a decent cocking linkage, that is another expensive part.

    Personally, I have always liked the Lelya. To me, it is a bullpup. Everything is in nice and tight. I like the Ataman BP17 also, although I would prefer to not have the wood painted black.

    There are a few other ‘pups I like, but they are all very expensive, mostly I guess because they are so popular. People will pay that much for them, so they charge that much for them. I guess I will just have to do without since I am not a six figure dude.

  5. Good morning, everyone. This sounds like an exciting new gun. B.B. sounds like a kid about to open a long, narrow present on Christmas morning.

    I wanted to thank everyone that made suggestions for indoor (and outdoor) BB gun targets. Very creative and helpful. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    Gunfun1, how did your peep sight scope stop come out?

    • RG
      Not there yet with the sight. Alot going on right now with Christmas and everything else. Getting a bunch of teeth pulled Wednesday and more after the new years and then dentures then too.

      My most favorite hobby is eating.
      🙂 So probably not going to be a good holiday this year. But got to do it when I’m off for the holiday. We are shut down till next year at work. So doing it now.

      • Hey Gunfun1,

        Hope your procedure goes perfectly on Wednesday.
        Get yourself some Protein supplement lots of flavors to choose from:
        https://www.dymatize.com/iso100
        is what I use on extended/multi day sea kayak expeditions to keep up with my Protein intake; so I can keep up with the younger paddlers. Quality Protein is the hardest thing to get in usable form when you can’t chew.
        This stuff is way better than the lousy stuff (Ensure) they sell to seniors!

        shootski

          • Bummer, GF1! More so this time of year when, yes, we find reasons for enjoying edible goodies with family and friends. From what FM has read/seen/learned, hope you’re getting implants – seems they are the best way to go, though expensive. Pray you’ll recover quickly without too much discomfort.

  6. Off topic questions: My Dad found my first airgun a while ago and gave it to me, a Crosman 760 from the early 80s. The barrel was pretty rusted and the pump won’t hold air. I took the whole thing apart and cleaned and lubed every part I could get to with pellgun oil and nothing. I even managed to put the whole thing back together without any extra parts when I was done! :o) But that’s just the background. I was over at my parents house yesterday after Church, and I was rummaging in the basement cabinet where Dad keeps all the hunting stuff, and I found a case of 12 belt packs of Crosman Copperhead lead .177 pellets and a box of “Quicksilver” zinc plated BBs. The pellets all have a white dusting on them and some of them have a thicker white coating on them. I figure this is lead oxide, and I should not disturb them without a dust mask of some kind. Here are my questions:
    1) Are they worth anything?
    2) Is there an easy way to clean them up and lube them so I can use them up for plinking? I remember them being plenty accurate at 20 juvenile paces. I remember my Uncle nailing a 1 cup metal measuring cup to a tree and I could make that thing ring like a bell at 20 (10 year old sized) paces with that 760.
    3. If cleaning involves washing them in some solution, how do I dispose of it without adding to our already polluted environment?
    4. Is there anything else I should know about this project?

    • Roamin,

      If there is any lead oxide on the pellets I would NOT shoot them. Heard that the oxide crystals are very bad for the barrel.

      Don’t know if they have any collectiors value, I just melt old/used pellets and cast into fishing jigs/sinkers or slingshot ammo.

      Hank

    • There is a lot of conflicting info out there, but the folks who are conversant in chemistry seem more credible than the guy who said to load up oxidized shot and shoot it through a grouse to clean it (hope he was joking). However, I think the best thing to do is find someone locally who reclaims lead and let them melt the stuff down. From my non-chemist understanding, the flux will reduce (the opposite of oxidize) the lead oxide back into lead. The danger is mainly in inhaling or ingesting the lead oxide powder. Since I have an 8 year old, I am going to double bag this stuff in the meantime. Too bad. It would have been sort of nostalgic to shoot these pellets from my childhood.

      I think the plastic belt pouches trapped moisture from Dad’s basement and the tannin from the oak cabinet combined to accelerate the oxidation. Plus, I don’t think these pellets were coated or lubed with anything, and they came packed in a paperboard box, not individually packed in any kind of plastic clamshell. Perfect storm of conditions for oxidation.

    • RG, I suggest using a brief soak in a 10% solution of distilled white vinegar. There are others I looked into a while back, but this is easy to find, and benign. It’s natural acetic acid, extend soak time till it works and rinse with water.

  7. BB, Somebody modded their Avenger to a pump action style by putting a link to the cocking lever,
    for offhand shooting.This gun probably balances better than my Mrod, which is not made for leftys.
    I would definately do that on this one, because it is a straight pull bolt, and it wont
    make it any uglier. Ferrari red maybe? Not real Ferrari paint, $400. a quart, Krylon. I like that it is easy to change from a low power tune to a high power tune, definately in .25.
    Rob

  8. B.B. and NEW Readers (especially) of the Blog,

    Although everyone interested in airguns should do what reader Roamin Greco is doing, he is busy reading every last Blog post from the very first one, a great deal easier start for folks new to airguns, or those with new airguns, is to copy:

    things-you-can-do-to-make-your-new-airgun-better

    PASTE In the SEARCH box found in the upper right of this page.
    There are three parts covering the major powerplants filled with great information.

    Enjoy your NEW Airguns!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you all have a Wonderful New Year of shooting!

    shootski

    • :o)

      Great info, Shootski. I would also remind folks eho are searching the blog for info on a particular subject that if they do a Google Advanced Search, they can search the blog for B.B.’s reports as well as the comments, which I don’t think the blog’s search box does. Lots of great info in the comments that might be off topic from the main posts. This is the reason I wanted to try to read the whole blog. I like to learn as much as possible from others.

  9. Hey all, yesterday Gunfun1 was looking for Chris USA’s version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” so using the Advanced Google Search tool, I found at least one version:

    /blog/2018/12/tuning-michaels-winchester-427-part-3/#comment-431550

    Enjoy.

  10. I got to todays party late.

    I already own a .22:caliber avenger in a wood stock.

    I am on the list for a .177 avenger bull pup, if it shoots as good as my .22, my Air Arms 200s will possibly be on the for sale block…

    I think the side lever could be located forward of its current location with minimal work and a steel rod and clevis.
    (Air Venturi are you listening?) and raise the price another $20

    Several friends have Avengers in both .22 and .25,
    I have seen the changes Air Venturi has made in the Avenger since it was first introduced.

    Air Venturi does listen to us..

    On the forums the owners call them AVA’s for short.

    Hope everyone has a great holiday week!

    Ian

  11. FM
    No place to reply above. Hope you see my reply.

    Nope no implants for Gunfun1. Doing it the old fashioned way and getting dentures. Way to expensive for my blood.

    If I was to spend that much money I would get me another muscle car. That would bring a smile to Gunfun1’s face even if I was toothless. 🙂

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