This report covers:
- For beginners?
- Is it easy to cock?
- Does it shoot smooth?
- Is the trigger two-stage and crisp without being too light?
- Can the rifle be uncocked safely?
- Is the safety automatic?
- Are the sights fiberoptic?
- Are the sights adjustable?
Today I begin reporting on the Norica Titan breakbarrel air rifle. You guys badgered me into this report, but I think you were right to do so. When you look at the Norica line you’ll see they are not all budget-priced like this one. But that is not what attracted me. It was the velocity. In .177, the only caliber it comes in from Pyramyd Air, the Titan is rated at 620 f.p.s. It does come in .22 elsewhere in the world, but not here in the States.
I do like higher-powered springers, but I also like lower-powered ones because sometimes I just want to shoot. Is the Titan a rifle we can shoot all day? We shall see.
I cocked the rifle, just to get an idea how far back the barrel goes. Some breakbarrels go past the full cock angle and then return several inches. This one doesn’t. The barrel goes about one inch past full cock and then returns to where you see here.
This rifle is advertised as being for beginning shooters, so I’m looking at it that way.
Is it easy to cock?
Yes, but it cocks a little heavier than a vintage breakbarrel of similar power from the 1970s or ’80s. I will test the effort in Part 2. After the rifle is cocked the barrel remains wherever you place it. That means the pivot joint is properly tensioned.
Does it shoot smooth?
Yes, it shoots smooth. I was surprised at how smooth it fires.
Is the trigger two-stage and crisp without being too light?
Yes on all accounts. For the price this trigger is very nice. It’s not adjustable, but a beginning shooter doesn’t need that.
Can the rifle be uncocked safely?
It can be done but I don’t recommend it. You have to take the safety off and fiddle a little with the trigger and barrel so the safety doesn’t re-engage. I would say if the rifle is cocked, find a way to safely discharge it with a pellet.
Is the safety automatic?
Yes. And it is easy to remove with the trigger finger. To reapply it, break the barrel again.
Are the sights fiberoptic?
Sadly, they are. Red in front and green in back.
Are the sights adjustable?
Yes. They adjust with crisp detents. They are nicer than they should be at this price point. There is also an 11mm dovetail with a single scope stop hole.
When I broke the rifle open to cock it the first time I saw that the breech seal was damaged. Hopefully it is just an o-ring, because I have a metric set of them for replacements.
The Norica Titan is an interesting breakbarrel spring. It’s for shooting all day and the price is right. We will test it to determine whether it’s worth it.