Gamo Whisper CFR: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and test by Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1
Part 2

Today, I’ll test the accuracy of the Gamo Whisper CFR. You may remember that the CFR is a more powerful underlever that resembles but is not identical to the BSA Polaris that I tested a few weeks back. I say that because the Polaris was such a wonderful spring rifle and, although I don’t normally make comparisons, in this case I can’t help it. The two rifles look too much alike.

Let’s get right to it
The first pellet Mac tested was the JSB Exact 8.4-grain dome. It produced the second-tightest group of the test, with 10 going into a group measuring 1.23 inches at 30 yards. read more


Gamo Whisper CFR: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Tested by Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1


Gamo CFR underlever air rifle.

Well, we tested the BSA Polaris and found it to be a likable underlever air rifle. Now, we’re testing the Gamo Whisper CFR combo, which I said is a close cousin to the Polaris. But it’s not the same rifle, as today’s report will demonstrate.

The first point Mac makes is that the CFR cocks with 40 lbs. of effort, compared to the Polaris’ 26 lbs. He also said there’s no distinct feeling of an end to the cocking stroke. He felt it was iffy at first, before he learned to trust that the gun had cocked itself. Mac also found the cocking effort to be difficult, while I found the Polaris to be easy. So, these are different rifles, for sure. read more


BSA Polaris underlever air rifle: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2


BSA’s Polaris underlever air rifle is an attractive new design. Featuring BSA’s rotary breech, this rifle comes in a hardwood stock.

Today is accuracy day, and I hope I have a surprise for you. Sometimes, I get an airgun that just wants to shoot, and the BSA Polaris underlever air rifle seems to be just such a gun. It isn’t quite in the TX200 class, but it rivals the Diana 46 underlever more than a little. So now let me stop telling you the results and instead show the tests that provided them.

The scope
I decided to go straight to a scope. Since I had it on hand, I mounted the Hawke 4.5-14×42 Sidewinder tactical scope. The more I use this scope, the better I like it. I definitely need to find a way to keep this one around, because the optics are finer than anything I have in my gun closet. read more


Gamo Whisper CFR: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and test by Earl “Mac” McDonald


Gamo CFR underlever air rifle.

One of our readers asked if we would test the Gamo Whisper CFR underlever air rifle, and I asked Mac to do it for you. That was a couple months ago when I was unable to cock a spring gun. In the meantime, I’ve grown stronger and now I’m able to cock most springers that are easier to cock, so I’ve started testing the BSA Polaris, which is another underlever that has the strong look of its Gamo heritage. However, these two rifles are not different versions of the same airgun. Despite their similarities, there are significant differences between them. read more


BSA Polaris underlever air rifle: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1


BSA’s Polaris underlever air rifle is an attractive new design. Featuring BSA’s rotary breech, this rifle comes in a hardwood stock.

Let’s look at the power of the BSA Polaris underlever air rifle. I’ll also describe the shooting behavior.

Changes have been made
Considering that the Polaris is a close cousin to the Gamo CF-X-series of underlever rifles, and that it might also be made by Gamo, rather than BSA, there’ve been some changes in the rifle (the CF-X) over the years. The Polaris has a hardwood stock, for starters. You had to buy the CF-X Royal to get wood on the Spanish-branded rifle, and it’s no longer offered. read more


BSA Polaris underlever air rifle: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier


BSA’s Polaris underlever air rifle is an attractive new design. Featuring BSA’s rotary breech, this rifle comes in a hardwood stock.

For starters, let me set the record straight. Gamo owns BSA, so yes, the BSA Polaris underlever air rifle is going to resemble the Gamo CF-X more than a little.

I believe that, in this case, Gamo makes both rifles, because on the side of the Polaris it says, “Made for BSA Guns (UK) Ltd.”. That seems like a roundabout way of saying someone other than BSA made the rifle, and who but Gamo would do that? In my opinion, the Polaris is a close cousin of both the CF-X and the new Gamo Whisper CFR. read more