Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 4

by B.B. Pelletier

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Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT surprised B.B. by being difficult to group.

Before I start today’s report I have to share a concern. The other evening while we were watching TV, Edith suddenly suggested that I write an airgun blog for beginners. I thought about it, and I decided she is probably right.

Of course, this very blog is supposed to be for beginners, but I fear that I’ve wandered away from that objective. There’s too much jargon in the articles and not enough explanation. As far as the comments are concerned, I have no problems with what’s said because readers ought to be able to say almost anything. But the articles ought to be more informative and not require an airgun background to understand. read more


Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

There’s a new video on Airgun Academy: All about lasers. Click to watch it.

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Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is lightweight and looks to be a fine hunting air rifle.

If I could subtitle today’s report, it would be Making Lemonade. Because that’s what was in the box with the rifle — a real lemon of a scope! And to compound the issue, the rifle is a super drooper and the scope rings Gamo provides have no droop compensation. So, they’re unusable.

I actually tested the rifle last week and planned to report on it while I was at the Roanoke show, but the scope is so fuzzy that at 25 yards I could not see the bull clearly enough to aim. Had I been shooting at 10 yards, I wouldn’t have any problem with a fuzzy scope, because I know Gamo had to keep down their costs on this package. But this is where it really helps to have some knowledge of the product before you put combo packages together. This airgun is perfect for shooting at 25 yards, yet the scope is unusable at that distance when the power is dialed up to nine. So — you don’t put a variable scope on this gun! Package it with a 4x scope, save a little money and the shooter will never be able to see how out-of-focus it is. Maybe you could add a drooper mount from the savings, because this rifle really needs one. read more


Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier


Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is lightweight and looks to be a fine hunting air rifle.

Part 1

Okay, this is the week of the Roanoke airgun show. I’ll be on the road from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday, and I’m asking you veteran readers to help the newcomers with their questions. I’ll still read the blog each day, but it’ll be only during a short period in my motel each evening. Edith will be at home and will continue to monitor the blog and the comments and contribute as needed.

Today, we’re going to look at the velocity of the .22-caliber Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT we’re testing. I said “Wow!” a lot in Part 1, so I certainly hope that sentiment carries forward in today’s test. read more


.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 4

by B.B. Pelletier

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Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Well, Mac has returned home and left me to finish this report on the Browning Gold breakbarrel by myself. Some wonderful things have happened and I’m going to write another part to this story tomorrow, only I will not link it to this report, because it applies to general airgunning.

What’s happened has come about in many parts. First, we had a comment on Facebook where I was asked if I really meant to include firearms in my comments on the Artillery Hold video. I definitely did, because target shooters use essentially the same hold when they shoot from a bench, if they want to get the best groups. They call it “follow-through” and I call it the artillery hold, and when we use it we are doing many things at the same time. Well, today’s report brought that out as few past reports have, because the Browning Gold is very sensitive to hold. read more


.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

With the assistance of Earl “Mac” McDonald

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Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Today, we’ll look at the accuracy of the Browning Gold air rifle. I think many of us have been eagerly awaiting this report, so we can evaluate this rifle in terms of a future buy.

Mac did the testing for me because the Gold cocks with a little more effort than I want to handle at this time. The cocking effort is still about 45 lbs., although you can tell that the action is breaking in and getting smoother as it does. The barrel lock, for example, is now very smooth and requires just a light touch to open. I’d hoped that both the cocking effort and the trigger would both lighten up as well, but so far that hasn’t happened. read more