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AirForce Talon SS Reviews

AirForce Talon SS PCP Air Rifle, Spin-Loc Tank

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By Lou from USA on 2017-11-15 12:51:20

Things I liked:

everything but the tank top hat

Things I would have changed:

Better system of securing the top hat on the tank so you don't have to mess with it.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

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By Christopher from USA on 2014-01-09 23:28:25

Things I liked:

Accurate, light, compact, decent build quality, super quiet, made in USA.

Things I would have changed:

Fix the pressure gauge!

What others should know:

Mine was delivered without the dust cover for the air fill valve on the spin lock tank. Also, the pressure gauge on my tank is not working properly.. It reads a few hundred PSI too high when the tank is filled. So that kind of defeats the purposes of having a gauge in the first place. This whole experience kinda makes me wonder if I should've just spent more and got something higher-end to avoid some of these issues.

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  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like the simplicity and durability of this air rifle. With a Talon Tunes moderator on it this rifle is whisper quiet. Even without the after market moderator it is still a quiet air gun.

    Things I would have changed:

    The forearm is a little small but I could live with it. However, I swapped out the OEM forearm for the larger Buck-Rail forearm and it's a lot more comfortable to hold.

    What others should know:

    I put a daylight scope on it then switched to a Burris thermal scope for night hunting. That combination did not disappoint me, My write up for the first experience of hunting with a thermal is here: https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=194628.0 At first I used a MagPul bipod which was fastened to the bottom rail with the dovetail to picatinny adapter. Then I switched to the new AirForce carbon bipod which was so much better. There is no need for the picatinny adapter now. I find that the most accurate pellets are the JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo .22 Cal, 15.89 Grains. The nice thing about using the thermal scope or any other brand of night vision is that most of them allow for the use of different "profiles" or "models" when it comes to which ammunition to use. In other words, I have this rifle zeroed in at 50 yards with the JSB pellets. I can select another profile in the scopes menu without the need to re-zero the rifle with another pellet or slug.

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The Talon SS is next step up from entry level. The system for changing barrels and bottles is unique and well thought out.

    Things I would have changed:

    The spin lock wrench is difficult to keep engaged and if not lined up perfectly does not thread well. A multi shot magazine would be nice.

    What others should know:

    I purchased the .177model and ordered the .22 barrel. That where my problem began. I received the barrel and there are no instructions included. So I sent out to the AirForce web site and found nothing. Really!! I then went to YouTube and found some help. Nothing said about the baffles. The problem is with the barrel baffles. No where does it say the .177 baffles are only for the .177. If you order a barrel you must have baffles for .22. Note the .22 baffles work with the .20, .22, and .25 barrels. Seems like baffles should be included with the barrel. I had to call AirForce direct to clear up the problem. The rifle requires (3) baffles at a cost of $19.95 each. My advise to AirForce is include barrel changes in the user manual. If you mention this, and you do, in sales literature as a feature, then include all support documents with the gun. My gun did not come with the support DVD as advertised.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Simplicity and power in an adjustable platform. The value is well worth the price. It's made in the USA and has a decent warranty. It very accurate with a wide range of ammo. There are plenty of upgrade possibilities which makes it suitable for a multitude of shooting possibilities.

    Things I would have changed:

    I would change nothing.i

    What others should know:

    If you are looking for a rifle that will grow with you and can adapted to suit any shooting situation you will experience, then this is the way to go.

  • 3.0 3.0

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    2.0 2.0

    Things I liked:

    It's an awesome looking gun,with the very few shots I have taken it is pretty silent. I have yet to actually dial it in so have no review on accuracy or power.

    Things I would have changed:

    It's been 5+ years since their new auto safety trigger setup and for some reason they still can't get it right. First shot was good but the second shot I could not get the safety off. Disassemble the tank and clear the barrel. Took a few cocks to get the safety to go off. Reinstall air tank, got 2 shots in before the same issue. Next day finagled with some more got it to disengage but when I went to reinstall the tank I noticed I was down to 1800psi. Filled it back up to 3000psi, left it over night and low and behold it is back down to 1800psi. Have a call into Airforce so waiting a reply but a little pissed off, feeling like this was a waste of money. And this isn't just for me to go plinking, this is a tool of my trade which I now will lose business because of the fact I can't rely on a faulty gun.

    What others should know:

    Great looks but crappy manufacturing. Waste of money right out of the box. Be ready to deal with a month without it once you receive it.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Light weight and quiet with excellent accuracy at 30 to 40 yards a sparrow & starling hunters dream!

    Things I would have changed:

    Pad on but stock came off 3 outing , ar style hand grips would be nice , forward grip longer

  • 4.0 4.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I have had this gun for a little over 10 years. Decent power and good accuracy with the right pellet. Plus, a lot of shots per tank fill. Lifetime warranty. BUT (see below)

    Things I would have changed:

    After 10 years, the overpressure release valve started leaking. The tank wouldn't hold more than 1,200 p.s.i. Sent it back to AirForce for repair (remember that Lifetime warranty?) It has now been 7 weeks. For the last two, I've heard the same thing, "We should be getting to it next week". Additionally, AirForce would be wise to join the movement to magazine fed guns. I'm seriously thinking of moving up to an FX or a Brocock.

    What others should know:

    It looks like they honor the warranty, but sure aren't in a big hurry to get to the work. Guess repairs are a low priority.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    I love this gun it's shaped very nice not so heavy and very quiet easy to pack and carry what an awesome product

    Things I would have changed:

    I wouldn't change a thinh

    What others should know:

    Great job on an awesome product!!!!

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I love Air force guns

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I purchased this rifle so I could shoot without bothering neighbors. This rifle is extremely quiet out of the box and can be made quieter with minimal work. The ability to use CO2 with an adapter has increased the amount I shoot it since I do not have a tank or compressor to fill the HPA tank and I highly recommend getting one.

    Things I would have changed:

    This rifle can be hold sensitive due to 'twisting' of the frame if you are using a bipod so you need to make sure you are holding the rifle straight. I believe the tri-rail accessory helps alleviate that though I do not own one personally.

    What others should know:

    Extremely accurate, quiet and short.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    everything but the tank top hat

    Things I would have changed:

    Better system of securing the top hat on the tank so you don't have to mess with it.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    everything is perfect on this air rifle

    Things I would have changed:

    nothing

    What others should know:

    make sure you buy a pump

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I purchased the red Talon almost two years ago and have been very pleased with everything about this gun. It is well made, accurately described in the product description, and have had no problems at all. It is very quiet as described. I called support at AirForce, they answered the question promptly with no wait time in a queue.

    Things I would have changed:

    Not a thing.

    What others should know:

    If you want a good quality gun at a good price point, this is worth your consideration.

  • 5.0 5.0

    3.0 3.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Compact and quite! Beer caps at 35 yards are no problem only after a few site in shots.

    Things I would have changed:

    Could use a better shoulder stock.

    What others should know:

    This is quite my RWS 48 makes more noise then this.

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Accurate when tuned properly. Lightweight, easy to disassemble. Lothar Walther barrel is awesome, easy to change calibers, plenty of aftermarket parts available.490 cc air tank. Compact. Comes in 3 colors. The whole airforce line has many interchangeable parts.

    Things I would have changed:

    thicker grip and more substantial trigger guard. There are aftermarket parts to address these issues.steel screw on power wheel meter instead of plastic. Make the safety manual. Instead of automatic. Made the cocking mechanism a side cocker. And lower the tank and scope rail. Pretty much make this gun more ergonomic. Right now it's kind of like a broom stick with a handle and foregrip.

    What others should know:

    The one reason one star deducted from over all rating is how much work and time it takes to make this an ultra accurate shooter. It's not a out of box and shoot 1 inch groups. If it is you are very lucky. You must really have a love for air gunning to enjoy this rifle. Once all the work is done ,this is a very enjoyable rifle. If you want a pcp that's out of the box a great shooter go with Benjamin marauder. If you like to tinker get the ss. GET THE TRI RAIL AND MEDIUM DOVETAIL RINGS FROM THE START. trust me, I wish I got the tri rail from the start. It has helped tremendously with my sight picture. Don't put a huge heavy scope on this gun. It will make it top heavy. Buy JSB pellets Scope sits high above barrel. Range estimation is tough . It takes chair gun pro software, trial and error, and a mil dot scope! But so worth it when you got to figured out. This is your rifle. There are others like it but this one is yours. By the time you are done with this rifle it will be one of a kind

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    the power wheel will not as it is configured in a stock gun give you much control of velocity. Modifications are possible but you may see only 100 fps change over the full range of settings. That said the gun is great and I love it. I can easily shoot at 750fps with CHP domed 14.3 gr with great accuracy at 33 yards. It is quiet not as loud as a strong hand clap.

    Things I would have changed:

    a different spring and hammer combination to give the advertisted speed adjustment. You should be able to get 550 to 850 with the stock gun and a reasonable weight pellet.

    What others should know:

    great shot count> 50 + from 2800 to 2200, very easy to work on >> good info available on air gun forums to mod the gun for looks or function. Air Force has a good rep for working with customers and are willing to assist you. If you consider this to be a "gun kit" for you to improve , you will not be dissapointed.>>>> It will shoot great and you can use is as it is right out of the box also.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Let me start off by saying the Talon SS is an amazingly accurate air gun. It is extremely well-balanced and comfortable to hold and shoot. Aside from some issues (which I discuss below), the gun is very nice. My gun will consistently produce 1/4 inch, 5-shot groups at 35 yards when placed in a Predator MTM rest. These Lothar Walter barrels are worth every penny AND THEN SOME! The most accurate pellets in my gun are H&N Baracudas 21.13gr (5.51mm head) and JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo Heavy 18.13gr. Also, there are 35 accurate shots available before the tank needs to be topped off to 3,000 psi. Also, this gun does not show any POI shift between shooting sessions. I had a Marauder, and this was a total pain in the butt having to adjust the scope every time I went to shoot. I really like this gun.

    Things I would have changed:

    The previous version of these guns had a dull-colored rubbery grip that was very nice to hold. The current version of AirForce guns have a shiny rubbery grip, that is more slick. I think they changed this to better match the finish of the metal, but it is not as nice to hold. The main issue with the current Airforce guns has to do with the Power Wheel. Basically, it has no effect on velocity. I have tried 3 different guns, and the power wheel had no effect on any of them. Tom's excellent review of the original Talon SS shows a nice range of velocities available by adjusting the power wheel. This simply does not exist with the current guns. My chrony indicates a velocity spread of about 30fps, even with the Power Wheel adjusted to the low and high limits. Authorized AirForce retailers who sell and tune these guns have confirmed this, so it is not just me.

    What others should know:

    Be aware that the Power Wheel has no effect in current AirForce guns. Also, listen to what others have written about using Airforce guns with a pump - it truly is a pain in the butt! I did not listen to the advice, and am suffering for it. Shoooting 35 shots brings the tank from 3,000 psi to about 2,000 psi. Using a Hill Mk4 pump, it takes 4 pumping sessions and 1 hour to fill the tank back up (because of the heat, you need to rest the pump for 15 minutes after about 50 strokes). I am definitely saving for a small carbon fiber tank.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Very well made, nicely finished piece of equipment Very accurate , very quiet Lots of mods / acc. Available

    Things I would have changed:

    Would possibly include open sights with rifle so that it is Useable " out of the box "

    What others should know:

    I was worrying about filling tank with the hand pump, But it turned out to be a non-issue for the way I shoot If I wanted to plink all day I would consider the co2 adapter

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I did extensive research so I had no surprises. The Talon SS works as described. It is accurate and fairly quiet. The compact size makes it very handy. I am impressed with the quality and really like that it is made in the USA.

    Things I would have changed:

    Would really like it if they could develop a multi shot system instead of the single shot. The good news is it is easy to load the pellets.

    What others should know:

    It is important to follow the advice of others and get the high scope mounts. By raising the scope up you have a more comfortable aiming position.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Compact, lightweight, easy to use, no frills - utilitarian. Very accurate and not fussy about pellets. Shooting 22cal. Premiers and getting nickel size groups at 25 yds. Pretty quiet considering 800+ fps at power level 4 (of 12). About 20 FPE. Comes with the sound loc kit installed. Like the quick fill port on the tank and the large tank capacity. Lot's of shots before a refill is needed. Standard rails offer lots of mounting options for accessories. Overall good value for the money.

    Things I would have changed:

    The stock butt / shoulder pad is underwhelming. I gave it a quick remedy with an aftermarket recoil pad and some plastic tape. Looks funky but works great and improves the pull length for me.

    What others should know:

    Needs some sights / optics. If you have normal anatomy - I. E. you have a neck between your head and shoulders you will probably want to elevate your scope. Or be prepared to scrunch down to get your sight picture. I added the Air Force tri rail to the scope rail, with a Leapers dovetail to Weaver adapter, with high scope mounts, to get the Leapers UTG 4x16 50mm scope into a comfortable and easy to access position. Sweet setup for me. So far this has been a lot of fun.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Superb piece of equipment! I like my .22 caliber very much. It is quieter than I expected, so nice surprises all around. I was a little hesitant about the short barrel, but after shooting it for a couple of weeks, I will definitely be squirrel hunting with it this fall. Powerful and accurate! No doubt, it is deadly on squirrels/rabbits out to 40 yards, and probably 50.

    Things I would have changed:

    Forestock! Way too small for my large hands. With the large scope on top and a pistol grip, it tends to want to wobble left and right on the shooting bench. 1/4" added to EACH side of the foregrip to widen it would just about do it. Also, AirForce is missing sales by not offering it in olive drab or CAMO!!!

    What others should know:

    If you keep your tank filled without letting it go below 1500 psi, it is much easier to maintain. I've gotten used to the workouts on the pump and actually find them healthy! 50 pumps at a time go fast.

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