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Crosman Valiant SBD Reviews

Crosman Valiant SBD Air Rifle, Nitro Piston Elite

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By Carl on 2019-06-08 11:42:51

Things I liked:

I like the adjustable trigger, my "Gamo" did not have one and lead me to buy the Crosman Valiant. The provided scope was not to my liking as I could not adjust a point of aim that was consistent. I addressed that issue with Pyramydair and they concurred that the scope was not very good and maybe should have been left off of the rifle. I did contact Crosman about what i believed to be a defective scope. They were great to deal with and gladly sent me a replacement scope. I did find that the most accurate pellets I shot were the 10.5 gr. Ultra Magnum Crosman pellets. I am sure there are many other brands but as I said in my case I really liked the 10.5 gr. pellets.

Things I would have changed:

Have to add a better one.Crosman either leave off the scope or adjust the price higher to add a better one.

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3.0 3.0

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5.0 5.0

By Thomas from USA on 2022-06-07 16:49:44

Things I liked:

With JSB 15.89 Hades, 25 yards produced nickle size groups at 35 yards it produced quarter size groups. I could not get CP 14.3 to group well and I got a lot of fliers from them.

Things I would have changed:

ut actual FPS figures on the web site description. I was getting 760FPS with JSB 15.89 Hades and 806FPS with the 14.3 grain Crosman Premire pellets in .22. The box states 1100 FPS in .22 with super light pellets. I was expecting at least 860fps with CP 14.3gr. I purchaced this gun for 50 plus yards hunting but at 50 yards the pellet is headed to the ground fast. I figured the muzzle FPE to be 20FPE.

What others should know:

This is a good gun for under 40 yards for pest control. The trigger has a 4.3 pound pull which can hinder accuricy but using the artillary hold can be tamed down.

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  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Great gun, works well. Great for squirrels.

    Things I would have changed:

    Do not pay to have scope mounted or zero. As its easy and you will pay and not receive the service. this is a money grab.

    What others should know:

    Quality stock for larger shooter

  • 3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    With JSB 15.89 Hades, 25 yards produced nickle size groups at 35 yards it produced quarter size groups. I could not get CP 14.3 to group well and I got a lot of fliers from them.

    Things I would have changed:

    ut actual FPS figures on the web site description. I was getting 760FPS with JSB 15.89 Hades and 806FPS with the 14.3 grain Crosman Premire pellets in .22. The box states 1100 FPS in .22 with super light pellets. I was expecting at least 860fps with CP 14.3gr. I purchaced this gun for 50 plus yards hunting but at 50 yards the pellet is headed to the ground fast. I figured the muzzle FPE to be 20FPE.

    What others should know:

    This is a good gun for under 40 yards for pest control. The trigger has a 4.3 pound pull which can hinder accuricy but using the artillary hold can be tamed down.

  • 4.0 4.0

    3.0 3.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    With JSB 15.89 Hades, 25 yards produced nickle size groups at 35 yards it produced quarter size groups. I could not get CP 14.3 to group well and I got a lot of fliers from them.

    Things I would have changed:

    Put actual FPS figures on the web site description. I was getting 760FPS with JSB 15.89 Hades and 806FPS with the 14.3 grain Crosman Premire pellets in .22. The box states 1100 FPS in .22 with super light pellets. I was expecting at least 860fps with CP 14.3gr. I purchaced this gun for 50 plus yards hunting but at 50 yards the pellet is headed to the ground fast. I figured the FPE to be just barley 20FPE which is what my RWS 350 will do in .177 cal. and can be shot accurately at 100 yards with very little drop.

    What others should know:

    This is a good gun fof 40 yard or less pest control. The trigger has a 4.3 pound pull which can hinder accuricy but using the artillery hold can be tamed down . Other than being 300FPS less in fps than stated on the box this is a good short range rifle.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    it has the power looking for

    Things I would have changed:

    not a thing

    What others should know:

    none

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    beautiful rifle, power, smooth easy cocking, happy just holding and admiring this gun--stock is flawless

    Things I would have changed:

    same as always, give us the choice of scope or dot sight or best yet---nothing so its cheaper and we can put our own eyeball enhancer on as we wish but done barking up that tree, there must be pallets and pallets of cheap 4x scopes that were returned, when will someone figure this out

    What others should know:

    please pleeeaaase get this gun if you like slingn pellets like i do, great gun, great engine and good price. halfway through break in period 120 cphps thru so far and still smokin pretty good chrono comin up soon clean barrel before 1st shot and tighten all screws every 30 shots or so, yes that often and after break in loctite em up good job crosman highly recommend you get this before they are suddenly discontinued and are no more

  • 4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The accuracy out of the box is outstanding with almost any H and N pellet. Weight.

    Things I would have changed:

    Plastic shroud over the barrel. Looks cheaply made. Clean break trigger. Still at almost 4lbs. Nor my kind of trigger for accuracy.

    What others should know:

    This thing has more recoil than my 22-250. Pistol grip takes getting used to.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    The power...sort of...sometimes. Sometimes it's a real powerhouse, 879 fps with a 16.36 gr pellet and right around 639 fps with a 25.39 gr JSB Ultra Shock. And sometimes it struggles to break 105 fps with any pellet. It seems to be accurate so far. One ragged hole at 30 yards is no problem, although it sometimes does it in a vertical string-probably due to the inconsistent velocity . The wood stock is nice since I'm not a fan of plastic and the wood quality and finish are nice. I'm sure that adds some weight, but at my age it damps my shaky sight picture. LOL All in all a nice, powerful rifle and I expect it to get a lot nicer when I can track down a decent seal for it. I'd buy it again, so there's that.

    Things I would have changed:

    Fire the drunk monkey who assembles them. The factory piston seal looks like it was installed by an inebriated primate on a Monday morning. At least 1/4 of the piston seal's edge was shaved off. I deburred the edges from the stamping of the slots to prevent further damage. Now trying to find an aftermarket seal to finish fixing the problem. Had the same problem with my daughter's Trail NP XL (.25) so I'm familiar with it, but it's marginally annoying to spend that kind of money to take it apart and put it back together correctly. Knock $50 off the price and send it to me as a kit so it goes together right the first time.

    What others should know:

    Factory piston seal WILL be damaged. It's kind of a Crosman trademark at this point. How badly and how much it affects performance will vary, though. Moderately heavy and you can't mount a sling or bipod because of the Buck Rogers styling of the barrel. Cocking effort is minimal, considering the power. The built in "suppressor" is, well, don't buy it just for that. You'll be disappointed. Plastic open sights that lack quality or any aesthetic appeal, but could be adjusted to work just fine. I painted the back of the front ramp white and outlined the rear sight window the same to make it easier to see. Front sight can be easily trimmed shorter or thinner with a file but I don't have the need. Wood stock adds weight, but it's well designed and is comfortable to shoot if you don't mind a little recoil. The usual blue Loctite (twice on the scope mounts) caveat. Overall well made and designed as far as I can tell, just poorly assembled.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I purchased this a while ago in .22 caliber and fell in love with it quickly. I like the feel of this rifle. It's nice and steady when balanced on sticks for a shot. A fantastic one shot squirrel killer. My first "thumbhole" stock, and I wasn't sure I would like it.

    Things I would have changed:

    I'd like to see a silenced version.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Nice heavy weight, solid wood finish, large barrel and handles well.

    Things I would have changed:

    Sites seem accurate but somewhat cheap plastic, scope is just OK.

    What others should know:

    This rifle won't disappoint. Nice looking and feels solid when holding. Packs a pretty good punch with heavier pellets. SBD makes a big difference if you are looking for a quieter report which this rifle gives.

  • 3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    2.0 2.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like the wood stock and the power. The trigger can easily be made to work very light and crisp.

    Things I would have changed:

    Parts have some razor sharp edges that should have been deburred before it left the factory.

    What others should know:

    My particular rifle was loud , powerful , and inaccurate. Not at all quite or accurate as advertised. It is .22 cal and Maybe i just got a bad one. Spent about 500 rounds trying to sight in. Changed to a known good scope and same thing. Just when i think im getting it dialed in it starts hitting about 18 inches away. Suspecting bad seals? Sending it back to pyramid for refund who i am thankful was very nice about it. Would not hesitate to buy from pyramid. Over all i like the gun but mine has issues otherwise i would have kept it.

  • 4.0 4.0

    3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The gun overall was very good.

    Things I would have changed:

    The scope on this rifle was really cheap compared to the the other rifles I purchased.

    What others should know:

    It took a while for the accuracy of this rifle to get better but was able to get it so that it was shooting very well!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    it's a very nice rifle and is accurate, easy to use 'like the wood , just all in all a very nice rifle

    Things I would have changed:

    when I bought this rifle I thought I was buying a Benjamin (just like it) because I liked the sling mounts, the valiant does not have the sling mounts and that is a disappointment to me, but other then that not a lot of difference between the two. I wish I had paid more attention to the description ,before I hit the buy now button. actually not a lot of difference ,sling mount and scope mount mount is all I could notice....

    What others should know:

    not a small person rifle ,made for stouter shooters ( heavy and some what difficult to cock) weaker shooters might find it to difficult ie: children, lady's and elderly people

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    was on back order was worth the wait, fun to shoot has a good kick lets you know you shootong a gun. over all nice wood stock, after 500 rounds it keeps getting better.

    Things I would have changed:

    open sights get in the way when cocking the gun and you will knock the out of sight in. not a issue as I use the scope.

    What others should know:

    You should get a one piece scope mount for this gun because of the kick of the gas pistion. Gun is a bit heavy when shooting free standing, but time with the gun will fix that. the first @ 5 shots are VERY loud but the gun settels down after that. The gun gets better the more you shoot it. VERY happy with the gun. One last thing remove the front mounting screw re-lock tight ( BLUE ) the screws let the gun sit over night than do you sighting in. with a one piece mount this will be FUN and on target rifle.. After 500 round woking great.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Accurate and powerful.

    What others should know:

    Easy to use. Very reliable.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Solid good gun. I like the break barrel.

    Things I would have changed:

    It is heavy

    What others should know:

    Shipping was fast.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This looks durable and well made. It's POWERFUL, and quiet. BELIEVE ME; when you see high velocity specs, you can figure the Piston is STRONG. I was planning a day of testing; but, I had to shut down by noon. This rifle wore me out. I'm not young; and, a couple weeks ago I had another heart attack. I don't suppose that helped much.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing on the gun; I have to build myself back up, so this won't be so much work.

    What others should know:

    Cocking this isn't for the young or feeble. I have no way of measuring the cocking effort except to say it's HIGH. (for me)

  • 3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    Things I liked:

    great gun to shoot around with, definitely has a lot of power... while it last!!!!!

    Things I would have changed:

    After around 2000 shots the first screw that holds the barrel to the wood broke off leaving half the screw still in the hole and half of it on the ground, now the other one has broken off and the gun is basically trash now, i would assume this happened because every shot it kicks back pretty good for an air rifle and is putting a lot of pressure on those screws.

    What others should know:

    good gun, until it breaks

  • 3.0 3.0

    4.0 4.0

    3.0 3.0

    Things I liked:

    Overall, can be made into a good shooter. Stock is beautiful... Crosman wood stocks always seem to have good quality for the price; wish they offered more of them. Has excellent power within its range (.22), and accuracy is good after some trigger work, but suffers straight out of the box. Makes short work of local vermin. Iron sights are a welcome option... you'll need to use them after the scope fails and you are waiting for a replacement. Easily getting .750 groups at 20 yards without really trying, using H&N FTT 14.66gr, 5.55 head. Will pile pellet on pellet if I really try at that short range. Well worth the low price, overall... just needs a little love to get it up to par.

    Things I would have changed:

    Trigger, trigger, trigger. It is hands down, the one single biggest detractor from accuracy on this gun. Long, heavy, crunchy. If you take the time to stone the sear faces and install a lighter spring, this thing really comes to life! Combine the poor trigger out of the box with the significant thump of that big powerplant, and it's a handful to keep consistent. We all know the Centerpoint scopes are paperweights, but honestly, mine lasted about 500 rounds before it came apart (reticle broke in the center). Dovetail mounts are inadequate; should have a welded Weaver rail to put up with shock load. Switching to a one-piece mount is a must if you shoot a lot. Keep an eye on scope movement; mine was definitely abusing the recoil pin with a two piece mount. Barrel is plenty accurate, but it looks ridiculous in my opinion. Thought it would grow on me, but it's still ugly. Squirrels don't seem to care. All screws need checked and tightened regularly... this thing is hard on stuff.

    What others should know:

    Seems to like H&N FTT 14.66gr, 5.55 dia, and JSB Exact 18.13gr, 5.52 dia pellets the best. Crosman Premier 14.3 (both Dome and HP) were the worst groups out of the 9 different pellets I tested. Almost all 5.50 diameter pellets I have tried group very loosely with this barrel. Trigger assembly needs all working faces PROPERLY dressed with a stone, then 1000 grit paper. Turn stage adjustment screw all the way in, and install a lighter spring. Trigger is now quite nice and very predictable, although I am down one Pilot G2 inkpen. Pairs nicely with a UTG 3-9x40 scope, one piece Weaver adapter, and medium height UTG rings. All from the wonderful folks at Pyramyd, of course. Make sure the recoil pin is fully engaged on whatever mount you use, this one needs it. As I said, iron sights are a nice option for some, but their quality leaves something to be desired. Front sight is huge, rear sight is flimsy. Mine needed to be moved almost full left and quite high to come on target.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Its easier to cock and more powerful and quiet than my benjamin titan. The stock is good quality and looks very sharp. .22 cal hits very hard.

    Things I would have changed:

    I would include a front sling mount, or sell the parts to install your own. I would change the awful long heavy trigger pull(which i plan to do on my own) hence the 4 stars for accuracy. Trigger makes free hand shooting tricky.

    What others should know:

    Buy a better scope and try H&N FTT pellets in 5.55 head size. .375" groups at 21 yds from rest.

  • 3.0 3.0

    3.0 3.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    I bought the .22 caliber model. Most of my shooting is under 15 yards. Gun has to be benched as it is too heavy. It is powerful and accurate enough with the iron sights. I use it for backyard target shooting and pest control. It is not exactly quiet but it isn't as loud as it could be without any sort of integral suppressor. My suburban neighbors haven't complained, but i also don't shoot it at all hours. I also like that this model has "iron" (plastic) sights. I wish they were better or easily upgradeable. But they do work with modification.

    Things I would have changed:

    This is where my review breaks off from the other reviews that were overwhelmingly positive. The scope is garbage. The tip off mounts are garbage. I'd rather they not include them and instead improve the iron sights. I bought this model specifically because it has iron sights. What a joke they are. Another user rightly pointed out that the front sight is so high, you can't adjust the rear high enough to compensate. I wish they had thought out the sights better. I also don't like that there is no sling mount. And mounting a bipod to the stock is basically impossible due to its design. The rifle is also very heavy. As in too heavy to shoulder accurately.

    What others should know:

    I genuinely like this rifle now that it has had the sights modified. I made the sights useable with modification. I took a good pair of linesman pliers and carefully trimmed the front sight down. It doesn't take much. Then i took a file to square the top of the front sight. Now at the lowest setting on the rear sight, POI is just below POA. If you are expecting a great rifle ready to go out of the box, look elsewhere. If you are handy, this rifle is actually very accurate once you modify the iron sights or I'm sure with a useable scope. If the rifle didn't include the essentially useless scope and instead came with iron sights that were of better quality, this would be a 4 or 5 star review. But no way to hit what you are aiming at without modification makes this a 3 star rifle at best.

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