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Diana Stormrider Gen 2 Reviews

Diana Stormrider Gen2 Multi-shot PCP Air Rifle, Synthetic

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Rating 5.05.0 5.0

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By Dick from USA on 2020-06-26 14:43:16

Things I liked:

Solid feel but light enough weight for comfort. Very accurate. Regulator available. Basic sub $200 price.

Things I would have changed:

Should have come with a second barrel band as stock. Cocking bolt is too light at M4. Should be at least M5. No charging port cover.

What others should know:

Test 1; 10.49 gr H&N Barracuda domed pellets. Hi=1034 fps, Lo=1018, Mean=1024.5, SD=5.06. Test 2: 7.4 gr Crossman Premier Wadcutters. Hi=1121 fps, Lo=1096, Mean=1107.5, SD=8.46. Stormrider likes H&N Barracuda 10.49 gr. Very Accurate. Crossman at 7.4 gr achieves higher velocity due to lighter weight. Both pellets go supersonic, so long range would require higher weight pellets for stability. This is an excellent medium to short range shooter but would certainly be a very accurate long range shooter with the right pellets, a barrel band and some regulation. As it comes from the factory, it is a terrific value for the money. I plan on testing with some heavier pellets after I upgrade with a second barrel band (on back order) and a regulator. Both tests were made with a fresh 200 bar fill for each test run. I will update after those modifications.

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Rating 1.01.0 1.0

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By George from USA on 2022-04-06 16:24:31

Things I liked:

Well we will see how good pyramyd airs customer service is i ordered $400 a rifle an air pump,pellets and warranty and service agreement been watching my email for 3 days it was finally delivered I couldn't wait to get home from work to set it up got home and there is a shoe box size box on the steps this couldn't be its to small but it had my name and address on it from PA lord and behold they sent me someone else's $140 order no where near what I ordered customer service said they would send me a return sticker and ship my order out asap I guess it will be a week before I get my correct order Believe you me I will let you know how it turns out and the stars are not correct did not receive the merchandise yet

Things I would have changed:

Making sure the does not go to the wrong person and place

What others should know:

We will see

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  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I just received my Stormrider on 4/14/24. Happy to announce my Stormrider has the air pressure gauge on the Bottom of the rifle near the trigger and NOT at the end of the barrel, just like the wood version now. I really like this much better than my Avenger because its much lighter (1.5 lbs) and 2.5" shorter than my Avenger too. I added a barrel band to it from Ebay. The trigger is easy to adjust and got rid of a lot of creep. I find it no louder than my old Diana 24C break barrel and quieter than my Avenger.

    Things I would have changed:

    STOP using red loctite to attach the moderator! It was a bear to remove the moderator and some of that red loctite leaked into the rear sight and had to use a heat gun and a chisel to take the rear sight off. Not much 11mm room available to add my Pinty red/green dot sight without touching the magazine. .

    What others should know:

    I dry fire 3 shots after a fill with my Air Venturi electric compressor. I then get about 15 very high (875 fps) accurate shots. Then I refill again. I get 1/2" -3/4" inch groups using a Pinty red/green dot sight at 25 yards. .This is now my go to PCP rifle and will sell off my Avenger (just too long and heavy for my tastes).

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

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    Things I liked:

    Accuracy is very very good. It is not pellet picky. Very lightweight. Nice wooden stock. The way the magazine slips in and is held by a magnet.

    Things I would have changed:

    Trigger adjustment. I gave it an overall 4 rating because the trigger adjustment is worthless. Everything else on the gun is extremely good for the price.

    What others should know:

    The trigger adjustment is worthless. Yeah, the Gen 1 doesn't have an adjustment, but the Gen 2 doesn't have an adjustment either... The screws BARELY hang on to the threads, and if you do not keep an eye on the screws, they WILL fall out. What I do, is forget the screw adjustments and finger tighten the two screws every now and then, so that I will not lose them.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like that it's lightweight and moderated and multi-shot.

    Things I would have changed:

    The first things I would like changed would be add barrel band a fill port cover of some type a removable moderator for easy Barrel cleaning and a Picatinny mount on the stock so you could add a bipod or flashlight is also nice feature that they didn't give and a second magazine should be standard.

    What others should know:

    Without the moderator being removable it is very hard to clean the barrel and the magazines are a little fiddly to load.

  • Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    As an entry level PCP it is an excellent tool to teach the grand kids about the rules of using a gun It has iron sights. Another marvelous side of the tool to teach the grand kids Put a red dot on it so they can learn to use 2 sides of the tool at the same time Magazine fed so it will shoot pellets that break action or single feed guns don't like It is slender, not boxy or heavy

    Things I would have changed:

    I would have 3 magazines be present for each gun. Why 3? I have a small bag that will hold 3 magazines, single feed adapter, allen wrenches for the gun, air fill probe and a few other items that I keep with the gun. Maybe sling mounts molded into the stock

    What others should know:

    The Stormrider 177 cal PCP (synthetic stock) is an unusually thin rifle. Its shrouded end of the barrel does keep it quiet. Its fixed front sight allows for no adjustment. The rear sight is fully adjustable. I took it to the dungeon and had the gun zeroed in at 20 yards in a matter of minutes. Currently, 10.34 gr pellets, average speed of 838'/sec, no hammer spring adjustments have been made at this time The small air reservoir allows for quick filling via a compressor or, as others may like, via a hand pump. It does use a specific adapter to transfer compressed air. It would be a good thing to keep it with the magazines to locate it easily. The cheek rest, length of pull and looking through the sights is comfortable. I put a Hawk red dot on it and am able to use the iron sights for the 20-30 yard shots by looking through the Hawk. Turning on the red dot, I'm able to tag targets at 50 yards. As my 177 caliber guns go, this one will be 1 of the go to 177 guns

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Light weight, good accuracy, decent trigger, quiet, good value. JSB 15.89 seem best. Not pellet picky. Easy to hand pump (2 pumps per shot). At 25 yards 5 shot group within 1/2" CTC.

    What others should know:

    Have not seen point of impact change from sitting around. Currently not planning to add barrel band. Point of impact does change some as you go through 30 shots. Just need to know how impact changes throughout the curve. Don't plan to add regulator. Barrel was dirty. Took 40 shots to break. Trigger came decently set, but could not make any adjustments with set screws. Plan to use for plinking in yard. Some occasional pest control.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Extremely accurate! Using the manual pump does work. If I was 5 pounds lighter it wouldn’t work. Thanks for Pyramyd Air for the recommendation!

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    It’s just a nice rifle that feels good with the synthetic stock, it’s lightweight and accurate, not really pellet picky so far and hand pumping it is a breeze. The price for what you get is a real deal I bought both calibers and happy with both of them.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Your getting a deal on a solid bargain pcp rifle.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

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    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Great value and quality for a 200 dollar pcp rifle, bought both calibers and they shoot just about every pellet with good accuracy so far.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing really unless to modify it into a buck rail conversion.

    What others should know:

    I did have to send back my .22 because of a gauge problem but pyramid air had no problem of getting my return and as I am writing this right now I am waiting for my replacement so hopefully all will be good because I really like this rifle.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The feel and weight of the gun, it has a lite trigger pull which allows a smooth shot. Good accuracy out of the box and the price was right for an intro pcp air rifle.

    Things I would have changed:

    Seems there should be a forward barrel support added to this gun which would improve its accuracy.

    What others should know:

    Overall seems like a good gun, I've shot probably around 150 or more pellets through this gun and it seems like a decent gun so far.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    The price is a given next would have to be the fact it's multi shot and magazine work and are inexpensive to get extra.Ive owned mine for over a year now perhaps more can't remember but it was my second pcp and my first pcp rifle and I ordered a regulated one and it is extremely handpump friendly.I usually have this if I'm hiking and weight is a issue as my handpump weigh nothing but that is usually unnecessary as I get more than enough shots in.a fill.I now have pcps and compressors that I could buy a dozen of these for so to say it was my gateway gun is a understatement.I love the accuracy of course and the trigger witch helps number1 and the weight for shooting of hand and the shot count for such a small cylinder.

    Things I would have changed:

    If the synthetic version had a pressure gauge on the under side of the stock like the wood I'd buy in a second.Iam sure that they could stiffen the barrel but again cost if I really want to complain a sideleafer action would be nice but again cost all these would change the price point and for everything you get it really is hard to beat.I have competed against much more expensive kits and have blown there minds on what I can get at 40meters oh did I mention mine is the canadian version 500fps.

    What others should know:

    IF you are interested in airguns either for fun target or practice or pest control and say you don't have the time to practice your hold as yes you can start with a spring gun for less but the practice is the only way you will get results, especially with a budget starter gun.I'd look into this and a hand pump. I just want to say for approx 300 or lil more you have gun 200 unregulated if money is a problem you can add the regulator and fill gauge later easily and you can get a decent starter optic, personally, I recommend a decent scope and rings definitely adjustable objective as that part of the package is going to help with what you get outta this gun

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Before the reg, it was good. Perfectly usable but you need to know about the bell curve of velocity and how that effects your POI as you go through your air. After installing the reg, I get like 18 or 19 shots at the same velocity (and same POI, obv,) before it drops off the reg. It is shooting hole on hole at 25 yards. I am using the Crosman 14.3gr Hollows, they've been the best for cycling without hanging up as well as consistent velocity and accuracy. I am shooting them at 830fps which is 22 ft/lbs, Normally I shoot an FX Maverick or a regulated Airforce Talon SS, but I am unbelievably surprised with this rifle for what it is for the price. I have taken quite a few rabbits with this rifle as well as other pests. Perfect backyard hunting rifle, but do be careful as it is pretty powerful!

    Things I would have changed:

    Add a second factory barrel band in front of the forend. Right now to combat barrel flexing I have ordered a 12mm ID carbon fiber tube which I will fit to the barrel. It will be cut to length, the front site removed (since I am using a scope) and I will tension that carbon fiber on my barrel by screwing in the moderator against it. This will stiffen up my barrel and give me a tensioned barrel, as well as a super cool look! Look out for a video on that soon(ish). I would also change the fill probe out to a standard QD fill nipple. No reason for a modern gun to use a fill probe these days!

    What others should know:

    If you're just getting into PCP airguns, I can't think of a better and more cost effective way to do it.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

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    Things I liked:

    Slim size Light weight , points and shoots Well. No problem shooting squirrels out of The trees

    Things I would have changed:

    This the second one i have bought, Dont have a problem with them , except The bolt. The first one i bought the bolt Broke off when i was cocking it ! They should Up grade the materials for the bolt . I read this is a long time problem with them. Instead of selling replacement bolts. I would Be gald to pay extra five bucks for the fix !! Shame that could be fixed easily at the factory. Instead of selling bolts !

    What others should know:

    Get a better bolt made before the original Breaks off in your hand . Its hard to drill out Unless you own a machine shop..

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Excellent accuracy, outstanding value and it is very quiet.....great for crowded neighborhoods.

    Things I would have changed:

    Maybe a slightly higher capacity on the PSI that can be attained.

    What others should know:

    Great value in an excellent air gun. Value is really is in the quality of the air gun received.

  • Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Things I liked:

    Well we will see how good pyramyd airs customer service is i ordered $400 a rifle an air pump,pellets and warranty and service agreement been watching my email for 3 days it was finally delivered I couldn't wait to get home from work to set it up got home and there is a shoe box size box on the steps this couldn't be its to small but it had my name and address on it from PA lord and behold they sent me someone else's $140 order no where near what I ordered customer service said they would send me a return sticker and ship my order out asap I guess it will be a week before I get my correct order Believe you me I will let you know how it turns out and the stars are not correct did not receive the merchandise yet

    Things I would have changed:

    Making sure the does not go to the wrong person and place

    What others should know:

    We will see

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Trigger ok out of the box, is fully adjustable, easy to reach screws, will tweek it when weather warms up. Conservative on air. Quiet enough. Stock average length. Ran a couple of synthetic oiled wads to make sure barrel was clean, barrel is shinny bright out of the box. Will detail accuracy from bench, when warms up, off hand shooting 3/4 quarter" groups at the widest, and that was me, easily stay WELL within dime most shots at about 35', using JSB Exact 14.35gr, just to try out. I'm sure it will like 16gr too, but another day. Not even broken in yet Sweet rifle.

    What others should know:

    Wish it had a dust cap on the fill stem to cover the hole. Need to find something, car valve stem a bit too small, any ideas? sell some after market for 10$, Surely I can think of a free one! I wouldn't put another sleeve on barrel, seems to like this free float. Just be careful not to prop it up against barrel and sight, never a good idea anyway. If you want a clip for it, you'll need to order that extra. Single shot is generally more accurate.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Trigger ok out of the box, is fully adjustable, easy to reach screws, will tweek it when weather warms up. Conservative on air. Quiet enough. Stock average length. Ran a couple of synthetic oiled wads to make sure barrel was clean, barrel is shinny bright out of the box. Will detail accuracy from bench, when warms up, off hand shooting 3/4 quarter" groups at the widest, and that was me, easily stay WELL within dime most shots at about 35', using JSB Exact 14.35gr, just to try out. I'm sure it will like 16gr too, but another day. Not even broken in yet Sweet rifle.

    What others should know:

    Wish it had a dust cap on the fill stem to cover the hole. Need to find something, car valve stem a bit too small, any ideas? sell some after market for 10$, Surely I can think of a free one! I wouldn't put another sleeve on barrel, seems to like this free float. Just be careful not to prop it up against barrel and sight, never a good idea anyway.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    The rifle is very accurate. Everything seems to function very well. The single shot tray is a nice addition, so you can shoot as many rounds as you want and not have to bother filling the magazine. Great if you just plan to take a few shots, or just take a few extra shots after the magazine is empty.

    Things I would have changed:

    I'd add a second barrel band near the end of the air cylinder to help support the barrel. I ordered one off eBay, and will install it once it arrives. Would be nice if they included a second magazine.

    What others should know:

    The extra barrel band I'm adding is to prevent "barrel sag", which a number of people claim is a problem with the gun. No personal issues with this, since I just got the gun, but better to not have to worry about it down the road. I attached a BSA 3-7x20 air rifle scope I just had laying around, and it's really fine for what I'll be using the rifle for. Make sure you use good, consistently made pellets. I initially grabbed some Daisy Precision Max pointed pellets, and about half the time they didn't want to feed. When the pellets fed well, accuracy was fine, but the sticky ones were all over the place. They even caused the magazine to stick. I inspected some of the pellets and found a number with malformed skirts. I switched to Crosman Premiere hollow points, which I've found to be exceptionally consistent, and they fed flawlessly and just piled up into a ragged hole on paper. Make sure you use good pellets.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

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    Things I liked:

    One great little rifle, its weight is perfect and just feels like a quality product. It was accurate right out of the box and is a joy to shoot.

    Things I would have changed:

    The pellet clip is a little awkward and took a few tries to get to load correctly.

    What others should know:

    Its a fantastic rifle.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Gun is very robust. I was expecting a cheap rifle, like a bb gun. I mounted a 3x9 scope on it and it shoots nice groups, even in the 32-degree weather. Very easy to fill with a bicycle-type air pump(Four Uncles). The price was very reasonable, as compared to some of the other brands of 22 cal. air rifles.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    this gun is a well executed tinker toy. it's small, light, accurate and everything works just like the adds say it will. no trouble loading the magazine. single loading is kinda tough however because of my fat fingers. i have a regulator and gauge on the way and plan on a 130 to 140 bar setting. this gun is a long way from rws 350 mag so it doesn't rest on bags well. it takes some concentration to steady the hold. one of my utgs is mounted on it and this should terrorize the squirrels in the area

    Things I would have changed:

    nothing

    What others should know:

    i will order more magazines when i settle on the best shooting pellet

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