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Bear River BOA CO2 BB Pistol
Forget the bells and whistles here! This is a gun with a price point nearly anyone can afford, with a large ammo capacity and built for accurate plinking. Made from sturdy polymer and weighing in at only 1lb, the Bear River BOA is a great entry level pistol for younger shooters and those new to CO2 airguns.
With about 180 shots per fill, the BOA gives you hours of fun backyard plinking, and is great to use as an inexpensive tactical trainer. Add a laser the Weaver/Picatinny to see where your shots are headed. The pistol grip slides off to reveal the CO2 cartridge housed in the handle. The BOA’s 19rd BB magazine is easy to load due to a clip that holds the riser out of the way while you load up. Once you slap the magazine in, send BB’s downrange at speeds up to 410 fps. If you’re looking for an affordable CO2 pistol that’s a cut above most entry CO2 guns, the BOA is that gun.
|Max Velocity||410 fps|
|Trigger Pull||6.14 lbs|
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Things I liked: Being the Bear River BOA is my first CO2 air gun, I found this 19 shot mag semi-auto .177 BB pistol a "blast" to shoot! I own two .177 pellet break-barrels and two .177 pellet SPPs pistols and enjoy those for their extreme accuracy. But for pure shooting fun and speed, the BOA is a lot of air gun. Got 400 rounds through it (2 CO2 cartridges) using Umarex precision steel 5.1g BB's and with a fresh CO2 cartridge, obtaining 409fps and over 400fps the first 2 clips. Even with the 10th 19-round full clip (190 bb's), velocity stayed up over 350fps, then dropped below 300 on the 11th full clip, with POI and penetration starting to suffer...Not Bad! I Quickly became accustomed to the long trigger 2-stage pull and was able to hand hold 19 shot groupings within 2" C to C at 10 yds with the open "plastic" sights. Function wise, all worked perfectly, including the two additional Beretta 19-Shot Stick Magazines (PY-A-2067) I added with the PA BOA purchase!!
Things I would have changed: So far, shooting as is with the installed open sights. The 2nd stage trigger has too long a reset, but still able to pull quick subsequent follow-up shots and keep them on target! I'll probably add an under barrel laser sight for my indoor target POI acquisition accuracy!
What others should know: Once the clip emptied, the following shot cycle had a Distinctly Different sound, letting me know to reload another clip...Nice! The plastic body is solid, however the rear sliding grip panel (backed up to install CO2 cartridges) is loose fitting. Removed and set the u-shaped grip panel in my workbench soft vise, slowly added some heat gun air and lightly re-formed the shroud to hold a tighter grip on the pistol grip housing.
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|Max Velocity||410 fps|