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List Price $179.95 Save $55.00 (30%)
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Benefits of a gas-piston powerplant over a metal mainspring:
Like to hunt? If so, a gun with a gas-piston powerplant should be high on your list if you're considering a spring-piston gun. Crosman's Nitro Piston is reliable and lets you hunt in the coldest weather without slowing down. Guns with metal mainsprings have lube on them, and that lube thickens in cold weather. In some cases, it slows down the gun so much that it's lost all reasonable power due to the extreme cold. Why suffer with a powerplant that's weather-sensitive when you can pick up a gun and shoot in any climate?
This modestly priced air rifle and scope combo is ready to shoot when it arrives. Use the open sights or mount the 4x32 scope and extract even more accuracy. Your Crosman Shockwave NP air rifle is suitable for dispatching small critters at close distances. Get rid of squirrels, rabbits, rats, mice, gophers and more. If hunting is going to be your main use, get the .22 caliber for max power. Besides critter control, this gun makes a fun backyard plinker.
|Max Velocity||1200 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||18 ft/lbs|
|Cocking Effort||36 lbs.|
|Front Sight||Fiber Optic|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable for windage & elevation|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/plinking|
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Things I liked: a simple sturdy gun. rear scope mount has locking pin to prevent shifting due to recoil.
What others should know: takes a major effort to cock. has hard recoil and loud report. scope mounting grooves very shallow. scope does not attach well and can come loose.
Things I liked: Tough. Accurate. Well priced when I bought it a year ago.
Things I would have changed: The adjustable trigger requires some attention... mine now is usable. The stock is too short, but with a scope it is ok. The standard scope did not seem to work well for me. I put a cheap scope on it & it is a favorite of mine.
What others should know: Pick a pellet with consistent results. My best .22 pellets are H&N FTT & Crosman premier domed ultra magnum. (H&N have superb QC of their product. Crosman are cheap BUT they are clean, their skirts are strong enough to resist damage, and their consistent patterns make me very happy.)
Things I liked: Just had twins and I can't shoot my powder burners on a whim anymore. I didn't just want to quietly put holes in things, I wanted to smack them around a bit. This was the only .22 rifle in stock when I was ready to impulse buy something and so here we are. It's accurate and reliable and it scratches all the right itches. I like that it's a little loud and I like that cocking takes some effort. It's got just enough brutality to be cathartic. This thing has been a gateway drug into the world of air gunnery for me. Its marginal deficiencies have got me interested in tinkering and in more premium brands and models. If you want to dip your toes into the hobby without risking too much capital, the Shockwave is for you.
Things I would have changed: The scope stopped adjusting for windage after about 500 shots. I've never been into optics so I don't really care and the open sights work well enough despite their flimsy appearance. But, if the inclusion of a scope is important to you, be aware that this one is pretty meh. The cocking mechanism was ridiculously tight at first. Like, hard enough that I thought I was doing something wrong. It has lightened significantly over time but it's still going to be a struggle for some.
What others should know: Even if you're already an enthusiast, this thing is a great buy. The nitro piston setup brings the sass even in our frigid Michigan winter and it has sat without problem through several humid thaw cycles. No surface rust, no loss of lubrication. Hang your German steel and Turkish walnut in the house and keep this fella out in the shed for those quick taking-the-garbage-out pot shots.
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What do you consider to be the best heavy weight domed .177 pellet for this rifle?
I like the JSB 10.34 and H&N Barracuda Match. The Crosman Premier round nose is very popular and good but I prefer the others. These guns can be finicky so I'd try all three of those to see which you and yours likes best. One step heavier would be the JSB 13.43gr, but that's as far as I'd go since springers lose power as weight goes up and generally I draw the line at 10.5gr for this gun in 177.
Can TKO or another third party manufacturer make a muzzle brake for the Shockwave NP that will noticeably reduce how loud it is?
Not sure if an aftermarket will fit without some mods, better to ask the mfg of the unit. A TKO is designed for a CO2 or PCP which don't see any abuse, but this gun will try to launch the unit so it would need to be very securely attached. The best idea imo is to get the barrel assy from the older Trail Hardwood which has a suppressor. It's about $25 delivered to make it happen. I have all the part #'s and details if you want, chevota at hotmail. The info I have also has other tips to net the most power and as a result make the mechanical noise a bit quieter too. Optionally you can get a lighter spring which drops power of course but makes it quieter and a nicer shooter overall. Like people with neighbors that complain, or people that target shoot and don't need all that power. It's much easier to cock as well. The spring is $26 from Crosman
is the accuracy better than vantage np
Same gun and barrel so no. The guns accuracy varies drastically so either one is a gamble and you cannot compare one Vantage to one Shockwave any more than two Vantages etc. I think at this price range your best odds for accuracy would be a Hatsan, but still no guarantees. One really good thing about Crosman is you can buy another barrel for cheap. I mod the gun and barrel to get better accuracy, if that fails I get a new barrel, $20 delivered from Crosman. You can also change caliber or get the suppressor barrel if you want. Other brands are either expensive or impossible to get parts like that. If you want to step up in price I'd look at Weihrauch, like the HW95 which isn't too expensive and has a very nice barrel. Diana is popular too, and while I don't care for the barrel quality out of the box it can be fixed fairly easily. chevota at hotmail for info on how if need.
The farther you go up the price ladder then quality and accuracy get better.
|Max Velocity||1200 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||18 ft/lbs|