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Gamo Swarm Magnum Multi-Shot Air Rifle
Gamo broke the mold when it released the original Swarm Maxxim, the first successful multi-shot breakbarrel in over a decade. Now comes the Gamo Swarm Magnum the most powerful Swarm yet.
Gamo Swarm Magnum Multi-Shot Air Rifle Video Transcript:
Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner. Today we're going to be taking a look at the latest offering from Gamo, the Swarm Magnum in 22 caliber. So, the Swarm Magnum announced at SHOT Show 2018, of course, is Gamo's latest entry into the multishop break barrel world with the 10x system here on top. It's only offered in 22 caliber at this point time. Don't know if they have plans for 25 but certainly with that Magnum gas ram you know in there that IGT Mach 1 piston at 22 caliber is definitely going to make better use of it than a 177 would. But let's check out the gun here starting at the front. So the Swarm Maxim had the maximum shroud technology on it. The Swarm Magnum has the Whisper Fusion kind of suppressor on the end of it which obviously we're gonna find out if that does a good job of keeping things nice and quiet for you guys--for those of you that are backyard conscious of course. And sliding on back here we get to that 10x system which you guys if you've seen the Swarm Maxim video we did you'll kind of have an idea how that works, but basically you depress this little button on top, you pull the magazine out, you have some numbers on top there, so you load them right into the face of the magazine one at a time all the way up to ten rounds. And you actually have a nice little cutout window there that displays which number or how many pellets you have left, in excluding the one that is loaded in the barrel, so it definitely is a nice way to keep track and then when you're empty you hit that little exclamation point and you also have a little white dot that pops through on this window, so you can even see that and we'll show you guys when we get out to the range, you can see that from a shoulder position so you don't have to worry about, you know, dry firing in this gun. If you dry fire this, cock it and then reload it without a pellet, you must have missed something all right, that's just me being straightforward with you guys, it would be pretty hard to do in my opinion. So moving back from this 10x quick shot system we do have inside of the compression chamber here the IGT Mach 1 piston that's Gamo's biggest and baddest piston. It says they're capable of shooting up to 1,300 feet per second that's pretty screaming, I'm assuming that's with the lead-free pellet, obviously we'll see what it does with a real-world pellet you know seeing what it likes after and then chronographing it of course. Up on top of the compression tube we do have their recoil reducing rail, so this is supposed to cut felt recoil to the scope by 99.9%, therefore extending the life of your optic. Now, the Gamo scope that it comes with, in the one piece mount, haven't had any issues with it yet, probably will try a different scope on it just to make sure that it is holding zero and showing me exactly what it can show me in terms of its best capabilities. But no fixed parallax so right around 30-35 yards is where this has a parallax adjusted to so that's gonna be your clearest point where you can use that 9x without problems, but I would prefer a parallax adjustable optic every time guys, so keep that in mind if you are looking upgrade that is what I would go to, whether it's a 4X 3-9 whatever you guys want. Dropping down we do have the CAT custom action trigger fully adjustable, Gamo says, I haven't adjusted this one out of the box, it's not breaking very heavy probably around 3 pounds, not the most defined first second stage but you can certainly feel it and knowing it is adjustable we'd be able to get that better if we so desired, but I want to give you guys an out-of-the-box look at the gun. And really the biggest change other than the aforementioned power level, you're talking about a thumbhole stock as opposed to a more straight wristed stock and the cheek piece, while it does look adjustable is not, I'm sorry to say. But the gun's still coming in right around 7.5-8 pounds with the scope mount, it's so a pretty light Magnum gun. I'm sure that's gonna impact our hold sensitivity of this, I've always found that lighter weight guns are a bit more hold sensitive, and obviously somewhere just over 49 inches, you do have a pretty long rifle here so definitely something to keep in mind and I'm sure with that increased powerplant capability our cocking effort is going to go up as well so when we head out to the range we're gonna test all of those things for you guys and give you guys a straight dope on what the Gamo Swarm Magnum can do. So let's get out there and check it out.
Alright guys, so before we get started on the accuracy in the chronograph testing I wanted to show you guys quickly how this loads and note that we are only doing five shot groups today, it's like 45 to 50 pounds of cocking effort. I'm not even sorry about not doing touch shot groups for you guys. Five shots are gonna tell us exactly what we need to know about this guy, but this is the way the 10x system works if you haven't seen our Swarm Maxim video. So you go ahead you have your magazine loaded up with pellets you can see I have two rounds in here, it's gonna tell you how many rounds are still in the mag. So we go ahead, insert the mag into the 10x system, snaps in very audibly, very positively, you're gonna go ahead at that point break the barrel back up, and now you see it's displaying one alright, so one pellet is loaded it has one remaining in the magazine. So we're gonna go ahead, aim downrange, take our shot, and then I'm gonna do it again and this is where you get that quick follow-up now. Now you can see that I have that exclamation point telling me that I have no rounds left, we'll go ahead take our second shot and you'll also notice guys on the back of the magazine here, where you can actually see it as the shooter, you have that little white dot right there showing you that this mag is empty and that you need to refill it. If you are gonna go ahead and break that barrel again you will dry fire the gun so definitely not a good thing, don't do that. Let's get to some accuracy testing.
Alright guys, so that was one of the more trying range sessions we've had with a gun that I can remember. Went through about 16 different pellets and found one that shot better than all of the others and pretty darned, like a lot better, all right. So that's the Predator GTOs which ironically were the best pellet I think in the regular Swarm Maxim when we tested that in 22. So a 3/4 inch group here at 30 yards so certainly you know minute of squirrels' head every time so very good there. And then moving it out to 45 at the very end of our range here you have 5 shots within an inch, a couple going in the same hole probably could have been a little bit better. Honestly guys I'm finding the gun pretty darn hold sensitive which is making it kind of tricky to get good groups and be as consistent as possible with. Just to give you an idea of what some other pellets did, so this is the Barracudas at 45 yards a two-and-a-half-inch group. They group a hell of a lot better at 30 but still when you can't have that good transitional accuracy from distance to distance, you know, this takes that one off the table right away. And then probably the second-best group that we had are these Crosman premier domed pellets, so 14.3 grains and you have basically five shots within an inch and a quarter so. Which is not bad, but again, really that one-inch mark is what I'm looking for when I want to get an accuracy standard for a gun, and at 45 yards we've seen plenty of spring and gas piston guns that do that so. The Gamo Swarm Magnum very pellet picky, hold sensitive, but still shoots fairly well out to 45 yards.
Alright guys so the Gamo Swarm Magnum certainly didn't perform poorly, it was a definitely a more difficult one for us here to do. A pretty hold sensitive gun because of that lightweight but a lot of power. 29 foot-pounds with the predator GTOs which are an alloy pellet, was very surprising, you know over a thousand feet per second is just screaming. Definitely in that 30 to 35-yard range with that kind of power you are gonna be deadly, I mean just devastating, on game that you're going after, and having that multi-shot capability is a great add-on, although for me 45 to 50 pounds of cocking effort really negates a lot of that upgrade of having those multiple shots right and being able to just quickly do it. It's certainly faster than if you were single loading but really makes it more trying with that heavier cocking effort. Very surprised the scope held up on this one, we didn't have good luck with that with the Swarm Maxim but on the Magnum it held up just fine. Don't know if Gamo's changed something on the scope, but personally and my recommendation to you guys, swap this out for something with an adjustable objective, it's just gonna be more favorable in the long run if you guys want to shoot at longer distances or really close distances as well. But, overall, the Gamo Swarm Magnum if you are looking for a high-powered gas piston or spring piston airgun, this is definitely one you guys are gonna want to check out in 2018. For the Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner, as always guys don't forget to subscribe, like, and comment down below. We'll see you at the next one.
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- James from USA asked:
As usual... very nice & thorough review.
I own both .177 & .22 gamo Magnums & absolutely love them both.
The fact that these are very light weight for those long walks through the woods...
Without the risk of warping, rotting or cracking a heavy wooden stock, & have so much power without the extra cost & "bother" of a fill tank & pump is perfect.
I hold them exactly the same way I hold any of my shotguns..& I always hit exactly what I'm aiming at every time.
I can't wait to get this new multi shot Magnum.
My question is: couldn't the gamo Magnum take down anything any PCP air rifle of the same caliber could... sense the gamo Magnum has even more FPS than ANY PCP air rifle on the market?
- James from USA:
Thank you Tyler
- Tyler from USA:
From an energy perspective, depending on what pellets you're using, you're looking at 22 - 29 FPE at the muzzle of the gun. FPS doesn't really matter, energy (FPE) is what you want. So while a lighter pellet does produce more energy in this gun, it will not retain it's velocity as well as a heavier pellet over distance, which means past a certain distance it will be less effective on game compared to a heavier projectile. That aside, assuming you could hold good enough accuracy for hunting, this would be capable of taking any small game that a PCP could take with the same energy.
- Greg from USA asked:
Found the review interesting, though must admit it has put me off my intended purchase until I get more information. Wondering if in a situation like this where poor accuracy, hold sensitivity, cocking effort, etc are viewed as negatives when "out of the box", whether it might serve the product well to do a "now dialed in" review and/or "now here with another unit being tested" and/or "now using a bag rest instead of holding" would be useful? Of course, If one gun does poorly and the next does well, we still have a problem of consistency.
- Tyler from USA:
To be clear, 1" accuracy at 45 yards is not bad by any stretch, it's not great, but not bad either. The gun was well broken in by the time we put it on camera, 1000+ shots. Tried various holds/supports and the results were very similar or worse. With a near 50 lbs cocking effort, I'd rather not do that again LOL
- michael from USA asked:
The video appears as a less than emphatic endorsement
- Tyler from USA:
Bear in mind, as with all the PA Insyder videos, it's a look at one gun and reflects that guns performance. You'll find other reviews with different guns of the same model that performed better than the one used here. You could buy 3 of them and likely get 3 different results, or maybe two similar shooting guns and one that is very different. I've always found that to be the case with most sub $300 guns, what may work for one, often doesn't work in another.
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