Knobs and I both ordered these rifles to find out what all the hype was about. They both arrived late last week to the east coast and left coast.
I always hesitate when the price seems too good to be true or the reviews come in from people who don't have experience with higher grade rifles as a reference point.
I wanted a lightweight 15 to 16 FPE self contained rifle (springer) without the trade-offs of being too lightweight for the FPE. A rifle I could leave down in the barn without concern for varmint shooting while working down there.
Running busy schedules last week, Keith fired his twice the first day so I fired mine four times just to make sure the first two weren't a fluke. LOL.
Over the weekend I got to shoot it quite a bit. Fun carbine. Very smooth, quiet and accurate.
Fit and finish, very good.
Weight (6.6 lbs.) and balance, excellent. A true carbine in .22.
Compact scope kept weight down to just above 7 lbs. total.
Cocking effort, approximately the same as the Webley Longbow, a bit more than the R9 due to the shorter barrel. Very similar to a Theoben Evolution.
Barrel brake open and lock up, smooth and precise. Better than Longbow.
Trigger, initial pre-travel, slight resistance, then crisp let off. Adjustable.
Firing cycle, fast and surprisingly smooth and quiet! Fires similar to some tuned rifles. This was impressive for an out of the box rifle.
Chrono, haven't had time yet and would like to wait to get a few more pellets through it. Shots fired got across the canyon reached the 65 yard zone quick enough to know it would nail squirrels and rabbits!
Built in "shroud/silencer". Rifle with end cap removed is almost as loud as a R1 .22. With end cap (no baffles supplied with rifle) quiets down to less than a R9 or Longbow. With baffles installed, subdued thud not associated with a 16 FPE airgun. This is good. The mechanics of the rifles (i.e., internal receiver noise and vibrations), very quiet.
Accuracy, I sighted in the Beeman SS2 4X AO scope on Saturday. At 60+ yards I hit a small juice can hanging from a tree seven out of ten shots. I had my elbow resting on a table with only two cups of hot java under my belt.
Packing for shipping, OK but not as good as Craig at SS's work.
I haven't purchased a factory new airgun in a few months. Knobs hasn't purchased a factory new airgun in years. He inadvertently created a contagious buying frenzy across the country amoung those who needed a valid excuse.
If you're looking for a good springer in the 16FPE range for $350 to $400+ price range, this is one to check out.
It is also available in a composite stock XL version. (Ryan)
I'm stating that this is a good springer for the money at this point and time. Like any rifle, several thousand shots later will tell the whole story.
story and I'm sticking to it.