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Gamo Zombie 177 review

Gamo Zombie 177 review (Air Rifle)

This is a fairly high powered .177 rifle. It’s the Zombie edition. It also comes with a Gamo 4×32 scope put on. It’s got a great little package that looks very cool. I believe it is the same as the Gamo Big Cat but it just has another look. I have unboxed the gun, I have taken it on a little test drive with a bit of shooting and a bit of examination, and it hits hard and on target. It’s a break barrel air rifle, it has a nice and tight trigger, and decent mechanics. If you hit a rabbit with this one, the rabbit will die and you’ll be able to cook it and eat it, unless you are a vegetarian of course. Basically a good allround rifle.

It has a composite stock, which is one of the things that make it differ from the Gamo Big Cat. It has an adjustable recoil pad that can be adjusted in three levels of hardness. I don’t use that feature because I don’t fear a little recoil, but your preference might differ. It has a raised cheek piece on the stock that works for both left and right handed shooters, so it’s an equal opportunity rifle. Which is nice. It takes 30 lbs of pressure to break the barrel, which is not as much as some heavy air rifles out there. 30 lbs should be breakable by kids. And it it is too heavy, well, then they can develop their arm muscles while cocking the rifle.

The rifle feels really good when you handle it. It is not too light, so the recoil does not make it bounce around. And it is not too heavy, so you can carry it around. The composite stock makes it lighter than the Gamo Big Cat airgun.

You can use it for backyard shooting, and rodent shooting, and even hunt for food, if you know what you are doing. The .177 bullet travels at 1200 FPS, so it hits very hardy, with a pretty loud pop when firing. I have been using the Gamo Red Flyer Ballistic tip pellets, and they can pierce anything you expect.

So yeah, as I said, it’s a combo rifle that comes with a scope and a box of pellets. It is not a mil dot scope, it is a reticle scope. I prefer those so I am good with that. Your preference might differ. The pellets that are included are Gamo’s own, and they are polymer tipped. It is all a neat little package at a good price that will get you up and shooting in no time, good for toying around for you, or for the kids of the family, under adult supervision of course.

So to conclude this Gamo Zombie .177 review. This is a nice little allround air rifle. It is a little bit more expensive than the Gamo Big Cat, but the synthetic stock is worth it. You can get either rifle combo over at Amazon by following this link.

Gamo Whisper Fusion Review

Gamo Whisper Fusion Review ( Air Rifle)

This is a great air rifle development that I got the chance to acquaint myself at a recent gun show. I wanted to experience the latest and greatest in air rifles, and let me tell you, air rifles have developed a lot since I was a kid. And Gamo Whisper Fusion is at the forefront of that technological leap.

One of the main selling points for this air rifle is the Gamo Fusion Whisper technology. The Whisper Technology came around something like 5 years ago, when Gamo developed a system that reduces the noice emitted while shooting with about 50 percent. And with high powered air rifles, that can get really noisy, this is quite something. Now with the Gamo Whisper Fusion, there is an advanced baffling system, that reduces noise even more. With this spring piston airgun, that reaches speeds of more than 1300 feet per second, this is quite nice. The baffling makes the barrel fluted. A pretty cool look actually, once you get used to the fact that your barrel isn’t straight like on most other guns.

Gamo have improved their triggers, that used to be quite heavily criticised in the air rifle enthusiast community. They made a redesign and a reengineering of their old trigger and all of a sudden, Gamo er have great trigger. The trigger is called SAT, it is a 2 step Smooth Action Trigger. All the creep in the old style of Gamo trigger is now gone. This really is the future of trigger technology.

The Gamo Whisper Fusion also has a new and improved recoil pad, that is adjustable in so many ways to enable you to custom fit the recoil pad according to your own personal desires.

This rifle has the raised adjustable cheek piece similar to the one you see in the . It also has a so called “all weather” synthetic stock, that is sturdy and light.

As I said before, the speed of the air rifle is 1300 fps. Now that is insanely fast and powerful. Make sure you use the heaviest .177 pellets you can find, because precision suffers with lighter pellets. Where air rifles that are just slightly slower tip over cans when you shoot at them, the Gamo Whisper Fusion keeps the can upright, but makes a huge exit hole on the other side. This is a guaranteed eco-friendly way for pest control shooting, with a minimum amount of suffering caused.

Speaking of the optics, whereas most air rifle bundles come with bad to average scopes, Gamo have decided to raise the bar a bit, supplying a very nice high quality 3-9×40 air rifle scope that will put your pellets where you aim and last a long time. Of course I haven’t been shooting this rifle for a long time, but the scope really is very nice.

The Gamo Whisper Fusion is a true evolutionary step in air rifle design. Everybody should have one. Great for hunters, great for shooters. It makes you want to shoot a lot more.

Gamo Bone Collector Bull Whisper Review

Gamo Bone Collector Bull Whisper Review ( Air Rifle )

Now Gamo is a company that used to have a so/so consumer satisfaction, but they have really listened to their shooters, and sorted out some of the minor issues that used to annoy people with their air rifles. In this review of the Gamo Bone Collector Bull Whisper air rifle. we take a look at some of the improvements. They have improved the barrel hinges, improved the so often criticized Gamo trigger, and actually put a very good air rifle scope into the package.

Now this is a very powerful gun, with a speed of about 770 fps with good pellets. This gives it an impact of about 21 lbs, which turns it into a very efficient killer of vermin and other small animals.

Judging byt the word “whisper” in the product name, you might have figured out that this is a quiet gun. It has a silencer part, that is very impressive. The old Gamo NDS whisper is now replaced by a shrouded bull barrel that silences the gun very nicely. It still pops at 100 decibels or so, but since it is a 770 fps air rifle, this is no big deal. It would be much louder without the silencer.

Let´s take a look at the stock. It´s a composite stock which is a nice touch. The composite material in the stock makes it maintenance free and very light. It has an almost assault rifle look which, depending on your preferences, is a positive or a negative thing. Gamo started off with this design in the Socom series of air rifles. I like it very much. The recoil pad is adjustable, which is something that I wish more manufacturers would add to their air rifles.

The much criticized Gamo trigger has here been replaced with a new and updated SAT trigger. It has a very light pull at only 2 pounds and 4.8 ounces, which makes it very useful to creep off shots without messing up your aim.

The Gamo Bone Collector Whisper used the same break barrel mechanics as the Gamo Varming Hunter HP. It has also had the same break barrel improvements as the Gamo Varmint Hunter HP, which means that this air gun will last you longer.

Usually one of the most common downsides with air rifle bundles are the sub standard scopes. Not so in this case. This actually has a very nice scope. Mine has a duplex reticle instead of the more modern mil-dot, If this is a good thing or not, also depends on your preferences. Decent air rifle scopes are not that expensive, so just replace it if the sights are not to your liking. The Gamo Bull Whisper Extreme rifle and scope bundle used to be retailed for something in the vicinity of 500 dollars. Now at the time of writing, despite all the improvements, it retails for only about 240 dollars. So that´s a real improvement.

The mechanism is a traditional break barrel, much like the ones you are probably used to.
Now one of the downsides of the Bull Whisper Extreme, could also be regarded as one of its upsides. And it is the fact that it is very light. At only 6.6 lbs, you can carry it anywhere. It also means that it is quite affected by recoil. The recoil does not really affect your aim, but it can be a little bit annoying to novel shooters. Yet again, you are going to have to determine what your requirements are, and if this heavy recoil is acceptable to you. My suggestion is to give it a chance. With some experience the recoil will not bother you anymore.

As for precision. At 20 yards I have been getting tight groups so that means that this air gun works very well when it comes to precision.
The Gamo Bull Whisper Extreme is an airgun that is manufactured and marketed with small game hunters in mind, and the lightness and power means that it is very convenient to carry around outdoors and and with the heavy impact on the target, it means that it can scratch off vermin and small animals swiftly and efficiently. If you want to hunt small game with your air rifle, then I definitely think you should keep it in mind.

Gamo Big Cat 1250 Review

Gamo Big Cat 1250 Review ( Air Rifle)

The Gamo Big Cat 1250 is one of my favourite Gamo air rifles. One of the main reasons is that the price is just right, at approximately 130 dollars. That’s a great value for an airgun and, to be fair, airguns for most users is just something that you play around with for a bit of fun, or something that you give to your kids in order to get them hooked on shooting. And at this price just about anyone can afford one.

The stock is made from a composite material. It is tough and durable and can handle any climate. It is ambidextrous and has a raised cheek piece on both right and left sides so all you south paws can also go plinking without problems. It has a checkered stock at the grip and in the front, so this air rifle won’t slip from you grip. The barrel is encased in a synthetic material so that makes it durable and almost maintenance free . The receiver is prepared for your standard .22 scope mount, so if you want to attach a scope, that is no problem. It has a protruding pin preventing that rifle scope from sliding backwards once mounted. The gun is pretty much a no-frills gun with the budget conscious air rifle buyer that only wants a cheap air rifle, so there are no unnecessary features here. On the other hand, most Gamo guns use the same mechanics, so when it comes to precision and power, this gun is just as good as a Gamo gun at twice the price.

This Gamo Big Cat air rifle bundle contains a basic 4×32 scope which naturally is not the greatest rifle scope in the world, but it does the job nicely.
The Gamo Big Cat 1250 is one of Gamo’s 1000 feet per second line of airguns. It does 1000 fps with lead pellets and closer to 1250 with PBA pellets. This gives it quite a punch. A thousands feet per second equals about 15 lbs of impact power at short ranges. It could actually be used for killing vermin as well as target shooting, at least if the precision is good enough, so let’s take a look at that next. And… the conclusion is that the precision is good. Even with a stock scope, I get 2 inch groups at 20 yards, which I gotta say is a very nice result for a very inexpensive air rifle.

The Big Cat 1250 reviews on the online marketplaces indicate that shooters are ver happy with this rifle. The spread of ratings indicate that 50 buyers of the Gamo Big Cat 1250 give either 4 to 5 stars out of 5 possible. And only about 6 customers rate this rifle between 1 to 3 stars. That is an overwhelming rating indicating that Gamo Big Cat 1250 is one hell of a good rifle at a very good price.

Crosman Benjamin 392 Review

Crosman Benjamin 392 Review

Now let’s start this air rifle review of the Crosman Benjamin 392 with the looks of the rifle.
It´s a pretty looking rifle. It does not have a raised cheek piece, but that is no big deal in my opinion. It has a very smooth looking recoil pad, nice thing is that it is made from rubber, and not plastic like on some other air rifles. Not that the recoil pad is needed, this air gun has virtually no recoil. I really really like the stock . The Crosman Benjamin 392 is built to last, and with some care it will last you for decades. This air gun usually costs about 160 dollars, which is a lot of bang for the buck. It´s a very well priced air rifle.
Now let’s talk about the trigger, it is quite a heavy trigger, with a pull weight of 5 pounds, and it is not adjustable. Now 5 pounds might sound like a lot to you, but I have actually learnt to like it more than hair triggers. Less risk of accidental discharge that way.

It´s a bolt action rifle which is very nice. Makes me think of old fashioned army and hunting rifles. You slide the breech open with the bolt and insert a 22 caliber pellet. Now if you prefer the .177 caliber, you should look for the Crosman Benjamin 397 instead. It is basically the same gun.
I use the Winchester 22 pellets with this rifle. They are super cheap and very accurate, and made to tight enough specifications not to put sludge in the barrel.

The iron sights are decent. I don’t use them that much though, since I’m a rifle scope kind of guy. You mount the scope on the B272 mounts that you can also get here at Amazon

It´s a pump rifle. 8 pumps makes this air gun reach a velocity of 640 fps, which equals 14 lbs of impact energy. Those 8 pumps can be quite tough, at the final 2 pumps you need to put a fair amount of effort into it. If you are an adult, this should not be a problem. If you are a kid… you can use the pumping effort to build your muscles, so no big deal really. The 14 lbs of power and the heavy 22 calibre, means that this air rifle is powerful enough to put down vermin. Squirrels, rabbits, birds, whatever. They all meet a swift demise with a gun of this power. Just remember to mount a scope so you hit the target in the right spot. You don´t want an air rifle that you need to pump when you encounter your target in the wild, so the cool thing is that it is a gun that can be carried around with stored pressure. So when you locate your pray, you just slide open the bolt and load the pellet. Flick off the safety and you are ready to shoot.

It´s a fairly loud gun. My gun pops with about 100 decibel. No big deal for me.
As for precision, for an inexpensive air rifle it is excellent. I shoot 2 inch groups at 20 yards.
A hint. When you store the gun, keep it pumped up with one pump. It keeps the seals and gaskets in order and will keep you shooting with undiminished accuracy for a very very long time indeed.

My conclusion of this Crosman Benjamin review is a very nice air rifle. It is accurate, powerful and versatile. If 5 pounds of trigger pull is good with you ,and if you can deal with the pumping aspect, this is a very good inexpensive air rifle that feels more expensive than what it really is.

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