I've had this rifle for about six months now. Been pretty broke lately, so I haven't had the chance to go out to the range and get some trigger time in. Enter the Ruger Explorer. I wanted something that I could shoot in my backyard or even in the garage with an appropriate backstop. It was only about $55 from my local Walmart, so I picked it up after some research as to some good pellet break barrel rifles. With the really cheap prices on pellets (Especially comparing it to 5.56MM ammo for my other rifles), it was a no brainer. After some time shooting it, I realized that it was a GREAT rifle for younger kids or smaller guys/girls (I'm 5' 6"). It tucks in really nice and many of the touches remind me of a Ruger 10/22 (A classic rifle!). The weight really doesn't feel like much, about four pounds or so, which is a plus when teaching my son some basic shooting concepts. That in turn leads me to the sights. The high visibility sights are really great to use... Bad news is they're really off. That directly led to a loss of a star on this review. Sadly I'm going to have to forego the sights altogether and use a scope (Haven't picked one up yet). Good news is that it's pretty consistent grouping wherever you're shooting, so it's accurate. If you want to own this as a trainer for a young one or just are a smaller built person, this would be a great addition for plinking, practicing basic marksmanship fundamentals, and just plain fun. If you shoot indoors, make sure you have a good backstop. This thing dented the aluminum that may garage door is made of. ;) A phone book made for a great backstop, BTW. =)
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