This was my first BB pistol. I planned on using it for pest control in our backyard. Our backyard faces a large hill and open field and we get raccoons, coyotes, etc coming up to our view fence.
Being new to BB guns, I asked the associate at the store for help. My concern is that I didn't want to injure the animal -- just scare it off. Although I would like to have something that I could use for more serious critter threats if I ever needed it. The associate suggested that I shoot a the ground or a nearby object and that this would scare off the critters. So I don't plan to use this gun very often.
After getting it home, I did some further reading. Reviewers for this gun spoke very highly of it. But other guns received criticism for their accuracy and CO2 leakage.
I had a hard time finding the air gun oil at the store. I went to Walmart, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc.
I ended up using a silicone-based lubricant that I had around the house for rubber seals around car doors and I applied a drop to the top of the CO2 module as instructed. I read that this helped preserve and seal the air chamber parts of the gun and prevented CO2 leakage when you didn't use it very often.
I also read that some other guns didn't work properly out of the box. One review (of another gun) said that all the BB's came flying out of the gun the first time they put the CO2 in. Others said that their guns (again, another brand) didn't fire properly or were way off in their aim.
Rather than wait for 2 months before firing the gun for the first time, I took two practice shots at a soda can in the backyard at about 100 yards.
Both shots hit the can dead-center, tearing through it with ease.
The accuracy was phenomenal -- and it was WITHOUT the laser-scope that came with the gun. I did calibrate the laser with a very small alan-wrench just in case I ever decided to use it though.
I've only had the gun for a week now, so I can't really comment on how long the CO2 lasts when not used over a period of time or what the leakage is like. But I'll update the review if I see anything disappointing. That said, the CO2 cartridges are about $1 each, so it isn't a big deal to have a few extras laying around. PROS:
Great grip, feel, and weight to the gun
Free laser scope came with the gun (although I don't use it)
Excellent value for the price. At about $55, it's a tad bit pricier than the cheaper guns, but the quality makes up for it. CONS:
I'm a little worried that it looks a little too real from a distance. There are no colored markings on the gun to identify it as an air pistol. I don't really consider this a CON, but I always thought that air guns had to have orange/red tips or something else to separate them from real guns.
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