This spring-loaded pellet gun is quite the tool for hunting small game such as squirrel, rabbit and birds. Also useful for pest control (snakes are rampant at my country home). The box states velocities of 1000 FPS, but in using the light-weight pellets (such as the Daisy flat-nosed "wadcutter" pellets that weigh only 7.1 grains), the velocities are well over 1116 FPS (which is Mach 1) due to the sharp crack as the pellet comes out of the barrel (this is the pellet breaking the sound barrier). Heavier pellets, like those made by Gamo or Beeman, can bring the pellet speed down to 1000 FPS or lower. Just know if you're using the "average" pellets in this rifle it will sound much like a .22 caliber rimfire rifle when shot. The spring does have a little recoil (only enough to lose the target in the scope after firing), but not enough to startle you or bruise your shoulder. The trick to sighting in the scope (which was way off from the factory) is to take the mounts off the scope, install the bottom halves onto the rifle (the back mount butted up against the scope stop on the top of the rifle), tighten the bottom mounts, lay the scope in the bottom halves, straighten the crosshairs in the scope, then gently install one top half of the scope mount, check the scope, then install the other top scope mount. From the factory, the scope was mounted slightly diagonally in the mounts (which would indeed make a difficult time sighting in the scope). After taking the five minutes to disassemble the scope mounts and carefully reinstall everything, the scope was very easy to dial in. Safe shooting, Urban95.
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