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Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk .22 Review

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The Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk .22 is the twin brother of the Nitro Venom rifle. As the twins, they share lots of common features such as powerplant, caliber, design style and so on.

But the things that differentiate this one from its brother also are the plus points that make it stand out in the market.

Gun Type

Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk .22 is powered by Nitro piston technology. A nitro piston gun (or gas piston gun) works the same as the spring gun but it has a gas-filled cylinder instead of coiled spring. The air in the cylinder is already compressed and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. The pressurized air is kept under tension until you pull the trigger. When you fire, the pellet is propelled out of the barrel due to the driving force from compressed air. Nitro piston rifle is lighter, easier to cock and lasts longer than springers. You can read more about its pros and cons in this post for more detail.

Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk has a caliber(the internal diameter of the bore) of .22 (5.5 millimeter). While .177 only have enough power to shoot rat, mice, chipmunk and rabbit, .22 is more than enough to handle raccoon, possum, and ground hog. this gun provides the necessary power and energy you need to humanely dispatch your prey.

The barrel is rifled with helical grooves inside the bore to make bullet spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range. Besides, the barrel is fluted (cutting out material from the cylindrical surface), so it is lighter and dissipates heat quicker. Moreover, there is the muzzle brake at the tip of the bore that redirects propellant gas to counter recoil.Remember why your rifle kickbacks: because the gas pushes the pellet in one way also move the barrel in the opposite direction. So if you want to reduce recoil, you have to change the direction of the released gas. the muzzle brake takes the form of 2 inches tube located on the muzzle and diverts gas 90 degrees around the barrel. The result? Muzzle brake cuts the recoil up to 50 percent which is no-brainer for most shooters.

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Stock

The stock is black synthetic stock. Unlike woodstock which is heavy and easily affected by moisture and temperature, synthetic stock is lighter and functions perfectly under any type of weather. Additionally, modern synthetic stock is robust, durable and easy to stand up against the rigor of the field use so it’s best for hunters who go hunting a lot and for shooters who want to own a maintenance-free air rifle.

The stock has dual raised cheekpiece (dual comb) that located on both left side and right side of the stock. A dual comb is helpful if you are left-handed shooter. Also, this gun has deep grooves on the grip and forearm that add friction to your hands when shooting, prevent slippage from shooter’s sweat and improve stability in aiming.

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What makes the stock stand out in the market is its special forearm. The foregrip is designed in beaver-tail style to promote the artillery hold shooting position. The wider surface area of the forearm is designed to rest on the palm of your hand and let it “float” naturally so you can let the gun recoil in any way it wants and achieve improved accuracy.

Ammo

Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk uses .22 pellet as its only source of ammunition. While .177 pellet is lighter and often doesn’t have enough knockdown power to take out animal in 1 shot, .22 is heavier, more stable on its trajectory and hits the target with serious authority so it’s go-to pellet of field hunters and pest eliminators.

Cocking and Loading

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Cocking the gun: First, put the gun ON SAFE, hold the gun by your side, then firmly tap the muzzle end to expose the breech. Let the gun rest on your upper thigh and grasp the muzzle end. Continue to pull the barrel down to its limitation to perform cocking action.

Loading the pellet: With the breech opened after cocking, put the pellet (with the pellet’s nose lying forward) into the breech. Then pull the barrel up to its original position until it locks and you are ready to fire.

Sight

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This gun doesn’t come with traditional iron sight: no front sight, no rear sight. But it does have a 4×32 scope to help you get accurate shots. 32 is the diameter of the front lens, measured in millimeters. 4 is the magnification ability of the scope. This scope magnifies the picture 4 times bigger than the image you see without it. In case you want to upgrade the scope, Crosman has installed the accessory rail to help you do just that. The rail is manufactured in the Picatinny style. A Picatinny rail is almost identical to the weaver rail, except there is a series of ridges locating at precise intervals along the rail. The Picatinny rail gives you more mounting option and you can swap scope from one gun to another. Also, no more worrying about tube length, eye relief, etc since you can place scope rings any place you want.

Velocity, power and Accuracy

This nitro piston rifle has the velocity up to 950 FPS with alloy pellet and 800 FPS with lead. This is high velocity compared to other .22 air guns on the market. These kinds of velocity combines with .22 caliber give you a whopping 20 FPE in muzzle energy which is more than enough to deal with raccoons, rabbits, squirrel, chipmunk, possum, etc in 1 quick, clean shot.

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Chrony test gives us following results: This break barrel rifle delivers 644 FPS and 16.7 FPE with 18.1 grains JSB pellet, 800 FPS with JSB Match diabolo Exact Jumbo, and 705 FPS and 15.79 FPE with 14.3 gr Crosman Premiere hollow point. That’s pretty close to the manufacturer’s numbers and the muzzle energy’s still lethal to deal with pest and small varmints in 1 neat shot.

For Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk, various shooting tests have been conducted by different shooters with positive results. The common shooting group are: 5/8 at 10 meters, 1/4″ at 10 yards, 1/4″ at 23 yards with Crosman Premiere hollow point, dime size at 60 feet, 0.25” at 25 feet, 1/2″ at 20 yards, 3/8” at 10 meters with RWS field line superdome, 1/4″ at 50 yards, less than 1” at 25 yards, dime size at 10 yards, 1/2” at 30 yards, 1-1.5” at 40 yards, 1” at 20 yards, 1” at 40 yards with Crosman Hollow point, dime size at 25 feet, 1/4″ at 50 feet, silver dollar size at 75 feet, 1.25” at 35yards, 1/4″ at 35 yards, 1” at 25 yards, 0.5” at 10 yards, 3/4″ at 25 yards. Some shooters can even manage to get a dime size group at 40 yards, 0.5” at 50 yards and hit target at 150 yards. Obviously, this is an extremely accurate air rifle with the shooting range up to 50 yards.

Shooting range and intended use

The effective shooting range for this break-barrel gun is up to 50 yards. You can use it to shoot spinners, pop the heads of the dandelions, blow up tin cans and dispatch small garden pests

Noise

The Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk .22 produces very little noise thanks to nitro piston technology and the muzzle brake. You can shoot this gun in your back yard without bothering your neighbors or take it to the hunt with all the stealth you need.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 0.22”
  • Velocity: 950 FPS with alloy, 800 FPS with lead.
  • Loudness: 3- Medum
  • Barrel Length: 18.63”
  • Overall Length: 44.75”
  • Shot Capacity: 1
  • Barrel: Rifled
  • Front Sight: None
  • Rear Sight: None
  • Scopeable: Picatinny
  • Trigger: Two-stage adjustable
  • Buttplate: Ventilated rubber
  • Suggested for: Target shooting/Plinking/Small game hunting/Pest control
  • Action: Break barrel
  • Safatey: Manual
  • Powerplant: Gas-piston
  • Function: Single-shot
  • Body Type: Rifle
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs

Customer Reviews

There are plenty of customer reviews for Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk. Positive reviews show that people love its power, accuracy, great stock, and advanced technology. On the other hand, there are some issues shows in negative reviews with this gun. The first problem is many buyers complain that the gun is inaccurate out of the box. However, if you clean the barrel and apply Blue Loctite to stock screw to maintain consistent accuracy then this is a not serious problem. The second issue is the trigger: unhappy buyers say that the trigger takes too long to pull and is unstable to shoot. You can fix this by inserting a small washer to the trigger mechanism as shown in this video and it really smooths everything out in this air rifle.

Pros

  • Sturdy, durable stock
  • Remarkable slipping-proof grooves
  • Amazing muzzle brake
  • Remarkable beaver tail style
  • Stunning accuracy after break-in period
  • Mind-blowing power
  • Incredible, proven technology

Cons

  • Unstable accuracy out of the box
  • Trigger takes too long to pull

Price

The price for Nitro Venom Dusk .22 is about 150 dollars. It’s reasonable price for the gun that integrates proven technology, delivers awesome power and accuracy. And when you buy from Amazon , you save more than $50 than buying from Crosman.

There are a couple of different listings online with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is the cheapest price among online e-commercial sites like Amazon, PyramydAir, Walmart,etc.

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Conclusion

The Nitro Venom Dusk .22 is a fabulous gun for the money. It’s the turn key pest extermination kit for your backyard or you can use it simply for target shooting or plinking. If you want a powerful and quiet rifle at the same time, this is the lethal powerhouse that you will love for the rest of your life.

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Crosman 30131 TR77 NPS Review

If you are on the mission to rescue your wife’s garden from pesky varmints, add Crosman TR 77 to your short list.

This is an accurate and powerful gun that give you familiar feel of an AR15 tactical rifle.

Gun Type

Crosman 30131 TR77 NPS is powered by nitro piston technology. A nitro piston gun (or gas piston gun) works the same as the spring gun but it has a gas-filled cylinder instead of a coilded spring. The air in the cylinder is already compressed and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. The pressurized air is kept under tension until you pull the trigger. When you fire, the pellet is propelled downrange in the barrel due to the driving force from compressed air. Nitro piston rifle is lighter, last longer, less recoil and easier to cock in comparison with spring gun. Further more, it can be left cocked for days without spring fatigue. Nitro piston technology is one of the few innovation on the air gun world that makes your gun sport more breath-taking.

The caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in diameters) is .177 (4.5 millimeter). .177 caliber is the most common caliber for target shooting, plinking and small game hunting. This gun is single-shot, break barrel gun so it meant that you have only 1 shot at a time. After the first shot, you have to break the barrel to prepare for the second shot. Single-shot pellet makes you discipline shooter: you know you have to make your first shot count since you have only one chance to hit the target before reloading.

The barrel is rifled with spiral grooves inside the bore to make bullet spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range. Besides, the barrel is cut shorter than a typical barrel (that’s why the name of this gun is NPS with the letter “S” standing for “Short” and NP representing for “Nitro Piston”) for 2 reasons: First, it gives the gun authentic tactical look. Second , with a short barrel rifle, you are good to go in the tight quarter or when maneuverability is of greatest importance. Moreover, there is a muzzle brake at the end of the bore that redirects the gas to counter recoil. A quick not about recoil: Your rifle kicks back because the gas propels the pellet in one direction also moves the barrel in the opposite direction so if you want to reduce felt recoil, you have to change the way the released gas goes. The muzzle brake takes the form of 2 inches tubes screwed onto the muzzle and diverts gas 90 degrees around the barrel.This is accomplished by the series of small parallel holes drilled in the tube. The advantages? Muzzle brake cut recoil up to 50 percent which is no-brainer for most shooter.

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Crosman Benjamin Titan XS has a word “Titan” in its name which infers that this gun is powerful and robust. Fortunately, it is not misnamed. While putting my final touches on its review, one thought kept running into my head – this air rifle is a nasty beast that you will love for years to come.

Gun Type

Crosman Benjamin Titan XS .177 is powered by nitro piston technology. A nitro piston gun (or gas piston gun) works the same as the spring gun but it has a gas-filled cylinder instead of a coiled spring. The air in the cylinder is already compressed and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. The pressurized air is kept under tension until you pull the trigger. When you fire, the pellet is propelled downrange the barrel due to propellant force from compressed air. Nitro piston rifle is lighter and last longer than the spring gun. Besides, it is less recoil and easier to cock. Furthermore, it can be left cocked for days because there is no spring fatigue. Read more about nitro piston technology in this post to see how it can make your gun sport more breathtaking.

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The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 caliber air rifle has a high-technology built-in feature that sets it apart from other spring air guns. Plenty of people love this air gun for its new technology feature, quietness, high power, and high velocity. At the end of this review, I guarantee that this is the air gun you want to add into your gun collection.

Gun Type

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The Crosman Nitro Piston .22 air gun features nitro piston technology. It works based on the principles of gas ram technology. Back to 1976, Ben Taylor and his team invented the first gas ram gun due to frustration with the performance of the springers. Today, Crosman Corporation has taken this innovation to the next level with nitro piston technology. They had this technology licensed and use it in wide range of air rifles.

So, how does the nitro piston air gun work? Basically, a nitro piston gun works the same way as the spring air gun does, but it has nitrogen filled gas ram instead of a coiled spring as the propulsion system. Inside the chamber, there are a nitrogen cylinder and a piston. The nitrogen in the cylinder is already held under pressure and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. The pressurized air is kept under tension until you pull the trigger. When that happens, the gas expands and propels the piston forward. The piston comes rapidly after the air transferred port. The compressed air has nowhere to go but behind the pellet since the chamber is sealed completely. As a result, the pellet is discharged from the barrel due to propellant force of compressed air.

A nitro piston air gun offers lots of advantages in comparison with traditional spring air guns. I wrote the whole post discussing about what nitro piston technology is, its merits, and its demerits here.

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