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black ops tactical sniper spring piston combo air rifle| black ops tactical sniper spring piston combo air rifle review

Ever feel like this?

You look at Amazon listings of air rifle.

You see 2 items with similiar names: One is Black Ops Tactical Sniper and the other is Black Ops Tactical Sniper Spring Piston.

They both look almost identical.

And one item is $40 cheaper than the other.

Confused, huh?

Don’t worry. I’m here to help you. There are two guns with the same name, except that one is powered by spring piston and the other uses gas strut as its powerplant.

And this review is about the cheaper one: Black Ops Tactical Sniper Spring piston air gun.

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Crosman Recruit .177 with Scope Review

crosman recruit .177 with scope | crosman recruit .177 with scope review

The Crosman Recruit .177 air rifle shares lots of similar features with its brother, Crosman 760 Pumpmaster like powerplant, design, scope, loading mechanism and double function. However, it does have some unique characteristics that Crosman 760 doesn’t have and you will find out all in this thorough review.

Gun Type

The Crosman Recruit is a variable pump air rifle. Multi-pump pneumatic gun consists of a piston and a pressure cylinder in the chamber. You compress the air between the piston and cylinder when you cock the gun. The air has no where to go since the gun is sealed completely and is forced into the cylinder. The cylinder has a lock valve that let the air go in and keep it there until you fire. When you shoot, the pellet is driven downrange in the barrel due to propelant force of the compressed air. Generally, variable pump gun is compact, lightweight, recoilless. Besides, it’s self-contained and permits you have control over the power of the gun. You can read more about multi-pump gun here.

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crosman benjamin titan xs .177 with scope | crosman benjamin titan xs .177 with scope review

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.

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crosman benjamin titan xs .177 stock | crosman benjamin titan xs .177  accuracy | crosman benjamin titan xs .177  power | crosman benjamin titan xs .177  trigger

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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crosman benjamin 392 .22 specification

Here we go, the classic air rifle of all time, Benjamin 392, is back. Many air gunners still keep the good old Benjamin 392 they bought from several decades ago and it’s still good and shoot perfectly. Therefore, many expect the great quality from this new generation of Benjamin 392. At the first glance, the product images tell us that it has the same handsome, classic look. But does it have the same great quality like the one sold many years ago? Let’s find out in this detailed Crosman Benjamin 392 .22 review.

Gun Type

The Crosman Benjamin 392 is multi-pump pneumatic air gun. The variable pump rifle has a piston and a cylinder in the chamber. The air in the cylinder is already pressurized and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. When you shoot, the pellet is propelled downrange inside the barrel by driving force of compressed air. Multi-pump gun is generally lightweight, compact, recoilless, and it allows you to have control over the power of the gun. You can read more about its pros and cons in this post.

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Crosman 760 pumpmaster with 4×15 scope Review

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Crosman 760 pumpmaster, a favorite choice of beginning shooter for nearly 4 decades, continues to prove itself with plenties of updates and improvements. However, while researching this product, I see  lots of discrepancies in product description between Amazon.com, manufacturer’ website and other e-commerce sites. To make it worse, even Amazon itself have inconsistent information in product specification. And they still not fix it at this time this review was written. Hey, who says Amazon never makes a mistake, hah?

Gun Type

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a pump pneumatic rifle. A variable pump has a piston and a pressure cylinder. When you cock it, you compress the air between the piston and the cylinder. Since the gun is sealed completely, the air has nowhere to go and is forced into the cylinder. The cylinder has a lock valve that let the air in and keep it there. When  you shoot, the pellet is driven out of the barrel due to propellant force of compressed air,

Pump pneumatic air gun is generally compact, lightweight, recoilless and it gives control over the power of the gun. You can read more about pros and cons of a pump rifle in this post.

crosman 760 pumpmaster review

The barrel is smooth bore with the caliber of .177 (4.5 millimeters). This Crosman 760 pumpmaster is a BB repeater. With a BB repeater gun, you don’t have to open up and reload or cock every time you want to shoot BBs. Each time you shoot, a new BB is reloaded automatically.

This air rifle is not only a BB gun but also a single-shot pellet gun. Single shot gun teaches you to make your first shot count because you have to reload before you shoot the second shot. Moreover, single shot air rifles tend to be cheap and simple. You can teach a newbie shooter how to handle a single shot gun in only few hours.

Having the ability to shoot both BB and pellet, this Crosman 760 gives you an awesome option to switch to pellet in case you get bored with shooting BB. Besides, you can teach your kids how to operate a BB gun and a pellet gun at the same time without having to buy two types of guns separately.

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 crosman 1077 semi-automatic CO2 air rifle | crosman 1077 semi-automatic CO2 air rifle review

The Crosman 1077 semi-automatic CO2 air rifle is designed with inspiration from a Ruger 1022 firearm. If you look at online customer ratings, you can see lots of positive reviews and plenties of negative reviews. What the heck is happening, you say? Don’t worry, I guarantee you will find the answer for that phenomenon at the end of this Crosman 1077 review.

Gun Type

The Crosman 1077 semi-automatic air rifle is CO2 pneumatic air gun. Unlike the spring gun that uses coiled spring as the powerplant, CO2 gun’s power comes from compressed air in CO2 cartridge. When you shoot, the pressurized CO2 in the cylinder is released and it propels the pellet downrange inside the barrel.  CO2 gun is extremely easy to cock, highly accurate, convenient for repeated shooting and can allow semi-automatic firing. You can read more about CO2 rifle’s pros and cons in this post.

The Crosman 1077 has multi-shot capacity with 12-shots rotary pellet clip. When you pull the trigger, the clip rotates around its axis, so there’s pellet reloaded every time. Multi-shot ability permits you to enjoy more shooting and more fun in a long period of time.

The barrel of the Crosman 1077 air gun is rifled steel barrel with spiral grooves inside. Rifled barrel makes buller spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range.

The Crosman 1077 air gun is a semi-automatic rifle. Don’t confuse semi-automatic with automatic guns. Automatic gun allows you to fire continuously as long as you keep holding the trigger. The gun keep firing until the magazine is empty. On the contrary, semi-automatic gun requires you to pull the trigger separately. After you shoot the first shot, the trigger must be reset in order to fire the next round. Nonetheless, the Crosman 1077 allows you to fire as fast as you can pull the trigger. The faster your finger movement, the more pellet you fire. This semi-automatic feature increase follow-up shot speed and give you an ability to shoot entire slip without re-adjusting the sight.

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Crosman M4-177 Review

crosman m4-177 | crosman m4-177 review

The Crosman M4-177 was first introduced publicly in November, 2011. It got its official name of M4-177 in January, 2012 (before that time it was called the M417). Since its first introduction, it quickly became one of the most popular and sought-after air rifles on the market. Crosman has made this gun as a replica of the M4-Assault rifle with the pumping action to reflect the tactical style air gun shooters are looking for. You will find it easy to fall in love with this cool air rifle at the end of this review.

Gun Type

The Crosman M4-177 is a multi-pump pneumatic air rifle. A multi-stroke air gun has a piston and a pressure cylinder inside the chamber. When you cock the gun, the air between the piston and the cylinder is compressed. It has no where to go and is forced into the cylinder. The cylinder itself has a lock valve that allows the air in, keeps it there and doesn’t let it leak out. When you pull the trigger, you release the pressurized gas and it propels the bullet downrange inside the barrel. All of this happens in a fraction of a second.

crosman m4-177 air rifle

A multi-pump air rifle permits you to have control over the power of the gun. The more you pump, the higher the velocity, the greater the power. The less you pump, the lower the FPS, and the lower the power. This characteristic of a multi-stroke air gun provides you adaptability for short and long range shooting as well as for indoor or outdoor shooting.

A multi-pump air gun is lightweight, compact and recoilless. Most of them have medium power. They are also self-contained with manual pumping action so you don’t have to buy expensive pumping equipment such as CO2 cartridges or scuba tanks like other pneumatic air rifles. The only downside of a pump air gun is the considerable amount of time and effort required for cocking action before each shot. In a hunting situation, your animal target can run away if you don’t hit it with the first shot and are still busy with the pumping action.

The caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in inches) of the Crosman M4-177 is .177 inches or 4.5 millimeters. .177 caliber is the most common caliber of air gun. It uses .177 pellet which often has high velocity, good knockdown power and flat trajectory. To be more specific, flat trajectory makes it easy to zero in the target and effortless to make an accurate shot. .177 pellet also is very cheap so it’s awesome for shooters who want to shoot a lot without worrying about the cost of ammo.

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crosman nitro venom .22 air rifle | crosman nitro venom .22 air rifle review

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.

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crosman nitro venom .22 | crosman nitro venom .22 review

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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 crosman optimus .177 with scope |  crosman optimus .177 with scope review

The Crosman Optimus .177 air rifle is presented publicly first time in 2011. Since its first introduction, it has quickly become the most popular and sought-after air gun in the market. It is not overstated to say that Crosman Optimus .177 has given its manufacturer (Crosman Corporation) more profit, bigger market share and more loyal customers. You will find all reasons behind it in the end of this Crosman Optimus .177 review.

Gun Type

crosman optimus .177 | crosman optimus .177 review

The Crosman Optimus .177 Caliber air rifle is a spring powered air gun. As the name suggests, there are a coiled spring and a piston inside the chamber. When you cock the gun, you make the spring compress until the small hook of the rear of the piston engages into the sear. When you pull the trigger, you release the hook, causing the spring to decompress. The decompressed spring makes the piston move forward and causes the air to compress inside. As a result, the bullet is propelled out of the barrel.

Spring air guns are known for their consistentcy in shot-to-shot basic, high power and for their impressive accuracy.

The barrel of this air gun is a rifled barrel (or spiral barrel) with grooves inside. This is designed to make the bullet spin before it leaves the barrel. Spin increases the bullet’s stability, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range.

crosman optimus .177 with scopeThe Crosman Optimus .177 is single-shot, break barrel air gun. It means that you can only shoot 1 bullet at a time. Besides, you have to break the barrel after each shot. In order to cock it, you have to hold the gun close to your body, firmly slap the muzzle, pivot it toward the end of the gun, insert the pellet (with the pellet’s skirt toward you and the pellet’s nose forward of the barrel), and swing it back into its original position. This may take some practice at first but when you get used to it, it will become second nature.

This air rifle has .177 caliber . It means that the internal diameter of the barrel is .177 inches. The .177 caliber is the most common caliber in the air gun world. The .177 caliber is truly popular and is a top choice of consumers for cost effective plinking/shooting since the ammo it uses (.177 pellet ) is very cheap.

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Gamo Big Cat 1250 Review

gamo big cat 1250 | gamo big cat 1250 review

The Gamo Big Cat 1250 air rifle has the word “Big Cat” in its name, implying that there is something special( and nasty!) about this gun. After reviewing it carefully, I am confident to say that no matter what your shooting skill is, this air gun will take you to the next level (or should I say supersonic level?)

Gamo Big Cat 1250’s Gun type

gamo big cat 1250 | gamo big cat 1250 review

The Gamo Big Cat 1250 is a spring powered air rifle. For each shot, the spring inside is compressed by the cocking action. When you pull the trigger, the spring decompresses, causing the piston to move forward. The piston in turn makes the pellet go down range due to propellant force from compressed air. All of this happens in the fraction of a second. With this springer, you don’t need to pay for on-going expenses such as CO2 cartridges or pumping equipment like other air rifles.

The barrel of the Gamo Big Cat 1250 is not a smooth bore but a rifled barrel with grooves inside. Unlike the smooth bore, the rifled barrel makes the pellet spin. Spin stabilizes the pellet, improves its accuracy and enhances the shooting range. Moreover, this barrel is fluted (fluting means cut out materials from the cylindrical surface), so it is lighter (since the materials are removed) and dissipates heat quicker. But it dissipates heat rapidly not due to increasing surface area as conventional wisdom states. The real reason is the air inside the barrel is able to reach the surface quickly, then equalizes with the outside temperature at a fast rate. As a result, the bore is cooled off faster than the normal barrel. This unique feature of the Gamo Big Cat 1250 allows you to shoot for long hours without worrying about an overheated barrel.

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