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Choosing a perfect gun for kids is never easy.
It must be lightweight so your kids could hold it without needing a bipod.
It must be easy to cock and effortless to sight in.
It must be cheap so you can buy one for your son and the other for your nephew living in Texas.
And it must be fun.
Let’s see whether Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle could satisfy all the requirements in this comprehensive review.
Black Ops Junior Sniper is multi-pump pneumatic air rifle. A variable pump gun has a piston and pressure cylinder inside. When you cock it, you compress the air between the cylinder and the piston. Since the gun is sealed completely, the compressed air has no where 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 pressurized air is released and the pellet is driven out of the barrel.
Pump-action rifle is self-contained, compact, lightweight and recoilless. You can read more about its pros and cons in this post.
The barrel has a caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in inches) is .177 (4.5 mm). It is a rifled barrel that has helical grooves inside. Rifled barrel makes bullet spin before leaving the barrel. Spin adds stability to pellet, proves more accuracy and enhances shooting range.
Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle is a single shot pellet gun and a BB repeater combined in one place. Now you can save a whole load of reloading time and have more time spending in firing BB. Or you can switch to pellet in case you are bored with shooting BBs. Also, you have both a fun of a BB rifle and a pellet gun in one neat package. This is the gun that your kid could grow up with, no doubt.
The stock of black Ops Junior Sniper made of synthetic material. While wood stock is heavy and easily is affected by outside condition, synthetic stock is lighter and durable in different weather and various temperature. Therefore, synthetic stock is great for people living in hot or high humidity place, for hunters going on the field or for shooters who don’t want to bother with stock preservation.
In addition, the stock of Junior Sniper air gun is made of ABS plastic. ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (chemical formula is (C8H8)x(C4H6)y(C3H3N)z). ABS is known for its lightweight, rigidity, strength, toughness, temperature resistance and impact resistance.
Black Ops Junior Sniper use .177 pellet and .177 BB as the main sources of ammo. BB is dirt cheap: You can buy thousands of them for just few bucks . 177 pellet is unquestionably inexpensive, too. Therefore, you can shoot thousands rounds of BBs and pellet without worrying about the money and on-going cost.
Pumping the gun:
First, put the safety ON. The open the bolt handle by pulling it up and rearward. With the gun pointing in safe direction, hold the pump handle and firmly swing it all the way forward until you hear it takes in air. Bring the pump handle back to its original position and you just finish one pumping action. Repeat the process. You should pump it from 1 -10 times. The more you pump, the harder it shoots.
Loading the gun
Locate the loading door at the left side of the gun. Pull it forward to open the loading port. Fill the internal magazine with 50 .177 BBs. Close the loading door. Put the safety On and pull the bolt back. Hold the gun up and tilt the muzzle from 45 to 90 degree. Now you should see the BB rest on the magnetic pole. Gently shake the gun if you don’t see any BB lying on the pole. After that, push the bolt handle forward and you are done.
First, pull the bolt handle up and backward. Make sure the magazine is empty of BBs. Lower the muzzle slightly and put the pellet into the loading port with the pellet’s nose lying forward. Close the handle and you are ready to shoot.
The front sight is fiber optic sight. It uses optical fiber for the dot. Also, it gathers and channels the ambient light to the rear sight in the way that it’s brighter than the dark surroundings. This is great plus point compared to traditional iron sight. With the old-fashioned sight, you might have hard time trying to zero in the target but the fiber optic sight gives you a precise aim even in low-light condition. Moreover, the rear sight is fully adjustable for windage (allow you to adjust left and right) and for elevation (allow you to adjust up and down). Oh, did I mention that the rear sight is fiber optic sight too? What a rare feature you cannot find in lots of guns in the market.
As if the full fiber optic sight is not enough for picky shooters, Black Ops also add the 4×15 scope for more precision. 15 is the diameter of the front lens (objective lens), measured in diameter. 4 is the magnification ability of the scope: it means that the picture you see when you look through the scope is 4 times bigger than the image you see without it. 4×15 scope is designed to help you achieve more accuracy in long range shooting.
This gun has a top dovetail optic rail and side tactical optic rails.The side rails are manufactured in picatinny style. A picatinny rail is almost indentical to the weaver rail, except that it has series of ridges located at precise intervals along the rail. The picatinny rail gives you a plenty of benefits. First, you have more mounting options. Second, you can swap scope from one gun to another and use different scope on the same gun as well.Last but not lease, no more worrying about eye relief, tube length, etc because you can mount the scope at any place that you want. In conclusion,Picatinny rail is the most handy and flexbile of all optic rails .
Does this gun produces enough velocity and power for target shooting and plinking? Let’s see in detail: For maximum 10 pumps, Black Ops Junior Sniper delivers 577 FPS (feet per second) and 5.84 FPE (foot pounds of energy) with Crosman Premier lite pellet, 548 FPS and 7.1 FPE with H&N Baracuda Match pellet 10.65 gr, 589 FPS and 6.7 FPE with Gamo Round lead ball. As you can see, the average velocities are consistent with different types of pellets. This gun also generates decent power for blowing up common plinking objects like soda can, glass bottle, etc
How about BBs? Black Ops Junior Sniper brings you 500 FPS with steel BB even when you only pump 3 times. Besides, for 10 pumps, it produces 665 FPS with Daisy Premium Grade BB. In summary, you have decent velocity for short range shooting with minimum pumping effort. That’s one of main reasons why kids love this gun so much since they don’t have to work out too much to have fun with shooting sport.
And how about accuracy? At the range of 5 meters, this gun provides you 1.787 inches shot group with Daisy Premium Grade BBs, 1.79” with Crosman Copperhead BBs, 1.625” with Avanti Precision Ground Shot, 0.991” with Hornady Black Diamond BBs. At 10 meters, this gun gives you 0.517 inches shooting group with 7.9 gr Crosman Premier light pellet and 0.267 inches with H&N Baracuda Match pellet. To sum up ,this gun is fairly accurate with steel BBs and extremely accurate with .177 pellet. You can use both BBs and pellets for plinking but I recommend using pellets rather than BBs for target shooting.
This gun is very quiet. It has lots of customer reviews on Amazon without a single complain about noise
The effective shooting range for this gun is up to 30 yards. It is suggested for plinking, target shooting and small pest control.
Black Ops Junior Sniper has 4×15 mm scope as its only accessory. You can attach flashlight, laser light, etc on the tactical rails for your own need.
This gun requires very little effort to maintain. Just make sure you apply gun oil to the gun every couples of hundreds shot and you are fine.
As of this date, Black Ops Junior Sniper has a one year limited guarantee from the date of purchase.
- Caliber: .177
- Powerplant: Multi-pump
- Velocity: 675 FPS
- Barrel Length: 20.08”
- Overall Length: 39.37 “
- Function: Double BB/pellet gun
- BB capcacity: 50
- Pellet capacity: single shot
- Cocking effort: 2-10 pumps
- Front sight: Fiber optic
- Rearsight: Fully adjustable fiber optic
- Scopeable: 11mm dovetail
- Buttplate: Plastic
- Safety : Manual
- Stock : ABS synthetic
- Weight: 4.41 lbs
- Action: Bolt-action
- Barrel: Rifled
The price for Black Ops Junior Sniper is damn cheap: just 50 bucks. Really? 50 dollars for double function gun with full fiber optic sight, scope, decent power, great accuracy and awesome stock? You cannot find other guns on the market that even close to Jr Sniper at this price level.
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.
There are only few reviews on Black Ops junior sniper since this air rifle has come to the market recently. Positive reviews show that people love this gun for its durable stock, amazing sight, fantastic double function and cheap price. They also mention that their kids, 7 or 8 years old, love this gun so much. Negative reviews show that they get products with defective errors in manufacturing process and I think this is a tiny risk we always have to face when buying goods, both online or offline.
The Black Ops Junior Sniper is the great gun for the money. Your kids will fall in love with this air rifle at the first place: it’s cool looking, lightweight, compact, recoilless, easy to handle, decent power, high accuracy and gives them the fun of a BB gun and a pellet gun combined in one place.