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“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife” – Daniel Boone
While a good horse takes days to get, a good wife takes years to find, a good gun, on the contrary, only takes minutes to find when you know exactly what you are looking for.
And if you love an air gun with realistic tactical design, the Black Ops tactical sniper has lots of promises to become your favorite gun for the lifetime.
Don’t take my word for granted, see its pros and cons for your self in this deep review.
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The Black Ops Tactical Sniper .177 get its power from gas- piston powerplant. A gas-powered gun work the same as the springer but it has a gas strut instead of a coiled spring. The air in the strut 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 propellant force from compressed air.A gas piston rifle has no spring torque no spring fatigue, even if left cocked for hours. It gives you smoother cocking and smoother shooting with less recoil. Besides, it functions perfectly in low-temperature and lasts longer than a metal spring.
Black Ops Tactical Sniper has a caliber (the internal diameter of the bore) of .177 (4.5 millimeter). It is a single-shot break barrel gun which means that you can only shoot 1 shot at a time. After the first shot, you have to manually reload the pellet to prepare for the second shot. Single-shot rifle makes you a discipline shooters: you have to think carefully about aiming and shooting because you only have 1 chance to shoot the target before reloading. Moreover, single shot air gun gives you control over the type of pellet you want to shoot and you can find out which pellet works best with the gun in the shortest amount of time.
The barrel is rifled steel barrel. Rifled barrel has helical grooves inside that make a bullet spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range. Further more, this gun has a muzzle brake at the tip of the barrel to reduce recoil. A muzzle brake is made to take some of the gun’s kickback when shooting. As the projectile leaves the muzzle of the gun, the gas propels the pellet in one direction also move the barrel in the opposite direction. So if you don’t want to get intense recoil, you have to change the direction of the released gas. The muzzle brake takes the form of 2 inches tube screwed onto the muzzle and diverts gas around the barrel. This is accomplished by the series of small parallel holes drilled in the tube. The advantages? Muzzle brake cuts the recoil up to 50 percent which is no-brainer for most shooters.
The Black Ops Tactical Sniper has a black synthetic stock. Synthetic is different from woodstock in the way that it doesn’t been affected by weather so you can bring it to the hunting field all day long.Besides, it is much lighter and easy to carry around. As a result, synthetic stock is best for hunters and for shooters who don’t want to bother with stock preservation.
The stock is ambidextrous: you can shoot the gun with easy regardless of your are left-handed shooter or right handed shooter. In addition, it has an adjustable comb which allows you to adjust the line of sight between your eyes and the barrel according to your own need. This type of comb also gives you the ability to adjust the sight in the future when you grow or change the shooting styles. An adjustable comb is best for picky shooters looking for a high degree of comfort and extreme efficiency while shooting.
This air rifle has a bipod that can be folded up out of the way when you don’t need it. Also, the bipod is attached to the forearm so there’s nothing to clamp on the barrel and you don’t have to struggle with annoying adapters to make it function properly. Additionally, the bipod legs can extend up and down, from 8” to 10”, so you can design it in your own preference.
Black Ops Tactical uses .177 pellets as its only source of ammunition. .177 is lightweight, popurlar and easy to find in store. Moreover, it’s cheapest pellest in the market: You can buy hundred of quality .177 rounds for just few bucks so .177 is undoubtedly cost-effective when it comes to target shooting and plinking.
Cocking and Loading
Cocking the gun: Grasp the airgun by the pistol grip or middle of forearm ,hold the gun close to your thigh or hip, with the unloaded airgun pointed upwards, firmly tap the muzzle end as as as possible, then pull the barrel down fully and you are just completed cocking action
Loading the gun: With the breech opened after you cock the gun, put a pellet into the chamber (with pellet’s nose lying forward) until the skirt is even with the face of the breech. After that close the gun by moving the barrel up to its original position and you are ready to shoot.
Black Ops Tactical Sniper Sight
This Tactical Sniper rifle doesn’t have an iron sight. Instead of open sight, Black Ops puts a 4×32 scope on it for pipoint accuracy. 32 is a diameter of the front lens, measured in millimeters. 4 is a magnification ability of the scope. It means that the image you see through the scope is 4 times bigger than the image you see with your naked eyes. If you observe snipers shooting on the range you would see that true snipers never use open sight since they demand surgical precision for all theirs shots. And you won’t be shooting the same as the military snipers do, so a 4×32 scope meets all your need for hunting and plinking. In fact, hunters generally like to choose low-magnification scope because it gives them wider field of view and fast target acquisition
Besides the main optic rail for mounting scope on top of the stock,the Black Ops Tactical Sniper has two more accessory rails in Picatinny style in both sides of the gun so you can mount a laser and flash light or other creative combination on this gun.
Velocity, Accuracy and Power
The velocity of Black Ops Tactical Sniper is up to 1250 FPS with .177 pellet. Since the speed of sound is 1100 FPS (vary with altitude and temperature), if you use lightweight pellet to shoot you may experience the loud crack because the superfast pellet breaks the sound barriers.
Chrony tests give us the following results: this power piston rifle produce 1296 FPS with Gamo alloy pellet and 1081 FPS with Crosman Destroyer 7.9 gr. Wow, what the impressive velocities that even surpass the already-maximized manufacture’s figures!
For Black Ops Tactical Sniper, various shooting tests have been conducted by different shooters with positive results. The common shooting groups are: same hole at 25 yards, 2” at 50 yards, dime size at 100 yards with 8.5 gr pellet, nickel size at 100 feet and 1” at 50 yards. Furthermore, it can penetrate 3 cans at 85 yards, shoot a small bottle of water at 50 yards, disintegrate an empty beer bottle at 50 yards, and shoot can at 80 yards away. As you can see, this gun is hard-hitting and extremely accurate with shooting rage up to 100 yards.
This gun produces supersonic velocity if you use lightweight pellet so you can hear a loud crack sound due to the pellet breaks the sound barrier. If you live in sparsely populated area , this is not a problem but if you live in the urban area and have over-sensitive neighbors, you should go with heavier pellets to make the velocity go subsonic
Shooting range and intended use
The effective shooting range for this gun is up to 100 yards. Besides, it will come handy for dispatching small rodents and other garden pest. If you are not into pest control, this rifle makes a great paper popper and tin can destroyer.
You don’t need to buy anything to use with this gun.
This Black Ops Gas Piston sniper rifle requires very little maintenance: just lubricate it properly every few hundreds of shots and you are good to go.
Black Ops Tactical Sniper Specifications
- Caliber: .177”
- Velocity: 1250 FPS
- Loudness: 3- Medium
- Barrel Length: 18”
- Overall Length: 44.0”
- Shot Capacity: 1
- Cocking Effort: 44lbs
- Barrel: Rifled
- Front Sight: None
- Rear Sight: None
- Scopeable: Weaver/Picatinny
- Trigger: Single-stage
- Buttplate: Adjustable
- Suggested for: Target shooting/Plinking/Small game hunting/Pest control
- Action: Break Barrel
- Safety Automatic
- Powerplant: Gas-piston
- Function: Single-shot
- Body Type: Rifle
- Weight: 9.6 lbs
Black Ops Tactical Sniper Price
The price for Black Ops Tactical Sniper rifle is only about 200 dollars. It is great price if you consider its innovative technology, high power and dead-on accuracy.
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.
The Black Ops Tactical Sniper receives lots of mixed reviews of customers. Positive reviews shows that people love its magnum power, supersonic velocity, cool design, ergonomic bipod and advanced technology. Negative reviews provide few issues with this gun: the first problem is that shooters find it heavy to operate so this is not a gun for small-build guys, the second issue is that some people complain about it being so loud. As I said earlier, this is a supersonic air gun so if you don’t want to hear the loud crack noise, you should use heavy pellets to slow it down to subsonic level like 1000 FPS which is still plenty for rats, rabbits and doves.