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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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.
The caliber (the internal diameter of the barrel, measured in inches) of the Crosman Nitro Venom is .22 caliber. .22 caliber is known as the king of hunting caliber. While the .177 caliber offers more velocity, it often doesn’t have enough knockdown power to kill an animal in one quick, clean shot. Many times the pellet doesn’t hit the bone and organs, it just goes through the animal’s body and makes it run off rather than making it die instantly. .22 caliber has a heavier pellet than .177 caliber and it has lots of transferred energy to the animal. That’s why a .22 is the favorite for field hunters and pest eliminators.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is a break barrel air rifle. In order to cock it, you have to slap the muzzle firmly while holding your air gun upward. Then you insert the pellet (with pellet’s nose lying forward and pellet’s skirt facing you).After that, you swing the muzzle back to its original position and you are done. It may sound complicated at first but when you get used to it, it will become second nature. Besides, the break barrel design allows unlimited shot capacity. You can shoot as much as you want. You never have to worry about shooting capacity or when your air gun is running out of power like other CO2 or PCP air rifles.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is single-shot action air gun. It means that you only shoot 1 shot at a time. Single-shot feature helps you build confidence, skill and patience. It also gives you control over you ammunition. Moreover, it helps you sharpen your skill in hunting, when you know you have only one shot, you know you have to make it count and put all that you’ve learned into it so your shooting level will be improved dramatically.
The barrel of the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is rifled steel barrel. Rifled barrel makes bullets spin. Spin improves a bullet’s accuracy, stabilizes pellet and enhances shooting range. Furthermore, this barrel is fluted. Fluting means removing material from the cylindrical surface and creating grooves. It has lots of advantages for air gunners. A fluted barrel is more lightweight than a non-fluted barrel (since the material is removed). It also dissipates heat quicker as the air inside the barrel reaches the surface and equalizes with the outside temperature faster due to removal of the material.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 air rifle has a brown hardwood stock. It gives the gun a handsome look, adds rigidity to the feel of the hand and provides you true connection with your air rifle. However, a hardwood stock can expand or contract due to changes in temperature so sometimes you have to perform glass bedding ( filling gap in stock with epoxy based material ) to keep it in shape.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 stock is ambidextrous. It gives the same shooting experience for both left-handed and right-handed shooters. There’s no difference whether you shoot with your left side or right side. Besides, it has nice checkering in the grip and forearm to prevent slippage from shooter’s sweat, enhance stability when aiming and increase accuracy. Furthermore, the stock also has sculpted rubber recoil pad. Even the nitro piston mechanism produces much less recoil than a traditional spring piston gun, having a rubber recoil pad is truly a plus point since it helps you absorb recoil and prevents your shoulder’s fatigue from long hours shooting.
The stock of the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 has lots of interesting features to help you in achieving more accuracy with artillery and in holding your shooting position. But first, let’s find out what exactly “artillery hold” is?
In 1990, Tom Gaylord, an air gun expert, had become very frustrated with the performance of his spring air gun. The gun manual instructed him to hold firmly to the gun to restrain recoil. He did exactly as the manual said but what he got was spraying pellets all over the place. So he decided to not hold firm on the gun to see how bad it could be. To his surprise, the shooting group was tinier than ever. So he researched further, found out the ancient shooting technique, and gave it an official name as “artillery hold”. The term artillery comes from the fact that even though the artillery machines recoil a lot (sometimes they can kickback up to few feet ), the carriage remains stable. Using the same principle, the key to the artillery hold is to let the gun float in your arms when you aim. The wrong way many air gunners make is holding their hands stiffly on the air rifle and attempt to cancel the recoil when they pull the trigger. But it’s not the right way to shoot. Since the pellet remains in the barrel for a long time after you shoot, the pellet will leave the muzzle every time in all directions and make a huge shooting group. The theory of the “artillery hold” is that you hold the gun as light as possible and the gun can recoil any way it wants. In other words, you let the gun float in your arms and keep a gentle touch between the gun and your 4 points of contact ( your cheek, your shoulder and your 2 arms ). As long as you aim at the same place, the muzzle will be at the same place, the pellet also will exit the muzzle in the same direction shot after shot because there is no outside force influencing it. As a result, your shooting group will tighten so much you won’t believe it. Learn how to master the artillery hold to quickly increase your accuracy, no matter what air rifle you are shooting.
Now that we all know what the artillery hold is, let’s see what this air gun has to give us an even better artillery hold: First, the stock has a raised cheek piece that promotes an artillery hold since it limits the contact area between your cheek and your air rifle. Second, the fore arm is designed in a beaver tail style. As the name suggests, this beaver tail fore grip is wider than the typical fore arm and makes it look like the tail of a beaver. With this kind of fore arm, you have the wide surface area to hold the gun, Therefore, it’s easy to keep the gun balanced with your holding hand open. This trait and the raised cheek piece feature mentioned earlier not only provide you lots of advantages with artillery hold shooting position but also improve the accuracy of this air gun as well.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 air gun uses .22 pellets to fire. .22 pellets are heavier than .177 pellets (the average weight of .22 pellets is 14-21 grains) . So it’s more stable when it travels toward the target and isn’t affected much by outside conditions like wind. .22 pellet has more knockdown power and retains more energy after it hits the target. Therefore, it is a great choice for hunters and pest eliminators who want to get the job done in one clean shot.
The recommended pellet for the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 are: Crosman Hollow point, Crosman Pointed pellet, Crosman Destroyer, RWS .22, and so on.
Velocity, Accuracy and Power
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 produces a velocity of 950 FPS (feet per second) with alloy pellets and 800 FPS with lead pellest. It’s very high velocity compared to other air rifles.
For the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 air gun, various accuracy tests have been conducted with exciting results. Generally speaking, it’s very doable to get 1” consistent shooting groups at less than 30 yards. From 40 to 75 yards, you can hit a tin can with this gun. Some customers have impressive accuracy such as: 2 pellets at the same place at 20 meters out of the box, ½ inch group at 40 yards, a quarter sized group at 50 yards out of the box, etc.
Speaking of the power of this air rifle, it has a maximum power of 21 FPE (foot-pounds of Energy) of muzzle energy (kinetic energy of the pellet when it leaves the muzzle). The average power is 15-18 FPE which is more than enough to take care of different animals such as tree rats, rabbits, possums, armadillo, etc in one clean shot. This is proven with many customer reviews .At 40-50 yards, this air gun can take down squirrels. At 40 yards, it kills turkey. At 30-40 yards, it takes down wood chuck. In conclusion, this air gun has a very high power and is great choice for people who want to get rid of nuisance varmints in their property.
The video below will give you general ideas about power and accuracy of this air rifle based on ballistic gel test and accuracy test:
Crosman Nitro Venom .22 Optic
The optic rail of the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is Picatinny style. Picatinny rail is the bracket on the air rifle that provides the mounting platform for the scope. It is similar to weaver rail but has lots of innovation in design. Picatinny rail has 5mm- wide notches that locate at precise spacing intervals along the rail. Picatinny gives you lots of benefits. First, you have more mounting positioning. Moreover, you can swap scopes easily from rifle to rifle and change a different scope into one rifle as well. It also provides more strength to scope mounting so it’s great for long range hunting. With Picatinny rail, no more worrying about eye relief, tube length, etc, you can place scope rings at any far or close distance that you want. In short, the Picatinny rail is the most versatile, flexible and universal of all optic bases.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 doesn’t come with an open sight. It has a 3-9×32 mm centerpoint scope as the sighting device. A 32 is the diameter of the front lens (the objective lens, measured in inches). 3 and 9 are the magnification of this scope. In this case, it means that the scope has various “zoom” abilities- ranges between 3x and 9x magnification through the 32 mm objective lens. This 3-9×32 scope also has windage adjustment (allows you to adjust the crosshair left and right) and elevation adjustment (allows you to adjust the crosshair up and down). This is a very flexible scope and is suitable for short, medium, and long range shooting.
While researching this air rifle, I found some customer reviews complaining about this scope. They said it lacks a parallax adjustment. However, let me give you quick definition of parallax. Parallax is the optical illusion that occurs when the target’s image is not focused correctly at the reticle plane. In a hunting situation, the parallax effect in accuracy is minor: a 4x scope focused at 150 yards only have 8/10 inch of error in the distance of 500 yards. Therefore, parallax has no considerable effect in accuracy as long as your eyes stay in the optical axis of the scope. So not having a parallax adjustment is not a big deal.
The trigger safety of this Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is manual. When you want to shoot, you just have to pull the safety forward and you are ready to fire. When you don’t want to shoot anymore, pull the safety backward .It will hold the trigger and lock the gun till the next time shooting.
As I said earlier in this review, the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is really a quiet gun. You can shoot it in your backyard all day long without bothering your neighbors or you can take it to the field to enjoy the stealth and silence it brings for hunters.
Shooting range and intended use
The effective shooting range for the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 air rifle is less than 100 yards. It can be used for target shooting, plinking, small game hunting, small and large pest control.
This air gun only has a 3-9×32 scope as an accessory. If you find it a little bit heavy, you can buy the sling mount and sling to carry it around easier.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 requires very little maintenance. Just add the Crosman RMCOIL Chamber Oil (specifically designed for Crosman break barrel air gun) every few hundred shots and you’re all right.
Crosman Nitro Venom .22 Specification
- Caliber: .22
- Velocity:. 950 FPS with alloy, 800 FPS with lead
- Weight: 7.375 lbs
- Barrel Length: 18.63”
- Overall Length: 44.25”
- Capacity: Single-shot
- Action: Break Barrel
- Barrel: Rifled steel, fluted
- Open sight: none
- Optic Rail: Picatinny
- Optic: 3-9×32 Centerpoint scope
- Recoil pad: sculpted rubber
- Powerplant: nitro piston
- Handsome look
- High velocity
- High power
- New technology with lots of advantages
- Great scope
- Quiet noise
- Impressive stock
- No parallax adjustment on scope (not a big deal as explained in this review)
- Made in China
- Not easy to modify the gun
As of this date, the Crosman Nitro Venom .22 has a one year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
Crosman Nitro Venom .22 Customer Reviews
There are lots of customer reviews about this air gun. In general, people love it for its high-tech feature, high velocity, awesome power, extreme accuracy. I’ve covered other important factors in this review.
The Crosman Nitro Venom is only $150. It’s a very cheap price if you look at ist amazing nitro piston technology, high velocity and power, great scope, impressive stock design, almost free on-going costs.
There are a couple of different listings on Amazon with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is even cheaper than the price on manufacturer’s site or the prices on other e-commercial sites like PyramydAir, Walmart, AirgunDepot.
The Crosman Nitro Venom .22 is the best value air rifle for a very cheap price. I highly recommend it for people who want to own high-tech air gun without breaking the bank.