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As soon as I saw the Winchester 1400CS, I’m attracted to it. It’s simply beautiful and unique. I don’t want to “judge the book by its cover” but hey, you have to admit that it’s one of the most gorgeous looking rifle in the market today.
But is it good as its beauty? Let’s find out in this detailed Winchester 1400CS review.
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The Winchester 1400CS is spring-piston air rifle which means that it gets power from coiled spring and a piston inside the chamber. The spring is compressed when you cock the gun so 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 released spring makes the piston move forward and causes the air to compress inside. As the result, the pellet is driven out of the barrel. Springer is cheap, simple to use, self-contained and consistent on performance. It’s one of 5 types of air gun you need to know before buying,
Winchester 1400CS has a caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in inches) of .177 (4.5 millimeter). It’s a break barrel, single shot gun so you can only shoot 1 shot at a time. After the first shot, you have to reload the pellet manually to prepare for the second shot. Single-shot gun makes you a discipline shooter: you know you have to make your shot counts because you have only one chance to hit target before reloading.
The barrel is rifled with helical grooves inside the bore to make bullet spin. Spin stabilize the projectile, improve accuracy and enhance shooting range. Moreover, this air rifle has the muzzle-mounted sound suppressor at the end of the barrel that cut the sound of your shot by 50%. It allow multiple shot at animal without scaring them away and is perfect choice for shooter who want to enjoy pest elimination without worrying about bothering the nearby neighbors.
The stock is made of composite material which stands up against all kind of weather and impervious to water. Furthermore, it is designed in a beautiful Mossy Oak break-up Infinity Camo style so it conceals effectively your presence in the hunting field. Besides, it allows some movement for shooter without startling their preys. This type of stock is best suit for picky shooters who demand absolute stealth on the hunting trip.
The stock has thumbhole grip for added wrist support and straighter trigger pull. In addition, this Winchester 1400Cs has a bipod attaching to the sides of the forearm and can be extended from 9” to 13.5” to provide steady support on the bench when you need it but it can be fold up out of the way when you are done shooting. No confusing bipod adapter is required. Also, it has rubber buttpad to reduce felt recoil and texturing on the grip and forearm to add friction to your arms, prevent slippage from shooter’s sweat and enhance accuracy.
If you are in the air gun world for quite a time, you probably know that lots of shooters like to attach the sling on their air rifles, but it’s a pain to struggle with the sling swivel stud. Winchester has already done that for you. Just pull the sling through the swivel loops, and you are good to go all day in the field: the gun will be there when you need it and it won’t weigh you down when you are on the move.
.177 pellet is the only type of ammunition for the Winchester 1400CS. The price of .177 pellet is lower than others pellets’ prices, and if you look at the pellet count box, you will see that you’ll get exactly twice as many .177 as .22 for the same price. Therefor, .177 is very cost-effective when it comes to long-hours target shooting and plinking.
Cocking and Loading
Cocking the gun: First, put the gun ON SAFE, hold the gun by your side, and 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
Winchester 1400CS Sight
The Winchester 1400Cs doesn’t have traditional iron sight. Yep, no front sight, no rear sight. But it does have a 3-9x 32 scopes. 32 is the diameter of the front lens, measured in millimeter. 3-9 is the magnification ability of the scope. It means that the image you see when looking through the scope is 3 to 9 times bigger than the picture you see without it. This variable power scope gives you dead-on accuracy in the long-range shooting situation.
Velocity, Accuracy and Power
The velocity of Winchester 1400 CS is 1400 FPS (feet per second). Since the speed of sound is 1100 FPS (vary with altitude and temperature), if you use lightweight pellet you may hear loud crack when shooting because the superfast pellets breaks the sound barrier.
This springer can shoot into 3/4″ plywood at 25 yards so it has more than enough power to deal with squirrels, chipmunk, possum, prairie dog, etc.
Remember the maximum velocity for this Winchester is 1400 FPS which is lots higher than the speed of sound so even your actual performance will not achieve the mind-blowing velocity as the manufacturer advertised, you still need to expect the loud crack because the pellet breaks the sound barrier. Lucky for you this gun has sound compressor so the noise it makes will be a lot quieter than the loud crack of a rimfire rifle.
Shooting range and intended use
The effective shooting range for Winchester 1400CS is up to 50 yards. You can use this rifle for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.
The Winchester 1400Cs doesn’t need any accessories at all
Winchester 1400CS Specifications
- Caliber: 0.177”
- Velocity: 1400 FPS
- Loudness: 3- Medium
- Overall Length: 51.2”
- Shot Capacity: 1
- Barrel: Rifled
- Front Sight: None
- Rear Sight: None
- Scopeable : 11mm dovetail
- Sight: 3-9x 32 scopes
- Buttplate: Rubber
- Suggested for: Target shooting/Plinking/Small game hunting/Pest control
- Action: Break Barrel
- Safety: Automatic
- Powerplant: Spring-piston
- Function: Single-shot
- Body-type: Rifle
- Weight: 9.0 lbs
Winchester 1400CS Price
The price for Winchester 1400CS is only about 200 dollars. It is good price for a supersonic gun that delivers lethal knock down power, even in a .177 caliber.
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 not so much online reviews about this gun. Positive reviews indicate that buyers like its velocity, power, and design whereas negatives reviews complains that this gun is too heavy for them so it’s not an air rifle for kids and small build shooters. And it’s best for bench-rest shooting or shoot on the bipod. Many reviews show that this is very accurate gun while others said they cannot get a small shooting group. This couldn’t be a serious problem after the break-in period and when you get used to it.
The Winchester 1400CS is a good gun for the money. This is the rifle that deserves to be added to your air gun collection.