What caught my attention about the Ntro Venom air rifle (purchased from Amazon), was that it was available .22. I had a old Benjamin pump air rifle in .22 cal when I was young; in fact I still have it. I distinctly remember the loud *PING* sound as I shoot the “no parking” sign across the street. Recently, it has been getting old, and doesn’t hold air for very long (like seconds). Like a lot of these, modern air rifles have really evolved, and I wanted to get in on the action. After reading some reviews, I was set on this rifle, and hey look at me here writing one!
The Nitro Venom‘s cocking action is very smooth. It’s tight and requires a bit of effort to cock it, but not too much. This improved after a 150 shot break-in period. It also gets a lot quieter too. The rifle scope that comes with this rifle is simple and easy install…not to mention they are high quality optics. Nice easy mounting system makes it dummy-proof (good thing for me!). I only wish that this air rifle had iron sights. But that was fine for me any way, as I prefer the scope.
Testing out the Crosman Nitro Venom air rifle, I set up a 1/2″ piece of exterior plywood, and stapled a home-printed paper target on it. I stepped back 30 yards or so and took a shot. I could see the mark where I hit the plywood backing, but totally missed the paper target (the printout with a dot in the middle). Accordingly, I adjusted the wind age and the elevation to get it on target. It only took about 8 shots before one of them hit the red dot. I ran (I really did run) over to give it a closer look, and was surprised to see that each pellet had completely gone through the 1/2″ plywood. I mean full penetration, the back of the plywood was shattered and splintered. This was a bit of a shock to me…my old benjamin pump air rifle would need to have been pumped up about 10-15 times to achieve that type of power. The knockdown power of a .22 vs a .177 is amazing. I’m saying this to impress upon any neophyte like myself…THIS is not your grandpa’s springloaded air rifle. This is not a Daisy Red Ryder. This is a serious gun with serious power.
I haven’t shot air rifles since I was a child, and wow…they beyond any doubt have advanced into astonishing air rifles since then. This Crosman Nitro Venom .22 Air Rifle got to my door in just a couple of days, and I was re-living the child-like wonderment when I unboxed the Nitro Venom. This is an absulutely marvelous air rifle (I got the wooden stock, not the nightfall manufactured stock, because of personal taste, your preference may differ).