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Crosman Vantage Nitro Piston® Air Rifle

Crosman Vantage Nitro Piston® Air Rifle

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  • Code: cr30020 · 0.177 cal · 1200 fps
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Your go-to gun for dispatching critters, popping paper targets, shooting tin cans, hitting spinners and teaching others how to properly handle a rifle. Crosman's Vantage Nitro Piston air rifle delivers reliable, repeatable service year after year. Enjoy quieter shooting, smoother cocking and no spring torque. No tanks, no hoses, no fittings...just load a pellet and shoot.

Features:

  • Nitro Piston powered air rifle with hardwood stock
  • Fiber Optic Front sight and Adjustable F.O. Rear Sight
  • Dovetail Accessory Rail
  • Rifled Steel Barrel
  • Break Barrel Action
  • Adjustable, Two-Stage Trigger
  • 18 Foot Pounds of Energy (fpe)
  • Up to 1200 Feet Per Second With Alloy Pellets
  • Functions perfectly in cold weather
  • No Spring Torque or Fatigue
  • Ambidextrous Wood Stock
  • Includes: .177 Caliber Air Rifle
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Specs
  • ManufacturerCrosman
  • Caliber0.177 cal
  • Velocity1200 fps
  • Airgun MechanismGas piston
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • Magazine Capacity1
  • Airgun UsePest Control / Plinking /Target Shooting
  • Airgun RailDovetail Mount
  • Overall Length45"
  • Barrel StyleRifled
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight7.10 lbs
  • Loudness3-Medium
  • OpticsFixed Power
  • Product ConditionNew
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Reviews
Crosman Vantage Nitro Piston Air Rifle
4.5 Stars based on 17 Review(s)
Paul
Esmond, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great rifle for the money
November 5, 2014
Great for plinking, targets, and small rodents to about 30 yards. Mounted a Leapers 4 X 32 scope. Aging eyes didn't get along with the fiber optic sights although they seem to be OK. Seems to work best with Crosman premier ultra mag 10.5 gram pellets.
Pros:
Price. Quality. Light weight.
Cons:
Harder to cock than I expected, but not too bad.

DAVID M
STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great entry level Air Rifle
October 4, 2014
Very happy with the power and accuracy of this rifle. After a few hundred shots the accuracy increased and the effort to cock was decreased. Even the noise level dropped. Still experimenting with various pellet weight & shapes to find what works best with this rifle. Very lethal and humane kill shots up to 50 yards. The trigger is not this rifles best feature but can be modified to greatly improve results. I used the 5114 bearing with great success. You will find many articles and u-tube videos to show you how. Great rifle for this price point and highly effective for rodent control. Highly recommend the Vantage.
Pros:
Very powerful and accurate for this price point.
Cons:
Trigger and cheap plastic sights.

Steve
Washington State
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great rifle for the dollars
September 29, 2014
good powerful rifle
Pros:
powerful, nitro piston, likes all kinds of pellets, accurate for a piston rifle. Great value
Cons:
jumps a bit when fired, but with practice, it shoots very nice

RB
Champlain, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very accurate and Good buy
August 8, 2014
I held back on a review for a couple of weeks while I put this rifle to the test. After about a thousand pellets the gun is still holding up well. It was pretty accurate right out of the box after cleaning the barrel first(a must do). Get the rifle offer without the scope. The cheap scope that comes with the package deal is just about useless. For $79.00 and maybe a discount coupon if you can find one on an internet search, this is an excellent buy. Tried a few different brands and weights of pellets but I am lucky I guess because this one likes Crosman HPs or Domes the best so far. Crosman guns often like Crosman pellets. Like many other posts and articles have talked about, you'll need to learn to hold this gun to get good accuracy, mine likes a light artillery hold and light finger tip hold on the pistol grip. At 30 yards I can consistently get 10 shot 1 inch groups and I can get 1/2 inch and one hole groups sometimes on a good day if I can hold steady enough on a soft rest(not as steady as I used to be). I put a Center Point 4-16(Walmart$69) on it and it is working good. Had a little trouble getting the scope to hold zero but that was because I had almost maxed out the elevation to get it zeroed. Took the scope off and recentered the crosshairs, put a plastic shim(piece of credit card) under scope on the rear mount and that did the trick. Gun had a little barrel droop which is common but no big deal. Get a one piece mount too. Make sure to Loctite all the screws because they will soon loosen up under the recoil of this gun if you don't. Another thing that you should do for better accuracy is one of the simple trigger fixes that can be found on Youtube. The trigger pull is quite long and heavy on this gun but usable. The front and rear sights are nice and bright but only good for up close shots on small targets because the front bead blocks out the small target at longer ranges. The Nitro Piston is nice and is just a whole lot better to hold and shoot than a springer going boyyyynngggggggg and vibrating all over the place. I'll never buy another springer. I have a Bigcat that took forever to learn how to hold it just right because it was so light and sensitive and had to put oodles of different pellets through it to find one that it liked. No matter how hard or what I try I just can't get it to group dependably like the Crosman Vantage NP. This Vantage didn't take long to break in, find the best hold and find an accurate pellet. Good deal and very satisfied. Happy customer!
Pros:
Nitro Piston, Accuracy, Price.
Cons:
None worth mentioning!

Mike
Plymouth, Ma
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Crosman Vantage NP: handsome, lightweight, open sights, powerful and bargain priced!
July 18, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hardwood stock. It is dark brown with a matte finish, and the bluing is flawless. Also, despite other reviews I’ve read, I find the Vantage NP light enough to hold comfortably for offhand shooting. And although plastic, I enjoy the open sights on the Vantage NP. So much so, I have not mounted a scope on the rifle yet, and find the open sights to be as accurate as my shooting skills will allow. As far as noise, I would rate the Vantage NP’s noise level as medium. Assuming standard lead pellets are used (the heavier the better), the sound is within acceptable limits for most suburban backyard shooting, but too loud for a city environment. Unfortunately, cocking the Vantage NP is strenuous—maybe 35 lbs. or so. It’s not an all-day shooter, and I wouldn’t recommend the Vantage for younger shooters or anyone without significant upper body strength. In addition, the Vantage NP has the standard Crosman trigger, long and heavy. However, the trigger on my particular rifle is certainly tolerable and doesn’t seem to affect my accuracy and shooting enjoyment to any significant degree. Next, the Vantage NP’s firing cycle is smooth and produces no detectable vibration. However there is sharp and substantial recoil, so using the artillery hold is critical to achieving any degree of accuracy. And, the Vantage NP’s velocity is impressive: RWS Super-H-Points (7.0 grains) measured 1,009 f.p.s./15.6 f.p.e.; Crosman Destroyers (7.9 grains) measured 948 f.p.s./15.8 f.p.e.; and H&N Crow Magnums (9.2 grains) measured 898 f.p.s./16.5 f.p.e. Finally, overall, the Vantage NP is an exceptional value. You won’t find any NP air rifle in this price range with open sights, such a handsome stock, and with this much power. Yes, the trigger is barely satisfactory and the cocking is quite vigorous, but these negatives are quickly overshadowed by the Vantage NP’s positives and Airgun Depot’s unbeatable prices!
Pros:
Handsome stock Moderate weight Open sights Excellent power Smooth firing
Cons:
Long/heavy trigger Strenuous cocking

Kurt
Mission, KS
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good rifle
June 18, 2014
I bought this rifle for target shooting ,I wasn't expecting much for the price ,but was surprised by how accurate the rifle is which the scope it came with.
Pros:
Materials: wood, metal. Fit and finish very nice . Very accurate nitro piston is easy to cock and quiet .
Cons:
Fiber optic sight would not zero even when adjusted all the way left. Trigger has long pull.

Jerry
Michigan
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Don't hesitate, buy it quick!
June 13, 2014
I bought this because of the price. What I wasn't sure of was how nice a gun it is. I can't believe the quality in this gun, especially when you consider the price. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I received it. By the way I couldn't believe how fast It came. Kudos to you and your shipping department. Back to the gun. What a great buy, I don't see how you can go wrong with it. It shoots great and the accuracy is super. It probably shoots better than I can. In summing up, don't be afraid to buy it, especially from AGD, they are great.
Pros:
Super gun
Cons:
None

Danny
Hitchcock, Texas
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Major bang for the buck!
April 14, 2014
I grew up shooting mostly .22 caliber rimfire and always had my Crosman pump .22 pellet rifle. That was many years ago. This is my first break barrel rifle and I chose the Nitro gas cylinder over spring piston design based upon what I read. This being my first experience I cannot be as detailed as some would in a review but here goes. This gun is a .177 caliber and after killing a couple of squirrels I would have to say I am not getting the knock down power of a .22 caliber, even with the hollow points I used, however; I already knew that and so that is nothing against the gun. Besides, my shooting skills can probably get better so as to get good, clean head shots. Before the squirrels I did some open sight shooting and I love the fiber optic front sight. It was doing a great job but I had never used a scope in my life so I attached the refurbished Centerpoint 3-9x32 scope that came with the package (Sale Price: $114.99 woo-hoo!), sighted it in and WOW! This thing is incredible! At 50 yards I am hitting beer cans with quick aim/shoot and nine our of ten shots I am dead on, almost scary in it's accuracy. And I have not even cleaned the barrel! I got a heck of a deal on the gun from AirGun Depot which made an already fantastic bargain into a steal! NOTE: If you don't want or can do without the scope that comes in the package deal, I think AirGun Depot has the rifle by itself for $ 99.95 and you won't look back.
Pros:
Fairly accurate right out of the box. Smooth, positive cocking barrel. Powerful. Heavy, but I like that and feels like a real gun and not a toy. I attached the scope and now have run quantity of 400 Beeman .177 Cal, 7.2 Grains, Hollow point pellets through it and it is shooting even better. Design is spartan but beautiful in simplicity. If you are experienced with airguns and Crosman then you most likely will not like the trigger. Even being new to airguns, I recognize the negative points made by many regarding that point, however; it is just not that important to me in a gun at this price point and especially with so many other good things about it. If you don't like the trigger you can always upgrade or put your money in another higher end gun. Another NOTE: THIS IS NO TOY so be sure to train and supervise well anyone putting their hands on it.
Cons:
Nothing worth mentioning. For the price I don't believe you are going to get any better. Get this gun, go outside and have fun shooting.

Ken
Southeast, ALABAMA
3 Stars

Missing the Scope
April 11, 2014
Ordered this rifle/scope combo because my 2 year old Gamo gave up the ghost and we have an upcoming informal match this weekend. Shoots decent with the cheapo plastic iron sights, if they last of course, and they iron sights cover the entirety of a 3" diameter ring at 15 yards, so past that with irons will make precision shots impossible. Rifle looks great and feels great in all aspects, but the scope was MISSING in my order so I cannot give a more detailed review regarding accuracy. Called customer service about the missing scope and they say "best we can do is send the missing scope out Monday" and today is Friday at 3:00pm.
Pros:
Gun is great for the price point and I am sure it will perform WHEN the missing scope arrives.
Cons:
Had to cancel my motel room within 24 hours because I'll not be attending the match tomorrow with no scope, and now I am out another $35 cancellation fee. Called customer service back, same thing, best is Monday. I just switched from Pyramid to Airgun Depot and this is my first order. So much for first impressions and crappy customer service. Not even an offer to compensate for their screw up. Guess Pyramid isn't so bad after all, since they at least would have offered a free tins of pellets or possibly overnight shipping. I doubt this review will be posted since it looks bad on Airgun Depot's poor customer service, but I feel better writing it and in the hopes potential customers will see it and know what to expect.

David
Wainfleet, ON
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome gun
March 29, 2014
Great accuracy and power for the price takes a couple shots to get it accurate at first.

Rick B.
Lancaster, PA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

NICE RIFLE, AWESOME PRICE!
February 3, 2014
Solid heavy feel, nice finish, nice wood stock, very accurate after 100rd. break in period. Got it for $115 with a good 3x9 scope. Just using open sights for now, but plan on installing 3x9 scope soon. Make sure to use blue loc-tite on scope mounting screws, cause this thing has a .22mag. type recoil to it. Decent trigger for a gun this cheap. My STOEGER X20S, has a heavier, nastier trigger, and was much more expensive! This is my first nitro-piston gun, and I really like it. It does have a smoother, but heavier cocking effort than compared to my stoeger. I say the noise level is slightly louder than the stoeger. Every pellet I shot through it at 7gr. or higher hasn't gone super-sonic. (above 1075fps.) All in all, for the money this gun is a steal. BUY IT YOU'LL LOVE IT.
Cons:
The stock open sights are cheap plastic, but usable. If your mounting a scope anyway, who cares!

Nick Cannon
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Shipped with some flaws but overall great value
January 16, 2014
Let me start by commenting on the quality of the scope. Considering most air rifles come with "throw away scopes" this 3-9X32 Centerpoint Scope is not only sufficient for this air rifle , but can also be used for rim-fire or even larger rifles. My air rifle did come with some gouges in the wood stock, although it was not worth my hassle so I didn't even contact customer support therefore I can't comment on whether Airgun Depot would have made it right. Shipping was fast so I was plinking four days after receiving the rifle. Accuracy seems good, but I'll need more time to find its preferred pellets. Overall I would recommend anyone looking for air rifles in this price point choosing this rifle, and with the free upgraded scope this is a great deal.
Pros:
Great scope. Nitro piston will be great for leaving rifle cocked when hunting for prolonged periods.
Cons:
A little louder than I'd hoped, but comparable to most other air rifles. My unit had a damaged wood stock.

William
Bremerton, WA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A Great AIRGUNDEPOT Deal
October 4, 2013
This gun is a great value for the price. Shoots crosman 4.5 mm pointed lead tight at 35'
Pros:
Nitro piston very little recoil Very pleased with the upgraded centerpiont illuminated scope
Cons:
No complaints

Steve
Three Rivers Michigan
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great value
September 4, 2013
My previous airguns have all been pump type Daisy or Crosman from the local dept stores and I've had them since I was a teenager. My last gun was a Crosman 2200 Magnum which is the 2100 in .22 caliber. This gun as far as I am aware is no longer made and something went wrong with mine. It's started spraying pellets and I couldn't count on it to kill anything anymore so I decided to get a break barrel style to replace it. First of all, if you're reading this review and contemplating a nitro piston gun over a spring gun, GET THE NITRO PISTON. It's well worth it for reduced recoil and the action is just much nicer. The Vantage wood stock is really nice compared to plastic that I'm used to and the trade off is weight. This gun is heavy! I'm not a stick man so I'm fine with it but it's not a light weight gun. The included scope, while relatively cheap, seems to work great and is exactly what I would buy if I were shopping for a scope for a pellet gun like this. Not expensive but very effective for killing rodents in my yard. I really like the click adjustments and the illumination. It has worked great so far. I don't see the need for a real Leopold or something like it for what I'm doing with my gun. So far I've maybe shot 70 pellets through it and I've been trying a variety. The piston is starting to break in and get easier to cock. I much prefer the break barrel action to pumping the gun 8 or 10 times to shoot and the increased velocity and GREATLY increased accuracy are big bonuses in my book. The Nitro piston is much nicer than the spring action in my brother's Gamo and I'm very glad I went with it over a mechanical spring gun. I had it sighted-in with Crosman destroyers but after around 50 rounds it started shooting high which means to me velocity is picking up as the piston breaks-in. I'm ordering the specified Crosman oil for the chamber today. I've tried numerous other rounds including the SSP pellets which are fun because of the loud crack, but I haven't hit anything with them yet because of the reduced weight. They shoot much higher than the destroyers at the distances I've been practicing. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase and the only other consideration I recommend is getting a model like the Nitro Venom without any open sights if you don't plan to use them anyway. You get the benefit of a brake on the end of the barrel instead of the glo site and possibly reduced firing noise as a result.
Pros:
Powerful, accurate, quiet, smooth and good looking gun.
Cons:
A little heavy

David Fischer
Starkville, MS
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Value!
August 29, 2013
I have the Nitro Trail 22 that I have been very happy with but I also wanted a 177 air rifle. This was listed on the daily deal with the upgraded scope and just appeared to be a great value. I have had this rifle for about a month and have only shot around 75 rounds using the Crosman hollow point pellets. The Vantage is smooth, accurate, quiet and about 2 lbs. lighter than the Trail. I have also been pleased with the scope. Even though the Nitro Trail 22 is still my first choice for varmints I do see the weight of the Vantage rifle as a big plus and this is just an all-around great air rifle for the money when you consider the upgraded scope and that it has the nitro piston.
Pros:
weight, quiet, nitro piston, upgraded scope

Stu
, Central Kentucky
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

First Impressions
August 7, 2013
This is my first adult airgun. I bought it for hunting small game (squirrels and rabbits) and pest control (ground squirrels and rats). This review is only my early impressions of this gun as a first time adult airgun shooter for those who are considering buying this gun but who may be wavering because of a lack of reviews on this particular model. I have a background in firearms so most of my comments should be taken with that in mind. I just got the rifle today and right out of the box I could tell that this was going to be a real shooter. It has a very similar weight and feel to my dad's old Mossberg 640 KC .22 mag Chuckster. I have read in other reviews of people complaining about the included scope. When I took the scope out of the box and saw how nice it was I had to give a little chuckle. It is at least 10X the scope that came with that old Mossberg lol and that thing could drive tacks at 100 yards. I know that airguns scopes have to compensate for a different kind of recoil than firearms but I am betting that a little bit of loctite on those mounts will be all that's needed to make it stay put. Only time will tell. As for the gun itself it is very sturdy and well put together. The wooden stock is nice enough if a little plain but as somewat of a traditionalist I like it a lot more than most of the tactical type of stocks found on other rifles. The satin finish on the stock has no glare which is good for hunting if not for showing off. The buttstock features a comfortable black textured rubber recoil pad and, shouldering the rifle, I was easily able to get a comfortable stock weld in any shooting position. The barrel is true and the blueing is nicely done with no rust or rough spots. The only thing I can think of to knock this rifle on as far as looks and durability are the plastic sights and trigger guard. I can live with the plastic trigger and maybe even the trigger guard since it seems to be a very hard, tough plastic but the rear sight especially looks particularly vulnerable to breakage under normal hunting conditions such as walking through dense brush, riding in a cramped truck cab and whatnot. With that said the sights were dead on at 10 yards out of the box. As soon as I got the rifle I read through the manual, went straight out my back door and looked for the nearest suitable target. I took a quarter size plug out of a black walnut at ten yard first shot. No great feat but impressive for an out of the box airgun. The caveat is that accuracy was not consistent. I went out and found some hedge apples to shoot at (about the size of a big golden delicious apple) and it took me a few shots to zero in on one. Then I shot at another walnut at about 15 yards and I knocked it out of the tree in one shot. The good news is that Crosman says in the owner's manual that accuracy would not be consistent until the nitro piston has a chance to be broken in after about 100 shots. So, again, only time will tell. As for loudness, the report of the first shot was in the ballpark of a .22 lr but not quite as much "crack". After about 30 shots it quieted down to about the same level as one of those "snap pops" you can buy at super markets around the fourth of July. Not bad at all and I expect it will get quieter the more I shoot it. It has a surprising little kick to it for an airgun but nothing compared to even say a .22 mag rifle. I like the safety being next in front of the trigger but I wish they had provided a little more room between the safety and the trigger or not made it perfectly flush with the trigger so it would be easier to disengage with gloves on. More than likely I will be tempted to just leave the safety off when shooting in very cold weather for that reason. Something I would normally never do. The last thing that I will comment on is that it takes quite a lot of pressure to break the barrel on this gun even after 30 or so shots. Not really an issue for me but something folks should be made aware of since some might not like that. I have a feeling that it will get easier once it gets broken in some. I hope I haven't jumped the gun with this review since I've only had the gun a very short time. Hopefully it will help out some of you who are wondering about the minor particulars of this gun if you don't have a chance to handle one up close. I will write a follow up review and post some pictures when I've had a chance to put the gun (and scope) through its paces in a true field test. Happy shootin'. - Stu from Kentucky.
Pros:
Well made, Nice Scope, Good weight and feel, & Iron sights as well as scope, Powerful, Accurate out of the box
Cons:
Plastic sights, Inconsistent accuracy (until broken in?), Safety hard to disengage w/ gloves

Robert
Stacy, MN
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Solid rifle for the Money
August 5, 2013
This thing is pretty solid all around air rifle. It packs a good punch and is fairly quite.
Pros:
Powerful Price Scope
Cons:
a little heavy



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