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Crosman Nitro Venom®, .22 cal

Includes CenterPoint 3-9X32mm Scope and Nitro Piston® Technology
Was $134.99
  • Reg Price $149.99
  • List Price $229.99
  • Code: CVW8M22NP · 0.22 cal · 950 fps ·
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The Nitro Piston Technology has proven to be a real plus for people who hunt with air rifles. You'll never have to worry when you cock your gun if your spring is broken or canted (bent) and losing power. Hunt pest birds, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, nutria, rats and mice with the Crosman Nitro Venom air rifle.


  • Caliber - .22
  • Velocity: 950 FPS
  • Weight: 7.40 lbs
  • Barrel Length:18.63"
  • Overall Length: 44.25"
  • Capacity: 1 round
  • Barrel: Rifled
  • Front Sight: None
  • Rear Sight: None
  • Scopeable: Weaver/Picatinny
  • Buttpad: Ventilated rubber
  • Suggested for: Small game hunting/plinking
  • Action: Break barrel
  • Powerplant: Gas piston
  • Safety: Automatic
  • Repeater: Single-shot


  • 70% quieter than most other break barrels!
  • Gas piston
  • Smoother cocking and shooting
  • No spring torque
  • No spring fatigue, (Even if you leave it cocked for hours)
  • Lasts longer than a metal spring
  • Functions perfectly in cold weather
  • Weaver rail (no open sights)
  • Ambidextrous hardwood stock with twin raised cheekpieces
  • Checkered grip & forearm
  • Muzzlebrake
  • Includes Unmounted CenterPoint 3-9x32 Scope with Quick-Lock Mounting System and 2 Tins of .22 Cal Pointed Pellets
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  • ManufacturerCrosman
  • Caliber0.22 cal
  • Velocity950 fps
  • ConditionNew
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • ActionBreak barrel
  • Barrel StyleRifled
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight7.4
  • Loudness3-Medium
  • Magazine Capacity1
  • MechanismGas piston
  • OpticsVariable / 1 inch Tube
  • RailWeaver Mount
  • SafetyManual
  • Trigger AdjustabilityTwo-stage adjustable
  • UseSmall Game Hunting / Target Shooting
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Crosman Nitro Venom®, .22 cal
53 Reviews
60% (32)
26% (14)
4% (2)
6% (3)
4% (2)
87% Recommend this product (46 of 53 responses)
By James
South Florida
You can't buy a better single shot shooter
February 18, 2019
Bought one last century. The first air rifle. Started with pistols. I have PCP's, CO2, and pump rifles. This one was way ahead of it's time. It had a piston when every one else had springs. Mine is 22 cal. It is powerful at 45 feet it can pass an 18 grain pellet through 5 empty cans. That is 10 sides of steel. Easy to cock 25-30 lbs. Quiet as all get out. Very accurate. Shoots pretty far. At my sister's lake it goes out 150 yards with a 12" CTC group. The neat thing is that the stock is so bulky, has so much extra wood in it.I removed the stock and turned it into a real visual show stopper.
ProsThe easy go to shooter. Get one it's FUN.
ConsNone (does not self load) Ho Ho Ho
Best UsesPlinking, pest control, FUN
By Doc
Nice rifle but has very limited uses...
December 28, 2018
For the money it's a lot of gun, but it's not suitable for fun shooting. It's very heavy, extremely difficult to cock (about 60 lbs effort) and as loud as a 22 rimfire. That being said, if you live on several acres and only want to shoot an occasional pest, it's fine for that. The barrel locks up tightly and it's fairly accurate to 25 yards, once you find the right pellets. The Picatinny rail is nicely welded to the receiver, and the trigger is decent... if you pull briskly and smoothly you won't notice the creep. The plastic muzzle break is easily removed, and there is a small part in the trigger group that prevents uncocking, but it is also easily removed if you wish. Finally, both the scope and rings that came with this gun didn't seem satisfactory, so I'm using a UTG 4X instead.

This gun is made in China.
By Donnie C.
Excellent small game rifle.
November 24, 2018
Iā€™ve had my Nitro Venom for a couple years now. Iā€™ve enjoyed shooting this rifle. At first it was a pain because the scope packaged with this rifle would not stay zeroed. A new scope and now itā€™s a tack driver! Have taken squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and groundhog with this rifle, all with headshots. Definitely a great rifle in my opinion.
ProsAccurate Good power
Best UsesPlinking, small game and varmint hunting
By Brian
Consistent and reliable
October 17, 2018
I've had this air gun for about a year. At first it was difficult to be dead on bc the amount of pull you need to pull the trigger was not prefered. Other than the trigger being alittle stiff it has been very accurate. It has taken out field doves and squirrels no problem and the scope that comes with it helps to about 30 yards for me personally. I'm by no means an experienced air rifle marksman but at 30 yards my groups are within 1 inch and that's where the consistency comes in. I used the crosman hollow point and domehead .22 and found the hollow worked best
ProsAccurate, good looking gun, made of solid good material
ConsIs on the heavier side
Best UsesTarget practice, small game hunting, pest control
By Jim
Eastern CT.
Crosman Nitro Venom 22cal.
June 8, 2017
I liked the first one I purchased so I bought another for a friend.
ProsShoots dead balls on and packs a punch when it hits.Jim
By Peter
Mackinaw, IL
Well worth the cost !!!
May 14, 2017
It is very accurate and powerful . Backyard freindly.
By Gerald
Mtn House, CA
Crossman Nitro Venom .177 ReFurb ~ Excellent Rifle !! Excellent Value !!
September 9, 2016
I checked out this rifle very carefully and cannot tell its refurbished at all !! I could not be happier with it.
This is my first Nitro Piston air rifle and its a huge improvement over the spring action rifle I once owned. It's well made and I am pleased with the accuracy

I have transitioned into PCP rifles, Benjamin Marauder .22 and a FX Wildcat .25 and both are super accurate and amazing performers.
When I wan't to grab an air rifle and have some fun plinking without the whole PCP Air process I can grab the Nitro Venom and have some fun with minimal effort.
I've been using Crossman premier 7.9 grain hollow points and they perform consistent single whole shots at 30 feet with no problem.
I have some heavier JSB & H&N pellets on order to try and see how it performs with those.

I am pleased as always with Airgun Depot and quite happy with this rifle !!!

I mounted the UTG Hunter IR 3-9x40 AO scope instead of the cheaper scope that was included and it works perfect on this rifle and the whole thing was under $200 A great value !!
I did not try the included scope so no comment, I'll probably use it on an older crossman pump rifle i have.

The Nitro Venom is a little louder than both of my PCP airguns but not too loud for the back yard.

ProsExcellent value !! Accuracy is very good for a Break Barrel airgun ! The report is a little on the loud side but acceptable for my back yard ! Feels balanced, not to heavy ! Excellent grab and go air rifle when you don't want to deal with the whole PCP involved experience.
ConsSlight Con ~ It's A little on the loud side but as listed in the Pro's no too loud. Another Slight Con ~ Not as accurate as a PCP rifle but in fairness, no break barrel rifle I've shot is,
By tommy
elberton, GA
A great starter air gun
August 3, 2016
My first impression when I opened the box was "What a good looling gun". I have had this rifle in .22 cal. for a while now and am here to say, IT IS A KEEPER! When I finally put the scope on, I found it could be pretty accurate with the correct pellet. I have fired several hundred pellets through it so I finally decided on the JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo 15.8 gr. pellet. It isn't the fastest but it the most consistent on my Chrony.
ProsInexpensive, Smooth Cocking Not too loud
ConsThe trigger is WAY too hard to pull. I replaced the trigger with a brass one purchased on the web and the performance was tremendously better.
By Cj
Lodi, CA
Very Nice Airgun
June 13, 2016
I love this rifle. It is accurate once you learn how to handle it and scope it. Much fun to shoot, can take down small to medium rodents and birds easily.
Tears up cans and bottles! It is much heavier than expected but that is a good thing. Very solid and well made air gun.
Not really designed for young shooters unless they are experienced with break barrel style rifles.
Overall excellent gun!
ProsWood stock, nice scope, accurate and very fun to shoot. Solid made rifle.
ConsHeavy for younger shooters to handle. A bit hard to cock but I assume that will get easier with time.
By Carson
Under the radar air rifle!
June 2, 2016
I've read comments and watched YouTube reviews and heard many say this gun doesn't deliver much power... Well I'm hear to claim they obviously haven't worked with this gun by trying different pellets.

I can agree that with the 14.3gr Crosman hollowpoints that the power may be lacking. But if you find the right pellet, this gun can deliver! My Nitro Venom in .22 caliber shoots the Crosman powershot penetrators with accuracy and power! I've already gotten a groundhog and raccoon with this rifle, as with any hunt, shot placement is key!

The scope is descent, but once I get too the sic power setting, it begins to get fuzzy. But overall the scope gets the job done.

The stock is a nice wood with nice checkering, but will mark up easily. Overall this gun is a great budget rifle for hunting and plinking! One benefit is it's a gas ram powerplant, so it can be cocked for longer periods.
ProsAccurate, power
By scott
new port ritchey , florida
great gift
January 10, 2016
got this rifle for Christmas. really like the looks and feel of the gun felt very good in my hands. could not wait to shoot it. finally got to shoot a couple of days later and was very impressed. gun was easy to cock and did not take long to sight in. this is the first air gun that I have ever purchased and I have already bought another rifle and a couple of pistols. be careful it can become addicting. gun is very quite and quite powerful.
Prosvery powerful and accurate nice looking and very affordable
Constrigger has way to long of a pull takes a lot of practice to learn to be accurate. have ordered a charley da tuna trigger so hope that makes a little better
By Croc K.
July 9, 2015
As an amateur I didn't know what to expect, but once I learned a few things about scope adjustments and how to hold a rifle, I promise you I could not miss by intended target with this gun. I love things that feel substantial and actually perform as advertise, this rifle performs beautifully.
ProsVery accurate at the distances I shoot which is 20 to 30 yards. Handles very well. Great velocity using premium pellets.
ConsSlightly loud in a close neighborhood setting, but not too so.
By Doug
Trenton, Fl.
Below expectations
June 18, 2015
Plastic looking/feeling stock is very bulky. The rifle is front heavy, and awkward. The break barrel is very stiff. After 500 rounds I still can't get it sighted in. It groups fairly decently, but not where it's supposed to.
By Carol
Fallbrook, CA
Great varmint gun for the money.
May 25, 2015
I love this gun. My son gave me a varmint stand, and I found I could make patterns approximately 1" in size. My husband has already killed 2 ground squirrels. For the money, I'm very happy.
ProsSeems to be accurate with the varmint stand.
ConsTrigger is a bit firm, but I'm getting used to it.
By Chris
Sooke British Columbia Canada
March 3, 2015
I really like this rifle very powerful with Crossman pointed ammo it will go through a piece of half inch plywood from 50yards,lots of complaints about the scope I thought it was great,with 3+ inches of eye relief it works well if you wear glasses.As for accuracy I can cut the bulls eye out of a 22 cal target from 50 yards.A few complaints about the cocking of the rifle,my grand son who is 12 years old had no problems once he was shown how.
Overall a great rifle for the money.
By michael
oxnard, CA
great combo for the price
October 1, 2014
First off everyone knows about the trigger, so that should be no surprise. The gun is good looking, accurate, and powerfull. The scope is ok up to 5 or 6 power. We will see how long it lasts, but really, how good could it be on a $ 150 combo? I think I got more than I paid for, and if I replace the scope later I will still be happy.
Prosprice, power,
Constrigger, scope, (you get what you pay for)
By Mark
Refurbished? No problem.
September 18, 2014
Great gun. Has lots of power and feels great in your hands. Once the scope was zeroed in, I can hit alomst all my targets at 100 yards. I have purchessed many refurbished products over the years and have had no problems. They have the same warranty as new, so why not save the money.
ProsGood solid gun. A little hard to cock at first, but it's getting better the more I use it. Low noise so the neighbors don't complain. The power of the gas piston is much more consistant than my spring powered rifle.
ConsThe rifle is heavier than I expected. A good sling will take care of that problem. The scope is not the best, but ok for my use. The scope mount rings that were sent with the rifle were the wrong size. They were for "air rifle" rail mounts. The rifle has the picitiny rail which is wider than the air rifle rail. I paid six bucks for a set of cheap rings and the scope works fine. This was cheaper than sending the scope back and waiting for new rings. Besides, now I have a set of rings for my other rifle.
By wayne e.
initial impression
August 29, 2014
so far i have just unboxed the rifle and mounted the scope,fired a couple of shots after cleaning the barrel and am very impressed so far.
Prosfeels like a rifle not a toy...compared to the gamo whisper...well there is no comparison, the gamo is garbage all around....after firing 10 shots the nitro venom is actually quieter than the whisper (spring gun) does not vibrate much at all and is a lot more comfortable to hold and shoot,loading the rifle is also easier as you don't have to force the pellet into the barrel thus saving your finger tips! also the first 10 shots grouped better than both whispers i have had even after they were broke in with over 1000 shots (both with new bsa scopes mounted)....once the new scope comes in and it stops raining i will do some shooting...the venom is such a nice rifle i just can't stop holding/looking at it.(nothing wrong with the scope except is it not an AO scope)
Consthe only thing i can think of right now is that the scope does not have adjustable objective ,which is a must if you are a serious airgunner.....plenty of .22 long rifle guys will snap at the chance to get this scope for $25-30 so it's no problem really,got a hawke 2-7 on order then i will do some accuracy testing.
By Tony
Cincinnati, OH
Great Gun
May 20, 2014
Great Gun for starters and really any experience level. Still breaking in barrel trying different ammo so cant comment on the accuracy at this point, but I have killed 2 squirrels already with it. It is a little louder than I had hoped.
ProsPowerful gun. Great feel and fairly nice scope.
ConsLittle louder than I expected, not great for suburban setting.
By Hud
Lewis, Iowa
Quality Air Rifle
April 25, 2014
The Crosman Nitro Venom has the heft and feel of a high powered rifle. It appear to be quite accurate. I had the scope zeroed in a approximately 20 shots or so. However, the gun is hard to cock and you better have some muscle power when you do a lot of shooting. The trigger pull is a little excessive but nothing I can't live with. The fit and finish on my gun was excellent. I would definitely recommend this gun to any air rifle user.
Prosaccurate quality air rifle good finish on stock less noise and recoil
Constrigger pull excessive hard to cock
By Chuck
Great rifle for the price!
April 6, 2014
Shipping was quick and no damage. Scope was near perfect right out of the box.
After dozen shots, I had it zeroed in and very accurate. This is my first pellet gun and the quality feels great.
It's on the heavy side but has a solid feel. Quiet but has a slight unexpected kick for
A pellet gun.
ProsQuality of build and scope. Very accurate. Worth the package deal.
ConsIf any, would be the weight, but not complaining. No issues with the scope.
By Robert
Bronson, FL
What great re-entry rifle.
March 24, 2014
I just reentered the shooting sports and decided to go with a name I had gotten excellent results from in the distant past. It arrived nicely boxed and it was immediately apparent that it was no toy and had a good strong heft. After reading the meager instructions and cleaning the bore I began shooting to determine which pellets it liked the best. I had already gotten a couple of 12 pellet sampler packs from Alliance and found the PBA pellets to be super fast and had a great and resounding crack, but the accuracy also suffered from the excess speed. I finally got to the mid and upper range pellets by weight and the gun seemed to like the heavier pellets the best. I don't have a Chrono but it penetrated 6 boxes of tightly bound and stacked broken down cardboard boxes, which is about 2 inches deep/ For reference my Raider will do about double that on a fresh fill. But the depth and deformation of the hollow points were excellent too. Once I got the included scope zeroed and adjusted it will shoot very accurately as long as you do your part too. The wood and finish were flawless and the wood was a nice light brown and relatively shiny to start with. A couple of coats of Johnsons paste wax will do nicely to bring out the grain and bring more definition to the stock. Over all as a rifle I chose to re-enter air gunning it has managed to satisfy my itchy trigger finger enough to convince me to ultimately buy 2 more rifle in less than 2 months. I got an Umarex Octane in .22 and a Webley Raider in .177. All I can see adding to my stable now is a shoe box compressor and a disco and .25 M-rod. That way I have plinking, pleasure shooting and hunting covered with sufficient power to humanely take what ever I shoot at.
ProsGreat stock color. The included moderator on the end of the barrel is a great looking piece which really adds a lot to the overall look of this rifle. Nicely balanced and reasonably weighted to allow fast field handling. Not too loud even when popping PBA down range to hear that crack. Large picatiny/Weaver rail to mount the scope. Included scope is not too bad and is adjustable too.
ConsNone that I could find.
By David
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
March 1, 2014
Trigger is long and breaks over at different times. Working on that now. Other than that i love it.
ProsLove it ++++
ConsJust the trigger - - -
By Chris
Brookfield, NH
Nice Surprise
February 17, 2014
I purchased this rifle combination with only moderate expectations as getting a .22 with a gas piston and ammo for that price, there must be something not great about this rifle. In addition, some of the reviews put overall quality (accuracy) and quality control on a low level. Exceeding my expectations began the moment I opened the box, with a rather nice looking rifle for minimal cost. I think the scope is the best one I have seen bundled with a budget rifle, albeit still of lower quality than what the rifle may deserve. Cocking and firing are both smooth, much smoother than I anticipated and certainly compared to some of my springers. I have only put the included ammo through this, but surprisingly accurate right from the start. I was Leary of this entry level gas piston in .22, but there is plenty of momentum behind this indicating some decent stopping power at close range. I have only put through about 50 rounds (I prefer to fire 200 rounds prior to spending too much time determining all of its nuances, including accuracy), so I have not attempted groups yet, but at least for plinking, has shown to be fairly accurate out to 25 yd. I have found it to be much less hold sensitive than springers, as intended, but just overall a very smooth firing rifle. I am still just very pleased with this purchase and considering buying another one just because its such a great deal and nice rifle.
ProsNice way to test out a gas piston for your collection let alone a decent air rifle.
By Bruce
East Tawas, MI
I would highly recommend the Nitro Venom to anyone
February 14, 2014
This airgun truly reflects the attributes claimed in ads about nitro piston guns. It is smooth cocking, lower recoil and I can state with absolute veracity that it is quiet. I would prefer it to many over rated foreign made products
By Todd
Holland, MI
Not great. I guess it's all relative.
February 5, 2014
beats throwing pebbles, but it hit all over the place, the trigger is horrible, the cocking hinge scraped the stock, just not what I'd want in a gun for the long or short haul. I'm not sure what the good reviews are comparing to, but I just have a fundamental expectation of any gun over 75 bucks, and this didn't really meet any of them. It's reasonably quiet I suppose, especially when it misses the trap at 50 yards. The scope was ok till 9x, then could not be focused, that was pretty lame. I don't see the entertainment of shooting at 20 yards, this one was not a performer at that or further. Not a real comfortable stock either, if you hold one you may agree, kind of clunky and chunky.
ProsI'm not the guy to ask on this.
Consthe gun itself. poor build, accuracy, trigger.
By Alan P.
Quinton, Va.
Nice Gun for the money!
January 29, 2014
A nice inexpensive gun for plinking and rodent control. It's been to darn cold to zero the gun yet! Next few warm days this task will be on my schedule.
By Steven
Puerto Rico
A nitro piston air rifle for $140, money well spent.
January 25, 2014
This is my first air rifle. I bought it because I was spending way too much money at the firing range and I thought this would a good alternative, and it sure is, this rifle is fun to shoot. Its solidly built, accurate, and powerful. Some thing you should know if you are considering purchasing one of these:

The barrel: I've read many reviews that mention that this rifle comes with a very dirty barrel. It does... I cleaned mine before shooting it and I highly recommend that you do the same if you buy one. This will help speed up the break in process.

The scope: Many reviews complain about the scope that comes with this rifle. I don't get it! The scope that came with mine works great at close to medium range. It provides a clear, focused view on all power levels up to approximately 120 ft, it does start to get a little blurry at longer distances though. But it works well enough that I will not be replacing it.

The trigger: Its true what they say, its pretty bad out of the box but it's super easy to fix. Follow the instructions on you tube videos ( there are a lot of them) but dont use washers or the 5mm x 9mm bearing people recommend. You will end up with a hair trigger. I used a 5mm x 8mm bearing that I purchased at a local hobby shop and my trigger is fantastic!!! It now has a 1/4" travel and breaks wonderfully, and the safety still works.
ProsPrice, $140 bucks for a nitro piston air rifle is a bargain. It feels solidly built and is accurate. It took me about 20 shots to zero my scope. 100 rounds later my shots are grouping nicely and getting better. After its fully broken in this will be a very nice shooter
ConsDirty barrel and trigger required modification
By nick
norton, ohio
great gun
December 25, 2013
I just got this gun. Took it out of package and mounted scope. In about 20 shots with hollow point pellets I was hitting bulls-eyes and targets. This is very accurate and a great gun for a low price.
ProsVery accurate Low price Nice scope
By Gene
Ft.Wayne, In
.177 nitro venom
December 22, 2013
Received this from Airgun Depot in very fast turn around time. The first 2-two dry patches I drug through the bore with an "Otis"cable and dry "Sinclair" patch brought horror to my mind. I was sure there was more powder fouling than my match pistol and rifle combined. I followed this with a wet bronze brush and was appalled with the "Rust", "Brown", that came out with the next dry patch. After 20 more patches I gave up and mounted the supplied scope. After torquing the base and rings to 30 lbs, 15 lbs, respectively.I proceeded to put some Crosman ammo down the bore. Much to my surprise, the trigger,though long,was smooth and steady.The groups were down 11/8" right 5/8".Holy crap this was going to be a shooter. With 80 shots so far it has quieted down, and the hits are still right there and tightening up. I am waiting on a new trigger from EBAY to get rid of the "excessively" long pull, and make this an extreme pest eliminator.
ProsNice wood, Right handed stock,quiet,accurate,comes with a usable scope.
ConsRusty bore, long trigger pull.
By Scott
Boca Raton, FL.
Great air rifle, scope didn't work out for me!
November 13, 2013
I bought this for squirrel hunting, not long range sniping. Scope could not adjust for short range targeting. I bought a pair of magpul flip-up sights and now my setup is perfect. I have no need for a scope. If they just would have put sights on the rifle to begin with. Just FYI that plastic piece at the end of the barrel is useless. The trigger needed to be modded with a bearing found on a youtube video.
ProsPerforms great!
ConsScope Trigger
By jason
Los Angeles
this airgun has a lot of problem.
November 10, 2013
I am looking to return the entire rifle. I try to use it, but I can't. this product give me too much trouble.
the scope lens is really blurred. I aim it to target, but it shoot 10 inches above the target. The elevation is not adjustable. I sent it to crosman, they sent the replacement with same problem. I totally don't want it.

By Mopar71
Love it!
November 3, 2013
Zeroed it in, very accurate. Very pleased.
ProsGreat price.
Irving, TX
(Refurbished) Corsman Nitro Venom Air Rifle .. 0.177 Cal
September 10, 2013
I am pleased with my purchase. Very impressed with the finish on the stock. The bull barrel and nitro piston make it much quiet . Seems pretty accurate with the (3-9X32mm) Center Point scope. Using Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum 10.5 gr . . it shoots Hard, very accurate, solid and comfortable. I love it.

ProsAll of the above
ConsNothing Yet!
By Curt
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
First airgun
June 12, 2013
My 13 year old son talked me into buying him a .22 air rifle after he watched some YouTube clips. Looked at different guns and settled on the Crossman. Got it out of the box and put the scope on. Wasn't sure about the gun until we went out and zeroed in the scope. Lots of fun shooting this gun. Zeroed it in at 35 yards but it shoots dead on near 100 yards. We are going to love plinking with this gun and shooting varmints.
ProsSolid construction. Nice scope.
ConsHard to cock. Hope it eases up with use.
By Dan M.
Atlanta, GA
Accurate, quiet, and deadly
May 1, 2013
I just bought this rifle and have just started breaking it in. As other reviewers (and the owners' manual, to be fair) have said, it takes a little break-in before this rifle is accurate. Out of the box I was getting shots all over a 8.5 x 11 paper target, but by the time I'd shot 50 or 60 rounds I was getting 3/4" groups and smaller at 20 yards using Crosman Destroyer 7.9 grain pellets. I think it's quieting down too, but I'm not sure about that part yet. It's already far quieter than my friend's spring-piston Diana, and has lower cocking force.

I'm not sure why people are complaining about the bundled scope. I find it bright, sharp and consistent at roughly an 8x setting, with which a headshot on a squirrel at 20 yards is almost a can't-miss proposition ... and squirrels shot in the head with Destroyers don't move far or for long!

Out of the box the rifle did have a little rust at the breech and around the place where the breech mates to the pressure chamber. Seems like a little oil before they packed it could've solved that problem, but a little oil here cleaned it right up. It did mean the rifle was extremely difficult to break the first time ... like I was almost ready to call tech support till I read in the manual that a sharp blow down on the muzzle (at right angles to the barrel) opens it right up.

The only real negative on this rifle is the trigger. While smooth, it feels like I have to pull it half a mile before the gun fires. The adjustment screw is completely worthless. I'll get used to it eventually. But that is the only negative in an otherwise excellent piece.
ProsAccurate, quiet, nice scope. Solid feel. Very effective on small rodents.
ConsTrigger pull is entirely too long.
Lodi, CA
Very Happy with Nitro Venom
April 12, 2013
I have had this rifle for 4 months now and I love it. My first few shots scared me because it was so loud, but it quickly quieted down after a dozen shots or so. It is accurate and fun to use. My 13 year old daughter has no problems using this rifle either.
Nice Gun
February 23, 2013
Very nice
Shoots well
Not so sure about plastic trigger
ProsVery quiet
ConsPlastic parts
By Jon
Otterville, MO
Hard Shooting Gas'r, Supplied CenterPoint Scope Worthless
February 17, 2013
Thought the $140 price was too good to pass up last April. The rifle seems to function adequately, with the exception of the factory trigger. The scope supplied with this package is the worst optic I've ever encountered. It functioned okay for about 300 discharges and went belly up. I changed rings to Weavers, tried shimming the scope to get it on paper since the adjustment range was maxed. The scope continued to exhibit erratic adjustment and impact with both windage and elevation. Never would move as supposed to, i.e.: 8 up, 8 left, 8up and 8 clicks down. All screws were double-checked for correct tightness, ruled that out early. Pellets of different types left the target looking like an open choke .410 shotgun pattern after the counted clicks to move the POI. Hits inconsistent and scattered everywhere with 4 brands and 3 basic styles of pellets on the "squared adjustment%u201D test target. Hold and placement of contact with the rifle proved moot. Artillery hold to almost locking with a firm grip from on a sandbag couldn't help the dismal performance of the scope. I couldn't use magnification above 4X on this 3X9 looking glass and that was only useful to 20yds or less. The scope was, is and remains totally out of focus, despite all efforts to adjust the ocular lens. 'Nuf said about the poorest optic I've encountered in over 50 years of shooting air, rim fire and center fire arms.

I believe my purchase was a GOOD BUY despite the issue of junk glass. I'm just highly PO'd about the CenterPoint scope's uselessness. It started out a winner, but rapidly suffered system failure due to the scope. This situation left me wishing it had open sights for back-up though. I bought it knowing full well it would be an optic directed air rifle. The rifle seems to have power to spare and will drive wad cutters, Daisy economy pointed pellets, doomed RWS and Crosman Premiere pellets deep into wood/plywood. Only real drawback on the rifle is the ultra-long take up and terribly rough pull through the trigger to release the beast of the gas piston. Correctable with a GRT III trigger replacement for $32. It now just sets collecting dust. I'll put it back in service for the grand kids this spring with a new optic from a more trusted source. If my memory serves me...I'll update with a new review in a few weeks once I feel moved to prepare for the younger ones coming for more frequent visits with Grams and me. I may even miter the stock to a shorter LOP to allow the smaller kids proper mount and hold. Darn rifle is heavier than a lot of large bore center fire rifles and decreasing the OAL is better for its intended purpose of allowing the younger grand kids, both boys and girls to work on eye-hand-brain coordination and correct trigger control/follow through to aid in making the journey to marksmanship more manageable. They all enjoy burning powder%u2026but the times dictate unlimited pellets beats the cost of .22LRs. Never mind their want to turn loose magazines full of 5.56 through a couple of Modern Sporting Rifles on the family range!

Buy one if you want to try a gas piston for fewer dollars, but be forewarned, you%u2019ll need a trigger and may need a better or at least more reliable optic for the ultimate satisfaction that this air rifle should provide. Shucks%u2026you might be better off in the long run by spending the additional money required to sweeten the performance on a different model, altogether. 3 Stars since it is a factory-packaged deal. I believe the rifle on it's own is close to a 5.
ProsInitial Cost Raw Power Difficulty of Cocking prevents young shooters from being tempted to shoot on their own until I and their parents are 100% satisfied with their knowledge of firearms and air guns with most consideration toward proper gun handling and safety 1st considerations.
ConsPackage included dysfunctional CP scope Really Poor Trigger Rough woodwork, splinters, and low-quality finish
By Tess
Owensboro KY
Crosman Nitro Venom .177 Caliber Air Rifle w/3-9x32 Scope
December 27, 2012
Got this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it. Great value for the price.
By brit
tifton, ga
crosman nitro venom
December 12, 2012
Looks great and feels good. Although, it's not near as accurate as a $150 air rifle should be. I would recommend getting a .177 cal over the .22 cal any day. The .22 cal version does not have the killing velocity (lead pellets) needed to pass through the squirrels I shoot. This results in an inhumane shot on the animal and a follow up shot is almost always required. I hate that! I'am one shot one kill kinda of hunter.
ProsDecent scope. Gun is built well. It's fairly quiet but not as quiet as advertised.
ConsIt is very inaccurate past fifteen yrds. Inconsistent accuracy period. Of course, the trigger is horrible and it is overpriced to me because of the inaccuracy of the weapon consistently. I would reccomend a gamo .177 cal of some sort.
By brian
Hoisington, KS
Nitro Venom .177
November 29, 2012
Excellent bang for the buck, I actually bought 2. One for me and one for a buddy.
ProsGreat balance, and accuracy is spot on.
ConsBarrel was very dirty but it was an easy clean.
By Jared
Milford, mass
Most bang for the buck...pun intended.
November 11, 2012
I am a loyal AGD customer but will admit I bought my nitro venom .22 at a local sporting goods store. I've been pondering this purchase for a while and saw it in the store and bought it spur of the moment. Short and sweet, I took this rifle out of the box, cleaned the barrel and found that it likes gamo rockets. Within 50 shots, I was shooting dime size groups at 25 yards. I feel this is a very under rated rifle that deserves some respect. For the money, I like it better than my trail np, and I payed seventy bucks less. I've stepped into the world of PCP's briefly and found that I missed the challenges of shooting a break barrel accurately. This is a great value for your dollar.
ProsAccurate out of the box, and perfect weight. Shape of the stock\grip seems to offset the poor trigger well. It's easy to get a solid grip on this gun which minimizes movement through the long trigger pull.
ConsTypical Crosman trigger, but this gun seems to wear it well. At least it works for me. Should come with an AO scope.
By Robert
Crosman Nitro Venom
October 24, 2012
My first air rifle so I can only compare it with my other rifles or an old Daisy springer BB gun. For this price range its fine. I am still testing the accuracy - but was really surprised to put it on the paper at 50" 100 YARDS! (though that is obviously not it's intended use). It is manufactured in China and quality control shipped it with a stripped screw in the butt pad which I fixed w/glue and toothpicks.
ProsPrice point - I am an occasional plinker. It suits my needs.
ConsWeight and thickness of stock. Overkill?
By Jim
Georgetown, Kentucky
Something that lives up to its advertising.
October 23, 2012
This air rifle is a must have. Hunts like a 22 long rifle out to about 45 yards.
ProsPrice, power, no ATF.
ConsNothing to dislike.
By Bad B.
n Of Detroit mi.
Great Air Rifle
September 27, 2012
Very Good Packing. Mounted scope and 5 shots later hit the dot 5 times. I still need to take it on a hunt. I am waiting for the snow, will know more then. I bought a better scope, this one was blurry. I also bought a tripod this is a great gun.
Prospunch, repeatably
By Brian
Crosman Nitro Venom...not a bad choice at all!
August 29, 2012
I bought the .22 cal. Hitting power is very good, almost frightening actually. Mine coming in at about 16 - 17 FPE, which is totally adequate for squirrels, rabbits, and other small furries. Accuracy quite good, but the gun does seem to zing out a flyer every few shots. Maybe it's me, I don't know. JSB Diabolo pellets seem to give me the best groups. With Crosman Premier, Ultra Mags almost as good. Scope is ok and quite nice for a freebie included with the gun, but would have preferred open sights and let me choose an after market scope. Even so, it's not awful, and will be great for backyard shooting. Just be careful, this is not a red ryder bb gun, this is an adult pellet rifle. Weaver Picatinny rail is a fantastic feature, and seems to be welded quite solidly. When you install the scope, be sure to put some loktite blue threadlocker on the threads...this gun recoils (even though a nitro piston) and will shake your scope out of alignment if it isn't locked down tight. Trigger is not good at all...plan on spending $30 for a GRT-3 trigger. You will hate the stock trigger and won't be able to group worth anything. (look at grt-3 trigger stuff on youtube if you aren't familiar). In short, you get a lot for $165 here. Nitro piston hits hard and is butter smooth. Quiet, no "cracking" or loud report...more a thunk-thud sound. Can shoot in your backyard without alarming any neighbors. Sound of pellet smacking target is louder than the sound of the gun firing. Gunstock is wood and is nice...not beautiful woodgrain, but still looks nice and is substantial. Nice looking gun! I have not regretted getting this rifle, once I swapped out the trigger, I was happy. I would recommend this purchase without a thought...I gave 4 stars instead of 5 due to the trigger issue.
ProsNitro Piston is awesome...smooth cocking and hard hitting power. Accurate within reasonable limits (plenty good within about 15 - 20 yards). Substantial and solid wooden stock, nice checkering. Mine had no rust, no scratches or scrapes in the bluing...beautiful gun.
ConsTrigger is without question the worst feature. Plan on replacing it immediately. You will see what I mean when you get it. Order your GRT trigger. Scope isn't the best, I dislike it...but it is useable and for 10 - 15 yds, it will be adequate. I dislike that there are no open sights, you must scope this weapon to aim it.
By Ron
Northern VA
Accurate & fun with the whole family - no regrets
June 26, 2012
Bought the rifle a while ago and have been very pleased with it. I wanted to put some rounds through it before I gave it a review. Must have put nearly 3,000 rounds through it without any issue. The rounds I use are the Crosman Premier .22 cal Hollow Point Pellets (500 Count). They are inexpensive and work good for my gun. I can pick up a tin for about $9 at Walmart.

As mentioned in other reviews, the scope that comes with the gun is fair at best, but can be used and deliver a nice grouping at 25 yards. At 50 yards my eyes are getting old and its tough for me to hold it on target. I can group them, but not as tight. Id blame myself rather than the gun/scope. The scope is kind of fuzzy at max zoom, so I keep it backed off a little most of the time. While its fuzzy, you can still make out the target easily enough just not sharp and in focus. Too bad there are no iron sights the stock scope is fair at best but the rail system is solid.

I was surprised at how quiet it is. I shoot in my back yard (its legal for me where I live), but it does not make much noise. During the day, with normal outside noise the sound does not get my neighbors attention unless they are specifically listening for it. At night its a different story, where background noise is much lower to start. Hitting a target often makes more noise than the shot itself.

The trigger has a long pull, and while there is an adjustment for it, it is still not that great. You can buy after-market triggers, but Im happy plinking around the yard the way it is. Im not going into any competition so it is what it is. As the saying goes, a poor carpenter blames his tools.

The stock has a nice rubber butt youd think by looking at it that the rifle has a might hefty kick. It has a kick, but if they didnt have the rubber butt, you could shoot for hours w/o getting sore.

I like the safety on the rifle. Im a south-paw and it is very easy to set and release the safety (in front of the trigger). It may sound dangerous, but its pretty slick. After a shot, I automatically put it on safe before I reload. My son is a righty and its very easy for both of us to use it. I consider it a big plus.

The end of the muzzle looks like a silencer, but its not, more of a decoration. Its nice to pick the rifle up by this or to use your palm to break open the muzzle.

Im pleased with the Nitro Venom .22 cal, and would recommend it to anyone.
ProsTrigger safety, quiet, fun. Accurate with cheap pellets.
ConsIf I were to look for something, I'd say the scope is fair. It does it's job, but it's what you'd expect for a stock scope.
By Jose B.
Very nice rifle
June 8, 2012
I am not a good shooter, I just bought it for fun to fill in my spare time. When I got it, I put the scope on and started to adjust it. My first impression was that the rifle had poor accuracy and the pellets were going all over. After some 40 shots things started to improve (I guess I started to improve). I put myself in a comfortable position with my body against a chair, the muzzle on top of a support, pulling the trigger half way then releasing it, adjusting my position, and then going for the shot with a shorter trigger pull. (I have not adjusted the trigger second stage yet). As said, I pull it half way first (Sorry my English is not good enough, I think you may say half cocked), this way I feel improves my accuracy. I have now almost completed the scope adjustment and break in period after some 80 shots. Other users said that the scope wasn't good enough, but I find it adequate. If you leave the rifle steady and move up/down or sideways your eye, the cross-hair moves away from the point the rifle is aiming, but no more than 1/2 of an inch at 20 yards. Surely there are better scopes, but so far, for me its OK. Right now, at 20 yards all shots are on target or at 3/4 of an inch at the most. Power seems pretty good. I shoot a hard paraffin candle and the pellet was 0.54 in. and pointing perfectly forward, no sideways deviation at all. Recoil and noise are as expected.
I have not used it in low light conditions. I guess that the scope will become useless at late afternoon. I plan to add a laser within a month. Just for fun.
I am more than satisfied with this performance, and hopefully expect some improvement as I hone my shooting ability.
In short, I like this rifle very much, and I would recommend it to anyone starting with air guns. Price/performance is a winner.
ProsThe quality Precision Power Easy to set up and use. Appearance. Looks like a real rifle.
ConsNone so far.
By Bigheadted
Norhtern California
Better than expected
March 8, 2012
The last pellet rifle I bought was in 1989, it is a Daisy break barrel 177, it still works and still has the cheesy scope it came with. It has been fired literally thousands of times. So you can see I have no current experience with modern air rifles.I wanted something with more accuracy and power and a good price. I chose the Nitro Venom in 22 caliber. I was very happy with the rifle when I received it and was mounting the scope, to me it was more than I expected. The stock finish is not what you wouls call good looking but I intend to camo it so the point is moot there. I thoroughly cleaned the barrel and took it out to shoot, I would shoot a couple shots and clean the barrel shoot a few rounds and clea . I did this for the first 50 or so rounds, a habit from my rifle shooting days. During tis time I rough sighted the gun and just had fun offhand shooting at random objects on my property and was quite happy with the hits I was making and impressed with the power of this gun. At first it was louder than expected but has really quieted down now. I set up targets and started shooting a variety of different pellets and found the Crosman to shoot the most consistent, the Gamo seemed to have random fliers with most 5 shot groups. Accuracy has been pretty dang good with most 5 shot groups having all pellet hole touching and pretty much making one ragged odd shaped hole covered by a penny. Killing power was shocking with gun no matter what pellet though to date all I have shot is birds. I cannot wait to zot some squirrels and rabbits with this. I have made some amazing shots out to 30-35 yards with this gun. YOU MUST use the artillery type hold to acheive the best accuracy with this gun. I really like tis rifle and would highly reccomend it.After shooting it and adjusting the trigger I have found it to be very acceptable.
ConsThat I did not buy one sooner.
By Baltazar
Lynwood, CA
Awesome rifle.
February 19, 2012
First pellet rifle, awesome gun, comfortable, shoots very well, accurate, love it.
ProsRight now, all of it
By Luis
November 24, 2011
I just got this gun 3 days ago and it works perfect.I took it out shooting some squirrels and i missed one but since this gun shoots quietly i had a second chance and i got him.
Prosfeels comfortable excellent scope Works well in cold weather
ConsNo dislikes
By Jack
Great Gun!
August 1, 2011
I love this airgun! It is perfect for pests and the muzzle break quites its down to the point where if you miss, youre taget wont run away. It is easy to pump too!

It is very accurate and I would highly reccomend getting this for pests and target shooting.
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By Shawn from Lemoore, CA on November 27, 2011
How does this rifle compare to the Trail in regards to accuracy and value?
By Joel from Fishers, IN on January 19, 2012

Hi, Shawn;

The Crosman Nitro Venom series and Benjamin Trail series air rifles share the same internal parts.
Same powerplant (Nitro Piston), same trigger and sear assemblies.
The differences lie in the choice of stock, the configuration of the barrels (such as, whether or not they have muzzle brakes, shrouds, or barrel weights ("jackets"), and the type of scope rails offered (3/8" versus Weaver).
The Crosman guns are marketed toward more budget conscious consumers, so generally will have less detail or fewer additional options, whereas the Benjamin branded airguns will have more "bling".
Underneath, however, they work just as well. :)
By Conor from Sunnyside, WA on February 8, 2012

But the Trail XL series is a lot more powerful.
By Carter from Washington on February 14, 2012

Accuracy is better with the Trail, value, about the same...

By Josh from VA on February 11, 2012
How accurate have you found this rifle to be, 20 yards, 30 yards, 50 yards, more?
By Daniel from Houston, TX on February 21, 2012

This gun is very accurate at 20, 30 yards. I have shot it at 60 yards using the 2nd mil dot on the scope and can get a three pellet grouping of about 1.5 inches. I am very pleased with the gun.
By Ron from Alexandria, VA on June 27, 2012

Concur with Daniel. Once you zero your scope, it's very accurate at 20 & 30 yards. I use cheap Crosman Premier. Hollow Point Pellets and get consistant group within 1". At 50, I'm not as good - I know it's me and not the rifle but like to hear my 4" spinner consistantly "tink" just holding it the rifle - no bench.

By Ryan from clark, nj on November 16, 2011
Is this gun quite ?
By steve from ohio on November 30, 2011

its not any quieter than any other nitro gun but there is no twang like a regular spring gun and the noise has quicker shot cycle than a spring gun, hence it seems alot quieter and the noise is directed away from where you are shooting so you hear most of the shot cycle not the prey. it sounds very quiet at 15yds down range and 10yds to the side of the firing line.
By Joel from Fishers, IN on January 19, 2012

Steve is exactly right, and makes a good point:
most of the noise that you, the shooter, hear from a spring piston gun is sound transmitted through the stock from the firing cycle. That is, the twang and buzz from an expanding and rotating metal mainspring, and the whack of the piston slamming into the face of the compression tube. The Nitro Piston airguns have no metal mainspring - so no twang and buzz and chatter - and the firing cycle is much more rapid than with metal. The shorter impulse, couple with the reduced noise, make them very pleasant to shoot.
Bear in mind, however, that most of the noise your neighbors hear when you shoot airguns comes from the excess gas escaping behind the pellet, and from the pellet hitting the target. This noise is relatively identical, whether you are shooting an airgun with a metal spring or a Nitro piston. Additionally, remember that your pellet will make a surprisingly loud "crack!' if it goes trans-sonic (meaning, if it has a muzzle velocity of about 1100 fps or more at sea level)...
By Conor from Sunnyside, WA on February 8, 2012

It is pretty quiet since it is a nitro piston, but still somewhat loud.
By Carter from Washington on February 14, 2012

Yes, a lot quieter than a .22lr, or your average springer for that matter.

By mike moros from [email protected] on January 9, 2012
what is the fps?

By Staff on January 10, 2012


By Guru Patnaik from Cuttack on November 25, 2011
Looks good but how is it ?




By Roy from Florida on December 3, 2011

Great looking rifle and the quality is very good. This thing has power, I'm shooting holes though half inch plywood @ 30 yards. I still haven't shot 100 rounds and the power and accuracy keeps getting better with every shot. If your just getting started and on a budget like me you can't beat the price for so much fun. The only thing I regret is not getting a case for it to protect the beautiful finish.
By steve from richwood, OH on December 3, 2011

the shot cycle is short and rather quiet, the penetration with all pellets is remarkable, the trigger is not great but, it is an air rifle not an anti-sniper rifle. I have been able to shoot some 2in groups at 50yds with the benjamin hollow points. At 60yds it still blows through 1/2in plywood with ease. It shoulders well (a bit on the heavier side but a very solid gun. The 3-9x32 mil-dot centerpoint scope holds zero and is fairly repeatable. I decide on the venom model due to the scope rail being solid mount and many people complaining about the dove tail mount that many guns are equipt with. The Benjamin trail np is the same platform but higher priced, and have never been too fond of carrying a thumb through stock around. Now I need to figure out a good way to sling it..... I would definately buy again, tree rats at 40yds and under look like they have been hit with a 22LR hollow point. They do make an impressive hole....hehehehehe
By Daniel from Virginia Beach, VA on December 4, 2011

Very accurate. Every time I go to shoot it's just great. Doesn't make much noise at all. It was a good purchase for me
By Carter from Washington on February 14, 2012

Accuracy could be better, but an overall good nitro piston gun for $170

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