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
- Includes Unmounted CenterPoint 3-9x32 Scope with Quick-Lock Mounting System and 2 Tins of .22 Cal Pointed Pellets
- Caliber0.22 cal
- Velocity950 fps
- Ammo TypePellets
- ActionBreak barrel
- Barrel StyleRifled
- Fire ModeSingle-shot
- Gun Weight7.4
- Magazine Capacity1
- MechanismGas piston
- OpticsVariable / 1 inch Tube
- RailWeaver Mount
- Trigger AdjustabilityTwo-stage adjustable
- UseSmall Game Hunting / Target Shooting
- Warranty1 Year Limited
This gun is made in China.
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.
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!
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.
Overall a great rifle for the money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not so sure about plastic trigger
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.
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.
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.
It is very accurate and I would highly reccomend getting this for pests and target shooting.
By Shawn from Lemoore, CA on November 27, 2011
By Joel from Fishers, IN on January 19, 2012
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
Answer:But the Trail XL series is a lot more powerful.
By Carter from Washington on February 14, 2012
Answer:Accuracy is better with the Trail, value, about the same...
By Josh from VA on February 11, 2012
By Daniel from Houston, TX on February 21, 2012
Answer: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
Answer: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
By steve from ohio on November 30, 2011
Answer: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
Answer: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
Answer:It is pretty quiet since it is a nitro piston, but still somewhat loud.
By Carter from Washington on February 14, 2012
Answer:Yes, a lot quieter than a .22lr, or your average springer for that matter.
By mike moros from [email protected] on January 9, 2012
By Staff on January 10, 2012
By Guru Patnaik from Cuttack on November 25, 2011
Looks good but how is it ?