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Crosman Nitro Venom

Includes CenterPoint 3-9X32mm Scope and Nitro Piston® Technology
  • Code: CVW8M22NP · .22 · 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.

Crosman Nitro Venom Features
  • Single-shot
  • Breakbarrel
  • Gas piston
  • Weaver rail (no open sights)
  • Manual safety
  • Ambidextrous hardwood stock with twin raised cheekpieces
  • Checkered grip & forearm
  • 70% quieter than most other breakbarrels!
  • Includes unmounted CenterPoint Optics 3-9x32 scope with quick-lock mounting system
  • Muzzlebrake

If you shoot a lightweight pellet so its velocity exceeds the speed of sound, it could result in your pellet breaking the sound barrier and the gun being louder than expected! The speed of sound depends on humidity, temperature and altitude. Generally speaking, it's between 1-060 fps and 1-115 fps.

Here are the benefits of the Nitro Piston
  • Smoother cocking
  • Smoother shooting
  • No spring torque
  • No spring fatigue- even if you leave it cocked for hours
  • Functions perfectly in cold weather
  • Lasts longer than a metal spring
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  • ManufacturerCrosman
  • Caliber .22
  • Velocity 950 fps
  • Condition New
  • Ammo Type Pellets
  • Action Break barrel
  • Barrel Style Rifled
  • Fire Mode Single-shot
  • Gun Weight 7.40
  • Overall Length 44.25
  • Barrel Length 18.63
  • Loudness 3-Medium
  • Magazine Capacity 0
  • Mechanism Gas-piston
  • Rail Weaver/Picatinny
  • Safety Manual
  • Front Sights none
  • Rear Sights none
  • Shots per Fill 0
  • Trigger Adjustability Two-stage adjustable
  • Trigger Action 0
  • Use Small game hunting/plinking
  • Warranty 5-year limited warranty
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By LonnieUSASeptember 28, 2020

Buy an aftermarket trigger. Do your homework first and shop for the trigger that fits your needs best

The rifle shoots well. I use for squirrel hunting with good results. Has a nice tight group. Shooting Nickle size group at 90-100 feet.

The trigger leaves much to be desired. Claims to be 2 stage but in reality is not.

By JamesUSAFebruary 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.

The easy go to shooter. Get one it's FUN.

None (does not self load) Ho Ho Ho

By JeanUSADecember 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.November 24, 2018

I’ve had my Nitro Venom for a couple years now. I’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 it’s a tack driver! Have taken squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and groundhog with this rifle, all with headshots. Definitely a great rifle in my opinion.

Accurate Good power

By BrianOctober 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

Accurate, good looking gun, made of solid good material

Is on the heavier side

By JimJune 8, 2017

I liked the first one I purchased so I bought another for a friend.

Shoots dead balls on and packs a punch when it hits.Jim


By PeteUSAMay 14, 2017

It is very accurate and powerful . Backyard freindly.

By Gerald SequeiraUSASeptember 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.

Excellent 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.

Slight 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 tommyUSAAugust 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.

Inexpensive, Smooth Cocking Not too loud

The 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 CraigUSAJune 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!

Wood stock, nice scope, accurate and very fun to shoot. Solid made rifle.

Heavy for younger shooters to handle. A bit hard to cock but I assume that will get easier with time.

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I have had mine a few years. Crosman tech verified i needed new piston. I have one but not sure how to compress sufficienly to put back. Old one came out with not much fotce due to it being bad. Send me ideas on getting this thing back together. [email protected]. I can send more pics. Has to go in about 6�€ and is very STRONG INORDER TO GET PIN BACK.

asked Steve

Can you mount a Bi pod on this gun?

asked shawner from USA

There is a problem with the scope. The reticle cross drop around 45 degrees clock wise. It means reticel cross deviate from its original location around 45 degrees. I shoot only about 300 pellets. No physical Damages. I remove the scope from the mount and checked. It seems that the reticle cross is not fixed properly. When I give a quick rotation among the line of sight it recycle cross rotate simply clock wise or anticlockwise. Giving quick rotations it can bring to about its original position. But again it rotates while shooting. For a reasonable price I would like to go for Adjustable objective scope (CPA416AORG2). If possible to repair in Sri Lanka it's great. Because it is very difficult to clear at Customs. For more details here with I attach some photo graphs.

asked Sahan from Sri Lanka

hello this is a great rifle nice finish and weight for the money the scope is the problem you can not fix it you need to either get a new one or check your warranty I had the same problem with the scope and send me the scope at no charge

Edith from USA

Is this a 100% soon stock and does it shoot BB's too?

asked Russ Royal

Sorry, I don't know what a 100% soon stock is. But this rifle only shoots pellets and not BBs.


what is the cocking effort for the crosman nitro venom

asked wayne from USA

I am 70 years old with failing muscle , the cocking effort was 25 percent harder than my regular spring operated Gamo Rocket. The rifle would not zero with the scope supplied.

RON from USA


Emmanuel from USA

How accurate is this rifle and what are the best pelets to use in it?

asked Edward

I have the dusk.22 and it likes the Crossman Hollowpoints.

Dan from USA

I used Vortex Express pellets Only shoot around 100 rounds thru rifle seemed to do well all of a sudden started throwing pellets all over couldn't hit a baseball at 10 yards tightened all screws but same results im waiting on warmer weather to try again


do you need a lisense in ireland for this gun and does it shoot led pellets

asked claire buckley

Claire, Please contact our International Shipping Department at [email protected]. They can answer any questions you might have. Sincerely, The Airgun Depot Customer Care Team

Scott from USA

what is the area of a five shot group? what is the maintenance? any consumable items besides pellets

asked art

Depends how far you are shooting your groups of 5 from... maintenance would just be cleaning the barrel every once and a while.

Jason from USA

Grouping is dependent on shooter. Slightly less maintenance than a springer. Oil/ lube and pellets are the only consumables


How does this nitro bit work? Do you simply break the barrel, load and caulk?...or do you need a gas fill tank with it? Never used one of these...thanks

asked steve

Break the Barrel to load and cock the rifle. Hold the rifle barrel in the break position and hold it open with one hand while loading one pellet at a time with your trigger hand. Make sure the pellet is flush and close the barrel and it should be in safe position, ready to fire when the safety is pushed forward.

Gerald Sequeira from USA

Functionally, it's like any other breakbarrel. all you need is pellets.

Craig from USA

When you say refurbished, what does that generally mean. Scratch in stock, scratch on barrel, replaced nitro cylinder or that it is just a returned item?

asked Gary

Gary, When the website says "Refurbished." Could be an item returned by a customer, could have been used for photography and/or could have been used for promotional purposes. Guns in this category may have been shot. May show evidence of handling and normal wear from use. Most are in great condition, comparable to a new one at a discounted price. Hopefully that answers your question. Sincerely, The Airgun Depot Customer Care Team.

Scott from USA

How is the trigger? I have several Beemans so I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to triggers. My buddy has a Benjamin Trail and the trigger is atrocious, smooth but long and hard to keep on target. Erick

asked Erick

The trigger on my Nitro Venom works well for me and I have no problem keeping the rifle on target. It is smooth and seems to get better the more I shoot it, but trigger feel is a personal preference and what feels good to one person may not feel good to someone else. The Nitro Venom is an excellent rifle for the money. It does not have the best trigger or the worse either. If you don't like the trigger, you can always change it.

Rene from USA

The trigger is fair to not very good. It has an adjustment, but mine came adjusted all the way. It is a long trigger pull and a fairly hard trigger pull. I am going to put an after market trigger on mine eventually.

Kyle from USA

Typical crossman trigger-long and creepy and a little heavy . Havent done it myself but a charlie gold trigger seems to solve that problem.

Joseph from USA

Although I have already tightened all the screws of the mounting system several times, the scope seems to be sliding forward on the mounting system after each shot. However, when I try to move it on purpose, it´s too tight and doesn't move at all. Does anyone have an idea what I might be doing wrong?

asked Jorge

I got rid of the scope and put on a better one. Can't remember if there was anti movement tape on the rings of the original scope, but even if there is, replace it or put more over the top of what is there. I use double sided sticky tape. It is hard to align your scope this way because once you lay it in the bottom rings with that tape, it won't move but that is what you want. Once you get it aligned in bottom rings and put the top rings on with tape, you don't have to overtorque the screws, just snug them up. Better on tube! That scope will NOT slip in the rings!!

Dan from USA

Hi, can someone please tell me how to set my scope on target point?

asked Josimar

Criticism of the "plastic" trigger? Is only the trigger guard plastic or is the actual trigger plastic?

asked Gary Straneva

Just the trigger guard is plastic. The trigger is a metal trigger with grooves in the front.


From what I know only the trigger guard is plastic. I love this gun so if a problem does develops I will have it replaced a metal guard at McMurray and Son in Gardena, CA..

Kelvin from USA

The trigger and guard are not plastic. Some of the internal parts may be but I dont know as i have not removed the assembly from the rifle.

David from USA

can it be sent to home adress

asked maurice sheppard

It can be shipped to a home address. With shipping to another country Try checking out at the sight and if there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidden. Shipping price always changes, but you should be able to see the final price before you complete your purchase.

Scott from USA

do i need a gun license to own one of these? is there anyway i can get one in ireland?

asked darren

Try checking out at the sight and if there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidden. Shipping price always changes, but you should be able to see the final price before you complete your purchase.

Scott from USA

Would this gun be powerful enough to kill crows, pigeons and mice? What is the longest range this gun is still lethal at? I do not have any experience with airguns so I don't have any idea what value for money is with these guns are. Could someone recommend a deadly, accurate, and cheap gun?

asked darren

Is this gun everything you want in a gun?

asked nick

Yes, at this price.


Can you adjust the spring in the gun to make it more powerful?

asked brian anderson

No, the spring (or in this case, a nitro-piston), is maxed out.

Conor from USA

How accurate is this gun with Crosman premier HPs? What is the maximum length for a scope? I am looking to purchase this with a UTG 4-16x50 scope that is 14.9 inches long, and a 3 inch sunshade. I am asking because I do not know the scope length limit.

asked Anonymous

Bro... You live in canada. We can't even buy this gun from here :/

Stanley Zheng

Will a NC star precision grade bipod fit this gun? Or what bipod do you recommend to put on this gun?

asked casey

How quiet is this rifle? I am looking for a quiet gun, not a loud sounding rifle.

asked David

This is about as quiet as you can get with an airgun of this power. The pellet hitting whatever your target is will be louder than the actual shot.

Conor from USA

Helooo sir m paramjeet singh live in near delhi (india) i wanna Crosman Nitro Venom .177 Caliber Air Rifle w/3-9x32 Scope! rifel plz tell me how i can get it and can u send it by corrier on my door

asked paramjeet from USA

Go to that webpage, where the item you want is. Click on "Add to Cart." (There will be a pop up with other items if you want those) Then click "proceed to checkout" if that is everything you want. When your checking out at the sight and there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidin.

Scott from USA

Heloo frd m paramjeet i live in india i wanna this rifel plz tell me how i can get it on my door

asked paramjeet from USA

Go to that webpage, where the item you want is. Click on "Add to Cart." (There will be a pop up with other items if you want those) Then click "proceed to checkout" if that is everything you want. When your checking out at the sight and there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidin.

Scott from USA

How accurate have you found this rifle to be, 20 yards, 30 yards, 50 yards, more?

asked Joshua from USA

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.

Ron from USA

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.


An interested in the above product and understand you are an owner. Is this really the real deal. How far is the effective range on a target like a goose. [email protected] Regards K. Mere

asked K. Mere

It has some power, but I wouldn't take a goose (providing it's legal), with this over 20yds.....head shot only.

Carter from USA

what is the fps?

asked mike moros


Steve from USA

im loooking for a gun thats powerful and cheap. would this gun be good?

asked exavior

Yes this would be good, but if you want more power, get the .22 version of this.

Carter from USA

I'm very happy with my nitro crossman its very powerful and quiet. Friends that have used it are upset they didn't get the same one as me. The scope and scope mount are allso very nice you won't be disappointed.


I just purchased this gun for my son, and found it to be a great piece. The high velocity and good scope make it great for target shooting, small game, etc. The 1,200 fps muzzle velocity makes it a better candidate for longer distances. Real nice feel in your hands..


How does this rifle compare to the Trail in regards to accuracy and value?

asked Shawn from USA

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

Carter from USA

But the Trail XL series is a lot more powerful.


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. :)

Joel from USA

Hi, Looks good but how is it ? Thanks Regards, Guru

asked Guru Patnaik

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

Carter from USA

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

Daniel from USA

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

steve from USA

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.

Roy from USA

Is this gun quite ?

asked Ryan

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

Carter from USA

It is pretty quiet since it is a nitro piston, but still somewhat loud.


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)...

Joel from USA

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.

steve from USA
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