Designed with the trail in mind, the Summit Ranger's all-weather synthetic stock includes integrated sling swivels that just need a sling for easy transportation. On top of the stock, you have an 11mm dovetail rail for your optics choice or simply use the included metal open sights. As an added bonus, the Ranger includes Crosman’s Clean Break Trigger (CBT), an enhanced 2-stage trigger that’s adjustable. Best of all, the Summit Ranger is build in the USA. These features add up to a solid rifle that’s more than ready for shredding paper targets dispatching small game.
Crosman Summit Ranger NP2 Air Rifle Features
- Nitro Piston 2 (gas piston)
- 15% faster than standard gas pistons
- Less cocking force and reduced vibration with patent pending technology
- Dual stage, clean break trigger
- Sling Mounts included (rear post/front loop)
- Dovetail mounting rail
- Metal front and rear sights
Benefits of the Nitro Piston 2 over a metal mainspring:
- Smoother cocking
- Smoother shooting
- No spring torque
- No spring fatigue, even if left cocked for hours
- Functions perfectly in cold weather
- Lasts longer than a metal spring
The gun's power is impressive. It strikes with authority, no question. I'd have no qualms hunting small game with it once I learn to hit my mark consistently.
I can't say this NP2 gun is really much quieter than a spring piston gun, but the sound is smoother, if that makes sense.
Breaking the barrel to load is heavier than I'd come to expect after reading other people's reviews, but closing the barrel is smooth and effortless.
The sights overall are pretty good, but the rear sight has an annoying back and forth play caused by a gap where the sight plate is pinned into two front prongs at the front of the sight base. This can be fixed though, with shims, or maybe building up the sides of the sight plate or base prongs with JB Weld, or gently tapping the two prongs on the sight base closer together with a light hammer. It's a pity this is left to the end user, but it is what is, and it is nevertheless better than many other sights I've seen.
The trigger is good once you get it adjusted to the briefest second stage possible. It is as advertised very crisp and light, and the lengthy first stage is an entirely acceptable trade-off to get it to that point. And a light, crisp trigger pull does make a huge difference in accuracy.
Hold sensitivity I don't know that I can really comment on too much at this point, except to say that I'm starting to believe that some shooters may be over emphasizing the forearm hold while ignoring stock weld, which is at least as important. Good and consistent placement of your cheek on the comb when sighting in translates into good, consistent shots. So far I've only shot off the bench with the fore end resting on a pad, but I have noticed some significant variation in shot placement while trying to get a decent stock weld. Which isn't easy with this gun, you really have to cant your head and lay your cheek as hard as possible into the comb to get a decent sight picture. (Some relief might be possible though by going old school and filing the generously tall front sight down far enough to allow lifting the rear sight up a little higher.)
And that leads us to stock design and ergonomics. Clearly this stock was designed to be used with a scope instead of open sights. In fact, this is the same stock used for the scope only Benjamin Summit. It looks like basicly what Crosman did was retrofit the Benjamin Summit with open sights.
The other ergonomic deficiency with this design owes much to the beefy stock fore end and hollow plastic butt. The balance point with an artillery hold is a little forward of the end of the scope rails, a good hands width forward of the trigger guard, which makes the gun unwieldy for shooting offhand. Overall the gun's weight is currently acceptable, it's just front heavy, but I'm reluctant to add any more weight to it in the butt to bring the balance point back. Again though, I strongly suspect that since this stock was designed for a scoped gun this problem will be solved once I mount a scope.
So overall, I would say this gun is solid, well made, and a very good step in the right direction, and it was certainly worth what I paid for it, though for want of more refinement in the rear sight and a better stock more suited to open sights it's not as good as it could be.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1100 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 950 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1