Crosman Vantage Air Rifle Features
- Single Shot Capacity
- Gas Piston Break Barrel
- Ambidextrous Stock
- Fiber Optic Sights
- Rear Adjustable For Windage and Elevation
- Wood Stock
- Rubber Buttpad
- Two Stage Adjustable Trigger
- Up to 1200 fps With Lightweight Pellets
- Ideal for Small Game Hunting, Plinking & Target
- 11mm Dovetail Accessory Rail
it was dead on right out of the box and the price was great
shipping was free and it arrived 1 day early
As for the trigger, I did the 5x8x2.5mm RC bearing trigger mod. I am very pleased with the results. It went from long weighty pull then finally bang, to short easy pull and bang.
As far as the looks of the rifle? It is not very fancy. Decent wood stock, I polished it up a bit. It looks like a rifle to me, but I don't have much experience with other rifles to compare it to. The trigger is fine for me I have no problem with it at all, but again, I can not really compare it to anything else. I never thought much about it. It's a trigger, and it works! I don't think its hard to pull. It moves a bit at first to get to a stop where then a little more pressure pops the pellet. WAY more powerful than my 2100B. I can not shoot at my pellet trap for long at 10 yards... I had to put extra sheet metal behind it because she was working her way through the back of the pellet trap.
I think I paid $79.00 for this rifle on sale. I don't need anything else. She is super! At first I thought, well I'll get a more expensive air rifle later. Now... no need. Although I did get a Stoeger X-5 later down the road so I didn't shoot out the back of my pellet trap for casual shooting and so I had another rifle for friends. (love that rifle too).. You really can not go wrong with this rifle. As for hunting... well... I hear all different people say what they think is powerful enough or not. Personally, I have found, rabbits and squirrles don't stand a chance with this rifle once you can shoot it accurately. The power is there. I took a pesky woodchuck with it that was digging a home under my barn and I was worried he was going to weaken my foundation. No problem with that either. I don't think you can "wrong" with this air rifle, unless you are very impatient.
So here is what you are going to get for your money
1. The stock. Is beautiful, although lighter colored than pictures indicate. I have no idea how they make such a beautiful stock for this kind of money. The wood is claimed to be hardwood, but if it is it is of a soft variety. So be careful and it should look nice for a lot of years.
2. The barrel, trigger assembly and related parts. Are all metal (except the trigger guard) and are of excellent quality. Make sure you clean the barrel before shooting as it is fouled with machining oil. Mine wasn't as dirty as my other rifles but still took 20 air gun patches to get clean. Again, I have no idea how they make such a quality gun at this price
3. Shooting the gun. Mine will put 10 shots in the size of a dime at 20 feet and within 3/4" at 20 yards. Very accurate and doesn't appear to be hold sensitive like my other springers. I have no idea what pellets the gun likes or doesn't like. My local stores only have the pointed Crosmans in .22 and this gun loves them. I would suspect it would be equally happy with the Crosman domed, hollow point and flat face. This gun shoots very much like a powder burner, none of that dang spring action which quit frankly I do not like. This is by far my easiest gun to shoot!
4. Power. I built a 3/4" plywood box with a metal plate on the inside for a pellet trap. My magnum .177 pellet rifles put nice little holes in the ply. This Vantage .22 destroys the plywood so I had to make a 2x6 douglas fir face that I lean against the box so I wouldn't ruin it. The .22 will penetrate the 2x6 about half way and will knock the 2x6's over upon impact, at 18 yards!!! This Nitro Piston is amazing, has as much or more power than my springers and none of that dang spring clanging around action.
To finalize my review.
If someone ask me, what gun would you recommend? I would without a doubt say The Crosman Vantage NP. All my other guns were more expensive than this gun, some by 3x the amount but this gun out shines them all. Its very, very easy to shoot. Has plenty of power for target shooting or hunting small game up to raccoon sized. Its back yard friendly, oh and none of that dieseling that new springers have. Its accurate enough to compete in any entry level competition. This gun should be everyone's entry level gun, maybe there only gun. I just can't get over how easy it is to shoot. Makes pellet gun shooting a joy. I have one magnum springer that thumps the heck out of my cheek, making it "not so fun" and fun is what pellet gun shooting should be all about!
Also keep in mind, this gun is not a toy. Very much an adult sized gun and children and small women may have a hard time cocking it. And children should have supervision using this gun, its very, very powerful!
To finish in two words "BUY IT" !!!!!!
I found my gun to be like most of the reviews. The stock is beautiful but much lighter than the web picture. All the metal parts of the gun are of great quality and the trigger terrible long. You need to buy a good scope, I bought a Hammers 3 x 9 AO, clean the barrel, although mine wasn't as dirty as my other guns and fix the trigger with the RC bearing.
Once you do this you will have a very nice gun. Mine is very accurate and packs quit a punch. And the NP is amazing, no more TWANG slapping the crud out of your cheek and sending pellets every which direction. This gun shoots close to a powder burner, none of that spring twanging. Smooth and comfortable! A joy to shoot.
Today I disassembled the gun, installed the bearing trigger fix. Installed the Hammers scope and cleaned the barrel, which by new gun standards was actually pretty clean. A note here for others, all the screws in the structure of the gun came from the factory with blue lock-tight. I applied more upon reassembly.
Took the gun to my indoor range and wow what shooting. Took 5 pellets to get the gun dead on and 10 more made a hole the size of a quarter, no fliers. I will never buy another springer. This gun is so much smoother and the .22 carries a lot more punch than my other guns, all being .177.
Like many who review air guns, this becomes an illness. I have bought 3 guns this last 3 months.. In comparison between the 3, a Black Ops, Hatsan 85 and this Vantage, the Vantage beats them hands down. The others are excellent rifles but the Vantage with the gas piston is soooooo much easier to shoot, The Black Ops is next and the Hatsan last in terms of being able to shoot accurately. The Hatsan certainly has quality parts but almost 3 times the money and having a spring that cracks the heck out of my cheek makes it not much fun to shoot.
This may be the buy of the year. If you are looking to expand your illness you better buy one. Get a good scope and trigger bearing fix and you will have a gun that can't be beat!
Reliable and accurate after break in period. Also, run about 50 patches through it before you even try to sight in. Then shoot about 200 pellets, then settle in and sight it
Look out squirrels!!
And although plastic, I enjoy the open sights on the Vantage NP. So much so, I have not mounted a scope on the rifle yet, and find the open sights to be as accurate as my shooting skills will allow.
As far as noise, I would rate the Vantage NPs noise level as medium. Assuming standard lead pellets are used (the heavier the better), the sound is within acceptable limits for most suburban backyard shooting, but too loud for a city environment.
Unfortunately, cocking the Vantage NP is strenuousmaybe 35 lbs. or so. Its not an all-day shooter, and I wouldnt recommend the Vantage for younger shooters or anyone without significant upper body strength.
In addition, the Vantage NP has the standard Crosman trigger, long and heavy. However, the trigger on my particular rifle is certainly tolerable and doesnt seem to affect my accuracy and shooting enjoyment to any significant degree.
Next, the Vantage NPs firing cycle is smooth and produces no detectable vibration. However there is sharp and substantial recoil, so using the artillery hold is critical to achieving any degree of accuracy.
And, the Vantage NPs velocity is impressive: RWS Super-H-Points (7.0 grains) measured 1,009 f.p.s./15.6 f.p.e.; Crosman Destroyers (7.9 grains) measured 948 f.p.s./15.8 f.p.e.; and H&N Crow Magnums (9.2 grains) measured 898 f.p.s./16.5 f.p.e.
Finally, overall, the Vantage NP is an exceptional value. You wont find any NP air rifle in this price range with open sights, such a handsome stock, and with this much power. Yes, the trigger is barely satisfactory and the cocking is quite vigorous, but these negatives are quickly overshadowed by the Vantage NPs positives and Airgun Depots unbeatable prices!
Shoots crosman 4.5 mm pointed lead tight at 35'
First of all, if you're reading this review and contemplating a nitro piston gun over a spring gun, GET THE NITRO PISTON. It's well worth it for reduced recoil and the action is just much nicer.
The Vantage wood stock is really nice compared to plastic that I'm used to and the trade off is weight. This gun is heavy! I'm not a stick man so I'm fine with it but it's not a light weight gun. The included scope, while relatively cheap, seems to work great and is exactly what I would buy if I were shopping for a scope for a pellet gun like this. Not expensive but very effective for killing rodents in my yard. I really like the click adjustments and the illumination. It has worked great so far. I don't see the need for a real Leopold or something like it for what I'm doing with my gun.
So far I've maybe shot 70 pellets through it and I've been trying a variety. The piston is starting to break in and get easier to cock. I much prefer the break barrel action to pumping the gun 8 or 10 times to shoot and the increased velocity and GREATLY increased accuracy are big bonuses in my book. The Nitro piston is much nicer than the spring action in my brother's Gamo and I'm very glad I went with it over a mechanical spring gun.
I had it sighted-in with Crosman destroyers but after around 50 rounds it started shooting high which means to me velocity is picking up as the piston breaks-in. I'm ordering the specified Crosman oil for the chamber today. I've tried numerous other rounds including the SSP pellets which are fun because of the loud crack, but I haven't hit anything with them yet because of the reduced weight. They shoot much higher than the destroyers at the distances I've been practicing.
Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase and the only other consideration I recommend is getting a model like the Nitro Venom without any open sights if you don't plan to use them anyway. You get the benefit of a brake on the end of the barrel instead of the glo site and possibly reduced firing noise as a result.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1200 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 950 fpsLoudness 4-Medium-High