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The Crosman Vantage is an excellent rifle for both plinking, small game hunting and varmint deterrence. With an authentic wooden stock, machined receiver and barrel and an adjustable 2-stage trigger you can expect accuracy, reliability and ease of use.

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
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Crosman Vantage NP
43 Reviews
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95% Recommend this product (41 of 43 responses)
By B-Rye
It works really well
October 13, 2018
Yep, it works really well
By Capt B.
Galveston, TX
Very nice rifle
August 22, 2018
This is a beautiful rifle. Accurate right out of the box, hard hitting, fairly easy to cock.
By Tom
Good basic air rifle.
July 18, 2018
The air rifle is basically sound and dead-on accurate. Definitely worth the price. However, be prepared to work or over or replace the rear sight.
ProsPowerful and simple.
ConsRear sigbt on mine was askew.It was off so far you could see it sat crooked on the barrel. Tried to adjust it, but was too far off to correct. Looking to take it to a gunsmith for a retrofit.
Best UsesPlinking, varmits and small game
By Scott
.177 Vantage
December 16, 2017
This is a very nice looking and solid felling/shooting gun. I would say for the money that it is a great bargain for a smooth powerful NP rifle. AGD got it to my house a day earlier than expected and with good communication in between.
ProsGood looking and solid feel with a nice shot cycle. IMO great value for the money.
ConsNon so far
By mike
new york
crosman vantage
November 24, 2017
this is my 1st nitro piston pellet gun and I'm very happy with it
it was dead on right out of the box and the price was great
shipping was free and it arrived 1 day early
By CrawldaBeast
Rexford, Montana
Good Air Rifle for the price
August 27, 2017
I got this gun for dispatching pack rats in the live trap and other light duty barnyard law enforcement. My first impression was a well constructed gun with a little heft and a horrible double action like trigger. Sighting in took a few more shots than I expected but now that it's dialed in, I'm pleased with the accuracy. I chose to go with the factory fiber optic sights as the sight to bore line is as close as I can get. Most of the kill shots made have been inside of 10 yards and have been on spot.
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.
ProsGood solid feel. Trigger can be fixed. Good accuracy.
ConsHeavy Horrible factory trigger
By Nikolai
Good buy
July 15, 2017
It's a good buy for a first pellet gun. Might be a little difficult to pump at first but it breaks in fine. Everything is nice and tight. Trigger is ok. You Might need to adjust it as it comes out with a heavy pull. So far works good on squirrels 20 yards out in the woods. Took some time to adjust the sights to within reason. Capable of dime sized groups at 30 yards iron sights and time. It is a bit hold sensitive but not too bad. Nice wooden stock, comes with rubber recoil pad. So far no malfunctions
Pros1 pump and done Adjustable trigger Nice weight Fiber optics Low profile Accurate Good price in my book. Similar buys at a local dunhams range from 120 to 200 Good power Not too loud
ConsPlastic sights Does take a little getting used to but is great when you do
By Jay
Sunrise Beach, Mo 65079
Not bad
July 4, 2017
It is a decent gun. I was quite amazed by the distance it has.
ProsThe range is incredible, shoots good, has plenty of power behind it. The distance on it is about 100 yds.
ConsSights aren't all that great, the trigger seems really really long.
By Caleb
Santa Clarita, California
June 5, 2017
It was an easy experience purchasing this air rifle, quick checkout and quick shipping. It arrived BEFORE the estimated delivery date, very nice. The gun itself is of great build quality, smooth wood stock, sturdy barrel, nice sights, decent trigger. I used 1.1g Remington pellets and was able to get really tight groupings from 25-30 yards away (with iron sights). Go ahead and purchase it, you won't be disappointed! (:
By Stan
Beacon, NY
Excellent Air Rifle For The Money
April 4, 2017
For the money, this is an excellent air rifle. It has a nice wood stock, and is very accurate with the right pellets. Quite frankly, for a nitro piston, it's a steal.
ProsNot too heavy, wood stock, nitro piston
It's a Keeper !!
March 21, 2017
This is a delight to shoot right out of the box, just a little tweeking and it is spot on. For the money you can't go wrong. i shoot toy armymen in the yard and alley most every day. It's powerfull, accurate, good weight, i'll add a scope after i go through 3-4 tins of pellets. Just the other day i had to invest in another bag of armymen not sure where the others flew off to. i think my neighbor will find them with his lawnmower soon. i don't care about the trigger pull or if it's plastic or whatever, this rifle is worth much more than $79.00. any young man or woman should be able to cock it. As for hunting it should hold it's own against anything smaller than a coyote with good shot placemaent, i could go on but you get the picture.. Buy it you'll like it, be safe wear eye protection and have a solid backstop. See Ya!
ProsIt's all good !!
Conswish it came in synthetic stock !
By Mike
Excellent - Right out of the box.
August 1, 2016
Opened the box and started admiring the workmanship. Stock was very nice, bluing well-done, loved the sights. Pushed some felt pellets through the bore until clean. Started shooting, ding, oops, ding, ding. Not bad, 3 out of the first 4 on target, not bulls but good enough at 20 meters, shooting offhand with no adjustment of the sights. The trigger wasn't bad at all. So, I am a very happy camper. Had a get-together yesterday and everyone had a try and enjoyed the fun.
By kelly
christiansburg va
great .22 cal for the money
July 3, 2016
this is a great .22 cal gun the stock in amazing very well crafted..this gun is excellent for pests like skunks, coons and rats one shot will kill without any problem. it is really powerful shoots thru 1/2 inch osb board with ease. the only thing i think would be better is the rear sight should be made of metal instead of plastic but most rifles are using the plastic i guess. anyway you can always use a scope or like me just go with the iron sights. nitro piston does alot better job than my old springer.
Prosstock in amazing very well crafted.. excellent for pests like skunks, coons and rats.. really powerful
Consrear sight should be made of metal instead of plastic
By Miz J.
Central Texas
Good Product & Price, BUT . . .
May 18, 2016
This is a well-made product at a good price. Minus 1 star because, even after expending 200+ rounds of LHP22, no consistency in barrel accuracy is acquired at any marked distance. Minus 1 more star because the break action is so stiff that we have to brace the butt on the ground, then struggle mightily. (Note that even our 6'4" son-in-law --- a great hunter and champion body-builder --- has serious difficulty in cocking this Vantage air rifle.)
ProsPlenty of punch to kill raccoons, possums, rabbits, etc.
ConsInconsistent barrel accuracy and horrendously stiff break action.
By Bill
avon park Florida
Trigger upgrade is on you tube under by Kenny
April 30, 2016
I have had good luck with Crosman air rifles in the past for example nitro dusk .177 and thought I would try another. The nitro dusk trigger was very poor also and I put in an aftermarket trigger which worked very well. Having read the review on this site which mentioned the above trigger upgrade for $1.50 rc bearing, ( would also recommend his slack adjusting screw upgrade.), I decided to try another one, hence the purchase of the Crosman Vantage 22 cal.
ProsPrice and easy cheap trigger upgrade.
ConsNeed to change the trigger and add a quality scope.
By Chris
Springfield, Ohio
If you're thinking about buying this rifle, do it
April 5, 2016
So I'm coming from a Crosman 760 Pumpmaster and this is a very good upgrade, there's not really much to hate about this gun
ProsGood Weight- it doesn't feel cheap Wood Stock Pretty Powerful Well Worth the Price
ConsTrigger Guard, it's plastic and is ok
By Todd
San Diego, CA
Great Rifle
August 15, 2015
Its quiet enough for the neighbors 20 yards from my yard. Very nice stock. Well put together and tight. Great airgun for 90 bucks.
ProsGood weight and size, smooth break barrel, easy cleaning/loading, easy to shoot as a new shooter.
ConsBarrel was filthy out of the box, but nothing a good cleaning didn't fix.
By Alex
North East, America!
My First Break Barrel
July 3, 2015
I bought this rifle two years ago. When I first shouldered it (not knowing anything about air rifles) I thought it was heavy and kind of cumbersome... I put a few shots through it and it was not very accurate at all and it went in my closet and I bought a Crosman 2100B. After a year shooting the 2100B ( which I loved ) I began to get tired of the pumping and went online to find another break barrel rifle. As I was online I came across Tom Gaylord's article about the artillery hold. I thought "maybe the problem with the Vantage was me." So... I pulled the old girl out of the closet setup a shooting table and commenced to put about 500 wadcutters through it. I kept at it because I read that air rifles need to settle in. I shot at a pellet trap. Did not worry too much about accuracy, as long as I heard the satisfying "DINK" of the pellet hitting the trap 25yds away... I was ok. After that break in period (casually over a month or so) I decided to see what she could actually do. First off this rifle is super accurate at 20 - 25yds. You can get 1" shot groups very easily (using proper hold). The rifle really needs time... keep using it and it breaks in very nicely.... everything seems to get "smoother", cocking, recoil...etc. I tightened all the screws as someone suggested and at first shot with open sights at 10 yards. After I felt comfortable with the open sights (good for me at 10 yards no further) I mounted a Leapers UTG and in my beginner fashion, struggled through zeroing the rifle in (I was a soup sandwich at first ... a sloppy mess). But after a few youtube videos I got the hang of it and zeroed her in at 25 yards. After that, I put about another 1000 rounds through this rifle. To be honest she does not feel "heavy" at all to me now and I absolutely love her. I was just alien to the whole break barrel system and needed to "acclimate" to it. Break barrels are finicky... I think they all are. I went through about 6 different pellets before I found one she likes. Mine loves Crosman Premiere 10.5 Round Nose. The light pellets did not do well for me. The mid weight .177 pellets however do the best for me. I have heard every rifle is different, but if you are just starting with this rifle I would go straight to the heavier pellets first.

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.
ProsGood weight and feel. At first the weight seemed heavy at 7lbs now she seems perfect. Great accuracy if you are willing to put the pellets through this rifle and find the right ones. Nice open sights... fiber optic....accurate.
ConsThe only con I would say would be the plastic front and rear sights, but... to be honest... that really did not turn out to be an issue at all. AND it IS a $100.00 air rifle.
By Plinker
Warren,New jersey
Great Rifle
May 6, 2015
I give this rifle 4 stars I found it to be accurate after adjusting the sights a little I ran 5 dfferent types of ammo thru it and I was putting holes clean thru a coffee can at 25yrds. I have read some not so good reviews on the rifle but i found it to be a straight shooter! Maybe i got lucky and received a good one? Or maybe some people need more practice with the rifle i dont like scopes i am old school using iron sights on most of my rifles and pistols. This rifle comes with fiber optic sights which are great but they are plastic and so are the adjustments so be careful not to bang them around. Thats why i give the rifle 4 out of 5 stars. if the sights were iron 5 out of 5 stars wood stock ok luan based.
ProsGreat price straight shooter Powerful
ConsDelicate Plastic sights Luan based wood stock
By Gary
United States
A great rifle
March 30, 2015
I have 3 spring air rifles, a couple pumps and I wanted to try a gas piston. AGD had this gun on sale a few weeks ago for 69.99 so I thought I would give it a try. I viewed as many reviews as I could and determined that it would be a pretty good gun with a trigger fix. So I viewed trigger fixes and found the best to be by Kenny, "MY AIR GUN REVIEW". The review indicated that an RC car bearing is needed to change the ramp rate on the seer so ordered that and a Hammers scope. The gun was delivered very quickly from AGD and I shot it a couple times just to check the trigger out and have a comparison with the RC bearing fix. The trigger is terrible, the first half does nothing and the second half of the pull is stiff and long and the gun shoots at different points on the second half. So I pulled the gun down, takes about 15-20 minutes for the repair. I removed the primary pull spring and shaft and installed the bearing as indicated by Kenny. Also note here, all structural screws were blue locktited from the factory. I applied more upon reassembly. Wow, what a difference this trigger fix made. The pull is short, crisp and releases at the same point every time. And the safety works just as designed and that is what you want.

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" !!!!!!
Pros1. Beautiful stock 2. Beautiful gun, The bluing is dark, even and very well applied 3.Very accurate 4. Very easy to shoot for anyone big enough to handle an adult sized gun 5. Very powerful 6. Best bang for the buck. AGD is by far the "BEST BUY"
ConsThe trigger is the only problem with the gun. If you are just dinking around with the gun it is probably ok. If you are shooting small game or target shooting you will need to fix it. You can get 2 RC bearing from Amazon for 3.99 and no shipping.
By Mike
St louis
Great 22, very quiet
March 26, 2015
Gun is great, scope is not so good. The trigger takes a lot of getting used to. Better after I adjusted it but still a lot of creep. Very accurate with the open sights a close range.
ProsHard hitting, accurate. Quiet.
ConsScope, trigger creep.
By Gary
United States
This gun is better than 5 stars
March 17, 2015
Ok, so I have got the air gun bug. Started a year ago and now I have 5 of them. I started with the cheap Chinese B series underlever model. Moved up to the Hatsan 85, Black Ops and now the Crosman Vantage and a Crosman pump .22 pistol along the way. So I have a fairly heavy springer with the Hatsan, a moderate springer with the Black Ops, a light springer with the B-series. The Crosman Nitro Piston Vantage in .22 is by far the easiest to shoot accurate of the bunch. And currently a great buy.
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.
Pros1. Build quality is amazing. This is an excellent rifle 2. Nitro Piston. Much, much nicer to shoot than a springer. Mine is "not" hold sensitive 3. Full sized gun for adult use 4. The gun is excellent for weight to size ratio. Its not the BB gun we grew up with. 5. Is an excellent choice for target shooting and hunting. Certainly an entry level gun for target sport shooting competition
ConsTrigger, like most Crosmans is terrible for accuracy. Buy the RC bearing fix. Makes the gun have a better trigger than most powder burners.
By Gary
United States
what a great deal
March 12, 2015
I ordered the Crosman Vantage .22 with Nitro Technology with 4x32 scope for the amazing price of 69.95. But what I received was something more than expected. A non-scoped .22 Nitro Piston showed up on my door step 4 days later. I had known from reviews that the scope was not much good and the Crosman triggers sucked. So I watched reviews on line about fixing the trigger, Kenny is the best person who does these kinds of reviews. Very professional with no cuss words like many of the others. So I ordered a AO 3-9 Hammers scope 49.95, also an amazing product and two RC bearings from amazon for 3.99.
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!
Pros1. Beautiful wood stock, although not the maple red of the picture, more like a blond honey oak 2. Craftsmanship is excellent in all parts 3. Great accuracy 4. -70.00, the deal of the year 5. Nitro Piston, need I say more. These things make buying a springer almost seem like "why would you" 6. Fun, fun, fun
Cons1. As you know, Crosman triggers are terrible. Easy to fix with RC bearing. I fixed mine after shooting the gun two times. The bearing application makes the gun have an almost perfect trigger. Even better than my Hatsan 85 which is a great trigger
By M C.
somers, ny
my first rifle
March 4, 2015
I cant believe i paid $89 for this rifle .... this rifle is a beast seems to perform like a more expensive rifle.... extremely accurate with crosman pointed pellets
ProsAccurate and powerful
ConsNone yet
By Diane
February 27, 2015
For the money the Crosman vantage can't be beat. I have shot about 800 pellets thru it and it just gets better. The scope is none the worse for wear,for a scope added in,, no complaints. And good exercise [cocking] for a 71 yr. old. Love it.
By Brian
November 27, 2014
No frills. Just what you need to have fun and hit what you aim at! Stock is comfortable, trigger is long and stiff. I like the open sights, but obviously can be more accurate with a scope which it is machined to accept.

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!!
ProsGas piston at this price point
By Paul
Esmond, IL
Great rifle for the money
November 5, 2014
Great for plinking, targets, and small rodents to about 30 yards. Mounted a Leapers 4 X 32 scope. Aging eyes didn't get along with the fiber optic sights although they seem to be OK. Seems to work best with Crosman premier ultra mag 10.5 gram pellets.
ProsPrice. Quality. Light weight.
ConsHarder to cock than I expected, but not too bad.
Great entry level Air Rifle
October 4, 2014
Very happy with the power and accuracy of this rifle. After a few hundred shots the accuracy increased and the effort to cock was decreased. Even the noise level dropped. Still experimenting with various pellet weight & shapes to find what works best with this rifle. Very lethal and humane kill shots up to 50 yards. The trigger is not this rifles best feature but can be modified to greatly improve results. I used the 5114 bearing with great success. You will find many articles and u-tube videos to show you how. Great rifle for this price point and highly effective for rodent control. Highly recommend the Vantage.
ProsVery powerful and accurate for this price point.
ConsTrigger and cheap plastic sights.
By Steve
Washington State
great rifle for the dollars
September 29, 2014
good powerful rifle
Prospowerful, nitro piston, likes all kinds of pellets, accurate for a piston rifle. Great value
Consjumps a bit when fired, but with practice, it shoots very nice
Champlain, NY
Very accurate and Good buy
August 8, 2014
I held back on a review for a couple of weeks while I put this rifle to the test. After about a thousand pellets the gun is still holding up well. It was pretty accurate right out of the box after cleaning the barrel first(a must do). Get the rifle offer without the scope. The cheap scope that comes with the package deal is just about useless. For $79.00 and maybe a discount coupon if you can find one on an internet search, this is an excellent buy. Tried a few different brands and weights of pellets but I am lucky I guess because this one likes Crosman HPs or Domes the best so far. Crosman guns often like Crosman pellets. Like many other posts and articles have talked about, you'll need to learn to hold this gun to get good accuracy, mine likes a light artillery hold and light finger tip hold on the pistol grip. At 30 yards I can consistently get 10 shot 1 inch groups and I can get 1/2 inch and one hole groups sometimes on a good day if I can hold steady enough on a soft rest(not as steady as I used to be). I put a Center Point 4-16(Walmart$69) on it and it is working good. Had a little trouble getting the scope to hold zero but that was because I had almost maxed out the elevation to get it zeroed. Took the scope off and recentered the crosshairs, put a plastic shim(piece of credit card) under scope on the rear mount and that did the trick. Gun had a little barrel droop which is common but no big deal. Get a one piece mount too. Make sure to Loctite all the screws because they will soon loosen up under the recoil of this gun if you don't. Another thing that you should do for better accuracy is one of the simple trigger fixes that can be found on Youtube. The trigger pull is quite long and heavy on this gun but usable. The front and rear sights are nice and bright but only good for up close shots on small targets because the front bead blocks out the small target at longer ranges. The Nitro Piston is nice and is just a whole lot better to hold and shoot than a springer going boyyyynngggggggg and vibrating all over the place. I'll never buy another springer. I have a Bigcat that took forever to learn how to hold it just right because it was so light and sensitive and had to put oodles of different pellets through it to find one that it liked. No matter how hard or what I try I just can't get it to group dependably like the Crosman Vantage NP. This Vantage didn't take long to break in, find the best hold and find an accurate pellet. Good deal and very satisfied. Happy customer!
ProsNitro Piston, Accuracy, Price.
ConsNone worth mentioning!
By Mike
Plymouth, Ma
Crosman Vantage NP: handsome, lightweight, open sights, powerful and bargain priced!
July 18, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hardwood stock. It is dark brown with a matte finish, and the bluing is flawless. Also, despite other reviews Ive read, I find the Vantage NP light enough to hold comfortably for offhand shooting.

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!
ProsHandsome stock Moderate weight Open sights Excellent power Smooth firing
ConsLong/heavy trigger Strenuous cocking
By Kurt
Mission, KS
Good rifle
June 18, 2014
I bought this rifle for target shooting ,I wasn't expecting much for the price ,but was surprised by how accurate the rifle is which the scope it came with.
ProsMaterials: wood, metal. Fit and finish very nice . Very accurate nitro piston is easy to cock and quiet .
ConsFiber optic sight would not zero even when adjusted all the way left. Trigger has long pull.
By Jerry
Don't hesitate, buy it quick!
June 13, 2014
I bought this because of the price. What I wasn't sure of was how nice a gun it is. I can't believe the quality in this gun, especially when you consider the price. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I received it. By the way I couldn't believe how fast It came. Kudos to you and your shipping department. Back to the gun. What a great buy, I don't see how you can go wrong with it. It shoots great and the accuracy is super. It probably shoots better than I can. In summing up, don't be afraid to buy it, especially from AGD, they are great.
ProsSuper gun
By Danny
Hitchcock, Texas
Major bang for the buck!
April 14, 2014
I grew up shooting mostly .22 caliber rimfire and always had my Crosman pump .22 pellet rifle. That was many years ago. This is my first break barrel rifle and I chose the Nitro gas cylinder over spring piston design based upon what I read. This being my first experience I cannot be as detailed as some would in a review but here goes. This gun is a .177 caliber and after killing a couple of squirrels I would have to say I am not getting the knock down power of a .22 caliber, even with the hollow points I used, however; I already knew that and so that is nothing against the gun. Besides, my shooting skills can probably get better so as to get good, clean head shots. Before the squirrels I did some open sight shooting and I love the fiber optic front sight. It was doing a great job but I had never used a scope in my life so I attached the refurbished Centerpoint 3-9x32 scope that came with the package (Sale Price: $114.99 woo-hoo!), sighted it in and WOW! This thing is incredible! At 50 yards I am hitting beer cans with quick aim/shoot and nine our of ten shots I am dead on, almost scary in it's accuracy. And I have not even cleaned the barrel! I got a heck of a deal on the gun from AirGun Depot which made an already fantastic bargain into a steal! NOTE: If you don't want or can do without the scope that comes in the package deal, I think AirGun Depot has the rifle by itself for $ 99.95 and you won't look back.
ProsFairly accurate right out of the box. Smooth, positive cocking barrel. Powerful. Heavy, but I like that and feels like a real gun and not a toy. I attached the scope and now have run quantity of 400 Beeman .177 Cal, 7.2 Grains, Hollow point pellets through it and it is shooting even better. Design is spartan but beautiful in simplicity. If you are experienced with airguns and Crosman then you most likely will not like the trigger. Even being new to airguns, I recognize the negative points made by many regarding that point, however; it is just not that important to me in a gun at this price point and especially with so many other good things about it. If you don't like the trigger you can always upgrade or put your money in another higher end gun. Another NOTE: THIS IS NO TOY so be sure to train and supervise well anyone putting their hands on it.
ConsNothing worth mentioning. For the price I don't believe you are going to get any better. Get this gun, go outside and have fun shooting.
By Ken
Southeast, ALABAMA
Missing the Scope
April 11, 2014
Ordered this rifle/scope combo because my 2 year old Gamo gave up the ghost and we have an upcoming informal match this weekend. Shoots decent with the cheapo plastic iron sights, if they last of course, and they iron sights cover the entirety of a 3" diameter ring at 15 yards, so past that with irons will make precision shots impossible. Rifle looks great and feels great in all aspects, but the scope was MISSING in my order so I cannot give a more detailed review regarding accuracy. Called customer service about the missing scope and they say "best we can do is send the missing scope out Monday" and today is Friday at 3:00pm.
ProsGun is great for the price point and I am sure it will perform WHEN the missing scope arrives.
ConsHad to cancel my motel room within 24 hours because I'll not be attending the match tomorrow with no scope, and now I am out another $35 cancellation fee. Called customer service back, same thing, best is Monday. I just switched from Pyramid to Airgun Depot and this is my first order. So much for first impressions and crappy customer service. Not even an offer to compensate for their screw up. Guess Pyramid isn't so bad after all, since they at least would have offered a free tins of pellets or possibly overnight shipping. I doubt this review will be posted since it looks bad on Airgun Depot's poor customer service, but I feel better writing it and in the hopes potential customers will see it and know what to expect.
By David
Wainfleet, ON
Awesome gun
March 29, 2014
Great accuracy and power for the price takes a couple shots to get it accurate at first.
By Rick B.
Lancaster, PA
February 3, 2014
Solid heavy feel, nice finish, nice wood stock, very accurate after 100rd. break in period. Got it for $115 with a good 3x9 scope. Just using open sights for now, but plan on installing 3x9 scope soon. Make sure to use blue loc-tite on scope mounting screws, cause this thing has a .22mag. type recoil to it. Decent trigger for a gun this cheap. My STOEGER X20S, has a heavier, nastier trigger, and was much more expensive! This is my first nitro-piston gun, and I really like it. It does have a smoother, but heavier cocking effort than compared to my stoeger. I say the noise level is slightly louder than the stoeger. Every pellet I shot through it at 7gr. or higher hasn't gone super-sonic. (above 1075fps.) All in all, for the money this gun is a steal. BUY IT YOU'LL LOVE IT.
ConsThe stock open sights are cheap plastic, but usable. If your mounting a scope anyway, who cares!
By Nick C.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Shipped with some flaws but overall great value
January 16, 2014
Let me start by commenting on the quality of the scope. Considering most air rifles come with "throw away scopes" this 3-9X32 Centerpoint Scope is not only sufficient for this air rifle , but can also be used for rim-fire or even larger rifles. My air rifle did come with some gouges in the wood stock, although it was not worth my hassle so I didn't even contact customer support therefore I can't comment on whether Airgun Depot would have made it right. Shipping was fast so I was plinking four days after receiving the rifle. Accuracy seems good, but I'll need more time to find its preferred pellets. Overall I would recommend anyone looking for air rifles in this price point choosing this rifle, and with the free upgraded scope this is a great deal.
ProsGreat scope. Nitro piston will be great for leaving rifle cocked when hunting for prolonged periods.
ConsA little louder than I'd hoped, but comparable to most other air rifles. My unit had a damaged wood stock.
By William
Bremerton, WA
October 4, 2013
This gun is a great value for the price.
Shoots crosman 4.5 mm pointed lead tight at 35'
ProsNitro piston very little recoil Very pleased with the upgraded centerpiont illuminated scope
ConsNo complaints
By Steve
Three Rivers Michigan
Great value
September 4, 2013
My previous airguns have all been pump type Daisy or Crosman from the local dept stores and I've had them since I was a teenager. My last gun was a Crosman 2200 Magnum which is the 2100 in .22 caliber. This gun as far as I am aware is no longer made and something went wrong with mine. It's started spraying pellets and I couldn't count on it to kill anything anymore so I decided to get a break barrel style to replace it.

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.

ProsPowerful, accurate, quiet, smooth and good looking gun.
ConsA little heavy
By David F.
Starkville, MS
Great Value!
August 29, 2013
I have the Nitro Trail 22 that I have been very happy with but I also wanted a 177 air rifle. This was listed on the daily deal with the upgraded scope and just appeared to be a great value. I have had this rifle for about a month and have only shot around 75 rounds using the Crosman hollow point pellets. The Vantage is smooth, accurate, quiet and about 2 lbs. lighter than the Trail. I have also been pleased with the scope. Even though the Nitro Trail 22 is still my first choice for varmints I do see the weight of the Vantage rifle as a big plus and this is just an all-around great air rifle for the money when you consider the upgraded scope and that it has the nitro piston.
Prosweight, quiet, nitro piston, upgraded scope
By Stu
, Central Kentucky
First Impressions
August 7, 2013
This is my first adult airgun. I bought it for hunting small game (squirrels and rabbits) and pest control (ground squirrels and rats). This review is only my early impressions of this gun as a first time adult airgun shooter for those who are considering buying this gun but who may be wavering because of a lack of reviews on this particular model. I have a background in firearms so most of my comments should be taken with that in mind. I just got the rifle today and right out of the box I could tell that this was going to be a real shooter. It has a very similar weight and feel to my dad's old Mossberg 640 KC .22 mag Chuckster. I have read in other reviews of people complaining about the included scope. When I took the scope out of the box and saw how nice it was I had to give a little chuckle. It is at least 10X the scope that came with that old Mossberg lol and that thing could drive tacks at 100 yards. I know that airguns scopes have to compensate for a different kind of recoil than firearms but I am betting that a little bit of loctite on those mounts will be all that's needed to make it stay put. Only time will tell. As for the gun itself it is very sturdy and well put together. The wooden stock is nice enough if a little plain but as somewat of a traditionalist I like it a lot more than most of the tactical type of stocks found on other rifles. The satin finish on the stock has no glare which is good for hunting if not for showing off. The buttstock features a comfortable black textured rubber recoil pad and, shouldering the rifle, I was easily able to get a comfortable stock weld in any shooting position. The barrel is true and the blueing is nicely done with no rust or rough spots. The only thing I can think of to knock this rifle on as far as looks and durability are the plastic sights and trigger guard. I can live with the plastic trigger and maybe even the trigger guard since it seems to be a very hard, tough plastic but the rear sight especially looks particularly vulnerable to breakage under normal hunting conditions such as walking through dense brush, riding in a cramped truck cab and whatnot. With that said the sights were dead on at 10 yards out of the box. As soon as I got the rifle I read through the manual, went straight out my back door and looked for the nearest suitable target. I took a quarter size plug out of a black walnut at ten yard first shot. No great feat but impressive for an out of the box airgun. The caveat is that accuracy was not consistent. I went out and found some hedge apples to shoot at (about the size of a big golden delicious apple) and it took me a few shots to zero in on one. Then I shot at another walnut at about 15 yards and I knocked it out of the tree in one shot. The good news is that Crosman says in the owner's manual that accuracy would not be consistent until the nitro piston has a chance to be broken in after about 100 shots. So, again, only time will tell. As for loudness, the report of the first shot was in the ballpark of a .22 lr but not quite as much "crack". After about 30 shots it quieted down to about the same level as one of those "snap pops" you can buy at super markets around the fourth of July. Not bad at all and I expect it will get quieter the more I shoot it. It has a surprising little kick to it for an airgun but nothing compared to even say a .22 mag rifle. I like the safety being next in front of the trigger but I wish they had provided a little more room between the safety and the trigger or not made it perfectly flush with the trigger so it would be easier to disengage with gloves on. More than likely I will be tempted to just leave the safety off when shooting in very cold weather for that reason. Something I would normally never do. The last thing that I will comment on is that it takes quite a lot of pressure to break the barrel on this gun even after 30 or so shots. Not really an issue for me but something folks should be made aware of since some might not like that. I have a feeling that it will get easier once it gets broken in some. I hope I haven't jumped the gun with this review since I've only had the gun a very short time. Hopefully it will help out some of you who are wondering about the minor particulars of this gun if you don't have a chance to handle one up close. I will write a follow up review and post some pictures when I've had a chance to put the gun (and scope) through its paces in a true field test. Happy shootin'. - Stu from Kentucky.
ProsWell made, Nice Scope, Good weight and feel, & Iron sights as well as scope, Powerful, Accurate out of the box
ConsPlastic sights, Inconsistent accuracy (until broken in?), Safety hard to disengage w/ gloves
By Robert
Stacy, MN
Solid rifle for the Money
August 5, 2013
This thing is pretty solid all around air rifle. It packs a good punch and is fairly quite.
ProsPowerful Price Scope
Consa little heavy
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Crosman Vantage NP
  • 0.177
    Caliber 0.177 Cal
    Velocity 1200 fps
    Loudness 3-Medium
    Mag Capacity 1
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    Caliber 0.22 Cal
    Velocity 950 fps
    Loudness 4-Medium-High
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