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Diana Stormrider, Gen 1, Pump Combo
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Diana Stormrider, Gen 1, Pump Combo
Exceptional quality rotary mag PCP at an amazing price
Diana has been a leader in the air gun industry since 1892 and the Stormrider marks the company’s first foray into budget friendly PCP's and they’ve really created a real contender! With repeating shots, great features, and a no-frills design, the Stormrider is sure to create a new generation of PCP shooters. The first thing air gunners will note is the sturdy and sleek design of the Monte Carlo beech stock. With a unique checkering on the grip and fore grip, shooters should have no trouble finding a secure hold. The stock is only 1.5 inches thick, so air gunners young and old will have no trouble with its lightweight 5 lbs body.

Air gunners get into PCP's for their ability to fire shot after shot and the Stormrider does not disappoint. Simply load up the magazine and slide it into the breech, where it clips into place magnetically. With 9 shots in .177 and 7 in .22, cycle to a new round with a quick flick of the bolt action. Once you charge up the 200 BAR (2900 psi) cylinder you can send rounds downrange at 1,050 fps (.177) and 900 fps (.22). Additionally, if you want to shoot one shot at a time, a single-shot tray is included. To sight up your shots, use the included open sights or mount your own optics to the 11mm dovetail rail. Diana Stormrider Features Diagram

Diana Stormrider, Gen 1, Features
  • PCP
  • Bolt-action
  • Repeater
  • Up to 26 FPE in .22 / 20 FPE in .177 with lead pellets
  • Up to 900 fps in .22 / 1050 fps in .177 with lead pellets
  • Manual safety
  • Single-stage, non-adjustable trigger breaks at ~3 lbs
  • Checkered beech stock
  • Raised cheek piece for right handed shooters (stock still usable for left-handed shooters)
  • Fully adjustable rear sight
  • 11mm dovetail
  • Integrated manometer (pressure gauge)
  • 200 BAR/2900 psi fill pressure
  • 9 shot magazine in .177 / 7 in .22
  • Includes fill probe with male quick disconnect fitting
  • Includes rotary magazine and single-shot tray
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Diana Stormrider, Gen 1
13 Reviews
38% (5)
38% (5)
15% (2)
8% (1)
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85% Recommend this product (11 of 13 responses)
By Jimmie E.
Rochester, NY
Best PCP for the Price
January 11, 2019
I have the 22, nice rifle, this is my first PCP and very pleased with it. My first con is the barrel, didn't like it hanging in the air when I first saw a picture of it, when I ordered it I also ordered as Barrel ring, fit perfect over the air tank and barrel, it's tight and the barrel won't move at all now.The 2nd con is what some people have mentioned, the magazine, I had to cut the pellet to get the magazine out. I was using wad cutter pellets, I don't recommend them for this rifle, in any caliber, I only use dome or pointed pellets now.
Everything else about this rifle I have to say it's excellent. Accuracy is excellent right out of the box, bought it with the pump, the pump is a waste of time and money, I ended up getting the Nomad compressor,1st Generation, that was money well spent. For the price, I'm considering getting another one.
Best UsesTarget shooting
By David J.
Middletown, Indiana
Great PCP for the money
November 22, 2018
I am very happy with the Diana Stormrider. It has plenty of power and is easy to fill. It isn't terribly picky about pellets and I really like the nice wood stock. Most of my actual rifles don't have a stock this nice.
ProsFills to 300 BAR 2900PSI Nice wood stock Good sights Comes with a magazine, single shot tray and fill adapter Light and easy to handle
ConsCould use a cover or plug for the fill opening
Best UsesTarget shooting
By James W.
Verdict is out
May 31, 2018
... I like the look peel and quality of this gun. Not to mention, the Firepower it puts out. It says 1050 with lead pellets try putting lightweight 10 pellets Gamo air star in the east with just 2,000 PSI it went through three quarter inch OSB board and deep into the wall of my basement also think I killed a possum at 40 feet away with just 800 PSI a little over what the gun came with. I would like to give the gun 5 stars but the mag is junk and already has given me many more gray hairs trying to get it to work I've come to the conclusion it just a bad design. Don't like that the guns main selling point is defective also. Is a juggling Act to load it since there is a hole on either side where are the pellet can fall back out . Not to mention whether it is synced on the 1st pellet of the 9 or one of the last pellets which will only give you one or two follow-up shots. It Jams all the time and sometimes not sure about whether there is a pellet (or two) in the Chamber or not. don't know what the best .177 pellets are for this mag and gun are, since there is no reviews on the .177 . Also one might note that the Benjamin hand pump that I bought (looks so much better quality than other pumps) would not connect (too tight) to the stormrider even though the hand-pump advertises to be compatible with other PCP guns. I ended up getting another connector piece free of charge from a.d good looking out on their part. But to get it to work I had to hammer it into the female connect hose on the hand pump. Once again more time and more gray hair. Not to mention the connector piece is permanently attached to my pump now and Afraid to use WD-40 to get it out. Someday, if I can get it out, I will use the new connector they gave me.
ProsJust as powerful if not more powerful then other PCP guns in this price range and better look, feel and craftsmanship than other guns. Gives you a wood stock which is unheard of and this price range. And if you can get the mag to work it would be an even better deal.
ConsMagazine is poorly designed, frustrating and dangerous.. so use the single shot tray if unsure about it. Seems to be more compatible with air Venturi pumps since they distribute this gun and less compatible with Benjamin pumps. So be prepared to do some doctoring with a Benjamin pump.
Best UsesPlinking, but powerful enough to hunt with even if you're not big enough to pump it to 2900psi.
By david
ironton, OH
great gun and has no leaks as of today
March 27, 2018
out of box put a 3x9 scope on it and was busting eggs out to 45 yards with it
Prosnice lite gun
Consnone so far
Best Usestarget and some small game hunting
Very Nice
January 2, 2018
Every time I pick up this gun I just want to keep it in my hands. So lightweight and well balanced. It has some bite to the bark of the discharge but I can live with
that as long as not using it in an enclosed space like a garage. Every PCP that I own is the same way regardless so no point in complaining about any particular
one. I find it shoots more than accurate for my 25 yard and under distances. Mine is in the .177 caliber chosen for several reasons including I already have a PCP
in .22 caliber and wanted a .177 repeater. The wood of the stock is top shelf triple A+++ grade very stunning to the eye and to the touch. As I have only had it
a short time I have not opened it up for a careful minor lube since this tends to slow down the break in slicking up of parts like the cocking but I will later on.
The bolt action has already gotten smoother. I found a small learning curve to working the bolt action when using the multi shot magazine with pointed pellets.
If the rifle is pointed downward the pellet points seem to occasionally want to keep the magazine from advancing to the next shot. Holding level or upwards avoids
this possible mishap. The .177 has serious power and quick flight time. For some of my purposes I prefer to only pump to 600 psi shooting down to 400 psi as
indicated on the tiny rifle gauge delivering 700 to 600 fps for a full magazine. Recharging might take 9 or 10 pumps. The gun just says quality all around. I have
guns in my collection that are not keepers. This one is a keeper. A lot of people fret over triggers. Everything I shoot has untouched factory triggers and has never
affected accuracy for me. There is some tiny side to side movement on this one that a couple of tiny shim washers would get rid of for those that want to tweak
it that much. For me the trigger action is perfect as it is. I will probably take a small finish file to the squared edges of the trigger as they are distinct to a caressing
touch. Anybody who complains about not being able to figure out how to load the magazine should probably not use a manual pencil sharpener. It is too simple
to be confused on. The saying about tools is buy once cry once referring to paying more for quality. With this gun you get the quality without the crying. With all
the guns I have owned I must say this is one of the better ones at a much lower price. I have used the sights on the gun and also a laser which is handy for
shooting under darker conditions. I don't push air guns beyond 25 yards so I really have no need for a scope but this gun would look good with one and I am
sure make good use of it too. It is a winner.
By Lee
Manito, IL
My first PCP repeater air rifle
December 26, 2017
My first PCP repeater air rifle: accuracy is 4-5 (.75" at 25 yd.) Loading magazine is slow and magazine is slow to use, bolt must be operated slowly to make sure pellet is lined up with bore. I'm a 4-H instructor and we use Daisy 853 rifles; loading 1 pellet at a time is about the same, so I rate it a 3 or 4 for ease of load 1 pellet. The barrel does need more support; it is not rigid enough to be free floating. Still for $200 it is a good starter PCP rifle. The 9 shot magazine is the worst part of the outfit, so I can't give a 4 or 5. I have only shot 20 pellets (9 degrees outside, so I just sighted in the scope).
ProsPrice, Accuracy, pressure gauge is accurate, works at 9 degrees F.
Cons9 shot magazine is hard to load and functions poorly, rifle barrel needs more support.
By JimmyBoyJames
Middle Tennessee
Great Starter PCP
December 20, 2017
Great starter PCP.Greay rifle to start shooting with a PCP.Lightweight strong shooter
ProsLightweight ,strong shooter,accurate
ConsMagazine is expensive and cheaply made.Poorly designed magazine.
By Angel G.
Compact light weight with a big punch
December 16, 2017
Its small light weith with lots of power. Dont undesrestimate the size its small big a big punch
Pros Compact . affordable. Happy with the rifle
By MinnetonkaBoater
Twin Cities, MN
It scores
December 7, 2017
I have been following this gun and all of it's spa kin. The reviews for the most part are really good, but there seem to be some that think you are getting an Air Arms S510 for $200. I got mine with the scope and love it. Keeping the price point in mind it operates fantastically. I use the magazine and I have a "system". When I load the pellet I click the safety, unless I am going to fire immediately. Otherwise I do not safety it when empty. What this does is it allows me to come back to it after it has sat for a day/week, and I know right away if there is a pellet loaded. Cleaned the black gunk (Shipping fluid/grease) out of the barrel when I got it, and have been able to zero very nicely. I've only run about 100 pellets through as I need to be a bit sneeky firing outdoors, it is not what I would call neighborhood friendly. Has a good pop about as loud as an Air Nail gun, I might put on a better muffler down the road. As far as the bolt and the loading goes, it is a bit stiff. I will run a few hundred more pellets through to see if it breaks in, and if not I will look to the internet/youtube for a solution.

For mounting the scope I used the:
Leapers Accushot 1" Rings, High, 9.5-11.5mm Dovetail

I had to remove the rear sight, but that's ok. My eyes don't quite have the focus so using the sight's would have been a stretch.
ProsThe included free scope made this a super deal. I have nothing bad to say about the scope or gun. I am not a Pro, so it suits me fine.
ConsNone yet. If they do come up I will edit this post.
By Cheng L.
November 22, 2017
I ordered the Stormrider because it looks good and simple and as per all the nice reviews by many of the advertisers.Big disappointing.Returned the to AD because after 50-60 shots had hard times loading either using the single loaded tray and/or the mag.The magazine was the worse couldn't even use it.Later on couldn't load it at all.This gun will not accept or able to load with other brands of pallets except Crossman Premier and JSB Exact Jumbo but still had hard time pushing in.Inconsistantly the gun will hit all over.Returned that one back to AD for a replacement.Again,the replacement is no different except able to load but very rough but only with Crossman Premier and JSB pallets but it will not shoot a cow.After 400 or so rounds it just sit there in the closet useless.
ProsLight weight and good looking gun.
ConsPallets might get damage while bolting it into the receiver therefore it won't hit anything(very rough loading)
By Mark
Grand Rapids, MIchigan
Great Gun for the cost
November 21, 2017
This gun has a nice fit and finish for a 200 dollar gun. I have not check it's accuracy, however appears to be pretty accurate. One thing you need to be aware of is this gun is very light. I installed a medium priced UTG scope on this rifle and this helped with giving the gun some weight. I like the single shot option. This would be a nice PCP for a young person because it very easy to handle. The bolt action works nicely.
ProsNice PCP for the money
ConsFeels too light
By Bearton
Sioux City IA
Excellent quality:Great price
November 18, 2017
I've only had the stormrider for 3 days and haven't had a chance to hunt with it yet. The overall quality of this air rifle is off the charts, I have a 13 yrd indoor sight range and the stormrider is accurate and easy to shoot. I can't wait to get it outside and see what it can do at longer ranges. This is one stout little air rifle for the price.
ProsThe exceptional quality of this air rifle at the low cost is a great way for people to get into PCP shooting. The rifle comes with a single shot tray, fill probe, magazine, and complete O ring kit.
ConsNone that I can see. Maybe a little loud but this quality for 200 bucks, I can deal with it.
By Jeff J.
Evansville in
Lightweight paper weight
November 14, 2017
I had to rifle for a couple weeks and it was hard loading pellets because the Breach were too small had to take 2 hands to jam pellets in the Barrel. Magazine had problems seating on the rifle as well.
ProsLight Weight
ConsCheaply Made
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Compare Calibers
Diana Stormrider, Gen 1
  • 0.22
    Caliber 0.22 Cal
    Velocity 900 fps
    Loudness 3-Medium
    Mag Capacity 7
  • 0.177
    Caliber 0.177 Cal
    Velocity 1050 fps
    Loudness 3-Medium
    Mag Capacity 9
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