- Gamo Whisper Fusion air rifle
- Gas-piston powerplant (IGT--Inert Gas Technology)
- Fixed fiber optic front sight
- Fully adjustable fiber optic rear sight
- 11mm scope rail with scope stop
- Whisper Fusion double-integrated noise dampener (reduces report by 89.5%)
- Fluted polymer barrel jacket
- SWA (Shock Wave Absorber) recoil pad reduces felt recoil by up to 74%
- All-weather ambidextrous stock with vertically adjustable cheekpiece
- SAT (Smooth Action Trigger) 2-stage adjustable trigger
- Manual safety
- Includes 3-9x40 scope* and mount
*Scope is unmounted.
Here are the benefits of the IGT gas-piston powerplant:
- 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
- Caliber0.22 cal
- Velocity975 fps
- Ammo TypePellets
- ActionBreak barrel
- Barrel StyleRifled
- Cocking Effort32 lbs.
- Fire ModeSingle-shot
- Gun Weight8
- Overall Length43
- Barrel Length18
- MechanismGas piston
- Rail11mm dovetail
- Front SightsFiber Optic
- Rear SightsFiber Optic
- Trigger AdjustabilityTwo-stage adjustable
- Trigger Pull3.74
- UseSmall game hunting/plinking
- Warranty1-year limited warranty
Now to the bad. The scope is junk. I spent more time mounting it than I spent shooting with it. The trucks rotated about 40 degrees after only about 40 rounds. Not good.
All in all I would say that this rifle is an extremely good but for $200, but plan on purchasing a new scope right away. Donâ€™t even waste your time mounting the one that comes with this rifle.
Well, I've solved all these problems. While working in my garage a while back, and 'monitoring' the surrounding trees, I spotted what I figured would be my first bit of 'siding conservation'. I pumped 10 times and loaded a pellet. Standing near under the tree, I finally got a good shot, and took it....I'm pretty sure it hit, but not in the kill zone. Now, my last desire is to wound an animal and leave it to run off and suffer. So I lined up when I had another shot, and took it. Needless to say, after a few times of this, (and I know I hit it at least once - because it cursed at me), the tree rat made it to the tree next to the escape house...and ran off, fleeing up the roof. I was glad to see it running, without any limp or sign of distress. Therefore, I came to the conclusion that my trusty pump rifle is still trusty....but not deadly. Apparently, it has weakened - possibly the seals, I'm not sure. It's still fun to shoot, but definitely not the 'small game hunter' it once was. So, like I said, I solved the previously mentioned problems. I ordered a new rifle. My friend had taken a few of these pesky house-eaters with his break barrel rifle - I found out later that it is also a Gamo - an earlier model. I had read that break barrel rifles are usually more powerful, and I love the idea of one pump - one shot....instead of the lower and upper arm workout machines like my old Crossman. Yes, it's still accurate and very fun to shoot, but I'm really trying to stick to my gym visit schedule, and I do just fine there with the arm machines...thank you. So...long story ... long, I went online and started comparing rifles. I looked at the others, but focused on the break barrel rifles. I compared many different brands, more powerful, less powerful, more expensive, less expensive, etc. Since money IS an object, I really wanted/needed to keep the cost down, but still get something I would be happy with for a really long time. Spending 100 - 200 or more on an air rifle is, for me, not something I can 'easily' afford. But, I do know that 'you get what you pay for', so I didn't want to spend a decent amount and not be happy with it.
Choosing rifles at random to check out online, I quickly (via reviews, options, cost, and a few other things) settled on a few different rifles. The Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT .177 was one of them. Eventually, after a LOT of reading online (I ALWAYS research items online that I'm thinking of buying), and since the price was good - $179 - a mark down was involved, I went ahead and ordered the rifle.
Then I started seeing the reviews ( seems like you NEVER see them until right after you ordered the product!) about accuracy issues, moving scopes, and a few other problems with this rifle. I was like 'GREAT' - just spent a lot of money on a product that's going to be a disappointment. Plus, I read reviews about customers getting a 'used' Gamo, and customers waiting FOREVER to get theirs, only to have to deal with sorry customer service - when they got anyone at all....things like that. Well, I've experienced lots of times when I ordered online or bought at a store a product...only to be disappointed. It didn't work as expected, or didn't work at all, or was different than advertised, etc. etc. etc.
At first there was some confusion when I went back a couple days later to check on my order. I went to the website and put in my order number - and was told that this number was not on record. I was like 'OK...here it comes...I expected this!' I went back to the screen I had ordered from a few days earlier only to find that my 'cart' had three items in it - the rifle, and two different containers of pellets I had ordered with the rifle. At first, I thought I had somehow not placed the order...until I remembered that I had received an email detailing my order and giving me an order number. So, I decided to contact customer service...to try to get it figured out. I clicked the link it gave to go to customer service, and it took me to an error page - stating that the web address didn't exist...or something similar. Well, now I'm getting frustrated - and deja vu started hitting me upside the head like somebody's mother-in-law going at me with her purse (no offense to mothers-in-law...the two I have had have been great ladies and I wouldn't have asked for anyone different - that's the truth!). Anyway, I found a number to call and got a phone message stating that they were closed and to leave a message. I left a message simply stating my information and that I just want to check on the progress and status of my order.
Well, this is where the story turns from deja vu nightmare to a truly great experience. Not really expecting a response...hoping maybe for an eventual email...I was happy to find in my email the very next day an email - not a template response email with my name conveniently inserted about 5 spaces after the 'Dear " at the top. An email giving the order information and obviously hand typed by a live person. The email supplied me with the information that, at that point, greatly diminished my concerns. And it included the UPS tracking number...which, when using that to find information on the order status, I was happy to see that the order was well into the process. When, just a couple days later, that link let me know that not only had the order shipped, but it was already in Texas - my home state - and well on its way to Houston - where I live.
Well, skipping the rest of the non-essential details, a couple days later - 3 days ahead of the stated delivery date - I walked up to my front door and found a long brown box leaning against the wall on my front porch. At that time, I had a LOT going on between work and some commitments - so it was not until the next day that I had the opportunity to unwrap my present. It's like no other rifle I've held - it's really cool! However, I still had too much going on to be able to take it out back and get that first experience. I actually waited a couple days before I was able to test it. But it was WORTH THE WAIT!
At first, after marking off 20 yards and setting up a table with a bag to place it on, I sighted in the sights. LOVE the optics - they make the sights very visible! I've got the OV eyesight disease (Over Forty...lol), so I wear either my glasses for up close, or my contacts. Even with my visual deficits, I quickly was getting a really good grouping at 20 yards. Then, I decided to mount the scope and try that.
I've read that these scopes are junk...and don't even bother putting them on the gun. Well, I had already spent a little more than I felt comfortable putting into a hobby (and tree-rat population control), so I was determined to make sure any inaccuracies were my fault, and not the gun's. I mounted the scope, and tried it out...and couldn't even see where I was hitting. I went through this process for a while, finally seeing the hits, adjusting the scope, and not seeing any different in my points of impact. Then, I had this great idea....why not move down to 10 yards to get the scope set.... I haven't done much sighting in of rifles, and it didn't occur to me to start close - even though I have had that idea before, but simply forgot. Anyway, from 10 yards out, I was able to see my POI's and eventually figure out the clicks system on the scope. Come to find out I wasn't moving it anywhere near enough clicks to make it move. I know that at 100 yards 10 clicks moves it 1/4 inch. But I didn't put 2 and 2 together. I ended up adjusting it 40 or so clicks....both ways. And I FINALLY got it into a fairly tight group. Then I returned to 20 yards and started the process all over again. At that point, I found that it was pretty much on target...only some minor adjustments for the longer range.
After another session with the rifle in the back yard, I am to the point where if I hold it really steady on the bag (I didn't have a sand bag, but I've saved a lot of sawdust from my garage projects, and happen to have a decent sized bag of sawdust that worked just fine), I have put a group of 10 shots at 20 yards that can just about be covered by a quarter. For my sometimes iffy eyesight (though the scope helps tremendously), and my non-steady hold (though holding it on the bag JUST ABOUT steadies it), I am VERY happy with the results - and if they can become consistently that accurate, I will be VERY satisfied! Now, when I try to stand and hold the rifle, without a rest, my group dissipates. But that is totally my fault...not that of the gun.
One other thing....I've read numerous times that people say their gun 'likes' a certain type of pellet. Ironically, I've found that to be true, as well. I had a cheap set of three types of pellets bought from a store - I won't mention the name, but you can see their name on the WALL when you enter the MART... :) Anyway, they are fine pellets for plinking around the back yard, but I was looking for a quarter-sized group at 20 yards. These pellets were all over the place. I finally realized that they were somewhat consistently hitting high and to the left of the bullseye. But not consistently enough to readjust my scope for that POI. So, I tried some different pellets. I had ordered a couple different kinds based on reviews by others shooting this gun. As it turns out, I have 2 really good brands that I actually ordered with my rifle: JSB Diabolo Exact Heavy .177 Cal, 10.34 gr - 500 ct, and Destroyer .177 Cal, 7.4 gr - 250 ct. I also have another type that I ordered from a different place (Amazon): H&N Field Target Trophy Domed Airgun Pellets .177 Cal, 8.64 Grains (500 Count). After putting many of each through the gun at 20 yards, and some at 10, and after adjusting my scope based on what I was seeing), I have found this out about my rifle: the heaviest of the three, the JSB Diabolo Exact Heavy .177 Cal, 10.34 gr, now will put groups of 10 in an area smaller than a quarter at 20 yards. When I move up to 10 yards, I switch to the second heaviest: H&N Field Target Trophy Domed Airgun Pellets .177 Cal, 8.64 Grains - and without re-adjusting the scope, I get a center scope group within that same quarter area. Now these groups are tight when I can rest the rifle and hold it steady. As mentioned before, from what I have seen, any variations in POI outside a very small margin I am more ready to account for due to my variations in the shooting process (how the gun is held, how the trigger is pulled vs squeezed, how steady it is held, whether or not the ?military hold? is used, etc. than to blame any variations on how the gun is shooting. Btw, I found something that surprised me...when I came back out for the second shooting session, I thought I did everything the same way, but my POI's where marching southeast on the target...and about an inch or so to the left of center. They made a really cool curved line going down, but I wasn't looking for a really cool curved line...I was looking for a tight round nickel-sized group. After 6 shots, I decided to tighten my grip on the barrel...instead of letting it rest loosely in my left hand. Once I did that, all the rest of my shots were either on the line around the center, or within it....which is approx 1 inch from inside to inside of the circle. I will try to attach a picture. I didn't realize that something as simple as how tight you hold this rifle could affect the POI's that precisely. The first half of that round were consistently to the left and lower left, and the second half of that round (after a tighter grip) were consistently on and in the middle circle. Oh, and btw, when I load the Destroyer .177 Cal, 7.4 gr, I found that I can place the bottom of the thick part of the top vertical line of the cross hairs on where I want my POI to be...and it is on target.
So what I've learned about MY Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT .177 is this: if I am shooting at a target (paper, fur, tree-rat, etc.) from about 20 yards away, I use the JSB Diabolo Exact Heavy .177 Cal, 10.34 gr and simply put my 'target' in the very center of the scope. If I am at a 10 yard range, I use the H&N Field Target Trophy Domed Airgun Pellets .177 Cal, 8.64 Grain pellet, and aim the same way. This way, I don't have to worry about adjusting which part of my cross hairs I have to line up with the 'target'. This comes in handy since, unfortunately, this scope does not come with the small tic marks (forgot their name) that allow for POI placement at farther and closer ranges than what the rifle is 'sighted and zero'd in at'. But again, for what I'm using this rifle for, I can make do with my compensation for different distances by moving to the heavier or lighter grain pellet as previously discussed. And while I'm thinking about it, I would definitely recommend purchase of the Pellet Pen, Holds 20 .177-cal Pellets - purchased from Amazon for $9.95. You pre-load it with 20 .177 pellets of your choice, and when loading the rifle, simply place the 'exit' tip directly over the loading opening of the barrel and push/pull down on the side bar...causing the next pellet to slide down into the 'chamber' of the barrel...and you're ready for that next shot. I even took a couple of old used up ball point pens, removed the outer tube, drilled a small hole near each end through the tube, and folded a paperclip such that it fits through the holes drilled at the end of the pen 'tube'. I then put 20 pellets in this (all pointing the same way - very important), and put the paperclips on both ends, through the holes. Those hold the pellets in, and when I'm ready to re-load the Pellet Pen, I can simply remove the back sliding part of it, remove the paperclip from the 'pellet tip' end of the old used up pen tube, and allow the pellets to slide from that into the Pellet Pen. For those with (legitimate) concerns about handling lead, this provides the option of pre-loading the Pellet Pen and as many of the other pellet holders made from old used up ball point pens that you want to carry, then washing your hands, and then you're ready. No need to touch the pellets again...unless you decide to switch to a different type of pellet (of course, you could load your 'used up ball point pen tubes' each with a different type of pellets. Regardless, until you run out of pellets in your holders, you shouldn't have to touch the lead pellets. And to think that only a couple hundred years ago (or less), people used to make wine jars and glasses/cups out of lead because it would slightly sweeten the drink. But I digress....
I apologize for this book...just wanted to get all that on record as a positive experience I had. I don't doubt or discount others' experiences which may have been much less satisfactory. But I can only speak for what I personally have witnessed...my experience with the order process, with customer service I had contact with, and with the function of the product I received. Up to this point I have been VERY happy with my purchase. I had to do a long motorcycle road trip (had to pre-ride a route I'm leading next week) this past Sunday, and when I eventually got back home, I couldn't wait to get changed and get out and do some shooting...which is what I did. And I enjoyed it greatly. Now....if only I could locate another one of those annoying tree-rats... lol
I also purchased a Pellet Pen for loading .22cal pellets into the chamber. What a simple tool design that makes loading a breeze!