Stoeger Arms X20S2 Air Rifle Features
- AFC (airflow control) technology is a dual-stage noise-reduction system by Humbert CTTS- renowned silencer designer
- 94.2 decibels
- 11mm scope dovetail (no open sights)
- 2-stage adj. trigger
- Ambidextrous Monte Carlo stock
- Synthetic stock with dual raised cheekpieces
- Textured pistol grip and forearm
- Automatic safety
- Includes 4x32 airgun scope with illuminated red/green reticle; uses CR1620 battery (included)
The packaging is a little childish and "cartoony," but make no mistake, this is not a child's toy. The first thing I noticed when I took the gun out of the box was the weight. It "feels" like an expensive rifle. It shoulders well and has no recoil. The trigger pull is heavy, but I prefer it that way. For those that prefer a lighter pull, the trigger is adjustable, so no worries there. The break-barrel cocking mechanism takes quite a bit of effort to cock, so again, if you are ordering for anyone younger than a teenager, they probably won't be able to cock it. My wife can barely do it.
When I ordered, I was a little concerned about the quality of the scope, which looks extremely short and squatty in all of the pictures I saw, but I was pleasantly surprised at this little treasure once it arrived. Out of the box, the windage was dead on, but the elevation was about a foot low. After about 50 pellets and 15 minutes, I had it sighted in dead center and grouping so tightly that it looked more like a deer slug had been fired through the target instead of 10 pellets. I've put about 100 more pellets through since and it has kept its accuracy without any further adjustments. (By the way, I'm using Daisy .177 Cal. Precision Max Pointed pellets - the cheapest I could find at $1.78 for 250 - and they are doing fine.) The illuminated reticle is fun, you can choose either red or green and adjust the brightness level of both colors, but the battery doesn't last. Even with the illumination turned off when I wasn't using it, the battery only lasted about a week.
I was also very concerned about "loudness," which is why I ordered the Suppressor model. Let me tell you, it is money well spent. I had read in several reviews that the gun was louder than expected due to dieseling, so I went to a friend's house out in the country to take my first shots. I'm glad I did. The first 2-3 shots sounded like someone firing a .22 rifle. However, by shots 4 and 5 the loud "crack" had subsided, and by the time I had put 10 pellets through, it sounded like a spring action BB Gun. I brought it home and shot it in the back yard, and my wife didn't even know I was shooting. Other than the "thunk" of the spring, this gun is silent when fired. It smoked pretty badly for the first several shots (from the dieseling), but by the time I'd put 10 shots through that had subsided as well.
After 2 weeks and over half a tin of pellets worth of shooting, I have to say I LOVE this gun. If you are teetering on the edge, let me go ahead and encourage you to take the plunge and by this air rifle. My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner!!!
I would highly recommend this gun, and so would the squirrels around my house...if there were still around. :)
I looked at a lot of air guns and finally settled on this one after much research. I didn't want to spend many hundreds of dollars but I did need something that was accurate and quiet. This rifle has fulfilled these requirements. Out of the box I set up a target to zero the scope. Maybe I was lucky but the factory setting was dead on! Then I put the rifle to work. My first job was to adjust to shooting a springer. In short order I had it down and then we went to work. All I can say is the local (formerly over populated) squirrel population "ain't what it use to be" as they say. Last count there were 35 fewer "problems" in my back yard.
You can buy a better trigger if you are a serious target shooter, but I get by find on the factory one. You can install a better scope if you want to, but again, I get by on the factory one. I admit its not top shelve but gee...what do you expect at this price? A really good scope will cost more than you paid for the rifle! I use this rifle the way it came out of the box and its been a wonderful tool to clean up the neighborhood. I have no complaints with it.
I have owned firearms and air guns for over 50 years. I judge things on how well they function and how much I have to spend to get the performance I need for a job. This rifle has performed better than I could have expected for the price I paid for it. I just recommended one to my brother for cleaning up his place.
I haven't got a chance to test the accuracy on paper targets yet but had no problem hitting and small steel can at 100 feet consistently. Pellets passed right through both sides of the cans. The supplied 4x32 scope works well enough but is too short to get a proper cheek weld. The mounts come with a stop screw so you cannot mount it back further on the dovetail. I will be replacing this with a longer, higher magnification scope which I prefer anyway.
The gun is fairly quiet with the loudest, perceived noise coming from the spring which seems loud to the shooter, typical of a springer.
Overall, a very nice gun for not much money.
After that it was chrony time! Crosman premiers HP 14.3 gr were pushing out at an average of 735 fps, yielding around 17 ft lbs of energy at the muzzle! H&N Field Targets @16.36 gr were pushing an average of 665 fps. and ULTRAMAGS @ 18.2 gr were going out at 635 fps.
Amazing figures, but the best part: This gun is so quiet!!!! I have a suppressed Benjamin .22 , and a suppressed Gamo Whisper .177 (both gas) and this gun is quieter than BOTH!
I am thrilled, that I decided to pick this up! Backyard, here I come! Squirrels: go away and stay away from my fruit trees!
There's a noticeable "spring" sound, but it's WAY quieter than any gun I've fired. Can't wait to take squirrels apart in a fairly suburban setting without neighbors getting upset. Perfect gun for this task!
This rifle looks great, balances well,does not look cheap, and works as I wanted. After adding thread locker to all screws,and checking the alignment of the scope, I fired my first pellet. This was a dead on bullseye. The next four shots were the same, very accurate and quiet for this type of rifle.
The stock is made of heavy duty plastic, the fit and finish is solid and crisp. The scope could be a bit weak depending on your intended range. My scope had a small hair inside, I could not take the scoe apart to remove this, it is inside the scope, but is not in the crosshair portion. The scope appears to be a Centerpoint, same Chinese made ones found in big box stores. Not a deal breaker by far, but that hair or stray piece is going to annoy me over time.
Still, a well made rifle that works for what I wanted. Accurate, powerful and quiet, yet well made and appears to be more expensive than it really is.
I am not really trigger sensitive, this feels like a decent trigger to me. Many people may think it is heavy, but I may be used to military trigger for too many years. This one works fine.
It is a well made gun, lighter & shorter than a Nitro gun, accurate & powerful.
The mounted compact scope unfortunately is simply the wrong type of scope for this gun, unless the shooter is a child choking-up on the stock.
The scope cannot be moved back far enough, even with the butt-pad removed, to get to the proper focal-length for optimal, comfortable shooting. There are no iron sights.
The suppressor works well & is serviceable (unscrew tip), but the overall noise the gun makes is still quite noticeable, inherent to the Mainspring mechanism.
You basically have a "22 short" rifle that sounds like a powerful BB gun.
The trigger-pull is long & sudden. This can greatly affect free-standing accuracy.
There are no other "rings" or "rails" for mounting any other accessories to the rifle.
If you are interested in only owning/adding 1 "suppressed" .22 cal air-rifle, the Benjamin Trail NP is still the standard & well worth the difference in price.
It arrived with the scope mounted, and seemed accurate enough. I have the .22 version.
Seems to have decent power.
The trigger breaks more crisply than other reviews led me to believe.
The scope is, honesty, not very powerful in terms of magnification. Also you have to get your eye close to it, you will not see anything.
The silencer is cool looking. It does work, although you still hear the mainspring clicking around.
The breakbarrel closes very tightly.
The safety is well designed and in a good location. It feel like it is meant to be part of the gun, and not just added as an afterthought.
The recoil was less than I expected, although there definitely still is recoil.
Calking force and mechanism is smooth. Loading is easy.
Accurate grouping during three shot tests. Only minor scope adjustments were required for setup.
Wish I had bought the Stoeger instead of the Winchester then id have two great guns .177 & .22 Stoeger's
the gun dose seem to be pellet fussy .
It shot the best with crossman .22 premier pellets and Jbs exact heavy .
I bought this gun because my Gammo was not powerful enough to kill the racoon's that were after my chickens. the stoeger x20s had no problem with a well placed shot to take out 30 lb racoon's
"tap the barrel behind the front sight". I tried many times and my next door neighbor
did too. My son came over a few days later (I was going to return the rifle) and he tried.
He opened it, so you can imagine my surprise. When I asked him how he did it, he
demonstrated me "tapping" the barrel. But he hit it like Mike Tyson throws a punch!
You have to REALLY tap it.
Ya trigger is not very good, but we've compensated for that.
Bought my daughter a cheap little one from walmart, and she can shoot circles around this gun, we all can with the cheapo.
Not sure whats next to do with this one.
Complete package with scope and bag, at almost half-off retail...great deal!
Received in a timely fashion.
Easily zeroed and then eradicated a few annoying critters the same day.
Gun wasn't bore sighted and scope wasn't mounted properly when it arrived.
I used to have an x50, which was a bit too loud, big and heavy for me.
Everything that was too much on the x50 is just perfect on this one
Trigger is nice & smooth, seems I was lucky...safety could have been a bit better tho
Scope was completely off target coming out of the box...at a distance of 15m it shot about 60cm to the right
This is my first "adult" air rifle. I have two Crosman 760 air rifles, the original from my 13th birthday in 1970 that doesn't work any longer and a 2002 model which I had been using up to this purchase for rodent control in the yard. I looked at a number of rifles, including the Crosman and Benjamin gas piston models, but decided upon the X20S after seeing two favorable reviews by Paul Capello and Rick Eutsler, with particular emphasis on how quiet the rifle was. Since I live in a residential neighborhood, this was important. However, both reviews were on the .22 X20S, not the .177. I had all but decided to buy a .22 Crosman Nitro Venom, but the sale price on the .177 X20S was $20 less, so I ended up with this gun, thinking I could put the difference toward two tins of quality pellets.
Overall, it is a nice feeling rifle. It is pretty heavy, heavier than my .22WMR Marlin rimfire. The synthetic stock doesn't look or feel cheap and fits me pretty well (5%u201911, 165#). The rifle has a tactical look to it with the all black finish, but doesn't look too %u201Cout there%u201D like some of the sniper type rifles. I love the position of the safety and that it automatically is set on when the gun is cocked. The safety is truly ambidextrous and easy to operate with your thumb. Many of the other rifles I looked at had the safety inside the trigger guard where it could interfere with shooting or possibly result in a negligent discharge when taking off safe. The cocking force is pretty easy and I expect that even women and young teenagers would have no real problem operating this gun. The trigger is not great, but seems to be predictable. The 4x30 scope fits the rifle well and is probably adequate for the effective range of this gun (sub 40 yds). However, even after tightening the rings and mount, the tube has slightly rotated due to the spring torque and the reticle is no longer plumb. It doesn't seem to affect accuracy at this point. The scope doesn't have mil-dots, which would be useful for taking shots outside the normal range for this rifle. Long term, I will probably have to replace this scope. Suggest you keep a 3mm Allen and a #2 Phillips with the gun and tighten all the screws before every use. How quiet? I have heard that the .177 is noisier than the .22, but I have no reference. This rifle has hardly any report from the muzzle, but the spring power plant is still quite loud, so it seems loud to the shooter. So far, no complaints from any neighbors.
I ordered the gun on 1/2/14 and the first gun arrived on 1/8/14. The first gun had a machining defect in the breech area and it had to be sent back. AGD was great in arranging return shipping, but the whole affair took another 3 weeks before I actually had the replacement gun. Even with the replacement gun, the machining in the breech area leaves much to be desired. The o-ring groove is very rough cut. The bore itself is an unfinished opening and as received, I was not able to load some of the premium pellets I purchased with a flush fit. The cheapo Crosman Pointed pellets from Walmart loaded okay as did the JSB Exact, but not any of the Beeman or RWS Field Line pellets. I can't believe that Beretta doesn't chamfer the breech which would probably add no more than 2 minutes to the fabrication time of the gun. I used an "A" gauge drill and hand-reamed a slight chamfer so I could fit the Beeman Crow Magnum, RWS Superdomes and other pellets into the breech and not clip off the back when closing the breech. I have attached photos showing this. The barrel is super low quality soft steel, so be careful if you try to make this modification with a power tool.
The biggest concern for most of us is accuracy, and this rifle is pretty good out of the box. Stoeger mounts and bore sights the scope at 25 yds. The day the second rifle arrived, it was about 20 degrees outside, so I took some shots leaning over the sink out the kitchen window. I included a photo of the first target I shot with the 10 first shots out of the gun using the cheap Crosman Pointed 7.9gr pellets at 20 yds. This was with no adjustment to the scope at all. This thing kicks like a mule compared to the old 760, so most of the scatter is due to operator inexperience with a spring rifle. All ten shots would have scored in a shooting competition. After making the breech chamfer, I shot Beeman Silver Arrow 11.57gr pellets at 70' and with the exception of two flyers due to operator error, I was pretty pleased with a 1" group, again leaning over the sink since it was raining that day. I did adjust the elevation on the scope for the Silver Arrows since they were about 3 inches low due to the weight of the pellet, but still no change in the factory windage setting-amazing. Side note, I don%u2019t believe the theory that heavy pellets will damage a spring rifle. Later in the day, two large rodents were attacking the bird feeder 70%u2019 away and the rifle easily dispatched both. The Silver Arrow pellet delivered amazing power and anchored both within 2 feet of the point of impact. At about 15 FPE, this rifle will deliver the 11.57gr pellets at just over 750 FPM. Overall, at the less than $150 price point, this is a good rifle. However, and I hope Stoeger/Beretta is monitoring this post, I am only giving 3 stars due to the poor machining in the breech area and the obvious lack of quality control in letting the first rifle I received leave the factory.
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 1000 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1200 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1200 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 1000 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 1