One of the unique features of this airgun is the new spring design that reduces noise. Guns in this price range are often under-powered, rarely come with a scope and don't have particularly quite spring mechanisms. That makes this a real bargain!
Swiss Arms TAC1 Air Rifle Features
- Rifled steel barrel
- 11mm optics rail (no open sights)
- Ambidextrous synthetic tan thumbhole stock
- Rubber recoil pad
- 7.80 lbs. with scope and mount
- Includes 4x32 scope (unmounted) and mount
The cocking mechanism is very strong, it will produce powerful delivery of the pellet for sure. I would wear rubber/latex coated glove on left hand to handle the rifle to cock it. Use right hand to put pellet in and left to move the barrel upward. With the glove, you can hold the rifle with more strength and stability when shoot, rubber/latex coated glove will give you more grip.
Handling of the rifle remind me of Mosin Nagant. I convert my Mosin Nagant from wood stock to synthetic stock, this Swish Arms Tac1 .22 air rifle feels and handles similar to it.
JSB pellet seem best, it already oil at the manufacture. The heavier the pellet, the more it will maintain its direction during flight. The impact of the heavier pellet also make a different on game. Shoot several type grain and manufacture made to find out which is best for you. JSB pellet pricing is competitive.
Getting off the topic, I also bought Hatsan Edge Vortex gas piston .25 cal air rifle with 3-9X32 scope after hearing great review and saw at a great price of $79.99 plus JSB 25.39 gr. pellet at $18.99. James at Ag Depot gave me free shipping and 10% off, it was so great a deal. Haven't rec'v it yet but will soon and will give review when test it out.
Well, happy and safe shooting and hunting, I am very new to the air rifle world after more than 20 years of absence. I did own one .177 back in the mid 90's but don't know where the rifle is now. It is time to put some squirrel and small game meat on the table, hooah!
As a frame of reference, I have fired the following air rifles:
.177 Crosman Vantage NP. Hard to cock, heavy, harsh recoil
177 Crosman Trail NP2. Felt over powered for .177. Shoots well but heavier recoil and more effort needed for cocking. Heavy.
.22 Crosman Summit NP 2. Felt more accurate than the 177. The rubber butt plate is already getting worn out.
The TAC1 has been the most comfortable out of them all. The scope that came with it is alright. C'mon... What exactly can one expect with an $80 rifle? The fact that it's comfortable and accurate makes it well worth the pric.
The TAC1 22 however is VERY NICE ! I own 20 air rifles, all costing MUCH MORE than this TAC 22, but I find myself always going to this one, I guess it is the stock, feeling I got a real good deal (and yes other dis orders of the brain sack). I like the stock (especially the beige color), the trigger is very good and unlike others who criticize the scope, it is as good as any of the others on similar platforms. Word of advice on Swiss rifles (READ AND HEED), CLEAN them up REAL REAL REAL GOOD when you get them, they must have sat in the bottom of the damp boat on the way to the USA, all the barrels need hoppies (sorry I know that is blasphemy, just avoid getting any on the piston), and at least 40 patches run down their yap ta boot (yes they do!!).
Also (pleas cover your eyes AIR DESPOTS), remove the action from the stock and be sure to clean/oil the under surfaces, and inspect the piston cylinder area to see if they need some de-fugging, because if you dont you got a diesel weezel my friends, not to mention blowing filth down da tube ! ...... Do all this PRIOR to your first shot, and MAN this setup is a winner by any/all account !!! For $79 bucks, well all I can say it is the exact same feeling (and glee) I felt/feel when I brought my first Colt Python (6" Nickle) back in 1968 for just under $400, if you know what I mean ?
My sample has a very loud twang/vibration that i just took out by removing the bear trap inside the gun (not generally recommended for new air gun buyers)
The overall quality is very good and i was delightfully surprised, the gun is a keeper .... One the other hand, the scope is absolutely worthless, you are not buying this gun for the scope at all. get yourself a good aftermarket scope and I'm sure you will be happy.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1200 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 900 fpsLoudness 3-Medium