The feet per second (FPS) a pellet travels when fired from an air rifle is an important factor for any airgun enthusiast. While experienced airgunners know that foot-pounds of energy is a more reliable metric, FPS is much easier for beginners to understand and so it is used when manufacturers want to wow a prospective customer. The Magnum from Gamo is advertised as being the fastest pellet gun on the market with an FPS of 1,650 in .177 caliber and 1,300 in .22 caliber. Backed by MACH 1 technology and a 33mm cylinder, this high power airgun gives impressive speed. While an airgun of this speed may cause concern about accuracy, Gamo has taken extra measures for this aspect such as the patent-pending CAT (Custom Action Trigger) and the Recoil Reduction Rail design. If you buy this airgun, be prepared for the fact that you probably won’t ever reach the advertised FPS. There are a few factors that contribute to this. Factors such as wind, elevation, and temperature may have an impact on hitting the FPS with the Magnum. The biggest consideration, however, is the weight of ammunition. When manufacturers try to achieve to their highest FPS numbers they typically use the lightest alloy pellets available, and these are never the most accurate ammunition, especially at those very high velocities.
With an advertised FPS of 1,650, there is no denying the Magnum by Gamo is the fastest pellet gun on the market at the moment. The Magnum is a break barrel air rifle featuring the most powerful IGT MACH 1 technology making it capable of delivering velocities up to 1,650 fps in .177 Cal and 1,300 fps in .22 Cal. These higher velocities are achieved by way of the MACH 1 gas piston coupled with the 33mm cylinder. These two forces come together creating incredible power behind the shot to achieve the impressive speed. When you consider that this level of velocity isn’t a common option on the market with comparable airguns, it really drives home the point that Gamo has created something very unusual here.
You should think about why you really want the fastest pellet gun on the market before choosing it. If you are looking for something to show off to your friends, this is your best bet. It is always impressive when an airgun can reach such insane speed it breaks the sound barrier. If you love shooting something that is loud and powerful while garnering some bragging rights at the same time, the Magnum is the one to beat. However, you will have to sacrifice some things also. For one, it is going to be very hard to cock in comparison with most other break barrels. It is also going to have a lot more mechanical noise than its tamer companions. And the biggest consideration may be that it is going to be a lot harder to shoot accurately than more mild-mannered airguns.
It is important to note that the FPS is based on the caliber chosen. For instance, the .177 caliber achieves 1650 feet per second while the .22 caliber is around 1300 feet per second. Most airgunners would agree that this gun is over-powered in .177 and that the power level is much better suited to .22 where it will be easier to keep it in the 850-950 FPS range that most pellets prefer. It is also worth noting that the FPS listed by the manufacturer is the maximum rather than the standard for every single shot. If you get out there to shoot the new Magnum and it doesn’t clock that listed FPS, there are so many outside influences to keep in mind. For example, actual feet per second may be impacted by wind, elevation, air pressure, or temperature, and, of course, the weight of the pellet.
Another important thing to keep in mind when looking at high velocity airguns such as the Magnum or anything coming close to that sort of FPS is the way it may impact accuracy. A higher velocity may cause the pellet to lose considerable accuracy as the pressure in the air builds around the pellet in motion. If you are trying to work on your accuracy or you are brand new to airgunning, this type of high velocity airgun may not be the right call for you. It should be noted that even though a velocity this high will impact accuracy somewhat over lower velocities, Gamo has taken steps to help balance this back out with their design. It isn’t to say that you will never hit your mark with this high velocity air rifle – it may just take more practice to do so.
Aside from the impressive FPS, the Magnum from Gamo has plenty of other features worth checking out. For starters, it features Gamo’s AO (adjustable objective) and the SWA (ShockWave Absorber) technology that has made this brand a trusted force on the scene. The Magnum also offers their patent-pending CAT (Custom Action Trigger) and their Recoil Reduction Rail design to make it even more fun to shoot. This is an airgun that packs a lot of power so Gamo has put in extra measures to make sure it is still comfortable for the user. For instance, the CAT is a two-stage adjustable trigger that creates a clean, smooth pull to improve comfort and accuracy. The SWA is their innovative recoil pad that helps remove recoil with removable inserts so you can tailor it to your needs. The Magnum also has a synthetic thumbhole stock with a comfortable, ambidextrous cheek piece.
In conclusion, if you are looking for the fastest of the fast in terms of feet per second, the Magnum may be your best bet. This is a powerful option that has more than just speed as a selling point.