Crosman Optimus .177 Break Barrel Air Rifle: Product Review
Another impressive addition to the Crosman collection of air guns is the Crosman Optimus Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177). This is a gun that is popularly known for being a powerful and neighbor-friendly gun that comes at a great deal for your money. It is a gun that has realistically increased the sales of Crosman against its competitors in the same field without much marketing since the positive reviews have done it for the brand. Below is a breakdown as what exactly makes this gun simply the best of its kind making it at the top of the most recommended.
Using an easy breakbarrel cocking action, this .177 caliber spring rifle, can generate a muzzle velocity of 1000 FPS with lead pellets and up to 1,200 FPS with alloy pellets. This gun easily meets the minimum requirement 12 FPE customarily seen is small game hunting air rifles. Fondly called as the Optimus, this gun is a testament that inexpensive spring air rifles can be pretty powerful too. With well-balanced proportions, it boasts of weighing only seven (7) pounds considering it is forty-five (45) inches in length while featuring a sleek ambidextrous hardwood stock that is pretty rare in its price range. The barrel is areliable rifle steel that is easy to cock and break open easily. It comes with a front fiber optic sight and a micro-adjustable rear site for greater flexibility. While the Optimus is a single pump pellet rifle – meaning you pump the rifle once every time you fire the gun – it is quite decent in its accuracy. With the open sight and 4×32 precision scope (which you may have to buy separately depending on the deal), it has a very flexible range. It is excellent for 30 yard shooting, great for distances of 30 -50 yards, and fairly accurate up to 100 yards. But hey, if you have perfect eye vision, you do not even need the scope for short and medium range shooting (up to 60 yards), your eyes are your scope.
Pros and Cons
But the most impressive features of this gun are its affordability and friendliness to both users and neighbors.
Since publicly presented back in the year 2011, the Optimus has raked in a lot of believers since it is relatively affordable to own one, making it one of the most sought after and popular gun. As of latest, it is very cheap costing around $100 and going as low as $90 if you find the right discounts online. While its cheaper price is said to be because it is made in China, it does not disappoint in its performance. On the contrary, it leaves the ordinary customer wondering how such powerful gun is even possible for its cheap price.
The Optimus is mostly recommended for both beginners and enthusiasts. Beginners would welcome the fact that it shoots hard and at the same time the barrel is not too hard to pull back. The gun has a very mild recoil and behaves very well making it easier to learn to shoot. Enthusiasts will be pleased as well to know that with its power and precision, several owners stated that they were successfully using this rifle for small game hunting and even pest control! There is emphasis on small game hunting as one review suggested to hunt only animals nothing bigger than a rabbit or squirrel. Therefore, pests easily found in one’s backyard are perfect shooting targets.
All these amazing specs compressed in one powerful gun that breaks the sound barrier without waking up the neighbors. Although, there has been a consensus among reviewers that it still has to break in, about 100 shots give or take, before it becomes quiet. Others also suggested that as long as you use a 7.9 led pellet or heavier, the rifle is extremely quiet. However, if you use an alloy or a light weight pellet it will go Sonic, and crack off similar to a rimfire. Talk about breaking the stereotype that spring rifles are very loud.
Since the Optimus packs a lot of amazing features all in one gun, there has been a rarity in what exactly is its downside. While fanatics may want to argue otherwise, a buyer raised his concern that it is indeed very hard to get the supersonic speed as advertised. But this has not been confirmed as there are more people that claim that it depends on the pellet used, maintenance of the gun and even the user himself.
Nonetheless, almost all reviews regarding this product are unanimous in declaring that the gun does not have a “con”.
Overall Customer Rating
With its notable array of product details, it comes as no surprise that the Optimus has received a rock solid review being awarded four and a half (4.5) stars by most buyers. Most customer reviews about this air gun are positive explaining its popularity. (Remember, there has been hardly any negative comment on the gun if do not count that single “con” mentioned earlier.) Most have specifically commended the finesse wisely handed in the well-made gun with such massive firepower. Its competitor, the Gammo Hornet, also a .177 air rifle, does not come close and the Optimus wins by a wide margin. They have also praised that the Optimus is relatively affordable for a gun in its category. The price is most likely to go even lower as more online sites sell the gun at great discounts and promotional offers. With patience and a keen eye, you can surely find one offer that suits your needs. Overall, the Optimus’ classic design and overall gorgeous look without sacrificing firepower and performance gives its edge above the rest.
Because of the Optimus, some have found renewed hope in the market that is generally filled with plastic garbage. (While the Optimus is known to have a plastic trigger, it does not hinder its performance and it can be changed or modified according to the user’s preference.) It is a refreshingly exciting rifle perfect for anyone and everyone that is looking for a reliable air gun. So if you are looking for your first gun or a quality gun at the minimal cost, the Optimus is for you.