WHAT IS THE GAMO SILENT CAT AIR RIFLE?
Regardless of what a person is looking for, it is human nature to look for the best one first, and then work your way from there. However, when it comes to air rifles, it is almost unanimously agreed upon that the Gamo Whisper Silent Cat air rifle, also referred to as the Gamo Whisper/Gamo Silent Cat is right there on the top, side by side with the best air rifles on the market today. In fact, with the Gamo Whisper being suited to fulfil a wide variety of needs and requirements that customers look for in air rifles, it is safe to assume that the Gamo Whisper is a purchase that is safe, affordable and perfect for amateurs and professionals alike.
This Gamo air rifle is high-powered, and is ideal for hunting small game and/or the controlling of unwanted pests. The velocity of the Gamo Whisper is very impressive at 1200 feet per second, and uses PBA ammunition. However, if .177 caliber match-grade lead bullets are your preferred choice, the Gamo Silent Cat still has a noteworthy velocity at 1000 feet per second.
The Gamo Whisper is designed using highly durable, all-weather black synthetic stock, meaning that you can take the powerful, single shot, whisper silent Gamo air rifle outside without worrying about the weather conditions. It is a perfect adult-sized air rifle that ensures maximum usage with minimum problems.
The Gamo Silent Cat air rifle comes equipped with a base for mounting the 4x32mm air rifle scope, and also features a deluxe recoil pad, making it an even more attractive purchase than it already is. We have taken the liberty of compiling the best features of the Gamo Silent Cat. The features have been split into the working mechanisms, stock information, sights information, optics information and the specifications of the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle.
- The working mechanisms of the Gamo Whisper:
- Single shot mechanism with a velocity of 1200 fps (PBA) and 1000 fps (Lead)
- Break Barrel features a spring piston, single cocking system
- Trigger safety-manual
- Automatic cocking safety system (manual trigger safety)
- The barrel is fluted, with polymer jacketed rifle steel
- 30-pound cocking effort
- A noise dampener (non-removable) provides noise reduction of up to 50%
- 2nd stage adjustable trigger (manual safety)
- Gamo Whisper air rifle stock info:
- Strong all-weather synthetic stock
- Cheek piece- the twin cheek pads increase the comfort of ambidextrous shooting
- Butt Plate- the rubber pad is ventilated for better recoil absorption
- Gamo Whisper sights info:
- Both, the front, and the rear sights are fiber optic lenses
- The receiver is grooved in order to accommodate the air gun scope
- Gamo Whisper air rifle optics info:
- The scope ramp has a raised rail
- The scope features a 4x32mm air rifle scope and has a 1 pc mount
- Gamo Whisper air rifle specifications:
- It has a weight of 5.28 pounds and a length of 46 inches
- It’s a spring piston break barrel air rifle
- Trigger pull- 3.79 pounds and caliber – .177
- Cocking effort- 30 pounds and barrel length is 18 inches
How to use the Gamo Whisper?
The built-in break barrel mechanism of the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle makes pumping/cocking the Gamo air rifle a very simple task. One firm pump action to break the barrel at the start of the stock is all it takes to compress the spring, proving the powerful nature of the aforementioned break barrel mechanism built into the Gamo Silent Cat. By simply pulling the barrel’s top toward the stock breaching located directly above the trigger of the Gamo Whisper, the air rifle is cocked and ready to shoot. Contrary to popular belief, the break barrel feature of the Gamo Silent Cat is not present just as an additional, flashy feature, but has real practicality as it makes pumping the gun easier and gives the air rifle a higher velocity than most of its competitors on the market that lack the break barrel mechanism of the Gamo Whisper.
The Gamo Whisper uses a very convenient spring system allowing you to load one pellet at a time by hand, into the barrel of the Gamo air rifle. The barrel can then be flipped back up and into its locked position. All that needs to be done now is release the safety, and the beauty that is the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle is ready to go. It is now ready to hunt small game and small vermin. Only one shot can be loaded into the Gamo Silent Cat at a time, but the various mechanisms available make it easy and quick.
There are other Types of Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifles available. The Gamo Whisper Silent Cat is also available as a .22 caliber. The .22 caliber version of the Gamo air rifle differs slightly from the .177 caliber. Here are the main features of the Gamo Whisper .22 caliber version:
- Gamo Whisper .22 caliber working mechanisms:
- It has a velocity of 950 feet per second with PBA
- It has a spring piston, single cocking break barrel system
- It’s a single shot air rifle
- Equipped with a manual trigger safety
- Manual trigger safety
- The barrel of the .22 caliber is also fluted and it is made of polymer jacketed rifled steel
- Noise dampener is non-removable and provides up to 52% noise reduction (similar to the .177 model)
- Its cocking effort is 30 pounds
- The trigger is 2nd stage adjustable and it has a manual safety mechanism much like the .177 model
- Gamo Whisper .22 caliber Stock information:
- Strong all-weather synthetic stock
- The cheek piece features twin cheek pads (for increasing the comfort of ambidextrous shooting)
- The butt plate is made with a ventilated rubber pad to increase recoil absorption
- Gamo Whisper .22 caliber Sights information:
- Fiber optic (both the front and the rear sights)
- The receiver is grooved in order to accommodate the air rifle scope
- Gamo Whisper .22 caliber Optics information:
- Raised rail scope ramp
- 4×32 air gun scope with 1 pc mount
- The Gamo Whisper .22 caliber Specifications:
- It has a weight of 5.28 pounds, just like the .177, and a length of 46 inches
- It’s a spring piston break barrel air rifle
- It features a trigger pull of 3.79 pounds and a cocking effort of 30 pounds
- The length of the barrel is 18 inches.
So, which one is better, the Gamo?
Although the features and specifications of the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle .22 model are very similar to those of its .177 model, there is a vast difference in the customer reviews and feedback on the two models. The Gamo Whisper .177 model gets a lot of positive reviews about almost all of its features, while the .22 model of the Gamo air rifle has received more negative reviews than it has negative. Some users have complained of the Gamo Silent Cat .22 model not justifying its name as the Gamo Whisper or Gamo Silent Cat due to its loudness as compared to the advertised “whisper quiet” functioning. Others have complained about the accuracy of the Gamo Silent Cat .22 model when it comes to target and/or small game shooting. The .177 model of the popular Gamo Whisper, however, has received numerous positive reviews about both its “whisper quiet” and silent operation as well as its remarkable shooting accuracy. It can be confirmed that the .177 Gamo Whisper is a definite upgrade from the .22 model.
What Customers Are Saying About the Gamo Whisper Air Rifle
The Gamo Whisper .177 receives a lot of rave reviews and comments based on several of its specifications. Many of the people who purchase and use this air rifle are amazed at how hard they have to listen to actually hear any sound coming out of it and are also impressed with its accuracy. Customers too many to count have compared the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle to several other more expensive models, and most of them have observed that it performs much better than many of the costly alternatives available in the market.
This Gamo air rifle can also be fitted with a bi-pod for some fun filled and exciting target shooting, and when it comes to quality and resilience, this is arguably the best air rifle in its class. Its durability makes it one of the longer-lasting air rifles available in the market today. Customers have raved about putting more than 800 rounds in the Gamo Whisper air rifle and found that it still shoots just as strong as it did with the very first round. Another talked about feature about the Gamo Silent Cat its ability to take out small game with one good shot, and the air rifle accomplishes this with little to no sound (with the lead pellets). This ensures that the gunfire does not spook any deers or other larger animals that may be lurking around near the area where you’re currently on the hunt. The scope of the Gamo Whisper has also been described by numerous customers as “easy to sight in.”
Is it safe to use the Gamo Silent Cat? What precautions should you take?
The safety features of the Gamo Whisper are nothing to frown at either. With the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle comprising of manual trigger safety accompanied by its automatic cocking safety system, you can feel both powerful and safe at the same time. Although these Gamo air rifles are constructed with both power and safety in mind, you should always remember that air rifles, even though they are not fully-powered weapons, are specially designed for adults, ages 16 and over, and are definitely not toys. You should always use these air rifles safely and responsibly. Anyone who is under the age of 18 and wishes to use not only the Gamo whisper, but also any air rifle of any sort should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. It is also strongly recommended that you always use protective eye-wear when using or present in the vicinity when someone is using the Gamo Silent Cat or any other air rifle.
A final look at the Pros and Cons of the Gamo Whisper Air Rifle
Gamo Silent Cat Pros:
- It is powerful enough to kill squirrels, small vermin and other small game quickly and easily
- It’s very powerful yet amazingly whisper quiet (especially when using lead pellets)
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Very impressive accuracy
- Versatility (for both target and game shooting)
Gamo Silent Cat Cons:
- This rifle is an air gun and is not intended for deer hunter or other big game hunting
- Not intended for the unsupervised use of those under the age of 16
- This air rifle is loaded one pellet at a time
With all of the positive and encouraging customer reviews and feedback from such a large number of Gamo Whisper air rifle users, you simply cannot ignore the fact that this Gamo air rifle has to be one of the best ones currently on the market today. Reviewers from websites all across the internet, both male and female, present in a wide variety of age ranges are praising the Gamo Silent Cat air rifle. While it is simple enough for a 14 year old to use, it is also powerful enough to impress even the most skilled small game hunter.