Some of you may remember my last air gun review, where we talked about the “Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle” if you’ve read that article then you know that the Titan GP is a great addition to the survival gun rack. Many preppers think of air rifles as toys, which is an unfortunate mistake because they can be a very useful and effective survival foraging tool.
Anyway several weeks ago I asked our friends over at Pyramyd Air to send another one of their air guns for review, namely the “Remington NPSS Nitro Piston Short Stroke air rifle” the NPSS is a good-looking rifle with my first impression being that it looks like a cross between an air rifle and a modern sniper rifle.
Another thing that I noticed, is that the ambidextrous polymer thumbhole stock on the Remington NPSS fit was well made and fit my grip and length of pull better than the Titan GP. The raised rubber cheek piece was an interesting feature and added to the “sniper rifle” look mentioned above.
The Remington NPSS comes equipped with a Center Point 3-9 x 40 scope and one-piece mount that were very sturdy when mounted to the rifle. The Center Point optics provided were clear and the cross-hairs well centered. I also liked the large and easy to adjust windage and elevation dials, which made adjusting the rifle on target much easier.
Even though the rifle was a little heavy at around 9 lbs with the scope mounted and a having a length of 43.75 inches it did balance well and did not feel as heavy as the actual weight would suggest. It seems weight is always a negative factor when dealing with this type of air rifle and I wish manufacturers could figure out how to cut the weight down to under six pounds.
- Caliber: .22
- Ammo Type: Pellets
- Body Components: Carbon Fiber
- Power Supply: Nitro Piston (Nitrogen Gas)
- Overall Length: 43.875
- Barrel Length:
- Fire Mode: Single-Shot
- Gun Weight: 7 pounds
- Muzzle Velocity: 850 fps with Lead 1000 fps with Alloy
- Front Sight: N/A
- Rear Sight: N/A
- Scope: Centerpoint 3-9×40 AO with one piece mount
Another thing most air rifles of this type have in common is that they have no “iron sights” if the scope breaks and you don’t have a spare then you’re up the creek without a pedal. I suggest putting back at least one extra air gun scope for use as a spare.
I would also like to see manufactures outfit their rifles with sling swivels or some other type of set-up that would make it easier to put a carry-sling on their rifles. The “Gamo Gun Buddy Rifle Sling” works pretty well, but the system could be improved greatly with a swivel system on the rifles themselves.
Okay, enough of my nitpicking let’s go shooting…
Shooting from the bench at 25 yards, I was able to average 1 1/2 groups with an assortment of pellets including; Beeman Silver Bear, Beeman FTS, Beeman H&N Match, Premier Hunting Point, Benjamain Discovery, Crosman Premier and JSB Match Diabolo which gave the best and most consistent accuracy of the lot with an average group of just under one inch.
One of the most common questions following my review of the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle was about penetration. So I decided to answer that question by testing the Remington NPSS on several different targets. See the photos and captions below…
As you can see the .22 Remington NPSS is not a toy and is perfectly capable of quietly taking small game out to approximately 35 yards. If you’re looking for an air rifle for survival, small game hunting or pest control the NPSS will be a welcome addition to your survival gun rack…
What do you think – are air rifles a useful survival too?