This is a guest post by John B and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.
This is my first product review so take it easy on me, I am not a professional, but I want to share what I’ve learnt to help others.
Gamo BIG CAT .22 air rifle - Here are a few specs.
- · 0.22 caliber single shot air rifle with a 4x magnification, 32-millimeter objective rifle scope
- · Shoots 950 feet per second (FPS) with PBA Platinum
- · Single cocking system; non-slip checkering on the grip and forearm
- · Synthetic stock with polymer over-molded precision rifled steel (fluted) barrel
- · This item is not for sale in some specific zip codes
- · Weighs about 6 lbs.
- · Cost $120.00 – $140.00
I don’t know if you would consider me a survivalist or a realist. I do prep, but like most of you I am limited by budget. Due to my profession I have multiple fire arms of various calibers. I wanted something that I could plink around with and hunt nearly silently for small game if need be, here is where the BIG CAT comes in.
At around $130.00 the price is very reasonable and ammo cost is next to nothing. The BIG CAT comes out of the box ready to go after mounting the scope with a couple screws (provided). This not your kids Daisy, it packs a serious punch and comes in just under the sound barrier so there is a little “crack” when you squeeze off a round.
The gun is fairly light weight and easy to load & fire. You simply break the barrel and insert a round into it, close it up, take aim and squeeze. Out of the box it was dead on at 15 yards, at 25 yards the round drop about an inch, at 50 yards the drop was off the target. But if you are trying to hunt with this weapon at a distance of greater than 50 yards I would suggest upgrading to the more expensive air rifles. If you are like me, this air gun would serve its purpose just fine. That purpose is small game and varmint control at around 15-40 yards e.g. squirrels, rabbit, etc.
After a little tinkering with the scope I was able to consistently place rounds with in a 2 inch group at about 25 yards. I first used a dead tree as a back stop and after going through the paper target the rounds burry themselves totally into the tree. I then switched to a piece of treated 2 X 6 decking board as a backer and again the round completely buried itself into the wood showing very good penetration power for what it is.
In my neck of the woods I had to wait until August 15th for squirrel season to see just how effective this thing would be for small game. Once I located the little tree rat I sighted him in and squeezed off a round (distance about 20 yards). The furry little guy dropped from the tress as if I had hit it with a .22Lr. Once I retrieved the squirrel and located the point of impact (I aimed for the head neck area and hit it in the lung heart area) I was impressed.
Pros - inexpensive, fairly light weight, quite, cheap ammo, accurate at realistic range, reliable, and durable.
Cons – cheap scope (included), trigger is heavy, slow reload time.
Over all I would highly recommend this gun. I shoot it more than anything else as I can just step into my back yard (in the city), post a target and shoot. There are aftermarket triggers available as well as scope options. At 30 plus yards both could make a significant difference in accuracy. I have not invested in either but they have the potential of making a 50 yard shot very likely. If you are looking for a quite, cheap, effective, easy gun to shoot, hard to beat the BIG CAT .22.
Prizes for this round in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A Volcano Grill courtesy of LPC Survival a $134.99 value, a $150 gift certificate for Remington ammunition courtesy of LuckyGunner, a 60 serving bucket of Wise Freeze Dried Food courtesy of EmergencyFoodWarehouse.com and a Wonder Junior Deluxe grain meal a $219.95 value courtesy of Kitchen Neads and a USB Portable VPN courtesy of unspyable a $275 value. Total prize value of $899.99.
- Second place winner will receive – A Sopakco Sure – Pak MRE – 12 Meals courtesy of Campingsurvival.com, a $98.95 value, a Tatsu360 Tenkara Rod a $72.00 value courtesy of Dragontail Tenkara and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service, a $100 value, courtesy of unspyable. Total prize value of $270.95.
- Third place winner will receive – a copy of my book ”31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness“ courtesy of TheSurvivalistBlog.net and a copy of “The Survival Medicine Handbook” courtesy of www.doomandbloom.net.
Be sure to read the rules before entering… This contest will end on November 10 2013