Written on: 03/09/2002 by Frood. (1 review written)
Excellent "stopping" power.
Heavy (it's SUPPOSED to be!)
Requires significant force to cock (not surprising)
The Webley Patriot/Kodiak is a great gun but it requires more care than some (both maintenance and shooting technique). Because of its weight, it's sensitive to bumps and jars. As with all spring-air guns never slam the breech shut or -shudder- pull the trigger with the breech open. The Patriots massive spring WILL bend the barrel. If you use a scope, get a good scope. This gun will turn most scopes into pretty paperweights. Make sure your scope is rated for super magnum airguns. Recoil is a very real concern, don't fight it! Hold the gun loosely. Don't use a rigid bench rest (like a metal railing) or "side rest" (like a door frame). Let the gun kick and follow through with your shot. Use heavy pellets. I started off with pellets in the 17gr range but I've moved up to 21gr which are great vermin pellets in this gun. Don't plan on taking this gun and your favorite dog on a 5 mile walk in the woods. It's heavy! For those complaining about the weight, they need to remember that no effort was made to streamline this gun. It has a heavy muzzlebrake for goodness sake! It's weight helps soften the effects of the recoil. This is a gun that you want to grab in the middle of the night to administer a case of lead poisoning to that skunk or raccoon that's been bothering your dogs and garbage cans. It's also fun to see its destructive power in everyday plinking.
There are pros that claim they can place 5 shots in 1/2" at 50 yards. I don't know about that but I know for a fact that I can place 5 shots in 1" at 30 yards with the Patriot and that's good enough for me.
I have to admit, because of the recoil, this gun really does cry out for the Vortex or Theoben gas spring conversion. This modification adds about $140 to the price which pushes this gun over the reasonable price line. However, if you want a hard hitting, quiet, dead accurate gun for home protection (against vermin), it's tough to beat this beast.