Written on: 07/04/2006 by BushwickBill (1 review written)
Great out of the box. With a good tune this could turn into a great rifle.
After less than 200 shots the spring became weak. The trigger was quite loose. It felt like the whole trigger and spring were falling appart.
I picked up a Beeman SS1000 at the local big 5. I've been shooting high power rifle and smallbore 3 position rifle for quite some time. I was impressed with the SS1000 looks, weight and quality when I bought it. I spend the next two days getting used to the rifle. There was a large tag attached to the rifle that claimed it had been sighted in by a pro. The first shot was bout 6" high and about 2" to the left. So much for the pro sight in. Eventually I was able to dial in the rifle to shoot single hole or 1/2 inch groups at about 10 meters or about 10 yards. I was waiting to see how the gun preformed at longer distances (this required a trip to a safe shooting spot). Before I could manage to do this the gun's internals started to fall apart. I'm new to airguns so I dont know the proper terminology but here is what happend. The trigger became loose I also noticed that if you moved the gun you could hear the spring moving back and forth inside the gun, like it had been crunched and was now smaller. If you moved the trigger with you fingers it felt like it made the same noise. I found the group started to get larger and larger even at 10 yards. It finally got to about 3" and I took the gun back to the local shop.
I could have sent the gun for a supertune. It would have cost $200 for an aftermarket spring and trigger. The gun needed it and if it had worked it would have made a fine airgun. This however would have brought the price to over $400. I feel like I could have picked up a better gun for this price. I picked up a RWS mendoza 2003 it was the same price as the stock SS1000. It has an interchangable barrel .177 and .22 and looked rugged. So far its not as accurate but I hope it will be more rugged and will last a lot longer. If it falls apart I'll take it back again and try out the Gamo. So far 100-200 shots or so its been ok but after reading the reviews on this site I regret picking it up.