Written on: 19/03/2009 by ampmaestro (19 reviews written)
As said above, the trigger has a little creep (it creeps slightly before releasing), but once it releases, it's up to the airgun gods from there, and the Shadow 1000 gives all you'll ever need. I went for the .22 over the .177 for two reasons. 1st - there was only only one .177 left in the shop and both my brother and I wanted the same rifle each so we settled for the .22 cal. 2nd - the .22 is better for retaining energy downfield than the 177 and can be a bit more effective out at the max range shots. But for all intents and purposes, 177 & 22 are the same. The rifle is capable of tight groups out to about 20 metres. It weighs less than other air rifles I've had, and I've owned many. It has little kick, or "jerk" when fired compared to others, some of which can feel like they want to vibrate out of your hands when fired (from spring recoil). Every now and then I get a bad group though, and I'm not sure if it's the Hawke 3-9x40 scope or just my shooting doing this, probably me. I never really liked vari-power scopes as parallax and internal movement in all but the most expensive of these scopes can kill grouping tightness. The Hawke range cannot be called top of the line,, more like bottom end or budget compared to some of my hunting rifle scopes, but it was part of the package deal offered so I took it. Cocking this beast is quite amazingly easy. I owned a Diana 52 a while back and this required some heft to swing that side lever into action. The two rifles are similar in power but the Gamo is much easier to cock.
Serious stuff aside, I bought this rifle for plinking and fun, and maybe if the occasion arises, the odd vermon control, but mostly to have fun with.. For fun-vs-cost-vs-power, the Shadow 1000 surely has to be up there with the best value for money, or should I say "Bang per buck", as any air rifle around today.
I know you gets what yer pays fer, but it's nice to think with the Shadow 1000, you got maximum for your dollars.