Written on: 17/01/2003 by BirdLarsen.
#1 Quality - stock, blueing, trigger.....and more #2 Power, power, power - whether it's .22 or .25 this thing has as much or more power than gun much more in price #3 Accuracy - I found it to be extremely accurate
For me....none Apparently for some....weight
Ok, I was trying to decide whether or not to get the Patriot for a very long time. I read every review at this site (as well as many others), talked to dealers, and visited shops to see for myself. Finally, I bought the .25 caliber version (you can put other caliber barrels on it to make it a .22 .20 etc.). I didn't buy it to "show-off", I bought it for one reason only, an accurate, powerful, ADULT-size, HUNTING weapon. Now it's my turn to say a few words about this gun. At first reading of some reviews on this site I couldn't believe the silly comments
Firstly this gun was ACTUALLY as hard to cock as some would have you believe(IT IS NOT). Hard to cock?? Huh? More than some guns? Yes!....HARD?? NO! This is an adult gun...if you are an adult you should have NO problem cocking this gun (my 16 year old neighbor doesn't). You simply cock it like you are supposed to (with leverage) and it is NO problem (sitting, standing, laying, i've done all). I was pepared for this epic struggle like a compound bow set at 100lbs., give me a break. IS this thing hard to cock? NOT AT ALL.
Secondly, comments saying this thing REALLY kicks or "recoil like a firearm" had me wondering. COME ON, give me a break, this is not a 30-06. It DOES break cheap scopes...but that is the bi-directional recoil...NOT the "massive backward recoil". Once and for all....Recoil IS NOT a problem.
Thirdly, reviews have complained about the weight. It is a little heavy, but to say it's tiring is ludicrous (once again assuming we are all adults). Basically the weight is like a shotgun with wood stock (8-10 lbs). Anyone gone bird hunting with a shotgun(not those light syn-stock ones) all day?...I have and it's no different. Take the muzzle weight off.
My last topic before summary is accuracy. I guess if you think it's SOO heavy and kicks like a 12-guage (then you might have trouble shooting this gun accurately. However, that is YOU the shooter and not the gun. For those of us who ARE capable of shooting a gun over 600-700 fps in .177 OR a gun that is not a recoiless PCP, then this gun is a very accurate hunting weapon. Remember this is not a 500-600 fps .177 target match gun...IT just IS NOT FOR THAT PURPOSE. But it IS a hunting gun and i can CONSISTANTLY shoot with 1" accuracy at 25-35 yards with IRON sights....with a scope i can push that out to 40-60 yards(killed smaller birds a plenty at 70-90 yards)....And for HUNTING that is PLENTY...repeat PLENTY good enough. You will not shoot "one hole" but once again it is not made for that type of shooting. This gun will be as accurate as you are for all airgun hunting purposes.
In conclusion, this gun is powerful, accurate, of the highest quality in materials and craftsmanship, and a hell of a airgun hunting rifle. I rountinely kill crows at 40-50 yards(sometimes further) with 1 and only 1 shot...IN FACT, in a uncountable number of shot birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other small game and varmits I have yet to have even ONE animal get away after a hit...now THAT is stopping power. Sure...the .25 has a little arc...come on it's a 20-30+ grain hunk of lead propelled with air! As with ALL super-mags (not PCP) LEARN the gun and you WILL shoot it accurately. I know i've been long-winded (and a little rude) but this stuff had to be said...I got fed up with these inaccurate reviews on this gun and could not just sit idly by any longer. If you get this gun and for the RIGHT reasons, you WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED) Enough said - great gun.
This is NOT a PCP. Do not even bother with that type of comparison....compare a pcp to a pcp and a springer to a springer. Ok, now to the points.