Written on: 05/04/2002 by AndrewLeung.
Power, Accuracy, Adjustable power setting, repeater, fast to cock, excellent open sights, ruggedness (except the Tanker), pressure gauge
Noisy, Poor Trigger adjustments, cheap scope base, check valve on early models.
I have all 3 versions of the Standard RWS Career line 707 air rifles in .22 caliber: Rifle, Carbine, Tanker Carbine. The Tanker Carbine is the weakest link of the Career line as the removable tank is just a poor design (too much flexing). I don't think is a good product but might be a good collectable piece one day. The Rifle is by far my most prefered of the 3 as I get more shots, and is more accurate. I can mount the shortest Harris bipod and make quite an awesome sniper rig for it. I have gotten under 1/2" groups at 50 yards with the rifle but consistent under 3/4" outdoors using Kodiaks. The korean dome pellets is more suited for longer range and higher knockdown. I prefer to shoot close to 40 ft-lbs and is death to almost all quarry beyond 70 yards. The Carbine is handy and great for small hunting forays. The Tanker is handy but is the weakest of the Career line as there is not enough air in the Chamber to give top power (no big deal actually). In order of Power will be ranked: Rifle, Carbine, Tanker. A must have is to modify the loading shuttle...this is done by Mac1 airguns where the rifle, I can shoot both the korean domes and kodiak pellets without getting into the gun to adjust the shuttle mechanism..genius. The open sights is compact and extremely good, but usually you would want to scope it anyhow. Just for a tibit, the reason why the open sights are so good in the Korean airguns is because in Korea, you are not allowed to use a scope on their airguns for hunting...hence that might explain the cheap scope base and excellent open sights. As mentioned, you cannot adjust the trigger too light as the mechanism is not modern multi link. Only a small grub screw governs the sear engagement however the grub screw sits on round tubing and the sear has slop. Best to set the trigger no lighter than 4 lbs for safety sake as too light adjustment is easier to "trigger off" the gun causing a nice hole in the roof. I have spoken with Paul Sung (owner of Shin Sung..company that makes the Career airguns) and I feel the Ultimate would be using the Ultra Career line airgun (9mm repeater) with a stronger receiver, and larger storage tubes but make it into Carbine configuration. That would acutally be an Ultimate Career.