Written on: 12/06/2013 by Russky1969 (1 review written)
I bought this gun last year and have only put about 60 shots through it. The last time I replaced the co2 cartridges though the gun wasn't recharged and was only firing pellets intermittently, and even then only about 15 yards range. If anyone can suggest what I'm doing wrong I'd be really grateful. Otherwise, with a scope and silencer on it I don't think there is anything out there that can match this rifle for the money. There's a video on YouTube that shows you how to adjust what can be a... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2012
Powerful & accurate with scope. Stiff bolt & trigger to start with & fiddly to load under scope. Silencer reduces gun noise to less than that coming from pellet trap. Trigger getting easier with use & may need "friendly" pellets to get the best out of it. Well made for the price. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2012 by lynch25 (1 review written)
dose anyone no how i empty the remaining gas in the chamber without blowing my hand off????? the gun itself is great but when it runs out there is still a little bit of gas in the chamber and when i unscrew it the end flys off can anyone tell me what i can do ??? email email@example.com (read more)
Written on: 21/09/2010
Great gun. recieved for a birthday present. Once zero in with a scope give great accuracy. I was shooting lighters at 35 yeards plus no problem. I have purchased a mod kit to increase muzzle volocity which should increase distance capabilitys. Please get one if your thinking. Fantastic gun for all ages. Im 20 and i cant get enough of it! (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2010
I have always brought smk air rifles, recently i brought a xs 78, i had about 3 shots with it, and placed in new c02 capsules, then i put it away earlier i went out with it again but it wouldn't fire, and the c02 was empty, do i have to turn it off somehow before i store it or something or is there somethign wrong with it, can anyone help, if so can you get in touch by emailing me Tom_boi_94@hotmail.co.uk would be perfect, please. Thankyou.
Overall with my old non c02 was a great powerful,... (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2010 by shootermcgavin (1 review written)
its pretty well priced for what it is and from 20 yards i killed a rabbit but its pretty inhumane because even with two co2's i struggled to better 30 to 35 full powered shots and thats only about 9 ft-lb's, you may run into the problem like i did by having to shoot a rabbit 4 or 5 times to kill it, best gun to go for if you want a co2 is a 850 air magnum or if you dont want to spend that much a crosman rabbit stopper. This gun is only good for plinking or small animals close up but for that... (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2010
bought this gun in standard as i wanted accuracy over power. as standard, it took around 100 pellets to bed in. power was good untill i started looking on tuning websites. Have just finished polishing and porting this gun and cant beleive what i difference it makes. anyone can do this, all you need is a seal kit of ebay £7, few grades of wet and dry, a drill, 3 & 3.5mm drill bit a file, and a peice of dowling wood. Power has greatly gone up and could easily take out game at 40 yards using... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2009
What an excellent gun the SMK XS78C023 is, it actually beats other air rifles that are twice as much as this , there isnt a spring air rifle that can match it for accuracy , if you like me are into shooting a lot then gear up to bulk fill and you will find the cost of c02 going down by a considerable margin .
There are a multitude of tuning tips out for this rifle that will take it comfortably to 11.3 lbs which is a very nice number . Using rws superdomes i get lead on lead at... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2009 by tomhagen (5 reviews written)
Well finished good looking gun, low recoil. Co2 means that pressure is a bit variable and so accuracy suffers through inconsistency. Handles nicely, well balanced. In retrospect would have bought one with scope and silencer, maybe even big 88g canister version.
I have the SMK QB78 Deluxe .22 version, again in retrospect the .177 would have been more accurate and enough power for the job (vermin hunting) but .22 flat heads work well at close range.
The moving parts, trigger, safety, bolt... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2009 by DRH333 (1 review written)
Had this SMK XS78CO2 rifle for nearly a year, for target shooting. Like the weight, and it is accurate with a scope, as others have said. I have a major problem with the screw valve where the two CO2 cylinders go. The blurb says that it can be tightened by hand, but I have to use mole grips to get the cones to pierce both cylinders!! Have ruined the looks of this end cap! (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2008 by trrobb (3 reviews written)
Very low price for what you get. I prefer the .22 Deluxe version. No Recoil, Low price, easy to work on, can beat guns costing a lot more if you tune them. Trigger can be made good. The Deluxe has fibre optic sights that are good for Close range vermin. You can fit a Telescopic sight easy. Very light. Can be tuned to the legal limit in .22 and usually in .177. You have to do a bit of work to make them very good. They need Co2 bottles to run. Power is between 6 to 8 ft lbs. (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2008 by pppppppppppp (1 review written)
My first proper air rifle. I don't know what it's like without a scope but with one it is very accurate upto about 25-30 yards and a lot of fun can be had with it. I joined an air gun club on the back of using this so it's very good. I would recommend it to anyone who's thinking of starting up. (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2008
Got this gun a few days ago and i really enjoy shooting it, its perfect for hunting and the weight of it is fabulas,.. it also looks really good for when im out and want people to notice me shooting birds. Sometimes the scope tends to wobble, just meens i need to tighten it but im lazy... (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2008 by pigeon popper (1 review written)
I have the QB78 DELUXE version and i have had no problems with it.I personally use it for pest control RATS PIGEON RABBITS etc.I have to say the QB78 DELUXE gets the thumbs up from me. (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2008 by Tim Pullman (1 review written)
As I said the iron sights are very basic, but stick a halfway decent scope on and you have a very good rifle, with no scope creep due to recoil that you sometimes get on a a springer. The rifle itself is very quiet, and with a suppressor attached the only sound is the pellet hitting the target. I haven't had the rifle long enough to know if there are any inherent problems, but the build quality seems very good. It does seem to prefer certain pellets, My rifle seems to function best with... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2008 by qb78 mad (1 review written)
A amazing gun which costs peanuts. Great for any use hunting or plinking recommended greatly. :-) (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2008
I use it for rabbits, squirles, rooks, magpies and pigeons. One day i was out and shot a fox at 15 yards and dropped it in one, the pellet broke threw its skull right between its eyes ! (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2008 by muzzrat (18 reviews written)
Really just adding a little to the previous reviews. The quality of the stock has been improved greatly since some of the other reviews, the rifle now comes with a well finished and quite attractive looking stock however the trigger mechanism is still poor but after some smoothing of the actual trigger and polishing of the working surfaces it looks good and works well. Unbeatable budget rifle, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2008 by watters1 (1 review written)
This is a great gun and i recommend it to anyone, i have hit about 15 rats in my first month so i agree with everyone else, SO STOP READIN THIS AND GO AND BUY IT! (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2008
Where do u get that extra power from??? what do u do to get it can anyone email me on how to do it, i would love to know. Good gun shoots close centers. Bolt action a little weak, have to give it some to get it working (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2008 by Stokstyf (14 reviews written)
This is without a doubt one of the best rifles to buy.
It is small and lightweight with power suitable for close range pest control. Accuracy is good enough to take on rifles costing double the price.
They can easily be tuned for more power, but even stock standard they perform well. Mine used to do about 640 ft/s, but now gets about 800ft/s.
You get about 60-70 full power shots per fill and even more is you do a bulk fill.
Shooting 1 hole groupings at 20m is easy and with silencer on, they... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2007 by Duneheavy (1 review written)
I bought this rifle second hand for only £45, I thought it was just going to be a plinking gun. But I soon discovered how accurate it is, and have been giving squirrels and rats a pounding with this rifle for the last month.
Can anyone tell me where or whom I need to contact to get this TR robb tuning kit as I haven't been able to find any information on this??? (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2007 by Dungy (1 review written)
This is my first air rifle (The SMK QB78 Deluxe) and I have found it to be excellent value for money. Joined a local target shooting club and the regular members have all given favorable comments. Originally I was using C02 cartridges bought from where I bought the rifle but I have since tried some I bought from the club which seem to give a more consistent charge. I have also been told to try some Diablo pellets and these seem to be much more accurate (the first type seem to turn sideways... (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2007 by richardpm38 (5 reviews written)
This is my second xs78 , the first was an absolute disaster, from the minute i got it it constantly leaked co2 from the main part, but i returned the gun to Sportsmarketing and eventually they gave me a brand new one, which has been good, I use mine for ratting mainly and I find it pretty accurate over short to medium distances. Recently the o ring on the cap of the co2 tube holder has gone, and I can't find anywhere to get the replacement o ring, I phoned SMK 3 times and have been told... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2007 by tim n (11 reviews written)
Brought one of these overall a very good rifle at first it was under powered.
I also got the tropp kit. it is very easy to fit and WOW the power is great it's pushing 11.8 ft/lb its a great bunny basher.
Needs a good scope to get the best out of it i think its as good as rifles twice and maybe three times its price (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2007 by poolmaster (4 reviews written)
Just to add to my previous review, i have since purchased the upgrade kit from tjrobb and wow , super power, loss of shots per cartridge but extra power is awesome, will go through bottom and out of top of beer can at 25yds, and buries half way into 15mm pine plank at same distance, getting a chrono to check it out but it must be on the 12ft lbs limit, a truly great gun. (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2007 by poolmaster (4 reviews written)
CAUTION - DO NOT BUY THIS RIFLE - SERIOUSLY - WILL EAT A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET AND YOUR MARRAIGE WILL SUFFER - i got mine a few days ago and i ain't had so much fun with a gun ever, it is brilliant, so cool to handle , superb build quality, excellent power, add a moderator and a decent telescopic sight and it is the bees knees, the pups nuts, it really is, get your gas from tyre inflators .... it's cheaper, i am using rws hobby's and it is perfect, you will never regret buying one of these,... (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2007 by peterchinnock (1 review written)
I bought the gun about a month ago but i have a problem, the first time i put the co2 in, i did exactly what the gun smith told me, i unfortunately didn't count the number of shots i took, but i was plinking for about 45 mins before the gun lost the energy and the pellets just fell out. I took it back inside eager to get going again, i tried to unscrew the little air tight screw by the CO2 tank, it was really stiff, it eventually did start to gradually open, but to by horror a jet of gas... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2007 by flyingeggman (4 reviews written)
I brought the deluxe model about 3 months ago; I got it in .22 as that was the only calibre that the shop had. I paid £150 for the gun, a 4x28 scope, mounts, and a sound suppressor. It is actually surprising accurate at short and medium ranges although the pellet does start to drop a little at any thing over 30 yards but it is possible to compensate for this. with it I can get 5 shot .5 inch gropes at about 25 yards witch is quite good as it is only a cheep C02 rifle, I have been getting... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2007 by baller8 (1 review written)
I think this is an excellent gun i got a great deal on mine. I tried it out and loved it but if anyone has any advice on how to tune it to get more power i would be very grateful (read more)
Written on: 21/02/2007 by Joe Dalton (1 review written)
It is a very light, nifty gun.Great as a starting gun, as it has no recoil. I have hit plenty of rabbits, pigeons and the odd squirrel with it and with a decent silencer and scope, it really does look the part. It is a super Co2 gun, ideal for the short range hunter and I would certainly recommend it! (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2007 by jrey (1 review written)
This is a brilliant rifle for what it is, though i wouldn't do any long range hunting with it, because of the lack of power. I did find the bolt action a little stiff when i pushed it back, i often needed to pull back and try again, but this soon loosened up. (read more)
Written on: 21/12/2006 by triballofts (3 reviews written)
I have had about 5 of these rifles and personally i love them there is so much info on the net into tuning these i have done a few of these, the biggest part is getting the c02 flow better and smoothing the rough internal finish to these rifles they shoot like a totally different gun when done i would not recomend a .177 though as the power will not improve that much but the .22 is a far better gun as when tuned you can get the power up to 11ftbs and still get 50 shoots to 2 co2 12gram... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2006 by teluk (23 reviews written)
Great gun for the price, quality was much better than i expected.
It's fun to shoot and accurate but does like to eat the CO2 cartridges using 2 for approximately 40-60 full power shots before rapidly dying.
I did find a cheap co2 supplier mail order---tyre inflators.co.uk.
I purchased my rifle as a package deal (rifle, scope, gunbag, metal target box, pellets and co2) from Combat Camo who gave a great service at a very good price. (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2006 by redhat29 (1 review written)
Use accupel pellets on game, So good I brought 3 to sell on if anyone is interested. Buy one, you won't be dissapointed. (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2006 by danche (18 reviews written)
I own one of these rifles, and I paid £120.00 for the rifle, 3-9x40 scope and mounts, silencer and padded gun bag. I cannot really fault it for the price. It is cheap and cheerful, light, comfortable to shoot and it makes a great plinking rifle. The CO2 capsules are cheap as well. ALSO, it can be used as a short to medium range hunting rifle for rats and small vermin etc. As long as you don't go over a certain range, I would not use mine for anything over 20 yards. It's power is... (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2006 by Pink wolf (1 review written)
I bought my SMK XS78CO2 Air Rifle from a seller called Sharkfox. I paid £90 including delivery. I received: 4x20 scope, 6 12g Co2 canisters, 500 pellets, pellet trap, targets, bi-pod and a thick padded gun bag. Excellent value. The aiming on this gun is fantastic and now I can see the tin cans shake with fear when they see me. I am yet to make a kill with it but I live in hope. From an aesthetics point of view, it has a lovely cherry stock and an unbelievably cool feeling when you pull... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2006 by templd (55 reviews written)
The SMK XS78CO2 looks amazing and love the bolt action but power isn't up to much, especially compared to my Weihrauch HW90.
This is a good first rifle but not suitable for hunting. (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2006 by black ninja (1 review written)
The SMK XS78CO2 is good value for money, easy to use, superb accuracy hits bullseye no prob, very safe.
10/10 (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2006 by DangerRanger (1 review written)
SMK XS78CO2 - This is my first air rifle since been a youngster, and i would recomend the xs78 to any first time shooters. I paid £60 for my rifle from Retford field sports along with a set of SMK scopes, 3-9x 40 which cost £35, and a silencer for £25 [which is a god send, as the neighbors no-longer complain].
I have taken a rabbit at 42 yards, which at the time of writing is my first kill. I am buying a Theoban evolution off a friend, i have had a few shots with it, and at this time i... (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2006 by miff (2 reviews written)
The SMK XS78 is a good gun for summer or hot weather use,light gun you can throw about.
Head shots[kills]at 35 yrds [don't try,you,ll just wound].
My gun is 22 model,cost £80/ sights SMK 4X40 millie-dots-£30/silencer-£25. (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2005 by arrows180 (18 reviews written)
I recently bought my SMK XS78 air rifle in .22 cal, and I really can't fault it for the money. I paid £39.99 from Sharkfox on www.gundeals.co.uk. If you're after one of these be quick, as they won't stay at this price for long. These rifles are basically fun guns for garden plinking. They're not accurate enough for serious target shooting, and don't have quite enough power for the serious hunter, especially here in the UK where our damp cold climate doesn't help the use of co2 guns, but if... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2005 by LIDLOR (1 review written)
This SMK XS78CO2 rifle hits the target at 100ft no problems, within one inch from the bull I have even been out hunting with this. Can kill rabbits with ease, what more can I say? I love it! (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2005 by haggardpete (10 reviews written)
This is the same rifle reviewed elsewhere as the Shanghi Airgun QB78, but is sold, at least in the UK under the SMK banner.
Immediate impressions is that it is well made, perhaps a bit crude in places but everything works well and seems likely to last. The only plastic bit is the clamp securing the barrel to the 'receiver' that holds the CO2 capsules. Build quality seems better than the Crossman alternatives. The gun has a very solid bolt action which is a nice feature on such a budget... (read more)