Hi, all! Nick here.
I need help in solving a conundrum. I'm in the market for an air rifle, but I need help making my choice from peeps who are more knowledgable about exactly what's out there, and is best suited to my needs.
A little background: eight months ago, my fiancee and I moved from Johannesburg to a 70-hectare farm just outside De Rust. The farm is all ours, and it's a wonderful environment - very hilly and stuffed full of fynbos.
Target shooting, PC are the two reasons why I want a small-calibre, relatively high-velocity rifle. Something else I want the rifle for is to teach my fiancee basic marksmanship.
So my requirements are:
- Hitting power (high muzzle energy).
- Multi-shot capability, with minimal time between shots.
- A gun that's kind to its telescopic sight.
- Reasonably light weight.
- Ease of use.
- I'd prefer something that needs minimal maintenance.
- High accuracy.
- Reasonable cost (I can't afford to just buy the most expensive gun I see).
- Reasonable availability of gun and parts from a local supplier, without the need to import something myself.
So far, I've narrowed down the rifle configuration (the need to preserve the scope and high-speed multi-shot requirement mean I want to go PCP) and calibre (the muzzle energy requirement means I want to go 5.5mm).
So far, the ones I'm looking at are the:
- Walther Rotex RM8
- Kral Puncher S
- Kral Puncher Breaker
- Kral Puncher Jumbo
- Gamo Coyote
I'm not particularly fixated on any of them, and I'm more than open to suggestions for other good guns in the same price range!
So far, the Gamo is the only one I've seen in person - they're currently available from the Klein Karoo Agri in Oudtshoorn for R8 773.
However, I'm struggling to find detailed, objective long-term reviews of any of the guns above.
What I need is feedback on your long-term ownership experience of the 5.5mm PCP you'd recommend.
How has the rifle treated you? Has anything broken? If so, what was involved in fixing it? How expensive has it been to run? And would you or wouldn't you recommend that someone buy it?