It started when I got to fire my first breakbarrel a couple of years ago. I had no idea airguns powerful enough to hunt with actually existed. sure I'd played with BB guns and pellet pistols, and I was aware of PCP rifles, but saw it as some mystery realm of out ofreach $1000+ miracle guns I'd never be able to afford. The rifle i got to shoot was just a .177 but a high end 1000FPS+ hunting rifle.
Fast forward to just before Viralpocalypse struck, and consider that though it was class C (literally writing just over $500 in bad checks in my 20s), I am a felon, eligeable for rights restoration shoud I wish to pay the court costs to do so, but I've never really cared that much, or felt it was a necessary expense. Anyway i found a Hatsan Airtact .25 (24FPE at muzzle) breakbarrel air rifle and bought it. It's a fun gun andhas some serious power behind it. Cost me $119 and tax at Big5 locally just after xmas.
My love of airguns has developed as has my skill, I can hit a soupcan at 50 yards, and it goes right through, so enter the stimulus, and my eyes are filled with airgun shopping carts!
I since bought a Crosman Vigilante pellet revolver, just fo plinking with for fun. Despite .25 pellet being far cheaper than 22 rimfires, .177s and some co2 powerlets are cheaper still for target practice anyway.
I got big plans for 2/3rs to 3/4s of my stimulus cash; maybe some others into the hobby hve some advice on which way to go.
Right now I have a cart at Crosman, including a discount code: I can get, for under 800, with the provided discount code:
Benjamin Fortitude .22, 10 shot repeater (synthetic stock), with 3-9x Centerpoint variable scope and 5 year warranty, and a sling for it
A hand pump (yes it is too much, but one stop shpping and support is a consideration)
A 1077 repeat Air rifle with extra magazine (including a clip of course) and 4 extra clips, and a laser/flashlight to mount on it. (This is out of stock universally just about except inflated examples on Amazon.)
An "Iceman" 8 shot .177 co2 pellet pistol
A "must have" on my collection list, a 2240 co2 pistol .22 with a shoulder stock, steel breech kit, and pistol scope, and the proper rear mim sight for the steel breech (plan to maybe put a 14" barrel on later too)
A couple of boxes of 25 co2 powerlets (they're out of 40 count boxes)
4x extra mags for my existing Vigilante revolver .177 (no more reloading pellets before the co2 has run out, and they are out of stock of these everywhere but through Crosman)
A shoulder holster
A standard holster
1250 rounds of .177 ammo and 1000 of .22 (though admittedly just round head 10.5, and 14.3 grain repectively, so basic target stuff, basic ammo only, nothing exciting.)
That's a LOT of value and a LOT of airguns for under $800 before tax, and I have good experience with Crosman, like the full five year warrnty on the Benjamin rifle too. That rifleis known to be tuneable/customizeable too (after warranty periodof course)
For a little under $900 total, a bunch of exotic sexy ammo from Pyramid air, and a CZ P09 "Duty" co2 pellet plinker (with faux silencer and laser/flashlight weaver/picatinny mount) , a PCP hand pump, cases, holsters and accessories, and of course a decent 3-9x scope with laserred dod sight on it and plus the "main event gun", the really sexy airgun ofall the oesI am looking at, the "Chuck Conners/Rifleman" lever action Hatsan Vectis in .25 caliber:
So yeah,as far as guns i am in love with, the Hatsan has it, but the other order, is so much value, really leaning going Crosman/Benjamin. Any thoughts on it?