The Ruger Targis Hunter is a break barrel air rifle manufactured by Umarex Airguns under license from Sturm, Ruger & Co, Inc.. The Targis Hunter is a high velocity hunting air rifle. It’s available in .177 and .22 caliber. Velocities can approach 1200 fps (in .177) with alloy pellets.
The Ruger Targis features the SilencAir Dampening System which helps to reduce noise so you can get a 2nd shot off before game is spooked. It also helps when shooting in your backyard. Your neighbors will appreciate the low noise. The Ruger Targis Hunter is 25% easier to cock than most magnum air rifles. It comes with a 3-9×32 scope, an all weather composite stock and a 2 stage adjustable trigger.
I had some readers ask the following question…”What is a break barrel air rifle?”
A break barrel air rifle or pellet gun is a gun in which the acton is cocked by “breaking” the barrel in a downward motion from the action. This process cocks the trigger and charges the gun, making it ready to fire.
Here is an example of a break barrel pellet gun…
To cock or charge the rifle, simply grab the end of the barrel and pull it down.
Here is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun with the barrel “broken”. Now it can be loaded with a single pellet. Once a pellet has been loaded into the barrel, the barrel is then pushed back to its original position. Now you’re ready to fire.
Break barrel pellet guns are quick to reload and shoot compared to variable pump pellet guns.
Here’s a very popular question among pellet gun shooters…”How loud is the XXXX Pellet Gun?” and “Can I shoot it in my backyard without scaring my neighbors?”
I have a Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal and have been shooting in my backyard for a few months now…without any problems.
I live in master plan housing community where houses are very close together. My back yard in only 46 feet wide. My neighbors houses are most likely 12 feet from my house (exterior wall to exterior wall). They are very close.
I’ve always been concerned about my neighbors calling the cops if I shoot my pellet guns in the backyard. When I first got the Gamo Hornet, I only shot 2 pellets and then went into the house. It sounded very loud to me. But what does it sound like 2 houses away? After a few months of shooting, I felt confident and starting shooting like 5-10 pellets.
The other day I heard kids playing in their backyard (just 2 houses away) and a few dogs barking in the background. I shot about 8 pellets while this was going on and nobody even flinched. The dogs didn’t react and neither did the kids playing. They were oblivious to the noise. After I was done shooting, everything went on as before. I think my house blocks a good portion of the noise. It sounds loud to me while shooting but apparently no one else thinks so. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim measures 75 dB at 1 foot from the gun.
There are lots of opinions on the accuracy of Gamo pellet guns so I would like to provide one on the Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal using JSB Exact Jumbo Monster Diabolo pellets. The JSB pellets are said to be the best and I have to say, they are excellent.
The JSB Exact Jumbo Monster Diabolo pellets fit in the chamber perfectly…not too lose and not too tight. The tolerances must be very tight on these pellets. Anyway, these JSB Monster pellets weigh 25 grains.
Here is my bench rest setup. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim is Awesome!!
Here is the Glow Shot Splatter small bore target after 5 shots with the JSB Exact Jumbo Monster 25 grain pellets from the Gamo Hornet.
Here’s a close up of the target. That’s a half inch group. The target rings are in 1 inch increments. I still need to adjust the scope up and to the left about 1/2 inch.
So is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal accurate? YES. If you want to check Gamo pellet guns, here is a link to buy them online…Gamo Pellet Guns at Amazon.com
OK…I have had my Gamo Hornet Maxxim for a few weeks and although I have not shot it that much, I wanted to give you my thoughts so far.
Let’s start with the stock….
The butt section is nicely designed, ambidextrous with a great recoil pad. It fits me very nicely and is made of a very durable polymer. Oh…it also looks great.
The grip section and trigger areas are very ergonomic with textured areas in places where it is needed. Nicely done and very functional. I like it. …and by the way the trigger is excellent!
The Gamo Hornet forend is textured for a very non-slip grip. The width of the forend is perfect…not too wide and not too skinny. The entire stock feels very sturdy. The synthetic stock makes the Gamo Hornet weight perfect at around 7 lbs with scope. I like pellet guns to be from 5-8 lbs in weight.