Ruger Targis Hunter Air Rifle

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.

It retails for just under $200. Here’s link where you can save $30…Shop for Ruger Targis Air Rifles at Amazon.com

What is a Break Barrel Air Rifle?

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.

Gamo Hornet Accuracy Break In

Most guns function more smoothly and become more accurate after a “break-in” period. With most air rifles and pellet guns, the break-in period is about 200 shots.

So far I have shot about 80 pellets through my Gamo Hornet Maxxim. Let me show you the difference in accuracy from 10 shots to 80.

Here’s the pellets I’m shooting.

I think this was the very first shooting after sight in was completed.

Now let’s look at after 75 shots….

The 5 shot group is right above the blue tape. All 5 shots are touching. This group is smaller than a dime.

Let’s take a look at another group from the lighter 18 grain JSB pellets.

Here’s another 5 shot group using lighter JSB pellets. A dime would cover this group. The accuracy is improving significantly as I shoot more. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim is very accurate.

How Loud is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim?

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.

Crosman Mayhem Air Rifle – New 2017

Crosman is introducing some really cool air rifles in 2017. The biggest innovation is the SBD or Silencing Barrel Device.

The Crosman Mayhem is available in .177 and .22. The Mayhem is a powerful break barrel Nitro Piston 2 air rifle.

Crosman Mayhem Air Rifle features:

  • SBD market leading sound suppression
  • Front and rear sights
  • 3-9×40 mm scope with adjustable parallax
  • All-weather synthetic stock with soft touch inserts
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Adjustable, two-stage clean break trigger™
  • Picatinny rail
  • Sling Mounts (rear post/front loop)
  • .22 cal. 1100 fps with alloy pellets
  • .22 cal. 950 fps with lead pellets

Gamo Hornet Maxxim Velocity Chronograph

Here are the results of a chronograph test taken with the Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 cal air rifle with various lead pellets.

Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum 14.3 grains – 735 fps

H&N Field Target Trophy 14.66 grains – 706 fps

Beeman Kodiak 21.14 grains – 597 fps

Here is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim air rifle review with the chronograph testing.

Is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim Quiet?

The Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun is pretty powerful….850 fps with .22 cal pellets. So we would expect it to be pretty loud right?

Gamo uses an amazing barrel and suppressor to dampen or suppress noise and YES it does work…IMO.

My Gamo Hornet Maxxim is still in the break-in period so it should get quieter but it’s not too bad right now. I used an app on my smart phone to measure the sound. Here’s what the app looks like…

It works really well. The readings above are not from my testing.

I was shooting .22 cal 25 grain JSB pellets in my backyard. Here are the results:

…73 dB at 18″ from the muzzle. Remember this is very close to the muzzle so your neighbors will hear much less.

Here are some sounds to compare this with.

  • 134 dB – .22 LR
  • 120 dB – fire engine siren
  • 140 dB – jet plane takeoff
  • 35-45 dB – humans talking
  • 45 dB – hand clapping
  • 65 dB – Daisy Powerline 880 with 10 pumps and .177 pellets

Gamo Hornet Maxxim Accuracy

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

Gamo Hornet Maxxim Barrel Review

I never owned a Gamo pellet gun before… I now have a Hornet Maxxim .22 cal pellet gun. Some people say that Gamo products are crap…BUT I have NEWS… this gun is freakin awesome!

One of the things that drew me to this gun is the awesome looking barrel. Check it out…

The Hornet Maxxim barrel is heavy in diameter with flutes and a great looking muzzle brake/suppressor. The barrel design minimizes vibration and noise. Great for backyard shooting.

Here is a closeup view of the thickness of the barrel…and the flutes. It’s one stout barrel and it just looks awesome!!

Here’s the muzzle brake or suppressor. It is very effective and looks great.

Another view of the Gamo muzzle brake. Fantastic design!

If you are interested in this pellet gun, here is a link to buy online with free shipping….Gamo Hornet Maxxim Pellet Rifle at Amazon.com

Gamo Hornet Maxxim Review – 1st Impressions

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.

So far, I really love the Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun. The break barrel is VERY smooth and pretty easy to cock. If you want a great .22 cal break-barrel pellet gun for hunting or target shooting, then take a serious look here…Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 cal Pellet Gun with 3-9×40 mm scope at Amazon.com