First PCP, thinking about a .22 Diana Stormrider Gen 2, your thoughts?

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    nuance231
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    Been looking to get my first PCP.  My uses will be plinking, pests, and hunting.  I’ve been paying pretty close attention to reservoir size as I will be hand pumping, and I’d rather pump less.  Pest control in a suburban backyard means quiet!, so a level 2 seems appropriate.  Also will hunt squirrels, rabbits, grouse etc in thick cover on foot so weight and length are important considerations.  I am aware of the barrel band issue and figure I can conjure up some barrel support if needs be.  Cost is relevant.  

    Any experience with this airgun?  Any suggestions or experience with similar air guns in the approximately same price bracket?

    With the exception of my now older RWS 177 springer I’m a noob to airguns and will appreciate any help, thank you

     

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    I’ve been playing with the Diana bandit(pistol version of stormrider) for a week now and it’s pretty accurate for being an inexpensive gun. I own a few other guns made by the same company as the stormrider and they are all surprisingly decent quality, budget friendly guns. The only thing I would recommend with the stormrider is to get it regulated. Will dramatically increase accuracy.

    If you’re not dead set on a rifle, there’s some awesome pistols in that price range: PP750 & PP700. Both are regulated, accurate, and easy to pump.

     

    Other rifles also worth mentioning are the Umarex gauntlet & Air Venturi Avenger

    *EDIT* Guantlet is not easy to pump with its bottle

     

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    Good deal for $144 on your first order when you subscribe plus free standard shipping for an improved Stormrider made in China that hopefully got the recall notice all taken cared of regarding defective trigger safety.

    https://www.kitterytradingpost.com/hunting-shooting/airguns-pellets/air-rifles/air-venturi-diana-stormrider-gen2-synthetic-pcp-177-cal.-air-rifle-100580724.html?cgid=0

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    legionair
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    @yo Good eye on that deal

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    legionair
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    @yo You’re like a human search engine for airguns

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    Long_Gun_Dallas
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    The reservoir size is very ideal for hand pumping.  I have had one, I tuned it up for a friend.  It's a very simple design, and just plain works.  (I have a couple pistol version of this rifle, too).

    One thing to look out for is moderator alignment.  The narrow end of the moderator butts up against the front sight post which is plastic.  All the ones I've seen have a bit of a plastic mold line there, and this can cause the moderator to sit a little crooked.  All you need is a flat file to fix (if it's an issue).  I've had to align moderators on a few other guns, and the procedure is the same.  Remove a small amount of material, and check.  Repeat til straight.  Patience is key.  

     

    Other than that small issue, It's a very simple design.  And they shoot very well.  The only downside is the power output has a good bit of a bell curve.  Meaning it shoots very hot at high pressure, and steadily drops power from there.  There will be a small sweet spot where the gun shoots a few shots at the same velocity (roughly).   Usually keeping the velocity steady or consistent lends to more accurate and repeatable shot placement.  One way to achieve this is to install a regulator.  I believe wes @ airgunarcheryfun sells these with them pre-installed (if you chose that option)   and for a good price, too.  Now, a regulator will reduce your max power in this gun.   But It will greatly increase the number of *highly* accurate shots you can get out of it.  And quite frankly, would still be well above the power output of several airguns I hunt with.  Another option is to detune the hammer strike.  If done right, that will flatten the power curve, so that you get a larger number of shots shooting more similar velocities.  

    Even without tuning or installing a regulator, the gun shoots plenty good enough to take game within about 40 yards for a pretty decent number of shots (20)  Without really worrying about the gun not being a complete tack driver.  

    Those are my two pistol versions, BTW.  One has a regulator, one does not.

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    @yo Good eye on that deal

     

    Minus 20% off with email first order plenty deals here shop smart DONT buy Crosman hollowpoints even with 20%off .

    Need another Diana pistol under $100 free ship? It's $119 minus 20% off of you subscribe. Not pictured click link posted search "airgun" on their site shop smart all 20% off. Free ship over $83.00.

    10.5gr Brown Box CROSMAN PREMIERS $25.99 minus 20% off free ship!!! $20.79!!!

    20% off free ship Hatsan Vortex and JSB Monster pellets!!!

     

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    I bought a gen 1 for my grandson and the bolt handle broke after a few uses. Turns out this was a common problem so check to see if they fixed that on gen 2. Shot well other than that.

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    SilentSquirrel
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    I needed to make that same choice for my first PCP

    It was between the Stormrider Gen1 & the Benjamin Maximus (both 22 cal)

    My choice was the Maximus; and I am very happy with it

    Accurate, Light weight, easy fill with hand pump, & reliable

    Plus parts/mods readily available also.

    Despite now owning multiple PCPs the Maximus is still very much a "go to"  rifle;

    It lives loaded & un-cocked near the windows overlooking our urban mini home orchard.

    Squirrels are its specialty.

    Having never shot a Stormrider I cannot offer comparison

    That's my 2 scents

    Ed

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    jonah16
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    May I recommend the benjamin fortitude gen 2. It super light weight, very accurate, regulated, and perfect for hunting. The trigger is a bit stiff but I did a easy modification on mine that I can show you. For only $300 it's perfect for doing what you want to do. I myself have killed multiple racoons with it. I think you should definitely consider. PM me is you have any questions I would be very happy to help

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    fivestar45
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    +2 for the Fortitude…add quiet to what was already mentioned, and the best customer support.

    The Crosman discount code, and their free shipping Fridays will drop the $$

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    I have both the original "Varmint" mrodair version and the revised Diana Stormrider version, both in .177 cal.  These are rifles I wish I had owned when I regularly walked the woods squirrel hunting.  They are light, accurate enough for small game hunting, and powerful enough for that use.

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    I fully regret buying the SPA version of the stormrider  what a cheap POS,,never should have been made into a PCP,,maybe ok for co2 but still has crap barrels

    the only other guns I hate almost as much was Hatsan gladius and Hatsan torpedo 

    my SPA P-15 took much more money to make it into an acceptable rifle,(barrel replace), I do NOT brag up SPA/Diana crap, but have seen some good reports only for the PP700 pistols.  Look closely at Gamo Urban or Benjamin/crosman or Xisico

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    I purchased a used and slightly modified stormrider in .22 for my first PCP.  It's got the FFH device installed which really upped the shot count.  I'm looking into regulating it here soon for even more shot count.  Mine has been super accurate out to 35yds which is the limitation of my backyard.  Having not shot a stock version, I don't know if the FFH makes it so quiet or what.  There is NO report from my rifle.  There's the click of the trigger, the ding of the hammer and a dead squirrel that never saw it coming.  The only time I've had a report is when firing a single cleaning pellet.  Otherwise it's completely silent.  Big bonus for my suburban backyard surrounded by 5 houses.  The pellet hitting my spinner or cardboard box target is the loudest sound. So far, mine has been very accurate with pellets up to 20gr.  Over that and they slow way down.  REALLY likes JSB express 14.83gr and JSB Hades for hunting. That's 23 pellets stacked up before the 24th knocked the lump out of the cedar post I was shooting.

     

     
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    legionair
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    The stormrider is prone to lemons here and there just as any other brand. Even $2000 guns suffer from quality control mistakes. At $150 for the stormrider it’s worth taking the chance on getting a good one and if you do get a lemon just return it( just make sure you buy from a reputable dealer)

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    nuance231
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    Appreciate everyone’s response.  Very helpful to read folks thoughts and experiences.  Liked the graph too.  Probably pull the trigger on one in a day or two.  

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