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My Umarex Gauntlet .177 experience.

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    JDShapp
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    A few weeks ago I made a snap decision one night and decided it was time to add a .177 Gauntlet to my collection. First off I will admit that I have not shot the Gauntlet as it came from the factory. In fact the test pulls I did on the trigger were absolutely terrible out of the box which makes me glad I did the spring plunger mod Hajimoto has done in his videos. Just to make things a bit better I also had some baffles from Hill Air ordered while I waited for the bad weather we’ve had to clear up. After all the mods were done I decided the trigger was acceptable, nowhere near the excellence of my Mutant’s trigger, but it is light and repeatable enough to make it a fine plinker.

    The good: I had no trouble sighting in at 30yds, and I was getting nearly same hole 10 shot groups with JSB 10.34gr pellets. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to run it over the chronograph before the sun set, but it looks like it is indeed set at the 1,100psi stated on the bottle.

    The not so bad: It does have a bit of “tank squeal” when filling. Also flicking the safety off does not agree with the carpal tunnel I’m dealing with now, and it makes quite an audible click, which is good for knowing when its off, but not so good if one intends to use it at night for some pest control.

    The bad: Cocking effort is up there beyond my Marauders, but that will not be an issue in the coming weeks after Super Tune kit is put in.

    All these things considered this is going to be the rifle I use after the carpel tunnel surgery. It’s no so expensive that if I were to drop it I wouldn’t go into a panic. Overall its probably one of the best airgun purchases I’ve made.
     

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    markT
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    Been looking at that rifle too. 
    the trigger on any rifle is a concern for me. How difficult is it to modify the trigger. 
    spec says Gauntlet weighs 8.5 lbs that seems a bit heavy. Must be the tank that adds the weight? 
    may just have to buy one and see. 

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    spysir
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    Good rifle. Cocking shouldn’t be all that bad, any chance you are trying to cock it like Ole Ted did and putting way to much sideways pressure on the bolt? That or bent & binding bolt. Thumb behind receiver and one finger cocking STRAIGHT back.

     I’ve seen three now and everyone cocks just the same, not too hard at all
     

     As long as you remember it is a single stage trigger it is good, set under 1ld ( safely) with nothing other than adjustment and if wanting a “2 stage” trigger – psydo- installing the plunger , say maybe a 1.5lb give you that clean 2 stage feel with a bit more weight but not bad at all. Pleanty of expensive custom airguns use that trigger, keep at it.

    John

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    markT
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    I have a old AA S200. Feels like the bolt is going to snap every time I cock it. I learned to put my thumb behind the bolt and offsett the force.. sound like this is similar. 

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    JDShapp
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    After about 100 shots it seems like the cocking is getting better, or I’m getting use to it. Also I tried quite a few pellets through it. Anyone wondering the Crosman Piranha’s grouped worse in the Gauntlet in .177 than the .22 versions did in my other rifles, but the cheap pointed crosman pellets appear to group alright for plinking for 25 yards. The H&N sampler pack showed far better results. Field Target Trophy’s grouped nearly as well as the JSB 10.3gr did in the 15 to 17mph wind we were getting here that day. After that the Extreme’s were considerably well for a hunting pellet, and Crow Magnums did well also. The Silver points didn’t fair so well though.

    The results I got from the Field Target Trophy’s makes me want to pick up an FTT/Barracuda Match sampler pack to test out to see how well those might work.

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    Springrrrr
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    Don’t sweat the trigger.  If you have any mechanical what so ever, it is a simple trigger to take completely down and polish the internals.  Doing that will totally enhance any spring mods you make.  I have my Gauntlet trigger down to ounces and it is still safe.

    It has become a single stage trigger by doing this (polish and adjustment) but it is as good as any other gun I own.

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