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Xisico (BAM) B40 .22 Break Barrel Rifle with Nikko Stirling Gold Crown 4x12x50 AO Scope

This review is actually two reviews in one, spotlighting the BAM B40 and the Nikko Stirling Gold Crown 4x12x50 AO, MD, IR, Tactical Scope (Boy, that’s a mouthful!). Once again we want to thank the folks at for providing both the rifle and the scope for us to test. I liked the combination of the B40 and the NSGC scope so much that I bought both of them.

Since we’ve spent so much time on the Xisico line lately I’ll skip some of the overly detailed descriptions and just jump right to the important stuff. The B40 is a clone of the venerable English made Air Arms TX200. While the Air Arms retails for about $550, the B40 comes in at about $290. That’s a huge savings!


BAM B40 Left Side View

BAM B40 Right Side View

The B40 sits near the top of the BAM line, second only to the BAM B50 and B51. The B40 is a big, heavy, under lever cocking rifle that can drive pellets to target at some of the most extreme distances. I’m talking hitting eggs at 60+ yards. The B40 does not come with any open sights, so you’ll have to pick up a scope. Because of the power and accuracy, you’ll want to get a minimum of a 12x scope with Mil-Dot Reticule. That is where the Nikko Stirling Gold Crown comes into play. While you may be able to get a less expensive scope, the NSGC is worth the $120.00 price tag and it includes an Accushot Single Piece mount with stop pin. A nice note about the Accushot mount is that they include a few extra parts just in case you drop a screw while making adjustments. With the scope mounted on the B40, the rifle weighs in at about 11 to 12 lbs. This is a very heavy rifle and I don’t know that you’ll want to carry it in the woods all day.

Highly contoured grip for comfortable shooting.

Adjustable, all metal, trigger and trigger guard.

Some of the other features include a beautiful Monte-Carlo Stock, highly contoured and very comfortable grip, and a wonderful trigger system. There is a long 11mm dovetail area for you to mount the scope. The NSGC scope is a great scope for this rifle. At this point I’ll take a little time and talk about the scope in detail. AirgunDepot is the exclusive distributor of the Nikko Tactical Scope, so after you read this and want one, just click this link and pick one up. You won’t be sorry!

The Nikko Stirling Gold Crown Scope sports a 4×12 magnification, a 50mm Adjustable Objective, 30mm single piece tube, and a mil-dot illuminated reticule all in a lightweight package. Don’t let the fact that the scope is light fool you into thinking that it isn’t rugged. I’m not pleased to say that I’ve had my share of bumps and bruises with my B40 and both the rifle and scope have taken them all without a hitch. It shoots just as true today as it did the day I first sighted it in.

Nikko Stirling Gold Crown Tactical Scope, 4x12x50 AO, MD, IR

The only other “nice” scope that I’ve ever used was a Leapers 3x9x40 AO scope that I picked up for $100 at my local gun shop. While the Leapers is a very nice scope, having the extra magnification is helpful for those long shots, or when you want to get that last 1/8 inch of accuracy shooting up close. The only down side, if it is one, is when you are zoomed in close, you get to see just how badly you shake.

Having the 50mm objective was another first for me. The clarity and brightness is hard to describe. While I seldom if ever use the Illuminated Reticule, when it is getting dark and I want to get those last few shots in, it really helps. While we are on the topic of reticules, the NSGC scope has a mil-dot reticule that makes stretching out those long shots a lot more accurate. It also is a big help when switching between pellets. While on the range today, I shot 4 groups with different pellets. Each pellet grouped reasonably well, but each landed in a different location on the target. They varied from 1/5 to 3/4 inches from the bulls-eye. Each pellet I shot served a purpose, i.e. field point, hollow point, domed, etc., and had I been out in the field hunting game, I could have easily adjusted to have any pellet land on target. You just can’t do that accurately without the mil-dot option.

When sighting it in for the first time, it only took a few shots to get dead on. Once on target, it has stayed dead on even thought the rifle has fallen over, and been dropped (really hate to admit that!).  I’m very happy with it and I’m sure you will be too.

Now getting back onto the subject of the BAM B40. We’ve looked it over, mounted our nice Nikko Tactical Scope and we are ready to put some pellets through this beast. The B40 is a spring piston rifle that uses an under lever cocking mechanism. It takes a good bit of strength, my guess using my cheap scale is about 45 lbs, to cock this rifle so don’t hand this to a youngster unless he or she plays defensive line for the Carolina Panthers. Ok, so it is not that bad, but because the lever could easily slip out of your hand, you need to make sure that whoever is using this rifle can handle it. Once the lever reaches a certain point, the anti bear-trap lock comes into play. Take a look at the following photos.

Cocking lever

Anti Bear-Trap stops and release lever

Fully cocked and ready to load

Loading port

As you reach the end of the cocking stroke, you will hear and feel a distinct “click” as the sear engages the spring. Now you can safely load the pellet. It is always a good idea to keep one hand on the cocking lever while loading. Once you’ve inserted the pellet, you’ll need two hands to return the lever to the resting position. I use my left hand to release the locking clamp and my right hand to return the lever. This rifle also has an automatic safety that resets when you cock it.

Ok, now we are loaded and ready to shoot. I’ve been shooting this rifle for a while and the good news is that it is not very hold sensitive. I’ve used it on an MTM Shooting Rest, from the shoulder, over a chair, and the point of impact stays about the same. I’ve gotten the best results using the MTM Shooting Rest.

Before I show you the groups, let’s talk about pellets and how this rifle performs. The RWS line of “Super” pellets all work reasonably well, with the Super Points standing out above the rest. However, the real performers were the RWS Meisterkugeln producing excellent groups.

RWS Meisterkugeln
High – 740, Low – 736, Average – 737, Difference – 4
(3 shots came up as duplicate shots meaning my Chronograph saw them as identical)

RWS Super Point
High – 726, Low – 723, Average – 724, Difference – 3

When you are looking at those velocities, notice just how close they are. This rifle has a very consistent power plant, the best I’ve tested yet. Now take a look at the groups! All of these were shot from 20 yards, using my MTM Shooting rest.

RWS Meisterkugeln Pellets shot from 20 yards

RWS Super Point Pellets shot from 20 yards

For some reason I was shooting a bit to the left today. Today was not my best shooting day for some reason, so I’m not going to blame the gun or the scope. It was definitely me. While on the range I shot many good groups from across many different types of pellets. So with the B40 you have your pick of pellets to use for your intended purpose, i.e. hunting, target, etc.

Now for the summary… Its no secret that I really like the B40 rifle. It shoots very accurately and does it with very little noise or recoil. While this is a heavy rifle, the weight makes it easy to shoot. I can’t imagine dragging this rifle through the woods all day, but shooting off my back porch or on the range, is definitely a good time. While the price tag may put it out of reach for some, in my opinion it is worth the money. There are many vendors that carry the B40 starting with,, and I believe will be carrying them soon. Prices will range between on-line stores, but remember price is not the only factor to consider. Make sure whoever you purchase from will stand behind the products they sell.

That’s it for now. Our next review will be on the TechForce® 97 followed by the B26 and B40 in .177. Then I’m going to try and get some pistols for testing. So Stay Tuned!

Written By,
Rick Eutsler
Editor / Owner
Copyright 2007, Dog River Design, LLC – All Rights Reserved.

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