Gamo Varmint Hunter – Part 3
Hello again. If you’ve been following the progress of our Varmint Hunter review, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for the rifle to come back from Gamo’s repair facility. Well, I received the rifle back last week and I’ve been working with it over the past few days.
The first thing that I noticed is that the repair tech’s did a wonderful job putting “Humpty Dumpty” back together again. Everything was much smoother than the first go around. The velocity was decent as well. 8.9 grn pellets were averaging 820 fps, I haven’t run the RWS hobby pellets through the rifle as of yet, but I know they will post higher numbers.
A viewer on the YouTube channel asked me a question regarding the CFX rifle and what kind of power it may have left at 40 yards. Seeing as the Varmint Hunter uses the same basic power plant, I planned on testing the FPS at 40 yards, but before I jumped on that, I wanted to get the rifle sighted in. Unfortunately I ran into a pretty significant NEW problem.
During normal shooting I noticed that I was having a minor issue with the trigger. As long as I pulled it quickly it seemed to fire ok, but if I pulled slowly it wanted to stick and not fire. When firing from the shoulder or just putting rounds through the Chrony, it only seemed to do once out of 20 or 30 shots, but when I got to the bench, this became a real problem
So I’m all setup at my shooting table… I’ve got my target up, my pellets lined up, my shooting rest ready to go and I’m going to do the final sight in of the scope. I cock the rifle, load the pellet, setup on the rest, pull the trigger and……. nothing…. Remembering to keep the “business” end of the rifle headed in a safe direction I touch the trigger again and the gun fires. Obviously something is seriously wrong. Every shot at the bench is a slow deliberate pull, especially on a Gamo trigger, and 9 out of 10 trigger pulls have the same result, misfire. If I just pull the trigger in a quick motion, not caring about accuracy, the gun will fire correct most of the time, but literally 9 times out of 10 the rifle does not fire if I pull the trigger slowly.
I’ve emailed Gamo again and I’m sure that I’ll hear back from them on Monday. I’m pretty sure they’ll want to take another look at the rifle. I guess we are back to the drawing board yet again. As for my YouTube viewer with the question about remaining power at 40 yards… I won’t leave you hanging. I’ve got a rifle that shoots nearly identically to the 1000 FPS Gamo rifles and I should be able to give you a pretty fair assessment soon. Thank you for your patience!
One thing to remember, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, be careful with ANY gun. The moment you let your guard down is the moment you’ll get yourself, or someone else hurt. Under the right circumstances these high powered air rifles can put someone in the hospital or much worse. Never take safety for granted.