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Monday, April 10, 2006

Gamo's CF-X: A hot new spring rifle!

by Tex Force


Gamo's CF-X is an underlever spring rifle with a synthetic stock. It may be the most exciting Gamo rifle ever!


There has certainly been a lot of excitement about Gamo's new .177 CF-X fixed-barrel spring-piston air rifle (eighth rifle down). Veteran airgunners love fixed-barrel rifles because of their better accuracy. Whether that's actually true or just a good advertising ploy, there is no doubt about this new Gamo. It is most definitely accurate!

Low cost and high performance
Airgunners are used to Gamo spring rifles offering a lot of gun for the money, but they haven't stood up to the top European spring guns like those from Weirauch, BSA and Air Arms in the accuracy department - until now! The new CF-X can group five pellets under an inch at 35 yards, where the groups from most budget air rifles are starting to fall apart. Of course the pellets you use make a difference in the accuracy, and my testing indicates that Crosman Premiers (top of the page) in the 7.9-grain weight are just about the best for this rifle. Gamo pointed pellets (fourth item down) are another good choice for this rifle.

Lighter pellets for better results
Spring guns can be particular about the pellets they like and I found that the CF-X does not like heavier pellets - at least not when I'm shooting it! I tried both Beeman Kodiaks (bottom of the page) and the heavy Crosman Premiers (top on the page), and neither one shot as well as the lighter pellets. I think other heavy pellet I didn't get around to testing are also probably not as good in this particular rifle. But that leaves a host of lighter pellets that out-number the heavies two to one.

Open sights or a scope?
The CF-X comes with a fully adjustable set of fiberoptic open sights that are fine for all kinds of shooting. If there's any light at all, the front dot will glow orange between two green dots in the rear. If the light is low, they'll revert to a regular black dot and notch type of open sight. They're fine for all kinds of shooting, but to get the most accuracy from this rifle you need a scope. A good scope! Almost any good-quality scope will be great on this rifle, but if I had my choice, it would be a Tech Force 3-10x44 Bright Vision (sixth scope down) scope. I like the size and the magnification for the CF-X.

If the barrel is fixed, where does the pellet go?
Gamo has created a rotary breech that rotates to the left to uncover the back of the barrel and closed when you are ready to take the shot. A deep, grooved ramp guides the pellet into the barrel. Because it's on an angle, long pellets are much harder to load. But the most accurate pellets prove no problem at all, once you get used to the different loading process. The thumb latch that opens the breech is very low to clear the scope, if you use one, so there shouldn't be a problem with clearance. Use medium or high mounts (second and third item down) just to be sure.

It's a large rifle, but lightweight
The CF-X is an adult-sized rifle for certain. At 44" overall, it's as long as any full-sized hunting rifle. But the weight is just 6.6 lbs. - amazingly light when compared to similar underlever rifles such as the 9-lb. Beeman HW 97 (fourth rifle down). The stock dimensions are also sized for an adult. I found that this rifle was sized very well for me, both in length of pull and the height of the cheekpiece, which proved perfect for a scope on medium mounts.

Like real wood - get the Royal
The CF-X in a wood stock is called the CF-X Royal. The stock adds $75 to the price tag, which is why I left it until the end, but some shooters want wood. Even at that price, the CF-X Royal still beats the competition by a large margin.

Any drawbacks?
Just one, as far as I can see, and everybody in the world knows about it. The Gamo trigger leaves a lot to be desired. It's a two-stage that's supposed to be adjustable, but I never felt any difference regardless of where the screws were. Some say the trigger gets better with use, and I hope so! It's very creepy and indistinct, though not too heavy. You feel as though you don't know when the gun is going to fire. Still, as bad as it is, I managed to shoot very well with the CF-X.

The bottom line
The Gamo CF-X has a lot going for it. Accuracy, light cocking, great sights and a smooth operation are too much to ignore - especially at this price. If your tax refund has a spring rifle in it this year, this is a model you should consider.

2 Comments:

  • This is another nice blog review. I have been reading them when they are posted and find them to be very helpful and articulate. I'm suprised that there are so few responses, especially whith this gun which has generated so much on line chat. Keep up the good work.

    By Blogger D.B., at 7:40 PM, April 10, 2006  

  • D.B.,

    Thank you for your kind remarks.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:37 AM, April 11, 2006  

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