When it comes to .22 caliber rifles, the Crosman Nitro Venom is amongst the best. This break barrel rifle has gained a lot of positive response from shooters all over the world until today. And for good reasons also. This rifle indeed does have several great things about it. But like any other rifle, it has few shortcomings as well. This entire review will cover all the necessary details about this rifle.
The Crosman Nitro Venom is a bit on the longer side with a length of about 44.5’’. This rifle is mainly made for adults and the slightly longer length would suggest that too. Apart from that, the stock is made of hardwood that most purists or those who have a knack for traditional guns would love. For the modest price, I liked how they didn’t just use the lesser durable composite material for the stock which other brands use. The steel barrel adds slickness to the rifle and gives it a ‘made for serious business’ feel to it.
Due to the high quality, heavy materials used, the weight of the rifle goes up a bit. The Crosman Nitro stands at 7.4 lbs. which is about 1-1.5 lbs. heavier than the best light air rifles in the market. The weight however is not that much to make you feel that carrying this air rifle around is a burden.
Ease of Use
The beavertail stock made of hardwood makes is conveniently designed making it usable for both left handed and right handed shooters. The fluted muzzle break in this rifle has 21 fps of power last time I checked. Being equipped with rubber padding, this rifle is capable of keeping you immune from the recoil as it absorbs the shock itself.
I found that several little nuances in this air rifle helps improve the accuracy of shots too. For instance, the beavertail stock assists in maintaining position and the wider forearm which sits on the palms aid in enhancing the accuracy of your shots as well.
The cocking effort in the Nitro Venom however is a bit on the higher side. It requires about 35 lbs. of force for an effective cocking. Most adults will find it within tolerable range though. Teens however would find this a problem and should avoid this model. My suggestion would be that if you are on the stronger side of the strength scale than most definitely consider this rifle. People with a little less strength will find cocking this rifle tiresome over extended periods of use.
Rifles that use Nitro Piston technology have always been quieter than spring assisted rifles due to its unique mechanism. The Crosman Nitro Venom is further testament to this fact. This break barrel, nitro piston equipped air rifle only makes as much noise as about the snap of a stick of wood. It is indeed really quiet and doesn’t make enough noise to anger your neighbors.
This break barrel air rife with nitro piston radiates power in its shots. This rifle in my opinion, is highly accurate and extremely powerful. At .22 caliber, this rifle generates shots of about 950 fps with alloy pellets and 800 fps with lead pellets. From what I gathered, this rifle is best suited for hunting small game like birds and hogs apart from being used for pest control and target shooting.
The Crosman Nitro Venom is a break barrel rifle with Nitro Piston technology. As a result of the mechanism, I’ve found that this rifle cocks more effectively than spring powered rifles. And not to mention the reduced noise levels as well as mentioned earlier.
The Crosman Nitro Venom will show you signs of its great accuracy right from the initial shots. What is better is that once it breaks in, the accuracy of your shots would go up as well. This rifle is extremely effective within the 35 yards range and you can use it for up to 50-60 yards with great effect as well.
The scope that comes with this rifle also helps level up shooting performance as well. The complimentary scope of 3-9×32 mm in size can be fitted on to the rifle with ease as they were basically manufactured to fit together specifically with each other. From what I can tell, the scope is at best an entry level one. At normal ranges of about 25-30 yards, this will give you good help. However the scope has a narrow sweet spot where your eye needs to be. And the focus changes between zoom ranges which implies that if you change the zoom, you will have to readjust the focus. You can always change to a better scope though. One that would play well with this air rifle is the Nixon .22 CR Prostaff.
The trigger pull on the Crosman Nitro Venom is a bit on the heavier side. The pull would fall somewhere in 5lbs. range. You can easily adjust to it with practice but if you find it absolutely irritating, you can always change it.
Altogether, the Crosman Nitro Venom lives up to the great brand image that Crosman has and indeed it is a great air rifle that is absolutely worth the money. For such a decent price, it is indeed really hard to find an air rifle better than this one.