The Ruger Blackhawk Combo Air Rifle has all the right features to grab a potential buyer’s attention. The rifle is priced economically and the design is very sleek which anybody would find pleasing to look at. But is the rifle all that good when it comes to performance? This rifle has its own highs and lows. This review will give you a closer look into the issues you need to consider before buying the rifle.
The Ruger Blackhawk Design on surface has a nice design. Considering the price, there is nothing sophisticated about the design but the simple black exterior does give a sleek feel to this rifle. The stock of this rifle is made of composite material. Given its low price, I was fearing that the material might be of the flimsy nature. However, it turns out that the built is pretty solid. It doesn’t have the best of materials but the composite stock is good enough to stand the test of time.
When it comes to design, the place where the Ruger Blackhawk Combo air rifle disappoints is when it comes to its bodyweight. This rifle is pretty heavy at 9 lbs. It’s up to you as an individual to decide whether you can live with it as body strength differs from person to person. However, a heavier rifle tends to tire and cause fatigue for the shooter especially if you’re planning on going out for day long sessions. The leading air rifles in the market today are only 6 lbs. heavy.
The forearm sections and the pistol grip in this rifle has a checkered pattern which makes this rifle appropriate for use for both left-handed and right-handed shooters. The rifle has a pad placed at the butt region as well to absorb recoil impact.
The Ruger Blackhawk Combo air rifle requires about 30 lbs. of pressure to cock properly. That’s pretty much the industry standard for most rifles. You can expect to easily accustom to it. However, 30 lbs. of cocking force is a bit too much for children so you should avoid buying this model for them.
The Ruger Blackhawk isn’t the quietest. But in its defense, it isn’t the loudest either. The sound this rifle makes is comparable to the noise that .22 air rifles make. The noise levels are pretty much similar but this rifle is probably quieter. It just makes a blunt pop sound and that is about it. Nothing serious that will disturb your neighbors or anything.
Performance & Accuracy
The Ruger Blackhawk is a .177 rifle and has the right mix of power and accuracy to make it perfect for activities like target shooting and small game hunting. With normal lead pellets, you can easily fire shots in the range of 1000 fps with this rifle. And with range pellets of 3 or 4 gr, this rifle can easily hit the 1500 fps number. All in all, this powerful rifle does have it in it to successfully shoot down small prey like raccoons and squirrels.
Where you will face a dilemma with using this rifle is in deciding which pellets to use. If you use light weighing pellets, chances are the shots would go wayward as light pellets have their direction hindered by the recoil before they even leave the barrel. However, heavier pellets tackle this problem well. But in that case, the speed comes down a lot. This is one tough decision you will have to make when using the Ruger Blackhawk. You have to decide yourself which pellets you want to use. Ideally, lead pellets that fire at 1000 fps should be good enough.
To aid the shooting, the Ruger Blackhawk comes with a complimentary 4×32 rifle scope. The scope is pretty decent in my opinion. It does a pretty good job in letting the shooter hit accurately within 50 yard range. In fact, based on your skill level, you can successfully aim within 100 yards as well however after that the accuracy starts to falter with shots going wayward. You have to test and fire a few shots first though to successfully adjust the rifle.
All in all, the Ruger Blackhawk is easily one of the best budget air rifles out there. Talk about a nice blend of user friendly design and performance and this rifle is right up there. If you can look past its shortcomings, you can definitely give this one a try.