Beeman SS1000 S 177 or 22 Reviews



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Reviewer: Dave
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My first air rifle was a Ruger airhawk- waste of money, though now if I use the artillery hold, the right pellet (as in the “magic” one in the tin) and hold my mouth just right, I can get it to hit a basketball. The beeman is a real step up, though not in price. 25 yard groups with gamo magnums (.22) or crosman premier hollow points are 1″ and shrinking as the gun breaks in. The scope is holding up, but I’m tempted to remove it and use open sights, as my goal is varmint control, and the sight picture is a little unclear. I used the open sights for a while before I installed the scope, and did get better groups that way, so maybe an upgraded scope or just open sights is better.

Killed a big marmot with it, no problem. Good power. Mine likes lighter pellets, though some report otherwise. Also, a tight hold like I use with my deer rifle, with a solid rest gets me the best groups, while the artillery hold just sprays shots all over. Fine by me.

I haven’t tried the .177 barrel yet, and probably won’t. .22 works fine. I bought my first spring piston airgun without knowing much about them, and now that I’ve played with them a bit, I think the platform is inherently flawed. The barrel must move between shots in order to cock it, and the scope is not mounted to the barrel, but to the receiver. The open sights solve this problem, but provide a short, and distant, sight radius. Plus, the long lock time coupled with the recoil of a heavy piston moving further compromise accuracy. Some guns have a separate cocking lever, which solves SOME of these issues, but I wish I had a pcp gun, or even a multi-pump. For the money and the platform, my Beeman grizzly x2 from walmart ($114.00) does a good job, though. Dead marmots, peaceful garden.


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Reviewer: Charlie
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Excellent gun, it taught me a lot about springer rifles. You must make sure all three stock bolts are tight (two are behind the plastic caps on the foregrip – they are easy to remove). Make sure the scope is securely fastened and check all (including barrel attachment screw) screws occasionally.

Lighten the trigger pull by adjusting according to the manual, this is a must for accuracy. Mine is near the light force limit and it is absolutely perfect for ny needs.

Learn the “artillery hold” by just lightly holding it and not gripping the rifle tightly with either hand. Like an artillery gun that is free to move backwards and sideways on recoil so must the rifle be held identically every time to get consistent accuracy. It can be a challenge at first but once mastered this gun will give great accuracy every shot.

Hold your sight picture after the shot for a second. Most of the time I can see the pellet in flight and it always goes right to the crosshair aiming point at 20 yards. Holding the sight picture also trains you to not be tempted to move after the hammer strikes which could upset the shot if the pellet has not yet left the barrel

Never dry fire it and be very careful if you clean it, never use metal rods and learn as much as possible before attempting service it. Never snap the barrel back to place, gently seat it every time and it will deliver consistent groups. For saftey I put the pellet in before cocking the barrel because if it accidently releases I will have a firm hold on it (by the way, it’s never done that).

It is quite powerful, I went from the .177 barrel to the.22 and this is where it really has excelled. The higher velocity .177 pellets are less accurate as they are near the speed of sound and become less stable in flight. The .22’s are very stable and carry more energy to the target.

This rifle will take very little maintenance don’t worry about it for thousands of shots. My rifle is over a year old and it still will occasionally diesel. I merely clean the stock and lube the linkage/pivot points. Remember to keep grease and oil away from the O-Ring and discharge port.

It’s ok to leave it cocked while hunting but not in storage, weeks of being cocked must go by before the spring will loose power according to a British study.

With the .22 barrel it is very effective for pests out to my

longest range of 75 yards. I zero it at 20 and that means I have a fairly flat sighting picture out past the second zero point of 45 yards. There are ballistic programs for airguns you can download from the internet that will tell you how much holdover and windage for various ranges and wind conditions. The basic scope is just fine for close shots but I suggest that once you are familiar with the rifle to buy a mildot scope ($30-70) and see how accurate this rifle can really be.

In .22 this rifle likes Crosman PHP,Crosman domed and loves JSB 14.3 jumbos (domed). None of the pointed pellets of any description work well with mine.

This is a great rifle for the price, much better than another brand that I bought that was significantly more money. If you experience problems it is likely in the hold you are using or a fastener somewhere has loosened up, I would definitely buy another one.

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Reviewer: Travis
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I bought one from Wal-Mart to test it out. It shot great set up in .22 cal. Hit the bulls eye center at 40yds. The included scope was used and heald up great. I’m not the shot I used to be, I’m good but not great anymore. Wal-Mart put them on clearance…bought another for about 60$, should have bought the last two they had. One for each family member. I sighted them in with the .177 cal. My 2 boys, not up to my shooting skills yet, were able to hit nickel size targets at 30yds 4 out of 6 shots. Competition improves their accuracy! The two rifles have performed great.

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Reviewer: hayden
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very powerful air rifle. i bought the beeman model 1073 for 120 dollars at wal-mart very pleased with it so far. like the look and feel of the gun. have used it to control varmits and target practice very nice shooting rifle. would not recomend it for a child under sixteen to much gun to handle.

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Reviewer: Bill
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This review is for the Beeman 1073(RS2) sold at Wal-Mart. $129.00

Scope: Extremely clear optics! Ocular adjusts nicely. Extremely poor at holding a “zero” with this spring air gun. That makes it completely useless.

Sights: Adjust easily and well. Plastic. If they break(??)

.22 barrel: Very accurate and powerful

.177 barrel: Seems to be erratic, at least with Daisy pointed lead pellets. Seems quite fast. Requires windage adjustment to be near the limit of adjustment to the left.

Stock: Simply beautiful wood. Actually I’m not one to think a stock is everything. As longs as it holds well that is all I want and this does.

Weight: A little heavy but I guess that is good to have with a springer. It’s not a big deal to me(6’1 225lbs). To a kid it would get very heavy.

Cocking: A little on the heavy side but not bad. Again to a kid this would be rough.

Durability: Unknown

I will try some better .177 pellets and see if that improves consistency. Hope it does.

Will be getting a better scope that handles a spring air gun better. Maybe this scope can be mounted on my Benjamin 392??

Gave it a score of 3 for the combination of gun(4-5) and scope(1…zero? since it’s useless with this gun??)

Overall it seems to be a quality gun especially for the price. It is beautiful and shoots well especially with the .22 barrel which is what I use more(squirrels 🙂 ).

Note: Changing barrels requires re-sighting. Not a big deal but it wastes pellets and puts wear on the gun.

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Reviewer: Retrained Shooter
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I agree with pretty much everthing John said but just want to emphasize the need to learn The artillery hold. At first when I bought this weapon my shots were all over the place and I didn’t know why. I thought the scope was bad or the weapon defective. Luckily, I was willing to explore operator error (even though I’m a marksman with firearms) since this was my first spring-piston airgun. I had shot airguns all my life but the first ones were pneumatic and the others were CO2. That’s when I discovered the Artillery hold and now my beautiful weapon shoots 1/2″ groups @50yds when before i was having problems hitting the target at all as close as 20yds!!! here is a link to the artillery hold in great detail, its the spring-piston special edition of Airgun Times Magazine http://www.pyramydair.com/airgun-times/airgun-times-07-2008.pdf

An additional plus for me is the pride of ownership as this is truly a beautiful work of art that rivals the finish on weapons costing several hundred dollars more! and it just “feels” great to hold. Very nice finish the wood is sooo smooth, yet it’s not slippery.

As is usually the case, I’m sure that anyone willing to take the time to properly shoot this weapon and put in the time for practice will enjoy it more every time they use it.

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Reviewer: laugenour
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Rifle is heavy. shoots great. lots of power. im gonna start rabbit hunting with it. barrel kept comeing loose. used locktite to keep the .22 barrel on. like it so much i ordered another beeman in .177.

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Reviewer: John
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I got this rifle from Academy Sports around Christmas time 2008. it is now July 2009 and the rifle is broken in. it is one sweet rifle.

i knew right away that the 4×32 scope in the combo would not be of any use to me, as i like variable power scopes a heck of a lot better than wimpy 4 power scopes. so, i got a Beeman 4-12x40AO/IR scope to go with it. it was a bad mistake to get that Beeman scope. i did not read the specs close enough and did not see that it wasn’t an airgun rated scope. consequentially, the illuminated reticle light blew off within 1000 shots. the optics started getting sloppier and sloppier by the shot. screws kept coming undone all the time. the rifle was literally shaking the scope apart like a rag doll. finally, i said i’d had enough, and went to Wal-Mart and bought a CenterPoint 4-16x40AO/IR scope for 70 dollars. (i’ve got some kind of attachment to huge scopes.) i’ve not had the same problem again. this scope was rated for airgun recoil, and has the nice lock-down turrets, and is highly recommended. although, not for this rifle. this gun is a general purpose gun, and frankly deserves more of a 3-9 or 3-12 power scope. 16 power is a little bit of overkill, but that’s what i do best 🙂

ok, enough rambling on the scope. the moral of this is to get a scope that is airgun rated, and get one to suit your needs. and also, that this gun is nothing worthy of a Leupold scope. (SO DON’T THINK ABOUT GETTING ONE!)

about the open sights that come on the rifle. they are decent sights, i must say. but they’re really not much use for beyond 20 yards. the fiberoptics give a good sight picture, and make a fun thing to plink with to keep the weight down, as this rifle is VERY heavy already, and only gets heavier with a scope.

now i must say about the sights, keep them protected! the front sight is just open, and the fiberoptic bar is very fragile. now i believe Umarex sells a front sight hood for the Hammerli Storm guns, which use the same sights as this gun. it should work, but i don’t have it, and probably won’t buy it. you will probably find that this gun is more of a pleasure to shoot with a scope. and it’s pretty obvious it was intended for scope use. just look at how high the cheekpeice is.

on to pellets. i started off using the .177 caliber pellets. one thing to get started off, DO NOT USE DAISY PELLETS!!!!!!!!! they diesel and destroy your piston. they’re of no use except for destroying guns. don’t even try them. i started off using Daisy’s and Gamo PBA pellets. the PBA were OK. they kept a 1 inch group at 20 yards, which is better than what i can say for the Daisy’s, which were all over the paper. a week later, i went and bought a variety of pellets from Academy Sports (cause i didn’t wanna wait on shipping.) in the mean time while my Beeman Kodiak pellets shipped. Crosman Premier hollowpoints worked pretty well, as did Crosman Destroyer pellets. Gamo Hunter pellets were the same, and Gamo Match was just about useless. finally, my Beeman Kodiak pellets came in. i tried em out and WOW. i found the true accuracy of this rifle. i can get hole-in-hole-in-hole groups with this gun with Kodiak pellets. a couple weeks later, i bought an RWS cleaning kit in .177 that came with RWS Superdomes and Meisterkugeln pellets. the Meisterkugeln wadcutters were just weird. 2 would shoot at one hole, then 2 would shoot at another. a few targets later, i gave up on em. i switched to Superdomes, which were a different story. they were giving about 3/4 inch groups, which frankly is not that great, but is better than some. as you may have picked up, this gun likes pellets with dome-shaped heads. a month later, after shooting my Kodiaks without complaint, i bought some JSB Predators. i found my new hunting pellet. they were just as accurate as the Kodiaks, but with tons more punch. with the Predators, i also bought my first .22 Beeman FTS pellets. (.22 Kodiaks were out of stock, and stayed out of stock for like a month.) they were average. they were something to start out with, though, and i could tell how much power this rifle had. it took 3 shots to go through solid 1 inch thick wood. i finally got some Kodiaks and Polymags and i had the ultimate plinking and hunting tool. ok, that’s almost enough about pellets, but i want to say one more thing. stick with heavies for this gun. if you don’t, you’ll get piston bounce, which is never good. it rips apart pistons. i had that with JSB Exacts, which was sad, because they were some of the most accurate. instead, i have to use Kodiaks to save the spring. moral of the story is, look into as many pellets as you can, but with this gun, heavy, domed pellets will mostly be your best bet. Pointed pellets work OK. the Predators were outstanding, and i recommend for anyone who wants to go hunting. they work well with this rifle.

as we get to the rifle, i wanna say it’s the most beautiful thing i’ve ever set my eyes on. it is an absolutely gorgeous piece of wood, and deserves great care. the blueing is good, and has the model name stamped into the compression chamber, which is what i’ll talk about next.

the model name stamped on the rifle i got from Academy Sports does not say the right name. the box said RS1. the rifle said RS2. but in reality, it is neither. it is actually an RS3. the RS model name deals with the trigger. there are RS1 triggers, RS2, and RS3. the RS1 is just a plain plastic blade that is not adjustable. the RS2 trigger is adjustable, and is a bit smoother. the RS3 trigger is the best of the 3 and is fully adjustable (except for overtravel), has a nice braiding on the blade, and has a sporty looking chrome finish. out of the box, the trigger is a bit heavy and stiff. the big screw behind the trigger adjusts pull weight. screw it in for a heavier weight, screw it out for a lighter weight. i have it adjusted pretty much as low in weight as it can go, and it feels very nice. i love the adjustability of it. makes it a very nice unit. mine has the RS3 trigger, so i have not seen or felt the RS1 or RS2 triggers. there are a few versions as far as i know. the one i believe i’m reviewing is the RS3. but there’s another one with an RS1 trigger that’s sold on Pyramydair.com. i recommend getting this gun from Academy Sports, because the RS3 trigger is worth the extra 5 dollars.

the soft case makes it very easy to take the gun to and fro. gives a big help for say camping. this is a great gun to take out on a backwoods camp for maybe a day at the deer lodge for some squirrel hunting. the flexibility of having 2 calibers is still not matched by any other rifles for the price. this combo has the most of any duel-caliber gun combo for the price.

one thing to be said, whenever you take the barrel off, even if you take it off and put it back on for cleaning, your POI is gonna be changed slightly. so allow yourself a couple of shots to sight back in. if you’re just taking the barrel off to store or clean the gun, and put the same barrel back on, the point of impact won’t be changed much more than an inch or 2, but when swapping calibers, it will be over 4 inches difference both for elevation and windage.

oh, i was just reminded of something. you NEED to use the artillery hold in order to get this rifle to group good. if you don’t, you’ll get huge groups that are worth gagging at. so look up the artillery hold and practice practice practice! if you do that, you’ll eventually get the accuracy you’re looking for. this is an absolutely excellent rifle for the price and deserves a place in your gun cabinet.

ok, sorry for the really long post, but there is a lot i want to say. this gun is a huge pleasure to have, and it is HIGHLY recommended for a first pellet gun. this is probably the best economy

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Reviewer: Morgan
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Seems there are two kinds of reviewers, those that have shot a lot and therefore KNOW something about airguns, and those who have read a lot of what someone else says.

Lets start at the beginning, ANY airgun should be inspected and ‘setup’ before you shoot it. If you don’t know how, have someone who does, do it for you. Next, forget all this “china crap” “Europe wonderful” stuff. A great deal of oem’ing is being and has been done in china and a great deal of parts and components come from there. The question is, was it put together correctly, was it lubed, was it adjusted. Here is where the China guns fall off dramatically, sooo, inspect and setup. Just so you know, I once bought a brand spanking new RWS 48 which broke its mainspring after about 25 shots).

Now for this particular gun, I bought one myself because of the take down feature and the carry case which made it so easy to travel with. I found during setup, several loose screws, which I took care of. When installing the base and scope, you have to know what you are doing. If you don’t, get someone else to do it for u. I found that the 177 barrel wouldn’t shoot worth a darn, ‘closer’ inspection showed an irregular throat at the chamber which I cleaned up. Result- shoots very well now in 177. From the get go, the 22 cal shot extremely well WITH the right pellet which is another pet peeve of mine. These guns like specific pellets. Mine, hates light pellets, loves long heavy ones.

*Generally* more powerful guns will like heavier bullets, tho there are exceptions. In any event, trigger takes some getting used to. It can be adjusted and improves quite a bit with use. Once setup, my rifle in 177 mode will put Gammo Hunters in a single (bit ragged 🙂 hole at 60 feet. In 22 cal mode it will do close to that, but I’m still waiting on some better pellets than the Daisy’s I’ve been playing with. What the 22 WILL do is knock a big rock squirrel on his keister at around 40 yards with no thrashing around afterwards. Now I’m no superman spring gun shooter, but I DO understand the theory of the artillery hold, which any magnum or near magnum spring gun shooter should become acquainted with.

In summary, I’m perfectly pleased with the rifle. For the money it has turned out to be an excellent weapon.