Chinese B21 [ 177cal ] Reviews



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Reviewer: XT190 III
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Have had this XS-B21( .177 ) sincs 2003 and this gun has “WORKED” without fail since the first day. It’s job is to keep the lessor predators under control around the farm – coon, possum, skunks, tomcats and starlings ( although it is the only thing I take anymore to go to the woods squirrel hunting ).

It’s heavy and not ballanced all that well, making it a chore to take extended-hold off hand shots, but if you hold it loosley and let it work it will hit a nickle at 30 yards. The point of getting it was to have a gun that was durable, accurate enough to be lethal to a 28 lb. boar-coon laying along a limb in the top of a 70′ oak ( entry wound was behind and below the right ear and exit was lateral and just behind the left orbit ) and could take some abuse and still be dependable. The “parkerised” finish was poor at best and it would start to rust sitting in the corner of the kitchen, so I’ve just cold-blued it a couple of times to help protect it from the rain and snow. The wood was and still is exceptionally nice in color, grain and finish.

After adjusting the two stage trigger it took about 400 round ( and a little work ) to smooth out the gritty take up. Now you take up the travel smooth and evenly and then it catches and will breaks over with a pull of about 2 lb. The only thing is if you loose the target after taking up the travel and then put the safety back on, unless you re-cock the side lever, you will not have any travel at the next shot. Cocking is stiff and takes getting used to. Once you do, you develope a mussle memory and it just happens without thinking, as dose placing the pellet the correct way in the nipple inside the sliding breach. Takes about 4 seconds to reload in the dark in the woods; release the beartrap, close the breach and your good to go.

It’s loud, if you miss a starling the noise will scare it off for you, and it will shake everything loose ( I just check it over about once a week ), and it seem to slowly shake apart optical sites, but it’s accurate. It has eaten a Red Dot and a Leapers Bug Buster mil-dot/Ill., and it need to be fed something new. The open sites are good, a little bulky covering up smaller aiming points, but easily adjustable and work well in good light or with the sun somewhere behind you. But you can’t take advantage of the guns potential without adding some optics.

The XS-B21 that I have likes heavy pellets the best, JSB Extra Heavy 10.3gr. A frend gave me a tin of RWS Super-H-Point 7.5gr. because he had had great success with them and thought they would out do the JSB, but, the best we could get with them was 8 out of 10 in an area the size of a tennis ball at 30 yards. I hadn’t thought the XS-B21 was all that fussy of a piese of equipment untill then, so we tried the Kodiak Match 10.6gr, H&N Baracuda Match 10.6gr and CP Ultra Magnum 10.5gr which all did well with 8 out of 10 within 3/4″ -> 7/8″ @ 30yd. Still the best turned out to be giong back to the JSB 10.3gr ( which is what was recommended when I bought it ) with 8 of 10 within 1/2″ @ 30yd.

The XS-B21 has it’s imperfections and you know that you will be trying out some new optics every so often, but I don’t let things get loose and there havent been any problems. It has worked very well every time I’ve pulled the trigger, in any kind of weather, day and night, and I can depend on it’s accuracy.


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Chinese B21 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: tres
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Ordered this online because I had read it was a pretty powerful and straight shooting air rifle. $125.00 sounded pretty good even if it would turn into a project rifle.

And indeed it did. First off, this is a heavy gun. Weighs in at 10 lbs. I was wore out lugging this thing around during field testing. Nice anti bear trap setup but hard to cock. Trigger is well made. Similar to Gamo products.

Sights were crooked and would not adjust properly. After a few hundred shots I mounted a scope…actually 3 scopes, all designed for air gun recoil.

This juggernaut completely destroyed a Leapers scope and a Hammers air gun scope.

I parted this gun out and sold on eBay and luckily got more than what I paid for it. Apparently, other owners out there needed parts as well for their “project” guns.

Maybe I got a bad one but I suggest before getting a B21, spend a bit more for a air rifle that will last awhile and you can actually enjoy.

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Chinese B21 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Chef Bob
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I bought one in 2001. The trigger could not be adjusted but it shot good enough. I had a hip replaced that spring and couldn’t shoot for a while so I gave it to my hunting buddy who loves to shoot, anything! Well about three weeks out of the hospital my wife and I went to visit,on crutches, and him and I went out back by the river. He started telling me about shooting the b21 and his thoughts on it. A little background on my friend may be helpful. I call him Bones and he is the ultimate shooter, hunter,Ect. He does everything to the extreme with any gun he shoots. With mine he bought 4 different pellets till one shot to his standards. He sighted it in to 20 yds and then practiced out to 40 on walnuts hanging in a neighbors tree. Well as we stood there in the back yard, overlooking the river, we plinked at leaves floating in the water. I was pleased at the way the gun shot now that it was broken in, but the trigger was not right. It was still heavy and grungy. It didn’t seem to faze him because once you got used to it and took up the travel it broke kleen, and the gun shot dime groups at 2o yds. Well as we stood there yaking a black bird landed in an oak tree across the road behind a neighbors house. Picture this we are behind his house looking over the roof of his house at this tree top across the road in the back yard of the house across the street. He took the shot and the bird dropped like a stone through a pinball machine. Yeh right Well he did it three more times that afternoon and I did it once,out of three, And that was with open sights. I have since added a scope and fixed the trigger. The importer was nice enough to send me a new trigger assembly and it worked fine. In conclusion the B21 I have is a fine gun and definatly worth the price. How ever it is a magnum and definately requires care. Check the Screws “All Of Them”. I have degreased and locktited everything Dried overnight and 50 shots later tightened the stock screw 1/4 turn, Scope screws 1/8 Ect.If you are not willing to overlook these idiosyncrisies buy a 22 but you wont be able to shoot in your basement or back yard unless you live in the country.

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Chef Bob chef_bob@comcast.net

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Chinese B21 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Ken
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OK first I would like to say I�m not a fan of the Chinese imports but I picked this Brolin Arms B21 up at a gun show and it ended up costing a big goose egg the dealer said it worked perfect that was a lie Ok I will say that I expected it, that�s not a problem as air guns are my hobby, with out even looking at it or shooting I ordered a new seal from an on line dealer 9.00 bucks way to much but that�s ok. Anyway the seal came in the mail and I took the b21 apart and yep the seal was bad every thing else looked great except inside the pressure chamber or the cylinder now remember this is where the seal rubs on so if its scratched up it will destroy the seal and it was/and still is, way to bad to hone Chinese workman ship is the worst and here�s the problem I need a new cylinder and there are none to be found anywhere, so I just put it back together it shoots straight and hard I like it, so I took it apart and tuned it, I like it even more has a great trigger easy to tune and clean up, and since the cylinder is of a simple design I�m making one out of stainless steel I will open it up a bit and make a new seal for the larger cylinder should work nice, for a hobby gun this one is 100% but only because I got it cheep, I would not buy one new, not unless I could take it apart before I took it home, Its Chinese and could have been a hassle if I had bought new and found that the gun was eating seals because of poor workmanship