well, my friend john received his nightstalker in this past week, and today we had a chance to do some breaking in. just thought i would give you a short review on our thoughts.
the gun is very plastic. the only metal you can see on the entire thing, is the barrel “shroud” sticking out of the end of the receiver. it is not entirely repulsive, but plastic is plastic. it does look and feel like it will not be problematic in the breakage category, but it may scar quite easily.
the airsource container is quite easily accessible through the butt of the receiver. main complaint with the airsource is that if you get one of those awefully smelly ones, you have to use it all up, smelling it of course, or waste it by unscrewing the canister and disposing of it. at 4.50 a container, smell the gas (literally).
once it is all gassed up, you need to load the rotary clips. that would be a real pain in the rear to keep loading those by hand, considering all of the ammo you will be going through, so take some advice and get the speed loader. it works wonders. it uses the standard 1077 clip, but that is where the 1077 resemblance ends. you get to load 48 pellets at a time in the speed loader, and inveriably one or two will always load upside down. once finished with the speedloader, use a pencil or small screwdriver to push out the backwards pellet and insert a new one by hand. very easy, very necessary.
you then push the cover on the receiver forward, insert the rotary clip, and close the cover. cock the hammer slide one time, take aim with the not so great peep sight and front post, take off safety (if you were safety minded enough to engage it to begin with), and commence pulling the trigger! 12 pulls later (as fast as you can pull it), put on safe, open the cover, and take out the clip, insert another and continue until trigger finger is raw or you get tired or you have to run to wallyworld for the fourth time for airsource cartridges.
the sights are very crude, but useable, and decent groups were attainable at ten meters, but not under 1 1/2 to 2″. we installed a small 4 X 32 fixed obj. RWS airgun scope on the ns to see how good it could group. this scope (pictured) has been beaten to death by a diana 5g pistol and an RWS 94. beaten so badly that the eyepiece is superglued together. but, it was the only thing we had that would fit between the sights since we had no high risers. you can see the groups for yourselves. very impressive at ten meters with a bad scope, firing slowly (about 2 to 4 seconds between shots). you can also see the rapid fire group shot as fast as i could pull the trigger without leaving the target. very nice.
best velocity we got from this gun was 485 fps with cplites, noting that the temp in the house and outside was constant at 75 degrees. we were a little disapppointed in the velocity and the shot count around 200 or so per airsource. but that may improve dramatically in warmer weather. the trigger was very responsive, and broke cleanly at around 2 to 3 pounds, and felt nothing like the 1077 trigger at all. probably could use some polishing and some moly.
after about 1 hour and a thousand rounds, i ordered mine. be sure to order the speed loader, it is a must, and get some extra clips.
all in all, it was and is a blast to shoot. shot some 21 yard groups in 10-15 mph wind with the scope and got around 2 inches. it will definitely be a fun gun. can’t wait to get mine and see if we can do something about the power.
oh yeah, the gun is not too loud as it is, but as you can see, we have one of the RWS muzzle thingies on it which collects alot of the dust, makes it look cool, adds some heft to it, makes its bark not so bad.
also, one thing to note, when the gun fires, the blowback action uses co2 and some of that blowback is right around your face and nose, so it might be a good idea to wear shooting glasses if you don’t. not terribly unnerving, just a little annoying.