Chinese SS2 [ 177cal-shanghi ] Reviews



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Chinese SS2 [ 177cal-shanghi ]


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Reviewer: Tim
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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First of all this is supposed to be a review of the SS2 RECOILLESS pistol. I noticed the previous two reviews referenced the S2 which is a completely different pistol. The difference is like night and day.

The SS2 Recoilless pistol was a $275 very close knock-off of the FWB 65 pistol which last sold for over $1000 before being discontinued. In fact the FWB internal parts are drop-in replacements for this pistol. The SS2 is a side-lever spring piston design that sits on a very effective recoil absorption rail. What you get is a pistol that feels as close to a pre-charged pneumatic or CO2 gun as is possible in a spring-piston design. The recoil is literally non-existence while the power is very acceptable. This is a 10 meter pistol that does what it was designed for with no hiccups. The fit and finish is surprisingly non-Chinese-like. It is tight and well done – a masterpiece given its price.

My only regret is I did not realize the joy in shooting pistols until this one was discontinued and hard to find. If you’re lucky enough to land one, by all means do it. The alternative would be an FWB 65 on the used market for between $500 and $600 currently, but they are essentially the same thing.


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Chinese SS2 [ 177cal-shanghi ]


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Reviewer: NEDan
Recommended: Recommended
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Also a conditional recommendation.

I paid $25.00 shipped on sale with $15.00 in accessories included so it would be hard to be disappointed.

As mentioned it is easily disassembled and tuned to become an acceptable indoor shooter.

FPS is not a consideration during purchase.

I actually have fun with this when shooting Crosman 5.9g Silver eagles in my den.

I will work on the sight and the grip without worry of ruining an expensive gun and have fun doing it because this is my hobby.

Zero plastic, what’s not metal is wood.

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Chinese SS2 [ 177cal-shanghi ]


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Reviewer: Vince
Recommended: Recommended
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Recommended…with a qualification.

This pistol has a reputation for low power and poor accuracy… and it’s a reputation well-earned! Typically, the rear sight cannot be adjusted down far enough for shorter ranges – and the grouping at longer ranges is pretty abysmal. Add to that a trigger which can be on the very stiff side, and you have a gun that’s not a lot of fun to shoot.

So why the conditional recommendation? Two reasons – the pistol is rugged (virtually no plastic parts) and it is very easy to service. If you want to learn how to work on airguns, it’s a great pistol to start with.

With a reasonable amount of tinkering it can be turned into a very passable pistol. A little polishing and moly on the trigger lightens it up nicely, and some work on the barrel pivot and lock-up tightens the groups considerably.

Certainly, one doesn’t have to pay much more for a much, much better pistol in the Marksman 2004… which (unless you get a defective one) shoots very well right out of the box.

The S2 is a decent project gun, but no more than that.