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Thursday
Dec292011

Crosman NightStalker Field Test Review

First off, make sure to checkout my Table Top Review for the Crosman NightStalker for all the specifications and details on it.

In this Filed Test Review of the Crosman NightStalker .177 caliber pellet shooting air rifle I shoot 5 rounds through the Chronograph to get a real world average FPS of this detuned Canadian version. As expected the CX4 Storm replica does not get anywhere close the 580 FPS the non-regulated version claims to get and even with fairly light 6.9 grain pellets I got an average of just over 400 FPS, also keep in mind I have re-tuned this air rifle a bit to get somewhat higher Feet Per Second performance then the stock Canadian version even if it's not a lot.

Unlike the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm I also Field Tested, the Crosman CX4 replica air rifle was not so reliable for me when it came to operation, I had several misfires and failures to load which was not what I was expecting since I had shot this gun many times before with very different results. The Crosman NightStalker uses a rotary magazine system which in theory should work pretty well but maybe due to my pellet choice this time around I found the NightStalker almost painful to shoot and I'm not sure why it was acting up so much for me?

During my Accuracy Test using a the Red Dot Scope from 30 feet out in a semi-rested position, I got pretty good results which was a bit of a relief, right around a one inch 12 round grouping. Again this airgun is made for fun and if all was working well I should have been able to empty the 12 round magazine fast and precise but not today. I would not recommend the Night Stalker for any type of small pest control because it is a bit underpowered, but for target practice and plinking it is well suited

As far as recommending this gun, I think if you can get your hands on a used one you should fair pretty well as long as yours does not act up like mine was on this day and time. If you can find the higher FPS version then it would be a nice upgrade to the one I was testing. The original price point for the Crosman NightStalker was not expensive so don't pay too much if you do plan on getting one and expect to play around with pellet choice till you find one it likes best.

My YouTube Video Table Top Review of the Crosman NightStalker Pellet Rifle:

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Friday
Dec232011

Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm & Crosman NightStalker Comparison Review

Type: Pellet air rifles.
Manufacturer: Umarex & Crosman
Model: Beretta CX4 Storm & Night Stalker
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 5.25 / 3.27 Pounds.
Barrel: 17.5 / 16.75 inches, metal-rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 88 gram.
Action: Semi auto - Blowback.
Ammunition Type: .177 caliber pellets.
Ammunition Capacity: 30 / 12 rounds.
FPS: Up to 500 fps (Canadian detuned versions).

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm and the Crosman Night Stalker are both pretty decent and weigh in at 8.5 pounds for the Beretta CX4 and 7 pounds for the NightStalker. This is a bit surprising since the Umarex Beretta trigger only releases the action while the Crosman NightStalker has to rotate the 12 shot magazine with each trigger pull.

Accuracy: This is still to be determines in a later field test review but from my past shooting experiences with both these guns I found them to be pretty good and even though the Crosman NightStalker is a far cheaper built and priced gun then the Umarex CX4 Storm, I think it may have the edge on the German made counterpart.

Update:

Build Quality: Both of these Beretta CX4 Storm looking guns have plastic shells with internal metal parts but they are night and day when comparing the build quality. Don't get me wrong, the night Stalker is not a badly built rifle but when sitting side by side with the Umarex CX4 Storm, you can really see the extra quality that went in to the German made Umarex version. It has much heavier and thicker materials and the fit and finish is excellent, pretty much what you would expect to see on the real Beretta CX4 Storm.

Realism: The Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm is obviously a replica of the real steel Beretta CX4 Storm and it really is an excellent replica in almost every way with the excepetion of the screw holes one side. The pellet shooting version even includes the hard shell case that looks to be the same one the real CX4 comes with. So what about the NightStalker? The Crosman NightStalker is a look-a-like for the replica Beretta CX4 Storm but not really a replica. It still looks very good and makes for a a decent rifle if your looking for something that has that CX4 Storm look and feel.

Purchased From: Private Sale.

Pros for Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm:

  • Very well made - made in Germany.
  • Almost perfect replica with lots of detail.
  • Comes in a nice hard-shell case.
  • Adjustable sights for windage and elevation.
  • Has built in picatinny top rail.
  • Large capacity 30 rounds belt-fed pistol grip loading magazine just like the real CX4 Storm.
  • True Blowback operation.
  • Lots of shots per 88 gram CO2.

Pros for Crosman NightStalker:

  • Made in the USA.
  • Inexpensive yet a very respectable shooter.
  • Adjustable sights for windage and elevation.
  • Can mount rails for sights and add on accessories.
  • Decent capacity 12 round rotary magazine.
  • Lots of shots per 88 gram CO2.

Cons for Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm:

  • A bit on the expensive side!
  • Canadian detuned version is very underpowered.
  • Trigger pull is a bit hard for a true blowback gun.

Cons for Crosman NightStalker:

  • Kind of simple and basic in design!
  • Canadian detuned version is very underpowered.
  • Would have been nice if it came with a top rail of remounting a scope.
  • 12 shot magazine a bit tricky to load till you get used to it.

Comments:
I don't do a lot of rifle reviews as there seems to be a lot less replica air rifles when compared to the vast amounts of replica air pistols available. So it's kind of nice to have these two air rifles that I can show you. Of course if money was no object, then I would recommend the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm over the Crosman NightStalker especially since the NightStalker does not seem to be in production anymore - kind of a shame since it is really a very respectable multi-shot blowback air rifle for the money. Neither one of these air rifles are made for hunting but I suppose if you have the non-Canadian version that have not been detuned then they may have enough power for small pests. Either way these guns are meant for fun times, and they are fun to shoot rapid fire on targets so if you want a very believable CX4 Storm for a lot less money then the real steel version not only to buy but shoot, then look no further...

My YouTube Video Review of the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm pellet shooting Replicas:

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