So… I think I have finally found the pellet gun I really want. This is the Maserati of pellet guns.
It’s called the “Condor” and it’s made in America by an American manufacturer called “Air Force.” (Clever, eh?)
Why is this such an awesome pellet gun? Lots of reasons.
It’s a dual power source design. You can either use compressed natural air at up to 3,000 psi, or you can use CO2 “cartridges.” The “cartridges” is in quotes because we’re not talking about the sort of cartridges you put in a typical pellet gun, the CO2 cartridges are huge, and are used normally to recharge paint ball guns. Obviously there is a huge power difference between CO2 cartridges and the compressed natural air, but CO2 is a nice power source for plinking. Compressed natural air is more for serious shooting.
I love this basic design. The air tank doubles as a shoulder stock, which reduces the weight of the gun by a pound or more. The air flows directly into the breech in the direction of the barrel, doing away with any recoil or airflow turbulence problems. It’s got weaver scope mounts and a loooong barrel, which is ideal for accuracy.
But there’s more. The “gun” here is really more of a “gun platform” than a “gun.” You can swap out the barrel, use alternate power sources and add all sorts of tactical accessories (laser sights, flashlights, scope levels, etc.) easily.
You can purchase all of the common pellet caliber barrels, from .177 to .25. And at 3,000 psi it will send a .25 caliber pellet at over 800fps, delivering over 30 foot pounds of energy at the target as much as 50 yards downfield.
The huge air reservoir allows you to get up to 100 shots in the “sweet zone” of the power curve. Most PCP airguns get 20 or so shots before you have to top it off again. Plus you can “dial down” the power which still provides more power than most airguns but can then last up to 200 shots before falling off the bottom edge of the power curve.
The gun itself costs about $650. Additional barrels and accessories would push that up to $1,000 or so. But man, oh man, what a pellet gun you would end up with…
Yeah, the Maserati of pellet guns. I really want one.