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jack rabbits, possums and other larger, small-game animals down for good. Crosman Corporation (www.cros-


man.com/hunting/) announced their new Optimus Break Barrel air rifle at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas last Jan- uary. Offered in .177 and .22 calibers, it features an ambidextrous, hard- wood stock. The customer can choose between fiber optic sights or a Center- Point 4x32 scope. With alloy pellets, the Optimus achieves a muzzle veloc- ity of up to 1,200 fps. With the scope, it retails for $149.99. Built on a handgun frame and fit-


ted with a rifle barrel, Crosman’s Out- doorsman 2250XE is a CO2-powered bolt action chambered for .22 caliber. Stocked in skeletonized beech, weigh- ing less than 4 pounds, it handles like an ultralight, but has .22-caliber punch. Equipped with a CenterPoint 3-9x32 Mil-Dot scope and muzzl- ebrake, it is easy to shoot as well as accurate. Powered by a 12-gram CO2 (good for up to 40 shots) cartridge, it achieves a muzzle velocity of 550 fps. Suggested retail is $269. Gamo Outdoor USA (www.gamo-


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outdoorusa.com) released several new rifles for 2011. The Varmint Hunter HP is an all-weather gun with a syn- thetic stock, a match-grade fluted bar- rel and a spring piston single cock sys- tem. It comes with a 4x32 riflescope, a laser and a light as well as a starter pack of PBA Platinum ammunition. Expect a cocking effort of 41 pounds in this 6.5-pound rifle. The .177 cali- ber is capable of reaching velocities of 1,400 fps. In .22 caliber, the pellet reaches a velocity of 1,000 fps at the muzzle. Suggested retail is $289.95. The latest in Gamo’s Whisper line


is the .177 Whisper CFR. They call it the Quiet Gun for its integrated noise dampener. The 8-pound rifle cocks with 35 pounds of effort. With a fixed barrel, a new recoil pad, a 2-stage adjustable trigger, adjustable cheek pads and a black, synthetic thumbhole stock, it is as comfortable to shoot, as it is quiet. For a suggest- ed retail of $349.95, the rifle comes with a 4x32 scope and 50 rounds of PBA ammunition. Gamo’s futuristic Whisper VH comes with a thumbhole stock and


a 3-9x40 airgun scope with a regular duplex crosshair. In addition to the optics, the noise-dampened Whisper VH comes with a red laser and light designed to employ with the 1-piece scope mount. Designed for hunting at all hours, the scope crosshair can be set at one distance and the laser set for a second distance. At night, the laser and the scope can be employed simultaneously — when you can’t see the crosshair, you can still see the red dot superimposed on the target. Sug- gested retail is $369.95.


More Mass = More Power Airguns are being used more and


more to take suburban coyotes and big game like whitetail deer. For bigger game, a larger caliber like the .25, .308, .357 or .45 should be contemplated. Different hunting situations require


different air rifles. With more frontal mass and weight, the .25-caliber op- tion provides more shocking power. Gamo calls their SOCOM Ex-


treme, the “Big Dog” of break bar- rel spring guns. Offered in .25 caliber (also .177 and .22), the gun requires


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