Gamo CFX - This Air Gun Makes the Grade
The Gamo corporation has quite a presence in the American airgun market. Gamo's Air Gun marketing and product line has made them one of the most recognizable names in the growing American airgun market, and they have the lion's share of sales here in the United States.
I was recently asked to review the Gamo CFX in .177 caliber. After picking up the gun, I started some off-hand plinking with the open sights, and was pleasantly surprised with the accuracy right out of the box. Within a few shots, I was hitting the swinging ram on my metal target at 20 yards without difficulty. Curious as to the potential accuracy when using a scope, I mounted an extra Tech Force scope I had on hand and fired five shots. The picture below shows the results.
As you can see, the 5-shot group gave me the kind of accuracy that really makes me happy as a hunter. At 20 yards, 4 of the shots are nearly touching, with one flyer that I knew was off the moment I shot it. And this is off-hand shooting, not from a bench-rest.
The CFX gave me the best groups overall with the Crosman Premiere 7.9 gr. pellets. And the penetrating power of the shots was all you could ask for in a sporting rifle. Notice the holes in the tin can shot at 15 yards. A clean hole through both sides of the can translates into plenty of power for small game such as squirrel and rabbit.
The velocity I attained from the 7.9 gr. Crosman pellets was in the low 700's, averaging in the 720's. This is closing in on 10 fpe, plenty for plinking and small game hunting, as well as pest control.
Loading the Gamo CFX requires you to actuate the underlever mechanism, cocking the spring and returning the lever to its closed position. Then open the loading gate, slide your pellet in, making sure it is fully into the barrel. I shaved off the rear end of a few pellet skirts before I noticed what I was doing. Closing the loading gate, you are ready to fire. The safety, located inside the trigger guard, is not automatic, so if you didn't reset the safety after the last shot, then the trigger will fire the gun, so be sure you keep your fingers off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
The loading gate will open if you break the cocking lever open partway, allowing you to load the gun without cocking it. This would be helpful for when you are hunting and wish to leave the gun uncocked until your game is sighted.
The front and rear sight have fiber optic inserts that aid in open-sight shooting, and are nice and bright, helping with target acquisition.
At 6.5 lbs. and 44" in length, the Gamo CFX sells for $199.95 at the time of this article. The combination of out-of-the-box accuracy and synthetic stock make this gun an excellent candidate for your shooting pleasure that will bear up for years under the abuse of constant use. And Gamo's Limited Lifetime Warranty is another point in favor of this air gun joining your household.
After researching a little bit, I learned that the CFX, for some reason, seems to be very touchy about pellet fit as it relates to velocity. I ran some tighter fitting pellets than the Crosman Premieres through the CFX, and all the tighter fitting pellets gained velocity. In fact, the RWS Superdome, which has a thinner skirt than the Crosman pellet, gained 130 fps, giving a velocity in the upper 800's. So be aware of how drastic a difference can be found just by changing pellets.