When I read
about the new GAMO SWARM MAXXIM .177 and .22 caliber break barrel pellet air
rifle that allow the shooter to no longer have to hand load each pellet after
every shot I was very interested. Now I have tested many of the GAMO air guns
but this one really excited me. This one
allows you load 10 pellets into a circular clip and click it into the barrel.
When you shoot all you have to do is cock the barrel and the pellet is already
there ready for firing. Also on this clip it displays the numbers one through
ten that tells you how many shots were taken/left.
As an avid small
game hunter I was quite impressed with not only the 10 shot clip but some of
the other added features. These include a Whisper noise reduction system, shock
wave absorber recoil pad, a newly added gas piston that requires only 30 pounds
to cock and a 2 stage trigger action for more accuracy. Also included is a special
3-9x40mm airgun scope. As for speed which
is also important, especially for those of us that want to hunt (small game)
with an airgun – this one is very fast. The SWARM’s
speed (feet per second) using the lead-free light ammo the .177 caliber
leaves the barrel at 1300 feet per second
and 975 feet per second for the .22 caliber. Several minutes after
reading about the Swarm I was placing my order for the .22 caliber model.
Just a few
days later it was delivered, on opening day of the NYS small game season, and I
immediately scoped it and headed for my friend’s house that had a range behind
his house. It took just 3 shots to sight in and on the fourth shot my friend
aimed at and shattered one of the push-pins holding the target. A quick thank
you and I headed for the squirrel woods.
NYS AIR GUN
The rules are
very simple. NYSDEC‘s definition of an air gun is “A firearm that uses spring
or compressed air (not gunpowder) to propel a single projectile that is .17
caliber or larger and produces a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per
second. Don’t forget you will also need
a current NYS hunting license. For full
hunting regulations go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/15huntguide.pdf
did not take long when a squirrel appeared making its way towards me. It was a
15 yard shot and I was right on target. And before I could get up to retrieve
the squirrel another two others were coming. Now normally I would have to open
the barrel, take out a pellet from the container and put it into the chamber.
But with the rotary style magazine I was ready when one came into range. And 20
minutes later I added another; and it all happened in less than an hour. I am
very impressed with the SWARM MSXXIUM both in its accuracy and especially the
quickness of chambering another pellet. If you have or know of a young
shooter/hunter this airgun is a good choice.
I also have taken a wood chuck and will shortly be trying for the fixing of a
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