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17 December, 2010

Stoeger X50 and Benjamin Super Streak Comparison Review

Here's a review of the Stoeger X50 compared to its' close cousin, the Benjamin Super Streak.

Both the X50 and the Super Streak are manufactured by BAM in China and they're basically the same gun. Quality and performance are very similar. But some detail design decisions make the Benjamin - literally - a pain in the neck to shoot, while the X50 is comfortable and well-balanced. So, a win for Stoeger on points.

You can read the review in full in the window below. Your comments are welcomed!

Stoeger X50 and Benjamin Super Streak


07 December, 2010

GTXaa Trigger Fits Both Stoeger X10, X20 and X50 Trigger Types

Today, I installed yet another GTXaa two-stage trigger up-grade, designed by Steve_in_NC, for a customer. (photo above). As always, I'm sooooo impressed at how much the trigger pull of the Stoeger X10, X20 and X50 air rifles is improved by the GTXaa trigger. It provides a much more defined, controllable release than the standard Stoeger trigger and makes shooting these excellent Stoeger airguns even easier - it improves my accuracy too, because the trigger release point is so well defined by the second stage of the GTXaa trigger.

But what I've not stressed enough, I think, is that the GTXaa trigger fits both types of factory trigger to be found in Stoeger air rifles currently in the supply chain. One type of factory trigger has a stamped steel blade, the other has a "solid" trigger blade. The "solid" blade version has a design that's similar to the GTXaa, but it's in no way comparable - trust me on this one!

So here's some photographs of the GTXaa installed in a "solid trigger" X20. The main change when compared to installing the GTXaa in a "stamped trigger" model is that the trigger pivot pin is removed from the opposite side of the gun. Apart from that, installation is even easier than for the "stamped" model as there's less parts to remove, only the trigger blade and spring.

Below are photos of the installation without the stock fitted.


05 December, 2010

QB78 Deluxe Ten Yard Gold Service Test Target

This Archer Airguns "Gold Service" test target is from a QB78 Deluxe we shipped to a customer recently. This specific gun included our Two Stage Trigger Kit with a lighter than normal pull weight. It was also fitted with a replacement breech seal from our QB78 "2X" Seal Kit, giving a muzzle velocity well above the approx 600fps normally attained by these guns at around 65 degrees F.

This test was shot - as usual - using a red dot scope. Even better accuracy would be obtained using a scope.


02 December, 2010

Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X Review and Comparison

The Stoeger X10 and the Crosman Quest 1000X are "the same" air rifle. Both are manufactured by BAM in China and carry US brands. Both are based on the B18/19 platform and have similar specifications. So why does the Stoeger cost over $20 more than the Crosman. And is it worth it?

I've been asking myself these questions for some time. So, in order to answer them - at least to my own satisfaction - I compared the two guns side-by-side. Having done this, it seemed that others might be interested, too. You can read my report here.

Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X

Yes, I know that I sell the X10 and not the Quest, but I was frankly surprised in the detail differences between these two guns that are supposedly "the same" and how they add up. Here's why:

- In a side-by-side test, the Stoeger X10 provided much higher muzzle velocity and improved accuracy over the Crosman Quest 1000X.
- The X10 has a mounted, sighted-in scope. The Quest supplies the same scope and mounts but requires the customer to assemble and sight-in.
- The X10 stock is significantly superior in wood, finish and shape.
- The Stoeger has an excellent automatic safety, the Crosman's is manual only. Remembering that these air rifles are mostly purchased by shooters with limited experience, this is a big safety feature.
- Open sights on the X10 are much better than the Quest.
- The X10 has a scope stop slot milled into the receiver, compared to the screw-on Quest scope stop.
- Overall "feel" and appearance of the X10 that of a more expensive gun. The Quest looks and feels like a cheap gun.

Based on this analysis, the Stoeger X10 is clearly the superior gun. But please read and make up your own mind...


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