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  • Currently 4.50/5

Rating: 4.5/5 (8 votes cast)

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17 February 2009  

Things I liked: The HB22 is a handsom gun as pictured.
Things I would have changed: The front sight should be thicker and the rear sight needs to be redesigned. The grip should be wider. The trigger should be "tightened up;" there is too much play in it.
What others should know: The gun I received had the following problems: 1.) The gun I got was not the same as the one pictured. It seems that the front plug for the barrel is in short supply, so Crosman used a plug from the Sheridan/Benjamin air rifle with the result that the barrel overhangs the pressure tube. 2.) The serial number is hard to read because it has a "dot-matirx" look. In addition, paint is missing from the pressure tube where the serial number appears. 3.) When I pump the front lever, the forward-most pin in the wooden handle drifts out toward the right side of the gun; the pin is a poor fit. 4.) The trigger is looser than it needs to be (side-to-side play). 5.) The gun may be accurate, but due to the poor sights and the narrow grip I have trouble shooting it accurately.
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30 July 2008  

Things I liked: Solid construction, real wood grips and forestock. Good overall fit and finish. Variable power, and nice and quiet. I took this to a campground over the last weekend, and shot shatterblasts at the campsite and it didn't disturb anyone. This is a reliable gun, and it shoots fairly accurately. Grouping is good, but not great, but plenty accurate enough to shoot small diameter targets at 10-15 m.
Things I would have changed: Sights are useless. The rear sight is probably the worst I have ever seen. The windage adjustment is nearly impossible to set correctly. I gave up.
What others should know: The rear sight is so poor, that I would advise anyone interested in this gun to just factor in a B272 Intermount and go with a new sight of your choice.
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23 May 2008  

Things I liked: Solid. I agree with most other reviews concerning USA workmanship. Solid metals and hardwoods are indeed very appealing. Good weight offers good balance in hand.
Things I would have changed: Sights. Rear sight windage adjustments don't offer much room for correction. Rear notch too wide. Total accuracy still requires a little "Kentucky windage" on the shooter's part. The top of the elevation screw can be slightly seen in the sight picture due to adjustment screw length on mine.
What others should know: I improved my overall sight picture by gently removing the paint on the very tip of the front sight with a fingernail file. The brass underneath shines enough to offer a black/gold combo that is much easier to see. Beeman silver bear pellets need a little coaxing to load into the breach, but seem to shoot fairly uniform. I'll probably switch to a pointed pellet in the future. Overall, very pleased with product. I'm also glad I ordered the B272 intermount along with the pistol. I believe a small red dot would make the pistol perfect.
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3 February 2008  

Things I liked: Powerful. Accurate. Durable. Serviceable. Scopeable. You can charge these up and wait all day to take the shot.
Things I would have changed: Triggers are a little rough but smooth up with use.
What others should know: These can be serviced by the owner without special tools. Crosman/Benjamin are happy to sell parts. Due to the ease of service and availability of replacement parts, I don't hesitate to work mine hard! The accuracy of my .22 is not as great as my .177 but I haven't tried every pellet available nowadays. You can buy a lot of pellets with the $ you will save over guns that will not deliver the Service and/or Satisfaction one of these will!
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22 January 2008  

Things I liked: Just about everything. Good looking, functional, included trigger safety, Pump action ease and layout, safety button layout. Great .22 air gun! I look forward to starting a tradition of handing it down. Fairly quiet
Things I would have changed: Nicer wood as an option (I have some leftover .45 handles, gonna try and modify it), cocking action of the bolt should and could be a bit more "engaging", Day glow or fiber-optic type of fixed sites. Add a mount for Weaver or Dovetail in the box. Have an option to quiet it down a bit.
What others should know: This is an amazing little gun! It pumps with ease, has an okay trigger (which can probably be "tuned" a bit with the right sandpaper), shoots nice out of the box, add a red dot optical then its perfect. If the sites had some fiber optic or glow function I would give the accuracy a 5.
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