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  • Currently 4.36/5

Rating: 4.4/5 (11 votes cast)

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16 March 2009  

Things I liked: I had a P1 years ago, but sold it. I missed it, and finally decided to get another. As before, I like that it more-or-less looks like you would expect a pistol to look, and not like a rifle with the stock and barrel cut down. Mostly tho, the relative high level of power achieved with a single cocking motion without any need for CO2 or compressed air is what I like. All you need is the pistol and some pellets. It is a very accurate pistol too, but it does make you work for this accuracy. It doesn't forgive you if you aren't consistent. My pistol seems to like Lasers the best (.177), which is OK with me because they are relatively light/fast. They are averaging about 580 FPS from my pistol (at 6.9 gr each I think). With a very loose isosceles hold, in which the weight of the pistol is completely carried by my non-shooting hand (left hand), I've improved to the point where I can group about 3/4 inch at 30 feet. While that's not great, I seem to have better luck hitting objects. At 30 yards, I can hit a tuna can about 1 in 4, and get very close the other 3 times. I mostly bought it for plinking anyway.
Things I would have changed: These newer P1's come with fiber-optic sights now. They don't look very good, but I admit they do show up well against darker backgrounds. However, the front sight is still very thick/wide, and when you're shooting at smaller targets, it is difficult to center the front sight under the bullseye. If the front sight were solid (the blade is carved-out in the middle to accommodate the fiber insert), I would file it into a thinner blade, but it's not practical to do with so much metal already missing. Even tho they show up well in low-light conditions, I would make the fiber sights an option, not standard. Also, it would be nice if the price were lower, but until a Chinese copy comes out, I don't expect this to happen.
What others should know: My first P1 did have a problem with the rear sight retention pin working loose, but so far this one is staying together. Don't be discouraged too soon if you have a hard time hitting with it. Develop a loose, but consistent, hold, and follow-thru with every shot. I'm giving it a 4 for accuracy only because of it's temperament regarding consistency.
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28 January 2009  

Things I liked: Power, accuracy, the feel of the gun
Things I would have changed: Lower price would be nice :D, otherwise nothing.
What others should know: I bought the .20 version very recently. It comes with Fiber Optic open sight which is great! The gun was loud and dieseling with the first few shots. After around 100 shots it feels much smoother and stops dieseling. It is now shooting with great consistency.
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12 January 2009  

Things I liked: The feel of this pistol is impressive. The balance is a bit nose heavy but then so in the 1911. I loved the feel of the action, the smoothness of the trigger and even the recoil helps me become a better shooter. My gun is a .20 calibre.
Things I would have changed: Lock tight on the safety? I might recommend it at a later date. Extend the required 30 day registration for the warranty. The warranty choices were a bit confusing and I am not sure what I will choose. Keep the warranty siple please. I am a shooter, not a bright man.
What others should know: Right out of the box, I couldnot hit anything. I burned through a pack of 200 pellets within the first three hours of fun to get the gun broken in. There was not any form of accuracy at all and there were numerous sight adjustments during this process. When I was getting in the zone the sights would have to be totally re adjusted again and again, either I am a poor shooter or the gun needs a good break in period. I found the gun a pleasure to shoot, burning through 1500 rounds in three days and looking forward to the next day when I could shoot again, the hours went by like minutes. Using a bench rest would only throw off my accuracy as the recoil happens well before the pellet leaves the barrel. Single handed shooting is improving and I am able to now group quarter size groups at 30 feet. I ordered the Pel Set tool to set the pellets and the accuracy has improved since I began using this consistantly. The safety has worked itself loose numerous times in my first 1500 rounds and I notice that the "O" ring seal has a good size cut or abrasion on it, they do provide an extra seal with the new gun, no instructions on how to replace that but it appears to be simple. If you like to shoot and are patient enough to get the new pistol settled in and you get use to the feel of the recoil, this will be a 'go to' gun for fun and I am planning on getting good enough to be a tack driver with this one. Fun Fun Fun. This piece of hardware is very addictive. If you go out in the field, take some perfect fitting allen keys in case any tightening is needed especially for the safety that I am prone to automatically apply. This just feels right in your hand. I do not know what perfection is as I have not shot enough air pistols but I am pretty excited about this one and can not wait to get home each day to shoot it.
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21 July 2008  

Things I liked: The two-stage trigger is superb. Just take up the slack in the first stage and from there just "think" your shot. That is just how light a touch the guns is with the factory setting. This gun is more accurate that the rifles I own. Yeah, I do own some not-so-good rifles but even a not-so-good rifle should outshoot a pistol.
Things I would have changed: Do not particularly like the recoil that was built into the gun since I do not use it as a trainer for a 1911. The upper receiver could be reduced to more accurately replicate a 1911.
What others should know: My gun was purchased around 1985 so it is almost a quarter of a century old. It was about $300.00 at the time of purchase, making it one expensive handgun for the time. I have shot thousands of rounds through it and it does not seem to have lost any of its power. When I go shooting with my friends and relatives they know the P1 will be on my hip and will be the first and the last gun I shoot all day long. No other gun has been as much fun for me as my P1.
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23 March 2008  

Things I liked: when i opened the box & held this in my hand, i knew where my $400+ went. nice weight to it, all metal construction - no skimping here. very nice fit & finish.
Things I would have changed: expensive but no complaints
What others should know: my 10clip co2 357 is fun to shoot but it's anemic power is a minus. my single shot multi-pump 1377 has the power but pumping 10x gets old fast. this springer pistol is my go-to gun - cock it, load it, shoot it. accurate at 10m, weaver stance, full cock w/ crosman silver eagles.
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