Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle – Item of the Day — 9 Comments

  1. I haven’t dropped by in what seems like forever, but I saw this in my email and figured I’d throw in my vote on these.

    Hands down the best air rifle anywhere near this price point. I’ve had this model since the nitro pistons were a relatively new thing. I’ve taken more rabbits than I can remember with this model, and for those looking to learn trigger control and rifle marksmanship, an air rifle amplifies shooter errors by a wide margin. Learn to shoot an air rifle properly and you can shoot anything better.

  2. Just to add, by best for price, I mean it stacks up to anything inside of $500.

    Also, for anybody that wants a much nicer trigger, there are aftermarket triggers that put this up along with much higher end rifles. I leave mine stock because I’d rather build capability on the shooter’s end, but it’s an option.

  3. Thanks Jack. My electric canner arrived today – love your recommendations. Do you like these Crossman rifles better than the Benjamin 392 you recommended in the past – if you could only own 1 air rifle? Also, what is your recommendation for an even more powerful air rifle which could bring down larger animals?

    • This gun is more powerful, better range and more accurate.

      That said it is larger and heavier and is one speed, if I could have only one it would be the 392, but that is personal preference and I bet I am in the minority.

  4. The Benjamin 392 is multi-pump with typical fps around 500’s. This (and the benjamin trail branded versions of it) are single stroke break barrel piston rifles with fps rates around 800. The multi-pump is easier on non air gun rated scopes and is a bit quieter, but the nitro piston is what I recommend for small game hunting.

    If you want mid sized game, you are looking at pre charged pneumatics (PCP) in the .357 – .500 caliber range and a price tag in the $500-$1500 range. It’s a fair substitute for a suppressed subsonic 5.56 for coyote sized game. But you pay for it.

    • InBox485 – can you recommend a good .500 PCP? Maybe one where money is a concern, and one where money is no object. Thank you very much for your informative reply.

  5. What is the length of pull like on this. Is it intended for youth size folks? I’d like to get it for my son who is a bit small tho handle the LOP on a “normal” sized rifle.


    • Haven’t measured it but it is a full sized rifle, likely 13-13.5 like say any standard rifle.