GAMO Whisper G2 Air Rifle
We were originally going to write this article on one of Gamo's PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatics) air rifles. However, after witnessing the performance of the Whisper G2 at the Squirrel Master Classic in February 2015, we decided to cover it first and postpone the Gamo PCP air rifle until the fall.
Before getting into the specifics of the G2, perhaps we should chat about PCP air guns. They gained popularity among competitive target shooters for their consistent velocities, despite the disadvantage of refilling the gas chamber via scuba tanks or with hand pumps. Their popularity was well deserved with respect to accuracy when compared to most spring-powered air rifles. However, with the development of the new Turbo Stabilizing System developed by Gamo, the game changed. This new design brings the spring to a controlled stop within the chamber, adding more velocity, decreasing vibration and thus reducing recoil. That is the official line; ours is, it works!
The new system has resulted in consistent velocities and increased accuracy, comparable to PCP guns. While we have not run pellets from PCP guns over our chronograph, we did just that with the G2. With the new Gamo Luxor .22 hunting pellets, we fired a dozen pellets with the fps varying from 798 to 801. A variance of only 3 feet per second! With the PBA Platinum .22 pellets, we obtained velocities ranging from 974 to 976 fps. While we do not have any comparable results from a PCP gun, it is doubtful that one could be more consistent.
The end result is that the Whisper G2 delivers consistent velocities with both of the pellets we tested, resulting in groups at 35 yards averaging 3/4 inch. That was impressive and enough to convince us that the average hunter will be quite content with the accuracy of the G2 when hunting squirrel, rabbits or other small game. Add the fact that the Whisper G2 comes with an ambidextrous pistol grip stock, adjustable cheek piece and a 4x32mm scope and you have one of the best air gun buys on the market today.
Features and Specifications
Given all of the benefits of the Whisper G2 in .22 caliber, we would be remiss if we did not point out that the G2 is also available in .177 caliber for those who prefer that pellet diameter. This new Gamo Whisper G2 is definitely not the air rifle of my childhood.
I do know that Mary isn't giving me this one. She plans on a lot of squirrel hunting here in New Mexico in the fall.
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