GAMO Whisper Fusion Pro Airgun
GAMO has been designing and building high powered air rifles for adults for over 50 years. They have their own factory located in Spain where the air rifles are made. In that way, they can control the integrity and quality of all critical parts. Their rigorous inspection system and ongoing testing results in a quality product that is unmatched in its price range. If there is a problem with one of their rifles, their service center has a rapid turn-around-time.
I know that from personal experience, as I had some work done on the stock of my Bone Collector. Including transit time, the turn-around time was less than three weeks. For the record, the service center folks did not know we were writers andreviewers. As far as they knew, I was just another GAMO customer. That tells me they really do care.
After seeing the Whisper Fusion Pro at the 2013 SHOT Show, I decided to order one. If it performed as advertised, it would mean that GAMO once again "raised the bar" on airgun technology. The Fusion Pro arrived two weeks later. It was just as I remembered, a gun that felt right when I put it to my shoulder. The eight pound weight of the Fusion Pro is comparable to many hunting rifles, which makes it easier to hold on target than lightweight airguns.
Although the Whisper Fusion Pro only fires 100 feet per second faster than the well known GAMO Bone Collector, 1400 fps compared to 1300 fps, the devastating effect on our targets was demonstrably greater. I know that doesn't sound logical, but it is a fact. Using GAMO PBA Platinum pellets in both guns, when I hit a can with the 1300 fps Bone Collector, the can is knocked over. Hit a can with the 1400 fps Fusion Pro and the can hardly moves; yet, the pellet leaves a 3/8" hole in the can. I can just imagine what it will do to small game.
The only drawback is the cocking effort. Tthe Bone Collector requires 32 lbs. to cock, while the Fusion requires a hefty 41 lbs. The extra effort is due to the stronger spring and additional baffling to quiet the Fusion Pro. The Bone Collector is very quiet for a high velocity airgun, but the Fusion is even quieter.
The open sights are larger than found on most rifles, making them easier to use. The elevation and windage wheel adjustments on the rear sight makes sighting-in easy. The neon green and red fiber optics in the open sights make holding on target very easy. You don't find these features on most other airguns.
The optics on the 3-9x40mm GAMO airgun scope are clear and comparable to many centerfire riflescopes. In fact, in our previous article on the Bone Collector, which I really liked, I stated that it would be nice if GAMO would put a better scope on future guns. They did just that with the Fusion Pro. This scope is definitely first class, far better than the low-end scopes we have seen that are usually sold for airguns and .22 caliber rifles. It even comes with a parallax setting for 50 yards. The scope rings (included) are already fixed on the scope to insure proper mounting on the Fusion.
We tested the Fusion Pro with three different GAMO pellets: Red Fire, Lethal and PBA Platinum.
We set up our targets and used a Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod for stability during the shoot. The target distance was 25 yards, with a few pellets fired at 50 yards to test the effect of the pellets on cans. We fired five shot test groups. The results speak for themselves, with each type of pellet capable of producing 1" groups. Based on point of impact, the velocity was comparable for all three types of pellets.
GAMO made a giant leap forward with this gun. Instead of using the grooves on the receiver for scope ring attachment, which is common on most airguns and 22 caliber rifles, they installed a raised rail. When the scope is attached, it is solid and cannot slip backward or forward along the rail, which can happen with scopes mounted on grooved receivers and insufficiently tightened.
The trigger is crisp, without creep and makes accurate shooting easy. The 3.74 lb. out of the box pull was easily adjusted down to 3 lbs. for increased accuracy. I would still like to see a steel trigger blade, as opposed to the plastic blade that is standard on these guns. The SAT™ functions just fine.
Features and Specifications
If anyone has any questions about the Whisper Pro Fusion, they can feel free to contact Fedor Palacios, the Marketing Communications Manager for GAMO. I have exchanged several emails with him. Fedor is most responsive and more than willing to help with any problem or question. In this day and age of impersonal corporations, it was really nice to find out that GAMO has Fedor, who stands ready to answer all questions.
In our opinion, this is absolutely the best air rifle GAMO has ever made. It costs a bit more, but is well worth the extra cost. It should provide years of service for the target shooter, occasional plinker and avid hunter. I love my Bone Collector, but I gave it to Jim, as I am keeping the Whisper Fusion Pro for myself. GAMO has definitely raised the bar on airguns with this rifle.
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