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Review of Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22)

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This is a really good gun. There are a lot of ways to say that, and I’m going to spend several paragraphs saying it in much wordier terms, but that’s what this whole review is going to boil down to.  So if you’re itching to buy something new, your best bet is to go and order this one now, then come back here and be happy about what you just got.

Right Out of the Box

As soon as you take this thing out, you’re going to be happy with it. It doesn’t have a whole lot of weight to it, but I actually found that kind of refreshing. Instead, it feels like it’s just enough gun to get the job done.

Before you get going, you’ll want to clean this one well. On one hand, it’s nice that they bothered to make sure it was well lubricated before going in the box, on the other hand the dieseling that you get if you don’t take the time to do this is annoying and potentially harmful to the gun. Don’t risk it.

Accuracy and Breaking in

Once you get this rifle out to where you want to shoot it, you’ll have to break it in, which surprisingly only takes about 100 to 200 rounds. I was genuinely shocked to be grouping within 1″ at 30 yards that quickly, but this one really just didn’t take very long to settle out.

I was shooting with the Crossman premium dome shaped 14.3 gr pellets primarily. I tried a few others, and they were ok, but these pellets were the ones that I was getting results from that I could be happy with, so stick with the brand name pellets. You’ll be able to shoot other ones, but not as well.

The scope, unfortunately, was less impressive. The rings were nice and solid, but the scope itself was blurry. I was able to fix it, but I really shouldn’t have had to right out of the box. Once I got it working it was serviceable, but you’re going to want a better scope in order to get the most out of the rifle.

The trigger was a little strange and a little stiff, but not horrible and much better than it could have been. One of the few complaints I have heard about this gun is that some people have had the trigger literally fall apart on them, so I’d prefer a little stiff to that. It also feels strange, but I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong with this trigger. The thing works, but I can’t say I like it.

Pros

This is a really solid gun, and you can tell as soon as you pick it up. It’s not too heavy, not difficult to cock, and breaks in very quickly to give you excellent accuracy in both near and far distance. Perhaps most important is that it seems like it will last and continues to fire perfectly even after extended use in a session. It generally sells for well under $200.

Cons

When you first get it, you’re going to need to clean the hell out of the thing. Not horrible, but something you’re going to have to do to get the best shot. The scope that it comes with is pretty weak, so factor in getting a new one to your price. See my post on some of the best air rifle scopes here for some recommendations on a better scope. In some cases, the trigger assembly just falls apart, or it’s a little stiff.

The Bottom Line

Coming back to where we were at the beginning of this review, this is a really good gun. It needs a new scope and possibly a new trigger. But those seem like small investments to make in something that works well and keeps working well, especially since it has the best break in time I have seen on a .22.  If you want something a little less powerful for hunting birds or the like, you might even check out the .177 caliber Crosman Nitro Venom. Otherwise, this one will serve you well.

Crosman Nitro Venom 22

Crosman Nitro Venom .22

18 Comments
  1. Hiya!! I found this site as I was looking to buy (another) air rifle. I was wondering what you thought would be the best air rifle for hunting vermin. I have a Beeman RS2,Walther 1250, Crosman XS, Crosman 760( i love it!)

  2. I got this gun the trigger is horrible it throws the accuracy off but once I got use to it I found ways to sight in from all the finger pull probs u get

  3. I found this gun horrible waste of money no power at all a would happily sell it for £20

  4. What about all weather nitro venom 2 is it strong enough to take a boar

  5. This rifle is a waste of money and energy, I’ve tried multiple shooting techniques, ammo at different grains, 3 different good scopes and my group at 25 feet was the size of a dinner plate Expensive club. Ive seen daisy red rider be more accurate, the power ain’t bad just piss poor accuracy. Shot placement is key!!

  6. Mine didn’t group well either.
    I put on a Bosch scope, tightened the loose break barrel pivot screw and locktite the stock screws. Now groups 1/2″ at 30 yds.

  7. I got this rifle 2 years ago. It works well at 25 yards and can hit 2 inches groups. Was not happy with the scope and trigger. So, bought Nikon LR 22 scope. Now I can see and hit targets at 50 yards in 2 to 3 inches. By the way, I fixed trigger with the washer as seen in some videos. Trigger feels close to excellent and scope should help to hit at 100 yards. By the way, the Crossman regular pellets appear to fly all over after 75 yard range. So, have purchased the high precision heavy diabolo pellets. I am guessing that if wind speed is less than 5 mph and assuming that pellets keep trajectory. Then, I may hit targets at 100 yards in a 5 inch group. With all mentioned above, hope this works out. Otherwise, rifle is limited to 50 yards precision range.

  8. Bill, Thank you very much for all of the hours and hours of research. I think you have saved me from a big, costly mistake. I just bought almost 4 acres of land but still have neighbors. I love my guns but didn’t want to scare the new neighbors. I thought a perfect solution would be to buy an air rifle and pistol. I don’t hunt I just punch holes in paper. So, what I understand is that for $200 I can’t buy a good Air Rifle???!! Wow. So, after reading, I think I will put a “can” on my .22 LR and be happy I guess. I know all of my .22 LRs are accurate out to 75 yds and beyond with and without the $49 scopes. Buying a “cheap” $200 Air Rifle that I know will fall apart and the trigger is terrible saves me money. Thanks again for the good info and all of the reviews. One question, why don’t any of you complain to the companies? If they put out junk then “throw it back”!

  9. i have come to the conclusion- air rifles seem to not be up to even a minimal amount of precision/durability sounds like all that are made are junk – each with its own set of issues/ there is an old saying- back to the drawing board- take heed- save your money- these are trash

  10. Idk what kind of junk some of the people got up above, but my guns amazing. I’ve been shooting it now almost a yr and put about 1000rounds through it and shoots 1inch groups at 20yrds with ease. I can take out pest squirrels and birds so easily, it’s getting boring.. Crosman premier magnums for this gun work the best. Trigger needs work with the washer upgrade and check/tighten up the stock screws the odd time and your good to go for another 500 or so rounds. I’d definitely buy this one again for the price. Nitro piston is the way to go nowadays..

  11. 85 – 90 shots into break in and barrel lock won’t keep repeating within 1/2 inch of muzzle lock in position. you can artillery hold ’till the cows come home and this thing couldn’t hit a barn shooting from inside.

  12. I absolutely love my new venom. Beautiful craftsmanship,well balanced and after only 50 rounds I’m tack driving at 25 yards. Beats the hell outta my new Benjamin trail which I still haven’t been able to dial in. Thanks a million and keep up the good work.

  13. What is the quietest 22cal air rifle. I want to shot squirrels in my backyard and do not want to upset the neighbors.

  14. I own the Nitro Venom Dusk in .177. It consistently shoots the Crosman 10.5gr heavies at around 960FPS! All around great gun I currently have it topped with a Tasco 2.5-10x42AO Target Varmint scope. It has no problems taking squirrels out to 30 yards! I did the RC bearing trick for the trigger and it cost me a dollar to do this without spending 50 Canadian on a new trigger. The bearing method takes up all of the creep and sets it right there and my trigger pull is about a pound and a half. Great gun for the money! I also removed the barrel cock assist muzzle break and that make the rifle look 10 times better. Come check the gun out on my facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1692311947738708/

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