Well, I’ve had the Gladius for almost a month and the thing rocks. I have dispatched about a two dozen squirrels strictly for pest control. It definitely does the job and I only have it on power setting three. I actually have to consider over penetration even on setting three the pellets go right through the squirrels.
For pests, I am still quite happy with the JSB Jumbo Heavy Diabolo 18.13gr pellets. I have the rifle on power setting three and am getting about 1/2″ groups at 30 feet. What I have found is that my first round is a flier if I go to 200 bar. Instead, I stay between 150-180 bar and it is pretty consistent. I have a Huma regulator in one of the two air cylinders but am still shooting with the one that came with the rifle until I get some time to use the chronograph and site in the scope with the new changes.
The Hawke scope is holding up just fine. I did spend the money to get some Butler flip up lens caps. Size 48 (2.5″) for the objective and 15 (1.558″ for the eyepiece). They are working fairly well though I do wish the objective fit a bit tighter.
So far, so good.
One year later review – click here. I am still very happy with the combo!!
6/29/2020 Update: Still very happy! We now have replacement fill-probe O-rings and caps to keep your fill probe clean. Click here to learn more.
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