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Gamo SOCOM 1000

Gamo SOCOM 1000

On first handling the 6.6lb un-scoped Gamo SOCOM 1000 it’s obviously a well built and nicely balanced springer. Apart from the Jon Sykes designed Tactical XL stock, this is certainly up there in the synthetic stakes.

Anti-Shock

The matte black synthetic stock is classed by Gamo as ‘Anti-Shock’ and has a very useful fully ambidextrous height adjustable cheekpiece, slim neck and a superbly designed pistol grip that not only drops down steeply but continuously swells out as it does until it ends in a unique looking grip configuration. The thick black rubber butt pad has those 7-oval holes we’ve seen on other Gamo’s and has a nice inward curve to sit in the shoulder.

If you want hand filling dimensions then this is the springer for you as I’ve never experienced a stock grip of such a design. It offers a superb hold and manages to allow your trigger finger to sit exactly as it should on the trigger blade. The integral trigger guard is also very generous so you won’t feel cramped as you operate the forward position manual safety blade. The flat bottomed forend is quite slim and gets slimmer as it tapers towards the slightly rounded angular tip. A very generous amount of stippling wraps all the way around the grip and the slightly raised side profile of the forend is completely covered. As the synthetic used in manufacture is inherently non-slip - you’ve got one very ‘grippy’ air rifle in your hands. In my opinion the synthetic stock is one if not the best Gamo have ever produced.

Sights and Scope Mounting

Thanks to the ‘Tru-Glo’ open sights this is a shooter straight from the box. These sights consist of a raised red fibre optic foresight sensibly protected by a stylish metal hood while the rearsights square section notch is flanked by green fibre optic bars. It’s fully adjustable for windage and elevation thanks to a large serrated edge wheel for the latter and a smaller dial with a very fine outer ridging to aid grip takes care of adjusting the windage. They operate very positively as they click around and dropping the adjustable cheekpiece to suit the ‘Tru-Glos’ sight line, sub 1” groups were easily achieved at 12 to 15-yds. This served to get me itching to set the BSA 3 – 9 X 40 Essencial onto the raised black anodised aluminium scope rail, itself bolted to larger lower dovetails on the rifle cylinder below.

Napier has the Edge

Cocking was smooth and easy due to the lengthy 17 ¾” tube, but a tad of internal ‘graunch’ was heard at the end of the cocking stroke. This soon eased off to become hardly noticeable and a thin smear of grease on the spring coils should dampen that down further.

The barrel locked back solidly for direct pellet loading and good to see an anti-beartrap incorporated but, as always, keep hold of the barrel when loading. Due to the large wedge shape detente catch I’m pleased to report it locked just as solidly in the closed position. Currently only available in .22 calibre I zeroed for 25-yards, taking rested shots and the SOCOM proved to be hunter accurate, creating ragged c-c groups of no more than ¾” at my set zero using most quality ammo. I had some Napier UPH Pellets left over in my range bag and surprisingly they did seem to have an edge on some of the other quality brands I used. I’m thinking I’ll give Napier lead a bit more use in the future for gun tests and possibly in the field in my own rifles.

Muzzle report wasn’t alarming possibly due to the relatively lengthy tube and recoil was surprisingly very low for a full power legal limit springer. That big chunky butt pad won’t have much to contend with and certainly looks the part but more importantly from a shooting perspective it feels good in the shoulder.

The only gripe I had with the SOCOM was the trigger blade and manual safety blade were plastic and looked quite cheap compared to the rest of the rifle. Now for a rifle to boast it has ATS (Advanced Trigger System) you’d think cosmetics as well as performance would be enhanced. I was given little information on this rifle but it does have a 2-stage trigger. I couldn’t see any adjustment, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t. I hope BSA (Gamo Importers) clears that up for us soon. Gamo have come a long way in terms of trigger units but this in some ways felt like a slight step back. Maybe it was the ‘plastic’ blades that surprised me as it released shots very predictably and quite crisply.

A Good Starter

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For a starter rifle I feel it’s got a lot going for it. The main aspect being it’s a hunter and the accuracy certainly proved it’s up to taking vermin at sensible ranges. Frankly, I think the SOCOM 1000 will do well in the Gamo stable of air rifles that do seem to be growing larger in the UK by the year.

It’s accurate, light, handles very nicely scoped or unscoped and that adjustable height cheekpiece is a great idea and not just there for eye candy. It’s ‘double pillar’ and is held in position by two largish disc inserts on the right hand side of the stock that are styled in this manner so the smaller hex head recesses in the centre (Allen key supplied) don’t look glaringly obvious or out of place.


Tech Spec

Model Gamo SOCOM 1000

Type Single-shot break-barrel, spring & piston

Calibre       .22 only

Stock Synthetic sporter with height adjustable cheekpiece

Sights Adjustable open sights and action grooved for scope mounting

Length 43.3”

Barrel 17 ¾”

Weight       6.6lbs

Price £149

Contact       BSA Guns (UK) Limited 0121 772 8543   www.bsaguns.co.uk

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10 Comments

  • It feels a little like Gamo (previously known as El Gamo, the suppliers to the UK of the ASI branded rifles during the 70's and 80's) have recently upped their game, having now bought out the BSA brand spring rifles maybe it has given them a few pointers..... The latest model of this rifle has their ATS trigger which is indeed adjustable on both stages (I think the prior one was nominally adjustable too) though is still a weak point, the difference being the new one is redeemable with a bit of polishing and greasing, trigger tune kits are available too.
    Sounds to me like this gun is basically good, especially for the price, even if a strip down and clean/relube might be needed to get it shooting smoothly
    It certainly sounds a better option than a similarly priced Chinese gun with a hit or miss (no pun) barrel quality.

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    Dom
    12 Mar 2014 at 12:14 AM
  • I recently bought one of these and so far am very pleased with it.

    16 joules translates to about 11.8 ft lbs of force so it's just a tad under the legal (non-fac) limit, and it certainly feels like it.

    It feels good to handle and the adjustable cheek pad is a great feature.

    As others have said, there's a nasty grating noise when you cock it but this can be sorted quickly and easily with the application of some grease - probably caused by it drying out in storage.

    I'm having a silencer made to fit it that should help mitigate the quite loud crack when fired, but I'll need to work out how to remove the foresight before I can try it out.

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    Gary Sutherland
    21 Nov 2013 at 01:32 PM
  • Hi John. I don't know of a specific silencer for this model and I'm not sure how the foresight is fitted but I'm sure it would be pretty easy to remove and get an adaptor from somewhere like Best Fittings.They do various adaptors and if you measured the diameter of the barrel I'm sure they'd have something that would fit.

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    Troll Hunter
    09 Oct 2013 at 09:20 PM
  • I have bought this gun ( Gamo Socom 1000) can anyone tell me if you can get a silencer for this gun.

    If so where can you get it form and how much ????

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    John Sanderson
    08 Oct 2013 at 11:49 AM
  • Ive just got myself a gamo socom 1000, and ive put a set of bsa sights not sure wot type but they have the brass up&down; settings, which i cant seem 2 set low enough. Every shot goes high yet i have another cheep set of sights that seem 2 find a good range at 50 yrds on an old bam underlever cockin gun.. I also have an old bsa mteor mk1 with cheap sights & i can hit a beer bottle top 7 times out of 10 with any pellet.. Although the gamo is more powerful, i have the silencer but its vey load still, and weather its because im used 2 wooden stocks & the gamo is rubber, im not sure but either the sights r moving or im losing my touch!!!

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    Leon davis
    23 Aug 2013 at 11:04 PM
  • I love the looks of the gun,but on cocking it was grating very loud.But some grese on the spring stopped that altogether. Sadly it has a very loud bang when fired and I can not get rid of it.

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    John Kerridge
    05 Jun 2013 at 04:36 PM
  • I own a 1000, and I have to say it's a good rifle. However I find that when firing a round it is very loud, this could just be me.

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    Mark David Keith
    18 Aug 2012 at 05:04 PM
  • thanks for the response, i appreiciate what you say.

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    Mat brockbank
    22 Mar 2012 at 04:18 PM
  • Our reviews are written by a number of different writers. all of whom have their own style of testing. Some give more technical reviews with detailed performance figures, while others - like Pete Wadeson here - concentrates on the hunters or users point of view, and might only comment on muzzle energy if the gun was significantly underpowered for hunting. The Gamo SOCOM operates at around 11-11.5ft/lbs.

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    Pat Farey
    13 Mar 2012 at 11:23 AM
  • Informative well written review, however i would as a potential buyer would like to know about the power output as a lot of other reviews have demonstrated e.g fps etc, or is it because its a 'cheap' rifle that it doesnt warrant that mentioning?

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    Mat brockbank
    08 Mar 2012 at 04:13 PM


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