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Gamo Shadow RSV

Gamo Shadow RSV

Another month and it seems I’m looking at yet another all-black, synthetic-stocked sporter from a Spanish gun manufacturer. Then again when it’s one of the new breed of full power rifles from Gamo I quite look forward to it, as they’ve certainly got their act together and are now on top of the game when it comes to this type of design.

There’s quite a few all-black, synthetic-stocked springers on the market (mostly from the two big Spanish gun manufacturers). All appear to share a commonality in build that includes fibre optic (high visibility) open sights and a power level just shy of the 12ft/lb legal limit. But straight from the off it’s plain to see that Gamo have got even more serious with their RSV, as they’ve ditched the open sights, replaced them with a low spec’ 4 X 32 fixed magnification scope and added a silencer into the mix. But first off, let’s take a look at the stock.

Ambi Stock

The stock design features a pronounced, ambidextrous cheek piece layout that can’t be called either low or medium. It’s been cleverly designed to angle slightly down from the back of the air cylinder to give a surprisingly good head position for this scope-only rifle. The company name is integrated into the moulding towards the bottom rear of the cheek piece - a testament to the fact that they are proud of the rifles that bear their name, and so they should be.

The ventilated black rubber but pad is a nice touch, and in practical use it sits neatly and naturally in your shoulder. The pistol grip is slim at the neck and drops relatively sharply. The rest of the stock is slim with the forend being quite compact. The inherent feel of the stock material that incorporates generous amounts of stippling on the pistol grip and along the forend is one of stability and practicality. All thse features combining to offer a decent and assured shooting position. Balance is spot on and it feels more compact than its overall length of 45.75” including silencer would have you believe.

Little Effort…

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Hardly two years ago, if you cocked a full power Gamo you would get that familiar graunch of a rifle struggling with a beefy mainspring and groaning back at you in anger. This isn’t the case with the RSV, as unlatching the barrel gives way to a very smooth cocking stroke -though it doesn’t come as a surprise due to my experiences with other new full power guns from this stable.

The silencer acts as a handy cocking aid on the 15” barrel, but is barely needed as the only surprise I got while doing the job was the lack of effort required and of course, the smoothness of the stroke itself. The silencer slides onto the muzzle and is held by a single, Allen-headed grub screw. Not only this, but the manufacturers have built the piston lever in a design that uses an articulated arm, meaning that even less effort is needed to cock the rifle but it does come back at quite an angle to lock up solid for direct pellet loading.

On inspection of the breech, it’s also obvious a lot of the mechanism has been ‘beefed’ up here, with a large solid steel wedge shape détente lock rather than a sprung ball catch. On swinging the barrel shut it ‘locks down’ tighter than a hot day in San Quentin –this is a very sure and solid rifle. It’s good to see lengthy, deep-cut dovetailing on top of the compression cylinder and a removable scope mount arrestor strap. These useful features are sadly often lacking on certain rifles of this ilk, not that this will be needed as report is very low and recoil equally so, but what of accuracy?

K-zone Performance

When you’ve scoped up, cocked and loaded you can if you wish use the manual safety, which like many other Gamo rifles is a small lever set in front of the main trigger blade within the guard. Here again I was impressed, as the 2-stage adjustable mechanism has certainly been upgraded and now these units let off cleanly and crisply. I was soon achieving good downrange groupings of ¾” at a set zero of 25-yds. I knew that it was capable of kill-zone groups out to 30 and after practice 35-yds. This is definitely the type of rifle you’d keep for your work around the farmyard; knocking the occasional feral or collared dove from perches in the farm buildings.

I scrutinised the build possibly more than on Gamo’s of old, and have come to appreciate everything they’re doing at the moment – this gun has a look of rugged reliability. Stock screws are neatly recessed and solid, while even the finish on the metalwork has taken a step forward.

If Gamo carry on producing rifles of the quality of the RSV then other manufacturers should take note, as the company have left behind those cheap and cheerful early models and moved into the ‘adult’ arena to challenge the big boys. Quite frankly the Gamo RSV has impressed me more than most synthetic-stocked, break-barrel springers have in some time, and if they carry on, then every hunter looking for a knockabout rifle for general airgun hunting would be well advised to check out this model. It’s accurate, has a smooth firing cycle, great stock design, surprisingly good trigger unit and looks like it’d withstand a bomb blast.

PRICE: £250

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  • Name: Gamo Shadow RSV
  • Type: Break barrel springer
  • Stock: Black synthetic sporter
  • Barrel: 15” (excluding moderator)
  • Length: 45.75” (including moderator)
  • Weight: 6.5lbs approx.
  • Cal.: .22 on test

8 Comments

  • I have a Gamo Shadow .22 RSV. And i have to say it really is a great rifle indeed, well for what i use it for anyway. It has made 33 kills so far, the likes of large rooks, starlings, pigeons, to name but a few. And i must say that the kills were made at around 20, 30, and even 40 yards. Not bad, not bad at all. The other gun i shoot is a Savage HMR .17 93r17. I use that for long range when possible. Any way thank's to Gamo for making such brilliant air rifles, and long may they do it.

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    Joe Dineen
    21 Aug 2013 at 12:03 AM
  • Hi Matthew,
    Apologies for not making it clear but yes it the silencer sure does work, it's not just a cocking aid/muzzle weight. I've mentioned in the past that Gamo have increasingly used more efficient silencers. It's known they work with freelance airgun designers so with the ties they have with BSA 'join the dots' and it could be one of our own UK airgun gurus. In fact as Jay before you mentioned it looked very BSA.
    On that note 2012 will see some very interesting changes at the company, some I feel not for the better. Go to the BSAOG website as they often have news before we do?
    Hope that helps
    Pete

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    Pete Wadeson
    20 Dec 2011 at 12:45 PM
  • does the silencer work on this gun

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    matthew gallagher
    19 Dec 2011 at 01:04 AM
  • Glad that you like your Gamo. They make some good rifles at reasonable prices.

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    Pat Farey
    08 Aug 2011 at 11:18 PM
  • I recently purchased this rifle to help with a rat problem in my back garden. I asked for a no nonsense rifle that will kill what it hits and this was the rifle that was suggested at my budget. I'm more then impressed with the results and having only previously fired German or cheap Chinese guns I have to say this is the best (though I was hoping for a BSA but sadly out of my price range) I have used and I have dispatched many rodents with it.

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    Lee
    08 Aug 2011 at 03:09 AM
  • thak you for your comments. I found this web searching for comments about this rifle, since it was recommended to me and i want to have more information.
    Just a brief comment. the prices seems to me a little high. In Spain ( also on-line) it possible to get this rifle with telescopy visor by 180 euros.
    Best

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    Manuel
    30 Dec 2009 at 01:00 PM
  • The reviewer was Pete Wadeson who rates Gamo rifles highly. In his opinion they have come on a long way in recent years, especially in the development of synthetic stocks and their higher power hunting models.

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    pat farey
    31 May 2009 at 02:01 PM
  • Thank you for review and as usual a un biased honest review un like some magazines.

    Very nice Rifle indeed and Gamo are extremely under rated,this would fill all the boxs if it was in carbine format,for me..

    To be honest the price tag also put me off as there is better Rifles in this stable at just over half the price of this particular Rifle.

    They have made good Air Rifles over the last few years In my opinion,just a case of us not seeing them or lack of reviews on them and what reviews there has been,have been on there lower priced models like the hunter for example,the 1200 is a superb rifle and many people across the pond (usa) have Gamos in and around 15-20ft/ibs,just a shame that these models have not been brought to the uk Airgunners attention.

    Looks very BSA by the way.Saying that,they have owned BSA for many years so one does wonder why they have not built many other Rifles to this standard.

    Again than you for the honest un biased review and I look forward to your next review.

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    jay
    30 May 2009 at 06:18 PM


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