Man sized and then some
When Dirty Harry proclaimed the .44 magnum as the most powerful handgun in the world, he may not have been 100% correct but it captured our attention. As a wide eyed 11 year old I too wanted to own something labeled as the most powerful in the world.
Side bar, the .44 magnum is but a pup compared to some of the big revolvers currently available.
Nice fit and finishNever having been a big handgun fan my interest waned in the .44 by the time I was of age to own one. What did capture my attention though was the Beeman Kodiak. Billed as the most powerful spring rifle in the world when it was introduced it was to the airgun world what the 44 magnum had been to revolvers. Unfortunately, the retail price was $699.00 which was beyond what I was willing or able to pay.
I continued to settle for my trio of R1, R7 and Beeman HW97K and would just occasionally just pull out an old Beeman catalog and daydream about the rifle. I have to give kudos to Dr. Beeman on the marketing. With a warning on how powerful the gun was stamped on it along with the Kodiak name it inspired thoughts of hunting the huge bruin it was named after. Also he recommends .22 caliber for those not ready to move to the power of the .25. It was clear a man would want one in .25, and that caused shooters to need a whole 'nother pellet collection. Well played.
It showed up with a small ding above the triggerWith the advent of the Internet, airgun retailers seemed to pop up over night. Modems became quicker and on-line shopping was actually a viable option. Browsing the web I find a company called Pyramid Air and stumbled across the .25 caliber Webley Patriot for $415.00. I grab a Beeman catalog just to be sure, and it is a match. Like Beeman usually did, they had simply re-badged a European rifle.
The big rifle arrives about a week later, but is single boxed and has some slight damage to the package. Sure enough, I find a corresponding ding on the left side of the Patriot. Sigh. I don't return it but advise PA that I would gladly pay an extra $5.00 for double boxing to ensure safe delivery in the future. I am just too excited to send it back once it is in my hands.
First impressions, the bluing is as deep and rich as any firearm, fit and finish is very good and it actually includes an acceptable manual. And it is big. Seriously big. The only fault I can find other than the ding is that the cocking linkage has a little rattle to it like some pump shotguns.
Anxious to test it out I forgo mounting a scope at first and break out the Chrony. I also ordered a selection of .25 caliber pellets along with a single tin of prefect rounds that are copper coated. You can't help but notice that size and heft of the .25 cal ammo. They make .177 look downright puny, which makes sense since they are about 1/ 3 the weight of these monsters.
Next post we shoot it.