BSA Lightning XL SE in 22 caliber with gas ram was delivered early this morning. The glass and mount don’t arrive until tomorrow.
I, of course, have been point shooting it because I just can’t help myself. To my amazement, straight out of the box with no break-in, it chronos an average of 659 feet/second with 14.3 grain Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets with a standard deviation of 3.58 feet/second. And a respectable average muzzle energy of 13.7 FPE. My hopes are high that it will be a keeper squirrel harvester worthy of working out a dope card.
Bluesun, Crosman is gearing up to release the Benjamin NP2. With nice trigger, more oomph, reduced cocking effort, smoother shot cycle, and ~$250 price tag. You should get one in 22. Even if you upgrade the glass, you will likely wind up spending less than I did on this Euro-carbine for every last bit the potential, actually, with notably greater muzzle energy. Dooooooo iiiiiiiit.