Smooth cocking and shooting
Trigger is good, grows upon you
Ambidextrous- good for right and left handed shooters
Scope needs to be replaced in order to get better performance
Illuminated reticle consumes battery
The Stoeger X20S (Suppressor) comes in two variants—X20 Suppressor with Fiber-Optic Sights and Scope .177, and X20 Suppressor with Fiber-Optic Sights and Scope .22. Here, we review the X20S that has been engaging a lot of attention.
- Caliber: 0.22 and .177
- Airgun Use: Small Game Hunting and Target Practicing
- Velocity 1000 fps (.22 cal) 1200 fps (.177 cal)
- Action: Break barrel
- Airgun Mechanism: Spring-piston
- Ammo: Pellets
- Airgun Rail: Dovetail Mount
- Magazine Capacity: 1
- Fire Mode: Single-shot
- Overall Length: 43″
- Barrel Length: 16.5″
- Barrel Style: Rifled
- Gun Weight: 7lbs
- Warranty: 2 Year Limited
Appearance and Design
The Stoeger X20S is an example of a typical break barrel air rifle. The stock is all-weather composite that feels well made and comfortable. The profile of the gun is very sleek with a nice bull barrel and some checkering on the forearm and grip. Again, very basic design.
There are no sights on this rifle but Stoeger ships a compact 4×32 scope illuminated scope which has a long enough eye relief to be comfortable but the lack of an adjustable parallax made it a little difficult to shoot at 10 yards so I replaced it with a 4x16x40 scope and it made a really good improvement.
The rifle has the standard Stoeger safety. The trigger feels similar to that found on the Crosman Phantom. The long second stage is just way too long and this made it harder to get good groups from a bench rest.
Designed by world renowned suppressor enigneers at Humbert CTTS, the Stoeger X20S utilizes the Dual-Stage Noise Reduction System, which combines the functions of an internal air-regulator ring and baffles that work in harmony to effectively reduce noise. The air-regulator ring cuts out most of the compressed air before the pellet reaches the baffles and then the baffles come into play, further reducing the noise. This is the feature behind the marketing push of the X20S because it’s the real deal. At 94.26 decibels, the Stoeger X20S is the quietest air gun on the market!
The gun is bore-sighted, adjusted and comes ready to use, right out of the box. With the option of red or green glow sights, the gun is ready for some outdoor action under low lighting conditions.
Cocking the gun is pretty easy, although the break-barrel mechanism gets to you as you cock it every time and load a pellet for every shot. The safety is also automatic, so you’ll engage it every time you close the barrel. The dual-stage trigger needs some adjustment but is good to go, right out of the box. And, while it’s not marketed as a youth gun, it’s definitely light enough for a young person to operate.
Once you have set the safety to fire:
- Point the gun at your intended direction
- Disengage the safety
- Squeeze the trigger
Performance and Accuracy
Now let’s talk about the guns performance. Testing over a chronograph, the gun performed quite well with great accuracy and commendable consistency mainly thanks to the spring power plant. Using the RWS hobby pellets I was able to get an average of 778 FPS, extreme spread of 10 FPS, standard deviation of 3, and an average energy of 16.02 foot pounds.
Although the company markets the velocity at 1200 FPS, I was using heavier 11.9 grain pellets and switching to a lighter pellet is sure to increase the guns velocity.
If you are looking for a high velocity pellet for this gun, I’d recommend you go with the Stoeger branded X-field pellets which were able to produce 25 foot pounds of energy and 1200 FPS at a 30 feet shooting distance.
Replace the stock trigger and scope; you’ve got yourself a hunting grade rifle. Both the .177 version and .22 version are fairly accurate, easy to use and ergonomically designed for prolonged use and carrying. Concluding with our sound testing, the X20S measured in at 95 decibels making it one of if not the quietest guns available.
If you decide to hone your skills and try some target shooting, here are a few suggestions:
- Buy an X20 with front and rear sights, rather than just a scope
- Upgrade the trigger, the GRT-III trigger upgrade will make a huge difference
- Get a pellet trap
Now, that you are ready for some serious target practicing and had some hands on approach with the rifle, you will understand why people love this gun so much. It is a must buy for budget hunting equipment, or a bundled rifle with scope and suppressor for getting ready for some serious shooting. It is plain old shooting fun!
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