Benjamin Wildfire - $129 PCP - Any owners here? 1077
Tell me about the Benjamin Wildfire....
I own several 1077 Co2's , but tell me about the Wildfire pcp .....
Are the Wildfire triggers the same as the 1077's ?
Did anything improve?
At $129, it sure is tempting!
FYI: I recently purchased one using the 'AGNATION' coupon code, for 25% off ($112.49).
Crosman also have a 'free shipping day (Friday?) not too bad for a PCP semi-auto .177 plinkster!
I'm not familiar with the 1077, so cannot say if the trigger on the Wildfire is any different.
What I can say is that the trigger is heavy. With over 2000 rounds through the gun, the trigger 'seems' to have lightened up a little.
From my experience the trigger is initially daunting.
But with use, the change-over between 'cocking, indexing and loading' to 'real trigger' mode is appreciable, predictable and not a complete impediment to plinking enjoyment.
My brother seems to be able to shoot quite well with it, 35 yds, 2" groups with CPHPs would be about the best he's bragged about (he has a 3-9 Bug Buster on it). My best is more than double that.
I would also say that it's a little bit of a bear to clean using the 'patch worm' cleaning method/kit. Though it really needed it once we got it from the factory.
At the moment, there is a .22 Chief with Pump for $200 on 'the other Air Gun classifieds'. Should be way more accurate.
Also, Walmart has the Gamo Urban for approx $209 USD (an utter steal). This Link:
Time and Tide....
I do not have a Wildfire .But I have a Discovery, Chief , Sentry ,and a Gauntlet . My first Chief was sent back but my second Chief is doing well .It is better out of the box than my Disc . They were new around $170 . The trigger is a QB in reality and fully adjustable . I have mine set at 2 # .Marvin
Out of the box, the Wifi trigger is actually marginally worse than the 1077's
because the Wifi's overkill hammer spring is somewhat stiffer.
However both can be improved by adding adjustability...
...and removing a bit of that surplus spring tenstion.
Meanwhile, while that $129 pricetag is enticing, don't forget to roll in the cost of a suitable source of HP air -- at minimum one of those Wallyworld $50 Chinese handpumps...
I'd totally pass on it for accuracy or for power. It's just the way it's made. Trigger is like a double action revolver, the trigger pull cocks the hammer spring and releases it. So it's a tough double action, that not only compresses the hammer spring, but rotates the magazine.
BUT...am considering one as a back-building ( a shed and a shop) for small rodent duty. Little furry critters will be moving, a big 3MOA red dot sight, and it's kind of pass shooting ducks (swing///lead///fire). In my use, would not be high accuracy (what's it take to nail a mouse at 13-18 feet?) but rapid fire with less rapid shot let down than co2?
I'm thinking about it...but not real thrilled with the leak prone system internally.
Other than that
I have a wildfire, 1077, and a 12 ft lb Euro Maximus. The 1077 was my first airgun rifle, I had a squirrel infestation that needed dealing with. It took about 200 or so shots to learn how to master the three distinct stages of the trigger. Once I had it mastered the squirrel problem was solved. After a couple of years I got one of the Air Source adapters for it. Having the extra CO2 with the Air Source is a plus considering how fast the 1077 goes through gas. Say what you want about the 1077 it is easily one of the fastest lead slingers out there.
Picked up the Wildfire a little over a year ago when they were first released. Other than being a PCP and a slightly stiffer trigger, they're shooting characteristics are nearly identical. Sadly it also shared the 1077's wasteful use of gas, or air in this case. That said if you have a scuba tank to fill from the Wildfire is much more economical to shoot. It's also a bit louder than the 1077.
The Maximus, shares its trigger with the Discovery and I'll admit I keep thinking of ordering a Marauder trigger for it. It is insanely loud and the addition of a muzzle break is a must for this gun.