Nitro Piston® Powered, Break Barrel Air Rifle
- Nitro Piston powered air rifle with hardwood stock
- CenterPoint 4x32mm riflescope
- Fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight
- Dovetail mounting rail
- Rifled steel barrel
- Adjustable, two-stage trigger
- 18 foot pounds of energy (fpe)
Powered by Nitro Piston technology, and boasting velocities of up to 1200 fps, the Vantage NP is ideal for small game hunting, plinking, spinners and more. Producing 70% less noise than spring powered airguns, the Nitro Piston powered Vantage NP offers reduced recoil and quicker locking time. This single-shot air rifle features a handsome, ambidextrous stock and two-stage adjustable trigger. Along with its fiber optic sights, the Vantage NP is equipped with a CenterPoint 4x32mm riflescope. Enjoy quieter shooting, smoother cocking and no spring torque.
NOT A TOY. THIS AIRGUN IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADULT USE ONLY. MISUSE OR CARELESS USE MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. BE CAREFUL, SHOOT SAFELY.
- Model Number30021
- Pellet VelocityUp to 1000 fps
- Alloy Pellet VelocityUp to 1200 fps
- Weight7.1 lbs
- Length45 in
- MechanismBreak Barrel
- Power SourceNitro Piston
- CapacitySingle Shot
- BarrelRifled Steel
- Front SightFiber Optic
- Rear SightFully Adjustable
- Optics Rail3/8" Dovetail
- Optics4x32 mm
Vantage NP with 4x32 mm Scope (.177)
Preformance in cold weather
By Tom Wood
The nitro pistion is advertised as being able to preform better than a spring pistion in cold weather. That I can say is absolutely true. I have both types of rifles. I have used this rifle quite a bit this winter. Some of the days were -27 F. I have not noticed a lot of change this winter from my summer sight in. I have read a review that said accuracy suffered with a cold barrel, not true as far as I can tell, -20 is fairly cold would not you think ? I have settled in with an open reflex sight and calibrated leapers rail mount for sights. I like it , it is faster on target and weighs less than a scope set up. I have both this works best for me. I have read reviews that state that it is too hard to cock the barrel . The only thing I can say about that is, that I am 65, right handed, and cock mine with my left hand . Domed pellets are the most accurate,the heaver the better, especially during break in. I think that crosman destroyer EX have the best down range preformance with marginal loss of accuracy though.The trigger is what it is, it can be replaced but for the ranges that I shoot it works fine for me. The gun is more accurate than I am. I can shoot golf balls at 35--45 yards and each shot is a hit. That is good enough for a shakey old man like me.The power of the gun has been consistent since break in. As usual with break barrel pellet guns, perodicaly check all screws ect. On that note the the trigger adjustment screw loosened up and droped out on me. I put it in a baggie in my gun safe and just left it out. I have had no problems from this.
Update 10 months later
By Tom Wood
I have had this rifle about 10 months now, and have shot it most every day.How many shots have I fired through it ? I do not know the exact number but 2000-2500 would be a close number. There were days when I went through a 500 pelet tin. How has the gun held up? So far the rifle it self has has preformed well. The origional scope's cross hairs broke-- no problem--I had already bought a much better scope w/lazer&high intensity lamp. A $500 scope on a air rifle I paid $120 for at walmart. I also have a Leapers Picatinny rail calibrated for brake barrel rifles and a Center Point open reflex sight. Everything is set up to be interchangeable with my Ruger 10-22 and Mossberg 500 shotgun (rifled barrel). The Crossman Vantage pellet gun is preforming absolutely great.I have used Crosman ultra heavy magnum pellets and crosman Destroyer EX pellets also Crow magnums and Gamo.They all have worked well. The most accurate was the Crosman ultra heavy magnums. I can and do shoot golf balls at 35 yards, which is about a 1 inch target. This i do with the open sights that came with the gun. At 75 yards I shoot with the scope and can hold most shots to about 1 3/4 group. The gun is death on woodchucks and gofers, that try to dig holes in the lawn area out back. All shots were one shot kills at 35 yards or so using the ultra heavy magnums on the woodchucks.If you stick with heaver pellets, that shoot subsonic, the gun is very quiet. The screws and bolts on the gun have had to be lock-tited but that is normal.The trigger could be better but I shoot ok with it. Charlie DaTuna sells better ones for about $35. All and all this gun is a no frills get er done type of a gun that seems to me to work very well and has plenty of power.
I was able to site in the fiber optic sites very quickly and able to get one squirrel that has been giving me problems. I later added the scope and got it sited in so I was able to hit the 10 ring pretty constantly. I did wind up putting a higher power scope on it. It is the difference between hitting and killing your target.
Crosman Vantage NP
Love the gun. After cleaning the barrel and running about 40-50 pellets thru it this gun settled down nicely. Adjusted the trigger so that it was comfortable for me. I would suggest running about 50 pellets thru it before you try sighting in, or you'll drive yourself crazy. I have to agree with another review that stated the finish was not so great, but I've been a woodworker for 40+ years and I am a little picky. I refinished the stock and I am pleased with everything about this rifle now.
crossman is top of the line
By zacks gun review
i liked it alot but it was really confusing so get it cleaned and working right but im a beast and can kill anything anytime anywhere
Nice rifle!! Very powerful!
I just got the rifle yesterday and had already bought some pellets a few days earlier to use when it came via FedEx.. The first round I fired sounded like a .22 LR with the blast I got. My wife said, "Dang, is it that loud?!" I guess that is what some of the other posters are talking about. After that first round, it was nowhere as loud as the first! I got the model that does not come with the scope, but I found the sights to be dead on. I set up a few plastic bottles, and had no problem hitting them with these sights. Actually, the pellets went clear through the plastic bottles without even toppling them over! I thought I had just "winged" the bottles, but after looking closer, they had went through. I am very well pleased with this rifle, and will use it mainly for vermin and target practice.
VERY POWERFUL GUN
By TIGER JONES
PUT ABOUT A 100 ROUNDS THRU IT , MESSED WITH THE SCOPE FINALLY GOT IT SIGHTED IN AT 30 YARDS , GOOD GROUPING. VERY POWERFUL GUN, VERY IMPRESSED. CANT WAIT TO TAKE DOWN SOME SQUIRRELS, HECK YEAH!!!!!
I previously gave the rifle a three star review, noting that the trigger was "bad," and that the owners manual was a bit bereft of helpful details (like cleaning the barrel prior to shooting). Since then, I have had issues with my scope holding zero. Previously, I had been unable to really nail-down a tight shooting pellet, because my scope would start "creeping" after about 10-20 shots. The scope losing zero as often as it did made it impossible to shoot with the necessary precision and consistency to find that "right pellet." Customer service was very helpful in sending me a new, heavier duty set of rings (which really this rifle should come with from the get-go!), which helped tremendously in keeping that Centerpoint put. However, now that the scope could no longer creep, the reticle inside has broken. That said, I'm confident that customer service will pull through for me again.
Something I think might be helpful to other Vantage NP owners: mine seems to like pellets that "just fit" the breech. Pellets that are "tight" (have to be shoved-in) tend to group loosely. Pellets that are loose (drop-into the breech) group even worse. Pellets I've recently tried that grouped especially tight were H&N Field Target Trophy 8.64 gr round tip pellets, top-notch and very tight groups. Best I've tried to date. Also worthy of mention were the H&N Terminator Hollow Points in 7.25 gr, JSB Exact Diabolo in 8.44 gr, and Crosman Destroyer Hollow Points (true story!), in that order. All felt fairly consistent in fit, and shot pretty tightly ( in the order mentioned, from tightest to loosest. All shooting done in no wind, @ approximately 20 yards). The hollow points mentioned are both similarly shaped, leading me to believe that wad-cutters would be an excellent choice for accuracy and consistency in this rifle. Bearing in mind that I use this rifle primarily for pest control (four wood chucks sent to meet their maker this summer), and target shooting, the majority of the pellets i've tested were round, hollow point, or pointed. That is to say that the pellets I typically use are all "hunting pellets." In closing: still only three stars, but this is a rifle that is capable of shooting VERY accurately...with some improved accessories and good pellets. If I ever get a Chrony, I'll post another update!
By Joshua Ehler
I started out my airgun hunting life with my dads old spring breckbarrel which after a year or two, the spring began to wear down and i noticed that after a while.
So i was on the market for a new airifle for a long time, and i only prefer to shoot crosman airguns so after about 6 months of looking a came across this airgun and ended up buying it. I have to say that i very much like the nitro piston compared to the spring. The first kill with this gun was a Eastern Cottontail at 20 yards open sights and it preformed perfectly the rabbit droped after a shot in the back of the neck. The Gun is well priced and very well built and is a great gun to add to my collection of my PCP air rifles such as my Benjamin Marauderand .25 and my Benjamin Rogue .357.
My first air rifle
Let me start by saying that this is my first break-barrel air rifle, first air rifle in general. I had C02 pistols as a kid, but never anything like this. I give this rifle 3 stars for two reasons: #1 would be the lousy instructions. Clean the barrel before shooting? Wish I'd have known that was not only a good idea, but necessary! I was having a frustrating time trying to shoot tight groups at under 20 yards (!), even after approximately 300+ rounds being run thru it. Then I cleaned the barrel...now my patterns are tight, finally! Reason #2 for the 3star rating: the lousy trigger. To start, it's unlike any "two-stage trigger" I've ever squeezed. It's more like a really long travel, heavy, single-stage trigger. C'mon Crosman...I've seen a number of reviews for your other models online, and I'm sure you can make a better trigger than this! The trigger was the other 50% of my problem (ok, maybe it was more like 1/3 dirty barrel, 1/3 crap-trigger, and 1/3 ME!) with accuracy. I modified mine, as per a few youtube vids, and watched my groups tighten right up. I will be replacing it with an aftermarket trigger!
Ok, all the negatives aside: this is a great air gun!!! It is unbelievably powerful AND quiet! It is also very accurate. I suggest reading the instructions for the scope very carefully. I didn't, and had the scope sliding around because I didn't read about the scope mount recoil-pin...dumb! I'd also like to point out that while the rifle does have significant recoil, all it takes is learning the proper "holding technique" to defeat it and shoot accurately. In closing: this air rifle is solidly built, accurate, powerful, and is very nicely finished. It should have gotten 5 stars from me, but the instructions (or lack of them...how about a one-liner like "For more info, follow this link:.........") and trigger just didn't allow it. That said: love the gun!
THIS GUN JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER THE MORE IT IS USED
By Tom Wood
I have used this gun every day for about a week. QUIET!!! POWERFUL!!! ACURATE!!! Holds good groups at 40yards. Will shoot thru a box stuffed full of cardboard and then a 3/8 sheet of CDX plywood. Use crosman ULTRA MAGNUM HEAVY pellets. Has a drilled hole at back of reciever for locking down scope mounts . Use it. Minnesota Air Gunner
AMAZING gun im 13 and i can handle it very well its fairly heavy [but im not very big] its very accurate and hard hitting. The gun is a beast it looks so good, this is also my first break barrel pellet gun also i have the 495 fps version because i live in canada
By Tom Wood
I live in cold Minnesota on a 5 acre lot 45 miles north of the Twin Citties. This is not my first pellet rifle nor is it my first break barrel rifle, however it is my first Nitro Pistion.WOW ! ! ! I have a 1960's Sherridan 20 cal Silver Streak Pump.( still as good as new,but a lot work to pump for a guy who is now 64.) a Gamo under lever 177 cal,a Chinese B-4-B underlever 177 cal,and a Gamo Whisper 177 cal. I Realy like the Nitro Pistion,quite an improvement over the springers. The open sights were right on at 15 yards right out of the box, a few tweeks and they were good to go at 30 yards. The accuracy so far has been great,no double tap from a spring.The trigger is nothing special like a GR -3 but for out of the box it is working fine for me. I left it at the factory settings.I did a good barrel clean up before I started shooting. The gun setteled down and broke in at about 30 shots.The manual says 100 shots but if the barrel is cleaned first it setteles down quicker. I have yet to mount a scope,I bought the gun about a month ago , it is almost May and I am still waiting for the snow to go away. 11 inches of the stuff in my yard April 20th. I up graded to a Leapers 3-9 AO scope with lasser and light 40 mm objective. The factory scope is ok but I wanted something better for night shooting .I have been using crosman heavy magnum domed pellets in this gun so far.I expect exelent results when I get a scope on. the gun will hold a 1 inch group at 30 yards with the open sights. Spring recoil is gone and the gun is as quiet as the Gamo Whisper as far as I can tell so far.All and all I think this an exelent gun for the price range I am going to stay with the heavy pellets in this gun. I use crosman EXterminators in a couple of the other guns with good down range preformance and crosman pointed pellets in the 20 cal and the B-4-B. I realy like the idea of the Nitro Pistion not being affected by colder weather. One can spend a lot more money and not equal this gun, so far, good job Crosman, a good serviceable gun no frills but gets the job done. Minnesota Air Gunner.
This i an update to my previous review. I ended up returning the gun because the barrel lockup wasn't very secure. The accuracy was still good, and the sights were exceptionally accurate up to 20 yards. I returned the gun because i shoot 100+ pellets a day and feared the locking joint wouldn't hold up. This gun is great for occasional pest control but not for hardcore shooting
Great Pellet Rifle
By Tom Wood
I bought this gun about a month ago. Open sights were dead on at 30 yards right out of the box. I did a good barrel clean first before I shot this gun. The gun was broken in with about 30 shots.This gun is as quiet or more so as my Gamo Whisper 177 cal.I have not yet mounted my scope but I expect the accuracy will be flawless based on the preformance of the open sights mounted on the gun. I can hold a 1/2 group at 30 yards,10 out of 10 shots. I shoot crosman magnum round nose heavy pellets. I upgraded my scope with a Leapers 3-9 power AO scope with laser.
this gun is amazing! after the break in period this gun is very accurate ive read alot of reviews and they say it wont kill a big pest such as a ratcoon? i killed a fox, a ratcoon, and 2 squirls in one shot!!! very accurat and highly recomend it
This was my first breakbarrel air rifle, and my first crosman. I was absolutely amazed at how great this rifle looked out of the box. During the break in period (~100 shots) the grouping were eratic, but after that this is a tack driver. The open sights were zeroed right out of the box (which is extremely rare). I did however, replace the scope with a centerpoint 3-9x32 because i felt the stock scope wasn't fulfilling the rifle's full potential. Don't get me wrong, it's a good scope. My biggest complaint would have to be the few areas on the stock that weren't stained. Other than that this was a great buy and you can't go wrong with this rifle.
Great except for one thing...
By Squirrel Slayer
This gun is extremely accurate, and can shoot a 3/4 inch group at about 65-70 yards. The only downside, is that the rear sight screw has nothing to stop you from unscrewing it all the way, resulting in loss the screw and use of the open sights, but the scope is very good. As for power, it blew through both sides of a squirrel's head at 20 yards with a lead pellet. I guess that's one rodent that won't be stealing my birdseed....
good gun. terrible scope
i have only had the gun for a month and the scope is already broke. the lens on the scope became loose. i store the gun in a safe and have never dropped it or slammed it against anything.
Great Rifle! Great Price!
First, I want to let everyone know the only reason I didn't give this rifle 5 stars was because mine had an awfull looking wood finish. I immediately went out and purchased a gun refinishing kit and solved that minor problem. The rifle itself is awsome. It has open sights(which seems to be a rarity nowadays) that are very accurate. The rifle is extremely powerful! Being one of lowest priced Nitro Piston rifles on the market I was really surprised by the quality of the build. If you want a Nitro Piston air rifle but don't want to spend alot of money you can't go wrong with this one.
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