Nitro Venom Rifle (.177)
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The Nitro Venom Dusk air rifle features a precision, rifled barrel with fluted muzzle break and sculpted rubber recoil pad. The rifle is equipped with a CenterPoint 3-9x32mm precision scope and a quick-lock mounting system for quick and easy optic mounting. The ambidextrous synthetic stock has a raised cheek piece and modified, beavertail forearm designed to promote the Artillery Hold shooting position. The wider surface area of the forearm is designed to rest on the palm of your hand, and assists in achieving improved accuracy with break barrel air rifles.
Crosman Nitro Venom air rifles delivers serious hunting power with muzzle energy up to 18 fpe. Take one on a hunt to experience the power, stability and stealth of Nitro Piston technology.
- Model NumberCVW1K77NP
- Pellet VelocityUp to 1000 fps
- Alloy Pellet VelocityUp to 1200 fps
- Weight7.4 lbs
- Length44.5 in
- MechanismBreak Barrel
- Power SourceNitro Piston
- CapacitySingle Shot
- BarrelRifled Steel
- Optics RailPicatinny Style
- Optics3-9x32 mm
Nitro Venom Rifle (.177)
Nitro Venom .177
Diamond in the Rough
Just won my first competition with this gun
By John Swenson
This is a 'Project Gun' . . .
By Urban Squirrel Hunter - New Orleans
I am an urban squirrel hunter. I don’t hunt to eat, but to kill. If you have ever had a squirrel tear through your walls and run your family out of the house you would understand my position on squirrels as pest. I have established a sixty yard kill zone around my home and was looking for a quieter weapon to dispatch my prey. My Powerline 1000 is extremely effective, and is extremely loud (confirmed by neighbors). The Powerline 880 (ultimate close quarter squirrel killer and extremely quiet) is effective up to forty yards, but doesn’t have the juice to remove them from the tops of the big oaks sixty yards plus down the block. The marketing hype about the quietness of the Nitro Piston along with reviews on Walmart, Amazon and PyramydAir prodded my decision to buy the Crosman Nitro Venom.
Out of the box this is an awesome looking rifle. The hardwood stock has the right feel with a scope installed with medium height rings. However, the stock’s finish is less than stellar. Two things that jump out at you on first impression is the cut-out for the rear sights on a gun that doesn’t have iron sights, and the crude attachment of the Crosman butt plate. Removing the stock reveals manufacturing using a drill and chisel. Some might say this stock is hand-made, but ‘crude’ would be a better description of the inside of the Nitro Venom’s stock. The stamped checkering does give the gun a unique appearance, and distinguishes it from all others. Bluing is mediocre and won’t win any awards. The area immediately under the breech was completely covered with rust. This area was completely missed in the bluing process.
The accompanying scope should not have been included. While it’s an introduction to mil-dot ranging, it doesn’t have the magnification, or clarity, to do any serious mil-dotting. After installing the scope I took it out to my backyard range (Max 22 yards) to zero. Quickly discovered, cocking this rifle is no joke. My Powerline 1000 has a cocking force of 38.8 pounds as measured by my cheap bathroom scale. I tried to measure the cocking force of the Nitro Venom using the same method, but couldn’t get a reading. However, cocking force of the Venom feels much greater, and is longer, than the Powerline 1000 (feels greater than 45 pounds).
Running the scope’s elevation turret all the way down wouldn’t put the point of impact on the paper. Ended up using five 35mm slides (cut to fit) to shim the front scope ring. The CenterPoint 3-9x32 was given to my nephew and replaced with a CenterPoint 4-16x40. After about 400 rounds the Nitro Venom destroyed the Walmart 40mm CenterPoint. The reticle exploded from the center. I returned the scope to my local Walmart, but luckily couldn’t obtain an exact duplicate. The closest scope available was the predecessor of the CenterPoint 40mm currently being sold by Walmart. Coincidently, this scope is pictured in the description of the 40mm on Walmart’s site and is sold by PyramydAir as the UTG 5TH Gen 4-16x40AO. FYI: These are rebranded Leapers Scopes. I like everything about this scope and it holds zero after a ‘Scope Break-in’. Google ‘Scope Break in procedure . . . by Norman E. Johnson’ on Doug’s Message Board for more information.
As others have noted the trigger on this gun is ridiculously obnoxious. Crosman needs to be wiped for this one. I solved the trigger problem with the You Tube clip ‘Crosman Trigger Fix !!! FREE’. Ignore the personality of the guy doing the clip. He has a small problem. I used three 5mm washers from Ace Hardware. This left enough space between the trigger and the safety latch to make the gun unsafe. This situation was remedied by tapping the safety latch and installing a small set screw to snug the latch against the trigger when the safety is applied. Crosman could have solved this problem by installing a screw on the trigger that engages the cam that releases the Nitro Piston. This arrangement works great on the Powerline 1000 Springer.
Finding the ‘Pellet Match’ for this rifle was no easy chore. I went through Daisy Pointed Field Pellets, Gamo Tomahawk and Rocket .177 before settling on the Crosman Premier Domed .177 Caliber 10.5 Grain Pellet. The Crosman Premiers produced dime size groups. After re-crowning the barrel, groups were reduced to same ragged hole. Took over 600 rounds to break-in this rifle after the barrel was cleaned.
Cosmetic enhancements were made to the stock’s checkering by painting with black and removing the top layer, leaving the checkering highlighted in ‘black’. The rusted underpinnings of the breech was cleaned up with sandpaper and painted with two coats of black Rust-Oleum.
Enhancing the trigger, scope, and crowning the barrel has produced a ‘Five Star Poor Man’s Field Target Rifle’ that is consistently on target – same hole . . . The Venom is quieter than the Powerline 1000, but not the 880.
Note: I purchased my rifle from Walmart and paid too much. With shipping and tax the total came to $183.21. Had I purchased the same rifle from PyramydAir I would have saved $33.22 (Free shipping and no tax). Guess who I will be buying my next rifle from . . .
I’d only recommend this rifle to someone who is looking for a ‘Project Gun’ . . .
Urban Squirrel Hunter – New Orleans
By larry quid
I placed out 5 chalk targets...at 10-15-20-25-30 yards
This gun smoked them out...
i changed the scope on it to 4x40...made alot of diffrence
Trigger just takes a bit of getting used to
i have tested a few guns this is ground breaking gas ram piston or as the crossman boys
Call it nitro piston..
For 200 pounds its a bargain..
Need to come with a better scope
Btw...very powerful...the 7.9 grain .177 Crosman Premier Hollow Point went through 5 layers of soup can metal and dented the sixth at 10 yards.
My friend will be putting a higher quality scope (And higher magnification....maybe 4-12x40mm AO) on her in the near future.
By Jess ball
awsome rifle for the money
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