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Early Hunts With the Discovery

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Here’s a PCP rifle that has gotten a lot of shooters interested in hunting with a air, the Discovery from Crosman. The reason this gun has appealed to a lot of new airgunners entering the precharged arena is multifold: it is inexpensive, it is rugged and reliable. offers pretty good performance on small game, is light and compact, it fills and operates at a relatively low pressure and is ideal for hand pump ….. and did I mention inexpensive. On the less great side, it is loud, the trigger is functional but that’s all, and it’s a single shot. But weighing the pro’s and cons will prove the gun out as a great entry level and project gun. I received the second prototype of this rifle (the first went to my friend Tom Gaylord) and I used it for a lot of small game hunting providing feedback to Crosman pre-production. The Discovery below is my personal gun, dressed in a nicely figured custom walnut stock. Those that have read my work over the last several years know I have a true love for the Beeman C1, which is a gun built to Doc Beeman’s specs by Webley and Scott in the UK before Beeman was sold and changed direction several years ago. What differentiated this gun from the other compact springers, including the Webley Vulcan it is based on, was the stock. With a straight wrist similar to a Winchester lever action, this gun was very fast to mount and put on target. I commissioned the same stock to be built for my Discovery, making this a beautiful little small game rifle.

My Discovery started life as a budget hunting rifle. But then I had a custom stock built using my Beeman C1 as the pattern, and ended up with a hot little hunting carbine ... though over-capitalized, the stock cost about twice as much as the rifle!

My Discovery started life as a budget hunting rifle. But then I had a custom stock built using my Beeman C1 as the pattern, and ended up with a hot little hunting carbine … though over-capitalized, the stock cost about twice as much as the rifle!

I’ve carried this gun for summer ground squirrel and jackrabbit hunts, winter squirrel, through rain, snow, and scorching sun and it’s always done the job for me. I want to use a Discovery as a platform to build a compact .30 caliber, and might do so deep into winter later in the year, when Minnesota gets too cold for this California native to go outside! A lightweight compact gun along these lines is a good choice for hunting in heavy brush, where there isn’t much room to move around.

I like the shorter buttstock when bundled up in winter gear, and took a lot of game with the pre-release test rifle!

I like the shorter buttstock when bundled up in winter gear, and took a lot of game with the pre-release test rifle!

I’ve written before that I try to look at all guns through the eyes of potential users; if one gun suited all shooters there would not be so many popular guns out there. While not a gun snob, I do have an affection (affliction) for high end guns; I live Daystates, FX, AirArms, Falcons, etc…. but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started. I think this is a great first gun for anybody moving into PCP’s on a limited budget, and is very suitable for young shooters while they save up for that Huntsman Classic! We need more hunters to join the ranks, which in turn will motivate more states to open up their regs to include airguns, and a less expensive gun with solid performance helps the cause immensely.

I have lost count over the number of squirrel and rabbit this gun has bagged! Here it wears the standard stock... with the C1 style it is a gun I will never sell.

I have lost count over the number of squirrel and rabbit this gun has bagged! Here it wears the standard stock… with the C1 style it is a gun I will never sell.

If you are an experienced airgunner and already have a high end gun, but want to start playing around with customizing, tuning, or modifying, this is a good option for a build platform. There are a lot of after market parts, custom stocks, and know how out there to support your efforts to build a gun of your own on the Discovery, and while odds are you won’t damage it won’t break the bank if you do.

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Have been getting a lot of shooting in with some great guns, and working on some articles and videos to come out soon. I have been shooting the Daystate Pulsar Bullpup, the FX Wildcat Bullpup, and the Bushbuck big bore….. I am having a blast. Also had some great hunts for deer in Virginia with Chip and Nathan, boar and predators in Texas, and squirrels all over…. and plan to hit the predator competitions when deer season is over with my buddy Brian Beck in Indiana. I hope all of you are getting out in the field and having some quality hunting time! Catch up with you next week.

2 Responses to Early Hunts With the Discovery

  1. RidgeRunner

    Hey Jim,

    I am glad you had a great time when you were out here in VA.

    I don’t know if you have done such, but I would like to see some serious testing of the Bushbuck. I am in the market for a big bore and it is on my short list.

    If you ever get tired of the Discovery, I know where it will find a good home. 😉

  2. jeff swett

    Wish this was posted before I bought my Walther Terrus. It was a toss up and the budget package won. Still the Terrus has been fun and accurate so far. Maybe next time.

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