This afternoon was absolutely beautiful, so I decided to take the Sierra Pro out for a few rounds of plinking. This was the first chance I had to shoot the gun since Crosman returned it from repairs. The repair order said that they put in new screws with Loctite. They must have also sighted it in (original front optical and rear sights) because the gun seemed plenty accurate. More accurate than I remember without the Centerpoint scope.
After growing to love my Beeman R7 it was a strange experience shooting the Sierra Pro. This gun is certainly heavier, harder to break/cock, and much louder than the R7. I am sure it has its own merits as a mass market $150 airgun, but I do not think I am going to keep it around much longer. At one point I had myself convinced that I would use the R7 for most of my plinking, and the Sierra Pro for occasional pest control. R7 for lower power, and the Sierra Pro for 1000 fps jobs.
The reality is that I want to move on to something else. Before getting the R7 I struggled trying to decide between an Beeman R1, Beeman R9, and R7. In the end I made the right decision – the R7 is perfect for my backyard shooting needs. It was also a nice compliment to the Sierra Pro.
Now I am debating on my next purchase. Crosman Discover, R1 or R9. Of course I am also trying to sort out if I want to go with another .177, .20, or .22 caliber. For some reason I have had a major burr in my crawl for a .20, but this does not seem like a practical decision since there is such a limited selection of .20 ammo. .177 would seem to be a good choice since it could also be used with my R7. Since I was going to keep the Sierra Pro around for pest control, going .22 may be my best option.
I plan to sell the Sierra Pro to help start a new gun fund. Stay tuned.