The Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle was one of the most notable new products launched at the 2017 SHOT Show. And, it’s already available in a full production version! The gun that we see here is exactly the same as you will be buying. And it’s already in the hands of HAM Tester Eric Brewer, who will be making the test report to be published in HAM as soon as we can.
The Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle is supplied complete with a 3-9×40 AO scope, one piece mount and one pellet magazine. The green band ahead of the stock is part of Gamo’s code for the best use for their products. Green signifies a product primarily useful for hunting. This applies to pellets, as well as airguns with the laudable intention of making it easier for shooters to select the appropriate combination for the type of shooting they plan to do.
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The most obvious part of the Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle is – of course – the multi-shot loading system on top of the barrel. This holds a 10-shot magazine (or clip) that automatically feeds a pellet into the breech of the barrel every time it’s cocked. Eric’s comprehensive test review will confirm how well this works, but so far all indications are that the system is very effective.
Although it looks as if the magazine and it’s loading system must block the view through the scope of the Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle, this is not so. Remarkably, there’s almost no sign of the obstruction with normal use of the Swarm Maxxim. The reason for this is that the magazine is so close in front of the scope that it’s completely out of focus – and hence practically invisible!
The 10-shot rotary magazines are easily filled and slot down into the top of the Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle. They only fit one way round and it’s easy to insert. Depressing the little button behind the magazine well unclips the magazine after it’s been emptied of pellets.
The magazine itself is a simple plastic assembly that’s cheap yet seems to work well. It’s easy to see how many pellets remain, as you can see from the photograph below.
The Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle has a host of other features that we’ll cover in more depth in our HAM test review. These include Gamo’s IGT gas ram powerplant system, the RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail) scope mount and the CAT (Custom Action Trigger) that allows independent adjustment of the first and second trigger pull stages.
The Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle HAM has for testing is a .22 caliber model. Gamo claims maximum muzzle velocities of 975 FPS in .22 cal and 1,300 FPS in .177 caliber when using their own Platinum PBA pellets.
There’s no question that – at a Street Price of just $200 – the Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle offers a ton of features for the money. And it’s the only multi-shot breakbarrel air rifle in current production. That’s why it’s creating so much excitement!