First Look At The Cricket 2 – Plus A New, Secret Sightron Scope!
Just arrived at the HAM offices – courtesy of Airguns of Arizona – is a new KalibrGun Cricket 2 air rifle. So of course, I had to take a look at this new model asap – in spite of the cold weather!
As it arrived the same day, I mounted a new, “secret” scope from Sightron. This – not yet announced – new riflescope is a member of the new Sightron SIII PLR Series. It’s a 10 – 50 x 60 model with Second Focal Plane MOA reticle.
This new Sightron scope combines beautiful looks with obviously outststanding optics! HAM will cover this new scope in more detail in future. But – in the meantime – you can surprise your favorite Sightron dealer by asking them to pre-order one for you…
Even this brief outing with the Cricket 2 highlighted a couple of features that differentiate KalibrGun’s new air rifle from other bullpup designs.
One is that wooden cheekpiece that covers the breech of the gun. Although it doesn’t make it into tables of official specifications, it has a simple but HUGE benefit when shooting in cold weather!
The benefit is that the wood is warm against your cheek when shooting. Why is this important? Well, it stops you from being distracted by a freezing cheek weld as you can get from many other bullpups where your cheek weld is made against a metal breech. Even some synthetic cheekpieces can be cold too when shooting bullpups in lower temperatures.
Of course, this may not matter to “real men” (or gals), but for many of us, this is a big benefit. Trust me, I just found out…
A second difference between the Cricket 2 and many other bullpups is found when you mount a scope.
With most bullpups, I find it necessary to use high rings to mount the scope. On many occasions, I’ll add a riser, too, to obtain the right eyeline.
However, the buttpad of the Cricket 2 sits low down below the line of the barrel and action. So – surprisingly – I was able to use low profile UTG PRO rings to mount the scope. This gave me an ideal shooting position and eyeline – in spite of being a long-necked type of guy. And without the need to lower the adjustable rubber buttpad!
The Cricket 2’s sidelever action is well-placed and easy to use. To me – at least – this mid-mounted sidelever is a great improvement on the rear-mounted cocking lever found on many “first generation” bullpups.
This .25 caliber gun has the WSA-style stock. This comfortable wood stock has a single magazine holder built into the underside of the stock. It’s convenient to check out the multiple stock styles on the new KalibrGun USA website.
These additional magazine holders are something of a Cricket trade mark, brief use lead to the conclusion that it worked well – even with cold fingers!
Even with that long Sightron scope, this bullpup PCP balanced well for freehand shooting. The center of gravity ran directly down through my forehand, making for a very stable offhand shooting stance. Again, that’s a practical benefit that aids successful shooting in the field, even if it does not get mentioned in the gun’s specifications.
The Cricket 2 is supplied with two rotary magazines and a fill probe. Note that this fill probe has a screw thread at the other end. This means that most US shooters will need an adapter to connect to the 1/8-Inch NPT standard quick disconnect on their tank or compressor hose. Don’t forget to order one with the air rifle!
HAM will be carrying a full review of this KalibrGun Cricket 2 in the near future, together with more details on this forthcoming Sightron SIII PLR scope once it’s formally announced in March. Stay tuned…