Gamo Coyote PCP Air Rifle
First Impressions Review
Just arrived at the HAM offices is the Gamo Coyote PCP air rifle.
First impressions are that the Gamo Coyote is a chunky, almost carbine-length airgun. It’s short for a PCP of conventional configuration at just 37 3/4-inches long. Compare that to the length of a Benjamin Marauder at 43-inches and you’ll immediately feel the difference.
The Gamo Coyote air rifle weighs in at 7 lb 7 oz without scope.
Immediately obvious is that this is a 10-shot, clip-loading, bolt action repeater. It’s interesting to see that the Coyote’s clip design does not protrude above the top of the breech. This allows the 6 3/4-inch long scope rail to run along the full length of the breech – a very desirable feature that allows maximum flexibility in scope placement.
The next question in our minds was “How do you fill it up?” Yes. this is not obvious!
In fact, there’s a cylindrical, plastic end cap that pulls off the end of the gas tube. This gives access to the filler probe port for charging the Gamo Coyote and is pushed back into place after the fill is complete, as the photos below show.
You can also see that the Coyote’s pressure gauge is calibrated to a maximum fill pressure of 232 Bar – that’s 3365 PSI.
Also visible is the threaded barrel to allow for the fitting of a sound moderator. Given all the legal issues that surround the ownership and use of sound suppressors in the USA, it will be interesting to see if Gamo changes this in regular US-market models. As you would expect from a PCP air rifle with a short barrel and no suppressor, the Gamo Coyote air rifle reviewed here is LOUD!
So does it shoot?
Yup. Sure does…
For this initial Gamo Coyote PCP air rifle first impressions review, we charged the gun to 166 Bar – 2400 PSI – that’s exactly half way on the pressure gauge between the “too low” and “too high” areas marked in red.
Shooting at 2400 PSI, we recorded muzzle velocities of 1070 FPS with Gamo Platinum PBA pellets. With a pellet weight of 9.7 Grains, this gun is in .22 caliber, that gives a muzzle energy (knock down power) of 24.5 Ft/Lbs.
Using 14.3 Grain Crosman Premier HP .22 caliber pellets, we saw 929 FPS from this Gamo Coyote at the same fill pressure. That gives a muzzle energy of 27.4 Ft/Lbs.
The manufacturer claims a muzzle energy of 30 Ft/Lbs for the Gamo Coyote air rifle. Given that we were shooting with the fill pressure well below maximum and that muzzle energy almost always increases with heavier pellets in PCP air rifles, it looks as if Gamo’s muzzle energy claim will be met in the formal, structured HAM test review.
This first impressions review brings you immediate news on this significant new airgun from Gamo. HAM will follow-up with a full test review in future. Stay tuned…