It has been awhile since we’ve seen a new multipump rifle hit the market. Barra Airguns has changed that with their new Cowboy Series rifle called the 1866. It is inspired by the old lever action rifles:
As you can see, the 1866 looks really sharp. Even though the receiver is plastic, the gold colored plating makes it look and feel metallic. The overall heft and balance of the gun makes it feel like the real deal. Looks are only part of the story, here’s my range video that demonstrates how well it can shoot:
I’ve gotten even better 10 shot groups when the weather was better, here’s a sampling of pellets shot at 25 yards:
Comparing these groups to the ones in my video leads me to my biggest complaint – the butt plate is slippery when held against my coat. My plan to remedy this is to get a leather recoil pad to slip over the butt stock. It will look good and should prevent slipping.
Power is excellent and it is one of the few multipumps that I have tested that could not only meet, but also beat the advertised claims. There is plenty of power for close range small game hunting and pest control.
There is no scope rail, so you will be limited to open sight shooting only. If I can find the time, I would like to develop a tang style peep sight for even more precise shooting.
At any rate, if you like multipump guns, I would highly recommend adding this one to your collection. In spite of the couple of drawbacks I mentioned, overall it is an excellent, quality piece. In addition, the all metal pump handle should lend itself well to power modifications. Stay tuned for more on this rifle, as I have been doing a bit of hunting with it.