After chatting with Mike of Valken again, it seems they are under the impression the market is there for the 135X break barrel. And not so much the 100X underlever. He called it an undercover. LOLPersonally, I think they are 180 degree off. I would think the demand would be greater for an underlever. What say you???
Got to shoot my new .177 black Retay 100X under lever. The front sight assembly is straight and smooth. I like that. Front end of the cocking lever has a small plastic spring loaded handle you pull to the rear to release the lever and also has a button on the front of the assembly to push in the release the lever. Two hand cocking for sure. Barrel and lever are flat black, not shiny. Receiver seems painted, not blued. Side stock screw are under a grey plastic inlay kind of like a CFR. Hard to get to. There's a button release on the bottom of the stock for anti bear trap like the Hatsan 155 and 100X. Has a weaver type scope rail. Weaver only. No 11mm ridge on top of the weaver like the Hatsan rail. But it is far enough back to get good eye relief with a scope without having to use an off set mount. Rear sight is similar to a Hatsan or Gamo rear sight. But raised half way up you I couldn't get my cheek low enough to get the front sight in the notch. Front post sight is to high. The knob in the bottom of the stock turns to raise and lower the adjustable cheek rest. I didn't need to raise it any. The left side of the cheek rest Is concave for a right hand shooters cheek. The other side is not. Trigger safety is in trigger guard. Push left to right for safe, right to left to fire which is perfect for a left hand shooter but awkward if you shoot right hand.Put a Hammers 3-9X40AO mildot scope on it. Shot 4" low with scope elevation all the way up. Tried tall mounts and a X50AO scope. Didn't work so I went back to the Hammers, went to the forked tree made a little bend adjustment. Not enough to notice visually. I re-centered the scope and poi was a couple inches high and zeroed from there. Quarter to half inch groups at 25 yards.Trigger only has first stage length adjustment. With the screw all the way in no first stage and a 5lbs pull. Three turns out first stage short and second stage is long. Predictable let off. 4lbs 5oz. Not a very good trigger. The screw is in front off the blade and scratch my finger and when trigger returns forward pinches the bottom of my finger between bottom of trigger and guard. Recoils is not to bad.Length: 43.5"Pull length:14.25"Barrell length:18"Weight: est. 6-7lbsJSB 10.34grs domed avg 790fpsRWS 9.3 W/C 868JSB 8.44 domed 895 JSB 7.33 W/C 962CX 4.0 alloy 2 shots 1185/1151Is this a good gun? Is it worth $249? Jury's still out. Taking it to a fun shoot this weekend. I'll see how it does at longer ranges.Later, Tim.
Well folks, my Amazon bargain ($86) Retay 135X/.22 arrived this PM. Double boxed and the retail box looks really nice. Unboxed it and checked the barrel (clean) and decided to run it over the chrony with the open sights. Very consistent FPS (around 770 with CPHP's) but man, where did the designers go wrong...? Did they even try to shoot this rifle? The trigger is horrible , I'd guess 12-14 lbs pull, and sounds like you are stepping on peanut shells. The open sights are useless due to the big "bump' of the adjustable cheekpiece, you can't even see the rear sight without holding the rifle at arm's length, and this is with the adjustable cheek piece all the way down. very harsh shot cycle, couldn't hit a 5x7" paper at 12 yds. Also, the leade is so loose that pellets fall out when cocking unless the rifle is pointed downward at all times. Maybe I just got a lemon, but that doesn't account for the design flaws, particularly the rear sight being invisible unless you remove the adjustable cheek rest.I've had a streak of good luck with the Amazon specials (Norica Black Eagle and Spider) but I think I rolled craps on this one. I received an RMA label from Amazon and this t*rd is on its way back to Amazon