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Took delivery of a new KG Cricket 2 Tac in .30 yesterday from Tenacious Airguns. Mounted an Athlon Midas Tac 6-24x50 last night, & took her to the range today with a variety of pellets.

Spoiler alert- the amateur review I’m about to lay down is overwhelmingly positive.

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It’s a brick house for sure- everything about it is solid & robust. Think AAA EVOL & Edgun Matador solid. It’s not a lightweight but isn’t a hog either. Might want something lighter for walking miles in mountainous terrain, but for the hunting & shooting I do, it’s just about right.
Fit & finish are great- not just “good”, but great. Have/had several KG rifles & all were fine, but it’s clearly up a notch with this one. Screwing the shroud on, simple as it seems, was a good indication- after one turn, all the play is gone.
The buttpad is another small thing that I really like. The contour & grippiness are just right for me, & love that it’s adjustable. The grip is very comfortable & the undercut makes it easy to grab quickly & consistently.
Pleasantly surprised at its good manners. While I did know I wasn’t shooting my 19 or 30 fpe guns, it remains pretty darn calm during the shot. Had planned to put a moderator on it, but not sure now- the shroud is clearly working well & not sure a mod would make much difference.
This will raise some eyebrows, but the trigger is as good as I’ve ever pressed. Been blessed to try a lot of great ones- Taipan, AAA, Daystate mechanical & electronic, an Anschutz 54 rimfire - and this one is as good as any of them, maybe the best. There, I said it & I’m glad I said it!
Keep in mind this trigger was worked by the wizard also known as @zx10wall . It’s 7 oz on my scale, with nearly zero overtravel. We use the word “crisp” a lot (justifiably so) to describe good triggers, but it just doesn’t do it justice. If anyone knows a term that encompasses the crisp, clean, glass rod, & icicle analogies, only MOAR- please educate me, I could use the vocabulary boost. Most reviews I’ve seen have given the Cricket 2 trigger good marks, though IIRC it usually weighs in at 1-1.5lbs out of the box. My unsolicited advice- if you own a Cricket 2 & aren’t completely satisfied with the trigger, send it to Derrick & pay the man!

So all that said, will it shoot??? Yes. Yes it will. Shot JSB 45 & 50 grain, JTS 45 grain, & Zan 56 grain pellets. All of the below were at a lasered 102.7 yards from a solid bench, Rock Jr & rear bag, with no winds worth mentioning.

- The Zan’s didn’t fare well. Feeding was very rough, and the one group produced was poor. Really think they were taking some damage during feeding. Just not compatible with this barrel.
- JTS were ok but couldn’t match the JSB pellets. Groups centered ~3” to the right of the other pellets, can’t even begin to explain that. Weird.
- JSB 45 shot well, nearly matching the JSB 50 grain but not quite. Given the superior BC of the 50 grain pellets, they would have had to be demonstrably more accurate to come out on top.
- JSB 50, take a bow. The (several) 5-shot groups & one 10 shot group I sent downrange all came in at 1.5” or less. For those not familiar, the prop in the target photos below is a Cricket magazine, which measures 1.43" diameter.

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Random thoughts:
  • The polymer cheek piece is much more comfortable than it looks, though I wish it were wood to match the grip & buttstock.
  • Have never had even the slightest problem with Kalibrgun’s magazine loading system, but it’s a deal breaker for some. The gen 2 Crickets should have addressed this- it’s costing them some sales. I don’t get the hate at all, but it’s out there.
  • That said, I like that the magazines aren't spring powered & could not be easier to fill.
  • The Athlon Midas Tac is one heckuva scope.
  • The JSB 50 chronograph at 864 fps, good for 83+ fpe.
  • Using Leupold low (steel) rings. Thought they might be too low, but I'm really happy with the cheek weld.
 
Took delivery of a new KG Cricket 2 Tac in .30 yesterday from Tenacious Airguns. Mounted an Athlon Midas Tac 6-24x50 last night, & took her to the range today with a variety of pellets.

Spoiler alert- the amateur review I’m about to lay down is overwhelmingly positive.

View attachment 1215

It’s a brick house for sure- everything about it is solid & robust. Think AAA EVOL & Edgun Matador solid. It’s not a lightweight but isn’t a hog either. Might want something lighter for walking miles in mountainous terrain, but for the hunting & shooting I do, it’s just about right.
Fit & finish are great- not just “good”, but great. Have/had several KG rifles & all were fine, but it’s clearly up a notch with this one. Screwing the shroud on, simple as it seems, was a good indication- after one turn, all the play is gone.
The buttpad is another small thing that I really like. The contour & grippiness are just right for me, & love that it’s adjustable. The grip is very comfortable & the undercut makes it easy to grab quickly & consistently.
Pleasantly surprised at its good manners. While I did know I wasn’t shooting my 19 or 30 fpe guns, it remains pretty darn calm during the shot. Had planned to put a moderator on it, but not sure now- the shroud is clearly working well & not sure a mod would make much difference.
This will raise some eyebrows, but the trigger is as good as I’ve ever pressed. Been blessed to try a lot of great ones- Taipan, AAA, Daystate mechanical & electronic, an Anschutz 54 rimfire - and this one is as good as any of them, maybe the best. There, I said it & I’m glad I said it!
Keep in mind this trigger was worked by the wizard also known as @zx10wall . It’s 7 oz on my scale, with nearly zero overtravel. We use the word “crisp” a lot (justifiably so) to describe good triggers, but it just doesn’t do it justice. If anyone knows a term that encompasses the crisp, clean, glass rod, & icicle analogies, only MOAR- please educate me, I could use the vocabulary boost. Most reviews I’ve seen have given the Cricket 2 trigger good marks, though IIRC it usually weighs in at 1-1.5lbs out of the box. My unsolicited advice- if you own a Cricket 2 & aren’t completely satisfied with the trigger, send it to Derrick & pay the man!

So all that said, will it shoot??? Yes. Yes it will. Shot JSB 45 & 50 grain, JTS 45 grain, & Zan 56 grain pellets. All of the below were at a lasered 102.7 yards from a solid bench, Rock Jr & rear bag, with no winds worth mentioning.

- The Zan’s didn’t fare well. Feeding was very rough, and the one group produced was poor. Really think they were taking some damage during feeding. Just not compatible with this barrel.
- JTS were ok but couldn’t match the JSB pellets. Groups centered ~3” to the right of the other pellets, can’t even begin to explain that. Weird.
- JSB 45 shot well, nearly matching the JSB 50 grain but not quite. Given the superior BC of the 50 grain pellets, they would have had to be demonstrably more accurate to come out on top.
- JSB 50, take a bow. The (several) 5-shot groups & one 10 shot group I sent downrange all came in at 1.5” or less. For those not familiar, the prop in the target photos below is a Cricket magazine, which measures 1.43" diameter.

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Random thoughts:
  • The polymer cheek piece is much more comfortable than it looks, though I wish it were wood to match the grip & buttstock.
  • Have never had even the slightest problem with Kalibrgun’s magazine loading system, but it’s a deal breaker for some. The gen 2 Crickets should have addressed this- it’s costing them some sales. I don’t get the hate at all, but it’s out there.
  • That said, I like that the magazines aren't spring powered & could not be easier to fill.
  • The Athlon Midas Tac is one heckuva scope.
  • The JSB 50 chronograph at 864 fps, good for 83+ fpe.
  • Using Leupold low (steel) rings. Thought they might be too low, but I'm really happy with the cheek weld.
Great review! 👍
 
Thanks Luis!

Have been helping a friend trap raccoons that were terrorizing (and eating) his chickens. As expected, the ones that are left are getting wise to the traps, so it's time to crack some noggins!
Don't hunt as much as I used to, a few times a year with my grown sons. Will be taking the C2T this year for sure. 30 might be overkill for squirrels, but not real concerned with how much (or little) of their head is left :).
 
Should've elaborated a bit more on the experience with Tenacious Airguns & @zx10wall.
Contacted him through the Tenacious website & Derrick contacted me the next morning. We had a text discussion about what I was looking for, & what kinds of use the rifle would see. He sells some other (really good) rifles too, but was quick to suggest the C2T once he knew I wanted a pellet shooter & wouldn't be trying slugs in the foreseeable future.
He also sent updates during the tuning & testing process- checking with me on the power, & letting me know what he was seeing regarding pellet preference. Very, very cool.
So I pretty much knew the 50 grain JSB was going to be the pellet, but being hard-headed, tested the others anyway. At least now I know it wasn't just an exceptional tin, she really does like them better than the others.

Wouldn't hesitate a second to recommend Tenacious!
 
Should've elaborated a bit more on the experience with Tenacious Airguns & @zx10wall.
Contacted him through the Tenacious website & Derrick contacted me the next morning. We had a text discussion about what I was looking for, & what kinds of use the rifle would see. He sells some other (really good) rifles too, but was quick to suggest the C2T once he knew I wanted a pellet shooter & wouldn't be trying slugs in the foreseeable future.
He also sent updates during the tuning & testing process- checking with me on the power, & letting me know what he was seeing regarding pellet preference. Very, very cool.
So I pretty much knew the 50 grain JSB was going to be the pellet, but being hard-headed, tested the others anyway. At least now I know it wasn't just an exceptional tin, she really does like them better than the others.

Wouldn't hesitate a second to recommend Tenacious!
Totally agree. If you're going to buy a Cricket, AGT (Vulcan3 or Uragan2), or BRK Ghost from anyone other than Derrick, you're doing yourself a disservice... You want the best? You got the best! Just text, e-mail or call him. :cool:
 
Totally agree. If you're going to buy a Cricket, AGT (Vulcan3 or Uragan2), or BRK Ghost from anyone other than Derrick, you're doing yourself a disservice... You want the best? You got the best! Just text, e-mail or call him. :cool:
And at little or no difference from the prices I see for them elsewhere :D, sans the expert tuning & trigger work.

That is a great write up Greg, good looking rifle and fantastic looking groups too. I would not want to be whatever is on the receiving end of that muzzle thats for sure. Weve had this talk before but theres something about those Czech made rifles.
No doubt, have experience going back 20+ years with Czech rifles, starting with CZ rimfires. Never had a bad one.
 
Took delivery of a new KG Cricket 2 Tac in .30 yesterday from Tenacious Airguns. Mounted an Athlon Midas Tac 6-24x50 last night, & took her to the range today with a variety of pellets.

Spoiler alert- the amateur review I’m about to lay down is overwhelmingly positive.

View attachment 1215

It’s a brick house for sure- everything about it is solid & robust. Think AAA EVOL & Edgun Matador solid. It’s not a lightweight but isn’t a hog either. Might want something lighter for walking miles in mountainous terrain, but for the hunting & shooting I do, it’s just about right.
Fit & finish are great- not just “good”, but great. Have/had several KG rifles & all were fine, but it’s clearly up a notch with this one. Screwing the shroud on, simple as it seems, was a good indication- after one turn, all the play is gone.
The buttpad is another small thing that I really like. The contour & grippiness are just right for me, & love that it’s adjustable. The grip is very comfortable & the undercut makes it easy to grab quickly & consistently.
Pleasantly surprised at its good manners. While I did know I wasn’t shooting my 19 or 30 fpe guns, it remains pretty darn calm during the shot. Had planned to put a moderator on it, but not sure now- the shroud is clearly working well & not sure a mod would make much difference.
This will raise some eyebrows, but the trigger is as good as I’ve ever pressed. Been blessed to try a lot of great ones- Taipan, AAA, Daystate mechanical & electronic, an Anschutz 54 rimfire - and this one is as good as any of them, maybe the best. There, I said it & I’m glad I said it!
Keep in mind this trigger was worked by the wizard also known as @zx10wall . It’s 7 oz on my scale, with nearly zero overtravel. We use the word “crisp” a lot (justifiably so) to describe good triggers, but it just doesn’t do it justice. If anyone knows a term that encompasses the crisp, clean, glass rod, & icicle analogies, only MOAR- please educate me, I could use the vocabulary boost. Most reviews I’ve seen have given the Cricket 2 trigger good marks, though IIRC it usually weighs in at 1-1.5lbs out of the box. My unsolicited advice- if you own a Cricket 2 & aren’t completely satisfied with the trigger, send it to Derrick & pay the man!

So all that said, will it shoot??? Yes. Yes it will. Shot JSB 45 & 50 grain, JTS 45 grain, & Zan 56 grain pellets. All of the below were at a lasered 102.7 yards from a solid bench, Rock Jr & rear bag, with no winds worth mentioning.

- The Zan’s didn’t fare well. Feeding was very rough, and the one group produced was poor. Really think they were taking some damage during feeding. Just not compatible with this barrel.
- JTS were ok but couldn’t match the JSB pellets. Groups centered ~3” to the right of the other pellets, can’t even begin to explain that. Weird.
- JSB 45 shot well, nearly matching the JSB 50 grain but not quite. Given the superior BC of the 50 grain pellets, they would have had to be demonstrably more accurate to come out on top.
- JSB 50, take a bow. The (several) 5-shot groups & one 10 shot group I sent downrange all came in at 1.5” or less. For those not familiar, the prop in the target photos below is a Cricket magazine, which measures 1.43" diameter.

View attachment 1216
View attachment 1219

View attachment 1218

Random thoughts:
  • The polymer cheek piece is much more comfortable than it looks, though I wish it were wood to match the grip & buttstock.
  • Have never had even the slightest problem with Kalibrgun’s magazine loading system, but it’s a deal breaker for some. The gen 2 Crickets should have addressed this- it’s costing them some sales. I don’t get the hate at all, but it’s out there.
  • That said, I like that the magazines aren't spring powered & could not be easier to fill.
  • The Athlon Midas Tac is one heckuva scope.
  • The JSB 50 chronograph at 864 fps, good for 83+ fpe.
  • Using Leupold low (steel) rings. Thought they might be too low, but I'm really happy with the cheek weld.
I have one of these in .25 I can't get it to shoot above 905fps with the 35 gn JSB's. I don't really want to tear it apart. Any suggestion's???
 
I have one of these in .25 I can't get it to shoot above 905fps with the 35 gn JSB's. I don't really want to tear it apart. Any suggestion's???
What Mike said!

I suspect that's about all she'll do at the current regulator setting, maybe someone with a .25 can chime in. Could try a stiffer hammer spring, but unlikely to do much without bumping up the reg pressure.
 
Bit of a necropost, but had to show off her work again. Not much time to shoot tonight, but wanted to get a group off the sticks "cold", fresh off several days in the safe. 5 shots at 84 yards, intentionally held a bit left to preserve the lil red dot:

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That is an impressive group, good shooting on your part…
 
Bit of a necropost, but had to show off her work again. Not much time to shoot tonight, but wanted to get a group off the sticks "cold", fresh off several days in the safe. 5 shots at 84 yards, intentionally held a bit left to preserve the lil red dot:

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What sticks are you using? I need to start practicing for EFT , im still brushing up on rules etc and what can and cant be used.
 

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