Air Venturi Avenger Review/Hunt
We made a visit to the 2020 Shot Show in Las Vegas Nevada to check out some new offerings from many different manufacturers. Through our rounds we stopped at the Air Venturi booth where we first spotted the Avenger. This was to be a $300 entry level PCP that would be fully adjustable to the user. Several weeks ago Pyramydair sent us one of the first guns out of the factory to field use and test under heavy conditions.
Air Venturi Avenger, Regulated PCP Air Rifle
- Pre-Charged Pneumatic
- Sidelever Cocking
- Synthetic Stock
- Externally Adjustable Regulator (Up to 3,000 PSI / 210 BAR)
- Easily accessible Hammer Spring Adjustment Screw
- Two-Stage Adjustable Trigger
- Max Fill Pressure: 4,351 PSI (300 BAR)
- Fully Shrouded Barrel
- Picatinny Rail on Fore-end of stock
- Holes in front and rear of stock for mounting swivel studs for a sling
- Dual Gauges – Reg Pressure (RH Side) and Fill Pressure (LH Side)
- Male Quick Disconnect Fill Fitting
- Easy Access Degassing Screw
- Manual Safety
- 11mm dovetail/weaver combination scope rail
- Magazine Capacity: 10 rds. (.177 & .22), 8 rds. (.25)
- Includes two magazines and single shot tray
Not to be left out of the battle for supremacy in the entry level PCP market, Air Venturi brings us the Avenger! The Avenger comes prepared to answer the wide variety of requirements that shooters demand at an affordable price point. Filling a void in the market for a lightweight, highly adjustable and extremely capable rifle without spending an arm and a leg. Weighing in at just 6 lbs without a scope, the Avenger is maneuverable for a walk in the woods and thanks to two well positioned mounting points for swivel studs, can be carried with ease! The stock is two pieces and is made from very lightweight plastic bringing the total weight of the gun to just 6.0lbs. The stock does feel very thin and somewhat flexible, some added weight to the rear of the gun might bring a more even balance. If this was mine to keep I think I would probably fill the buttstock with something to make it a bit more solid.
Mounting a scope to the rifle is easy thanks to a unique 11mm dovetail/weaver combo rail, meaning most mounts will fit. You’ll also find a picatinny rail section on the fore-end of the stock for mounting accessories like bipods, lights and lasers.
The Avenger’s 22.75″ barrel is fully shrouded with a barrel band to stiffen it up and offers some sound moderation. The end-cap is threaded to accept an aftermarket moderator device.
Just under the muzzle end is the 180cc air reservoir with a threaded cap that houses the standard male foster fill.
The heart of the Avenger can be found in the externally adjustable regulator located just under the for-end of the stock. The Avenger can be degassed very easily as well with the provided Allen key.
Working in tandem with the adjustable hammer spring, the user can fine tune the performance of their rifle to best suit their needs. The rifle comes set to a working pressure between 4300 down to just 2900psi. This is a high fill pressure and may be near impossible to reach with a hand pump. The rifle can be adjusted down to a lower working pressure that would make it more fill friendly but the .17 and .22 calibers may be better suited to this adjustment. Just behind the breech is a conveniently located hole where the hammer can be adjusted for fine tuning. These adjustments can work together to adjust the power and performance of the gun over a wide spectrum.
Never before has this kind of tuning potential been available at such a budget friendly price of just $300! The regulator can be adjusted as high as 3000 PSI, and you can track your adjustments via the reg pressure gauge on the right hand side of the action.
Increasing the reg pressure can be done at any time, though decreasing the pressure requires the gun to be degassed first. This is easily done thanks to an easy access degassing screw found just behind the reg adjustment. Beyond the adjustments, the Avenger features a smooth side-lever action that seamlessly cycles the auto indexing magazines. *NOTE* The side-lever cocking pin does have a small screw that may need to be checked for snugness periodically. This may be a weak link that can fatigue over time.
The breech on the Avenger is plastic with a metal insert for the hammer and probe system to ride on. This is part of how the gun was able to be kept at such a low cost. The picatinny/11mm rail on top is metal and attached to the breech via 4 set screws. The Avenger comes with two magazines and a single shot tray for range applications that we think is an excellent extra feature.
The trigger is two stage and fully adjustable to your liking, was very surprised how smooth and predictable it is for the price.
Filling the rifle is also a breeze, thanks to the male quick disconnect fitting on the end of the air cylinder. This is covered by a threaded dust cap, which not only keeps dust and debris out of your fittings, but also gives the rifle a unique appearance. So long are the days of having to spend top dollar to get a PCP rifle that you can easily adjust and tune as you please. Whether you’re a tuner, tinkerer, or just looking for a budget-friendly PCP to do some shooting with, the Air Venturi Avenger should be at the top of your list!
*NOTE* The Avenger can be tuned for lower fill pressures.
- Externally Adjustable
- Great Trigger
- Foster Fill
- Picatinny Rails
- Single Shot Tray
- Thin Plastic Stock
- Small Cocking Pin
- High Fill Pressure (can be tuned down)
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air venturi Avenger; purpose of griub screws in barrel band; ? Help keep barrel from drooping?
Great review. Can’t find the like and subscribe button hyperlinks. What was the regulator pressure you used for the 25 shot, 40 fpe? Where can I buy this gun’s hammer and hammer spring to do some calculated tuning first? I estimate that out of the box, you can get the most fpe at 3,000 psi; thereafter, you will start getting less fpe, but better accuracy and efficiency. Thank you for the review and thank you Pyramid for helping out to make better informed air gun consumers from the audience of this review.