Dynamic Air Rifle .25 Review/Hunt
Over the past few years the flood gates have opened to the market of entry level low cost PCP Airguns. At the beginning of this year I was approached to take a look at the Dynamic Air Rifle. This was a product currently being manufactured by AimSports and distributed through the Sportsman’s Guide online store. The first generation of these rifles sold well but they had many problems being reported by consumers. AimSports took action and offered refunds and ultimately replacements to these line of rifles, a very honorable thing to do. This company took the hit and proved they were in the Airrifle market for the long haul, focused to keep the community happy. Dynamic Air Rifles reached out and offered to send me the New 2nd generation that was reworked from the previous issues the rifle had. I received the rifle and spent the next several weeks in the field testing it and making sure it was something I wanted to review and endorse. Through my experience this gun in .25 caliber has proven well in the field, enclosed is my experience with this Air Rifle.
DYNAMIC AIR RIFLE .25
Designed for both beginners and experienced shooters alike, these rifles pack more pound for pound performance and features than any other PCP rifle in their category! From the ground up these rifles were crafted to rival industry leaders in both accuracy and power. All three calibers boast a steel 16.25-inch barrel that delivers remarkable accuracy and consistency. The vibration dampening properties of the steel barrel design and side-lever afford the shooter the ability to make quick follow up shots with ease. These industry leading features coupled with the stunning walnut finish of the Monte Carlo stock makes rifles a fine addition to any shooters collection.
|Max Velocity||1000 fps|
|Buttplate||Soft rubber recoil pad|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/Target|
|Trigger Pull||1.5 lbs|
|Max Shots per Fill||25|
|Fixed/adj. power||Adjustable Hammer|
|Cylinder Size||250 cc|
Available in .177/.22/.25 calibers
1x DAR PCP Air Rifle
1x Fill Probe
1x Product manual
1x DAR Aluminum Magazine
The first day of the review was done in the shop where we could take a closer look at the DAR and to go over some of it’s features in more detail. Out front of the DAR is the 22″ shroud that houses the 16.25″ rifled barrel that is manufactured in house. This shroud does have baffles in it that helps tame the bark of the .25 caliber considerably.
The shroud is fastened to the 250cc airtube by use of a barrel band that helps secure the system together. Just out front of the airtube is the pressure gauge that reads to the 3000psi fill pressure with a removable cap that allows access to the fill port. As we move down the rifle I can see the finish is of good quality and did not pick up fingerprints easily. The breech of the rifle is constructed of T6 Aluminum and is fitted with 11mm dovetail. I have mounted a MTC Optics 3-10×40 Mamba Ultra Lite scope that fits the rifle well and works for most small game hunting situations.
The DAR is a side-lever design and has been revised from the earlier versions to be smoother as well as having a steel pellet probe. The pins as well as the arm are oversized and the breech has a magnet incorporated to keep the lever closed. The DAR has a two stage adjustable trigger that came set just under 2.0 lbs and I was able to easily adjust it down to 1.5 to my liking. The trigger has a simple crossbolt safety that’s very easy to get to quickly. The first thing that was noticeable about the DAR is it’s beautifully made sporter style stock with raised cheek weld.
For this review Marley and I would be heading into the remote mountains for several days of camping and hunting with the DAR. The weather had been very cold, with snow still left on the ground from a recent storm that had just passed through. The plan was to spend the first part of the day to zero the scope and to do some target shooting and chronograph readings.
The DAR’s 250cc air reservoir fills to 3000 psi making it a gun that is capable to be filled with a hand pump very easily. I mention this because some “entry level” type guns are now filling to 3600psi, not very practical for a new enthusiast. Out front of the rifle is the fill cap that is designed to protect the port from debris and other elements we find in the field.
The fill probe has a male foster fitting machined into it, not needing any type of an adaptive fitting. One thing to note is the fill port cap does remove fairly easily and I can see how if not careful it could get lost. I would have rather seen this threaded on, or fixed with the ability to just turn it with an alignment hole. The machining of the rifles components look very good and everything fits tight as it should.
The probe fits into the port very smoothly and allows the gun to be filled to the 3000psi mark. Now that the rifle is filled we take a look at the 10 shot magazine that the rifle includes.
The magazine is so simple in design it’s brilliant, very well made and beyond easy to load. I like the small indent that makes it easy to seat the pellets deep enough with your finger. I found that the 25.39gr .25 caliber JSB’s fit the gun very well and would be our choice for this adventure.
The magazine slides into the DAR very easily but does have a small amount of play that I was a little concerned with. Once the side-lever is closed the magazine snugs up and cycles well. My initial concern was the magazines movement could cause some issues with pellet deformation but that has not been the case thankfully.
I set up the chronograph and found the DAR to shoot on average 859 fps over 25 shots. The DAR does have a regulator that’s manufactured in house and helps keep the shot curve to a minimum. This is an internally adjustable regulator and has proven to be a great one through my testing. At 42 fpe the rifle is very conservative with air and for the size of the gun it makes excellent power. The hammer can be adjusted externally although I found it to be set to satisfaction giving a reasonable shot count. My thoughts are people will most likely purchase this rifle and immediately start tinkering, turning up the regulator, maxing out the hammer spring. This gun shoots very well out of the box at this power level and see no reason to fiddle around. Many times people don’t realize that wanting more power can sometimes compromise components not designed to be maxed out.
The trigger had a long first stage with a very predictable 2nd that I adjusted down to 1.5 lbs, good enough to make an excellent 10 shot group at 75 yards.
The rifle is definitely accurate and it’s short length makes it shoot off bags very well with a reasonably low sound report. After spending most of the morning target shooting it was time to have some lunch followed by a quick hunt.
After a quick lunch Marley and I hiked away from the camp to do some Ground Squirrel hunting. We found a nice spot to sit down behind a log where I was able to spot a few of the squirrels out to just under 75 yards.
After a few minutes of being patient I was able to spot one poking his head up from behind a fell tree. The DAR shoots very well from a variety of positions but in this case it was nice to have a stable log to make my shot from.
I was able to take more than a dozen ground squirrels in this area over the next hour before returning to the Jeep. After making our return I packed up the Jeep where we would move several miles down the trail to a different spot we would spend the night. By this time it was late afternoon and I thought it would be nice to do some Jackrabbit hunting later that evening.
This area was much better suited to camp as it had better Jackrabbit hunting and plenty of firewood to keep Marley and I warm that evening. I aired up the DAR, loaded my pack and headed away from camp towards the sunset.
The view was spectacular with the snow covered mountains and damp ground that makes the air smell so clean and fragrant. We headed down a small animal trail towards the Sunset where I hoped to spot the amber colored ears of the many Jackrabbits that call this place home. We took our time, frequently stopping where I could occasionally glass some movement through the sagebrush. As I came around a large manzanita tree I spotted a good sized jackrabbit hopping slowly from left to right through the brush.
I was about to take a shot and the jackrabbit moved just enough for me to pull off and wait for a more open shot. It soon moved just behind some grass where I was able to make a shoulder shot putting him down with authority.
Marley sprinted into action and pinned it down, these animals are so tough it’s common for them to run more than 100 yards before bleeding out. As usual Marley is as professional as hunting dogs come and one of the best at what she does, very exciting to watch.
This was a good sized jackrabbit and would no doubt be going in the Dutch oven tonight for dinner, if it would fit!! The DAR works fantastic for making off-hand shots and the short length makes carrying it through thick brush much easier. Sometimes the longer barreled rifles can get in the way of brush and they need to be carried with muzzle up. After taking a break and getting Marley some water I packed the Jackrabbit into my pack, we continued close to a mile back to camp.
Back at camp I started pulling out some of the gear and setting everything up for us to be comfortable that night. I dug out a nice size fire pit and pulled out all my cooking supplies that we would use later after I cleaned the Jackrabbit.
It’s always important to clean our game away from camp so we don’t attract predators that frequent this area such as Bears, Mountain Lions and Coyotes.
Back at camp I got a good fire going, with a nice bed of coals that would work well for cooking the meat in the Dutch oven.
The Dutch oven works very well for field cooking a variety of food and I encourage anyone to visit Kent Rollins YouTube channel. Kent has some great recipes and advice for some real Cowboy cooking. After enjoying a beautiful sunset it was time to pull out the Dutch oven and to chow down on a much needed hot meal. The night was a bit chilly but not as cold as I was expecting it to be considering the ground had snow just two days before.
After Marley and I had dinner it was time for a nice cup of coffee to warm me up around the fire. We had a great day and I was so happy to be able to document my experience with the DAR.
Getting out and doing these reviews is the highlight of my life and have enjoyed sharing these adventures immensely, it’s all thanks to you reading this and subscribing to our channel. After enjoying the fire and the night air it was time to get some rest so we could be up early the following morning.
The following morning we woke up by 7:30 am, I made some coffee and tried to get warmed up a little before heading out for a short hunt. Off in the distance I could see some dark clouds with a storm scheduled for later that morning, so we needed to make a quick loop.
After airing up the rifle and topping off the magazine, we set out for a one mile loop around camp. The area was relatively flat with thick sagebrush scattered about with small ravines I hoped to flush the jackrabbits out from.
I spotted a few but most were out of range or were not offering any open shots, being blocked by all the thick brush. As we made our way to one of the ravines I was able to flush one up the embankment at 65 yards.
I took the shot, unfortunately misjudging the wind sending the pellet just to the right of the Jackrabbits head. With the missed shot the jack quickly sprinted off and out of sight, amazing how fast these animals are. Marley and I had a great few days and we were blessed to have had such good luck with the Jackrabbit the night before. We packed up the camp and did a little more filming before heading down that long narrow trail. I really want to thank Dynamic Air rifles for sponsoring Marley and I to get out in the field and bring you all this review. I will enclose my final honest thoughts on this rifle, as well as the review in video form. As usual ” The best Airgun is the one your shooting”
- Short and Easy to Carry
- Good Power
- Easy to Fill
- Wood Stock
- Simple Magazine
- Fill Port Cover (can remove)
- Play in Magazine to Breech
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Ronald I recently purchased the dar gen3 .22 It has been descent gun .Never was as accurate as i would like,Now its all over the place and I have checked everything.Any Ideas whats going on with thing.Did they have problems with barrels becoming inaccurate.They don’t respond to any emails.
Dana, Thank you once again for a Very Good, Nice, and Honest review. That’s what makes your reviews stand out a d separates your from the majority of others out there. You always give it the straight up truth, and the consumers get a realistic and clear understanding of what to expect from the products you review.
I am always happy to see that, know that you tell it like it is.
The Good, the Bad, and even sometimes the Ugly.
Cheers my friend, and thank you for all the work you put into these videos and reviews. I know it takes an incredible amount of time and effort.
Keep up the good work and the GREAT JOB you do !