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Sig Sauer ASP20 Magnum .22 Field Review

Several weeks ago we received the New SIG Sauer ASP20 Magnum break barrel rifle in .22 caliber. This rifle has gained a ton of attention since the last Shot Show and was one I really wanted to field use. The ASP20 was shipped to us directly from the SIG Sauer facility in Newington, New Hampshire. This rifle is produced in the same manufacturing facility as their firearms and has incorporated some of that engineering into it. Designing the ASP20 was a collaboration between both the SIG Air and Firearms divisions. Together they wanted to create an accurate, powerful and fun to shoot Air Rifle.


 

 

SPECS

Caliber 0.22″ (5.5mm)
Max Velocity 841 fps
Muzzle Energy 23 ft/lbs
Loudness 3-Medium
Barrel Length 13.8″
Overall Length 45.6″
Shot Capacity 1
Cocking Effort 33
Barrel Rifled
Front Sight none
Rear Sight none
Scopeable Weaver/Picatinny
Trigger Two-stage adjustable
Buttplate Rubber
Suggested for Small game hunting/target practice
Trigger Pull 2.5 lbs
Action Break barrel
Safety Manual
Powerplant Gas-piston
Function Single-shot
Body Type Rifle
Fixed/adj. power Fixed
Weight 8.5 lbs

DETAILS

Introducing the most advanced break barrel system in the marketplace, engineered and produced by SIG in Newington, New Hampshire. The common misconception among many is that high muzzle velocity makes for a better air rifle. In actuality, foot-pound muzzle energy is a more accurate gauge of the power of air rifles than the speed at which a projectile comes out of the barrel. Down-range accuracy and retained energy are better with a heavier projectile leaving the barrel at subsonic speed rather than an impractically-lightweight projectile leaving the barrel at a supersonic speed of 1400+ feet per second. This .22 Caliber suppressed single-shot, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) air rifle delivers down-range power and accuracy with the lightest cocking effort in its class, making it ideal for hunting small to medium game.

The rifle came packaged very well and included a small allen wrench, trigger adjustment tool and users manual. I cleaned the barrel and mounted a Leapers UTG 3-12×44 scope onto the very sturdy picatinny top rail. This rifle is a magnum and have found that the UTG usually stands up pretty well to the recoil these guns produce. The picatinny rail is directly welded to the top of the receiver and looks to be a great solid mounting point for a variety of optics.

Next I took a look at the ASP20’s built in moderator that affixed to the front of the 13.8″ rifled barrel. This moderator is approximately 5.5″ long and does in fact house some sort of baffle type inserts to quiet the report.

The rifle has an ambidextrous safety that’s located on both sides of the rifle just above the trigger area. I have immediately concluded that I like this design as it’s simple and very easy to use with my index finger from either side of the rifle. The ASP20 has a matchlight trigger that’s adjustable two ways and is adjustable from 2.5 up to 4.0 lbs. The second stage is easily adjustable to customize to each shooters preference.

To adjust the trigger we are able to use the provided tool that’s simply inserted into a port located at the rear of the receiver.

The ASP20 comes from the factory set to about 3.0 lbs and can be lightened up by inserting the tool, pressing down and turning counterclockwise to lighten and clockwise to raise. The second stage is easily adjusted as well and have found to be a great feature to customize the rifle to my own preference. The adjustments are easily outlined in the users manual and had found that I liked the rifle set to 2.5 lbs.

SIG Sauer has incorporated a Glidelight cocking mechanism to aid in bringing the cocking force down by around 30% compared to others producing the same power levels.

One of the more obvious features of the rifle is the Wedge Lock System, this is a new design that promotes accuracy and solves barrel droop problems. Over extended use some break barrels will experience barrel droop as well as shifts in accuracy that caused by poor barrel alignment and in extreme cases bending.

After taking a closer look at this breech area I can see that a great deal of quality has been put into the barrel system. The quality of the machine work and weld joints makes me proud that it’s made in the USA. The barrel and cocking links look very sturdy, I even tried to flex the barrel to see if any movement could be felt. The weight of this rifle is a pretty standard weight of 8.5 lbs and has a good solid feel to it. This model is made from beech wood and has been given a very dark brown stain, almost black. I will be the first to say I wish they had gone lighter on the stain as to cover such beautiful wood grain. The darker color of the stock shows scratches and pressure dents much more than a lighter color would.

The shape of the stock is very tactical and has very well placed checkering that makes the gun hold very well. The rubber buttpad is very plush and definatley aids in cradling the rifle against the shoulder.


Our next course of action was to head out to the range for a full day of testing and break in. I had not shot a gas ram break barrel in a long time so was very eager to get some practice in. SIG Sauer was kind enough to send two tins of branded pellets to be able to test in the rifle.

They had provided some 14.66gr CruxPB as well as the 21.14gr WraithPB pellets. These pellets looked to be very similar to H&N brand and possibly could be rebranded, nonetheless very nice quality. I tested both through the chronograph as well as doing some groups at 30 and 50 yards to test the accuracy. I really like how SIG Sauer has not followed other companies by claiming high velocity numbers. They obviously have done some homework and figured out that Airguns generally achieve the best accuracy at subsonic velocities. The SIG Sauer puts out up to 23 FPE that definitely enters it into the magnum category for Gas Rams. After the rifle is broken in I believe the numbers should settle in, this is what I achieved over 10 shots out of the box using the 14.66gr CruxPB’s.

I tested the heavier 21.14gr Wraith PB’s and found them to be going much to slow in the high 600’s, they faired to be very accurate but I didn’t like the loopy trajectory beyond 30 yards. The ASP20 is a joy to shoot, very solid THUMP when fired as well as having recoil that was easily manageable.

Cocking the rifle was very easy considering how much power it has, I would say it’s at least half of what my Diana 350 magnum was.

Moving along I set up the RX Target System at 30 yards to practice on some 1.2″ kill zones, great for hunting practice. At 30 yards the ASP20 had no problem smashing down the paddles with authority.

Next we moved along to the 50 yard target that proved not easy for someone not proficient at using a break barrel rifle. I found that being able to adjust the trigger to my own preference really aided in making this rifle a whole lot more enjoyable to shoot. The trigger blade felt great as well as giving me a lot more predictability and control. After some practice I was feeling pretty confident with the rifle and was able to find a good hold that was comfortable for me.

I was having a great time with the rifle and was able to achieve a 5 shot group that could be covered with my thumb. I think with some more practice I could have definitely done better as well as to stretch the gun out further. For hunting I can see this gun being ideal considering the power it puts out. The rest of the day was spent practicing my offhand skills as to ready myself for a short hunt the following day.

This rifle has definitely passed the accuracy portion of my review with flying colors. The ASP20 has some great features, I have to say the safety and the easily adjustable trigger are my favorites sofar.


The following day I packed the Jeep to head several hours South to a familiar location to hunt the California Ground Squirrel.

This area has many rocks, fallen trees and miles of pastures that offer excellent cover for the many Ground Squirrels that call this place home. Much of this area has been heavily impacted by the damage these varmints cause.

Early Spring is usually the best time to hunt ground squirrels, although they are fairly active on most warm days throughout the year. Marley and I unpacked the Jeep and wasted no time setting out from camp to a few known areas.

Within about 10 minutes I could hear the distant bark of a Ground Squirrel sunning himself up in some large rock outcroppings. Marley and I slowly made our way under a large Oak tree where I was able to spot one at 40 yards up on a rock.

I made the shot a bit low and sent it right into it’s shoulder with a loud echoing THWACK!!! Sounded like a catchers mitt. Marley and I took a short break under the Oak tree to film part of the enclosed video, this area is really pretty this time of year.

After a short bit of time filming we hiked up into the rocks that proved to be quite difficult carrying the rifle and all my camera gear. The ASP20 carries very nice, the checkering really became apparent when my hands had become so sweaty from hiking. “I really enjoy field use because I can always find things about a rifle that simply will never be found from a bench review.” Marley and I made our way over the mountain that led us back down a small animal trail onto the valley floor. This area had more large rock outcroppings that hopefully would give us some better opportunities. The day was a bit overcast so the squirrels were simply not very active in the usual spots. As we slowly walked a small cattle trail I finally spotted one at 55 yards moving around on some rocks. The Squirrel was partially obstructed by a bush but I was still able to make a good headshot that put it down with authority.

Marley was quick to recover the Ground Squirrel, not an easy task as it was wedged between two rocks.

By 2:30pm the wind was starting to pick up and it was time for Marley and I to head several miles back to the Jeep. This was a great little hunt, I wish we had some more action but I was just pleased to be out with a great Airgun and my little companion. Marley and I headed several hours back home where I would get to spend the next week editing and finishing up this review.


I spent some great time with the SIG Sauer ASP20 and am honored that they allowed me the opportunity to field use it. Over the past several weeks I have learned a lot about this great American Made rifle and can only hope this review may help others looking to buy one. As usual I will enclose my final honest opinion of this rifle along with the review in video form. Remember, the best Airgun is the one you’re shooting!!


      PROS

  • Powerful
  • Accurate
  • Easy to cock
  • Trigger (easily adjustable)
  • Very well made (strong)
  • Checkering
  • Weaver/Picatinny rail
  • Quiet

 

      CONS

  • Stocks finish (dark color shows scratches and pressure dents easy)


 

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Cometa Lynx V10 Long term review/hunt

by Dana Webb

 

Friday evening I packed the Jeep with several days worth of supplies as the following morning Marley and I would head several hours into the remote mountains of Southern California. About 8 months ago I did a field review of the .22 Cometa Lynx V10 thats distributed by Airforce International. Since I had done the first field review Airforce was kind enough to let me keep the rifle to continue using. As soon as I had confirmation to keep the Air Rifle I went ahead and stripped the black painted finish off, sanded and applied several coats of durable clear semi gloss lacquer. The natural wood grain was beautiful and felt it was a shame to cover with paint. I did some minor trigger work as well as wrapping the shroud and bottle with camo tape to protect the finish as well as to quiet the gun when hiking through thick brush.


Saturday September 8th Lindsey, Marley and I headed out several hours into a familiar location although this time we would be exploring much further into the mountains than on previous trips. This area has been very dry from the lack of rain so through some work on Google Earth I was able to locate an area that looked to have a water source. The narrow dirt road went on for miles and just before we started heading down into the valley floor we just had to stop and take in the beautiful scenery.

Over the next several miles we encountered some cattle next to the road as well as many California Ground Squirrels scurrying about on the many rocks and fallen trees.

Marley was getting very excited as she knew as well as I did the area was plentiful with varmints to hunt. The fairly smooth fire road eventually became very rugged with several creek crossings, rocks and off camber turns.

After a few more miles we came to a flat area that had many Ponderosa Pines, fallen logs and an abundance of green bushes. We set up our camp where we would spend the next two days enjoying ourselves. As I was setting up the tent I noticed quite a few Ground Squirrels just around our camp sitting atop the many tree stumps and broken timber. After everything was set up at camp Marley and I headed out in a Northern direction following a small animal trail. The trail took us atop a hill that looked to be an excellent place to hunt Cottontail’s and Jackrabbit’s. We sat down next to a bush facing down through a canyon where after several minutes I ended up spotting a large Jackrabbit.

I tried to be as quiet as possible while setting up my camera that had to be adjusted for the off camber, range was 83 yards with calm wind conditions. I set up my rifle, took a breath and the Jackrabbit just hopped away like it knew what was about to happen. UGGGGGGG gets frustrating but I know after years of doing this it’s just part of the work we put into hunting and filming our experiences. Marley and I sat for a few more minutes glassing for any further Jackrabbits or Cottontails sitting in the shadows before moving on. Anytime I hunt new areas I always like to get a lay for the land and become familiar with the terrain as well as areas that may be better to hunt from. I was checking the ground and it became very apparent this was extremely active with wildlife. We found a wide variety of animal tracks, droppings everywhere as well as fresh urine in forms. Forms are the best sign that an area has large Jackrabbit populations, these are small indentations that are only about an inch deep. These are spots that Jackrabbits sit on a regular basis like clockwork, usually in the morning or evenings are best times to spot them in their forms. Marley and I hiked in a big loop for about two hours before heading back to camp, during the hike we flushed many Jackrabbits, Quail and Cottontails. Back at camp Lindsey was busy working on some Jewelry that she will be selling on her Etsy store. She made these really neat pendants out of stones she found near camp and then wrapped them with 18 gauge copper wire. One of the pendants looks like it was a lower jawbone from a Ground Squirrel, haha never seen that done before. We were all having a great time enjoying one another’s company as well as being secluded away from people and noises, this place was so nice and quiet.

After a late lunch I topped off the Lynx V10 with air, packed a few bottles of water and Marley and I headed back out into the hills for some rabbits. We took the same route as before but now having the lay of the land I knew better where to look as well as good vantage points. The sun was just about to head down over the mountaintop bringing the 87 degrees down to about 73 degrees, much better to hike in. We sat next to a large manzanita bush that overlooked a canyon with a hillside 65 yards across, great vantage point. I soon spotted some bunny ears from behind a bush moving out into the open, I unfortunately took the shot before I could situate the camera but did manage to catch marley making way to recover. This was a nice headshot and a very healthy looking Cottontail with a fairly wild coloration to the fur, almost reddish brown.

Marley carried that bunny all the way back to camp and was proud to show Lindsey what she had done, I got to say she moved really quick up that hillside to recover. She was one pooped pup by the time we made way back to camp. That evening was just beautiful, nice and cool but not cold at all.

That evening we had a small campfire that I was going to use to cook the Cottontail, I had left it on a tree stump to process and when I went to get it Marley had only left the head and foot. She ate the whole thing, guess she didn’t feel like sharing that night. We stayed up for a few hours watching the stars, was a long day and the plan was to get up early for some more.


Sunday morning I woke up to Marley whining, sounded like “Dad, get up, time to hunt” UGGGG. I made way out of the tent, got my boots on and grabbed my morning coffee drink to get me started. I loaded the pack, loaded my two magazines with 18gr JSB’s and we proceeded the same route as the day before. We took it very slow and were as quiet as can be as we made way to the top of the hill, to my amazement there were Jackrabbits everywhere, spotted at least seven of them, most were 100 yards or more away. Marley and I inched our way alongside this field where I spotted three of them moving up a hillside at 65 yards, I took a shot on one, missed and shot at the second one that was towards the bottom….THWACK right through it’s side, collapsed and rolled down the hill into a bush. Marley made a quick recovery and dragged it back to where I was sitting.

By this time it was about 8:15 am and the sun was making for some nice T-shirt weather, about 79 degrees. We headed back to camp and my plan was to hunt the Ground Squirrels that were plentiful all within 50 yards of camp. The area was covered in fallen trees, stumps and a few rocks that they had burrowed under. Marley and I sat in the shade and waited for them to come up from the holes and move about across the fallen trees. After a few minutes we spotted several that were sitting in front of a fallen tree at 68 yards.

The shot went just below it’s ear and made a very loud distinct catchers mitt THWAPP!!! It’s amazing how tough these little squirrels can be, even with a devastating blow they still will sometimes make way back down their hole.


Over the next few hours I was able to take about 30 California Ground Squirrels with the Cometa Lynx V10, I hunted all day on a single fill taking over 40 regulated shots at 30 fpe.This gun has treated me well and has proven to be a very rugged little gun. The only issue I have had in the 8 months of owning it was the magazine coming unwound and breaking. I did a search for replacements and found they wanted $75 for one. I ended up trying a .22 Marauder magazine and found that they fit a bit tightly but when inserted correctly they function perfectly. To use the Marauder magazine the single shot side pin just needed to be removed, was very simple and easy to do.

That pin is used to mount the single shot loader, with the pin in the magazine wasn’t able to slide in far enough. I think if I sanded the marauder magazine down a bit it would work even better, the way it is now I have to make sure it’s not in to far or else the bolt won’t close. This is the only issue I have faced with this rifle and am beyond pleased with it’s performance. 


I continued to take quite a few Ground Squirrels from 25 yards out to 80, they just kept popping up all around us. At 30 yards I had taken one that was moving through a pile of cut up wood, really hit it hard, enough to fling in back several feet.

The hunting was a lot easier than I’m used to, we usually have to work hard and do a ton of hiking around with only a few down by the end of the day. This was very enjoyable being able to sit in one spot and almost have them come to me haha.

We had a great day but unfortunately had to start packing up the Jeep and making our way back to civilization. I hope some may enjoy this adventure and will consider the Lynx V10 when looking for a great small game Air Rifle. I will enclose a description of what was done to the rifle to make it field friendly as well as a video. Till next time, “The best Airgun is the one your shooting”


Cometa Lynx V10 .22

  • Stripped black paint down to natural wood and applied clear lacquer
  • Added sling studs
  • Applied camo wrap to shroud & airtube
  • Adjusted trigger
  • Added more spring preload
  • Removed single shot pin for Marauder magazine use
  • Scope (UTG 3-12×44 Mini Swat mil-dot
  • Harris 24″ Bipod

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