Ordered this rifle last week after all the talk about airguns of late. This is the first springer Ive owned since a B26 (I think) some 13 or so years ago. Ive never been a fantastic shot with a springer, and switched to PCPs, and Co2 after the B26. Bout 7 years later id given up PCPs since Id also quit playing paintball, which was where I got my HPA tanks filled. I still shot my Co2 powered QB78s, but those were the only airguns Ive had till about 6 months ago I traded my SKS for a .357 Bulldog, and worked on that for a while. Ive decided its time to get back into practicing with a spring gun. This Is mechanically the same rifle as the XS-B25 that has the sporter style, hardwood stock. I like thumbholes on airguns, and really liked the way the bamboo stock looked, so saving 40 bucks to get a stock I liked the looks of better won out. Since Mike Melick offers tuning on these for a very reasonable cost, I decided to get it with a full tune. Here are some photos of the packaging and rifle, as well as the documentation Mike included with the rifle. Box as it arrived Manual and rifle/tune information. Hey look Ma! already chrono'd!!! Its nice that it delivers very similar velocity to my QB78 Repeater. This means i wont need to remember different trajectories, and POA, when switching between them. I may reduced the hammer spring tension on the QB to bring velocity back down to match the b25 if they end up shooting the same pellets. Gun, bluing quality, and weight. Ive fired 4 or 5 shots thru the rifle just to see if theres a noticeable difference in the cocking and firing cycle as compared to what i remember (and my dads Quest1K, which is here), and there is a VERY noticeable difference. Zero spring vibe on cocking, and its smoother and lighter than expected for a gun of this power range. The shot cycle is very smooth, and free of any noticeable after shot vibration. Ive never shot a springer, or gas ram, that was this dead in the hand, tho admittedly Ive never shot a tuned spring gun. Ive got a scope on order from amazon, Hammer Magnum air rifle scope If i remember correctly. If I enjoy shooting this as much as I THINK Im going to, Ill probably order a Clearidge RM for it. Ive also got a Simmons ATV coming from a friend, so that might get to ride around on here for a while.