AIR WOLF Shroud Reviews!
Air Ranger: First
with PAG Shroud Review!
June 25 2007 at 9:15 A
promised Steve Ballew at Pomona Airguns
(PAG) a review so here it goes. A couple
months ago I bought the .22 Air Ranger
from Mike Gervais (great guy to do
business with). I quickly crowned her with
a Bushy 4200 and tested her in my
basement. It sighted in great, but it
seemed loud - a definitive cracking POP!.
My basement poles would ring after each
shot, but I thought maybe the confines
made it artificially loud. I do have a
shrouded .25 pushing 55 ft lbs and
compared it. There was no comparison...
Bottom line for me, the Rangers factory
shroud was anemic looking and performed
just as poorly. I called Steve Pomona and
discussed my quandary - he never machined
a shroud for a Ranger, but seemed excited
at the prospect. He said lots of people
were inquiring about an after market
shroud and mine and an Air Wolf would be
the first ones. So I shipped it off with
the anticipation of Christmas once again.
You guys aren't kidding - this ultimate
pursuit of perfection is a never ending
addiction , but I
It took a while to get back, but again
Steve was custom fitting. He tells me all
the measurements are locked in so any new
ones would be much quicker and the parts
are being batched together.
Below are some pics: There's the .25 Rapid
just above the Ranger. (couldn't help
myself) The Ranger's factory shroud is
lined up so you can see Steve put an extra
three and a half inches on its length. The
factory diameter is .875" (7/8") where
Steve's is 1.25". For me it's a much
beefier look and a better match for the
gun over all.
7/8" Factory shroud placed next over
Steve's for comparison.
the litmus test. I took her over my
friends house to stretch her legs where we
can shoot out to 115 yards. A tall order
for a gun I'm just getting to know, but
she came through! Within 10 minutes we
were hitting soda cans with relative ease
at that range! NO clipping here. She is a
shooter, and I think a better one now with
the shroud. The whole setup is stiffer and
basically mutes any inherent harmonic
problems in the small barrel. Oh, I almost
forgot - She only talks in whispers now. ))))))) Nothing sexier than a
beautiful girl - who's quiet.
Below are some more pics to illustrate
Steve's workmanship. Sorry if some a
matt black finish seems durable and I love
how he got the shroud machined down to the
action block at the same angle as the
factory. - Top notch all the way.
humble opinion, a shroud is a must for
this gun. If Steve couldn't do it, I
wouldn't have kept it. Not only does it
look awesome - it sounds like it should,
like it isn't even there.
.22 Airwolf finally!
13 2007 at 12:30 AM
its finally here!
I recieved it this afternoon
from Steve at Pomona
The gun is flawless, no
scratches, chips . The wood
is very nice with good grain
details. Steve told me that
these batches were the best
he has seen so far.
Steve's shrouds are just
awesome. Both on my new
Airwolf and my Rapid MK2.
Now for my 1st impressions
on the .22 40ftlb wolf:
The bad news of the day, was
that I did not have any high
scope mounts. So my Bushnell
Banner 6-24X40 Mildot would
not clear the shroud. I
ended up scoping my wolf
with a Winchester 3-9 X32
scope. And sighted her in at
This gun is far from
40ftlbs, try 35ftlbs to be
exact. The best it could
shoot the .22 21 grain
Kodiaks was 860 FPS. I
really wished that it could
shoot it at least in the 900
This is also something Steve
at Pomona told me before
hand. That "some guns were
either 35-41 ft.lbs.".
My gun has absolutely no
issues. I truly believe that
alot of it has to do with
Steve's sturdy shroud. No
clipping issues, electronic
glitches, nor any harmonic
Also, I have not encountered
any barrel problems as well.
Shot a full 2 tins of
Kodiaks already. No flyers,
no nothing but this.
electronic adjustements are easy
to operate. And the electronic
trigger feels good. Now is it
better than the Rapids? Hmm I give
it a 50/50 tie. But give props for
Theoben in making a trigger just
as good without electronics
My wolf with the shroud is 43.5
inches long. Steve made my shroud
3 inches instead of the norm of
This gun is whisper quiet just
like my other Rapid steve
shrouded. If you guys plan on
getting a wolf. Buy it from Steve
PAG, and have Steve put one of his
shrouds on it. The stock shroud is
trash IMO and there are just too
many problems with them period.
The bolt on the wolf is nice.
Since there isnt a hammer in this
gun, theres no tension whatsoever.
I like this bolt a little bit more
than the Rapid's.
I want to be able to mount my
Bushnell Banner scope on this gun.
Steve has sent me taller mounts
and I should recieve them this
tuesday. So I will put the rest of
the test on hold.
So far I really enjoy this gun,
you know me, I like having
variety. And the Airwolf is a must
in ones collection. Just make sure
to get one with Steves shroud