The Octane air rifle was a well-respected entry into the break-barrel air gun market. It brought solid performance at a price that anyone could afford. Yet some felt like some ergonomic options were sacrificed to get the price down to its $259 price point.
The new version of the Octane is the Octane Elite. Adding Elite to the name would typically jack up the price. Not this time. Instead, Umarex has focused on functional upgrades to the platform, but they’ve left the price at $259.
So what have they changed up? The first thing you’ll feel is the upgraded stock. The forend has a more functional grip texture, and the butt has a nice swell to the cheek piece. It makes getting on target just a bit faster.
The grip has a slight palm swell, too. For those of us with big hands, this is great. A decent palm swell positions your hand appropriately for fast and naturally on-point trigger finger placement. Trigger discipline is something you can neglect when you are shooting Nerf guns, but not when you have a capable rifle.
All of the changes to the stock affect how you get the gun on target. Getting the pellet on target is more complex. And Umarex has added their StopShox system to the Octane to truly optimize the performance of the rifle.
The StopShox is simple. A compressed spring works as an anti-recoil system inside the floating stock. The shock from the piston hits the spring, eating the recoil energy and stabilizing the action. You can feel the difference in your shoulder, where it is subtle, and in reduced hand shock.
An added benefit of the StopShox system is reduced wear on the whole platform. You’ll feel the difference. Your scope will too. And this is a rifle that …read more