Simple is good, right? When it comes to brilliance in the basics, sometimes the flash and glitz of modern air rifles are a means of distraction. The idea behind the Beeman R7 is that simple works, and simple is effective.
This rifle may look a little familiar to experienced airgun shooters. No doubt it reminds you of the traditional R1 Supermagnum, except smaller. That’s close to true! The R7 is basically the ‘little R1.’ In fact, Beeman took the famous R1 Super Magnum’s design and shrunk it down to a more manageable size.
The manufacturer trimmed 5 inches off the tip of the gun and lightened it by 2.5 pounds. The original R1 was a 22 caliber pellet gun, while the new R7 is available in 20 and .177. We recommend .177, because the pellets are much more common and easier to find.
Overall, the Beeman R7 is perfect for youth and smaller shooters in general.
A Deep Look at the R7 Specs
Size and Weight
The R7 is a small, portable rifle that weighs in at a mere 6.1 pounds. Its lightweight nature makes it easy to handle for shooters of all ages and sizes. The rifle is pleasant to tote, and easy to aim and keep on target.
The short barrel makes the air rifle quick to get on target and easy to point. Smaller barrel size also helps keep the balance of the gun focused rearward, making it easier to stay properly balanced. The overall length is only 37 inches, with a barrel length of only 13.5 inches.
Double Jointed Cocking Lever
The R7 is a break barrel gun, and it uses a double jointed cocking lever to reduce the effort needed to cock the gun. In fact, you only need half the strength of what it takes for the R1. Instead of 36 pounds, the cocking effort is a mere 18 pounds. This makes it manageable for nearly any shooter responsible enough to own an airgun.
With a .177 pellet, the gun reaches 700 feet per second. That’s perfect for target shooting and recreational plinking, but poorly suited for hunting anything bigger than rats and mice. The Beeman R7 is a gun you want to use at the target range. It doesn’t really have the force or power to create the foot pounds necessary to kill most small animals.
Trigger Pull Weight
One of the most impressive features of the Beeman R7 is the gun’s trigger. It comes in at only 1.25 pounds. That’s quite light in terms of trigger pull. We think it’s a perfect weight for the marksmanship practice you will be getting out of this gun. The trigger is also a two-stage model, meaning it gives you a little extra weight to avoid setting off that light pull unintentionally.
Scope and Sites
The Beeman R7 can even be scoped, but it will require an 11mm Dovetail mount. However, the gun comes already equipped with a set of adjustable iron sights. We like this rifle’s iron sights, because they can be used to teach proper marksmanship fundamentals. With its lightweight nature, short length of pull, and reduced cocking effort, the R7 is a great gun to use when instructing new shooters.
How It Stacks Up
|Product|| || ||
|Velocity||700 FPS||1400 FPS||675 FPS|
|Trigger Pull Weight||1.25 lbs||3.2 lbs||1.25 lbs|
|Cocking Effort||18 lbs||32 lbs||18 lbs|
|Overall Length||37 in||46 in||38.78 in|
|Weight||6.1 lbs||6.61 lbs||5.5 lbs|
|Cost||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1
The Beeman R7 is perfect for a kid shooter, but how does it stack up to a rifle designed for adults?
The Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 is certainly a worthy comparison. The Mach 1 is a hunting airgun that spews .117 pellets at over 1,400 feet per second. This is twice as fast as the R7. Unfortunately, Gamo had to make some compromises to achieve this speed.
Since this is a break barrel gun, all that power has to come from somewhere. The cocking effort on this gun is close to double the R7’s. At 32 pounds, the Mach 1 isn’t for everyone. The trigger pull is double the weight as well, coming in at 3.2 pounds. Nonetheless, it’s still a nice two-stage design. Overall the average is how we would best describe the Whisper Fusion Mach 1’s trigger.
While the name is hard to say, the gun isn’t hard to shoot. The HW30S is a lot like the R7: a short rifle designed for novice shooters. For the most part, it is an accurate and robust break barrel gun with only 18 pounds cocking effort. However, the gun does come in a little slower than the R7 and only fires at 675 FPS.
Again, as a target gun, speed isn’t too big of a concern. A nice advantage of the Weihrauch is the half pound of weight savings. In other ways these rifles are identical. The barrels are the same length, the trigger is the same, and even the sights on both guns are adjustable. The biggest line in the sand is the price. The HW30S is about 30 dollars more than the R7. Frankly, we don’t see a big enough difference to justify the difference in price.
Beeman R7 Overall Ratings
Throwing a .177 pellet at 700 feet per second isn’t all that impressive. There are considerations you have to take into account when you go with a youth sized gun. Although the R7 is an inappropriate rifle for airgun hunting, it is the perfect gun for marksmanship. The short barrel, reduced cocking effort, and lightweight nature is a compromise for the slow feet per second.
Outside of having low power, this gun really does do everything right. The trigger is amazing, and the two-stage design is perfect for marksmanship. The adjustable sights are robust, and the spring piston is a reliable and consistent means to ensure accuracy and speed.
Ease of Use
Ease of use is often relative to the gun’s purpose. I don’t expect a PCP hunting airgun to be as easy to use as Rough Rider BB gun. With that in mind, the Beeman R7 is one the easiest rifles to use. Ever. Even for a beginner, the low cocking effort, adjustable sights, and simple design makes it self-explanatory.
We give customization one extra point because Beeman included the option to add a scope. Other than that, this rifle stays how it comes and it is perfectly suited for its intended task. However, we understand the call to customize when it comes to airguns and that potential just isn’t here.
In its intended role as a beginner airgun, the R7 receives a 3.3 out of 5. In the overall airgun world, it doesn’t quite stack up. Nonetheless, this Beeman is a well made, consistent, and accurate product. It is small and perfect for little shooters, but too small for us bigger guys and gals. Its ease of use is a highlight, but the Beeman R7 only serves a limited purpose at the range.