Crosman Nitro Venom Review

Crosman Nitro Venom Review

Crosman’s gas-piston break-barrel air rifle, the Nitro Venom, isn’t only affordable, it’s bloody reliable too, and even stands up to the likes of the Benjamin Marauder Trail models. But why is it so popular, and how does it perform?

Take a look at our review to get behind the benefits and drawbacks of the Nitro Venom, and be your own judge of whether or not this is the deal of the century!

Crosman Nitro - Benefits

The Power of Nitro

Since the Crosman Nitro Venom operates with nitrogen gas, it cocks a lot easier than spring-powered air rifles, and shoots like a dream. You’ll feel the smoother operation (thanks to the absence of spring networks) and the fact that it doesn’t produce recoil makes the deal hat much sweeter.

The other benefit that nitrogen brings to the table is the fact that you can leave your rifle cocked, unlike spring-operated models that lose power when they’re left in this state. Obviously, the experts won’t advise this, but it’s still nice to know that you have the option of keeping your weapon loaded for times you need it most.

It’s a Powerhouse

The Crosman Venom can shoot pellets at speeds of 1000 feet per second and 800 feet per second in the .177 and .22 calibers respectively. That’s roughly 17 FPE with the .177 and 20 FPE with the .22. As you can see, this translates to more than sufficient power and velocity for applications such as small game hunting, plinking, and target shooting.

It Was Made With Durability in Mind

There’s no denying the fact: The Crosman M4 is a looker, and for its price, we didn’t expect to see a fit and finishes of this caliber. The hardwood stock has a checkered finish at the grip and front, and with a length of 44 inches, it offers you more than enough length. Weighing in at 7.4 pounds, the M4 isn’t too heavy, and perfectly qualifies it as a crack barrel pellet gun.

It Has a Great Scope

If there’s one thing that we’re usually let down by on lower-end air rifles, it’s their scopes. The Crosman M4 is different in every way here, and since it comes with a Centerpoint 3-9x32 that effortlessly installs onto the weaver rail, we immediately upped its rankings in our books.

Crosman Nitro - Drawbacks

The Trigger
Crosman Nitro Venom Trigger

Crosman’s Nitro Venom has a critical downfall, and sadly, it’s one of the parts you’ll use most. The trigger is stiff since it’s a two-stage adjustable trigger. The sad thing is that it doesn’t really get better with adjustments. The trigger directly contributes to issues such as accuracy, but there is some good news: You’ll learn to go with the flow here. It’s not a horrible trigger, and you definitely don’t need to upgrade to another trigger, but we won’t blame you for doing it either.

Our Verdict:

The Crosman Nitro Venom is a phenomenal air rifle, considering its seriously affordable price tag. It’s a great mid-sized rifle that comes with a pretty decent scope, oh and once you have learned to love the trigger that can be a pain in the butt and times, you’ll be able to score great accuracy with every shot.

Would We Recommend It?

We’re not saying it’s the perfect gas ram, but we are saying that the M4 came seriously close to scoring a perfect 10 in our books in the category of bottom-tier air rifles. If only the trigger wasn’t so darn stiff, we would have recommended this rifle to just about every one of you, but unfortunately, that’s something that you’ll have to test drive for yourself and decide whether you can live with it or not.


Hi! I'm Dave - an air rifle enthusiast and a bit of a geek to be honest. When I'm not out at the range or on a hunting trip, I enjoy writing about different air rifle products and accessories.