The Korean made Sumatra 2500 is a compact little lever action carbine that IÂ’ve been told is a very powerful hunting airgun. IÂ’ve wanted one of the Korean made repeaters ever since shooting Randy MitchellÂ’s Career Carbine a couple of times while on a hunting trip. There had been reports of accuracy problems with the Career and that the rotary magazine of the Sumatra was more reliable digesting a wider range of pellets than the Careers inline magazine, so I decided on the Sumatra. As to the question of from whom I should order, IÂ’ve had good experience dealing with Cobra Airguns lately, and went to them to purchase the Sumatra for inclusion to my hunting battery …… if it made the grade.
As mentioned, this is a compact gun, and with a variable scope mounted it still weighs in at right about 8 lbs. I find it well balanced and like the way it comes to the shoulder. The stock and forestock are made from a nice quality Asian hardwood, and the metal work is nicely blued Â… at least the barrel and air reservoir are. I have to admit that the shiny tin like receiver is not my favorite feature of this other wise cool (in a strange way) looking gun. However, as this is going to be a dedicated hunting rifle ,IÂ’ll have it camouflaged in the near future. I didnÂ’t know what to expect when I ordered the Sumatra 2500, but I must say I really like the gun. Following is a quick initial review which will be expanded at a later time.
The two stage adjustable trigger is nice, with a good tactile response. Out of the box it broke crisply at about 4lb, with very little creep and no over travel. I havenÂ’t yet started playing around with fine tuning, as I quite like it as is.
Loading is accomplished by cocking the lever action with the safety on, then pulling out the six shot rotary magazine, dropping the pellets in butt first and replacing the magazine. When the lever is closed the first round is chambered. The gun is delivered with a spare magazine, which for me is a good thing as I invariably loose the little pieces.
This PCP carbine is charged with a high pressure air tank using the fill probe that is supplied with the gun. I had to get a foster with a coupling that fit the Sumatra probe before I could fill the gun and start shooting. The gun fills to 3000 psi, and gives 25 shots at the low power setting and 10 on full power. This is plenty for a typical pass through the squirrel woods on a morning hunt. There is a pressure gauge built in to the forestock which allows the shooter to monitor the pressure setting.
Power settings: the gun has three power levels that can adjust the velocity (in .22) between 750 to 1250 fps. At 750 fps the gun is pretty quiet and is perfect for plinking in the basement, turn it up and youÂ’ve got a powerful hunting gun for the field.
Accuracy: I sighted in the Sumatra with a 3-9x variable Burris scope mounted, and zeroed it at 40 yards. The best groups I shot were with Eun Jin, RWS Super Domes, and Kodiaks. Shooting off a rest using Eun Jin pellets I was able to consistently achieve 1/2Â” groups at 40 yards. In the Field
I took the Sumatra carbine on a squirrel hunt in the Miami State Recreational Area in Northern Indiana. It was early fall and while most of the leaves were off the trees, there was no snow and the weather was pretty mild. I like the way the gun carried, it is compact and light weight and even though I had not yet mounted a sling, did not feel burdened.
As I was stepping across a small creek, I caught the movement of a gray squirrel in the upper branches of a tall tree on the other side. Estimating the distance at about 35 yards and 30 feet up I lined up the shot and squeezed the trigger just as he started to move. The near miss sent him climbing up the side of the tree circling the trunk as he moved. I quickly cocked the rifle and as I saw him poke his head over the forked branch, sent the follow up shot to finish the task. With a crack he dropped out of the tree, DOA.
Collecting my downed game, I turned to see a second squirrel running on the ground to a dead tree that turned out to be a nest tree. I saw him run up the side then disappear, and figuring he was pressed up against the opposite side of the trunk I sat to wait him out. After fifteen minutes of waiting and watching I slowly walked around the tree, but saw nothing. As I stood there looking, a sudden burst of angry chatter started and I saw the bushytail ducking back into a hole in the truck. I sat against the trunk of a tree about twenty five yards away and settled in for a wait. I noticed the ruffle of fur and saw him peeking at me from the safety of another hole, but after a few more minutes he leaned out for a quick look, the pellet smacked his head flipping him onto the ground.
This gun could become a favorite for small game hunting as it has the attributes IÂ’m looking for; powerful, accurate, and a very ergonomic gun to shoot. It carries well, and digests a number of my favorite hunting pellets. The six shot magazine was also useful, because combined with the lever action cocking mechanism it allowed very fast cycling for follow up shots