Theoben Sirocco and Eliminator

Theoben Eliminator

Model: Sirocco Classic
Manufacturer/Importer: Theoben
Powerplant: gas spring
Calibers available: .177 .22
Caliber tested: .177
Power: up to 23 ft/lbs
Velocity: 900-950 (under test)
Retail price: About $900 (1995 price)

Model: Eliminator
Manufacturer/Importer: Theoben
Powerplant: gas spring
Calibers available: .177 .22 .25
Calibers tested: .22, .25
Power: Up to 30 ft/lbs
Velocity: 900-950 (under test)
Retail price: About $1200 (1997 price)

Theoben is a small company based around a novel innovation- a pressurized gas ram used in place of a steel spring in an otherwise traditional spring air gun. While they have since branched out into other guns- most noteably a series of precharged pneumatic repeaters, beginning with the Super 7, their gas spring guns are still their main product line.

The Sirocco was one of the earlier Theoben designs; it was out of production for a while, having been replaced by newer (and in some cases less expensive) models such as the Fenman and the Taunus, but was reintroduced in an improved version after a few years. These newer guns offer an improved gas ram system that offers greater efficiency and shorter lock time via a gas ram with a shorter stroke operating at higher pressure. My test gun was updated to the improved gas ram, so these comments rrefer to the improved gun, but the original guns are by no means poor performers.

Most of the Theobens made for the domestic market are 12 ft/lb guns; the only remaining FAC rated (over 12 ft/lb) spring gun in the Theoben line is the Eliminator, also marketed by Beeman as the “Crow Magnum”; the Sirrocco is very similar to the Eliminator, but is a bit lighter and smaller. It was available in a standard field version, the Classic, as well as a field target version, the two differing in the stock supplied.

All the Theoben guns are very smooth and easy to cock, and this one is no exception. Fit and finish are execeptional, with all metal parts having a very high degree of polish. Accuracy is very good, owing to the extremely short lock time and consitency of the gas spring as well as the high quality of the barrels used. It’s more than sufficient to group Crosman Premiers on a dime at 40 yards. I suppose I can best summarize the Sirocco by saying that it has replaced all my other spring guns for hunting and plinking.

The Eliminator shares all the positive attributes of the Sirocco, and adds about 50% more power. This doesn’t come free, of course; when set to its maximum of 30 ft/lbs, cocking the Eliminator is a pretty good workout for the arm muscles. For hunters this is not really a problem, but it does rule casual plinking out for most of us. Set to about 26 ft/lbs it’s a much more managable gun, but still requires a bit of work. Firing behavior is like the Sirocco- smooth and vibration free.

Both of these guns are very finely finished, with stocks made from attractive woods, and mirror-smooth polishing on exposed metal parts. You do pay extra for this attention to detail, but when buying a gun with this level of attention on the inside, it makes sense to have the same level of attention and detail on the outside as well.