Went to cock my Gamo Shadow 1000 air rifle the other day and it self destructed in my hands. The stock cracked in two at the forearm. I have a Whisper for a back up, but in my opinion the Shadow shot rings around the Whisper. With Gamos approaching the $200 mark and most of their models eliminating the open sights, I'm beginning to think the German-made RWS air rifles are a better deal. I contacted Gamo because the barrel was stampted with a "Limited Lifetime Warranty" placard. I'll be curious to see what their response is. I will sure miss this Gamo, it took care of a lot of pests for me.