Monday, March 28, 2005

Important! How to find your way around and leave messages

By B.B. Pelletier

We had a comment TODAY that was bumped off the active list by THIS message! It occurred to me that I should tell you guys how this Blogger software seems to work, so we can talk to each other.

First, at the bottom of THIS MESSAGE there is a comment counter and an icon of an envelope with an arrow in it. If you put your cursor on the comment counter and click on it, a window opens for YOU to leave a message.

You MAY have to open that window larger by clicking on the lower right corner and dragging it down until you see the button marked Login and Publish. Once you are satisfied with your message, click this button to leave your comment.

I will leave a comment at the bottom of THIS message for you to read.

What people have been doing is scrolling down to the LAST MESSAGE that can be seen and leaving their messages THERE. Once I post the next day's message, it bumps their comment off the active list and you can't see what they have asked. Bummer!

What prompted this special message was a comment we got TODAY from a reader asking why I haven't written about the Sheridan Blue Streak. Well, I did write about the Blue Streak in the very first message, but that was on March 1 and it has been bumped off the list.


Look at the BOTTOM of the list of reports at the right side of this message. TODAY ONLY, it says "Synthetic skirts, steel tips and other pellet oddities" Tomorrow, it will say "Become a better shot!" because tomorrow's posting will bump today's last posting off the list. Got it, so far?

If you click on the oldest title on the right of this page, you'll be taken to that posting, and the list on the right OF THAT POSTING will reflect what was current ON THAT DAY!

That's how you can get back to the first posting on the Sheridan Blue Streak. It's not straightforward, but right now it's the only way you can see the posts that have been bumped off the list. Good luck.


At March 28, 2005 4:30 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

This is the message that I said I would leave for you. If you have found this, you now know how to leave messages that everyone can read!

Now, find that first posting on the Sheridan Blue Streak. Just follow the directions in today's post.

And, to the person who caused me to do this today (the guy who commented about the Blue Streak), THANK YOU!

At March 28, 2005 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the Blue Streak page. Thank you. Now are you planning to do anything about Benjamin Franklin guns? I have one that is all brass and beautiful. It doesn't have a rifled barrel which a friend told me was for BBs. Is that true?

At March 31, 2005 3:52 PM, Blogger rcvcav said...

I bought your rws 34. Been reading your articles and scope info. Like duplex ret. 3-9x40 What scope brand? What mount? Webley single 3 bolt? I cannot find one by BSA?? Will be shooting starlings, sparrows. What scoope would you suggest?

At March 31, 2005 4:12 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


I'm not part of the Pyramyd Air sales team, but my top pick for a scope for your rifle happens to agree with theirs. It's Leaper's Bug Buster 4-power scope. The Bug-Buster is BOTH a duplex AND a Mil Dot, and it is illuminated! There is even an article about it by Tom Gaylord, and he shows you what the view looks like through the scope at the end of the article. I would mount it on Leapers two-piece scope mount. Pyramyd Air shows your rifle as a combo with this scope mounted on it. And the price of this neat little scope is just $65.95! That is my pick.


At April 06, 2005 6:35 PM, Anonymous Germain said...

I had a few CO2 pistol in pocession. I realized that when used in single action, it will be more powerful. When use as double action, the hammer will only move half way to the rear and foward to punch on the gas release pin. Are there any way I can improve the power of it?

I've heard people said that if I make the hammer heavier by filling the hole of the hammer with metal, and then glue a thin metal at front of the hammer(where the surface will contact with the gas release pin), the pistol will become more powerful. This is due to a much heavier punch on the gas release pin. Is this true?

At April 06, 2005 7:53 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

Yes, a heavier hammer can add power in some CO2 guns, UP TO A POINT. That point is reached when the valve is open as long as it physically can be with the pellet still in the barrel.

The chances of speeding up a gun with a 4-inch barrel are slim, and the increase will be small. If the gun has a 20-inch barrel, there is more to work with and a larger increase MIGHT be possible. The bottom line is this: each gun can be optimized. Some guns are optimized as they come and others have a margin for improvement.

But just adding a heavier hammer without regard to anything else is like saying a house can be built faster because the carpenter used a heavier hammer. There are too many variables to answer that question yes or no absolutely.


At April 06, 2005 8:41 PM, Anonymous Germain said...

Regarding the heavier hammer issue. I have the Walther CP88. Short barrel. Are there any margin for impovement? And what is the method of doing it?

At April 07, 2005 5:26 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Thanks for being specific. And my answer is no, the CP88 with the short barrel doesn't have much room for improvement for the reasons I mentioned in my last message.

I also discovered that your model shoots faster single-action (cocking the hammer before pulling the trigger) than double-action (just pulling the trigger). In fact, EVERY CO2 revolver I've tested except one does that. The one exception is Gamo's R77 revolver, if I remember correctly.

I wouldn't try to modify the CP88. It's a great little pistrol as is and any improvement you might make would be so minor that you wouldn't really notice it. Plus, the gun's mechanism is a bit complex and will not take kindly to modifications.

For higher power in a CO2 pistol, try the Benjamin EB 17. You'll get greater accuracy, too!


At April 08, 2005 4:08 PM, Anonymous Germain said...

What is your top picks of CO2 pistols(Not the one with pre-filled tanks but the one using CO2 Capsure)? And what is your top picks for high power break barrel(sping) rifles?

At April 08, 2005 7:08 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

For an all-around CO2 pistol I like the Benjamin EB 22. My top spring rifle is the Air Arms TX 200, but for high power I like the Air Arms Pro Sport best. The Webley Patriot is also a nice gun, if you can cock it.


At August 13, 2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are your thoughs on the new GAMO PX-107?

At August 13, 2005 10:23 AM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

Well, the PX107 is certainly sleek-looking. It looks like it carries the BBs in the magazine, rather than in the gun like the P23.

I have no personal experience with this model, but I know Gamo makes a quality gun - especially in these CO2 pistols.

If the price is right, I'd say go for it. Just remember that steel BBs rebound with great velocity, so always wear shooting glasses and use a safe, non-rebounding BB trap like the Crosman 850.


At December 07, 2005 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely Gamos use lead balls not metal BBs ? So you can avoid (most) ricochets

At December 07, 2005 7:04 AM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

The obsolete Gamo A-10 and A-15 pistols used lead balls. Their current BB guns are made for actual steel BBs, as far as I know.

Do you know something different?


At February 18, 2006 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just inherited a 79g from my father, it needs parts and a seal kit. please point me in the right direction to get this great pistol refurbished. thanks. (

At August 04, 2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gamos use lead balls but some have magnets to hold steel BBs in the breech best place to look is in the top of the ball fed ina P23

At January 03, 2007 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would ther be any advantage to the hw80, to fix the spring giude to the cylinder block,to stop some of the recoil,

At January 03, 2007 3:09 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Not by itself. But any time you can reduce vibration the firing behavior becomes smoother.

Your idea has been used by other makers already, so they must think it has an advantage.


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