Teach a person to shoot: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Teach a person to shoot: Part 1

Making students aware of safety
How do you make a student as aware of gun safety as the instructor? You make a game of it. First, you teach the students the most basic safety rules, with the first one being Never point a gun at anything you do not intend shooting. That’s sometimes watered down to Always point a gun in a safe direction, but I have seen too many people (myself included) who cannot initially appreciate how far a bullet or pellet can reach out. That’s why I like the first way best. If you think it’s necessary, you might want to set up a few demonstrations of what it looks like when a pellet hits something. Rotten fruit is good for this, as are plastic milk jugs filled with water dyed red.

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Colt M1911A1 Tactical: Part 2Another action pistol from Umarex

by B.B. Pelletier

Today, we’ll look at the performance of this pistol. It has a 5″ barrel, so we expect it to be in the 400-425 f.p.s. region with lighter lead pellets. I’m interested in a pellet that shoots as accurately as possible.

Make mine wadcutters
All the Umarex action pistols are .177 caliber only. I use wadcutter pellets exclusively because the low velocity means the pellets will try to tear the target paper and wadcutters don’t do that at the velocity these airguns can generate. If I were shooting action targets , I’d want accuracy but the shape of the nose would be less important. My choices for the Colt M1911A1 Tactical are Gamo Match, JSB Match Diabolo (pistol), RWS Diabolo Basic, RWS Club, Crosman Wadcutters, Crosman Premier Super Match and RWS Hobby pellets. I chose these on the basis of pellet shape and price. An action-pistol shooter is going to shoot a lot, so price has to be a factor…the same as accuracy.

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Colt M1911A1 Tactical Another action pistol from Umarex

by B.B. Pelletier

The 1911 Colt semiautomatic pistol is a handful! I used to swear it couldn’t hit a barn wall if the shooter was on the inside, but then I met a member of the 2600 club (NRA High Master rating) who taught me how to shoot the .45. After that, I knew what millions of shooters have learned – the M1911A1 Colt is one of the all-time best handguns ever made.

What’s good about it?
Many of the reasons for the firearm’s greatness do not transfer to a pellet pistol. The .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) is one of the top manstoppers in military history; the 1911 action is virtually unstoppable in the field and maintenance is a breeze. But the accuracy, the grip and the training value of the Colt M1911A1 Tactical pistol are worthy reasons for buying one.

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Sighting-in a scope Don’t get carried away!

by B.B. Pelletier

Sighting-in a scope must be frightening to many shooters because, of all the technical questions we get, a large percentage deal with problem scopes. Many of the problems can be traced to the fact that they haven’t been sighted-in correctly.

Problem 1. Sight-in distance IS NOT YOUR CHOICE!
You can choose any distance you like to sight-in your scope, so what can I be saying? Just this – yes you CAN choose ANY distance at which to sight-in, but you aren’t going to like more than a very limited selection of distances. You will be frustrated if you sight-in at ALL OTHER distances, then I will get a confused comment like this:

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Spring gun tuning: Part 8 – Disassembly of other spring guns (contd)

Spring gun tuning: Part 1
Spring gun tuning: Part 2 – Building a mainspring compressor
Spring gun tuning: Part 3 – Mainspring compressor continued
Spring gun tuning: Part 4 – Let’s disassemble a gun!
Spring gun tuning: Part 5 – Powerplant disassembly
Spring gun tuning: Part 6 – Disassembly completed
Spring gun tuning: Part 7 – Disassembly of other spring guns

by B.B. Pelletier

Today, I’ll discuss sidelevers, underlevers and anti-beartrap mechanisms. All these things are additions to what is basically the same mechanism we looked at in the breakbarrel Beeman R1. In fact, there are some Walther target rifles that are breakbarrels with the same type of anti-beartrap mechanisms as the underlever HW77. So, what you already know about spring powerplant disassembly still applies.

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Spring gun tuning: Part 7 – Disassembly of other spring guns

Spring gun tuning: Part 1
Spring gun tuning: Part 2 – Building a mainspring compressor
Spring gun tuning: Part 3 – Mainspring compressor continued
Spring gun tuning: Part 4 – Let’s disassemble a gun!
Spring gun tuning: Part 5 – Powerplant disassembly
Spring gun tuning: Part 6 – Disassembly completed

by B.B. Pelletier

Thanks for being patient. Today, I’ll show the other common types of spring gun disassemblies. Few other airguns have the screw-in end cap like Weihrauch (except for many Beeman R-series guns, of course); but, in the 1950s, Anschütz made a military model called the Hakim and a civilian version of the same gun and both had a screw-in end cap.

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The Logun Domin8tor: Part 2 The rest of the story

Read the first part of this review (The Logun Domin8tor: Part 1/A light hunting rifle worth consideration).

by B.B. Pelletier

I’ll finish looking at the Logun Domin8tor today. Let’s start at the range.

Getting ready
It took 60 pump strokes to fill the rifle from 2,000 psi to 3,000 psi. On high power, you get about 18-20 shots. That’s about three pump strokes per shot. While filling the gun, I noticed that the fill port is always open. That’s unacceptable for a hunting airgun; however, the solution is simple. Just cover the fill port with something that prevents dirt and debris from entering the port. If dirt is blown into the reservoir during a fill, it could cause a leak if it gets onto the surface of the valve. Keep the fill port as clean as possible!

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