A new bipod

by B.B. Pelletier

Bipods are a hot item with hunters, but they aren’t always easy to mount. Today, I’ll show you the Dragon Claw that eases the situation greatly.

UTG Dragon Claw
The Dragon Claw bipod clamps directly on barrels. It adapts to a wide range of barrel diameters, from 11mm to 19mm. It will not fit the underlevers of rifles such as the TX200 or the Gamo CF-X, because there isn’t enough clearance for the clamp between the lever and the barrel. Most breakbarrel and fixed barrel guns should work, though. It’s also made for firearms, so don’t forget them!

Sturdy locking legs
I have been testing a Dragon Claw, and it seems quite rugged. The legs deploy in both directions, so you can decide which way to fold them after the bipod is mounted on the rifle. Each leg has a locking mechanism with a positive spring-loaded thumb latch. Thumb the latch down against the strong spring, and the leg unlocks for movement. Release the latch, and the leg locks solidly in position. It takes just a few seconds to set it up or fold it back.

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Parents: Do you know where your children are?And what they’re doing?Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Today, I’ll finish the discussion of children and airguns.

Children often have poor judgement. In fact, one of the principal duties of raising a child is to protect them while their judgement matures. If a child shows curiosity about guns, the safest solution is to educate them in gun safety. Obviously, the education must change as the child matures. Very young children should not be allowed to hold guns of any kind without 100 percent continuous adult supervision. The NRA Eddie Eagle program teaches all young children to simply walk out of any room if they see a gun in it. As the child matures, they are given more responsibility after they demonstrate they can handle it. But not all children mature! In fact, this is the crux of the problem.

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Parents: Do you know where your children are?And what they’re doing?Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

I frequently get calls from lawyers wanting expert advice on the lethality of airguns. Sometimes, these questions are even about airsoft guns. As difficult as it is to imagine in this paranoid age of zero tolerance, there are still children who take airsoft guns and low-powered BB or pellet guns to school or brandish them in public. When they are caught, the consequences are dire.

The latest call came from an incident that happened last year. A teenaged boy was caught on a school bus in possession of a PPK/S. The lawyer is very tight-lipped about whether it was a BB gun or an airsoft gun, but he wants an opinion on the lethality of the “weapon.”

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What’s going on with Gamo?Is the 1600 f.p.s. air rifle real?

by B.B. Pelletier

Need for speed
Speed sells – no doubt about it. Beeman was first to recognize it, then RWS Diana and finally Gamo learned that lesson a few years back. Which is why they built their Hunter 1250, a breakbarrel air rifle that really does shoot lightweight pellets to 1250 f.p.s. It was big news for a few years, but was eclipsed by the AirForce Condor, which does 1250 f.p.s. with 14.3-grain .22-caliber Crosman Premier pellets. So what would come next?

Raptor fell short
Well, Gamo’s Performance Ballistic Alloy pellet, the Raptor, came next, of course. They were supposed to increase the velocity of any spring airgun, and my testing with the Gamo CF-X proved that they did. However, they did not live up to the other claims for penetration or power. They had reduced penetration, the same as any lightweight pellet would, and the power was lower, too.

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Investing in airguns – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Today, we’ll look at the modern guns that can be owned for very little money. You do this by selling one before buying the next. If you pick the right gun, you’ll end up spending just $30-50 to own the gun for as long as it’s yours. This only works with certain select models, so I will also discuss what happens with the others.

First, the sound buys
Yesterday, we looked at airguns that appreciate in value. Today, we’re looking at airguns that don’t lose much of their value, but may only appreciate as the cost of a similar new airgun increases. Let’s start with the TX200 Mk III. I paid $440 for mine several years ago, and the new price today is $548. That makes mine worth about $475 if I were to sell it. I won’t, though, so in another 10 years my $440 investment might grow to $600. That’s not really growth when you consider inflation, but at least I’m not losing too much money over the time I owned the gun. Just about any spring rifle from Air Arms will do well, though the TX200 will always lead the pack.

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Investing in airguns – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

This idea comes from Dennis Quackenbush. There are two parts to it: (1) Some airguns are good investments and (2) You can own a lot of great guns for very little money by buying and selling them one at a time.

Investments

There are airgun investments that seem to be as sound as blue chip stocks. This blog doesn’t have the room to cover all of them, so I’ll give just a thumbnail view of a few notables.

Whiscombe
John Whiscombe either has stopped making guns or will soon stop, depending on which website you read. A JW75 with 4 barrels and the HOTS on all of them plus a grade 3 walnut thumbhole stock sold for $2,300 in 1998. Today, the same rifle in excellent condition is worth $2,800-$3,000. That’s a growth of $500-$700 over nine years. Not earth-shattering, but sound, if the gun’s condition is preserved. Over the next 10 years, I expect the value to pass $4,000, because no more Whiscombes are being made.

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Haenel 311 target rifle

by B.B. Pelletier


This strange-looking contraption is a bolt-action single-shot pellet rifle called the Haenel 311. They were sold as surplus when East Germany fell.

After doing the report on the Haenel 310 rifle last week, I decided to dust off my 311 and shoot it to you, as well. You may recall that I told you about the yard sale going on in the former East Germany after the wall fell. Well, besides the 310s, there were a number of 311s and 312s – both pellet rifles – that were sold, as well. I happened to snag a 311, which is a very curious air rifle, plus I have what I believe to be a very rare sporter sight for it. At any rate, I’d like to tell you about this rifle today.

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