Archive for March 2007

11mm scope dovetails: Why do they interchange with 3/8″?

by B.B. Pelletier

Before I get started on today’s blog, I want to announce that Pyramyd Air is now making their email campaigns available online. This is great news, because many of us have avoided subscribing due to already-full inboxes. Each week, a new email is sent out with new products, sales and promotions, special offers, etc. They usually come out on Wednesdays, but not always. Here’s the new products email for this week.

Now, on to today’s blog.

dm20 gets the credit for this one. He made this comment. “I thought you said makers of quality rings only labelled them in either 3/8 or 11mm, and not both?”

I probably did say that, though I don’t remember the context of the statement, so it’s hard for me to remember exactly what I was referring to. But that’s not the issue. The issue is: What is an 11mm dovetail?

Don’t use common sense!
My aunt once told me that common sense isn’t that common, and she was right. Think about electrical plugs, computer operating systems, cell phone plans or whatever, and you’ll see what I mean. When something absolutely HAS to work, like air transportation, we gag the dreamers, fire the committees and enforce the standards ruthlessly. But, when free enterprise is given room to innovate – watch out! You’ll get digital cameras that don’t interface with most computers, giving rise to entire businesses that exist just to get pictures from your easy-to-use camera onto paper. So it is with the mythical 11mm dovetail!

The B-Square study
I am acquainted with Dan Bechtel, the founder of B-Square. His company grew up making no-gunsmithing scope mounts for military rifles back in the 1960s. In the 1990s, Dan saw an opportunity in airguns. He saw people were mounting scopes on more and more guns, and he wanted a piece of the action. Like many of you, he thought all he had to do was make a scope mount that fit an 11mm dovetail and be done with it.

No standards!
That’s when he learned the bitter truth. Airgun dovetails – those 11mm dovetails we all talk about – actually range in size from 9.5mm to almost 14mm! When he discovered this, he wasn’t discouraged. He simply made a mount with adjustable clamps that spanned the distance between the high and low number – one size fits all. Except, it didn’t fit all! In fact, it was the reverse. It fit almost nothing very well. The rest of the guns had scope clamps on such an angle that their owners complained bitterly. What was wrong with B-Square? Why couldn’t they make a scope mount that fit the dovetails properly?

I was one of a team of people around the U.S. who measured dovetails for B-Square. We even had to come up with a standard way of doing it so all our measurements would jive, because with a dovetail, where do you measure? From the bottom of the cut? From the top edge? Think about it. It’s not obvious. We standardized by using two short 1mm wire strips inserted in the dovetails and measuring from the top of one wire to the top of the other. They went into the dovetail cuts almost completely, giving us a standard point of reference. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, it doesn’t matter. We measured all the airgun dovetails we could find, so B-Square could make mounts for them.

It gets worse
Well, it turns out there is even more to it than the width of the rails! Some makers cut the dovetails with a 60-degree angle while others cut it with a 45-degree angle. The angle of the cut influences the angle and depth of the clamp going into it, so B-Square had to use clamps with rounded edges as a compromise. Then they took heat because those clamps looked like they didn’t fit ANY dovetails right! But there is even more to it than that!

And worse
The profile of the receiver above the dovetail affects how the scope mount fits on the gun. If the rifle is rounded and if it sticks up too high, it can hit the bottom of the mount and make it rock to one side. Nobody likes that. You might think that was the end of it, but there was more.

And worse!
The scope stop mechanisms on air rifles are not standardized. Weihrauch and Air Arms use vertical holes, Gamo is in a transition from a flat plate, which many Chinese makers use, to a more traditional add-on scope stop. Webley, FWB and CZ use half-round transverse grooves – all serving the same purpose. The scope mount has to be made taking things like that into account.

No hope for some
Then, there are the guns such all the RWS Dianas that, even today, have absolutely NO provisions for a scope stop! We have to be creative in how we mount scopes on these rifles because the factory obviously doesn’t know or care that there is a problem. I think they think you can just clamp to the dovetails real hard and that will solve the problem. I know hundreds of shooters who have discovered otherwise. And, finally there are guns such as the Webley Tomahawk, which has no provisions for scope stops at all! None! Even B-Square can’t do anything about that.

About now is when someone stands up and shouts, “Why can’t they all just standardize on one kind of scope mounting system?” Sort of underscores why the military went out of their way to invent their own system, doesn’t it? So, dm20, 11mm mounts SOMETIMES also fit 3/8″ dovetails just because they do! A smart mount maker tries to fit as many guns as possible for the sake of more sales.

Clearing up some scope questions

by B.B. Pelletier

We had a LOT of questions about UTG Tactedge 4×40 scope and we got an important question about the Rex 10-40x scope that is directly related to the UTG questions, so today I thought I’d spend more time on my explanations.

Lack of AO
One person asked why I didn’t mention that the 4×40 scope lacked an AO feature, and someone else asked whether or not it has AO. I actually DID address this point when I mentioned that the parallax is fixed at 35 yards. That means it isn’t adjustable – no AO! I felt that was good enough, but the questions say otherwise. So, why didn’t I mention the lack of an AO specifically?

I didn’t mention the lack of an adjustable objective (for parallax correction) for the same reason that I don’t expect a Porsche Boxster sportscar to come with a class IV trailer hitch. It’s not appropriate. To use the adjustable objective, you must be able to see very small details, so you can tell when they come into sharp focus. Things as small as sugar ants. A 4x telescope can do that to about 5-7 yards. Beyond that, it’s a guess. AO on a 4x scope would not be be useful at any great distance, and that is what AO is most used for by airgunners – determining distance!

In the post, I went on to say that everything seen through this scope from 7 yards to infinity appears to be in sharp focus. There’s another clue that AO would not work. You need to be able to determine any change of focus through the scope, which is how AO works.

This situation doesn’t just pertain to this scope, but to ALL scopes of low power! As magnification increases, the distance at which the AO can be used for rangefinding increases proportionately. A 6-18x can determine range out to about 25 yards but not beyond. A 6-24x can go out to maybe 35 yards. An 8-32x can go out to 50 yards if the optics are bright enough to see anything, which is where a lot of scopes fail. They will magnify as much as advertised, but you will only be able to see small details when the bright sun is coming from behind your position. That’s where bright, clear optics pay off.

MCA just asked me to relate the 4×40 to the Bug Buster 4x scope. Okay, the Bug Buster, which has AO, will focus as close as 3 yards. That’s nine feet. Even though the magnification won’t allow you to rangefind out to great distances, the Bug Buster works in the region where 4x can actually be used to determine range. The parallax at three yards is many times greater than it is at 20 yards, so this feature is a good one. With the 4×40 UTG, you have no AO, so you have to guess the range and learn the trajectory of your pellet at very close ranges, which is exactly where pellets vary wildly with every yard they advance.

When I said AO is not appropriate for 4x scopes, I was referring to conventional AO that starts at 10 yards. With the Bug Buster, we have a special situation in which the AO minimum focus range has been brought close enough to give us a great feature that no other scope on the market has. At 25 yards, the Bug Buster isn’t useful for rangefinding, either, but it can focus close enough that we can take those impossibly close shots.

Also, the Bug Buster is a mini scope, while the 4×40 Tactedge is of normal length. That will make a difference when you mount the scope. Compacts are more difficult to position correctly for your eye – especially when a scope stop is involved.

Relating to the Rex 10-40×50 scope
Why is the big Rex scope with high magnification not good for field target? Simple – it doesn’t adjust down to 10 yards. Don’t get confused because I said the scope is clear and sharp at 10 yards at 10x – that’s not the same thing. If you crank the power higher, things will start becoming blurry, meaning that it really isn’t in exact focus – it just looks like it is at 10x. There isn’t enough adjustment in the parallax wheel to focus as close as 10 yards, so at higher power you will be stymied. You can still see your targets clearly and will be able to shoot at that distance – just not rangefind.

Joe in MD mentioned that people adjust their objective lenses to compensate for this, and he’s right. But I don’t want any of you doing that. I already answer enough comments about how to put this or that airgun back together – I certainly don’t want to start on scopes! Until Rex changes the AO on this scope so that it focuses down to 10 yards out of the box I cannot recommend this scope for field target. But for long-range shooting of any kind, this one is a dream!

I think rangefinding with a scope is overrated
Just because the UTG 4×40 scope doesn’t have AO is not a problem. I almost NEVER trust a scope to determine the range to a target. Because I’m out in all kinds of weather and the AO on scopes only works properly in a narrow temperature range, I find rangefinding to be overrated, cumbersome and a bother.

I once sat next to another field target shooter who missed two easy shots because he trusted his scope for the range. I could see that the target was less than 20 yards away, but his scope said 25 yards. That’s right at the spot where pellet trajectories play tricks – all shots closer than 20 yards. I even told him the target was about 18 yards in my estimation, but he wouldn’t hear it. He had a $475 Leupold scope with another $300 worth of modifications on it and, by golly, he was going to put his trust in the equipment! So, he missed two shots on a dead-easy one-inch kill zone.

There you have it. I hope I was clear enough this time, but you’ll tell me by your questions.

REX 10-40×50 scope

by B.B. Pelletier

The largest scope in Pyramyd’s lineup is this beautiful new Rex 10-40×50. Shown here with the sidewheel attachment mounted.

Springtime is when the shooting sports industry puts out the bulk of its new products, and this year Pyramyd Air has an embarrassment of them! They told me there are so many new products that they can’t fit them all into their new product emails, so I am taking up some of the slack by showing you some of what’s new.

Rex scopes
Pyramyd Air has added the Rex line of scopes to its scope line. These optics come from the same people who bring you the BAM air rifles; and from first examination, they appear to be just as well made. Today, I’ll take a look at the 10-40×50.

BIG glass!
This is a HUGE scope! It has a 30mm tube and a 50mm objective lens for which there is a sunshade, if you need it. At 33.5 oz. and 16.75″ long (without the sunshade!), this will be the largest scope many of you have ever seen! It is truely the Rolex Submariner of riflescopes.

BIG features!
The features are so plentiful I’ll just highlight them:

  • 30mm scope tube
  • Red illuminated reticle with 11 settings
  • Mil-dot/duplex reticle with center lines etched on glass for resistance to flaring
  • Eyepiece has adjustable diopter
  • Separate sunshade
  • Sidewheel parallax adjustment to less than 20 yards
  • Separate, large (3.7″) sidewheel for calibration of focus ranges
  • Target turrets with 1/8 MOA adjustments
  • Turrets are resettable for zero preservation
  • Spare battery included
  • Flip-up transparent lens caps
  • Waterproof & nitrogen-filled
  • Includes matching Weaver mounts

Now, so all of that makes sense to you, here are a couple pictures.

Lots of stuff in that box! Besides the scope, there’s a sunshade, a large sidewheel attachment, a spare battery, matching scope rings and the owner’s manual.

This closeup of the turret knobs shows the sidewheel parallax knob without the large wheel. Actually, the knob is pretty large by itself and will be fine for everyone who doesn’t want to know distances to the exact yard.

It takes a long time to properly evaluate a scope, but I’ve had this one long enough to give you some preliminary observations. It is very clear – even at the highest magnification, which is where scopes tend to fall off. The parallax adjustment goes below 20 yards; and if you set the magnification to 10x, the image will be very sharp and clear at just 10 yards. Pyramyd Air has to tell you what the actual specifications are, and the parallax setting goes down to somewhere below 20 yards, but I’m telling you the scope is useful at 10 yards. I wouldn’t select it for field target, but I would get it for just about every other long-range or precision target airgun application I had.

Long-range airgun shooters and firearms shooters, alike, will find this scope to be the right ticket. As long as the light is good, I would put this big Rex up against any other scope. The 1/8 MOA adjustments mean you can control the strike of the round very precisely. It seems perfect for a large, accurate PCP.

UTG Tactedge 4×40 scope

by B.B. Pelletier

Well, here’s a twist! A scope with fixed power. Back in the 1960s that was the norm, but today, it’s a novelty. Yet when you look at what Civil War snipers used, it was a 4x telescope – and they have recorded shots of one mile!

Rugged scope
UTG is a brand name of Leapers, so the UTG Tactedge 4×40 scope has the same rugged construction they put into their other scopes. Their Smart Spherical Structure means that it has an erector tube that returns to the same place every time.

A bundle of nice features
It comes with resettable adjustment knobs so you can always return to your base sight-in zero setting. It has a red/green illuminated reticle for low light situations, which couple with the low magnification and large field of view make it an excellent scope for fringe times in the morning and evening. The lenses are emerald-coated for maximum light transmission, further enhancing the low-light capability.

It comes with rings
How nice that a scope comes with a good set of rings. These are four-screw cap rings that you would normally have to purchase separately. They say .22/Airgun, which means they will fit both the 3/8″ dovetails on a rimfire and the 11mm dovetails on an airgun. Those two are close anyway, so a smart mount maker makes a product that will accommodate either one.

Flip-up lens covers
Both ends of the scope have flip-up covers to protect the lenses, yet come off at the flick of a finger. Hunters love them for their speed in the field. No more hunting for where you put the lens caps!

Long eye relief
This scope looks right up to five inches from your eye. That’s more than two additional inches over any comparable scope. If you own a military rifle that you want to scope, use this one. You can use it in the military mounts that sit far ahead of where a regular scope goes. It will function the same as those expensive Russian sniper scopes at a fraction of the cost.

The first time you look through this scope, it’s like viewing a widescreen TV. The field of view is enormous. And, the parallax that you have to worry over on all those high-powered variables is fixed at 35 yards, yet everything from 7 yards to infinity is in focus. With only 4x, everything looks crystal clear. I tested a Weaver mount version (only difference is the rings) of the scope on the UTG M14 Master Sniper Rifle, and I was able to watch the flight of the BBs all the way from the muzzle to the 50-yard silhouette! Though the BBs do drop over that distance, the wide field of view keeps them in sight throughout the entire range.

I think this would make an ideal hunting scope – not only for air rifles, but for firearms, as well. It would be perfect for squirrels out to at least 50 yards and for whitetail deer to 150 yards. The mil dot reticle is not so thick that it obscures that much of the target. which means that you can even use it for inpromptu paper punching, should the desire overwhelm you.

Peep sights

by B.B. Pelletier

I’m doing this post at the request of Steve, who asked:

Do you think you could write up a detailed article about peep sites and how to use them? I just bought one for my 392, and they are indeed very accurate; I was quite impressed. But, I found that I couldn’t find much on the web about how to use them, which leaves me to believe that peep sites are a bit underrated in lieu of scopes. But I think they’re a great cost-effective alternative, especially at around the 25 yard range.Cheers, Steve Seattle, WA

I don’t know when the first aperture-type sights were used, but in 1884, Lieutenant Colonel A.R. Buffington introduced a new type of rear sight for the .45 caliber rifle (the Trapdoor Springfield). It featured a combined open and aperture (peep) rear sight in a raised leaf that was both adjustable to 2,000 yards range and could also adjust for windage.

It may not have been the first use of peep sights on a rifle, but the 1884 Buffington rear sight on the Trapdoor Springfield was probably the first military use of peeps. It even compensated automatically for the drift of the bullet caused by the right-hand twist of the rifling! A very complex sight, it got the U.S. into peep sights for battle rifles, and they still use them today.

I’m pretty sure that when soldiers saw the new sight for the first time they hated it! They were used to open sights and buckhorns, and the newfangled peep must have confounded them. To put it on a primary military rifle in 1884 no doubt took real courage. However, when the U.S. adopted the M1903 Springfield rifle 19 years later, it had a modified Buffington rear sight, and every primary U.S. battle rifle since then has had a peep sight in the rear. Today, there is a move toward optical sights on the battlefield, but as of this time the peep sight still reigns supreme. Why is that?

It fixes parallax!
A good peep sight forces the shooter to position his eye in the same place every time, because it is difficult to impossible to see through the hole if the eye is elsewhere. But allow me to differentiate a good peep from an average peep. A good peep has a hole small enough to do what I just said. An average peep, and this includes all military peep sights I have seen, must use a larger hole for rapid target acquisition. The military doesn’t care where the enemy is hit, as long as he is hit. Target shooters do care where they hit!

The battlesight peep on an Enfield No. 4 Mk1 rifle can almost substitute as a basketball hoop. There is a much smaller peep hole on the calibrated leaf that’s laying down in this view. With a hole this large you won’t shoot targets, but a man at 100 yards is not safe. For more exacting work, flip up the leaf and go to town! The No. 4 Enfield is one of my personal favorite WWII battle rifles!

How to use a peep
Using a peep sight is MUCH easier than using an open notch-type sight! With a peep, all you do is look through the hole in the rear sight and put the front sight where it needs to be in relation to the target. Your brain will force you to center the tip of the front sight in the rear hole because that’s where the light is the brightest and the sight is easiest to see. Yes, you can subvert this if you really want to, but if you don’t think about it, your brain will center the front sight every time. For that reason, peeps are best used with square post front sights and annular (ring) front sights. Trying to use a peep with a post and bead front sight can cause confusion until you sort it out. If you think of the bullet going to the tip of the front sight, you’ll get along well with a peep.

When using a peep with a front sight that takes inserts, choose the annular type (left) or a square post (center). The post and bead isn’t as useful until you practice with it for awhile.

Adjusting a peep
The peep sight adjusts the same as every rear sight. If you want to move the strike of the round to the left, move the rear sight to the left. If you want to shoot higher, move the rear sight up.

Peeps in poor light
Like any non-optical sight, a small aperture will fail in poor light. A large aperture will work much better, which is another reason the military uses such large holes.

Why don’t more rifles come with peep sights?
Today, any rifle that doesn’t easily accept a scope is dead in the water. Non-optical sights generate little interest among rifle shooters anymore. The last big peep sight push on pellet rifles came from Germany in the 1950s and ’60s. And Daisy collectors can tell you that certain Daisy models such as the No. 25 pump have had combination peep and open sights that were very popular at that time.

This combination peep and notch rear sight was popular on many Daisy BB guns in the 1950s and ’60s. This one is on a 1955 Daisy No. 25 pump gun.

So, Steve, the peep sight is not much of a mystery to use. It forces you to concentrate on the front sight, which is where accuracy comes from. It works just like other open sights except for the aperture, however that small hole is what makes the peep sight the easier sight to use.

TV station lies to the public

by B.B. Pelletier

Not that this is news – you just won’t hear it anywhere except, perhaps, here.

A “News Station” calling itself (WTVF in Nashville, TN) reported the following:

Toy Guns Illegal in Hendersonville

The story reports that several teenagers were cited for firing “air soft pellet guns” in Hendersonville, Tennessee, defying the town’s “tough stand on toy guns.”

They then cited ordinance 11-601, which makes it illegal to fire any airgun, air pistol air rifle or even BB gun in the city limits. (It’s also illegal to throw a snowball maliciously!)

Right there – they lied, because their headline says toy guns are illegal in Hendersonville. In fact, the ordinance says no such thing. It is a commonsense law about not discharging an airgun (it’s one word, WTVF!) within the city limits. In fact, the majority of incorporated communities in the U.S. have a similar law. News Channel 5 might as well have reported the rising of the sun!

We called the Hendersonville police department to ask specifically if toy guns (meaning airsoft guns, in this case – another one-worder, WTVF) are illegal. THEY ARE NOT ILLEGAL. Second lie. Actually, it’s the same lie, but told a different way. Clever, these new age doublethink specialists.

The officer we spoke with said the teens were running down the street firing airsoft guns at each other and ended up in a school yard. In other words, they were having an impromptu skirmish. In reality, they broke the law by brandishing their guns in public. The officer said the boys were very close to a sanctioned paintball field and wondered why they didn’t just go there. Contrary to what WTVF says, shooting guns in Hendersonville is perfectly legal at the paintball field and in private residences. And, like every other community in America, you can’t run up and down the street shooting or sit on your front porch and start popping your gun!

The report tried to explain airsoft by saying the guns fire “tiny plastic beads” and can be purchased at stores like the K-Mart in Hendersonville. They couldn’t very well report that the guns fire 6mm BBs, because they have to assume their viewing audience is as dense as the reporter who writes the story. They further reported that the store has no notice or information on the ordinance against firing the guns. Wow! Imagine that! And, I suppose that the television sets in the News Channel 5 broadcast area have no notice on them regarding the possible invalidity or outright falsification of their news reports!

Well, here’s another headline for you:

Nashville’s News Channel 5 Not Cited For Fraudulent Reporting of Toy Gun Story

Let’s see how they like it!

Best airguns for the money – Part 4Unlimited price

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

Well, today I’ll wrap up the air rifles and we can move on to handguns next. The sky is the limit today, but there will actually be fewer guns to choose from, because “for the price” is still part of the selection criteria.

For classic lines and quality, Weihrauch’s HW77 is a certain winner. It’s the rifle that used to dominate field target in the late 1980s, and it probably got looked at very carefully when the TX200 was designed.

Fire 201S
For mass-produced big bores, the Fire 201S is the clear leader in my mind. It offers a large breech for easy loading, great power for the caliber and decent accuracy. Before 1990, a rifle like this would cost at least a thousand dollars and would have to be handmade.

Quackenbush Bandit
For a little more money, you can get a .457 caliber rifle that has in excess of 500 foot-pounds at the muzzle. The Bandit Long Action has been to Africa twice and taken big game. Deer and boar have fallen prey, and a Bison is next on the agenda. When questioned about using a 500 foot-pound airgun for such large animals, Dennis Quackenbush is quick to point out that buffalo hunters of the 1870s killed hundreds of thousands of buffalo with the .50/70 rifle. They typically took a stand at 500 yards from the herd, so the noise of the gun would not alarm them. At 500 yards, a .50/70 (425 grain bullet that exits the muzzle at 1280 f.p.s.) has about the same energy as a Bandit has at 50 yards.

The Air Arms TX200 belongs on this list. I do not know how they build such a fine air rifle for such a reasonable price in the United Kingdom, where labor costs are so high. And, if that weren’t enough of an impediment, Labour costs are even higher! Building an FAC air rifle in the UK these days is not the bright enterprise it once was, when the country was still relatively open to internal commerce.

The rifle is stunning! No one can open the box of a new TX200 and not be impressed. And when you shoot it, the impression deepens. Yes, the BAM B40 is a remarkable air rifle for being such a close copy of the TX, but it took the TX to set the standard initially. The TX200 has beautiful finish, flawless fit, superb firing characteristics, superior accuracy and a fine trigger. The scope mounting solution is well thought-out and easy to use. The stock is proportioned for both sitting and offhand use. The anti-beartrap catch is unobtrusive and easy to operate. This rifle is the one all spring gun makers need to study before they fire up their CAD systems.

I nominate all three AirForce air rifles for this list. They belong there because they each offer more value for the money than any other PCP. That doesn’t mean they are the best or even the most accurate PCPs. But, they give a thousand dollars worth of accuracy and performance for half the price.

Each of these rifles can now be changed by the addition of the MicroMeter air tank and by the new CO2 adapter. They offer performance that will suit any shooter’s needs. The “black rifle” styling is not to everyone’s taste, and that’s one of the reasons other PCPs still sell, but these three rifles are fundamental to modern airgunning.

Before we move on
The move toward repeating mechanisms in recent years has actually hurt airgunning, because some companies have killed their single-shot models altogether. This was an unwise move, because repeating mechanisms come with bundles of limitations and problems, while single-shots are so basic they don’t have any of these problems. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have repeaters, but not at the expense of the single-shots. I’ll give just one example. Daystate replaced their single-shot Harrier with a repeater. The single-shot would have made my list. I own one and will never sell it, because it is a fine PCP. The repeater has the limitations of pellet length and difficult cleaning, plus never knowing what remains in the magazine.

Falcon FN-19
Falcon has a long reputation of making fine PCPs, and Titan, their former incarnation, did, too! The FN-19 is their standard long rifle action and is one of the sweetest PCPs out there. I like the separate cocking handle that takes the effort off the bolt. I don’t know if they still have that feature, but I really liked it. And, Falcons are quite accurate. Even their sporter rifles, such as the FN-19, are good enough to shoot field target in everything lower than a championship.

Another thing I like about Falcon is that their rifles don’t always require the 3000 psi fill level. Neither did my Harrier. It’s wonderful to fill to 2600 psi or so and still get the same number of full-power shots, because the rifle’s valve has been properly balanced.

FWB P44 pistol
I shoot 10-meter pistols for sport, so naturally I would have one on my list. Actually, I like the Steyr and Anschutz pistols very well, but I’ve always favored the Feinwerkbaus. The P44 is the latest incarnation in a line of premium PCP 10-meter target pistols that began with the P30 over a decade ago. For me the adjustments are perfect, the trigger is ideal and I just seem to shoot a few points higher with an FWB. Pyramyd Air will start selling the P44 shortly.

FWB P700 rifle
And for a 10-meter rifle I can recommend the FWB P700. A direct successor to the P70, the 700 is very pricey, however I wouldn’t recommend anything else. This is one time when I don’t have a close second.

Whiscombe JW80
There is nothing else like it, and you’ve already seen how well it functions in my reports, so the JW80 has to be on the list. Featuring interchangeable barrels, harmonic tuning, and power adjustability, the Whiscombe is a rifle for discriminating airgunners.

What SHOULD have made the list
The Logun Solo probably belongs here, along with the BAM B50. Both offer a lot of features for a very reasonable price. Beyond that, I draw a blank. If Theoben still made the 12 foot-pound Fenman, it would be here, too, but they don’t. That can be said for any number of fine guns that have passed from the scene. The HW55T, the FWB 124D and the BSF S54 all would have made my list if they were still around. Now, it’s time for you to tell me what I forgot.

Top-notch springer
Air Arms TX200 air rifle

When it comes to spring-piston air rifles, the Air Arms TX200 Mk III is a favorite of many airgunners, including airgun writer Tom Gaylord. His favorite caliber is .177. While the gun will initially impress you with its beauty and superior craftsmanship, you'll be even more impressed with the incredible accuracy! Tom claims this is "the most accurate spring gun below $3,000." Beech or walnut, left-hand or right-hand stock. Isn't it time you got yours?

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Uzi CO2 BB submachine gun

You've seen tons of movies with guys spraying bullets from their Uzi submachine guns and probably thought it would be a blast. Except for the cost of ammo! You can have all that fun with this Uzi BB submachine gun at just pennies a round. Throw shots downrange for hours on end with all the fun, none of the firearm hassles and a fraction of the cost.