by B.B. Pelletier
What a package!
Now, for something completely different, let’s look at Beeman’s dual-caliber RS2 SS1000-H air rifle. This rifle has many of the bells and whistles people want in a spring gun today. Not only does it come in the dual calibers of .177 and .22, it includes a scope and it comes in a black cloth carrying case. Everything fits inside the case with Velcro straps to keep it snug. It’s a very neat case!
You better know what you’re doing, cause the instruction manual won’t tell you much!
The owner’s manual, on the other hand, is virtually useless! You would think that Beeman has no one on staff who can write a manual, because the pamphlet that accompanies this rifle has snippets of information from Beeman manuals dating back 32 years! It includes such useless information as how to cock a sidelever (which this isn’t) and how to handle an air pistol. I’m not kidding. A drawing of a spring rifle is taken from a Beeman/FWB 124/127 manual from 1976! The model you bought isn’t mentioned once.
Although this rifle FEATURES interchangeable barrels, there isn’t one scrap of information in their manual or anywhere else on how to change them! Beeman certainly hasn’t squandered any money on technical information!
However, changing barrels does seem to be very straightforward. I doubt if it will challenge most shooters.
This is a powerful gun, yet the markings say it shoots less than 7.5 joules!
Another problem with this rifle is the presence of a German Freimark on the barrel, clearly and legally indicating the rifle develops less than 7.5 joules of energy. That’s about 5.5 foot-pounds. Yet, Beeman advertises the rifle as a 1000-f.p.s. rifle in .177, which would be around 20 joules. That makes the Freimark illegal, but only if the rifle is exported to Germany. I’m thinking the Freimark is there because these barrels are also found on different Beeman models that are truly at or below 7.5 joules.
Lefties can shoot this one, too!
The stock has a Monte Carlo profile but no raised cheekpiece, so everything is completely ambidextrous. This stock reminds me of a modern BSA stock. The pistol grip is very thick and the contours of the stock are all “melted,” meaning a very soft, rounded edge characteristic of BSA rifles and some Gamos. The wood finish is dark reddish brown, another BSA characteristic.
This is a large rifle, measuring about 46-3/4″ overall, with a pull length of just over 14-1/2″. The hardwood stock is extremely straight; there’s almost no drop to it. I can’t wait to shoot the gun because it should be a different experience.
The trigger is a Chinese copy of a Gamo with an automatic safety built in. That affects cocking to the point that you have to pull down the barrel a little harder and faster to cock because the safety has to be set at the same time. The safety also releases easily, making this an easy rifle to operate. It can also be reapplied at any time, if the rifle is still cocked. The trigger blade is wide with both longitudinal and cross grooves providing purchase, and a bright nickel finish making it stand out.
This is quite a package! I hope it shoots as good as it looks.