by B.B. Pelletier
First, Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! This year has given me many reasons to be thankful, and I hope the same is true for all of you.
Here’s a head’s up for all you parents and grandparents with daughters and granddaughters who want to shoot. Crosman has just released a hot pink 760! In case you aren’t aware of the trend, hot pink is a real attraction in the shooting sports today. There are aftermarket places turning out pink AR-15s and .22 rifles like mad, so Crosman wanted a cut of this new market. You collectors better set a few of these aside, because who knows how long they will be available? They just went up on the site yesterday, but they will blow out the door fast in the Christmas season.
Today, I tested the accuracy of the Webley Typhoon. Given the extremely heavy trigger and the fact that this is a pistol, I decided to shoot from a rest at 10 meters.
The trigger is horrible!
Not only is the trigger more than twice as heavy as it should be for a sporting air pistol, but when you squeeze it, the entire upper powerplant moves backwards in the grip frame. That’s what causes the sights to appear to move as you squeeze. And, there’s a lot of creep! Let’s be clear on what creep is. It happens ONLY in the FINAL STAGE of a trigger-pull, so only in the second stage of a two-stage trigger like this one.
The trigger-pull is so heavy that I could not pull it with my index finger after about 25 shots. I had to shift to using my middle finger for the remainder of the test.
Sights are functional
I don’t care for the way the rear sight adjusts, but the sights are entirely functional. I was able to dial my groups onto the bullseye target.
The pistol wants to be accurate, but the trigger and the action’s movement in the stock prevent it.
From the velocity testing, I selected the pellets that did the best with the pistol to use for accuracy testing. They were the RWS Superdome, Crosman Premier 7.9-grain, Gamo Match and H&N Finale Match for pistols. This is one of the few times I will tell you that I don’t think these groups represent the potential accuracy of this pistol. In a moment, I’ll tell you what I think could be done, but this test doesn’t represent what the Typhoon is capable of. It does, however, represent the best I can do with it in its current state.
Only the Gamo Match is not shown here, but they group about the same as the Premiers. There were groups that opened up to 4″ when I accidently rested the butt of the pistol grip against the bag. I’m not showing them, but they were there – resulting from my poor technique.
Can anything be done?
As the Typhoon stands today, it has very little to recommend it. However, I believe there is a wonderful airgun hiding just beneath the surface. This pistol would make a wonderful youth air rifle! I didn’t figure that out – a reader calling himself Western PA planted the idea in my brain, but I wish I had thought of it! If the barrel were lengthened with a shroud/tube, and the gun was mounted in a rifle stock and given some other type of rear sight mounted to the base block, and if the trigger could be fixed, then I think this new gun could give the IZH 6o a run for the money. Excluding the trigger that I’d need to look at, my modifications would add about $8-10 to the cost of the gun, unless the factory already has a stock that would fit it.
The world has missed the Diana model 70 and 72 target air rifles, and this new gun could take their place for a lot less money. At least, that’s what I think.