Air Arms Alfa Competition pistol – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Today, I’ll look at the Alfa Competition pistol from Air Arms for a second time. You may remember me telling you that this would be a longer report because there are complexities with target guns that you don’t normally encounter with a sporting gun. The biggest of these is finding the right pellet for the gun. That can take a very long time, so I’ll tell you how I do it, but I’m not going to actually find the very best pellet for this particular pistol, because I haven’t got enough time. That will be in another report, though.

Let’s look at the power curve. I want to know if this pistol has enough air for a men’s match, which is 60 shots, plus sighters. I’d normally skip this step because all the 10-meter PCPs pistols I’ve tested are regulated and have a more or less standard-sized air reservoir under the barrel. This one does not. It stores the air inside a small tank in the grip, so I added this important step just so we’d all know if the gun was useful for match shooting.

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Hey! You! Get offa my cloud! – Part 2

Introduction by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Boy, you guys don’t cut any slack! You roasted me for splitting this huge report in two last Friday. But it was so large that I had to.

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Hey! You! Get offa my cloud! – Part 2

by Vince

In Part 1, I introduced the pellets and rifles I’ll use in this test. Added to this mix are two pistols. Both are vintage Crosman CO2 guns that belonged to my dad, a Crosman 38T in excellent shape that I resealed a couple of years ago, and an early 1008 that’s never been apart but still works well. I figured that if THESE guns wouldn’t work with Super Pells nothing would–heck, the box for the 38T shows Super Pells on its cover!

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Hey! You! Get offa my cloud! – Part 1

Introduction by B.B. Pelletier

Well, good old Vince is standing on the turnbuckle, ready to pounce on me today with ABSOLUTE PROOF that B.B. Pelletier exaggerates! The nerve of that cheeky fellow!

Even so, I will permit his feeble attempt to embarrass me in front of all you readers, as we learn whether the old Crosman flying ashcans were really better or worse than cheap Chinese pellets.

Go on, Vince. Give it your best shot!

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News from the 2009 IWA

Introduction by B.B. Pelletier

Guest blogger
Mel is a European blog reader who visited the 2009 IWA show–that’s the European SHOT Show. He was kind enough to write this guest blog and provide these photos for us so we could take a peek at some different airguns. If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

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How to quiet the big guns for indoor shooting

by B.B. Pelletier

I wrote this last year, but didn’t publish it because there was some question about whether this constitutes a silencer. I don’t believe that it is, according to the intent of the law. Dr. G. asked me yesterday about how to quiet powerful airguns for shooting in the home, and I thought about this report. So, today, I’m publishing it.

This one’s for Anatoly, who asked about installing a shroud on his AR-6. It seems he’d like to shoot his rifle indoors. He’s not alone. Many shooters have a powerful hunting air rifle they would like to shoot indoors. That’s no problem as far as safety is concerned. Get a heavy-duty metal bullet trap designed for .22 rimfire and no smallbore airgun in the world will overpower it. But the noise these guns can generate is another matter.

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Choices

by B.B. Pelletier

I have a new toy. It’s a Remington rolling block rifle in .43 Spanish. I’ve wanted a good rolling block for 20 years, and I just stumbled into this one. Now, my world is suddenly in turmoil. Should I preserve this rifle as is or should I rebarrel it? If I rebarrel it, should it be to a caliber for which I already have the loading equipment or for a caliber I think I might like better than the ones I now shoot?

I want to shoot lead bullets, but the heavier they are the more the gun will recoil. On the other hand, a light 275-grain bullet doesn’t carry as well as a 550-grain bullet. But at 550 grains, the bullets use up my lead supply much faster.

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And now, a word from our sponsor The Pyramyd Air moving sale

by B.B. Pelletier

Last week, I hinted at what’s about to happen, and today I’ll come right out and tell you. Pyramyd Air is moving! They’ve purchased a building and will move there this year–the exact date is still being determined.

Here’s what the move will mean to you. They plan to have a blow-out sale of odds and ends to lighten their load. Last year’s Garage Sale was just a warm-up for what’s coming this time.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for airgunners to land some buys they’ll be bragging about for decades to come. Pyramyd Air has more product to put into this excess sale than the entire inventory of many of their competitors.

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