What every new airgunner wants

by B.B. Pelletier

Today’s report is an answer to a question I received a couple days ago. It’s such a typical question that I thought I would spend a little more time on the answer for everyone. It also dovetails nicely into my holiday gift recommendations.

The question came from a reader calling himself ccobbster. Here’s the question, exactly as he wrote it:

Am interested in buying (soon) a .22 Cal. pellet rifle for practice shooting and small game (pest) hunting (rabbits, squirrel, armadillo, possum). Am drawn to the Nitro Piston power plant for performance and ease of use concerns. Have been looking at six air rifles and was wondering if you had any recommendations or preferences amongst these. Am trying to stay around the $300 range. Would appreciate any advice/recommendations, or other preferred rifles. Have found alot of useful information on your blog site and am inclined towards the Crosman NPSS. Also, it’s made in the US. Here are the rifles:

He also asked for pellet recommendations later on.

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The Benjamin Katana – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Pyramyd Air has some Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials they’ve put together. But don’t wait too long to get what you want, as the specials are going to change daily! And here’s a coupon you’ll enjoy using this weekend: 5% off PLUS you can use it with Pyramyd Air’s free ground shipping offer and their free pellet offer (buy 4 tins, pay for 3).

Part 1
Part 2


Benjamin Katana.

Before I begin, the other day, somebody asked about the differences between the Benjamin Discovery, the Marauder and the Katana. His question was about the internal parts, but I think what he really wanted to know was how the rifles differed from each other. I’ll try to answer that now.

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Crosman Challenger 2009 Target Rifle – Part 5

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers, wherever they may be.

Blogger is still hosed, but Edith is finding ways around it. The Blogger support team, in contrast, hasn’t done anything to solve the issue, which affects not just this blog but also many others around the world. Edith has been in touch with people from all over, and they’re sharing tips on workarounds.


Crosman Challenger 2009 target rifle has awakened a large segment of shooters!

Today is adjustment day for the Crosman Challenger 2009. Can you believe the last report was back on October 1st?

I mentioned in Part 4 that I would return and adjust the rifle for a specific pellet. And in Part 3 I mentioned that my test shot string of 100 shots had a 34 f.p.s. deviation. That’s important to remember, as today I’m going to try to stretch that just a bit.

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Christmas gift list 2009 – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Blogger tanked big-time on Monday, and I can’t easily access the past reports I need for research on today’s blog. So, I thought I’d take today to start my Christmas list for all of you who have presents to buy.

I’m going to recommend specific presents in certain price categories. You can use this to jog your own memory about what to ask for, or you can point your gift buyers to this report. Pyramyd Air has a Holiday Gift Guide that does the same thing I’m doing, so be sure to check it, as well. I am going to give the reasons for my selections, which makes my list more personal to me and, I hope, to you.

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Relum Supertornado – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Okay, today I’ll continue with the description of this rifle and test the velocity, as well. You may remember that the Relum Supertornado is an underlever that’s loaded through a tap. A tap is a loading chamber that turns 90 degrees to accept a pellet, then realigns with the breech for firing. It’s located in front of the compression chamber and behind the barrel. When aligned with the barrel for firing, it sort of forms an extension to the air transfer port because it’s still behind the rifled barrel. So taploaders are usually lower-powered than other types of airguns that load directly into the barrel.

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The Benjamin Katana – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1


Benjamin Katana.

Well! There has been a lot of emotion over this latest PCP release from Crosman. The first report of the Benjamin Katana attracted more comments than a normal Friday, plus we lit up the Yellow Forum, as well. They say no publicity is bad publicity, so we’ll see how things turn out.

But underneath all the gossip, there’s a real air rifle to be evaluated. Forgetting all the trash that surrounds it, how does the Katana perform on its own merits? We will start looking at that today, as we delve into the issue of velocity and energy potential. Since the rifle is available in .22 caliber only, the job is somewhat simplified.

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DIY shooting rest and a Blue Wonder followup report – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Today we have a short guest blog and a followup report on the Blue Wonder cold blue project I’ve been working on. First the guest blog.

Guest blogger
This is Mike’s first guest blog. He needed a rifle rest, so he decided to make one instead of buy something ready-made. His uses simple, everyday items that are inexpensive and readily available. Even if you have to buy some of these things, it’s an economical project.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

Bloggers must be proficient in the simple html that Blogger software uses, know how to take clear photos and size them for the internet (if their post requires them) and they must use proper English. We will edit each submission, but we won’t work on any submission that contains gross misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

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