Cometa Lynx V10 precharged repeating air rifle: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

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The Cometa Lynx V10 is an exciting precharged repeater.

Oh boy! Another new precharged air rifle to test! This one is called the Lynx V10 and is made by the Spanish firm of Cometaand distributed in the U.S. through AirForce International. Instead of offering these guns through AirForce Airguns, the company has elected to create a separate entity called AirForce International that will sell all the products that are not made in the United States. The Cometa line launches this endeavor.

The Lynx V10 has been seen in the U.S. previously but was represented by smaller dealers who sold whatever configuration the company made. AirForce International has requested specific standard specifications for the guns they sell, and they will have other exciting changes to announce in the future.

The rifle I’m testing for you today is the Lynx V10 — a .22-caliber 13-shot sidelever repeating precharged rifle. It takes a conventional 3,000 psi/206 bar fill of air in the 290cc reservoir. Although the reservoir appears to be removable, it can be left in place on the gun and filled through a standard male Foster-type filling in the bottom of the stock.


The reservoir remains in the rifle and is filled through a standard Foster male nipple! Note the onboard pressure gauge.

I’m testing serial number 30638-11, but you won’t be able to buy this one because I’ll have to return it to AirForce International, who supplied it for this test. They sent the rifle mounted with an AirForce 3-9×40 AO scope, so that’s how I’ll test it. I have both the single-shot adapter and a 13-shot magazine, so I’ll test both for you.

According to the AirForce International website, the rifle will deliver velocity from 700 to 1,000 f.p.s., depending on the weight of the pellet. So, I’m expecting power to be in the 30+ foot-pound region.

General description
The rifle I’m testing is mounted in a natural wood finish stock. The test rifle stock has a pleasing grain pattern and appears to be walnut, though the specifications do not list it. Other stock finishes of blue and black are available.

The rifle weighs 9.5 lbs. as tested, with the scope mounted and single-shot adapter installed. The advertised weight of just the rifle alone is 7.8 lbs.

It is 41.3 inches in length and has a pull length of just under 15-1/2 inches. That pull may be too long for many shooters. I find it very comfortable, but I do like a longer pull. The black rubber buttpad adds an inch to the stock. If you need to trim the pull, that’s the place to start.

The stock is completely ambidextrous, and only the sidelever on the right side of the receiver and the fact that the single-shot adapter swings out to the right for loading shows any bias whatsoever. The comb has a very tall and sharp Monte Carlo profile, and the cheekpiece is subtly raised on both sides of the butt. Both sides of the grip and forearm are covered with attractive checkering.


The sidelever cocks the action and the single-shot adapter can then rotate out to the side for loading.

The forearm is quite wide, while the butt is surprisingly narrow in cross-section. The forearm, though, has to house the back part of the air reservoir, so the wide forearm does not add any weight to the gun. The resulting feel of the rifle is that it’s large but not overly heavy — at least so far. The pressure gauge is inset into the left side of the forearm, where it’s easy to read.

The barrel is shrouded and has a bull-barrel look. I’ll report on the sound at firing after I’ve tested it indoors for velocity, and perhaps again after accuracy testing outdoors. The fat shroud should be able to do an effective job. While the test rifle does not contain any baffles, there’s a large collection chamber in front of the true muzzle — not unlike what’s found in the production Talon SS.

Trigger
The trigger is two-stage and adjustable for pull weight. The one on the test rifle seems to be adjusted perfectly. I plan to leave it alone until I shoot the rifle for accuracy, because it’s right where I want it. Stage one has some weight to it, and stage two breaks glass-crisp.

The cost
This is a sophisticated PCP, make no mistake. The reservoir is regulated, and the power is adjustable. I’ll explore the latter after accuracy testing, but the former will come to the forefront when I report the shot count. Many of you have asked about the utility of a regulator — well this rifle has one and now we’ll see how well it works.

So, yes, the Lynx V10 is pricey, but before we close our minds, let’s see what it has to offer. It should be on par with the Air Arms S510 and similar European PCPs.

Cometas are coming!
This Lynx is just the first of a flood of Cometa airguns that are coming from AirForce International. Next week, I’ll begin a report on another exciting new gun. But focusing on the Lynx for now, I plan to chew on this report a little longer than the usual three reports — both because the brand is new to many of you and also because the Lynx has so many performance features that deserve to be fully tested. So, sit back and enjoy the ride!

77 Responses to “Cometa Lynx V10 precharged repeating air rifle: Part 1”

  • kevin Says:

    Regulated is intriguing. I like the foster fill compared to the proprietary fill adapters, like the air arms S410/510 that B.B. mentioned. I’m interested to see how easy the power adjusts and how well the magazine works.

    I’m disappointed in the quality of finish shown. The rough cutouts around the fill port and gauge are not on par with competitively priced pcp’s with similar features. The metal doesn’t look like bluing but rather anodizing.

    The gun shown is beech. The medullary rays, especially in the last photo, are a dead giveaway.

    Looking forward to future reports especially on accuracy. This cometa lynx, unlike the previous cometa lynx, has some tough competition because of price.

    kevin

    • Wulfraed Says:

      PyramydAir’s web site also lists the stock as beech.

      The cut-outs for the fill port and gauge also concern me… They make that side of the stock look weak and subject to cracking since there is just that “small” strip of wood between them. But… I suspect it would have taken a bit more design and lengthened the reservoir to have put the gauge and fill port both on the bottom, one in front of the other — so only an oval hole is needed.

      ——-
      (@ o )
      ——-

      where @ is gauge and o is port

    • /Dave Says:

      I agree. Pretty rough wood. I think the cut-outs on my TF99 are better looking. And being that bad on a $1k gun!! All I can say is the thing better feel like it’s been buttered, get 200 shots per fill and stack pellets at 50 yds with that stock and that price. Even then I’d have my doubts about getting it over an Evanix. I’m not usually so harsh, but if they can’t get the wood right, how can I have any hope for the machining?

      /Dave

    • BG_Farmer Says:

      Kevin,
      Could be a non-production piece, since BB said he got it from AFI. That could explain the bluing as well, although I expect some airguns will move to cerrakote and the like soon, and it might be something like that.

      I agree about the beech, just stained a little light than normal; actually its a better wood for a stock than most walnut in my opinion. Neither is as good as maple, but it is a too heavy for airgunners to lift on to a bench several times a session, given how much wood airgun stocks tend to use.

      • Frank B Says:

        This move to a less expensive to manufacture,and less fussy to maintain finish seems like an obvious way to lower unit cost.It has been a long time coming though.The Daystate Harrier,no longer made,is an excellent buy on the used market.Not a repeater,but everything else about it is phenominal.Mine is lightweight,regulated,accurate as I could want…….and the one I grab when I don’t want to worry about weather too,thanks to the durable finish!

        • BG_Farmer Says:

          Frank,
          I agree. I don’t think it is bad at all to get rid of hand-rubbed oiled stocks and glossy bluing in terms of practical rifles (and the point of an “impractical rifle” eludes me). I like the synthetic stock now, even, for modern stuff :)! Cerrakote and the like seem like good things also. I hate stainless barrels, not because they are not blued but because they are obnoxiously shiny. Dead flat black or brown is the best finish in terms of hunting and targets (no glare).

      • B.B. Pelletier Says:

        BG_Farmer,

        No, this Lynx I’m testing is a production gun. It just has the AFI specs on it.

        The Lynx has been in production for some time.

        B.B.

        • BG_Farmer Says:

          Thanks, BB. I was doing the “benefit of a doubt” thing. How do the features in question look to you in person? I know from experience that photos can often make bad woodwork look good and good woodwork look bad, or anywhere in between. I’m not the target demographic for this rifle, but I can see that Kevin and Dave have a point on the finish quality versus price, as it seems to be the #1 consideration for many gun owners, esp. at that level. I would be more excited about the regulator :)!

          • B.B. Pelletier Says:

            BG_Farmer,

            The finish on the Lynx is just as good as any I’ve seen on an Air Arms PCP or on the HW 100. Maybe they are reacting to the photo quality or perhaps they don’t like the style. The finish is fine, in my opinion.

            B.B.

            • /Dave Says:

              Actually, the finish might be ok on the rest of the gun. What I’m referring to is the chattered cut on the inlet behind the action and the inlet for the gauge. It’s as though the tool was dull, or slipped badly. It left a rough, un-even, un-finishable edge. Maybe this one just got through qc that way…

              /Dave

  • chris in CT Says:

    Nice looking rifle even if it performs at the price they suggest the fit finish and quilty should be as good or better than Air Arms for everyone here to even consider buying.I do like that Cometa is going high end with their aproach. Considering others are going for less expensive by cuttig cornners

  • RidgeRunner Says:

    I don’t see it myself. It will have to produce 1MOA or better at 50 yards to even be in the running with the competition. It doesn’t outlook them, so it had best outperform them.

  • Ridgerunner Says:

    Now the Cometa Indian looks interesting. Maybe B.B. can get his hands on one of them for a review.

  • TC Says:

    BB,
    You stated “the reservoir is regulated”. Please explain what this means and what are the advantages.

  • chasblock Says:

    I just got the email from PA today about them now carrying the Cometa line of airguns. I was intrigued by the Lynx. I closed out the email and then made a beeline for this blog, and lo and behold!

    I’m going to follow this carefully with an eye, of course, on accuracy and shot count. While I absolutely love my HW 100, I am put off by the 50 shots it gives from a fill. I can get almost 200 shots from my FWB 700 Alu which definitely suits. I want to be shootin’ not pumpin’!

    I’m also interested in the Indian pistol. Strange looking gun but I love strange looking guns.

    Thanks B.B. for this series of reports. You never fail to inform with your timely analyses.

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      chasblock,

      The last thing I ever want to do is convince someone that they should like or want something. That’s something people need to decide on their own.

      But once you have made your choice, I will give my opinion. And my opinion of the TX200 is that it is hands-down, the finest spring piston air rifle being made today.

      B.B.

      • TC Says:

        BB,
        I think this response was for meant for me. Your candid response is much appreciated. I see your mug shot in the PA catalog next to the TX200 as one of Tom’s Picks!!! Maybe I should order all of “Tom’s Picks” and spend the rest of the summer picking out my favorites.

        If you cock the TX200, is a shot required or can you un-cock it?

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          TC,

          Duh! I even indented it under the wrong question!

          Sorry for that.

          I know how to uncock a TC 200, but it isn’t straightforward. You Remove the safety while restraining the underlever in the down position. Be careful not to reengage the safety. Then you pull the trigger and ease the piston forward, moving your other hand to the lever that prevents the sliding compression chamber from slamming shut. You have to depress the lever until the sliding chamber is safely past all three safety cuts. Then the piston can be eased forward the rest of the way.

          It takes less than five seconds to do, but a lot longer to explain and understand.

          B.B.

          B.B.

          • TC Says:

            BB,
            Excellent. I like having this un-cocking feature. Twice I’ve been at a retailer when someone ends up cocking a display model trying it out. I wonder how often this actually happens and then the rifle ends up being dry fired. I view this as a safety feature.

            • chris in Ct Says:

              Do not try this trick with cheap rifles not on turkish webelys the piston slipps by the cocking arm and ruining the T shape slot on lever no fixing the rifle without buyin another whole rifle which I chose not to do im left with two wall hangers

  • john Says:

    I also will be following this with an eye on regulation and an ear on loudness.

  • TunnelEngineer Says:

    B.B.

    The Cometa web page states that the .22 caliber rifle has 14 shots, not 13. Is there a difference in the trays between the US-imported and the one available in Spain?

    Also, the .177 is supposed to have a 17-shot tray. This would be the load-on-Sunday-shoot-all-week air version

    I agree with a previous comment on the Indian pistol. It is interesting in that the lever rotates all the way from the top to the underside.

    T.E.

  • Barrika Says:

    Generic, off-topic question, all: when I shoot any .17 cal air rifles, and the “low-end” (<$50) scope's focus shifts substantially, I re-focus it. Does this refocusing impact the point of impact on the next shots? If so, I guess I need to a) make DARN sure the mounts are SOLID (done that!) and then b) buy better (Leapers) scopes?? Thanks!

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Barrika,

      Adjusting focus shouldn’t affect your zero, even on a cheap scope. Changing the power setting sometimes will! Cheap scopes often change zero with the power setting.

      B.B.

  • J-F Says:

    Maybe the synthetic stock would have been better looking or at least better finished?
    We’ve had a detuned model available in Canada for a little while now (without the shroud of course).
    It seems well made even tought some reports showed some small issues that all seemed to have disapeared with adjustement, LOTS of shots per fill on the detuned models surprisingly it’s cheaper here… I think it’s a first!
    The few models I have seen reported on we’re tack drivers.
    If some are interested (and I’m allowed to) I can put links to two reports full of pictures on a Canadian airgun forum.

    J-F

    • Frank B Says:

      I see from looking on Pyramyd’s site that the barrel rifling is “hammer forged”.This tends to make a good barrel,and represents a large financial commitment on the manufacturer’s part.IZH Baikal barrels are hammer forged,and the IZH46M pistol,and the metal breech IZH 61 were lauded for accuracy!
      I noticed that Pyramyd has the .177 listed as “1000fps” and the .22 as “850fps max”……the barrel is 18.5″,so combining that with a regulator…..which holds a limited amount of volume of regulated air available…..should produce a pretty low SD and great accuracy.

      • B.B. Pelletier Says:

        Frank,

        Don’t hang your hat on the numbers just yet. This rifle is new to all of us, and my testing will tell us what we want to know about it.

        B.B.

        • Frank B Says:

          I was just pointing out the numbers in ad print BB……and learned long ago the folly of being “charmed’ by the numbers alone!

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      J-F,

      The Lynx doesn’t have a synthetic stock. The blue & black versions are painted wood.

      Edith

      • J-F Says:

        I never could have guessed! I was sure it was synthetic by looking at the pics!
        I find it kinda weird to paint wood a solid color like that, do you know if there’s many rifles made like that?

        J-F

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          J-F,

          It’s much cheaper to paint wood than to make the molds for synthetic stocks. So if the run is just a few hundred units per year, it’s bound to be painted wood.

          B.B.

        • Edith Gaylord Says:

          J-F,

          Our Lynx product descriptions say they’re painted wood.

          Mendoza used painted wood instead of synthetics.

          Edith

  • Victor Says:

    B.B.,
    Just got the add for these Cometa rifles this morning. These rifles look good, but this particular one is especially wicked looking! SHOW ME THE ACCURACY!!!
    Victor

  • Matt61 Says:

    Sharp-looking rifle. What do we know about Spanish guns? I can only think of Gamo, and the verdict there seems to be “erratic with flashes of brilliance.” A gun looking like this had better be accurate.

    B.B., okay between the high melting point of steel and maybe the air resistance in dropping such tiny amounts, I can see the problems with the shot tower approach for steel.

    Speaking of terminators, I saw Expendables 2. It met my low standards for action films, but except for Jet Li, these guys are looking pretty creaky. And that went for the nascent romance too. Maybe it’s a sign of hyper-masculinity. One expects James Bond in his prime to have Bond girls, but for an elderly Bond to do this is really an achievement. There was something grandfatherly about it though … Maybe it’s time to hang it up. But that’s just my opinion. I once asked a graduate student about the appeal of a rakish older fellow with a huge gray beard. She replied that he was “cute in an old man sort of way”…

    Matt61

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Matt,

      Just wait until you are an old man. Then you will even disgust yourself!

      I didn’t like older men around young girls in my youth and I still don’t like it today. So at least I’m consistent.

      B.B.

    • Volvo Says:

      The rule of thumb is half your age plus 7 for the youngest lady you can date, unless you are Mr.Hefner.

    • chuck Says:

      Hooray for Hollywood! The biggest liar in North America.
      -Chuck

  • chris in Ct Says:

    Didnt Cometa make the rws93- 94 I have one for the price they were a diamond in the ruff

    • Volvo Says:

      Yes, one of those, sorta like a cheap FWB 124. I ruined mine when I tried to refinish the stock. But accurate as all heck. ( the other was Chinese made )

    • Vince Says:

      Yes they did. The 93 was a bit of a misfit – full size and weight, but relatively low power. The 94, on the other hand – very good power and accuracy, very good trigger, smooth firing, and reasonable weight- I always thought that was one of the most underrated springers out there.

      • BG_Farmer Says:

        Isn’t the former RWS 94 the same as the Cometa Fenix 400? I remember the 94 used the same or similar spring to the Chinese 36-2, so it must have had plenty of power, at least from the spring!

        • Vince Says:

          Nope. The springs in the 94 and the TF99/QB36-2 are vastly different. The Chinese spring is about 4″ longer and has about 40% more coils.

        • Volvo Says:

          BG Farmer,

          The RWS 94 was a sub 12 ft lb rifle, nice – but still beat overall by HW. I recall the scope base being a bit flimsy and of course not as good of a trigger. Although the scope base would be a non issue for you. I spent three years trying to find a springer to beat HW, never happened. Fabled Diana 27, FWB 124, BSA’s, Webley’s, BSF 55, and on and on.

          HW 77′s were used for field target before PCP’s took over…..I had the 97 version, nothing with a twang could beat that tank at 50 yards.

          • Vince Says:

            Not really. A 94 is easily a 16-18ft-lb gun depending on pellet and caliber. Certainly they were no HW, but I think it’s fair to say that Cometa was a notch above Norica, and Norica a notch above Gamo. They didn’t have the sophisticated trigger mechanism of the better Norica’s, but a good example can still break cleanly at 2 lbs.

            A while ago Beeman sold Norica guns while RWS sold Cometa.

          • BG_Farmer Says:

            Volvo,
            You can relax: My intention is that my next and hopefully last official air rifle (a couple of years or so away yet) will be an HW with your approval, and I’m not looking at buying a Cometa, just thought I had seen JM xref springs to my favorite clunk at one time. The main reason I didn’t just end it all (airgun wise) already is because HW’s will likely require stock changes which are money and time I can’t justify spending right now to do right. I’m also concerned that the new models (at least) are excessively short. Neither of these is a suggestion to HW, as most airgunners seem to prefer short and fat in their airguns. I don’t mind weight (although prefer heavy), but the chubby forestocks feel funny (though I can live with it), and the buttstocks are a nightmare — billowing, lofty cheekpieces without compensatory castoff, not enough drop for open sight offhand work (everybody shoots with a scope off a bench, right?), etc. At this time, the humble 34 has a stock and length/weight more to my liking, and it seems like it will shoot just fine for what I need right now. Keep in mind if something is great for FT and bench use it is most likely a torture device for me in terms of ergonomics, just because of the differences in style/position. I’m a niche market, and not a serious airgunner in the mainstream sense :).

            • Volvo Says:

              BG Farmer,
              I dare say neither of us are too mainstream, least I hope not.

              The 34 is nice, a tad slender in the forearm but that sounds like your preference. I had the Panther version, with the black plastic stock – the wood might balance better? I recall it being a lot of bang for the buck. It was a NOS GB find like many of my purchases.

              If you like them longer, maybe an HW 77 that is not a carbine or “K”. I only suggested the carbine as the shorter barrel helps accuracy and weighs a bit less. The 77 was designed for open sights unlike the 97 – which was modified for FT. The 97 is made like me, sadly.

              Myself, I am building my PayPal account for a set of snow tires – hopefully before winter comes and I end up in ditch. The AWD Volvo S60R is long gone, my current ride is RWD.

              My next gun purchase will probably be a .380 – mostly because I have a good bit of ammo left from the little Ruger I sold. Too be fair, the pistol was fine for what it was but the mile long double action pull along with the tiny size just could not deliver the accuracy I wanted.Or maybe it was just me that couldn’t. Anyway the Ruger is a best seller, but I doubt many buyers actually shoot them.

              Hope you had more rain than we did up here during the summer.

              • BG_Farmer Says:

                Well, mainstream is not a word I hear thrown at me very often :)! I’m actually way over a non-existent budget with the Diana, but my 36-2 is ready for a full rebuild (10′s of K-shots, not premature in my estimate) and I want to restock it more to my liking. That’s why I got the Blackhawk to fill in, but when it fell short, the Diana seemed like a logical choice with good chance of getting reliability on first shot. Just for the record, the Blackhawk was awesome — if I had more time to worry with it, I think a good one stock may be better than the 34 in terms of shootability, though the sights are a little fragile, like the old 34P BB tested. I have the 34P; was going to get wood for even slimmer stock profile, but PA was sold out for a while and the new synthetic is not too bad, although not as sleek as the older one. I think you might like the T06 trigger; I was happy with the chinese T05 knock-off, but even a Cretan like I am can feel mechanical advances :).

                Snow tires sounds like grown up stuff — we are looking forward to a big old tank of propane soon, as there is almost no way this winter will be as mild as last. We haven’t had a lot of rain, just a big one (but not really enough) every month or so lately with some sprinkles and drizzles to tease up, but not as bad as many places. We’re about due for a good one, though. The way I look at it, at least droughts cut down on pointless lawn mowing.

                I think you’re right about the .380 shooter profile in general. Get it, shoot it to see if it works, and that’s about it. I don’t have any guidance for pistols, as I’m the world’s worst pistol shooter. I have to hope I can get close and clobber them over the head with it :)!

  • Mel Says:

    Very interesting…first, I like Cometa. I consider them to make much better breakbarrels than Gamo, and always wondered why they didn’t become more popular. I live in Germany, and here, the higher end Cometas (400 and Fusion) are seen as a good budget alternative to the Weihrauch guns.

    However, the price tag on the Lynx surprises me! Here in good old Europe, we pay about 500-750€ for the Lynx, depending on its version. This is about the price range of a Gamo Dynamax or a BSA Scorpion. And I think the woodwork and the trigger (which is an un-true two stage design) reflect that.

    Yet, I really like Cometa airguns, and am looking forward towards the test!

  • twotalon Says:

    Rangefinders….

    I just picked up a Simmons LRF 600 for $120 at China-Mart. Hand sized unit with no frills, other than will switch between meters and yds. Supposed to work as close as 10 yds, but this one works to 5 yds.
    Have not tried it in bright sun yet (it’s overcast today). Matches my older Bushy for range readings. The Bushy would not work at less than 20 yds. Had more options that I never used anyway. Not nearly as compact as the Simmons.

    Should be a more practical airgun rangefinder. This model not sold by P.A. but should be.

    twotalon

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      TT,

      The one problem I have found with every laser rangefinder is they drain the batteries, even when turned off. I have yet to see one that doesn’t do this, but I haven’t tried the better brands. But every Bushnell and Simmons I’ve see does it.

      So how about a report on that?

      B.B.

      • twotalon Says:

        B.B.

        O.K.
        I will note how long the battery lasts (9V). I leave the battery in my Bushy most of the year. I take it out in the winter when I won’t be outside using it. Has never been a problem. Will see how long the Simmons lives (Energizer installed).

        I did find that the chrono printer for my Beta (blue) will kill the batteries if you leave them in. When not in use, I pull out one battery.

        twotalon

        • chuck Says:

          twotalon,
          My blue chrony printer has been sitting on the shelf for at least 5 months and the battery is still good. Sometimes the bump or clumsiness of me putting it away causes it to accidentally turn on without me knowing it. But it should turn itself off if left unattended and un used for very long.
          -Chuck

      • twotalon Says:

        B.B.

        I did a little testing this morning.
        With the Simmons turned off, I can’t get any current reading. Just plain zilch. That’s with two different meters. When on, about 50 ma..
        The Bushy….about 11.5 ma when on. No reading when off with one meter, the other shows .01 uamps. That meter shows .004 uamps with no input connected, so I don’t know….may be the difference of .006 uamps. That’s about zilch too.

        So not much point in waiting to see how long a battery will last in the Simmons. The battery will die of old age first unless the Simmons is used many times every day.
        For constant use the Bushy would last longer because it uses less juice in the “on” time. Current drain in the “off” time would be insignificant in comparison.

        twotalon

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          TT,

          Thank you for looking into this for me. I consider you lucky, as I know several people who have the same battery drain problem I have.

          B.B.

        • Wulfraed Says:

          This might get tricky… The Nikon uses a CR2 Lithium cell… (I also have to find my good [Fluke] meter, rather than the cheaper one I have in the bedroom)

          Fluke 112 auto-ranging meter

          Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport (1x 9V)
          Display active: 0.065 (Amp I presume)
          Laser active: 0.081
          Time-out (~25 seconds, docs say 30sec): -0.001 flickering 0.000 (same reading as unconnected

          Nikon Riflehunter 550 (1x 3V CR2)
          Display active: 0.037
          Laser active: (peak) 0.170
          Time-out (~10 seconds): rises from 0.037 to ~0.065, then drops to flickering -0.001/0.000

          Double-checked with a cheap Scope DVM-638, 200mA scale

          Bushnell
          Display active: 62.8mA
          Laser active: 78.x
          Time-out: 0.0

          Nikon
          Display active: 37.1
          Laser active: (hard to read; Fluke has a max-hold feature… saw a flicker of) 180.x
          Time-out: rise to ~65.x, drop to 0.0

    • Wulfraed Says:

      Does everybody end up with a Bushnell at some point in time?

      I’ve got an old Yardage Pro Sport — appears to register down to 6 yards, has no other options for units that I know of. Seems to hold batteries when in storage (at least, I don’t think I’ve changed batteries in over a year)

      I did pick up a Nikon Riflehunter 550 last year. Batteries still show good. This one has Yards/Meters toggle, and also has an “angle” mode. Using a tilt sensor it computes horizontal distance when aimed up a tree, say…

      But it is only good down to 10 yards (maybe because the I/R unit shares one lens, and the switch over from emit/detect takes time — the Bushnell has a dual-lens I/R window so the receive sensor is always active).

      • Wulfraed Says:

        Addendum

        The Bushnell is in whole yards; the Nikon I believe runs in 0.5 yards (when in direct distance mode; computations in angle mode may give results in 0.2 or even 0.1 yards — though how one can believe a 0.1 yard result when the hypotenuse is only know to 0.5 yards?)

      • Wulfraed Says:

        Correction

        Bushnell units are toggled via a switch in the battery compartment. Documented is 10yard min, but I saw a 6yard reading yesterday. Typical range rating is 450 yards (800 for reflective, 200 for deer)

        Nikon is 11yard min. Rated to 550 yards. 0.5yard increment to 100yards, then 1yard (0.2 to 100, then 1 in angle mode)

  • Victor Says:

    Edith,
    I’m not sure where I can go within PA to recommend a product?
    I think it would be good if PA could carry clear acrylic aperture inserts for target rifles, like the FWB and Anschutz, but especially the FWB’s, which are a bit larger than those for Anschutz.

    At a couple of PA’s competitors sell whole sets for the Anschutz, but only sell them individually for FWB’s. PA doesn’t sell them at all.
    Victor

  • Desertdweller Says:

    Got back from Wisconsin yesterday. Had an interesting conversation with my brother-in-law about air guns. He owns a Diana, but loaned it to his son and could not recall the model. I would have loved to see it.

    Found a little Daisy 4×15 scope in my airgun parts and ammunition drawer. Installed it on the reworked 880. Next time out, I’ll get it zero’ed. If I recall correctly, that little scope worked pretty well. I only replaced it because I wanted a bigger scope.

    Les

  • twotalon Says:

    I am bummed out.
    I tasted a couple jalapeno peppers from my garden today, and was dissappointed. They have a bell pepper taste and are not terribly hot. I would put them somewhere around hot bannanna/hungarian for nasty. Not bad, but wrong flavor.
    The chilis are good. Been eating them in some dishes. Then there are the little Thai peppers. They are vicious !!!!. They will hurt you.

    So two out of three is better than nothing, I guess. Been picking peppers only after they turn red.

    twotalon

    • kevin Says:

      twotalon,

      Cut the water off from your peppers before harvesting any more. If you have any mulch around the plants remove it to help them dry out.

      kevin

      • twotalon Says:

        kevin

        It has been brutally hot and dry this year. I don’t want peppers to grow fast, so I don’t water them. The smaller nasty ones turned out right, but not the jalapenos. They are a lot like the ones that come from the store…..not fit for jalapeno style use. They look like hjalapenos but don’t taste like them. Hate to use the pickled ones from the store for some things. Just not right in chili.

        I know I can’t grow bell peppers in the weather we have had this year. They dry up and rot.

        I have a feeling that the jalapenos were cross bred. I got cheap one year and saved seeds from my pepper crop for the next year. Nothing came out right no matter what the peppers looked like.

        I have a bunch of habaneros that I grew for my dentist. Don’t like them myself. Have to try one to see how they turned out.

        Tomatoes blossom rotted badly. Getting some hornworms now. Wadcutters pop them real good.

        twotalon

  • Primo Says:

    BB: one thousand dollars for the Cometa wow,USA currency is in the in trouble. Add to that the Spanish economy is on the brink of default. Something is seriously wrong when just by looking at the crude finishing of the Cometa it creates doubt as to the how wise an investment it can be. I’ll take the Air Force Condor any time.

  • Desertdweller Says:

    I agree that for a thousand dollars, one should expect a fine degree of fit and finish on all parts.
    But overall, I’ll take a wood-stocked gun. Finished wood imparts an image of quality that synthetic materials lack, and the extra weight of wood helps me hold on target better.

    If I am going to be carrying a gun around all day, or shooting in an environment where the gun may get knocked around a bit, then synthetic may be preferable.

    Les

  • Mike Says:

    Will have to do some more testing but I may have found for my rifle that the groups open a bit when using the magazine rather than the single load tray that came with the gun. I noticed since the gun came back from AF for repair the groups opened up from .3″ @ 35 yards benched to .5″ or better. Got me thinking and I remember doing my test prior to get the gun sighted in was done so from the single tray only loading. Since the gun came back utilized the magazine and groups have opened a bit. Once I get some more bench time with the gun since I put back the single loader in the rifle I will let you know. But I still like this rifle. Very quiet and on a charge I am getting roughly 50+ shots before the gun drops off. Come spring or at least warmer weather I plan on doing a extended chrony shot session to get an official reading of where the gun drops off. But this gun is a real beast for sure and despite it’s look of bulkiness, is rather light!

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