Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT breakbarrel air rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT air rifle
Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT air rifle.

This is the first accuracy report for the .177-caliber Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT air rifle. I shot this test using the open sights at 10 meters from a rest. I did that because I usually don’t have much luck with powerful gas-spring air rifles. They tend to spray their pellets all over the place. And getting a scope mounted and stable can also be a problem, so I wanted a track record for the rifle before I got to any of that.

Smooth Action Trigger
I usually wait until the accuracy test to report on how well the trigger, which in this instance is the Smooth Action Trigger (SAT), performs. The pull weight, measured in part 2, releases at 3 lbs., 12 oz. It’s a 2-stage trigger with a second stage that needs some explanation. Instead of pausing at stage 2 and then breaking cleanly, the trigger on the test rifle — and I must assume on all SAT — pulls through stage 2. You can feel the trigger move, yet there’s no creep. The pull is — well — smooth! And it’s predictable. It’s a different sort of feel from other triggers but not different in a bad way. I don’t think anyone will need to buy an aftermarket trigger when they have a rifle with the SAT installed. Well done, Gamo!

I also thank Gamo for making the safety manual. It does not come on when the rifle is cocked. That makes the shooting progress that much faster and with less for the shooter to do. It’s a small thing, but one that I noticed and must comment on it.

Feel of the rifle
This is a very light air rifle, yet the stock is shaped so your off hand goes to a spot immediately in front of the triggerguard. The rifle is so light that this still gives it a neutral balance, but it hangs right in the hands and feels good on the shoulder. The more-vertical pistol grip has something to do with the good feel, as well.

I did find the stock stinging my cheek with each shot, however. It served as a reminder to hold the rifle even lighter than I was, which is a good thing. Once I did that, there was no more stinging.

Sighting-in
I sighted-in the rifle with JSB Exact RS pellets and discovered that the front sight was too high for a 6 o’clock hold on the 10-meter pistol bullseye target I was using. So, I did something I’ve never before tried. I’ll illustrate the sight picture I used.

sight picture Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT
The front sight bead was darker than the well-lit bullseye, so I was able to place it at the top of the bull like this.

As you can see, I placed the front bead at the top inside of the bullseye. The bull was so well lit that the bead showed up as black on gray. Maybe this isn’t the best open sight picture, but it seemed to work well enough for this test.

JSB Exact RS
The first pellet I tried was the JSB Exact RS dome. We know it’s often a good pellet — especially in lower-powered air rifles, which the Fusion IGT certainly is not. In this gun, the RS develops 14.32 foot-pounds, which puts it into the medium power group. If you’re a hunter, that’s where you want to be, so long as the rifle is also accurate.

The RS pellet put 10 shots into a nice round group that measured 0.591 inches between centers. While that isn’t a spectacular 10-meter group, it’s good when you consider the novel sight picture I was using. I’ll keep the RS in mind when I back up to 25 yards and mount a scope.

Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT JSB RS group 10 meters
At 10 meters, 10 JSB Exact RS pellets went into this round group that measures 0.591 inches.

RWS Superdome
The next pellet I tried was the RWS Superdome. This pellet generates 15.43 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. Ten shots made a group measuring 1.332 inches. But it’s the shape of the group that’s really interesting! Five of the pellets landed in a very vertical group, while the other 5 made a beautiful small round group of their own. This target demonstrates why 10-shot groups are better than 5-shot groups because many shooters would just accept those 5 close shots and be done with it. I don’t think the Superdomes are right for this rifle based on all 10 shots.

Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT RWS Superdome group 10 meters
At 10 meters, 10 RWS Superdomes made this large 1.332-inch group. Five pellets landed in a tiny 0.362-inch group on the left that’s deceiving. This pellet is out of the running for this rifle.

H&N Baracuda Match
Many shooters think that heavy pellets are bad for spring guns. They’re supposed to damage the coiled steel mainspring. I wonder what they do to a gas spring like this IGT? That’s my way of saying I don’t think pellet weight is that much of a problem in a springer. Baracuda Match pellets average 824 f.p.s., for 16.06 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. Impressive power. If they’re also accurate, this will be a good pellet for the rifle.

And, accurate they are! Ten H&N Baracuda Match pellets went into 0.625 inches at 10 meters. That’s a pretty impressive group, considering the strange sight picture I’m using. It’s only slightly larger than the JSB Exact RS group, and I think these pellets have earned a spot in the 25-yard test, as well. I have no idea of why they’re spread out horizontally. When I checked the stock screws, all were tight.

Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT HN Baracuda group 10 meters
Ten H&N Baracuda Match pellets made this 0.625-inch group at 10 meters. This one looks promising.

Gamo Raptor PBA
The last pellet I tested was the Gamo Raptor PBA that Gamo uses to get the velocity out of this powerplant. Raptors go an average 1,232 f.p.s. and produce 18.2 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. That’s the best performance I saw from this rifle…alas, they aren’t accurate. Ten made a groups measuring 1.118 inches at 10 meters.

PBA pellets also cracked like .22 long rifle rounds because they broke the sound barrier. The noise, alone, would keep me from shooting them.

Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT Gamo Raptor PBA group 10 meters
Ten Gamo Raptor PBA pellets made this 1.118-inch group at 10 meters. That’s not very good in light of the two pellets that did well.

Evaluation so far
This rifle has plenty of good in its favor. The hold is good, the cocking is light for the power and the trigger is very nice. I’ll withhold my final opinion until I see how it does at 25 yards; but if this was any indication, this could be a best buy.

42 Responses to “Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT breakbarrel air rifle: Part 3”

  • Slinging Lead Says:

    Even though I haven’t been airgunning for a great many years, I pay no heed to the experts that caution against heavy pellets in a springer. I use the pellet that the gun prefers regardless of the power of the gun or the weight of the pellet.

    An example I can use is my IZH 61, a low powered springer indeed. I grew frustrated at pellets falling out of the rigid plastic clips. The Clips for the Crosman 760/M4-177 have a much more rubbery plastic that grips the pellets, and keeps them very secure. The clips for the 61 are much more expensive and yet allow most light pellets to fall out from the back. If you don’t notice, you end up dry firing your springer. Not good.

    To remedy this problem I began using CPHs in the gun because they fit snugly in the clip. Low and behold, they shot very accurately as well. Am I worried about damaging the powerplant? Hell no. Not only do I not believe the claims, but I would rather have fun shooting the gun accurately, than not shooting it because of sub par accuracy and frustration from the clips. It shows no indication of damage from the heavier pellets. The danger of damaging the gun due to dry firing from lighter pellets falling out of the clip are far more likely.

    • Victor Says:

      Slinging Lead,

      Furthermore, I think that if a gun shoots heavier pellets more accurately, even better. The heavier pellets will also perform better at longer distances. So I see an airgun that prefers heavier pellets as a blessing, if you shoot out in the field.

      Victor

    • chasblock Says:

      Slinging Lead, I solved the pellets falling out of the Izzy 61 clips by placing a small dab or two of Krazy Glue in each hole. Let it dry thoroughly of course. This provides a friction ridge for the pellet to grab on to. But since you found a pellet that is accurate and stays in place in the clip, I guess it’s a moot point. Now I have to try the CPHP’s in mine! I’ve been shooting H&N Match pistol with pretty good accuracy results.

      • Slinging Lead Says:

        chasblock

        Thanks for the tip, I must give that a try. Incidentally, I have found that an empty box of matches makes a very handy carrying case for my four spare Izzy clips. I also use Derrick’s idea of marking the third pellet hole with a paint pen so that I know when I have emptied the clip without having to keep track.

        Just so you know, my abbreviation meant Crosman Premier Heavies (10.5 grain in the brown box), not Crosman Premier Hollow Points (CPHP). I really should stop making short cuts and write the whole name to avoid confusion. Go ahead and try the CPHPs in the gun anyway, it just might like them.

        Thanks again for the tip.

  • RidgeRunner Says:

    Those “split” groups are reminiscent of my Gamo CFX. I discovered they were caused by an almost imperceptable difference in pressure of my trigger hand thumb. That was very frustrating until I discovered that.

    • Victor Says:

      RidgeRunner,

      My very first air-rifle was a Gamo CF-X, and that “split” grouping was exactly what I had to solve. I mentioned a long time ago that I had a little shooting match with my wife, and she beat me every time. She more naturally applied finesse, and thus avoid splitting her groups. I would later be able to shoot single pellet-hole size groups with my CF-X but, no kidding, I started out shooting groups that were probably larger than an inch at 10 meters. Technique is everything!

      Victor

  • Victor Says:

    B.B.,

    You are right about the sight picture not being the best, and yet you got a couple good groups with this gun. This particular sight picture is far from optimal because it doesn’t provide all of the information that one would need for an optimal sight picture (too much of the bull is being hidden by the sight itself).

    However, because we all have some amount of wobble, sight alignment (not sight picture) is the most critical thing that we must try to maintain throughout shot execution. Often times when we try to focus too hard on the overall sight picture, we loose a little bet of sight alignment, and THAT will through your aim off, even more than your wobble area.

    Victor

    • G & G Says:

      Speaking of wobble. I have more than a little when I try to shoot off hand standing. Any good tips or tricks on dealing with that? Again I do have some disabilities that lend to my wobble problem. Do you have any experience helping people with those types of wobble problems?
      G&G

      • Victor Says:

        G & G,

        How do you hold your rifle when shooting offhand (standing)? Do you rest your arm against your side, or do you hold the rifle out such that there is no contact between your arm and body?

        When you hold the rifle up with your arm alone, you are requiring that muscle do all of the work to hold it steady. When you lean your arm against your body, you use less muscle. This is what competitive marksman do, and what I would recommend, unless shooting shotgun or “running boar” (or whatever it’s called these days).

        Your wobble area is one thing, the other big issue (especially when shooting offhand) is whether or not you’ve established your Natural Point of Aim (NPA). All shooters must first establish their NPA.
        The procedure that I was taught for finding my NPA is as follows:
        1. Bring the gun up as if you’re going to shoot and aim.
        2. Now close you’re eyes, and slightly swing the gun from left to right, and then let it settle until it no longer moves.
        3. Open your eyes, and see where you are actually aiming.

        If you are not aiming right at your target (e.g., bull), then it would require additional muscle to correct (or offset) from where you are naturally aiming, to where you want to aim. The more muscle is required, the less stable your hold. Your basically fighting against yourself.

        If your aim is off to the right, then move your rear foot to the right by an appropriate amount. Similarly, if your aim is off to the left, then move your rear foot to the left. Then repeat steps 1 through 3 above. Over time, you get better at finding your NPA, simply because your learning more about your body and hold.

        NOW WE CAN TALK ABOUT WOBBLE. Wobble is a natural random motion that we all have (some more than others). The wobble that we experience at our shooting position is projected out onto the target as our “Wobble Area”. This wobble area is a huge distraction and deterrent when it comes to developing our shooting skills. In particular, too much focus on wobble area causes us to throw the fundamentals out the window, because we falsely think that we can somehow compensate for this motion by trying to “catch” the target.

        Your goal is to FIRST achieve what I call “The Cardinal Rule”, namely, to

        ____deliberately squeeze the trigger such that you cause the gun to go off WITHOUT DISTURBING ____YOUR SIGHT ALIGNMENT (or sight picture when using a scope), and FOLLOW-THROUGH.

        First establish your NPA, then perfect the Cardinal Rule and follow-through. The better you get at these fundamentals, the better you’ll know what your true wobble area is. If you don’t perfect these fundamentals, then you’ll never know what your true wobble area actually is. Instead, you’ll be complicating (multiplying) your motion, producing something that is NOT your wobble area. This extra motion will mask what you should be seeing. That’s why wobble area is the wrong thing to focus on. First master the fundamentals, then work on reducing your wobble area. You’d be surprised how much of a relief it is to just trust the fundamentals, and in particular the Cardinal Rule.

        Maintaining sight alignment throughout shot execution is the key goal. Mathematically, a small deviation in your sight alignment produces a larger projected pattern onto your target than does your bodies wobble producing elements (legs, core, arms, etc.). This is most pronounced with pistol shooting. If your pistol has a laser, then you’ll see that small deviations at your hand do in fact produce larger patterns at the target, than does the rest of your body. But the same is true for rifle.

        Once you master the fundamentals, then reducing your wobble area becomes doable. Your wobble area is a function of your body, including pulse. A lot of motion can be reduced by finding positions (holds) that better suit us. While there are basic forms that are always recommended and taught, those forms don’t work best for everyone, so shooters need to find what works best for them. But first try the basic forms.

        For offhand shooting, the standard form is to hold the gun such that your head and neck are as straight up as possible (for better blood flow), with your right arm held straight out to produce a pit just inside your shoulder at your outer chest, where the butt of your rifle will sit. That is basic training stuff, and it is a good place to start, but few really do that. We tend to drop our right elbow. As for keeping your neck and head as straight up as possible, what really matters is having a consistent cheek-weld. The same goes for grip (right hand) and hold (left hand).

        Focus on the fundamentals as I’ve just described, and see how you progress. If you haven’t already mastered these, then you will see progress. For further questions or insights, please feel free to contact me at vector@collector.org. Better than laying these sort of things out, I’m much better at addressing specific issues. Hope this made sense (at least some of it).

        Victor

      • Victor Says:

        One thing I forgot to mention is timing. Not only is breath control critical, but so is muscle fatigue. I know it’s hard to do (for a lot of us), but we have to allow ourselves to bring the gun down and start over, if we’ve exceeded between 4 and 6 seconds.

        • /Dave Says:

          Victor,

          Thanks for all of the fee instruction on tuning up my shooting habits! You have a way of explaining body positions that I can understand. My only wish is that posts like this would be easier to find again in the future when I have forgotten and need some reminders. As it is, I’m taking these posts here and printing them in the hopes that I’m be able to find them later. Maybe between you and BB there will be a blog called “offhand shooting fundamentals” or something easily remembered like that.

          /Dave

          • /Dave Says:

            Of course, I jumped the gun on hitting the post button. “fee” was intended to be “free”. Victor isn’t charging anyone that I know of, although he could…..

            /Dave

            • Victor Says:

              /Dave,

              No, I would never charge. Back in my competition days, I shot among a lot of the worlds best shooters, and they all shared their best advice freely (even today). But in truth, when you get to talking about some of the super fine points, they can get so specific to an individual that they are usually of little use to anyone else.

              Victor

        • G & G Says:

          Wow. What a tremendous amount of info you have given me. Fortunately your writing is very good and I understand everything you said(I think). I will not go into specifics at this time (I’ll contact you on you e-mail if need be) but I already do about half of what you suggested.

          I forgot to mention that I am sinistra (left handed) but I have no trouble adjusting your instructions for that since I’ve been doing it all my life. As I work on the things you discussed I will contact you for details when I need to.

          I can’t express my appreciation enough for all you have done and will do. You are a blessing on my life. God bless.
          G&G

          • Victor Says:

            G & G,

            You’re very welcome! And thank YOU!

            When shooting in the offhand position, there is one really good technique for continually checking and refining your Natural Point of Aim. After each shot, follow-through and see where the guns ends up. If after the recoil you find yourself aiming somewhere other than at the target (bull), then there is something about your position that needs correcting. This is actually true of any position, including when using a rest.

            It’s all about consistency! Everything needs to be repeatable.

            BTW, I only have about 30% of my balance left. Balance is comprised of contributions from your feet/ankles, inner ears, and eyes. I’m now at a point where I can hardly walk straight, and I sometimes have episodes where I see the world vibrating. I’m told that this is where I’m heading, and it will be permanent.

            Victor

      • Marcos Says:

        G.G.

        Besides great Victor’s wisdom (already copy/pasted to a new very precious file) .., and just in case.
        I’m used to shooting out in the field. I have a stole (little and light one) and a trekking pole (aluminum, telescopic, very light); besides to help my balance, the pole can be used as a rest to the sitting shots.

        Marcos

  • G & G Says:

    B.B.
    Since wobble appears to be a common problem this certainly falls under the category of fundamentals.
    Perhaps you could do a blog some day on overcoming this problem?

    G&G

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      G&G,

      I’ve added it to my growing list.

      B.B.

      • /Dave Says:

        Maybe you can get Victor to do it, BB. His post above is almost a blog. Just needs pictures and/or illustrations and a tiny bit of polishing.

        /Dave.

    • kevin Says:

      G & G,

      No blog needed on how to cure wobble. Here’s the solution:

      http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/MTM_Case_Gard_Predator_Shooting_Table/4007

      ;-)

      kevin

      • Beazer Says:

        I use beer. More I use, less I wobble. Everything & everyone else getz more wobbly, but I’m steady as a rock + 9 ft. tall & bulletproof & if my buddy Jack is involved, I’m invisible as well. Have a great weekend, ya’ll. Shoot/ride safe.
        Beaz

        • Fred DPRoNJ Says:

          and that’s the truth we motorcycle riders have known forever. Beer steadies the hand and sharpens the mind!

          (Of course Beazer and I are joking!!!!!).

          Fred DPRoNJ

          • Beazer Says:

            Howdy Fred D, Yup, works wonders for the love life as well. When I’m out knockin’ ‘em down, I’ve never gone home w/an ugly woman…sure woke up w/a few though!?! Matter of fact back when the lady & fat guy sued Mickey D’s for the hot coffee she spilled in her lap & him for bein’ fat & the Twinkie thing, I came up w/a multi million $$ idea. Wuz gonna sue the makers of my preferred brown soda, for humiliation, duress & severe mental scarring, cuz a all the less than attractive women I hadta wake up to. Couldn’t find a lawyer who could stop laughin’ long enough ta hear me out…go figure!?!

            • Fred DPRoNJ Says:

              Right here I could insert a line concerning beer and ugly people but it would cross a threshold and I would never give Edith any cause to censor me. She has enough things to do without smacking me around.

              :)

              Fred DPRoNJ

            • shaky Says:

              Beazer,
              Famous last words “here hold my beer and watch this”
              Just wondering back in the day we use to call BSA bikes beazers , any connection?
              Yesterday you wrote about checking the simple things first , I have a friend who has been riding for over forty years. On his way home from a trip down south he made it to within about a hundred miles of home where he stopped for gas and comfort. When he went to leave his bike would not start. His tank was full ,the bike was fuel injected, no shut off, after he checked everything he could think of he hired a truck to take him on home. He then called the dealer to have it looked at. Ya know that little switch that bikes have that cars don’t right in front of the throttle that say run and off, yep you guessed it OFF.

              • Beazer Says:

                Howdy shaky, Yup, difference between a Northern fairytale & a Southern fairtale? Northern starts out, “once upon a time”. Southern starts, “Ya’ll ain’t gonna belive this. Somewhat of a name connection Beazer is my real last name & what I go by. We were really poor & could only afford one name (rimshot). Beazer is a British name, that goes back many moons. Like limey iron but never ridden ‘em. Been H-D only since ’78. Kill switch has caught me more than a few times. Ride an ’08 FLHX. It has everything on it I swore I’d never have on a bike. Used ta be at a light on my slammed $85k (yeah really, get me an email & I’ll send ya pics) Softail w/16″ fat apes, 4″ risers & nothin’ on the bars but 2 old school grips & 2 mirrors, no levers, cables, wires or switches & somebody’d pull up next ta me on his bagger w/stereo blarin’ & I’d give him the ‘ol deadly stink eye & think ta myself, Pal, do ya have any idea what a dork ya look like. My how times change, I am now that dork. My chop was an awesome T/T (tavern to tavern) babe magnet, but road trips? Forget it. Brought the Glide home & the chop NMEVER moved for a year & a half. Had forgotten how much I love ta ride. Now when momma sez we need a loaf of bread, she knows not to expect me home ’till maybe day after tomorrow. Cruise set, stereo cranked & I’m livin’ the dream in my own little world!!! As that wise old sage Jerry Garcia said “What a long strange trip it’s been…’ Have a great weekend & Shoot/ride safe, Shakes.
                Beaz

                • shaky Says:

                  Beazer,
                  I have never owned a Harley but my dad always did. I did use to ride a hummer, if that counts, hard tail with a rubber band springer front end. Never owned anything with wheels that cost $85K. Watched them being built on TV though. I did help my brother build a BSA chopper I did the electrics for it , he won a few trophies at bike shows with it. I would like to see yours my e-mail is ra_jones@frontier.com .
                  As you can see I think there is a possibility that my family name might have been stolen :-)

              • Wulfraed Says:

                Just wondering back in the day we use to call BSA bikes beazers , any connection?

                Probably in comparison to BMW => beemer

                • shaky Says:

                  Wulfraed
                  I know it is had to see in that small picture but that is a BMW that I am standing behind .
                  I can’t speak for other areas but here beemer = 2 wheels, bimmer = 4 wheels :-)

      • G & G Says:

        Kevin,
        Thanks for the suggestion. I already own this shooting table and indeed most of my time is spent bench shooting but I do want to get reasonably good at shooting standing off-hand. Thanks again.
        G&G

        • Victor Says:

          G & G,

          Shooting from a supported position, with some kind of a rest (e.g., bag), is probably the best way to master the fundamentals that I outlined above.

          Victor

  • John Says:

    Looks like this is a decent gun. I might think about going through the trouble of getting one at some point just to show where the whisper started and where it is now. I have one of the old whispers. I got it before Michigan quietly made any shrouded barrel something you have to get through an FFL dealer.

  • Titus Groan Says:

    Hello B.B. and Fellow Airheads. As I was looking at this Gamo Whisper Fusion IGT breakbarrel, I was curious to know if my favourite airgun manufacturer, Weihrauch, had made any recent changes to any of their model line. It has been a while since I looked at Weihrauch’s web page, and wonder of wonders, the venerable HW77 is now sporting an all new ambidextrous stock. The new stock reminds me of the HW97, in that it now sports a higher cheek piece and comb. There is also checkering in front of the same good old Record trigger, and a hint of Schnabel to round out the front of the new stock. As far as I can tell, it still has the smae power plant, and the same front and rear open sight. The rear still has the four different sight window options, and can be adjusted up/down, left/right, and for and aft along the long 11mm scope groove. When I was shooting my HW77 in .177 cal with open sights, I found the ability to move the rear sight back and forth along the scope mount groove, a real boon for obtaining a perfect sight window. After loosing the ability to determine anything smaller then a WV Microbus in my right eye due to macular degeneration, I had to make the switch to shooting left hand. I never knew how good you right hand shooters have it. Us lefties may be penalized $100.00 and up for the privilege of getting a rifle made that suits our needs. The main reason given, is there are so few of us buying them, they have to spend money in making a stock that suits our special needs. That is why I was over the moon when Weihrauch made the HW77 ambidextrous. I see quite a few manufactures making ambidextrous guns the norm rather then the exception. And Gamo gets full marks for making most of their line fully ambidextrous. Meanwhile, I will have to wait a while for my dealer’s Weihrauch order to come in so I may try this new stock on for size. I have been told Weihrauch has a 6 month back log. It sure will be nice to get a good cheek weld once more.
    Just a little news on the new Walther LGV trigger. I have been told by a German airgun nut I subscribe to on YT, that goes under the handle of 2lbsTrigrPull. He was told by a Walther engineer, they used a plastic trigger because if the gun fell down when cocked and loaded, the inertia would make a heavier steel trigger accidentally fire. He was however, able to purchase a match grade steel trigger from Walther for a few extra marks. I’m not sure if you mentioned this in you’re testing B.B., and please accept my apology for being too tired and lazy to fact check past blogs on this most wonderful airgun.
    And so, off to bed. With visions of new HW77′s dancing in my head.
    Caio Titus

    • /Dave Says:

      Airhead! Yeah, I like that! I resemble it and it resembles me! (though in my case, it may be more of a vacuum…. ;-) )

      /Dave

      • Titus Groan Says:

        Hello /Dave
        I’m glad you took the name as a compliment. After I hit the submit button, I was worried some folks would take it personal, and think of it as a put down. Of coarse I should have known better. After about 4 years of reading this blog, I feel like part of a family. A family with members from every corner of our wonderful world. No political games. Just a group of people who love to shoot air powered guns. In fact, reading a response from Greece, Russia, or South America, gives me a valuable perspective about how much our similarities out weigh any differences some media hacks try to get us to believe. This is a testament to Tom and Edith for the amount of work they put in every day into making this a place we can come to that feels like a family.
        As I have indicated in the past, I read this blog first thing with a cup of hot chocolate and toast or a muffin. And yes, I do have to clean the crumbs from my key board every month or so. All the best.
        Caio Titus

        • NRS Says:

          Titus,

          I want a t-shirt that says, proudly, “I am an airhead”. Actually it should say, “I am a cheesehead airhead.”
          And, with my ADHD, my shirt should say, “I am a cheesehead airhead. Oh look … a chicken!”

          I am in the process of negotiating for two lovely pistols. One is a .22 Schimel in the original box, and the second is a HY-SCORE Model 802 Target Repeater. If I can make this work, I will get them both for $150 and figure that I really rang the bell this time. A guy has to get lucky once in a while.

          I don’t do hot chocolate, and I don’t do muffins. Mostly I read this blog in the wee hours of the morning. So, in my case, I am constantly vacuuming pretzel crumbs from my keyboard. Beerhead Cheesehead, remember?

          NRS

        • /Dave Says:

          Titus,

          Yeah, it’s usually my first stop in the morning too. Right after breakfast I sit down with my phone and some tea to read the blog, and then check back a couple of times during the day if I’m not too busy. It is a lot like family! And your right about the media hacks. Can’t blame them and the politicians for wanting to make a living, but we all bleed red and love our children. Lots of common interests too outside of airgunning…

          /Dave

  • Shawn Says:

    A bit off topic but I’m currently reading C.J. Chivers’ book The Gun about the AK-47. It’s an interesting look at one of the most ubiquitous rifles in the world. It also looks at the adoption of the untested M-16 by the US military to counter the AK-47 in Vietnam. After reading about soldiers in the field tossing their jammed rifles away, I can sort of understand your long standing dislike of the M-16. I can only imagine the frustration and terror of having one jam in your hands on the battlefield.

    • Mike Says:

      There were early problems with the M-16 series of rifles. Most of them the Army brought on themselves. Things like……….

      A lack of training on the proper maintenance of the rifle.
      A change in the powder used in the ammo that resulted in more fouling and increased wear of parts.
      A lack of cleaning equipment.
      Poor Magazines.

      Today’s rifles work well and are accurate if you take care of them.

      Mike

      • Shawn Says:

        I’m reading that they tended to jam from corrosion and that the humidity caused pitting in their chambers which led to spent casings getting stuck. No doubt the ammunition also played a role in that. The top brass blamed the troops for the lack of maintenance and intentionally buried reports on their failures. A weapon of war shouldn’t be on the battlefield if it requires more than average maintenance. Even Colt’s own engineers checking on problems on the ground admitted to major problems with the pitting making a very high number of rifles unserviceable.

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