Don Robinson BSA Airsporter: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Don Robinson Airsporter right
UK maker Don Robinson made this beautiful BSA Airsporter — a trademark of his work on airguns!

This report covers:

• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Shooting technique
• RWS Superpoint pellets
• Scope is broken!
• Pellets that don’t work in the Airsporter
• The best pellet
• More photos of the stock for Joe
• What’s next?

Got a lot to cover today, as I test the Don Robinson BSA Airsporter’s accuracy at 25 yards. A first shot at 12 feet confirmed the gun would be on paper at 25 yards, so sight-in didn’t take long. Once I shot from 25 yards, a couple scope adjustments brought the groups where I wanted them.

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BSA Supersport SE: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

BSA Supersport SE
BSA Supersport SE

This report covers:

• Refresher
• The test
• First up — RWS Superdome pellets
• Next — H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• JSB Exact RS pellets
• Firing behavior

Today’s report is for blog reader Charlotte Henry, who has been waiting patiently for it since March 25, when Part 2 was published. I must have wiped this test from my mind, though the rifle sat in the pile that awaits testing all that time.

Refresher
This BSA Supersport SE is a 13 foot-pound .22-caliber spring rifle, so the accuracy could be pretty good. Today, I shot it from 10 meters, just because I haven’t shot the gun in so long that I was uncertain if there were any problems. There were none, and the test turned out well.

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How and why guns wear out: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

This report covers:

• Materials first
• Wood and steel
• Design
• Gas springs
• Double action revolvers
• So what?

Today, we’ll look at some airguns and discuss how and why they wear out. I had to do the firearms first in Part 1 to get the basics of metallurgy and design into the discussion. Today, when I talk about those same things from an airgun viewpoint, readers will understand that it isn’t just airguns made of the wrong materials with poor designs that make them subject to fail early. We now know this is a common problem.

Materials first
First, I want to talk about materials. Airguns can be made from cheaper materials than firearms because they don’t have to endure the same pressures and heat that firearms do. Even though they wore out too soon, those iron muzzleloading firearm rifles were still made of better stuff than most airguns.

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What I got for Christmas

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Good morning and Happy Day After Christmas. I thought today that we could all share some of the special gifts we got for Christmas. I know some of you don’t celebrate Christmas; but from the comments, I can see that many of you have been rewarding yourselves with holiday gifts, nonetheless. So, join in if you want.

My first gift
The first gift of the season was a Sears BB gun that’s an 1894 model made by Daisy. My brother-in-law, Bob, picked it up in an antique store. It doesn’t work, but I read online that these often do go bad after storage for several years. I’ll attempt repairs on my own; but if I’m not successful, I’ll probably get another working 1894, because I know many of our readers really love this gun. It was Daisy’s first Spittin’ Image BB gun, with production starting in 1961 and continuing until 1986. This variation was made for Sears from 1969 until 1973. One way or another, you’ll probably be reading a review of the 1894 Daisy in 2015.

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Best of B.B.: Remembering Smith & Wesson’s pellet pistols

By Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Today is Christmas day, and I’m entertaining my family. Instead of writing a new report, I went way back in the archives and dug up something interesting from the past. This is about a pellet pistol (actually two, since they came in both .177 and .22)  that’s a beautiful replica of a firearm S&W made at the same time.

Remember, as you read this, I originally wrote it in 2005. And to all my readers to whom it applies — Merry Christmas!

Remembering Smith & Wesson’s pellet pistols

Pyramyd Air gets a lot of inquiries about vintage pellet and BB guns. While they sell the ammunition and gas needed for these guns, they don’t sell the guns, themselves, so the most commonly asked question is, “What’s it worth?”

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Best of B.B.: Two BB guns you’ll never see

By Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Today is Christmas Eve, and I’m entertaining my family. Instead of writing a new report, I went way back in the archives and dug up something interesting from the past. This is about two BB guns that are so rare that they aren’t cataloged anywhere that I know of, yet I’ve seen a couple of each one at airgun shows over the years.

Remember, as you read this, I originally wrote it in 2005. And to all my readers to whom it applies — Merry Christmas!

Two BB guns you’ll never see

Today is a fun day. Imagine that you’re working at the Daisy Manufacturing Company around the year 1960. It might have been a few years earlier, but probably not much later.

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UTG Monopod v-rest and camera adapter: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

UTG Monopod B-rest and camera adapter
UTG Monopod v-rest and camera adapter.

This report covers:

• Why a bipod (or monopod)?
• The hold
• Description
• Adjustment
• Summary

Today, we’ll begin looking at the UTG Monopod v-rest and camera adapter from Leapers. This was first shown at the 2014 SHOT Show; and, since I was planning on using sticks (a bipod) for field target anyway, I wondered if this would be an acceptable substitute? It took most of the year to finalize the design, and I got mine just before the Pyramyd Air Cup in October. It was the final pre-production prototype, but there were very few changes made for production.

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