Crosman 150: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Crosman 150
Crosman’s 150 looks plain and simple, but was a pivotal airgun.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Different type of inlet valve
  • Not much sight adjustment
  • RWS Hobby
  • JSB Exact RS
  • Change the aim point
  • Crosman Premier
  • General observations
  • The sights
  • 2016 Texas Airgun Show

Today we’ll look at the accuracy of my Crosman 150 CO2 pistol. Several of you said you have either a 150 or a 157, and this report reminded you if what a nice airgun it is. So you dug them out. I hope to hear some good reports from you.

I don’t think I have ever shot this pistol for accuracy. If I did, I forgot about it. This seemed like a test of a brand new airgun, to me.

The test

Since I knew nothing about the gun I decided to test it at 10 meters off a bag rest. Instead of 10-shot groups I went with just 5 shots, thinking I would test each pellet on both low and high velocity. That assumption faded with the very first pellet I tried.

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Teach me to shoot: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This is the continuing fictional saga and guest report of a man teaching a woman to shoot. Jill encounters her first difficulties today, and they throw her for a loop!

Our guest writer is reader, Jack Cooper. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • Ready to go!
  • What am I doing wrong?
  • Sight picture not perfect
  • Try the Mark I
  • Blowup
  • How far you have come
  • The talk

Ready to go!

We met the next evening and Jill was more enthusiastic than ever to get started. We got right to it and I watched her get into the offhand shooting position we had practiced the evening before. It was obvious she had been practicing, because she got into position almost as quickly as I do, and I’ve been doing this for many years. Then she started shooting.

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The 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup is upon us!

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Before we begin, I’m on the road to film American Airgunner’s 2017 season today, so I will be away from the computer much of the next several days. I would like the veteran readers to please help any new readers as much as possible. I will still  read all the comments, but I can’t respond to things unless they are important. Thanks.

Today’s report is the first part of a guest blog from Pyramyd Air’s own Tyler Patner. Today Tyler tells us about the 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup.

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

The 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup

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FWB P44 10-meter target pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

FWB P44
FWB P44 target pistol is Tom Gaylord’s dream airgun!

Morini 162MI Part 1
Morini 162MI Part 2
Morini 162MI Part 3

This report covers:

  • I love FWB target pistols
  • Right from the start
  • The cost
  • Trigger
  • The grip
  • Dry fire
  • Rear sight
  • Front sight
  • Weight
  • Anti-recoil mechanism
  • Fill pressure and shot count
  • Other stuff
  • Evaluation so far

Today is very special. I just received the FWB P44 10-meter target pistol for testing. Veteran readers know I already tested the Morini 162MI 10-meter target pistol in February and March of this year, and this is going to be not just a test of 2 top 10-meter target pistols — I’m also going to compare them for you. That’s something I don’t often do, but this opportunity is too great to pass up. That’s why I put those links at the top.

I love FWB target pistols

Let me state for the record that I love all FWB target pistols. I could never afford one when I competed, but they were the guns I aspired to. I always felt the combination of their superior triggers and grips would have added something to my score, maybe even boosting me into the top ranking. Of course we all think things like that, but every time I got to shoot an FWB pistol it shot as well as my Chameleon target pistol right off the bat. With familiarity I know my scores would have increased. So, I am biased toward FWB 10-meter pistols.

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Crosman 150: Part 2

Crosman 150: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Crosman 150
Crosman’s 150 looks plain and simple, but was a pivotal airgun.

A history of airguns

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Leave the pipe wrench alone!
  • Different type of inlet valve
  • Velocity test
  • RWS Hobby
  • RWS Superpoint
  • Crosman Premier
  • More on the pistol
  • Test gun

Today we look at the velocity of my Crosman 150 pistol. When I started this test the gun had been holding gas for more than a year. I exhausted the CO2 cartridge that was in it and I need to say a word about that. The 150’s design is such that there is no easy way to exhaust the gas. I just shoot it out. The CO2 chamber is filled with pressurized gas that keeps the o-ring sealing the end cap tightly until the pressure drops. But we are lucky today, because when this gun was new that o-ring was made of a different material that absorbed gas and swelled up. It sometimes had to sit empty for a couple hours before you could get the cap off!

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Hammerli 100 free pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hammerli 100
Hammerli model 100 free pistol.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

  • Start with the best
  • CCI long rifle
  • Would not chamber!
  • Sellier & Bellot
  • Sight adjustment
  • Feel of the gun
  • Targets
  • Watch them shoot
  • Conclusion

Today we will begin looking at the accuracy of the Hammerli 100 Free Pistol. When I was a kid, I thought these guns were capable of incredible accuracy, and they no doubt are, but today I will tell you some real-life stories of how this exotic handgun works. I bet you will be surprised!

Start with the best

Whenever I test an airgun for accuracy I try to start with the pellets I think will be the most accurate. It shortens the time it takes to test the gun and I am right much more often than not. When I do get surprised, I try to make a big deal of it in the test report. because it seems so out of character for the gun I’m testing.

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Teach me to shoot: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This is the next installment of a fictional guest report about a man teaching a woman how to shoot. Jill has advanced to handguns and today she begins shooting them.

Our writer is reader, Jack Cooper. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • Trust the instructor
  • Shooting position
  • Start at 5 feet!
  • The secrets
  • Proof of the pudding
  • You’re ready!
  • Final talk

Jill was impatient during the week that followed our last training session. She was finally graduating to shooting handguns and was anxious to get right to it. That was what she had wanted me to teach her all along.

At the bible study on Wednesday she admitted that she was concerned about holding the pistols rigidly enough to hit the target. I told her we would be shooting from twice the distance as with the Daisy 499 (10 meters instead of 5) and suddenly all her cockiness drained away. She told me she had been trying to hold the two pistols I’d left with her on some targets, using the sight picture I showed her, and she saw that her hand wobbled all over the place. How would she ever be able to shoot with just one hand?

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