Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer
Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer.

This report covers:

  • Plastic parts and steel screws
  • American Airgunner
  • Building the second gun
  • Paper construction
  • Velocity
  • Velocity dry
  • Velocity wet
  • Bullet deformation

It’s been over 2 months since I wrote about the Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit, but I have been doing things with it. Today you learn the back story about my kit and what I’ve learned. Take the time to review Part 1 before reading today’s report, because a lot will be explained today. I’ll begin with plastic parts and steel screws.

Plastic parts and steel screws

In case it hasn’t dawned on you yet, steel screws go into plastic parts in just about any way they want to, and they don’t signal when they are all the way in. It’s real easy to mess up a kit like this one, if you are too ham-fisted with the screwdriver. I mentioned that in Part 1, and now I am reinforcing it. If you want to build this kit successfully, you’d better develop a safecracker’s touch!

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Some thoughts on airgun projectile stability

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Pioneer airbow
  • Rifling
  • Hop-Up
  • Projectile finish
  • Summary

I’m writing this from my hospital bed on Saturday, though I hope to be discharged later today. I would like to thank Val Gamerman for covering the blog for me last week. I was unable to do much of anything, and my thanks to all of you for keeping things going. This will be short, because of my situation. Let’s talk about airgun projectile stability today.

Pioneer airbow

When I shot the Benjamin Pioneer airbow at the SHOT Show this year I was amazed by the accuracy it gave. Not just when I shot it, but also there were two cases where one arrow went inside another one at 30 yards. Television’s Mythbusters proved that a regular longbow cannot do that because the arrow is constantly flexing as it flies, but the Pioneer pushes the arrow from the tip (it’s hollow inside) rather than from the back end and it doesn’t flex in flight. That got me thinking about what has been done about airgun projectile stability and what remains to be done.

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Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson airsoft revolver
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver looks and operates just like the BB revolver.

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 2

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 3

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 2

This report covers:

  • Sight-in at 10 meters
  • Sight-in at 25 feet
  • Hop-Up and the sights
  • Adjusting the Hop-Up
  • Thoughts on sighting-in an airsoft gun

Today is a first look at the accuracy of the Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver. Lots to cover today, so let’s get to it.

Sight-in at 10 meters

I began this test at 10 meters, shooting off a sandbag rest with the underlug of the revolver barrel resting on the bag. All shooting was done single action. After shooting two groups and adjusting the sights once I discovered the gun was shooting what I felt was too large a group at 10 meters (6 shots in about 4 inches), so I moved the rest to 25 feet and continued.

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Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson airsoft revolver
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver looks and operates just like the BB revolver.

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 1
Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 2
Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 3
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 1

This report covers:

  • Velocity
  • ASG 0.30-gram BBs single action
  • ASG 0.30-gram BBs double action
  • TSD 0.28-gram BBs
  • 0.20-gram Stealth BBs
  • Thoughts about the Hop Up
  • How does Hop Up work?
  • Summary

Today is the day we check the velocity of the Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver, but I’m going to add some things to this report. I said in Part 1 that I would tell you how the Hop Up adjustment works and show you how to adjust it, so we’ll look at that, as well.

Velocity

I usually try several different types of ammunition in a velocity test to give you a good idea of how powerful the airgun is. In the case of an airsoft gun, however, I have to constrain my test to a specific weight BB of the three most common weights — 0.12-gram, 0.20-gram and 0.25-gram. I do that because airsoft guns are designed to work best with one specific weight of ammunition and no other. In the past I have experimented with other weight BBs in some airsoft guns, but all that did was prove that the weight recommended was the best one.

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Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer
Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer.

This report covers:

  • I started out as a kid…
  • Time to cowboy up
  • Today’s report
  • 138 pieces
  • Plastic parts and steel screws
  • Special tips
  • Parts go in one way, only
  • It worked!
  • Last tip

When Val Gamerman, president of Pyramyd Air, asked me if I wanted to put a Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit together and report on it, I jumped at the chance! I think that surprised him, but he didn’t know my history.

I started out as a kid…

I have been interested in how things work all my life. When I was given a watch for my 10th birthday and told it was waterproof, I promptly held it under the faucet. It wasn’t waterproof, by the way. When I was told that the way to carve an elephant from a block of wood was to remove everything that doesn’t look like an elephant, I set about with a jack knife to find the pachyderm. Looked in lots of wood blocks — no elephant yet. Lots of stuff that doesn’t look like one, though.

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Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson airsoft revolver
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver looks and operates just like the BB revolver.

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 1
Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 2
Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 3

This report covers:

  • Realism
  • BB-gun versus airsoft accuracy
  • The gun
  • Special ammo
  • Acknowledge your physics!
  • How accurate?
  • Cartridges
  • Accessories
  • Summary

Some of you have waited patiently for this report on the Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver. I don’t do a lot of airsoft reports, but from time to time it’s good to look at one, because we see so many of them being converted into BB and even pellet guns, these days. And airsoft guns can be accurate! It’s been a long time since I edited Airgun Illustrated magazine, but back in those days there was always at least one airsoft article in the magazine. I felt that some shooters needed to know about the airsoft option — not to shoot at other people, because I don’t support that use — but for the accuracy and simple operation of the guns, themselves. I have found that you can learn a lot about airgun function by studying one of these 6mm smoothbore guns.

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Dan Wesson model 715 BB revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson BB revolver
Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Sight adjustment
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • The test
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Summary
  • Not done yet

Sometimes I tell you the results before I write up the test. Today is such a time. This Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver shot the tightest group of 6 shots I have ever shot with any BB gun, other than a Daisy Avanti Champion 499! This one’s a winner, guys!

Hornady Black Diamond BBs

Let’s get right to the test. I decided to shoot 6 shots at each target from 5 meters back. I used the UTG monopod to rest the gun. The first BBs tested were the Hornady Black Diamond BBs. The shots landed low on the target, below the 6 o’clock aim point by half an inch. As shot after shot went to exactly the same place I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Surely at least one shot had strayed up into the black bull and I just couldn’t see it! But no. When I examined the target, what I saw were 6 BB holes clustered in 0.515-inches between centers. This is when having that dime next to the group pays off, because it gives you a sense of scale.

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