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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Webley Mark VI BB revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Webley Mark VI revolver
Webley Mark VI BB revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

• Accuracy test design
• Let’s begin
• What’s the verdict?

Let’s look at the accuracy of the new Webley Mark VI BB revolver. I tested it for velocity with 5 premium BBs. Now that I’ve seen how much interest there is in this revolver, I’m going to test it with all 5 of those BBs. Since the cylinder holds 6 shots, I’m shooting 6-shot groups in this test.

Accuracy test design
I will be shooting from a rested 5-meter position. For the rest, I’ll use the new UTG Monopod that I’ve been testing since October. Tomorrow, I will begin the review of that piece of equipment that I believe is as good as the best bipods.

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Webley Mark VI BB revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Webley Mark VI revolver
Webley Mark VI BB revolver.

Part 1

This report covers:

• Longevity
• The gun
• Velocity
• Double-action
• Back to single-action
• How many good shots on a cartridge?
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far

We received a lot of comments on Part 1 of this report. Apparently, the Webley Mark VI BB revolver resonates strongly with a large number of readers. Most are very positive, but a few of you really dislike this BB pistol. Their biggest complaint is that it costs too much for a BB pistol.

I say, if you feel that way, just don’t buy it. The airsoft companies who are making these realistic replicas are coming from their world of 6mm plastic balls, and 4.3mm steel BBs are a lot easier to make than rifled BB guns. Some people think the only difference is a rifled barrel, but they overlook the hundreds of thousands of dollars that must be invested plus the time learning to make rifled barrels by the tens of thousands. Sure, anybody who is competent can rifle 10 or even 50 barrels a month, but these companies need barrels in far larger numbers, and that’s not only an investment in production capability, but also in expertise. Just ask Crosman about learning to rifle accurate PCP barrels. It took them years to make the transition, and they still buy barrels for several of their guns.

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Umarex NXG APX multi-pump air rifle kit: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Umarex NXG APX rifle
Umarex NXG APX multi-pump air rifle.

This report covers:

• Sight-in
• Accuracy, starting with Premier lite pellets
• On to RWS Superdome pellets
• What to do?
• Anything else?
• Summary

It’s been a long time since I looked at the Umrarex NXG APX air rifle kit. The last part was published on October 3, and it was an accuracy test at 10 meters with open sights. The next test was supposed to be shot at 25 yards with the scoped rifle, and that is what I’ll do today, but there was a problem.

Try though I did, I couldn’t find a scope mount that fit the top rail of the rifle! Without that, there’s no way of mounting a scope, and there goes the test.

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Crosman’s 2400KT Carbine: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Today’s report is the continuation of a guest blog from reader HiveSeeker about his Crosman 2400KT rifles.

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

Over to you, HiveSeeker.

Crosman 2400 KT
The 2400KT CO2 Carbine is available exclusively from the Crosman Custom Shop.

This report covers:

• Velocity: .177 caliber
• .177 pellets I tested
• What’s going on with the .177?
• Can you help?

Velocity:  .177 caliber
Finally — let’s settle down to a serious velocity discussion! I tested a wide range of different-weight pellets to get a good cross-section of the Crosman 2400KT’s performance. The 2400KT .177 generated an average of 569 f.p.s. with the .177 boxed Crosman Premier Lights, B.B.’s favorite all-around, typical .177 pellet. [Note: I obtained these pellets after completing the shots-per-fill testing with the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint hunting pellets, which was the closest match I had at that time.]

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Webley Mark VI BB revolver: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Webley Mark VI revolver
Webley Mark VI BB revolver

This report covers:

• Lookalikes are booming!
• Some history
• A closer look
• Much, much more!
• The future

Let’s take a look at the stunning new Webley Mark VI BB revolver that’s the talk of the airgun world! Even though this revolver just hit the U.S. market, I feel like I’m late to the party because airgunners around the world are already buzzing!

Lookalikes are booming!
It comes as no surprise that lookalike airguns are one of the hottest growth sectors of the market. Firearms are so restricted in many countries, and even here in the U.S. they’re nowhere near as easily accessible as they were just a few decades ago. People want to feel and hold the mechanisms that evoke images of battles past, and today’s realistic lookalike airguns make this very possible.

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Crosman’s 2400KT carbine: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Today’s report is the continuation of a guest blog from reader HiveSeeker about his Crosman 2400KT.

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

Over to you, HiveSeeker.

Crosman 2400 KT
The 2400KT CO2 carbine is available exclusively from the Crosman Custom Shop.

This report covers:

• Shots per fill: .177 caliber
• Shots per fill: .22 caliber
• Mystified!
• A slow start

As we begin Part 3, I’m reminding my fellow blog readers that we’re looking at the Crosman 2400KT CO2 carbine from the Crosman Custom Shop in .177 and .22, and both are in their natural state — straight out of the box with no modifications.

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