Buying and selling airguns on the internet: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

This report covers:

• The shyster dealers
• Weasel wording
• Bad photos
• How to spot an honest dealer
• Honest vs. dishonest: What’s the verdict?

The shyster dealers
Today, let’s start out talking about those internet dealers who are less than honest. I’m not talking about the scammers who are certainly out there. They’re the people with nothing at all to sell. All they want is for you to send them money, and you’ll never hear from them again.

I’m talking about the dealers who do anything to mislead you about the real airguns they’re selling. They have actual guns to sell, but they describe them in dishonest ways. I’ve dealt with a few and discovered a great many others, so this should be interesting. Remember, I’m primarily talking about buying guns on the Gun Broker website, though this does apply to most websites where selling takes place.

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Buying and selling airguns on the internet: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

• Tip 1: Commonly misspelled names
• Tip 2: Use an adjective
• Back to airguns
• Tip 3: What’s in a name?
• More

I’m going to address a question that several readers have asked about: How to buy used and vintage airguns over the internet. I’ve wanted to write this series for some time now. While I titled it “…on the internet,” a lot of what I’m going to say applies directly to Gun Broker — a large auction website. I use a tablet to browse this site anytime I am away from my desk and, shall we say, otherwise occupied? That time adds up for an old man!

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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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Don Robinson BSA Airsporter: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

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

This report covers:

• Velocity — Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far

Today, I’ll test the .177-caliber Don Robinson BSA Airsporter velocity. As you recall from part 1, this rifle was given a Master Tune by airgunsmith Dave Slade. I’ve selected 3 pellets to test today that I think will show us the power and consistency of this rifle very well. Let’s get to it.

Velocity — Premier lite pellets
The first pellet I tested was the Crosman Premier 7.9-grain dome — the Premier lite. This pellet averaged 594 f.p.s. in the Airsporter, with a low of 585 and a high of 605 f.p.s. That’s 20 f.p.s. spread. At the average velocity, this pellet produces 6.19 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.

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Don Robinson BSA Airsporter: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

This report covers:

• It caught my eye!
• The rifle
• Prolific maker
• The tune
• Not a tackdriver?

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for several months, you’ve probably read about the 2014 Ft. Worth airgun show that was held back in September. It was a wonderful event for a number of different reasons, one of which was the large number of exotic, collectible airguns that showed up. I told you about that show in a 2-part report, and I tried to cover as much as I could; but there was a lot that didn’t get reported because of a lack of space. I did not mention today’s airgun in those reports, but I did include it in my feature article for the November color issue of Shotgun News. But if you don’t read that magazine, what you’re about to see today will be brand new.

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The Cody Thunderbird revolver: The face of innovation

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

• History
• Design
• Innovation
• Sights
• Disassembly
• Safety
• Flaws
• Summary

Thunderbird revolver
The Cody Thunderbird revolver was produced at the end of the 1950s.

Want a look behind the scenes at what it’s like to write a blog? Yesterday, for example, I was about to test the Webley Rebel for accuracy, when everything fell apart. I will explain what happened when I do the report on the Rebel, but suffice to say I wasted 90 minutes fiddling around and getting nowhere.

That’s when I punt. I’d been wanting to cover the Cody Thunderbird revolver for a long time, so here it goes!

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The American Boy Scout Remington rifle

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

American Boy Scout rifle
American Boy Scout rifle.

This report covers:

• History of the American Boy Scouts
• Remington rifle chosen
• Why a bayonet?
• Features of the rifle
• How it shoots
• How was the rifle used?
• Pyramyd Air Cup

And now for something entirely different, yet surprisingly similar.

History of the American Boy Scouts
In 1907, Lieutenant General Baden-Powell held the Brownsea Island scout camp, which is considered the start of the Boy Scouts. In February 8, 1910, American publisher W.D. Boyce founded the Boy Scouts of America, inspired by and based on the British Boy Scouts and with the blessing of Baden-Powell. The organization has grown to be a large and successful one that has touched the lives of many men in the United States.

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