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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Legends M712 full-auto CO2 BB pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Legends M712 Full Auto CO2 BB pistol
Legends M712 full-auto BB pistol.

This report covers:

• Velocity
• Shot count
• Summary of this test
• Full-auto test
• Pay attention to the magazine follower
• Cock the gun with the bolt
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far
• I’m at the Pyramyd Air Cup

Today, we’ll look at the velocity of the Legends M712 full-auto CO2 BB pistol. This pistol is powered by CO2, which means the gun cools down as you fire. As CO2 cools the gun, the pressure drops, so the velocity drops as well. Nothing new there, except this is a full-auto gun that has no limits to the number of BBs that can be fired in a single burst. You can empty the magazine of all 18 if you desire, so one of the things I’ll be checking is what full-auto firing does to velocity.

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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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The boogeyman in the sock drawer

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

• The sock drawer
• Are today’s children more mature?
• Deny, deny
• Explain everything
• Let them make their own mistakes
• What can you do?
• A program that works
• Things to consider
• A shooter training program

Although she may not remember, Edith asked me to write this blog some time ago. What do you do with guns when there are children in the house?

I’m not going to lie and tell you there’s one right answer. That would be foolish, because children have differing personalities, just like adults. Some are curious and others are cautious. Some seem to seek out the wrong paths instinctively, while others are wise beyond their years.

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Legends M712 full-auto CO2 BB pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Legends M712 Full Auto CO2 BB pistol
Legends M712 full-auto BB pistol

This report covers:

• Here we go!
• The BIG deal!!!
• A full-size replica
• Important note
• Disassembly — don’t do it!
• What I want to see next
Pyramyd Air Cup
• Airguns excluded from new legislation in California

Here we go!
Many readers have asked me to review this Legends M712 full-auto CO2 BB pistol, and I’m starting today. Because this pistol is so different, there will be full parts 1, 2 and 3.

The pistol I’m testing is the one Paul Capello used for his Airgun Reporter video review. When he sent the pistol to me he left the selector switch on rock ‘n’ roll, so my first squeeze of the trigger sent half the magazine of BBs downrange, and got a request from Edith for a warning before I shot, again.

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Legends blowback P.08 CO2 pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Parts 1 and 2

Legends P08 blowback BB Pistol left action open

Umarex Legends Blowback P.08.

This report covers:

• The test
• Daisy Premium Grade steel BBs
• Crosman Copperhead steel BBs
• Avanti Precision Ground Shot
• What happened?
• Umarex Precision steel BBs
• Evaluation

Thanks for being so patient with me on this report. I actually planned to run it yesterday, but that “Why” report just had to come first.

I was taken to school on the Legends blowback CO2 BB pistol — both by this report and also by several of you readers. As a result, I studied the P08/Luger design since the last time I reported; and I now know at least 1 percent of what there is to know about the pistol. Seriously, I always knew the P08 was a complex handgun, but I had no idea how complex before studying up for this report!

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Legends blowback P.08 CO2 pistol: Parts 1 & 2

by Tom Gaylord, The Godfather of Airguns™
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Announcement: Pyramyd Air’s social network sites and this blog will celebrate “National Ask a Stupid Question Day” on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The blog will have a special short posting on that day for those who want to participate for the hours indicated. Of course, the rest of the blog is still available for those who don’t want to participate. See the times and locations on Pyramyd Air’s site.

Legends P08 blowback BB Pistol left action open
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egends P.08 BB pistol with blowback.

This report covers:

• The toggle action works just like the firearm
• Description of the pistol
• Why not a Luger?
• Operation
• Velocity
• Field-stripping
• Imagine all the possibilities!
• Evaluation so far

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