Sig Match Ballistic Alloy target pellets: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets.

This report covers:

  • Five-shot groups
  • Crosman Challenger PCP
  • FWB-300S
  • The final test
  • Not done yet
  • The results

You may recall that a few weeks ago I tried the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy target pellets in the Morini 162MI target pistol and they came out winners. I said at the time that I planned on conducting an exhaustive test to see if these lead-free pellets are really capable of competing at the world-class level. If they are, I promised to be their principal cheerleader.

Today will be the first test of these pellets. I will pit them against other world-class target pellets in airguns of pedigreed accuracy to gauge their relative performance. I don’t expect them to win every time, because no target pellet can do that, no matter how good it is. Different airguns will prefer one pellet over all others regardless of the quality of the respective pellets. We see that in every accuracy test I run, so why should this be any different?

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Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Morini 162MI pistol
Morini 162MI 10-meter target pistol.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Sight-in
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets
  • Sig Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • Qiang Yuan Olympic
  • Am I getting tired?
  • Second group of RWS R10 pellets
  • Second group of Sig Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • Full of myself
  • Summary

Oh, boy! Today is accuracy day with the Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol, and I will tell you right now — it was a good day! It was like meeting your high school sweetheart after many years and discovering she is still as interesting as ever.

I did a lot and I plan to show you everything. I shot 5-shot groups, as I do with 10-meter target rifles, because 10 shots gives us a hole that’s difficult to make sense of. And yes, I shot off a rest. The gun was held at arm’s length so the sights were as sharp as I could make them.

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Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Morini 162MI pistol
Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The trigger
  • Velocity
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • Qiang Yuan Olympic
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets
  • Test

Today we get the Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol into action and test the velocity with a wide range of target pellets. The manual says the gun was set at the factory to shoot at between 492 and 508 f.p.s., so we shall see. Because this is an air pistol, I will mostly use the lighter pellets from each manufacturer, when there is more than one weight to choose from.

The triggers

Before we get to that, however, a reader mentioned that he wanted to examine the trigger. Here you go!

Morini 162MI pistol trigger
This is the trigger with the pistol grip removed. Yes, that plate covers the internal parts, but the schematic below should help with that.

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Sig MPX: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Sauer MPX

Sig Sauer MPX.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • Time to adjust the sights
  • Sig Sauer Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • Install the dot sight
  • Evaluation so far

Today we start looking at the accuracy of the Sig Sauer MPX. Lot’s to do so I will get right to it. I shot from a rest and started with the non-optical sights that come with the gun.

Qiang Yuan Training pellets

First up were the Qiang Yuan Training pellets. I have no idea where the sights were set, but since the distance was only 10 meters I figured they would land somewhere inside the pellet trap. In fact they were well-centered and about 1.5 inches below the aim point. Ten pellets went into 1.092-inches at 10 meters. Frankly I was surprised they were that tight. The MPX is more of an area-fire pellet gun and I didn’t expect any real precision from it. This will bode well when I move to an

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Sig MPX pellet sub-machinegun: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Sauer MPX sub-machinegun
Sig Sauer MPX sub-machinegun is a heavy, solid airgun.

This report covers:

  • Wow!
  • Description
  • Match pellets
  • Back to the gun
  • Accuracy
  • Sights
  • 30 Pellets — how do they do it?
  • Manual needs revision
  • Overall evaluation

Today we begin looking at the MPX sub-machinegun from Sig Sauer. This is a different airgun, in that it is is being manufactured for, distributed by, promoted by and sold by Sig Sauer themselves. In other words, this airgun is one Sig is proud of — and in case you aren’t a firearm shooter, Sig is very proud of everything they make and sell.

I waited patiently for this gun. I know others beat me to the punch, but their enthusiasm may have caused some problems. A few guns were allowed to go out without the company’s stamp of approval. I watched as that happened and I waited until things were right. Sig tells me they are right now, so the airguns I will test for you are the ones Sig is proud to sell.

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2016 SHOT Show: Day 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Shot Show Media Day
Shot Show Day 2
Shot Show Day 3

This report covers:

  • Best SHOT ever!
  • Crosman
  • Maximus
  • AirForce
  • Hatsan
  • Hercules
  • Hatsan regulator

Before we begin, I have a sad announcement. Ron Sauls, whom many readers knew and dealt with at Bryan and Associates, passed away yesterday. Ron will be remembered fondly by the airgun community for all he did to further our hobby.

Best SHOT ever!

Holy cow! I’ve covered SHOT Shows for the past 20 years, but this one tops them all. My day was so fantastic that I will only be able to give you an overview of it. I will return several times and give you more of what’s happening. Today, just the major things I saw on day one, and not all of those!

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Generation 2 .25 caliber Benjamin Marauder: Part 8

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Benjamin Marauder synthetic stock
Second-generation Benjamin Marauder in a synthetic stock.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

This report covers:

  • Early start
  • UTG scope a plus!
  • Quiet rifle!
  • The test
  • Benjamin domes
  • JSB Exact Kings
  • Analysis
  • Where do I go from here?

It’s been a month since we last looked at the .25-caliber gen 2 Benjamin Marauder. I said at the end of Part 7 that I would try the rifle at 100 yards for you. Well, today is the day.

Early start

To shoot a pellet rifle at 100 yards the wind has to be absolutely still. In Texas where I shoot that almost certainly means in the early morning, because once the sun rises the wind starts blowing. So I arrived at the range while the stars are still out and I set everything up, waiting for the dawn. No breeze was blowing on this morning, making the conditions perfect.

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