Beeman Double Barrel air rifle: Part 2

By Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Beeman Double Barrel air rifle
Beeman Double Barrel air rifle.

This report covers:

  • Surprise
  • Firing behavior
  • Trigger adjustment
  • Cocking effort
  • RWS Hobbys
  • RWS HyperMAX
  • Evaluation so far

Today’s test of the Beeman Double Barrel air rifle turned out strange. It was half surprise and half the disaster I thought it might be. But I did get some interesting data that I will try to interpret for you. Let’s get started. Today is velocity day, plus I’ll look at a couple other things. Let’s go right to the shooting.

Surprise

The first pellet I tested was a Crosman Premier Lite — the 7.9-grain Crosman Premier dome. Since the rifle is advertised to get 700 f.p.s with lightweight alloy pellets (it’s written on the box!) I expected a lot less from this lead pellet. But the first shot went through the chronograph at 723 f.p.s. Was it a fluke?

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Terminology is important

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Happy birthday, USA!
  • Terms are important
  • What is a rifle?
  • Flintlock?
  • Target rifle?
  • One-pump rifle
  • Match trigger
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Semiautomatic
  • Dovetail scope base
  • BB gun
  • Summary

Happy birthday, USA!

Today is July 4th, the day the U.S. A. celebrates its independence. I hope readers overseas will forgive my shorter report.

Terms are important

It may be short but this subject is important. Using the correct terms for airguns and firearms ensures good communication of ideas between people, while sloppy terminology promotes mistakes. You can check me out on most of this by looking at the auction website, Gun Broker.

What is a rifle?

A rifle is a long gun that has a rifled barrel, but to many people all long guns are rifles. They either think it doesn’t mattert or they actually don’t know there is a difference between a rifle and a gun. When this gets them in trouble is when they list a “rifle” for sale that actually has no rifling. I see this a lot on Gun Broker in the muzzle loading section. People don’t discriminate between true rifles and smoothbore guns that are most appropriately called fowlers — which are precursors to shotguns.

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Vintage pellets

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • When I was a boy…
  • Tins are collectible
  • Pellets oxidize
  • Accurate?
  • Two targets
  • Come a long way

Let’s be honest — the hobby may be about airguns, but without pellets it dies real fast. Most of us don’t think about the pellets we shoot, other than how accurate they are in whatever we are shooting or do they do the job on the target. If you’re an airgunner for any length of time, eventually you’ll end up with pellet tins from the past — maybe even a past that happened before you got into the sport.

When I was a boy…

One phrase my father used all the time started with, “When I was a boy…” There was usually some object lesson after that. Like, “We walked 5 miles to school regardless of the weather.” Or, “We found ways to make our own money. Nobody gave us anything!” Because he was my father, his mother — my grandmother — never contradicted him in front of me. What has become popular today (intentional embarrassment of a parent in front of their child) was unthinkable in the 1950s. Little pictures have big ears and children should be seen and not heard were the watchwords of the day.

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The rise of the accurate pellet: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Up to this point
  • What came next?
  • Head size
  • Enter the Pelletgage
  • High-performance expanding pellets
  • Solid “pellets”
  • Lead-free pellets
  • Conclusion

I bet some of you didn’t realize there was so much to making pellets accurate, did you? This is the third installment of this report and we still have some ground to cover.

Up to this point

To summarize, we have learned that the introduction of the diabolo shape made pellet more accurate than ever before and ushered in the age of the accurate airgun. But after that first surge of advancement, pellet makers didn’t really forge ahead. They were comfortable just making diabolo (wasp-waisted, hollow-tailed) pellets. It wasn’t until 60 more years passed that they began to question whether there was more that could be done.

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Special report

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Health report on B.B.

Health report on B.B.

A word about my health. Saturday the retina in my right eye separated as I was driving home from Arkansas. By the time I was 70 miles from Dallas, I had lost 90 percent of the vision in the eye. I drove directly to an emergency room in Ft. Worth and they called in a retina specialist who saw me in his office that afternoon. He scheduled an operation for the next day and said he thought it went well when it was over.

The doctor examined my eye yesterday and was pleased. He said there is a good chance for a complete recovery. But I now have a gas bubble in my eyeball to keep pressure against the repaired retina, and I have to only look down to keep the bubble in place. I cannot move around a lot, exercise or do normal things like drive.

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A daunting task

Tom is home resting, but since he was not up to writing another blog we agreed I will swing one more in his stead. I tell you – I have no idea how he does, what he does. Who has the imagination and knowledge to keep coming up with interesting topics that he does?

Hopefully, you can live through another day without “the fix”, because here is my pitiful attempt at coming up with something that might be worth spending 5 minutes on (I sure would appreciate it).

Firstly always wanted to know answer to this question specific to you guys – Blog audience:

Secondly, I don’t know if you have seen these commercials of ours. Please give me your honest opinion on which one you like the most:

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Top 20 blog posts since 2005

First of all – Tom is OK, he is having his kidney stones taken care of and asked me to help put a post up while he is in the hospital and doctors are using a laser to break down one of the larger rocks.

Without further ado here they are in reverse order – the Top 20 blogs by number of comments they generated as of today! There are actually two posts in this list I never read – guilty as charged 🙁

  1. The influence of shooting galleries240 comments
  2. Diana RWS 350 Magnum244 comments
  3. Remington Airmaster 77 – just right for Christmas!247 comments
  4. Airgun lubrication — spring guns: Part 1250 comments
  5. Discovering What Works/260 comments
  6. All airguns are not accurate268 comments
  7. 1377 Another Crosman classic268 comments
  8. An airgun test you were not expecting – Part 1269 comments
  9. Ballistic Coefficient – what is it274 comments
  10. Back to the basics — Scope tips: Part 2275 comments
  11. A shrine built for a Feinwerkbau 124 – Part 2275 comments
  12. How powerful were the big bore airguns of the past?: Part 1279 comments
  13. Fix your Benjamin or Sheridan pneumatic at home!291 comments
  14. Walther’s new LGU: part 4303 comments
  15. Does the pellet matter? Part 1313 comments
  16. The Bronco from Air Venturi – Part 6324 comments
  17. Gamo CF-X field test344 comments
  18. What’s it worth?388 comments
  19. The Benjamin 392/397 – 60 years later!432 comments
  20. Gamo Shadow 1000 Combo – one of the best buys in Gamo’s line!452 comments

Feel free to make a difference and add to the conversation any time, but do be patient if Tom does not respond right away.

Thank you for being such a faithful audience (although I know, Tom is an amazing writer so he does keep us all entertained easily!)

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