Hakim air rifle: Part 6

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

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Hakim
Hakim is a large, heavy military trainer made in the 1950s by Anschütz.

This report covers:

• A very complex air rifle
• Let’s get to it — removing the stock
• Barreled action out
• Trouble!
• Call Otho!
• What was wrong?
• Wow — that’s a lot of work!
• What I found

Today, we’ll take apart the Hakim air rifle and see exactly how this rifle is put together. As you’ll remember or gather from reading the past posts, this Hakim is in very good condition, but it’s also very buzzy when it fires. I wanted to find out why that is and to correct it if I can.

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Umarex Fuel air rifle: Part 4

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

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Umarex Fuel air rifle
That’s right! The Umarex Fuel carries its own bipod legs tucked against the forearm until you deploy them. And, in this test, we’ve learned that they work!

This report covers:

• Shooting off the bipod
• The scope could be better
• RWS Superdome pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• What comes next?

Today, I’m backing up to 25 yards and shooting the Umarex Fuel air rifle for accuracy with its scope mounted. You may remember that this rifle slipped off the bathroom scale during the cocking effort test, and the muzzlebrake with front sight hit my leg, shattered and was lost. My leg is almost healed from that. But the scope is now the only means I have of sighting the rifle.

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How the airgun calibers of today came to be

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

This report covers:

• The 4 modern smallbore calibers
• The point I’m making
• But how did the calibers we have today come into being?
• Airguns are being developed, too
• Zimmerstutzen
• Birmingham, England, 1905

This question was asked by blog reader, Joe, many weeks ago. He wondered why the airgun calibers we have today are the sizes they are. This is an open-ended question that will never be fully answered, but maybe I can put a small part of it into perspective for you today.

The 4 modern smallbore calibers
We’ll begin by listing the 4 calibers that are currently on the market in the smallbore category. They are .177 (4.5mm), .20 (5mm), .22 (5.5mm) and .25 (6.35mm). These are the 4 we have today. But as recently as 1948, Crosman offered their CG gallery guns in .21 caliber — shooting a proprietary round lead ball. Before that, up into the 1930s, the Quackenbush company offered pellet guns that were smoothbores in 20-1/2 caliber.

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Testing the Beeman P1 for accuracy

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

Parts 1 & 2
Part 3
Testing the BSF S20 and the Webley Hurricane

Beeman P1
Beeman P1 is a powerful, accurate spring pistol.

This report covers:

• Where does the P1 fit?
• Which is best — Scorpion or P1?
• The accuracy test
• Crosman Premier pellets
• RWS Hobby pellets
• RWS Superdome pellets
• Analysis
• Something to remember
• Blog navigation: One more change…and we want your feedback

Today, I’ll finish the test of spring pistol accuracy at 10 meters. I’m using the same pellets and holds that have been used throughout this test, so it’s apples to apples. This time, I’m testing the Beeman P1. I’d also said I would test the Beeman P17; but since it’s not a spring gun, that’s mixing things up too much.

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Umarex NXG APX multi-pump air rifle kit: Part 1

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

Umarex NXG APX rifle
The NXG APX multi-pump is new from Umarex.

This report covers:

• What’s different?
• What’s the same?
• Comes as a kit with a scope
• Summary

As I was leaving the Ft. Worth airgun show, Umarex U.S.A. Marketing Manager Justin Biddle handed me a plain cardboard box that said, “Personal for Tom Gaylord.” It was a full week before I opened the box; but when I did, I found today’s topic air rifle inside — the Umarex NXG APX multi-pump that shoots both BBs and pellets. There are enough new features on this rifle that I’m going to cover them in this special Part 1. Justin said every kid will want one for Christmas, and I want to find out why.

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A range day with BB

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

This report covers:

• Some new big bore bullets
• How I test big bore bullets
• The 405-grain standard test
• Testing the 192-grain semi-wadcutter
• Testing the 350-grain conical
• Testing the 8mm Egyptian Hakim
• Testing the new Luger
• Summary

Sometimes, I have little things to tell you that don’t add up to a whole report. These things get worked into other reports where possible, but sometimes they just miss the boat. Today, I decided to tell you about several unrelated things that happened to me on the range last week. I’ll start with the big bore bullet test.

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Testing the BSF S20 and Webley Hurricane for accuracy

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

Parts 1 & 2
Part 3

BSA Scorpion BSF S20 Webley Hiurricane
The big three air pistols of the 1970s are from the top — BSA Scorpion, BSF S20 Match and finally the Webley Hurricane. Today, we’ll look at the accuracy of the BSF and the Webley.

This report covers:

• I didn’t test the shoulder stock
• How the test was conducted
• BSF S20 Match air pistol
• Summary of the BSF air pistol
• Webley Hurricane air pistol
• Summary of the Hurricane air pistol
• Afterthoughts

Today’s report is a look at the accuracy of the vintage BSF S20 Match pistol and the Webley Hurricane pistol that I compared for velocity in Parts 1 and 2 of the test of the BSA Scorpion pistol. I compared them because they were contemporaries of the BSA pistol, and because, in their day, these 3 were considered to be the most powerful air pistols around.

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