Webley Mark VI BB revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Webley Mark VI revolver
Webley Mark VI BB revolver.

Part 1

This report covers:

• Longevity
• The gun
• Velocity
• Double-action
• Back to single-action
• How many good shots on a cartridge?
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far

We received a lot of comments on Part 1 of this report. Apparently, the Webley Mark VI BB revolver resonates strongly with a large number of readers. Most are very positive, but a few of you really dislike this BB pistol. Their biggest complaint is that it costs too much for a BB pistol.

I say, if you feel that way, just don’t buy it. The airsoft companies who are making these realistic replicas are coming from their world of 6mm plastic balls, and 4.3mm steel BBs are a lot easier to make than rifled BB guns. Some people think the only difference is a rifled barrel, but they overlook the hundreds of thousands of dollars that must be invested plus the time learning to make rifled barrels by the tens of thousands. Sure, anybody who is competent can rifle 10 or even 50 barrels a month, but these companies need barrels in far larger numbers, and that’s not only an investment in production capability, but also in expertise. Just ask Crosman about learning to rifle accurate PCP barrels. It took them years to make the transition, and they still buy barrels for several of their guns.

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BB’s favorite airguns

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report includes:

• My tastes change all the time
• Easy cocking
• Diana 27
• Accuracy
• TalonSS
• Daisy 499
• Quirky-ness

Today’s report was suggested by blog reader Joe and seconded by RidgeRunner. I accepted their recommendation gladly because I’m testing so many other things all the time that I don’t get enough chances to really appreciate the airguns I truly love. I know — poor me, right? Most of you would kill to have my job — and don’t think I don’t appreciate how really great I have it!

But there are some airguns that I like better than all the others; and whenever I get the opportunity to shoot them or even just to talk about them, it’s a special treat. So, today is my day for fun.

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Crosman’s 2400KT Carbine: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Today’s report is the continuation of a guest blog from reader HiveSeeker about his Crosman 2400KT rifles.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

Over to you, HiveSeeker.

Crosman 2400 KT
The 2400KT CO2 Carbine is available exclusively from the Crosman Custom Shop.

This report covers:

• Velocity: .177 caliber
• .177 pellets I tested
• What’s going on with the .177?
• Can you help?

Velocity:  .177 caliber
Finally — let’s settle down to a serious velocity discussion! I tested a wide range of different-weight pellets to get a good cross-section of the Crosman 2400KT’s performance. The 2400KT .177 generated an average of 569 f.p.s. with the .177 boxed Crosman Premier Lights, B.B.’s favorite all-around, typical .177 pellet. [Note: I obtained these pellets after completing the shots-per-fill testing with the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint hunting pellets, which was the closest match I had at that time.]

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Webley Mark VI BB revolver: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Webley Mark VI revolver
Webley Mark VI BB revolver

This report covers:

• Lookalikes are booming!
• Some history
• A closer look
• Much, much more!
• The future

Let’s take a look at the stunning new Webley Mark VI BB revolver that’s the talk of the airgun world! Even though this revolver just hit the U.S. market, I feel like I’m late to the party because airgunners around the world are already buzzing!

Lookalikes are booming!
It comes as no surprise that lookalike airguns are one of the hottest growth sectors of the market. Firearms are so restricted in many countries, and even here in the U.S. they’re nowhere near as easily accessible as they were just a few decades ago. People want to feel and hold the mechanisms that evoke images of battles past, and today’s realistic lookalike airguns make this very possible.

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Airgunner Christmas gifts for 2014: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Happy Thanksgiving

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

• Larger gifts
• Smaller gifts

This will be my last gift guide for the 2014 Christmas season. Today, I’ll look at all those things that aren’t airguns but still make wonderful gifts for airgunners.

Before I start, here’s how I put the guide together. I recommend gifts that I believe most shooters will enjoy. If it isn’t something I would like, it doesn’t make my guide. The way I look at it, we have a number of readers who are just getting started in airguning. I want their experiences to be good ones. So, if I think something is not for everyone, it doesn’t make the cut. That way anyone can use my list and buy for any shooter.

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Crosman’s 2400KT carbine: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Today’s report is the continuation of a guest blog from reader HiveSeeker about his Crosman 2400KT.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

Over to you, HiveSeeker.

Crosman 2400 KT
The 2400KT CO2 carbine is available exclusively from the Crosman Custom Shop.

This report covers:

• Shots per fill: .177 caliber
• Shots per fill: .22 caliber
• Mystified!
• A slow start

As we begin Part 3, I’m reminding my fellow blog readers that we’re looking at the Crosman 2400KT CO2 carbine from the Crosman Custom Shop in .177 and .22, and both are in their natural state — straight out of the box with no modifications.

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Airgunner Christmas gifts for 2014: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

• Nice air rifles
• Nice air pistols
• Other stuff
• Want some more?

I waited longer than I thought to write this second part to my 2014 Christmas gift guide. Many of you wondered why certain guns were left off the first list. Well, it was simply a matter of time. Maybe what was missing last time will be on today’s list.

Nice air rifles
I left a lot of nice air rifles off the first list for space considerations, alone. My first choice today is not a rifle, though it has been called that since it was first made in 1938. Daisy’s Red Ryder BB gun is an icon of youth. It’s not the same gun as before World War II, but it’s still a Red Ryder and still worth owning. Think of it as Christmas in a long box!

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