The 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup is upon us!

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Before we begin, I’m on the road to film American Airgunner’s 2017 season today, so I will be away from the computer much of the next several days. I would like the veteran readers to please help any new readers as much as possible. I will still  read all the comments, but I can’t respond to things unless they are important. Thanks.

Today’s report is the first part of a guest blog from Pyramyd Air’s own Tyler Patner. Today Tyler tells us about the 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup.

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

The 2016 Pyramyd Air Cup

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Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 Sniper rifle combo.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

This report covers:

  • Bipod
  • Trigger baseline
  • Trigger is naked and exposed!
  • New trigger screws
  • Buldawg’s instructions
  • Can’t waste any time
  • Got it!
  • Results
  • One more accuracy test

We’re back with the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up combo, and today we will look at changing those screws in the trigger unit, plus get an update on the bipod. This is turning into a long series, and I hope that newer readers appreciate the depth of detail they are seeing. I normally do not look at any one airgun this close.

Bipod

I was contacted by Hatsan USA and informed that bipods have been removed from these combo packages. They said that decision was made two years ago and were surprised that I got one, but sometimes decisions proceed actions by a very long time in retail. If the supply chain is a long one, as it certainly is in this case (Turkey to the U.S. to the dealer to the customer), then it takes a long time for things to rectify. But the bottom line is there shouldn’t be a bipod with the gun anymore, so I will forgo that test. I did not hold out much hope for it anyhow!

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Swedish Excellent: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Swedish Excellent
My Swedish Excellent CII rifle is a multi-pump pneumatic.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Most important blog
  • Ammo variations
  • Swedish Excellent lead balls
  • Strange thing happened
  • Lobo balls
  • Known facts
  • Huge size variation!
  • Proof that size really matters
  • What could this mean?
  • Serendipity
  • Casey at the bat

Most important blog

Today I present to you one of the most important reports I have ever written. It doesn’t turn out the way I imagined; it turns out far better! Please enjoy what I feel is the most significant work I have done in a very long time.

Ammo variations

Today is accuracy day for the Swedish Excellent multi-pump pneumatic. In Part 2 we determined the velocity for both the Swedish Excellent round lead balls and also for some lead balls called Lobo from Argentina. The Swedish balls were about 100 f.p.s. faster than the Lobo brand balls, and we discovered that the Lobo balls are about one-thousandth of an inch larger than the Excellent balls. I think the size and perhaps even the uniformity of the ball sizes will play a big role in what happens today.

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What does it take to make you happy?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Lookers and shooters
  • Shooters
  • Ergonomics
  • However…
  • No accounting for taste
  • Nice guns
  • Over to you

I’m stepping away from my usual report style today by asking the question, “What does it take to make you happy?” And by that I mean airguns. If you want universal enlightenment and a restored ch’i, that’s the class down the hall. What kind of airgun makes you happy?

Lookers and shooters

I break my airguns down to those I think are beautiful and those that shoot well. For instance, the TX200 Mark III from Air Arms is a wonderful shooter, but it has all the grace of a cattle truck! It’s not pretty. Now, it is possible to stock one with a gorgeous piece of wood that will distract the viewer from the humpbacked profile of the rifle for a long time. But eventually people see the shape of the air tube as it morphs into the barrel and realize it isn’t very stylish. It’s a shooter, not a looker.

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Hakim — Egypt’s pellet rifle trainer was better than the firearm: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hakim
Hakim is Egypt’s air rifle trainer for their 8mm battle rifle.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Shoot directly off the bag
  • Eley Wasps
  • RWS Superpoints
  • JSB Exact Jumbo RS
  • Summary

We will shoot the .22 caliber Hakim trainer today and see what the old classic is capable of. I think you will be surprised.

Shoot directly off the bag

Because the Hakim is so mild-mannered and also because it weighs 10 lbs. 7 oz., which is heavier than an M1 Garand, I rested it directly on the bag rather than use the artillery hold. I shot at 10 meters and put 10 shots into each group. The first group landed in the bull but a little to the left, and I just went with that sight setting for the rest of the test.

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Teach me to shoot: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

This is the continuation of a fictional guest blog about a man teaching a woman how to shoot a gun. Our writer is reader, Jack Cooper. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • Getting serious
  • Don’t rush it
  • More stuff
  • Surprise!
  • Range setup
  • Three in one!
  • She can shoot
  • Which pistol?

Getting serious

I called Jill on Monday evening to see how things were going and was surprised to hear how much she was looking forward to our next session. She had been holding the Daisy 499 I left with her and looking through the sights, wondering how it’s going to go for her. Of course she doesn’t have a target yet, but she looked up the target specs online and drew a circle on a white piece of paper, just so she could get the feel for how it should look. That made me realize just how seriously she was taking this training!

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Swedish Excellent: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Swedish Excellent
My Swedish Excellent CII rifle is a multi-pump pneumatic.

A history of airguns

Part 1

This report covers:

  • 6 strokes are minimum
  • Slow or fast?
  • Why just 3 shots?
  • Interesting observation
  • 8 pumps
  • 10 pumps
  • Lobo 6 pumps
  • Lobo 8 pumps
  • Lobo 10 pumps
  • Summary

Today we look at the power of the Swedish Excellent multi-pump rifle I recently acquired. Remember that this rifle is an oddball caliber that shoots lead balls measuring 0.213-inches in diameter. I discovered that Argentinian lead balls branded Lobo measure 0.214-inches and will work in the rifle, too. Today I will test them both at differing numbers of pump strokes.

6 strokes are minimum

Right away I discovered that 6 pump strokes are the minimum necessary to shoot this rifle reliably. I stuck several balls on 4 pump strokes. But that was not the only discovery I made.

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