Dan Wesson model 715 BB revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson BB revolver
Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Sight adjustment
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • The test
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Summary
  • Not done yet

Sometimes I tell you the results before I write up the test. Today is such a time. This Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver shot the tightest group of 6 shots I have ever shot with any BB gun, other than a Daisy Avanti Champion 499! This one’s a winner, guys!

Hornady Black Diamond BBs

Let’s get right to the test. I decided to shoot 6 shots at each target from 5 meters back. I used the UTG monopod to rest the gun. The first BBs tested were the Hornady Black Diamond BBs. The shots landed low on the target, below the 6 o’clock aim point by half an inch. As shot after shot went to exactly the same place I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Surely at least one shot had strayed up into the black bull and I just couldn’t see it! But no. When I examined the target, what I saw were 6 BB holes clustered in 0.515-inches between centers. This is when having that dime next to the group pays off, because it gives you a sense of scale.

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2016 SHOT Show: Day 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Shot Show Media Day
Shot Show Day 1
Shot Show Day 2

This report covers:

  • Not just airguns
  • Galahad
  • RWS USA (Umarex USA)
  • Beautiful breakbarrel
  • Walther Maximathor and Rotek
  • Brodax
  • AirForce Airguns
  • Crosman
  • More to come

Not just airguns

SHOT is a trade show, but that’s not all. It’s also a place where old friends get to meet and chat at least one time each year. Some of these folks only see each other at SHOT. I was walking up an aisle on day three and someone called my name. Now, I have visual agnosia, which means I can’t recognize faces. I even couldn’t recognize my wife unless I knew what clothes she was wearing that day. Sounds funny, but it’s not when you live it.

So this tall gentleman calls my name and steps up to shake my hand like we were old friends. After I saw his nametag (thank the Lord for them!), I knew that we were. It was Wes Richardson — the guy who developed the Walther Dominator field target rifle with me back in the 1990s. He had been seriously ill and it showed, but he was upright and taking nutrition, as they say, so the news was good. Meeting old friends is a big part of attending the SHOT Show.

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Dan Wesson model 715 BB revolver: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson BB revolver
Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver.

This report covers:

  • Loading cartridges
  • Features
  • Nickel finish
  • Sights
  • Power
  • Built-in wrench
  • Speedloader included
  • Evaluation so far

Today we begin looking at the new Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver from ASG. This is a replica BB pistol that houses a 12-gram CO2 cartridge in the grip. This one is an accurate copy of a Dan Wesson firearm, just like the Dan Wesson pellet revolver we looked at several weeks ago. Like that gun, this one also uses cartridges, but these load from the front, the same as the cartridges in the other Dan Wesson revolver I tested back in 2011.

Loading cartridges

These cartridges have to be loaded in a certain way, and I will take the time in this report to show you exactly how that should be done. The owner’s manual is very vague about loading the cartridges, so I think this will be time well-spent.

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A proven CO2 fix for leaking guns

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

transmission sealer
Automatic transmission sealant works to stop slow gas leaks in CO2 guns.

This report covers:

  • Bad vibes
  • Unintentional test
  • Is the airgun I fixed still holding gas?
  • The test
  • More that just my guns
  • When does it work?
  • How about pneumatics?

This is a fun little report that I just happened to do, partly by accident. On August 28, 2013 I published a report titled Neat fix for bulk-fill CO2 guns. In that report I mentioned that Dennis Quackenbush had told me about a way to fix some slow-leaking CO2 pistols, using automatic transmission sealant. He puts it into the gas port on the gun, then blows it in when the gun is charged with gas. I reported trying it on a bulk-fill gun of my own and it worked.

Bad vibes

Immediately the comments started about how this sealant works by swelling the seals or turning them into a soft mushy mess, and that eventually the seals will fail if you use it. In a comment, I actually reported about 6 months later that the gun I had resealed this way was still working and holding gas, but that only started the warnings all over again.

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Dan Wesson pellet revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson pellet revolver
New Dan Wesson pellet revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • First shot — H&N Finale Match Pistol
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • What I know now
  • Qiang Yuan Training
  • What we have learned

Today we look at the accuracy of the new Dan Wesson pellet revolver. I think I’m going to take a different direction for this test. Instead of just testing several pellets, I’m also going to look at whether flush-seating or deep-seating works best. Once I find out, I’ll stick with the one that works

I’m shooting at 10 meters off a sandbag rest. Naturally I’m shooting all shots single action (cocking the hammer before each shot). I will only shoot 6 shots per target, because loading this revolver takes some time.

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Feinwerkbau Model 2 target pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

FWB model 2 pistol
FWB model 2 target air pistol.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Too slow!
  • My first Harley
  • Consistant?
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • RWS R10 pistol pellets
  • The test
  • Sight picture
  • H&N Finale Match Rifle
  • Qiang Yuan Olympic
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol
  • Qiang Yuan Training
  • RWS R10 Pistol
  • Conclusions

This will be a special report that combines both velocity testing and accuracy testing of the FWB model 2 10-meter target pistol. After I published the last report and made the pistol look bad because its velocity wasn’t very stable, reader Carel told me I might have the power set too low. Carel is the man I bought the gun from, so I took his advice and dialed the velocity up. After two full turns on the power screw I got an average velocity of 534 f.p.s. with the Qiang Yuan Training pellets that had given me fits before. This time the maximum spread was just 10 f.p.s. with the same pellet that previously gave a 98 f.p.s. spread.

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Remington 1911RAC BB pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Remington 1911RAC pistol
Remington’s 1911RAC is very realistic to look at and hold.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Gas loss?
  • Today’s test
  • First up — Air Venturi zinc-plated BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Avanti Precision Ground Shot
  • Trigger pull
  • Overall evaluation

Today we look at the accuracy of the Remington 1911RAC BB pistol,

and I’m going to tell you up front — ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! This one really shoots.

Gas loss?

In Part 2 I encountered a loss of gas that made it impossible to get a shot count. Also, the gun was empty when I started that test, despite having a fresh CO2 cartridge installed 2 weeks earlier. I told you I was going to install another fresh cartridge after testing the gun last time, and the first thing I would do in this test was see if there was still gas remaining. Well, there was.

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