I commented on the realism of this pistol in Part 1 and several readers answered with their own comments. Those who have seen and held the gun agree it is very realistic. Nobody likes the white lettering on the sides of the slide and frame, but the heft of the gun probably trumps that for many shooters.
Remington’s 1911 RAC BB pistol is very realistic to look at and hold.
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Why test the Remington?
For starters, let’s get the model right. The Remington 1911 RAC BB pistol isn’t a 1911, except through a broad use of the name. This gun is an M1911A1 model that has most of the updated characteristics of the Colt that were incorporated in changes made 1924-26.
The U.S. Army found that some soldiers had difficulty reaching the trigger, so the long 1911 trigger blade was shortened. Along with that change, scallops were machined into the both sides of the rear of the frame behind the triggerguard to provide additional clearance for short fingers. The short extension at the top of the grip safety was lengthened to prevent shooters with large hands from being cut by the slide as it moved in recoil. The wide cocking pad at the rear of the hammer was removed and the flat mainspring housing was arched to help some shooters point the pistol more naturally. The front sight was both widened and raised to make it easier to see and the notch in the rear sight was widened.
A tip of the hat to the Joker, who asked today’s title question about Batman. Reader Kevin Wilmeth asked this last week, “Incidentally, I’d love to see an article some day on exactly how you do get access to the guns you do. Somehow I think I’d find that illuminating.”
Kevin — today is the day! I hope you find my report as interesting as you thought it would be.
When I started out writing about airguns in 1993 — the year before we launched The Airgun Letter — I attended the second airgun show held at Winston Salem, North Carolina. I was an unknown who was trying to promote a newsletter about airguns. The big questions were — who is Tom Gaylord and what does he know about airguns? But that’s for another report. Today we are discussing where I get my airguns.
This BB gun is one that the world waited for. And when Umarex brought it out, they nailed it. It’s everything you could want in a BB revolver that is still affordable. And they didn’t rest on their laurels, either. The first guns were a blued model and a nickle-plated one — both with the artillery-length 5-1/2 inch barrel. Within a year, they added the trail-worn gun that shooters love so much. The first iteration was 500 U.S. Marshal’s Museum models, followed by 500 NRA specials with the same finish. The Marshal’s models sold out at the SHOT Show in 2 days. The NRA guns are all gone too, though Pyramyd Air did stock them until the last one sold.
Today we look at the accuracy of the Bersa BP9CC BB pistol. Several readers are interested because of the small size of this BB pistol. And in Part 2 we discovered that it delivers all the power that’s advertised.
I decided to use the same 3 BBs for today’s test as were used in the velocity test. One of them — the Daisy Premium Grade BB — gave significantly lower velocity than the other 2, and I thought that might make it a little more accurate, because it is tighter in the barrel.
The range was 5 meters and the gun was shot with my hand resting on the UTG Monopod. I have found this rest to be the handiest rifle and pistol field rest I’ve ever used. The way I hold it locks the gun solidly and is as steady as a bipod.
Today we look at the velocity of the Bersa BP9CC BB pistol in dual tone finish. Remember, I mentioned in Part 1 that the short barrel (2.91-inches) would slow the gun down? Today we see if that is the case. ASG, who markets the gun, advertises it as a 350 f.p.s. gun.
Usually these BB stick magazines are easy to load. This one is okay, but a little fiddly. Pull the follower down and lock it in place, then load the BBs one at a time through a hole at the top rear of the mag. I see no possibility for a speedloader for this magazine.
The Texas airgun show is a one-day event. Everyone knows they have to get in quick, set up quick and get everything accomplished in one short day. The Parker County Sportsman Club that hosted the event provided dozens of volunteers to run the ranges, park cars, sell tickets, prepare and serve food and drinks, and generally help anyone who needed it. As a result, the event was set up and running smooth when the doors opened to the public at 9 am. But, unlike last year, there was no line at the door. The tickets were sold at a gate outside the compound because we had vendors in two different buildings this year. Even so I was surprised and a little disappointed when I didn’t see the immediate crush of people at 9.