Gletcher Nagant pellet revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gletcher Nagant pellet revolver
The new Gletcher Nagant pellet revolver comes in both silver and black. I’m testing a silver gun.

Part 1
Part 2

Before I start the report, here is an update on Edith. This thing she may have/probably has is called Guillian Barre Syndrome. It does in hours what MS does in years. It is very rare — only one case in 100,000 they say. But it is curable, where MS isn’t. Or at least if the disease doesn’t go away, it stops bothering the patient.

Edith has been having waves of pain and weakness attacks, followed by short recoveries. Last evening she was in a lot of pain and could not get out of bed. But her doctor is optimistic that the treatment she is undergoing will work and she’ll have a full recovery. I took her computer to the hospital, but she wasn’t able to look at it last night. I will see her again today and hopefully she’ll be much better and able to read all you have written.

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Colt Single Action Army BB gun: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

 

Colt Single Action Army BB revolver
The new Colt Single Action Army BB revolver is gorgeous!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • It started as a conversation
  • Cartridges are the key
  • Use the same cartridges
  • The test
  • Ah-ha!
  • 25-foot test
  • Summary

It started as a conversation

A couple weeks ago, several readers had a discussion on the blog about shooting the Colt Single Action Army BB revolver with pellets. I didn’t read everything they said in detail, but the basic idea stayed with me for several days until I began to wonder, “Why not?” Back in 2013, I tested the Diana model 25 smoothbore pellet gun and discovered that it’s very accurate out to 10 meters — even though there’s no rifling to spin the pellet. Why wouldn’t this BB revolver also be accurate?

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Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo PR-776 revolver
Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Sights okay
  • First target
  • Shooting fast
  • RWS Hobby pellets
  • Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • Observations

This is the report people have been waiting for. How accurate is the Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver? If it proves accurate, the price is certainly in the right place for a revolver that has a real crane and swing out cylinder.

The day before performing this test, I had the revolver out on a test of the Rocket Shot target. I found the revolver doesn’t point naturally for me, and I was unsuccessful on the moving target. But I had a lot more confidence in this test.

Sights okay

I had thought I’d need to paint over the white dot sight on the front post to get real aiming precision; but when I lit the target brightly and shot from a darkened room, the dot became invisible. Dot sights are okay for pointing at a large mass, but they destroy any precision the sights may offer. Fortunately, the PR 776 sights have very rectangular angles; so, when they’re dark, they’re also pretty crisp.

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Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo PR-776 revolver
Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • How the cylinder locks
  • Velocity with Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • Double-action pull
  • RWS R10 pistol pellets
  • Crosman Premier Super Match pellets
  • Evaluation to this point
  • Trigger-pull
  • Shot count
  • Evaluation

In part 1 of this review, most of your comments addressed accuracy. You hoped this revolver was accurate and wanted it to be as good as the S&W 586. I also hope it’s accurate, as the low price would make it a world-beater. We’ll take things one step at a time and wait for the accuracy test.

How the cylinder locks

As mentioned in part 1, this revolver has a barrel that’s spring-loaded and moves forward as the cylinder turns. I’ll show you why it does that. The breech is rounded to fit into a recess in the front of each chamber in the cylinder. You get the same gas-sealing effect as the Nagant revolver, only it’s the barrel that moves backwards — not the cylinder that moves forward. That should give us better gas management, but I don’t know what it will do to the accuracy.

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Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo PR-776 revolver

Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver.

This report covers:

  • Hurrah!
  • Pellets
  • Cylinder swings out
  • The grip
  • Sights
  • Single- and double-action
  • Accuracy?
  • A lot of interest

Hurrah!

Today, we’ll start looking at the Gamo PR-776 pellet revolver. Pellets, as in a 6-inch rifled steel barrel. And all-metal construction! With adjustable sights! For $100.

Many of our blog readers are interested in pellet revolvers, and this is a brand new one. It looks something like a Smith & Wesson TRR8, except the top of the barrel lacks the ribbed scope base that’s found on the firearm. The cylinder is unique in that it doesn’t house the ammunition. It accepts clips, instead.

Pellets are loaded into one of the two circular metal clips supplied with the revolver. When it’s time to reload, the cylinder catch is pressed forward — just like an S&W — and the cylinder swings out to the left. A circular clip containing the pellets is dropped into the rear of the cylinder, and it swings shut again. The gun is loaded.

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Gletcher NGT Nagant CO2 BB revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Nagant CO2 BB revolver
Gletcher Nagant CO2 BB revolver

This report covers:

  • Grip won’t go on
  • First group
  • Deep seating for accuracy
  • Umarex BBs
  • 4.4mm lead balls
  • Daisy BBs, again
  • Evaluation
  • The action works with the loading gate down

We’ll look at the accuracy of the Nagant CO2 BB revolver today. I learned a good tip for improved accuracy, and I’ll also show you how the action of the revolver I am testing works with the loading gate open. Let’s get to it.

Grip won’t go on

The first thing I did was install a fresh CO2 cartridge. And I had the same problem I reported in part 2 of getting the grip back on the gun after the cartridge was in place. But this time, no matter what I did, it wouldn’t fit on the gun.

I shot the test with the left grip panel off, then removed the Crosman CO2 cartridge and tried installing an ASG Ultrair CO2 cartridge. Problem fixed!

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Gletcher NGT Nagant CO2 BB revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Nagant CO2 BB revolver
Gletcher Nagant CO2 BB revolver

This report covers:

  • No safety
  • Some problems with the CO2
  • Second cartridge
  • Velocity
  • Daisy BBs
  • Crosman Copperhead BBs
  • Shot count
  • Sound
  • Trigger-pull
  • Evaluation so far

Today, we’ll look at the Gletcher Nagant CO2 BB revolver. We’ll check the velocity, the trigger-pull, and one or two other things that might come up with this interesting BB gun.

Some of you said you own Nagant revolvers and were glad to see this BB revolver. This is one time when I feel ill at ease with you readers, because I don’t have any experience with the firearm. Of course, the gun I’m testing is a BB gun that differs from the firearm, so I can learn as we go.

No safety

Someone asked if this revolver has a safety, and that started a discussion on revolver safeties. The Nagant revolver does not have a safety on either the firearm or the CO2 BB gun.

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