Diana K98 pellet rifle: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Diana K98
Diana’s K98 Mauser pellet rifle is very realistic.

This report covers:

    • Real deal
    • The rifle
    • Underlever
    • The stock
    • Finish
    • Sights
    • Size and weight
    • Tools?
    • Manual
    • Good feeling

    It’s here! The Diana K98 air rifle is finally here and today I start testing it for you. I have fired it several times as of this moment, and my advice is if you want one, get it. Diana appears to have done everything right.

    Real deal

    Luckily for all of you I am a real airgunner, rather than some marketeer who is just doing this as a job. When it comes to looking at a new airgun like this, I know what to look for. For example, the stock is real wood! The picture on the box looks so good that I thought for a moment Diana had gone the plastic route like the Mosin Nagant BB gun I recently tested. No, sir! This one is all wood!

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Generation 2 .25 caliber Benjamin Marauder: Part 10

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Benjamin Marauder synthetic stock
Second-generation Benjamin Marauder in a synthetic stock.

UTG Bubble Leveler scope: Part 1
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

This report covers:

  • Mounting the Bubble Leveler scope
  • Back to the Marauder
  • Sight in
  • Shooting with this scope!
  • Unanticipated problem
  • I quit!

Oh, boy! This week I get to report on two world-beaters! First there was the Diana AR-8 N-TEC and today it’s the gen 2 Benjamin Marauder. I will show you why I am so happy in a moment, but first, there is another story to tell. I mounted the UTG 4-16 Bubble Leveler scope on this rifle and that gives me a lot more to talk about.

Mounting the Bubble Leveler scope

Why would mounting this scope be any different from mounting any other scope? Simple — because it has a bubble level inside. My trick of bisecting the rear of the receiver with the vertical reticle line took on a whole new dimension when there was a bubble below it. I had to rotate the scope in the rings until the vertical reticle line bisected both the bubble and the receiver, which meant how I held the rifle entered into the process for the first time. It took me a while to get the scope to where the sight picture looked right with the bubble level and the rifle feeling right in my hands.

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Life in the golden age of airguns

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Growth
  • Why do we shoot?
  • Accuracy
  • Smooth shooting
  • Pride of ownership
  • Technology
  • Today
  • Where to next
  • What to avoid

As I read your comments I can’t help but marvel at the changes I see in airguns. Let’s start with their popularity.

Growth

When I started writing about airguns in 1994 we had very little idea of how many airgunners there were in the United States. We knew how many people owned firearms because the NRA kept track of that number, and at that time there were between 5 and 10 million shooters in the U.S. The number depended on which definition of shooter you used. If you were interested in shooters who were very active, the number was smaller. If you defined a shooter as someone who shot a firearm in the last 10 years, the number was large.

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Sig Sauer Max Michel 1911 blowback BB pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Sauer Max Michel BB pistol
Max Michel 1911 BB pistol from Sig Sauer.

This report covers:

  • Who is Max Michel?
  • The pistol
  • The safety
  • The grip safety
  • CO2
  • Sights
  • Magazine

Who is Max Michel?

Today we begin looking at yet another lookalike airgun — the Sig Sauer Max Michel 1911 blowback BB pistol . If you wonder who Max Michel is, let me tell you. Max Michel is an IPSC shooter with many world championships to his credit. He is the captain of Team Sig. He is noted for being a very fast shooter, which, in IPSC competition, means everything. And he is giving Sig permission to use his established name on this pistol, so you have to be impressed. His name means as much to him as Sig’s name means to them.

He actually says in the press release that he recommends this pistol for training, and for teaching younger shooters. If the pistol proves to be somewhat accurate, I will expand that to teaching all shooters.

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Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun
Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun.

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Daisy Premium Grade BBs
  • Adjusted the sights
  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Avanti Precision Ground Shot
  • Evaluation

Today we look at the accuracy of the Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun. This test is almost a dare, because several readers goaded me into reviewing this BB gun. Reader Thedavemyster said he noted that some owners were saying it is almost as accurate as the Daisy 499. which we all know is the most accurate BB gun in the world. If this one comes anywhere close to that, it will be a winner.

The test

I removed the sling for better control of the airgun on the UTG Monopod. I shot seated from 5 meters using the monopod rest. The open sights are clear and sharp and very easy to see when the target is illuminated by a 500-watt lamp.

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Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun
Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun.

This report covers:

  • Correction
  • Install CO2
  • Daisy BBs
  • Air Venturi Copper-plated steel BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot BBs
  • Shot count
  • The sling
  • Trigger pull
  • Evaluation

Correction

In Part 1 I told you the true barrel length of this Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun is around 5 inches. Someone called me on that so I measured it again today. Now I am reading a length of 15.5 inches. The real barrel is buried deep inside an outer jacket that conforms to the appearance of the firearm barrel, so measuring is done by means of a thin cleaning rod. I’ve gone back and corrected Part 1 to reflect what I’ve learned.

Install CO2

Today is velocity day. This BB gun is rated to 427 f.p.s., which is very brisk, so take precautions to eliminate bouncebacks. Let’s begin by installing one 12-gram CO2 cartridge.

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Plan B

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

  • DB Cooper
  • What does this mean to you?
  • Range bags
  • How to spot a newbie
  • Riddle
  • The moral

I started writing today’s blog at 6 am, and three hours into the test I encountered a drop-dead fault with the rifle — something that has to be repaired. So, the test had to end and I was already well into my work day. What to do?

I’ll tell you about the problem when I finally do the review. Today I want to talk about having backup plans.

DB Cooper

When DB Cooper hijacked the airplane and bailed out over southern Washington state, he must have known the FBI would fool with the four parachutes they supplied him. My squadron of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (over a thousand men), spent a month searching the probable impact site with the FBI. The airplane’s flight recorder told us when he left the plane (time, altitude and airspeed) and the weather data for that evening told us the trajectory. We searched for a small crater in the steep mountains and discovered very little of him. If he did crater, it wasn’t inside the search area. We did find the remains of another possible homicide, though, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

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