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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What airgun do you want for Christmas?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

FWB P44
FWB P44 is a world-class 10 meter target air pistol.

This report covers:

  • My pick
  • Over to you

Today is all about you readers. You get to write about the airguns you would like to see under the Christmas tree, or just get — period. There are no limits, so let your imaginations run wild and free.

My pick

I would like to get an FWB P44 target pistol. I have coveted FWB PCP target pistols since the P30 first came on the market nearly 20 years ago. They always feel just right in my hand and effortless to operate. And starting with the the P34, they have been 100 percent recoilless. Even the slight movement of the striker is cancelled by the firing mechanism, leaving you with just the sound of the shot as evidence the gun has discharged. Unless you experience it, it’s difficult to imagine.

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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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Feinwerkbau Model 2 target pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

FWB model 2 pistol
FWB model 2 target air pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Getting started
  • Filling the tanks
  • Attach a reservoir to the gun
  • Adjusting velocity with Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • Switched reservoirs
  • Discussing these problems helps new shooters
  • Read the manual
  • Tried other pellets
  • What is happening?

We are looking at a used FWB model 2 10-meter target pistol that runs on bulk CO2. I found this pistol for reader Mitch, who asked if there were any good target pistols for under a thousand dollars. I told him to look at used guns, and to look at the best brands. I found this one on the American Airguns classified ads page and, when Mitch decided to pass on it, I bought it. The whole story is in Part 1.

Not only was this a super buy, this is the very first FWB target pistol that had modern features. The target pistols prior to the model 2 were the FWB 65/80/90 which all had spring piston powerplants. They were great for their day and are still fine airguns today, but the refinements of the model 2 are a more adjustable trigger, adjustable power and better weight and balance.

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Gamo Compact target pistol: part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo Compact
Gamo’s Compact single stroke target pistol is back.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The sights
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • Gamo Match pellets
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • RWS Hobby pellets
  • The rest of the test
  • Summary

Today is accuracy day. We get to see what the Gamo Compact target pistol can do to a target at 10 meters. Let’s get right to it.

I shot the pistol at 10 meters with the gun rested on a sandbag. Since a single stroke pneumatic has no recoil, this is the best way to check the accuracy. I know there are some who believe the gun has to be held in a vise to check accuracy, but in the European factories they test the guns hand-held.

The sights

Remember that I adjusted the width of the rear sight notch in Part 2. It turned out that I got the width just about right for my eyes, so it was very easy to hold on-target. I pulled just one shot out of 40, and I will tell you which one when we get there.

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Gamo Compact target pistol: part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo Compact
Gamo’s Compact single stroke target pistol is back.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Trigger pull
  • On to velocity
  • Gamo Match pellets
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • RWS Hobby pellets
  • On to the other velocity tests
  • Warming the pump head
  • Summary

Today is velocity day for the Gamo Compact target pistol, and you readers have given me several additional things you want tested. Let’s begin with a look at the trigger.

Trigger pull

I mentioned in Part 1 that the trigger on the test pistol feels heavier than mine did 19 years ago. It’s advertised to break at 3 lbs. and the one on the test pistol breaks at 3 lbs. 4 oz. out of the box. There is also some light creep (discernible movement and stopping in the second-stage pull). I told you I would see what I could do about this, so I removed the grips and looked at the trigger unit.

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How does H&N make pellets?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

How does JSB make pellets?

This report covers:

  • Improvements at the molecular level
  • Pellet shapes and head sizes
  • No lookie!
  • Process management
  • More than just pellets
  • Olympic target pellets
  • Testing
  • Cleaning
  • Quality assurance and packing
  • On to shipping
  • Summary

Back on August 10 we looked at how JSB makes pellets. Today we will look inside the H&N factory and see how they do it.

Improvements at the molecular level

“If we want to improve the making of pellets, we have to do it at the molecular level.” Those words were spoken to Dr. Robert Beeman when he toured the H&N factory in the 1980s. As a major buyer of their product, Dr. Beeman got to look inside the operations of manufacturers like Haendler & Natermann Sport GMBH (H&N). They told him at that time that with all the technical controls on the process of making pellets, any future improvements would have to come at the molecular level.

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