Posts Tagged ‘Ruger Mark 1 air pistol’
by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier
This topic was received well last week, so I’m doing the second list today. Several readers have reminded me of other gifts I should mention, and some of them will make today’s list. If I don’t list something you suggested, there’s a reason. These are the things I recommend without question.
Stocking stuffers/small, neat gifts
Gifts in this category don’t cost a lot but will have great meaning to airgunners. Some of them are things that shooters won’t buy for themselves.
Air Venturi Pellet Pen and Seater
Someone suggested the Air Venturi Pellet Pen and Seater, and I have to agree. This is a great gift, and it’s one that a lot of shooters won’t buy for themselves.
EyePal Peep Sight Master Kit
The EyePal Peep Sight Master Kit is another gift that people may not think about; but when they have one, they’ll love it. I chose the Master Kit so you can use it with both rifles and pistols (and bows if you’re an archer, too). Even if you don’t wear prescription glasses, the EyePal is a great aid for your safety glasses to sharpen your vision and make that front sight clear!
Here’s a gift I’m putting in this section, although it will cost you some money. Pyramyd Air offers 4 tins of pellets for the price of 3. Your favorite airgunner has pellets he or she really likes, but they don’t buy them all the time because they may cost too much.
Consider this gift similar to one of those fancy boxes of candies or Christmas smoked meats that are given this time of year. Nearly everybody likes them, but we don’t spend money on them for ourselves. So, this is an opportunity to buy something your airgunner wants but will never buy himself. The one problem you have is finding out which pellets to buy. Rather than try and guess what your airgunner wants, I’m going to leave this up to you. You need to do a little investigation, maybe look at the pellets that he has on the shelf, or just talk to him and find out what he really wants but hasn’t bought.
Gifts under $50
For a pistol shooter the Crosman 357W is a great idea. It’s a revolver, so you get multiple shots per loading; and for the money, it’s an accurate little air pistol.
Walther Multi-Tac tactical knife
If your airgunner is a gadget junkie, you can’t do much better than a Walther Multi-Tac tactical knife. It’s a tool kit for your pocket. And it has a 440C stainless steel blade to cut whatever you need.
Walther Xenon Tactical flashlight
Can’t have too many flashlights! Not when you need one! The Walther Xenon Tactical flashlight uses two CR123A batteries to cast a 60-lumen light. That means you get both good battery life and a powerful light.
Gifts under $100
Some of these gifts are just over the $50 mark, so look at them carefully. This category holds some of the most surprising values in airguns.
The Makarov from Umarex is a wonderful BB pistol that I just can’t stop talking about. I bought one for myself after testing it! It’s extremely accurate for a BB pistol, which means you really can use it for target practice. It runs on CO2, so don’t forget to get some CO2 cartridges if you give this gun as a gift.
Another fine CO2 pistol is the single-shot Crosman 2240. It’s a .22-caliber, bolt-action pistol that’s powerful and accurate, plus it serves as the basis for many aftermarket modifications.
Ruger Mark I
The Ruger Mark I air pistol is powered by a spring-piston. It isn’t very powerful, but it’s a great companion for the handgun shooter who only wants to poke holes in targets and plink with a pistol that’s easy to cock and accurate.
Stoeger X5 air rifle
The Stoeger X5 air rifle is a wonderful, youth-sized, spring-piston rifle that has enough quality to make my list. The trigger is a little stiff, but the accuracy is there. It reminds me of the Hämmerli 490 that is, sadly, no longer available.
Gifts a little over $100
I created this category for those items that are a few dollars over $100 but are still within the realm of economy. Sometimes, the things you want are just over the line — no matter where you arbitrarily draw it.
Shooting Chrony Alpha chronograph.
The Shooting Chrony Alpha chronograph is the instrument I use to document 98 percent of the work I do. I use it because it’s small, portable and very reliable. Sure, there are reasons to use my Oehler 35P chrono, sometimes; but most of the time, this is my choice.
Daisy Avanti Champion 499 BB gun
I have to recommend the Daisy Avanti Champion 499 BB gun because it is the target shooter’s dream. Where other BB guns will put 10 shots into three-quarter of an inch at 16 feet when all is right, this one will put 10 into a quarter-inch at the same distance. This is a shooter’s tool, not a hunting gun or bragging-rights gun. Be sure to stock up on the special Avanti Precision Ground Shot if you get this gun because it definitely adds accuracy! And order some special 5-meter BB targets that are sized right for this gun!
IZH 60 air rifle
I am also going to put the IZH 60 air rifle on my list this year. Though the accuracy slipped when the gun’s design was changed several years ago, this is still a delightful youth rifle that’s easy enough for even smaller kids to cock. It has reasonable accuracy, and the sidelever design means that fingers can’t be pinched in the mechanism like they would on guns having sliding compression chambers. I recommend the single-shot over the repeater for reasons of safety.
Daisy 953 TargetPro
I normally don’t recommend combo guns, but I’ll make an exception for the Daisy 953 TargetPro. It’s a pellet rifle with enough accuracy to get you into the game without spending a bundle.
Gifts under $300
Gifts in this category start to take on the aura of personal taste. My recommendations may not be what your airgunner wants, so you need to find out if they are before you buy anything.
Benjamin 392 pump
This one is very personal. You airgunner will either like it or not. So, check first. The Benjamin 392 pump is the best multi-pump rifle going, these days. Its heritage dates back to the late 19th century, so there’s a lot of history there. I also chose the .22-caliber 392 for its power; but if your airgunner only wants to shoot at targets, then the 397 is the same rifle and shoots cheaper .177 pellets.
Daisy Avanti 853
The Daisy 853 is right at $300, but its a great buy even at that price. It features a Lothar Walther barrel and has been used by millions of kids for competition in the decades it’s been around. The trigger is rough, but there are several websites that tell you how to fix it. To get anything with better accuracy, you’re going to need to spend several hundred dollars more.
Diana RWS LP8
Want an air pistol that shoots like a rifle? The Diana RWS LP8 is the one to get. It just may be the best value in a really good air pistol these days. It has plenty of power and is very accurate. The breakbarrel cocking is on the heavy side, but an adult male shouldn’t have a problem.
Gifts without limit
Now, we can spread our wings a little. This is where many of the better airguns live.
Let’s start with the HW 30S. You know this rifle as the Beeman R7 when it’s in a different stock, but airgunners know the HW 30S has the same powerplant and the same adjustable Rekord trigger as the R7. If your airgunner likes the styling of the HW 30S, it’s less expensive; but if he wants an R7, it’s also a wonderful spring-piston air rifle.
Diana RWS 48
If you want a big bruiser spring-piston air rifle, the Diana RWS 48 is one I would recommend. And, I recommend it in .22 caliber, where you get all the power it can develop. The 48 is a sidelever that’s surprisingly easy to cock, despite the level of power it delivers. It’s also very accurate. One thing, though, the 48 is a big air rifle, so be sure your shooter knows what he’s in store for. Definitely for adults, only.
TalonP air pistol
There’s no other smallbore air pistol that can hold a candle to the TalonP air pistol from AirForce Airguns. It comes in .25 caliber and has 10 shots per fill at over 50 foot-pounds of muzzle energy! Many rifles can’t equal it! When I tested it for accuracy, I got sub-one-inch groups at 50 yards. It’s a hunting air pistol extraordinaire.
Walther LGV Challenger
If you want a really fine breakbarrel spring rifle, you can’t do better than the Walther LGV Challenger. I recommend the .22-caliber gun because it was so smooth when I tested it.
by B.B. Pelletier
Before we get into today’s report, here’s an update on the Roanoke Airgun Expo. Dee Liady, Fred’s widow, is going ahead with the show exactly as it has been planned, in honor of Fred. This will probably be the largest airgun show ever held, as I expect to see a number of new tableholders who are coming for the first time, not to mention a great many new attendees. I know I plan to bring a ton of stuff with me this year. Here’s a link to a PDF of the show flier that has all the pertinent information. If you want to reserve a table, better do it soon, as there’s a limit to the number of tables the room can hold.
Okay, today is accuracy day. I shot the Crosman 2240 with the same three pellets that were used in the velocity test. These are not necessarily the best pellets for a 2240, but they’re among the best pellets in most airguns, so there’s a good chance they’ll work well. Or, perhaps, just one or two will be good.
Since the target range is indoors and the target trap is sitting on my night stand, I always check to see that the sights are aligned reasonably close to where they have to be. I don’t care about hitting the center of the bullseye, as you know, but I also don’t want to throw a stray shot into the wall behind my bed. So, I shoot the first shot at about 15 feet, and if it’s close to the aim point, I’m okay.
All shots were fired from a rest, the same as the Crosman Mark I. I shot at 10 meters, with 10 shots per pellet. I did encounter the 2240 bleeding off the power band, so I installed a new CO2 cartridge and re-shot that target.
In fact, that’s one thing I have against CO2 guns. When they start to lose power, they begin to string their shots vertically. It doesn’t matter that much to action pistol shooters, but to target shooters and hunters it’s a real pain.
Okay, on to the accuracy tests. First up was the RWS Hobby pellet.
After I examined the group the Hobbys made, I knew the pistol was capable of doing much better, so I played with the sights a little. I also did something that may surprise some newer owners of the 2240. The barrel band or hanger has Allen screws on the top and bottom to secure it to the barrel and CO2 reservoir. Sometimes, if the sights won’t adjust properly, it’s because the barrel is misaligned with the receiver. Loosen both of these screws and move the barrel in the necessary direction, then tighten them again. This is an old field fix for sights that don’t quite adjust far enough, so I mention it for everyone who hasn’t heard about it yet. Anyone who has taken the barrel off the gun even one time should know about this fix.
Next up were Crosman Premiers. Where Hobbys had fought me during loading because of the screw hole in the loading trough, Premiers fell into the breech like mercury down a drain. They didn’t seem to meet any resistance when the bolt went home, but I waited to see how they printed on paper.
Waiting proved to be a wise decision, because the 2240 loves Crosman premiers. Put them on your short list for this pistol.
Next up were the RWS Superdomes that everybody is telling me I have to test with more airguns. Well, this was one such test.
The Superdomes proved tantalizing, because they wanted to group well but didn’t quite make it. More shooting with them might prove worthwhile.
One thing Edith commented on when I was shooting was how loud the 2240 is. And two of our three cats were very vocal about their disapproval. They finally left the room I was in and retired to the quiet garage. But Punky, our Pepe LePew look-alike, decided he liked the shooting, so he came into the living room and plopped right down on the floor, no more than 10 feet from where I was shooting. There he remained throughout the test, asleep at the end!
Not a care in the world. Punky’s a gun nut.
So, some family members may not approve, but those that are easy-going will accept the 2240 in stride. This is the end of the 2240 test, but I’m still going to shoot the S&W 78G as a comparison. When I’m done, you’ll be able to compare all three pistols: the Crosman Mark I, the Crosman 2240 and the S&W 78G.
by B.B. Pelletier
Today, we’ll look at the power of the Crosman 2240 as well as some subjective things like loading, handling and trigger control. This pistol sure has hit the hot button of shooter’s passions! The response to the first report was quite heavy, even for a weekend. It seems that a great many readers have one or more 2240s in their collections, and some of you are even wild-eyed modifiers of the 22XX-series of Crosman guns.
Powered by CO2
The powerplant of the pistol is based on CO2 gas, using a common 12-gram cartridge. The gun uses a single cartridge, from which it gets a reasonable number of powerful shots. How many shots depends on exactly where you stop loading and firing. For some that may be around 45 shots, but for most I suspect it’s closer to 60 and more. If the target is a tin can at 15 yards, the loss of a little velocity is of no great concern. However, the hunters want every pellet to go exactly where the sights say it will. And those are the things that determine the useful shot count.
Unlike action pistols, the single-shot 2240 does not suffer from power loss during normal operations on a reasonably warm day. Cocking and loading the next pellet takes long enough that the gun has time to recover from whatever temporary power loss due to a momentary temperature drop.
Loading the 2240 reminded me of a couple of things. The brass bolt that comes standard in the pistol fits the receiver loosely, which results in a slightly jerky motion when the bolt is retracted. To compensate for that, I place the thumb of my right hand on the back of the receiver and squeeze my hand together. That brings the bolt along smoothly. The steel bolts found in the 2300 T and S models seem to cock more smoothly than this one, which is due in part to their longer bolt handles.
There’s a hex head screw at the bottom of the loading trough that causes most pellets to hang up and want to flip. The knack to loading a 2240 is to let gravity do the work. Let the pellet fall into the breech and use the bolt to push it past the gas transfer port once it’s in there. If you try to load this pistol like a British SMLE Mk IV bolt-action battle rifle (i.e., try to slam the pellet into the breech with the bolt), you’ll be sorry.
Velocity with RWS Hobbys
The average velocity with the RWS Hobby pellet was 482 f.p.s. The spread went from a low of 473 to a high of 490. The average muzzle energy was 6.14 foot-pounds. Loading Hobbys was difficult because the front lip of the wadcutter nose kept hanging up in the depression for the screw head. That was when I remembered to just let them fall into the breech on their own and forget trying to push them with the bolt. Point the muzzle at the ground and hold the bolt back with your thumb. Then, let the pellet fall straight into the breech and it should enter smoothly.
For comparison, the Crosman Mark I averaged 472 f.p.s. with the same pellets. And their spread was from 464 to 479.
Velocity with Crosman Premiers
The 2240 averaged 448 f.p.s. with Crosman Premiers. The spread went from 444 to 454. That’s much tighter performance than the Hobbys, but even the Premiers had loading problems unless they were dropped into the breech. The average muzzle energy works out to 6.37 foot-pounds.
With the Mark I, Premiers averaged 431 f.p.s. The velocities of the two guns are close, with the 2240 just shading the Mark I by a little.
Velocities with RWS Superdomes
The 14.5-grain RWS Superdome averaged 455 f.p.s., and the spread went from 448 to a high of 458. That’s an average energy of 6.67 foot-pounds, which was the highest energy seen in this test. I didn’t test the Mark I with Superdomes, so there’s no comparison to make.
In truth, the 2240′s single-stage trigger is very simple, and no amount of gunsmithing or aftermarket parts will turn it into a target trigger. But, it’s reasonably light and not too creepy, letting off at 3 lbs., 12 ozs. If you need something a little better, there’s no shortage of options available from third parties.
Well, here we have an air pistol that generates slightly more than 6 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. For the money you pay, it’s certainly hard to imagine getting any more than the 2240 offers.