Walther’s new LGU: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• The grand opening…
• Trigger
• A special metal trigger
• Loading port
• Firing behavior
• Power
• Sights
• I have a dream!

Today, we’ll start looking at the new Walther LGU air rifle. It arrived last Saturday, and I knew that the first glance would tell me a lot — which it did. The box is large, strong and beautiful. No pictures of a gun — no freeway overpass advertising. Just a classy, subdued gray over the entire rugged box. I guessed that what was inside was something the manufacturer was proud of.

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Don Robinson BSA Airsporter: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Don Robinson Airsporter right
UK maker Don Robinson made this beautiful BSA Airsporter — a trademark of his work on airguns!

This report covers:

• It caught my eye!
• The rifle
• Prolific maker
• The tune
• Not a tackdriver?

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for several months, you’ve probably read about the 2014 Ft. Worth airgun show that was held back in September. It was a wonderful event for a number of different reasons, one of which was the large number of exotic, collectible airguns that showed up. I told you about that show in a 2-part report, and I tried to cover as much as I could; but there was a lot that didn’t get reported because of a lack of space. I did not mention today’s airgun in those reports, but I did include it in my feature article for the November color issue of Shotgun News. But if you don’t read that magazine, what you’re about to see today will be brand new.

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Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 8

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle.

This report covers:

• Assembly
• Lubrication
• Testing the rifle
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Evaluation to this point

Today, I’ll finish the tune of the Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle, and then we’ll test it. When we ended the last report, we had looked at all the parts and cleaned off the excess gear oil.

Assembly
Now it’s time to assemble the rifle. I looked at the trigger assembly that receives and holds the piston rod when the rifle is cocked. It’s very similar to the 124 trigger, but I can see refinement in fit and finish. This won’t be an easy trigger to modify, but it’s so nice as it comes from the factory that this isn’t an issue. I did not lubricate the trigger before assembly, but I did dry off the gear oil.

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Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle.

This report covers:

• Disassembling the Sport
• Spring guide was loose
• Remove the piston
• Piston comes out
• Mainspring tube/compression chamber finish

Okay, today the Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle comes apart, and we’ll start looking inside. This report is huge, so it will take today and tomorrow to complete.

Some of you might like to compare what you see in the Sport to the FWB 124. That can be seen in the 15-part report I did on the FWB 124.

Okay, enough explanation. This is what you’ve been waiting for, so let’s get to it!

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Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• JSB Exact Heavy 10.3-grain pellets
• Conclusions

Before I begin, I want to tell you that there is at least one huge surprise coming in 2015. I’m testing an airgun right now, so this isn’t something that’s a one-off being handed to me at the Media Day range for a few causal shots. I’ve already been to the range with this gun 4 times, and it is earth-shattering! It does things other guns in its class cannot dream of doing. I tell you this not to tease — well, perhaps just a little — but also to let you know the world is continuing to spin on its axis, and good things are still happening with airguns.

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Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Oil the rifle
• Some improvements over the 124
• The spring was dry!
• Velocity testing — Crosman Premier lites
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Firing behavior after shooting
• In the future…

Today, we’re going to try something recommended by Gene Salvino in the tech department of Pyramyd Air. He told me that it’s possible to quiet the new Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle by means of externally applied lubrication. In other words, no disassembly is required. That would be a huge plus to those shooters who don’t want to disassemble their airguns.

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Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Selecting scope mounts
• Which scope?
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Shooting behavior
• JSB Exact 8.4-grain pellets
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Crosman Premier heavy pellets
• Conclusion to this point

Today, I’ll shoot the scoped Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle at 25 yards. We should see the rifle’s real potential.

Selecting scope mounts
You know the FWB has those half-round scope stop holes (see in Part 1) that require special scope mounts. I didn’t have any that fit. I thought I did, but mine were made for the UK-made Webley Patriot, and the two pins on the bottom are out of line with the FWB grooves. Fortunately, I did have several BKL mounts that hold with clamping pressure, alone. I selected the BKL 30mm high rings. Although they have only 1 strap with just 2 cap screws each, they held perfectly throughout the test.

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