Dan Wesson model 715 BB revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson BB revolver
Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Sight adjustment
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • The test
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Summary
  • Not done yet

Sometimes I tell you the results before I write up the test. Today is such a time. This Dan Wesson nickel-plated BB revolver shot the tightest group of 6 shots I have ever shot with any BB gun, other than a Daisy Avanti Champion 499! This one’s a winner, guys!

Hornady Black Diamond BBs

Let’s get right to the test. I decided to shoot 6 shots at each target from 5 meters back. I used the UTG monopod to rest the gun. The first BBs tested were the Hornady Black Diamond BBs. The shots landed low on the target, below the 6 o’clock aim point by half an inch. As shot after shot went to exactly the same place I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Surely at least one shot had strayed up into the black bull and I just couldn’t see it! But no. When I examined the target, what I saw were 6 BB holes clustered in 0.515-inches between centers. This is when having that dime next to the group pays off, because it gives you a sense of scale.

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Generation 2 .25 caliber Benjamin Marauder: Part 8

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

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

This report covers:

  • Early start
  • UTG scope a plus!
  • Quiet rifle!
  • The test
  • Benjamin domes
  • JSB Exact Kings
  • Analysis
  • Where do I go from here?

It’s been a month since we last looked at the .25-caliber gen 2 Benjamin Marauder. I said at the end of Part 7 that I would try the rifle at 100 yards for you. Well, today is the day.

Early start

To shoot a pellet rifle at 100 yards the wind has to be absolutely still. In Texas where I shoot that almost certainly means in the early morning, because once the sun rises the wind starts blowing. So I arrived at the range while the stars are still out and I set everything up, waiting for the dawn. No breeze was blowing on this morning, making the conditions perfect.

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The BB gage: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

BB Gage
The new BB Gage looks like a Pelletgage, and operates in a similar way. Photo provided by Pelletgage.com.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Start with the best
  • The test
  • 4.42mm
  • 4.43mm
  • 4.44mm
  • Results so far
  • Mixed BBs
  • Conclusions

I know there is a lot of interest in today’s subject, because readers have been talking about it since the first part was published. Today we are going to conduct the first test to see if gaging BBs makes any difference in their accuracy.

Start with the best

Naturally I chose the most accurate BB gun for today’s test. The Daisy Avanti 449 BB gun has no equal, as far as accuracy goes. Several readers are talking about the velocity of the 499 and how to increase it. Mine launches BBs at around 250 f.p.s., and that velocity is perfect for what the gun does. I would not tear into a gun that is shooting as accurately as this one does.

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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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VZ 35 — another airgun trainer

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

VZ 35
The Czech VZ 35 was a large rugged military trainer. This one is missing the upper handguard.

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Airgun Academy Episode 36 is up
  • Made for adults!
  • The firing mechanism
  • Not a plinker
  • Sights
  • Loading
  • Build quality
  • A sporter?
  • Trigger
  • Overall evaluation

Airgun Academy Episode 36 is up

Before we begin today’s report I want to announce that Episode 36 — Safe BB traps is online and ready for viewing.

We haven’t talked about airgun trainers for a while. Today I want to look at one of the most realistic military trainers of all — the Czech VZ 35. This is a bolt action ball-shooting rifle — essentially a BB gun — that fires 4.4mm lead balls through a rifled barrel. It weighs as much as the 8mm CZ 24 Mauser firearm that it copies, which is 9+ lbs. And that’s without the bayonet! Yes, this military trainer accepts a bayonet — the same one that goes on the military rifle.

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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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Haenel model 100 BB pistol and Daisy number 12 model 29 BB gun: Parts 2 and 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

Haenel 100: Part 1
Daisy number 12 model 29: Part 1
Daisy number 12 model 29: Part 2

Haenel BB pistol
The Haenel 100 BB pistol is a pre-war 50-shot repeater.

Daisy model 29
Daisy Number 12 Model 20 is a vintage BB gun.

This report covers:

  • Haenel 100 first
  • Precision Ground Shot
  • The test
  • Haenel accuracy
  • Daisy model 29 accuracy
  • First target
  • The turning point!
  • Target two
  • Conclusions

I am combining two reports today — the Haenel model 100 BB pistol and the Daisy number 12 model 29 BB gun. Please don’t get confused. If you have been following the series on the Daisy 29, you know that something good must have happened for me to do this special report. Indeed it did! Let’s get started.

Haenel 100 first

The first task was to chronograph the Haenel pistol. You may recall that the Blue Book of Airguns informs us that the Haenel 100 uses 4.4 mm lead balls, so I started with them.

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