Teach me to shoot: Part 11

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

This is the continuing fictional saga and guest report of a man teaching a woman to shoot. Today Jack will start teaching Jamell, how to shoot a muzzle loading rifle.

Our guest writer is reader, Jack Cooper. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • The mountain men
  • Black powder
  • Characteristics of black powder
  • Safety first
  • Possibles bag
  • Charging the rifle — step one
  • Charging the rifle — step two
  • Black powder grain sizes
  • Loading the ball
  • Ramming the ball home
  • Cap the rifle
  • Clean the bore
  • Finishing

Things have certainly taken a turn since I started teaching Jill to shoot. Now I’m teaching her friend, Jamell, how to shoot a muzzleloading rifle, to prepare her for the custom rifle she is having built. At least I thought it was going to be a rifle. Let me stop for a moment and bring you all up to speed on what it is that Jamell wants to do.

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MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Meopta MeoPro HD 80
MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope from Meopta.

This report covers:

  • Quality you can see
  • Interview with the GM
  • History
  • Iron curtain falls
  • Military and industrial applications
  • The best optics you never heard of
  • First test
  • Test at 100 yards
  • 200-yard test
  • Second 200-yard test
  • Evaluation so far

Sometimes I know how a report is going to go before I write the first word. This is such a time.

Quality you can see

I knew from looking through the Meopta binoculars at the 2016 SHOT Shot that this MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope was going to be good. And it is. How good will be the subject of this report.

Interview with the GM

I was able to arrange a phone interview with Meopta USA’s general manager and chief operating officer, Reinhard Seipp. He told me that he is an optical engineer, so he not only knows his company’s business profile — he knows the products and the technology that’s behind them. That is rare to find today. So many companies have businesspeople at the helm who haven’t much of a clue about the technical side of what their firm does. What I’m saying is when you want to talk about airguns, it’s nice to talk to an airgunner.

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Swedish Excellent: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Swedish Excellent
My Swedish Excellent CII rifle is a multi-pump pneumatic.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Most important blog
  • Ammo variations
  • Swedish Excellent lead balls
  • Strange thing happened
  • Lobo balls
  • Known facts
  • Huge size variation!
  • Proof that size really matters
  • What could this mean?
  • Serendipity
  • Casey at the bat

Most important blog

Today I present to you one of the most important reports I have ever written. It doesn’t turn out the way I imagined; it turns out far better! Please enjoy what I feel is the most significant work I have done in a very long time.

Ammo variations

Today is accuracy day for the Swedish Excellent multi-pump pneumatic. In Part 2 we determined the velocity for both the Swedish Excellent round lead balls and also for some lead balls called Lobo from Argentina. The Swedish balls were about 100 f.p.s. faster than the Lobo brand balls, and we discovered that the Lobo balls are about one-thousandth of an inch larger than the Excellent balls. I think the size and perhaps even the uniformity of the ball sizes will play a big role in what happens today.

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Beretta model 92A1 full-auto BB pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beretta Model 92A!
Beretta model 92A1 full- and semiauto BB pistol from Umarex.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The range
  • Full auto first/li>
  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Umarex Steel BBs
  • Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Overall evaluation

Today is accuracy day. Today’s the day we find out if the Beretta model 92A1 is worth it.

The range

I shot the pistol from 5 meters, using the UTG Monopod Rest on which to rest the forward portion of the frame. The light rasil on the underside of the frame was a good place to rest the pistol. Just make sure your fingers stay away from the slide because it comes back hard when the gun fires.

Full-auto first

I thought I would try a full-auto burst for the first target. Ha-ha! Actually, I forgot this gun has a full auto function and squeezed off a burst by accident. The 6-8 shots stayed in about a 3-inch circle, but I wouldn’t do it again. It’s good for rolling a can, but not so much for punching paper.

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Teach me to shoot: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

This is the continuation of a fictional guest blog about a man teaching a woman how to shoot a gun. Our writer is reader, Jack Cooper. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • Getting serious
  • Don’t rush it
  • More stuff
  • Surprise!
  • Range setup
  • Three in one!
  • She can shoot
  • Which pistol?

Getting serious

I called Jill on Monday evening to see how things were going and was surprised to hear how much she was looking forward to our next session. She had been holding the Daisy 499 I left with her and looking through the sights, wondering how it’s going to go for her. Of course she doesn’t have a target yet, but she looked up the target specs online and drew a circle on a white piece of paper, just so she could get the feel for how it should look. That made me realize just how seriously she was taking this training!

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Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 Sniper rifle combo.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Open sights were the baseline
  • Mounting the scope
  • Sight-in
  • JSB Exact Heavy
  • The scope
  • Sig Ballistic Match Alloy target pellets
  • Summary of this test

Today we look at the accuracy of the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up with the scope and mounts that came with it. I find it’s best to test these scopes first before buying a replacement because I have received a few with package deals that really worked.

Open sights were the baseline

Part 3 was a test of the rifle using the open sights that came installed. That test provided a baseline for today’s test, because I know the rifle has to at least be as accurate as it was with open sights. Since I tested it at both 10 meters and 25 yards, I decided to start today’s test at 25 yards.

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Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson airsoft revolver
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver looks and operates just like the BB revolver.

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 2

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 3

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 2

This report covers:

  • Sight-in at 10 meters
  • Sight-in at 25 feet
  • Hop-Up and the sights
  • Adjusting the Hop-Up
  • Thoughts on sighting-in an airsoft gun

Today is a first look at the accuracy of the Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver. Lots to cover today, so let’s get to it.

Sight-in at 10 meters

I began this test at 10 meters, shooting off a sandbag rest with the underlug of the revolver barrel resting on the bag. All shooting was done single action. After shooting two groups and adjusting the sights once I discovered the gun was shooting what I felt was too large a group at 10 meters (6 shots in about 4 inches), so I moved the rest to 25 feet and continued.

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