Air Venturi ISSC M22 BB pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Venturi M22 pistol
Air Venturi ISSC M22 BB pistol.

This report covers:

  • Not a Glock!
  • Lockable mechanism
  • Hammer-drop safety non-functional
  • Sights
  • Small gun
  • Disassembly switches?
  • Trainer?

Today we’re starting to look at the ISSC M22 BB pistol from Air Venturi. This is a very Glock-y looking and feeling BB pistol, and it even says “Made in Austria” on the left side of the metal slide, but the name Glock is not on the gun. The pistol box as well as the slide indicates that this pistol is made in Taiwan.

Not a Glock!

The ISSC M22 is a .22 rimfire pistol with an exposed hammer that is uncharacteristic for Glocks. This Air Venturi BB pistol has the exposed hammer as well, and it actually functions to open the valve upon firing. Like ISSC M22 original the trigger incorporates trigger safety, which is a thin center trigger that comes back even with the main trigger, unlocking the trigger mechanism. It feels different to those trying it for the first time. It is the very foundation of their safe operation, for the main trigger cannot be pulled unless the thin central trigger is first pulled back. It gives the user a sense of control over the arm, once its operation becomes familiar.

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Dan Wesson pellet revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson pellet revolver
New Dan Wesson pellet revolver.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The shells
  • Safety
  • CO2 piercing screw wrench
  • Velocity
  • RWS Hobby
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • Qiang Yuan Training
  • Shot count
  • Trigger

You have waited almost a full month for today’s report. The Dan Wesson pellet revolver I was testing failed and I had to wait for a replacement. Things like that happen to me, just as they do to you, so I wouldn’t be too alarmed. We will resume the test where we stopped, so today we look at the gun’s velocity.

The shells

As a reminder, this revolver has shells that accept the pellets in their bases. The pellets enter a short synthetic insert located in the base of the cartridges and when the gun fires they are blown through the insert, then they move through the body of the shell and leave the cylinder to enter the barrel breech.

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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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Remington 1911RAC BB pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Remington 1911RAC pistol
Remington’s 1911RAC is very realistic to look at and hold.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Gas loss?
  • Today’s test
  • First up — Air Venturi zinc-plated BBs
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Avanti Precision Ground Shot
  • Trigger pull
  • Overall evaluation

Today we look at the accuracy of the Remington 1911RAC BB pistol,

and I’m going to tell you up front — ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! This one really shoots.

Gas loss?

In Part 2 I encountered a loss of gas that made it impossible to get a shot count. Also, the gun was empty when I started that test, despite having a fresh CO2 cartridge installed 2 weeks earlier. I told you I was going to install another fresh cartridge after testing the gun last time, and the first thing I would do in this test was see if there was still gas remaining. Well, there was.

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Duke Colt pellet revolver, weathered: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Duke Colt pellet revolver

 

Colt Duke pellet revolver with weathered finish.

This report covers:

  • Website corrected
  • Installing a CO2 cartridge
  • The pellet cartridges
  • Velocity
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • RWS Hobby pellets
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • Shot count
  • Trigger pull
  • Evaluation

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers. Hopefully you all have plenty to be thankful for.

Today we look at the velocity of the John Wayne Duke Single Action Army pellet revolver. In doing this test, I will start to get to know the gun, as well. I’ve heard a lot of comments about the accuracy and I am looking forward to finding out what’s true.

Website corrected

Someone noticed that one search page on the Pyramyd Air website that points to the SAAs was calling some of them single shots instead of single actions. It was written correctly in the product descriptions, so it took us a couple days to find the error with the help of our readers. I think those pages are all correct now. These revolvers are six-shooters, not single shots. And they are single action, which means you have to cock the hammer manually to advance the cylinder and ready the trigger for the next shot.

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Remington 1911 RAC BB pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Remington 1911RAC pistol
Remington’s 1911RAC is very realistic to look at and when held.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Realistic
  • Reviews
  • Installing the CO2
  • Loading
  • Daisy BBs
  • A puff of CO2
  • Loss of gas
  • Blowback is strong!
  • H&N Smart Shot
  • Shot count
  • Trigger pull
  • Where do we go from here?

Today we look at the operation and velocity of the Remington 1911RAC BB pistol. I will test it with both steel BBs and with the new Smart Shot lead BBs from H&N. I failed to mention in Part 1 that there is also a Remington 1911RAC Tactial BB pistol, as well.

Realistic

I commented on the realism of this pistol in Part 1 and several readers answered with their own comments. Those who have seen and held the gun agree it is very realistic. Nobody likes the white lettering on the sides of the slide and frame, but the heft of the gun probably trumps that for many shooters.

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Beeman R1 supertune: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beeman R1
Beeman R1 Supermagnum air rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Twitchy
  • The tune helped!
  • Important changes
  • Sight-in
  • No luck
  • One last group
  • Conclusions
  • New R1 book next year

Today will be interesting, because today we will see the Beeman R1 in a new light. At least I now do.

Twitchy

In Part 3 I told you that my R1 has always been a twitchy rifle to shoot accurately. Even when I wrote the R1 book, I had problems getting this rifle to shoot at any distance. Ten meters was easy, but beyond 20 yards the rifle just didn’t like to put them all together. But in every group of 10, 4 or 5 would be in a single hole — indicating the airgun wants to shoot. When I encounter an air rifle like that I call it twitchy, because it really needs the right hold to do its best. The problem is — I hadn’t found that hold for this rifle yet.

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