Dan Wesson model 715 BB revolver: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

Part 1

This report covers:

    • What I think
    • Speedloader
    • Installing the CO2 cartridge
    • The test
    • ASG Blaster BBs
    • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
    • H&N Smart Shot copper-coated lead BBs
    • Shot count

    Trigger pull

    Today we look at velocity for the Dan Wesson model 715 nickel-plated BB revolver. As fate would have it, I had dinner in Las Vegas with the staff of Action Sport Games where I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with their CEO, Johnny Pederson. Mr. Pederson is an engineer, and when the discussion turned to the Dan Wesson model 715, he became very interested in what I thought.

    What I think

    I told him the pellet revolver had tested quite well when I recently shot it. See my 3-part report on that revolver. And that is significant, because that revolver is priced at more than a hundred dollars less than the other pellet revolver of the same accuracy — the Smith & Wesson 586. Both pellet guns offer realistic weight, adjustable sights and good triggers. So for once there is a real choice available to airgunners. I think he was surprised to hear me say that. Surprised but pleased, because his company invested a lot of time and effort on that airgun.

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Hand pumps for the ancient big bores: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • How powerful were antique big bores?
  • How were they filled?
  • No one knew
  • Hand pumps of antiquity
  • Empirical testing
  • Early rapper
  • Single-stage pump tradeoff
  • But wait — there’s more!
  • Summary

Dennis Quackenbush has always been helpful when it comes to the difficult questions about airguns. Over the years, he and I have experimented with several fundamental questions; the most recent being the $100 PCP. I should have an update on that one for you in a couple weeks.

How powerful were antique big bores?

Back in the 1990s — the days when I was still writing The Airgun Letter and Airgun Revue magazine — I had a prolonged discussion with Dennis about the performance of big bore airguns of antiquity. He had just come out with the .375-caliber Brigand that was about to start the airgun world on its modern journey toward big bores, and there was a lot of interest in them.

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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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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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Air Arms S410 TDR precharged pneumatic pellet rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms TDR rifle
Both side of the Air Arms S410 TDR.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The G6 pump has a luminous dial!
  • Many things to test
  • The point of the test
  • Third group
  • Analysis of the first series
  • High power
  • Air Arms dome
  • End of the test

Today we take the Air Arms S410 TDR Classic to the range. If you recall, I got good stable velocity with the power selector set on medium power, so I left it set that way for this test.

The G6 pump has a luminous dial!

You may also recall that I am filling the TRD with an Air Venturi G6 hand pump. I do that because the TDR has an Air Arms proprietary fill adaptor that nothing else fits, so I attached it to the G6 for this test. The velocity test suggested there may be as many as 30 good shots from a fill to 2900 psi, and filling the rifle to that pressure isn’t hard to do. But the morning I was at the range I discovered something curious. The G6 pump I’m using has a dial that glows in the dark!

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Air Arms S410 TDR precharged pneumatic pellet rifle: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms TDR rifle
Both side of the Air Arms S410 TDR.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Equipment malfunction
  • Why a pump?
  • A different test
  • Loading and cocking
  • No double feeds
  • High power
  • The end of the power curve
  • Low power
  • Medium power
  • Trigger pull
  • Butt adjustment
  • Observations so far

Today we test the velocity of the .22 caliber Air Arms S410 TDR Classic. Because it has a power adjuster, we will look at power on the high, medium and low settings. We will also look at the shot count, how easy the magazine is the load, the trigger setting and generally how the rifle functions.

Equipment malfunction

In Part 1 I said I would test this rifle out at the range because of the loud report, but an equipment malfunction plus the weather caused me to change my plans. The malfunction was my Hill pump that has been reliable until now. When I hooked it up to the TDR out at the range it failed to operate. That’s probably because I don’t use it very often and these things need to be exercised or they will seize up. I will continue to exercise it and hopefully get it running again.

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