Things I liked:Everything. Things I would have changed:FWB lists this pistol as discontinued. I hope Beeman inspires continued production. What others should know:I'm an older, shaky, below average shooter who had an IZH-46M for backyard target practice. After a few days of adjusting the trigger on the FWB103, my groups are about half as large (still huge). The argument that the IZH-46M has many of the same features is true, as far as it goes. Which is to say that I have many of the same features as an expert shot. Quality really does make all the difference, and this beautiful, elegant piece of German engineering has it!
Things I liked:price. cuts clean 0.15-inch hole in target paper. no metal contact to barrel. lead-free. Things I would have changed:better consistency and stability What others should know:You need to clear plastic filaments from rifling often (-more cleaning pellets). BEWARE RICOCHETS. This is my favorite lead-free pellet in FWB 103 pistol at 14 meters. (A match version with a tungsten point at 3x density would be more stable, but pricier.)
Things I liked:RWS cleaning pellets scrub the bore twice as well as Beeman quick cleaning pellets. So use half as many, and save time and expense. The greater length helps insertion into the breech. Things I would have changed:The RWS instructions are useless. What others should know:Along with your order for RWS cleaning pellets, buy one 100-pack of Beeman quick cleaning pellets. Follow Beeman's instructions with your RWS's, and use the Beeman box to carry your RWS cleaning pellets. Buy 3 packs of cleaning pellets, and get your fourth pack free from Pyramydair! (ï¿½Tests with an FWB 103 SSP air pistol firing lead-free Beretta pellets. The quick cleaning issue is plastic filaments collecting in the bore. Note: RWS cleaning pellets use a different felt than Beeman. RWS is about 9% less dense. Maybe this relates to the better cleaning somehow?)
Things I liked:price, lead-free, no metal contact with barrel Things I would have changed:better (mass forward) stability and tighter sealing for better power What others should know:With an FWB 103 (SSP pistol) stability is lost beyond about 6 meters. The loose fit allows blow-by and hence poor penetration.
Things I liked: lead-free, price at PyramydAir.com, no metal contact with barrel, accurate, versatile, excellent penetration Things I would have changed:better quality control What others should know:Examine these pellets before shooting: 1. About one pellet in 300 has a bent sabot that can jam an airgun. Properly dispose of these evidently defective pellets. 2. About one pellet in 6 has its metal nose not firmly seated into its plastic sabot. To understand this problem, remove the nose from one pellet. Notice that the back end of the nose is flat, thus acting as a piston in the cylindrical bore of the sabot. So with a pellet in which the nose is not firmly seated into its sabot at the factory, when this pellet is shot, the sabot will catch up to the nose, and the nose will bounce forward and separate from the sabot after leaving the barrel. Neither sabot nor nose is stable separately. The sabot can be seen to spin off to one side, while the nose tumbles forward --as other reviewers have commented. (I am not recommending anything other than examination of this product; PyramydAir.com prohibits recommendations for product alterations.) Next, notice that the front end of the nose is pointed, as is suitable for a field pellet. If the pointed end of the nose were in the sabot, the piston-cyclinder bounce would be eliminated, and the flat end of the nose would cut a crisp 0.125" hole in target paper. 3. Further, notice that the metal nose is hard and could potentially pose a ricochet hazard. Finally, properly dispose of the pellet parts that you have examined.
Things I liked:very good, lead-free, no-metal-contact contact to bore. excellent price Things I would have changed:sabot plastic adheres in rifling grooves of some guns. What others should know:Costs only 1/3 Gamo Lethals. Lead-free, no metal contact to the bore. No defectives in 200 pellets. Reversible tip cuts clean 0.024" hole in target paper. Fairly stable and effective, as wadcutter, to 40 yds with FWB 103 and less so with IZH 46m. No annoying filaments from the plastic sabot in the air.
The IZH remains bore remains free of filaments. After ~50 shots from my FWB, little filaments begin to appear in front of a dark background when I shoot the nice large RWS cleaning pellets. Then a thorough cleaning of the bore is required to get plastic residue out of the FWB rifling.
A couple weeks ago, I wondered to Crosman Product Support how much accuracy might be affected, but they didn't get back to me.