Things I liked:0.031 BC, consistency, accuracy Things I would have changed:twist open tin! What others should know:I use these in a low power pistol (Baikal MP/IZH 46M) and got excellent results. Unlike wadcutters and hollow points, this pellet has one of the best ballistic coefficients (BCs) to go far and still pack a punch. Variations from pellet to pellet is minimal. The shape of the pellet is also very easy to load into IZH/MP 46M.
Things I liked:Accuracy, single pump, quiet, solid construction Things I would have changed:Optional grips What others should know:I was specifically looking for a non PCP pistol. A single pump pistol can be used anywhere, any time. There is no need to worry about pressure running low. Furthermore, the velocity of pellets stays consistent because there is no pressure drop. Single pump is a feature to me!
It is true that the IZH 46M is a little front heavy. Compared to PCP match pistols, the 46M is about a pound heavier. The extra weight is also mostly to the front because of the single pump level. I hope I can get used to this aspect of the pistol.
Regarding the pistol handle, it is designed to be customized. A rotary tool and a wood grinder can customize the handle pretty quickly. Just watch out for saw dust. I taped the rest of the pistol before working on the handle. After two sessions of grinding and testing, the handle is now custom fit to my hand comfortably.
The accuracy of this pistol is impressive considering the price and the fact that this is a pistol. For longer range targets, the JSR Exact Heavy is a good choice. The muzzle velocity is merely 420fps due to the heavy pellet. However, the accuracy is the combination is impressive.
While the 46M may be designed as a 10M match pistol, it has the potential to be more. Adding a scope and stock extension can probably turn it into a short carbine for longer range targets. Pellet drop can be compensated with a good scope with mil dots, as long as the drop is consistent. This consistency can be expected from the 46M and JSB Exact Heavy.
Things I liked:Easy to cock, single stroke, accurate! Things I would have changed:Not much, maybe optional pre-formed grips? What others should know:At 30 feet with a scope and bench rested, this pistol is a single hole tack driver. The iron sight is fine, but the accuracy of the pistol can only be realized with a good scope. This is a good choice for target practice because the pistol cannot possibly be blamed!
Things I liked:Solid construction. The plastic parts are very well made, using solid material. The pistol is put together very well. I like the single-stroke feature because it will never run out of CO2 or compressed air. It also does not have spring fatigue or the recoil associated with a spring gun. Also, the P3 can be dry fired with or without air compressed. This feature is great for trigger control practice.
Interestingly, this means the P3 can be (ab)used for bug control, shooting cleaning pellets. A spring gun cannot shoot cleaning pellets because they are too light, and the piston will smash too hard onto the cylinder's stop, causing damage.
The built-in front and rear sights are a pleasure to use, they are, in a way, better than the ones on my IZH-46M! The cocking effort is okay for me, not too hard. Automatic safety is a good feature, too (the IZH-46M has no safety). Things I would have changed:Not much. The pistol is pretty loud for its level of power. Just the hammer/valve mechanical sound may be louder than my IZH-46M with an air stripper. What others should know:Compared to the IZH-46M, the P3 is harder to cock and louder. The muzzle energy of the P3 is also weaker. The P3 is quite accurate if I do my part. Compared to the IZH-46M, the P3 is also much more compact. The grip of the P3 is just about right for my medium-sized hands, whereas the IZH-46M requires a bit of customization to make the grip fit.
The P3 makes a great pistol for indoor and shorter range shooting using the built-in sights. It does have a dovetail rail for mounting a sight, but a scope ruins the shape of the P3. The limited muzzle energy of the pistol also means a pistol scope with a parallax spec of 50 yards won't improve accuracy that much over that of the iron sights.
Things I liked:Consistency, cost-effectiveness, works GREAT in my S410. Things I would have changed:Not much. The hollow point feature does not seem very effective at lower velocities. What others should know:I had been finding the right pellet for my Air Arms S410 bullpup conversion. I tried the H&N Field Target Trophy Green and RWS Meisterkugeln. Both are highly rated, but both did not yield acceptable results.
Out of pure curiosity, I picked up a tin of Crosman Premium Hollow Point at 1/4 of the price (per pellet) of the highly rated pellets. At 10 yards, I was shooting through a single hole. Switched back to the expensive pellets and the grouping opened up again.
I dialed the S410 down to just about 6FPE for target practice purposes. At this setting, the hallow point feature does not seem very effective. There is no observable deformation when I retrieved the pellets from my putty-based pellet trap. I wasn't expecting any deformation to begin with.
Despite the pellet shape, my calculated ballistic coefficient is at least 0.025, which is very decent. Using the same equipment and calculation methods, the H&N FTTG and RWS Meisterkugeln only have BCs around 0.015.
Will this pellet work well in your rifle/pistol? I don't know. I just know that my S410 (older bolt style) likes these less expensive pellets when it is set to about 6FPE. Your mileage may vary, but this pellet is too inexpensive not to give it a try!
Things I liked:These pellets are very consistent and well formed, especially for the price! They shoot very well out of an older Air Arms S410, better than many pellets twice the price. Pellet stacking at 25 yards is possible if I do my part. The tin also has a twist top, unlike some of the expensive pellets! Things I would have changed:Nothing! What others should know:Because of the price, you should at least try one tin of these pellets for each gun of yours. If an inexpensive pellet works for your gun, you can save money down the line. Keep in mind that expensive guns do not always shoot well with expensive pellets.
Things I liked:Accuracy
Removable stock that also has a great deal of configuration flexibility
Picatinny AND dovetail rails
Inexpensive magazines and additional airtubes Things I would have changed:Pay more attention to details! The barrel itself is of great quality, but the crowning job was just done in haste. I was able to recrown the barrel using professional (but expensive) tools in 10 minutes. The accuracy improved quite a bit.
Also, most parts were not lubed. You can extend the longevity of this gun by properly selecting and applying lubricants to various parts of the gun.
I know the gun has a 1/2x20 UNF barrel, which is great. However, for those of us who want to stay legal and not have a loud gun, Hatsan should consider a version that has a non-removable factory installed shroud. But keep the 1/2x20 UNF threading option available to those who are more, well, adventurous. What others should know:This gun is heavy as a pistol, but it balances well. As a carbine, it is actually quite light and also well balanced at the same time.
To maximize accuracy, use a magnified sight. I was doing okay at 10 yards using a 2-MOA red dot, but at 25 yards, using a magnified scope dramatically improved accuracy.
There are lots of mods one can do to this gun. Most, if not all, of these mods will void the warranty. However, these mods can change muzzle energy (tune up or down) and improve the overall efficiency of the gun. My .177 is now shooting at 11 FPE and good for 20 shots with a low extreme spread. That's not bad for a little 50cc air cylinder!
Also, the shoulder stock may be both difficult to put in and wiggle at the same time. Put a little bit of Gorilla tape on the stock side, then use a little bit of grease on the pistol side. Mine now slides in with ease and yet with no wiggle from that joint.
The dovetail of this gun does NOT work with BKL rings.