Tanfoglio’s .177 caliber Gold Custom Semi-Auto. Part 1.

Competitive shooting practice with airguns

Tanfoglio’s spitting image .177 caliber Gold Custom Semi-Auto

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Part 2

Putting your gun and gear together

By Dennis Adler 

Looking at the .177 caliber air pistol version and the 9mm Tanfoglio it is based upon, they are nearly identical. The air pistol shares the same design features and is a full blowback action semi-auto chambered for .177 caliber steel BBs.
Looking at the .177 caliber air pistol version and the 9mm Tanfoglio it is based upon (right), the two are nearly identical. The air pistol shares the same design features and is a full blowback action semi-auto chambered for .177 caliber steel BBs.

Pistol shooting, solely for the sport of shooting, although not uniquely American in origin has  roots firmly entrenched on U.S. soil. However, outside of the historic Camp Perry shooting competitions that have been held since 1907, there were not many formalized national shooting organizations in this country until 1976, the year when the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) was formed. In 1984, the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) was organized as the U.S. Region of IPSC. This was followed by the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), with competition specifically for production guns, being established in 1996. However, there was another shooting competition rapidly growing in popularity across the U.S. that had begun five years before the USPSA was created. It was founded by renowned holster maker John Bianchi. read more

Gletcher Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant sawed-off Rifle

The Belgian-Russian Connection

The Gletcher Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant sawed-off Rifle

By Dennis Adler

The Gletcher M1891 Mosin-Nagant sawed-off rifle or Obrez model s it was known in Russia, is a very accurate reproduction of a rare model used by various irregular forces and partisans during the 1917 October Revolution. Although altered in the field and not manufactured in this form, Obrez models were used in campaigns throughout the early 20th century.
The Gletcher M1891 Mosin-Nagant sawed-off rifle or Obrez model as it was known in Russia, is a very accurate reproduction of a rare model used by various irregular forces and partisans during the 1917 October Revolution. Although altered in the field and not manufactured in this form, Obrez models were used in campaigns throughout the early 20th century.

Sawed-off rifles and shotguns were not solely an affectation of the American West and the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and ’30s; throughout Europe rifles and shotguns with shortened barrels were common, particularly in time of war, which brings us to this unusual and rare variation of the legendary Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle, the Obrez. This was a non-production version of the Model 1891 (and later Mosin-Nagant rifles) with the stocks cut off behind the wrist and barrels shortened to as little as 12 inches. None, however, were as elegantly designed as this Gletcher airgun variation based on the Model 1891 design. read more

The Model 1895 Nagant Revolver

The Belgian-Russian Connection

Part 1

The Model 1895 Nagant Revolver goes CO2

By Dennis Adler

Gletcher offers two versions of the legendary Model 1895 Nagant revolver. The original .177 caliber BB version (left) available in matte black or nickel, and the new pellet model (right) with rifled barrel. (Copy of Russian Nagant holster and belt courtesy World War Supply)
Gletcher offers two versions of the legendary Model 1895 Nagant revolver. The original .177 caliber BB version (left) available in matte black or nickel, and the new pellet model (right) with rifled barrel. (Copy of Russian Nagant holster and belt courtesy World War Supply)

There is an almost inexplicable attraction to early military revolvers and semi-automatic pistols that has not diminished with the passing of years. Aside form the Colt Model 1911, most are of foreign origin and you can count them on one hand; the German Mauser Broomhandle, Luger P.08 Parabellum and Walther P.38, the British Empire’s venerated .455 caliber Webley Mk VI revolver, and the Belgian Nagant 7-shot revolver carried by Russian soldiers in two World Wars. The amazing thing is that they are all available today as .177 caliber CO2 airguns with virtually every feature accurately reproduced! read more

Umarex Uzi .177 caliber Subgun

Umarex Uzi  .177 caliber Subgun

The Most Authentic Select Fire Air Pistol Ever!

By Dennis Adler

The latest .177 (4.5mm) caliber Umarex Mini Uzi is available in an exclusive PyramydAir select fire version with semiautomatic and full auto operation.
The latest .177 (4.5mm) caliber Umarex Mini Uzi is available in an exclusive PyramydAir select fire version with semiautomatic and full auto operation.

The Uzi pistol is one of those rare firearms that has an unforgettable look, and since it has been around for more than 50 years almost everyone has seen an Uzi, at least in films and television dramas. It has been used by Navy Seals, Federal Agents, the good guys and bad guys alike, both on film and in the real world; but, there are two truly significant images, one fictional, and the other all too real that etched the Uzi pistol into the American consciousness. The first was the original 1986 Delta Force movie starring Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris (unless you’re old enough to remember The Wild Geese starring Richard Burton). The second was the afternoon of March 30, 1981 when John Hinkley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, following a speech to AFL-CIO leaders. In the ensuing mayhem after the first shots were fired by Hinkley, Secret Service agent Robert Wanko was seen on news footage drawing an Uzi from beneath his jacket as agents scrambled to protect the President. That image of Agent Wanko and the 9mm subgun has forever linked the Secret Service with the Uzi, but the gun’s legendary fame goes back to the early 1950s and its use by Israeli soldiers following the establishment of Israel as a state in 1948. read more

Sig Sauer’s P226 Air Apparent. Pellet pistol. Part 2.

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The P226 ASP  – Sig’s new 4.5mm pellet versions

There are three Sig Sauer models, the P226 ASP (top) pellet airgun, P226 X-Five target model (center) and P250 ASP pellet airgun (bottom) Both pellet guns are available in black or two-tone FDE.
There are three Sig Sauer models, the P226 ASP (top) pellet airgun, P226 X-Five target model BB gun (center) and P250 ASP pellet airgun (bottom) Both pellet guns are available in black or two-tone FDE. (NCIS badge courtesy Nathan Schell/Commissioned Credentials LLC)

In the contest of BBs vs. pellets, pellets win for velocity and accuracy almost every time and for training purposes Sig Sauer has recently added both a P226 and P250 pellet airguns. Dani Navickas, Sig’s ASP Air Division product manager explained that Sig Sauer “…designed our initial offering of airguns to look and feel like Sig Sauer centerfire guns with similar weight and trigger pull for training purposes.” Sig’s Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) blowback action airguns are designed and engineered to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles and each airgun goes through rigorous testing and the design has been “life-tested” with 15,000 shots to ensure that professionals who train with these airguns experience exceptional performance and true hands on operation. read more

Sig Sauer’s P226 Air Apparent. BB gun. Part 1.

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The P226 X-Five .177 – Raising the bar on air pistols for firearms training

Although NCIS agents generally carry the compact Sig Sauer P228 (Navy SEAL units carry the P226), the holsters pictured from Galco, the Commissioned Credentials NCIS badge and creds, and Zero Tolerance (Gibbs tiger stripe ZT301 knife), set the stage for Sig Sauer’s role in the world’s number one television drama and the most accurately detailed .177 caliber version of the famed P226.
Although NCIS agents generally carry the compact Sig Sauer P228 (Navy SEAL units carry the P226), the holsters pictured from Galco, the Commissioned Credentials NCIS badge and creds, and Zero Tolerance (Gibbs tiger stripe ZT301 knife), set the stage for Sig Sauer’s role in the world’s number one television drama and the most accurately detailed .177 caliber version of the famed P226.

With so many government agencies and military Spec Ops units carrying Sig Sauer pistols today, including NCIS, it comes as no surprise that Sig Sauer has brought out its own line of Sig branded airguns for training. Sig Sauer’s P226 X-Five .177 caliber BB model is a live action blowback operation pistol that offers full size, fully functional, hands on training with the added benefit of reduced cost and minimal noise. read more