BBs vs. Pellets – Part 2
The choice between steel and lead with two exceptional Umarex Beretta models
By Dennis Adler
Both Beretta models share the same high-quality construction, fit, finish, balance and weight; the 92 FS pellet gun at 44 ounces, the 92 A1 blowback action BB gun at 40 ounces.
Now that the guns have been explained it’s time to look at what will be coming out the end of the barrels. For the Umarex Beretta 92 FS there are a number of options. The principal pellet design in use today for target shooting is a diabolo wadcutter, a pellet with a flat (wadcutter) head, a thin (hour glass) waist and wide, hollow base skirt. This is an extremely efficient, self stabilizing pellet design for velocity and accuracy, and one of four primary pellet designs; wadcutter, pointed, round nose, and hollow point. For the majority of pellet-firing handguns, wadcutters are the most commonly used for punching holes in paper, much like wadcutters are used for target shooting with cartridge loading handguns. With pellet-firing air pistols the wadcutter really excels for accuracy at the traditional 10-meter target distance, that’s 33 feet. Like bullets, pellets are available in different grades and for accuracy, Competition and Match Grade pellets are the most desirable and also the most expensive compared to Basic and Hobby grade pellets, which generally cost much less (we’re talking a spread of under $7 for a 500 count tin, to as much as $40 for the best competition grade pellets).