Ghost Guns

Ghost Guns

Don’t look over your shoulder

By Dennis Adler

Looking ahead I know there are some new air pistols coming, I know of one or two for certain because I have them (and I still can’t tell you yet), but there are others promised that I have told readers about in recent weeks that are coming next month (as in tomorrow), that probably are not going to show. We all know most of the reasons and know the impact on imports and manufacturing wrought by the current global situation, so no point in belaboring things here. We will see some impressive new guns in July, maybe the long awaited optics mount for the Sig Sauer M17 P320 ASP, eventually the reportedly impressive new Glock semi-auto pellet model, and a comparable Walther PPQ, so appetites are thoroughly whetted and patience evaporating as we head into summer. read more

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 3

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 3

Pellet Power Showdown

By Dennis Adler

We now arrive at the Precision part of the Sig Sauer trio, the graduate course for CO2 air pistol shooters, but the entry level course for single stroke pneumatic competition air pistol shooting. The Sig Sauer ASP Super Target stands on the line that divides these two shooting disciplines. As a competitive entry-level target pistol with an average selling price of $350 it is going up against spring piston models like the Beeman P1 and P11, and single stroke pneumatics like the Beeman P3 and Air Venturi V10. The Sig falls into the middle price range between the Beeman P3 at $230, the Air Venturi V10 at around $300, and the Beeman P1 and P11 at $429 to $499 dollars, respectively. The Super Target is about three times as much as the M17 and X-Five ASP models. Here’s why. read more

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 2

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 2

Pellet Power Showdown

By Dennis Adler

This brings us to one of the most interesting of the Sig Sauer pellet-firing CO2 pistols, the X-Five ASP, which in the centerfire world was known as the X-Five, a competition model based off the great Sig P226 made famous by U.S. Navy SEALs as far back as the mid 1980s. Sig Sauer has built more than 30 versions of the P226 platform since 1983, plus the X-Five Series of guns, a total of three models, and the X-Series of seven different competition and match grade pistols, which ended their production runs in 2014. Simply, there were a lot of P226 X-Five and X-Series competition models for Sig Sauer to draw upon when developing Sig Air’s X-Five, CO2, blowback action pellet firing model. read more

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 1

Sig Sauer ASP Pistols Part 1

Pellet Power Showdown

By Dennis Adler

For the present, Sig Sauer holds the top position for CO2 and entry level single stroke pneumatic pellet pistols with a trio of airguns all based on centerfire Sig Sauer semiautomatic models; the U.S. military M17, the competition X-Five Series, and the classic Sig P210. That gives us the three air pistols shown above, the M17 P320 ASP, X-Five ASP and ASP Super Target (the lone single shot pneumatic model in the Sig Air line). In terms of technology, i.e. manufacturing, magazine design, and firing system designs, the M17 P320 ASP and X-Five ASP (and to a lesser extent the earlier Sig Sauer P320) employ technology not found on other blowback action, pellet firing CO2 models. This fact should have changed by now, but due to the global pandemic the airgun industry, like every other industry has been affected and new models are scarce, even some established airguns are now on back order including a couple of the Sig Sauer pistols. What’s happening? read more

Why manufacturers upgrade guns

Why manufacturers upgrade guns

Change is always questioned

By Dennis Adler

“Why did they do that?” How many times have you said it in your life? And it’s not just firearms, it’s Oreos, it’s Coke, it’s your favorite brand of shoes, and it’s Colt, or Smith & Wesson, and the list goes on ad infinitum, just choose what item you want to debate. Change is always questioned and sometimes the answers are just not acceptable. Other times the answers are understandable, even if you don’t agree, and when it comes to firearms you need to have an open mind because change is inevitable. It is usually the result of improvements, something gunmakers have been doing since the beginning of gun making. Other times, change is to meet the demands of consumers, but that generally only satisfies a portion of customers, the other portion would have preferred things left as they were. (My personal one is Walther doing away with the ambidextrous triggerguard magazine release on the P99 in favor of a typical magazine release button on the frame. Why did they do that?) read more

The Factory Shop

The Factory Shop

Back in the day when a man could order a Colt Peacemaker

By Dennis Adler

Every gun of the Old West has a story, sometimes it is a short story, sometimes it is a legacy. But every one has a story. About 148 years ago the Colt Peacemaker was a brand new gun. Colt’s Superintendent of the Armory, William Mason, had received the original patent for his design on September 19, 1871. A second patent was issued on July 2, 1872 and a third on January 19, 1875, all of which were assigned to the Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co. The very first Colt Single Action Army, a 7-1/2 inch barrel model, was manufactured in 1873 and bore serial No. 1, the very gun you see pictured above. (In 2009 it sold at auction to a private collector for a record $862,500). read more

Following a thread

Following a thread

The sound of faux silence

By Dennis Adler

In a recent article on “Why tan guns have great appeal” I pointed out that the Umarex Beretta M9A3 has a threaded barrel unlike the earlier 92A1 version, but that Umarex does not offer a faux suppressor to fit the newer Beretta semi-auto/full auto CO2 model. One of our regular readers, an avid collector and also one of the most astute when it comes posing questions, asked if there is a faux suppressor out there that fits the M9A3’s authentic-looking threaded barrel. The answer is yes, but it follows an idea that has long attracted air pistol enthusiasts to reproductions of military arms, some of which in their centerfire lives were designed for or altered to accept a silencer. read more