In the late 19th century, Russia developed a fabulous firearm that's still popular today. This is a faithful BB gun copy, but with a sawed-off barrel.
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Sorry, okay, sorry, sorry, that got weird, but I just didn't have a knife and I really want some watermelon, oh there’s a little bit there too. Hey, welcome to Pyramyd Outsyder. Are you kidding me? I mean, if my gun’s got a bayonet on it, I'm gonna give something the old “get get get get get.” How do you not, right? It's got a bayonet on it, that's awesome. Let's talk about this. So this is the Gletcher M1944 or the Mosin Nagant M1944 which is the original gun. It's an old Russian legend gun. This gun was made from like the mid 1800s all the way through 1950 so this is a gun they used in World War II. These guns, the real version of this gun, is very expensive now so they say that, you know, if you get one of these that could go up in price as a collector's item, you know, if you're, if you're a fan.
Let's take a look at it here. It's got a polymer stock. It's not wood. It looks wood but it's not, it's a it's a polymer stock, but it still looks like the real thing which is which is very cool. It's got this dog collar strap here which you could, it's got the holes in there in the rifle where they originally were, everything I've seen it compared to, talking even to the Godfather, this gun is looks as real as the real 1944 carbine which is very cool, and if you're a collector, this is something that should be very interesting to you. It's got the bolt action. The way it works it's a, it's a single bolt action, so you cock it every time you shoot it. It is a repeater BB gun so let me just show you under here, so what looks like the magazine and and looks like the original kind of magazine setup on the actual gun, it just slides out and see that's where your co2 cartridge goes and where your BB's go, so you get 16 BB's in there. You've got your co2 cartridge, and it's kind of cool, it's got this little hex key right there for when you tighten it up. Now the BB’s are interesting because you have to bring this down and then you load them one at a time through this hole so you kinda have to hold it at a weird angle, slide one BB in, and they slide down, then when you're ready, don't forget to do this, so you slide this in, you know, and then once you put the magazine in, it's pretty cool because it's a bolt-action and it works so you pull back. Now, you won't actually see a BB go in because that's all happening internal in the chamber inside, but when you rack it, a BB goes in there, so you can't just keep racking if you don't fire cuz you'll just you'll put multiple BB's in the chamber. So, when you you're good to go at that point. For the safety, it’s safety's kind of interesting because, and you gotta be careful cuz you you pulls back just a little bit and you turn it, that lifts this bolt act a little bit, if you go too far it will throw the bolt back and it'll come back in, and you will be then cock the gun again, so you wanna be very careful about that, and then you just pop it back in when you're ready to fire. So, there's your safety and that's how it works. Be careful about loading two BB's.
Now, let's get through this cool little feature. At the bayonet, just put this guy back on safe, it has, you know, it has the the rear sights here that are you can adjust them for windage and elevation, it's got your front, your hooded front sight there which is good, it makes it pretty accurate, and then you've got this bayonet on the end which is, you know, when I first saw this I was like what in the world would you use it for, but you do instinctual, you go and you you stab fruit with it. It kind of makes it fun if you're gonna do some reenactment or, you know, just playing around. It's not really sharp but, you know, it's made of solid material and you just slide this up right here, fold it down, and it's like it's like there's no bayonet, and you can see if you look down, you can still shoot it with the bayonet out.
It's go time. Let's take a look. Let's chrony it. Let's take a look at how the feet-per-second. Let's check some accuracy, supposed to be a pretty accurate gun. Let's see what it can do, shall we?
Alright then, here we go. Let's take a couple of shots and see what the M1944 can do. Love that, I mean, that is, and look at that group, I mean, that's it, that's a quarter-inch group, I mean, you know, I work ten yards away, I wouldn't be surprised if you could, you know, reach out a little bit further, but there's another, you know, three three .378 a little bit lower, so my co2 might be it might be losing out a little bit, but, gosh, great accuracy for a BB gun, very legit, very, very well-made. Let's go to the fun range shall we and take a look-see at some target shooting. Let's do it.
I'm trying to take off. Oh, no helicopter. Red guy? Oh, red guy. Topical guys, the bunker, oh, I'll get that one. Jock on the right? Oh, nice. Let's see we can do with these little orange rings, shall we? Bang. Bang. Bang. I win. Bang. Hey, oh come on! I'm out. Here's a load this sucker up again. The bottom ones consider those hit. They're hit. I want to try downrange a little bit. I've got some Dr. Pepper cans at like 20 yards. Let's see if they got the power to pop those Dr. Pepper cans, shall we?
That's in 20 yards with a BB gun. Boom, that's what I'm talking about! Guys, this thing is awesome. The M1944, it's the Russian legends, oh my gosh, fantastic, okay, I know you're thinking I'm almost done, it's bayonet time. Let’s roll and a field target. I lost my mind a little bit there, but I mean, it comes with a bayonet. That's awesome, guys. That's it for this episode of Pyramyd Outsider. We're outside, we're having fun. You guys get your air guns, go to pyramydair.com buy some air guns and have some fun. See you next time.
You'll be hard pressed to find a PCP pistol as lightweight and powerful as the Evanix Rex.
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Today on the Pyramyd Outsyder, it's the of Evanix Rex P. Never had a chance, that little t-rex never had a chance with the Rex P. Are you kidding me? This, my friends, is the absolute most powerful handgun/airgun you're ever going to put in your hands. This is the Evanix Rex P. There's the Rex, it's a, it's a, it's a rifle, full-size rifle, much longer air air tank here on the back where you would where your air goes, but this is the pistol version. So, Rex P the P stands for pistol. This is the .45 caliber. It comes in .20 to .25, .357, and .45. I don't have time for that other, those little tiny calibers, I had to go right to the .45 caliber and see what this thing is all about and it is an absolute beast. I mean, this thing, look at this, you have your option of basically a bullet which we shoot in our .45 caliber rifles, they got the ball which is also fun because you can do different things with it and carries a different different power and an accuracy process, and then this is new, this is the first one I've ever seen these, these are the JSB predator XXLs and it's basically, not basically, it is a giant pellet. There's a giant pellet so now you can use these for certain types of competitions that you have to have a pellet. You can use a .45 caliber now which I've had to use 357s in the past, so very exciting.
So, let's take a look at this thing. It doesn't come with a scope. It does have the weaver rail up here. I threw a UTG laser dot on there just because, I don't know, it looks cool and it's super fun, but basically, you're looking at a very tactical, you know, steel frame. It's got a plastic handle, everything else is steel, and then back here is the air reservoir which you can actually unscrew and you can have you can have multiple of these with you. In the .45 caliber, you're only gonna get 4 to 5 shots with this thing because it's it's it packs a wallop for sure, not to mention it's super loud, which I love especially when I'm hunting dinosaurs. I like for the other dinosaurs to know that I'm there, so they don't come creeping through the woods. One for the gun reviews. Back there you can see how much air you've got in there, at 200 bar is the, well 220 is the max, in the green it's 200 bar to 100 bar, 220 bar is about 30 almost 30, 200 psi so it's pretty good air pressure in there and it's a fill it. You just take that off. It comes with its probe, right, so you just take the back off, hook this up to your tank obviously, and just pop it in and there you go. I mean, I got to tell you, though it's a .45 caliber, so I don't know if you shot an actual .45 handgun lately, but they're not the easiest thing to control if you're not used to it, so it's definitely, you want your targets close, so you can hit them.
The other cool thing here is the cocking mechanism. So, it's under lever here. It's part of where the trigger guard is or it is the trigger guard, I guess, so, you know, you just, it comes down, cock right here, you can see the breech opens, that's where you load it up there on top and then as you close it, and then so you've got this little piece right here that you have to you just bend down and then it closes. That's it. You got your safety right here, safe fire, so, you know, as you can see it's pretty simple right there. It is known, what I hear, as the hand cannon so I'm gonna test it. Obviously, I'm not gonna test for accuracy because that has nothing to do with the gun, that has everything to do with me, but I'm gonna look at some, I wanna, I wanna shoot each one of these, see what kind of foot feet per seconds we're getting, look at the foot-pounds. They say you're in some calibers, you're getting like 90 foot-pounds, maybe even more at the .45, I don't know, but let's put up the test and see what this thing is all about.
Alright, so, first things first, I'm going to start with the ball. The ball is a hundred and forty-three grain. It's the smallest of all these. So, let's pop it in. So, there as you can see, it just kind of goes in and then you kind of seed it a little bit, but it doesn't go all the way in, so, you know, just be aware of that, and then close her down. We are ready to go. Here we go with the ball seat it in there, bring her back and bang, okay, so we've taken a grams with chrony. She's a 449 with 143 grain. That seems a little low to me, but real quickly, we're just gonna charge it up. We'll show you how that's done. It's like I said, you pop the black cap off there, slide her in, fill it up to 200 bar, and you get about four good shots at 200 bar, so there you go, simple enough, right? So, the ball, so 450 feet per second, let's move to the, This is the ball, this is a 200-grain bullet here. So, let's take a look at that ready 555 so that bullet goes faster than round ball. The round ball is at 449, the bullets at 555, and it's 60 60 grams heavier so that's pretty cool. 555 if you think 555 feet per second at 200 grains at 671, you're looking at that would be a 200 foot-pound so even if you cut that cut that half which is 675 to 5 only 100 feet per second off, I mean, you're looking at a hundred and something foot-pounds doing the math in my head. 671 is where you get one times the weight of the pellet so 555 120 feet per second less so you're getting like a hundred and fifty hundred and twenty foot-pounds with that. That's crazy.
Here we go, let's take a look, so this is the pellet and it's 243 gram. There we go, let's see what kind of powers. This thing is putting out three hundred three hundred and fifty-seven feet per second with a 243-grain pellet. That is some serious foot poundage. Alright, guys, as you can see this thing has got power. It is awesome. Let's take you to the fun range and blow some stuff up, come on.
Alright, I'm gonna go with the hollow-point 200 grain. Here we go. Bottle. Let's try that watermelon. Are you ready? So, there it is again into the wood, a solid, I mean, it's like an inch in there. I missed the cinder block. Cinder block, you're not done. I mean that's a that's a solid chunk of concrete out of there. This thing is absolutely, that's wild, can't get over it, I mean, listen, this thing has got mass amounts of power, tons of foot-pounds, is it a little difficult to shoot, sure it is, it's a .45 caliber hand cannon so it has kick, it has, it's gonna throw your scope off depending on what you put on there, got to make sure you get the right scope, but this is the Evainx Rex P .45 pistol. You've seen the rifle. The rifle is absolutely amazing. The pistol is just awesome; it's fun, it's scary-looking, it's intimidating, and you can get it at Pyramyd Air. That's it for this Pyramyd Outsyder. I hope you guys had as much fun as I have. See you next time.
PCP airgunners long for affordable guns that are consistent as well as powerful, and Umarex has answered the call!
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Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder. I’m Tyler Patner. Today, we have probably the most highly anticipated product of 2017, the Umarex Gauntlet in .22 caliber. Let's get to it. Alright guys, I'm really excited we're bringing you the Gauntlet here in .22 caliber, and this is a production gun. We've seen a lot of other content out there on pre-production models. I've had the opportunity to shoot a couple iterations of the pre-production guns, and they've all been phenomenal. They set a very high standard and we had the opportunity to put one of those guns on video for you guys, but we chose not to release that content because, quite frankly, I don't care about what a pre-production gun can do. It all matters if the production gun that's going to get into your guys' hands can do it too so that's what we're doing today. We're gonna take a look at the Gauntlet in .22 caliber here and see if it lives up to the high standard that the pre-production models have set.
Alright guys, starting at the front of the Gauntlet, of course, one of the hallmark features of the gun, fully shrouded barrel, it's a 23 and a half inch barrel. Underneath this full-length shroud, it's about a 28-inch shroud unit and we do have kind of a mono course style baffle system, so it's not like some guns we've seen where their individual baffles are inside. There it's actually a two-piece unit that comes together which means you really shouldn't have any problems with clipping or anything like that. So, overall that should be a very good design and the gun is very quiet. We're gonna, of course, sound test it for you guys, and see how performs there, moving back under the barrel, we do have a 13 cubic inch bottle. Now, this bottle translates to about 200 plus CC's, just a little over that actually 200 CC mark of air capacity, and it's a 3,000 psi fill, so a standard fill in a very similar air size to what you have on like your Benjamin Marauders and guns in that kind of range. You do have your gauge on the right-hand side of the gun and then we do have a male quick disconnect fitting on the left-hand side of the gun. This is really nice, really convenient. You have plenty of space to fit your female QD in there on the end of your hose. Whether you're pumping or filling with a tank, this is going to be super easy to connect to. This cage portion actually does remove so you can remove the bottle and you remove it via the swivel stud. So, you take this full stud completely out and then you just kind of squeeze the cage portion and bring it off, the bottle is actually integral to the regulator, so you can actually purchase regulated bottles for this gun to fit right on here, and our Air Venturi 13 cubic inch bottle does fit right onto this gun. You can purchase it right now if you wanted to have a spare cylinder going with you. One thing I do want to note though is that it does come with this degassing tool and you do have to degas as the cylinder to go ahead and remove it. So, to do that you would just insert the degassing key right here and then twist all the way around. You'll hear it go, it vents out the barrel, so make sure your unloaded with the magazine removed when you go ahead and degas that cylinder, and of course, you guys will note that I did say it is a regulated bottle which does mean the Gauntlet should have regulated performance. What that means is that we should get very consistent shot-to-shot velocities as well as a lot of shots. They're claiming about 60 shots on a 3000 psi filled down to that 1150 psi regulator pressure. We're gonna obviously put it over the chronograph and see if that holds true. We'll find out the pre-production guns that we've shot all hold up to that claim so we'll find out if the production guns do as well.
Taking a closer look at the breech, guys, we do have a repeater action, so you do have a 10-round magazine in .22, same in .177. I have confirmed that the Marauder magazines will work in these, very nice magazine. We know it's a reliable system. They've been used for a long time and overall I've had no problems around in this magazine, no jams, anything like that. The guns do also come with a single shot tray which is nice if you want to get just, milk a little bit more, accuracy out of the gun and the way you load those is via a side bolt action so a nice big bolt here to go ahead and grab onto, simply goes up and back and then you're gonna slide it down into that rear position to go ahead and insert your magazine or your single-shot tray. They have a nice audible snap in when you go ahead and put them in and then when you're ready to go you just simply push the bolt forward and you're all set, really easy to operate system. The gun decocks like just about any other PCP does. You simply hold the bolt back, go ahead pull the trigger, you hear that click and then you can slowly slide it forward, you're all good to go.
The safety dropping down here is a flip style safety so that is your safe position right there and when you're ready to go hot, you just simply flip that forward and you're set to go. We do have a metal trigger blade as well and Umarex says that via the manual that it is adjustable. We didn't adjust it for this video here. I can tell you guys it has a pretty long take-up, but it comes to that consistent stop for that supposed second stage wall, if you want to say it that way, although, again, with that long take-up, calling it a two-stage trigger out-of-the-box maybe not so true, but it doesn't break that heavy. It's right around three pounds and again very consistent when you get to that second stage wall so I don't have any problems with this trigger as it's set up. I do know it can go lighter as well as have a more defined first second stage, so that's good to know. It's capable of that and coming up to the top of the breech. We do have an 11 millimeter dovetail and it is a split breech design so you do have a dovetail section in front of and behind your magazine, all depends on the length of scope you're gonna be using because we're using a 3 to 12 compact swat-style leaper scope today, you really don't need to go ahead and mount it both forward and backwards to get that proper eye relief, and you'll note that we have plenty of room. I'll show you here to go ahead and get our magazine in without causing any contact between the gun and the scope, but that is something to consider. You're probably going to want to go with high rings with most optics on this gun just to make sure you can clear that magazine, and of course, we do have a fully synthetic stock on this gun with an adjustable cheek piece, which is an awesome feature to see, especially for a gun in this 300 dollar price range. Rubber butt pad on the back really cool, note by the way you simply loosen the swivel stud here on the bottom to go ahead and adjust this via the thumb wheel and this is actually your vertical up-and-down adjustment of the cheek piece and then when you get it locked in and in that position that's best for you in your scope height, you're going to want to go ahead and then crank this clockwise to tighten it down and that's going to lock you in place, really nice feature. Overall guys, the Gauntlet feels pretty nice and balanced, is quite well out there, I find that this kind of swooped out section is where balance is best for me. Offhand, you are talking about roughly eight, eight and a half pound gun without a scope and a 46 inch overall length which is on the long side, but it is very quiet and we do need that extra shroud length to keep it that way. Overall, really like the feel though it does have that kind of cheap plasticy feel that a lot of synthetic stock guns do, but so overall pretty impressed, but I'm really excited to get this out to the range guys and see what it can do on paper and over the chronograph so let's head out and check out those results.
Alright guys, we decided to take the Gauntlet straight out to 45 yards. There's really no point in testing really any PCP closer than that for the most part and the results are pretty good. We tested about 10 pellets in the Gauntlet and we found that 3 did better than most so we're talking about 1-inch groups is what my personal wanting was in this gun, you know, if we could do a 1 inch 10 shot group at 45 yards, I consider that a pretty solid grouping, not great but pretty solid, and the predator GTO is delivered right at about an inch for 10 shots, not too bad, but we definitely can do better. The JSP 15.89s you got a 3/4 inch group. They're very tight, little spread there, the regulator is certainly doing its job keeping those shots consistent and the H&N field target trophy is also coming in right at about 3/4 of an inch so pretty good groups, again 10 shot groups. So, they're gonna be a little bit bigger than they would be if they were 5, but the Gauntlet could certainly deliver out a distance 45 yards sub 1-inch groups, pretty impressed with the Gauntlet.
So, with our most accurate pellet the JSB exact jumbo 15.89 grain, we're looking at an average feet per second of about 790 789, which is right about 22 foot-pounds. Now, the important part here, Umarex claims 60 shots per fill and they hit that number on the money from a 3,000 psi fill down to that 1100 psi regulated mark with an extreme spread at 18 feet per second and a standard deviation of only 3.3 feet per second. The numbers are pretty impressive here, guys, it's a little on the large spread side for a regulated gun, but still anything under that 25 foot per second mark really isn't going to impact your accuracy downrange, out to about 50-60 yards so gotta say, these numbers are looking very impressive and exactly what Umarex is touting.
Alright guys, there's not a lot I can say for the Gauntlet that it doesn't say for itself on paper, very impressive offering in a three hundred dollar package. Quite frankly, this is mind blowing a little bit to see where the airgun industries come to in such a short time and for Umarex is first offering into the PCP market. This is definitely one you're gonna want to have an eye on, again 300 bucks, you really can't go wrong here. You're talking about three-quarter-inch 10-shot group accuracy at forty-five yards. You got decent power. It's a little underpowered in my opinion for a .22 right about 22 foot-pounds with those 15.89s, but you're getting sixty shots on a fill, guys, that's unreal, okay, and of course, the fact that it's regulated means you're gonna have very consistent results as well which is why we have such good accuracy out of this gun. It's quiet. It's accurate multi-shot capability. The trigger can be adjusted. The stock's adjustable. There's a lot of features packed into this gun. Guys, definitely check this one out on pyramydair.com guys, when you have a chance to. You know, as always, comment down below, tell us what you think about the Gauntlet, what else you'd like to see going forward in the future, hit us with that like button, and don't forget to subscribe. As always, Tyler Patner for the Insyder, we'll see you guys at the next one.
Introducing the TexanSS, AirForce's silenced solution for big bore fans. As easy on the eyes as it is on the ears, the TexanSS features a fully-shrouded carbine length barrel with Sound-Loc System technology. The TexanSS keeps the penetrating power hunters long for, but with quieter shots.
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Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder. I’m Tyler Patner. Today we're gonna be taking a look at a brand new one from AirForce Airguns, the TexanSS and 457. So, we saw the TexanSS at the Shot Show 2017 back in January and now it's finally here. Not a lot of changes from the traditional Texan platform at least from the back half of a gun. You're still talking about a four hundred and ninety CC bottle, the same non-adjustable trigger as you're gonna find on the rest of the Air Force line, side cocking mechanism and single loading, of course, which all functions flawlessly.
The Texan is a tried-and-true platform at this point with the .45 caliber being the most popular of the three. So, the TexanSS made sense to come out in that .45 caliber. Now what AirForce has changed about this gun, of course, is a shorter barrel so we're going from 34 inches to 24 and 3/4 inches and, of course, a full-length shroud system that's gonna sit off the front of the barrel making the total gun about 45 inches.
The moniker SS fits on many of the AirForce guns. They have an EscapeSS, a Talon SS, a Condor SS, and now of course the TexanSS. SS standing for super silent meaning that the gun is supposed to be quieter than the non-shrouded version. Now, with the small bore guns, that's always proven to be very true in all cases they're very, very quiet, but we don't know how that's going to happen with a big bore. Here we have a very large shroud, a lot of volume. It is a very large diameter can here and you have about four baffles inside as best as I can tell that should dampen the noise significantly. Now, I'm gonna guess that we're talking still on the relative loud side for most air gunners out there, probably not going to be a backyard friendly gun, but for those of you that are hunting out in the field, using this in big wide-open spaces, this is going to alleviate the need for hearing protection which is something that, quite frankly, I don't like wearing big earphones and I don't find that the little earbuds do it for me in most cases, especially when you're talking about guns that go over a hundred and twenty decibels for example like the normal Texans do, so this SS model should give us the ability to remove that hearing protection as well as keep a little bit of that silence factor, especially if we're going after some larger game.
Now, we're gonna take the TexanSS out to the range, put it through the normal battery of tests. We got a couple bullets lined up. I've already done a little bit of pre-shooting, haven't put it on our sound meter yet and obviously haven’t chronograph yet for you guys either. So, they're claiming 400-foot pounds out of this and you really shouldn't see any diminished accuracy with that shorter barrel, but we're gonna find out what it does at 45 yards. Let's head out to the range and check it out.
Alright, guys, before we get to the accuracy in the velocities and all that stuff, you'll notice I'm not wearing hearing protection with the SS. It's really not needed in my opinion even though we are in a pretty tight confined space, so if you're gonna be outside, you're probably not going to need hearing protection, at least I wouldn't, but right now indoors with the noise bouncing off the walls, it's definitely a little bit louder than it's going to be outside, and we're gonna throw it on the sound meter compared to a regular Texan and show you guys that difference, but just my take on it, don't need hearing protection which means that SS is doing its job well. So, let's head down range and see what we can do with these slugs.
Alright, guys, so we tested pretty much all the ammo options that we offer here at Pyramyd in this 457 size, came down to 4 that basically did the best for us out of the TexanSS here. First off, they got the JSB, the 234 grain XXL's, about an inch and a quarter group, maybe a little bit smaller than that in 323 foot-pounds, so definitely moving pretty good, although, not our most accurate option, you do have the 350 grainers coming in right again above an inch and a quarter so and generating 431 foot-pounds. That's a lot of power and our most powerful projectile here out of this text and SS, but still not terribly satisfied with the group, and then coming in at 407 foot-pounds is that 411-grain slug. That's a big freaking chunk of lead, guys, pretty impressive results, obviously, three shots with one going into that same hole there. This is gonna be a lot of power and very accurate, but our most accurate is definitely gonna be the 405 grain 406 foot-pounds of energy out of the 405 is about 670 feet per second at their highest. Guys, this is absolutely phenomenal grouping right here out of this Texan SS. Again, about 3 shots is what you're gonna get on a fill from something this heavy, but awesome groups, definitely get yourself some of these 405's and 411s if you're gonna get you a TexanSS.
Alright, guys, you'll notice we use the 357 Texan and not a 457 Texan here for the unshrouded testing purely because it's what we had on hand. The 457 is definitely a little bit louder in that unshrouded version, but that said, if we look at the audio files here, you can see just how much higher those peaks are for the sound on the 357 unshrouded Texan versus the Texan SS, so you know while that 5 DB difference may not seem like that much, it's actually very significant. It's a completely different sound profile which really gives the Texan SS a huge advantage.
Alright, guys, so to wrap things up on the TexanSS here, obviously, very impressive results downrange 45 yards 1/2 inch group basically cloverleaf in them at that 45 yard mark with 400 plus foot-pounds at the muzzle, these 405s, the 411 grain slugs, definitely going to be the ones to get, the 350 SR all right and they do produce a little bit more energy, but I'm sticking to those 400 plus grain slugs. They were very impressive downrange.
One thing definitely want to note there, we did three shot groups obviously, the gun only does about three shots per fill. You sure you could eke out a fourth if you really had to in the field, but for our purposes to get that best accuracy, we're refilling after three so that's why we did three shot groups.
Overall, though, I got to say that SS, the super silent, the sound moderator on the end of this, guys, is doing its job well. To be able to take the earphones off and be able to shoot comfortably without any hearing protection is a big plus in my book, and if you're looking for some extra stealth in the field, this is definitely gonna give it to you without compromising too much in the way of power, so if you are going after some big game or if you want to shoot long range with the AirForce airgun the TexanSS is definitely going to be one to check out and compare.
As always, guys, we want to hear back from you. Tell us what you thought of the video and if there's anything else you'd like to see comment down below. Don't forget to subscribe, hit us with that like button, for the Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner, we'll see you guys at the next one.
We are always combing through the comment section for questions and YouTube user TacticalToast wanted to see what happened when you put breakbarrel airguns up against underlever airguns.
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Hey guys, welcome to another episode of Pyramyd Insyder Insights, today we're gonna be talking about break barrels versus under levers. Our question today comes from Tactical Toast Two - great handle by the way, his question is you should compare break barrels to under levers. PCPs just aren't an option for me, so I'd love to see some good Springer videos. Well, Tactical Toast, we got you covered.
So, today's video, we're gonna be trying to answer two questions. Number one, is a break barrel more or less accurate than an underlever? So, that's obviously a question that gets asked all the time here at Pyramyd. We hear it on the phones a lot, see it in emails. It's a very commonly asked question that a lot of people want to know and the common consensus is that a break barrel is going to be less accurate than an underlever because of the fixed barrel factor, and I would tend to agree with that, but today we're gonna put it to the test.
Now the second question I have though, and this is a personal question, is can a lower priced underlever outshoot a higher priced break barrel. So, today let's go over the guns that we have to do this test with. So, for today's testing, all the guns in front of us here are .177 caliber to keep things consistent. For our under levers, we have a Gamo CFR Whisper and this gun has their CAT trigger so it's a pretty solid trigger for a budget gun. It is an underlever, still very, very lightweight, but with that thumbhole stock and adjustable cheek piece on that lower side, as an underlever it's a really nice option with some good features to it, and it does come with a three to nine by forty adjustable objective scope as well so that's a definite plus.
On the higher end, we do have a wire rack HW 97k. A world-renowned gun as far as under levers go, this and the Air Arms TX 200, whatever you want to call it, two of the best out there. So, the 97k is gonna give us a good accurate representation of what a very high-end under level rifle can do, and on the break barrel side we have a Gamo Hornet Maximum. Now this, again .177 caliber, has a lot of the hallmark features we're seeing on a lot of Gamos, you know, big shroud, very quiet gun, does have their CAT trigger as well and the triple R recoil reducing rail on it, so got a lot of features packed into this gun. We've done a review on it if you guys want to check that out in the past. And on the high end we have a Beeman R9, my opinion straight up the best break barrel you can buy for the money, actually not for the money just regardless, best break barrel on the market my opinion is that Beeman R9 .177 caliber. I've owned one of these. I owned one in .20 caliber and .177. They're phenomenal guns, really, really hard to beat.
So, what we're gonna find out today on the range is can we compare the accuracy on the high-end side between the underlever and the break barrel and can we do the same on the low-end side, and then does this CFR match up to the accuracy of this R9, and those are the questions that we're going to be taking a closer look at out on the range so let's go ahead out.
Alright, guys, so for today's test for all of the guns we're gonna do 10 shot groups for everything at 30 and 45 yards, so pretty decent distances for your average spring gun, especially for these Gamos, but we're gonna see how they do. Now I do want to point out one thing on this Hornet Maximum. Obviously, had to replace the factory scope, it's not a parallax adjustable scope, and I was having some trouble getting good accuracy out of it in my preliminary testing, so I've actually used a couple different scopes on this gun, kind of got settled in. We'll see how it does on camera though. Let's get to shooting.
Alright, guys, so we just got done shooting the two Gamos. We'll take a look here at the Hornet Maximum first. Now obviously the group of 30 yards was not that great at slinging those eight forces about nine hundred and thirty feet per second, but the biggest issue I'm having here, guys, it's not the fact that this is break barrel, okay, it's the fact that it's a six-pound gun. It's quite difficult to maintain good accuracy with that light of a gun in my opinion, especially at a decent distance like thirty yards.
You will notice we had about six shots there in about a one-inch pattern, but overall you're looking at about a two and a half inch group for ten shots, and quite frankly not very good, but again, you know, your mileage might vary, might like a different pellet, but I tried, you know, eight, nine pellets in both of these guns and the 8.4s were the best I could muster and obviously we didn't even, it's not even worth it to push out to forty-five yards. Guys, with the Hornet Maximum, it the group's only gonna get bigger, but the CFR is pretty impressive. I'm actually quite surprised. You're talking about throwing those 8.4s at about 850 feet per second just a hair under, but a one inch 10 shot group here at 30 yards, this gun is certainly capable and with the factory scope as well, so pretty impressive, and then stretching it out to 45 things opened up a little bit, but we still some nice clustering, you know, you're talking about an inch and a quarter inch and a half group here at 45 yards with a sub $300 under lever spring gun so you know Gamo definitely has a winner here in the CFR, and obviously in a head-to-head of, you know, Gamo break barrel versus a Gamo underlever, you're definitely going to want to go with the underlever.
Alright, guys, so now we're gonna take a look at the higher end guns. We got the AR 9 and the 97k ready to go. They're both scoped up with three to twelve four to twelve scopes so we have the same magnification levels. Both are holding zero fine, tested a bunch of pellets. You got the R9 like in the 8.4s and the 97k leg in those JSB 10.3 is the best so we're gonna stretch them out 30 and 45 yards again, 10 shot groups for both, and see how they do.
Alright, guys, so immediately you're seeing better groupings looking at this R9 group at 30 yards here. You got those 8.4s going about 890 feet per second and you're talking about a 3/4 inch group, guys, at 30 yards. This is squirrel’s head every time if you do your part and that is why again, my opinion, the R9 is the best break barrel out there. That said, some key differences though that make the guns easier to shoot both in this case; both of the guns are a little bit heavier and that little bit of weight mitigates some of the recoil which makes it a little bit less hold sensitive and more friendly to shoot, and obviously, the record trigger on there from Why Rock is absolutely phenomenal on both guns and probably one of the best triggers on a spring gun or gas ram gun out there that you're gonna find, so definitely a big factor here in making these guns easier to shoot, but again 3/4 inch group and then stretch in that are nine out to 45 yards one inch for ten shots, damn impressive. It doesn't get a whole lot better than that with a spring gun. I'm very pleased with that and the 97k of course did not disappoint at all. Now with the JSB heavies, you're getting a little bit more knockdown power right about 15 foot-pounds in the 177 right at 800 feet per second or so this is basically a half inch group for ten shots at 30 yards, not very hold sensitive, but of the 97k is a absolute joy to shoot. You're gonna see similar results out of your TX 20 LT use, you know, the higher end under levers are all going to produce results like these, but this 97k obviously a pleasure and then stretching it out to 45 yards, you're looking at about a three-quarter inch group here for 10 shots, so again the 97k just like we saw with the CFR versus the Hornet Maximum, the 97 k and that under lever outperformed the R9 just a little bit, not a whole lot, but definitely enough to make a difference, especially on those longer range shots.
Alright, guys, so those results pretty well confirmed kind of what we were saying in the beginning as well as, you know, what I thought personally and what a lot of folks think in that a underlever is typically going to be more accurate than a break barrel. Now what this test is not is a comparison of a high-end spring gun versus a low-end spring gun. Sure, you could take it as that, but bear in mind the statement holds true, especially with airguns, you get what you pay for. If you are gonna be spending the money on a higher end spring or underlever gas RAM whatever, you know, up into the five-six hundred dollar range, yes, you can expect better performance, and that's, there's a multitude of reasons for that. You're gonna get a better trigger, you're gonna get a better fitting powerplant, it's gonna be smoother, it is gonna have a better barrel, all of these things are gonna go into making that a better gun overall. Now that's not to say you can't give very good groups out of a lower end brake barrel or even a lower end underlever. I think we've shown that, you know, something like this Gamo CFR as a more moderately priced underlever air gun can do quite well at distance, so it's it certainly puts the first question to bed as to the underlever, yes, is more accurate than a break barrel, no doubt about that. As for the second question though, is a lower end underlever more accurate or less accurate than a high end break barrel; they're about the same. You're talking about roughly a little bit over, I think a one inch group on the Gamo CFR at forty five yards and right around a one inch group with the R9, some of that's going to have to do a trigger, you know, trigger control is going to be way better on a record trigger than it is on the CAT trigger, although the CAT trigger for what it is and the price point it's in is quite good, so the bottom line here, folks, if you're looking at a springer or gas ram or whatever you might be looking at, if there's an unde lever in your price range nine times out of ten that's gonna be the way you want to go. Now if weight’s a concern, certainly a break barrel is not a bad option, but make sure you're buying a quality break barrel, you know, that's not to say that that all Gamos are gonna shoot exactly the way this Hornet Maximum did or exactly the way that the CFR did, that's not the point here, guys. It's that buy the biggest thing, is buy the best you can afford, alright, that's the number one thing that I tell folks. The best gun you can afford from a quality perspective is gonna be the way you want to go whether that is a brake barrel, an under lever, a side lever, it really doesn't matter if you can afford getting yourself a fixed barrel gun, it's probably gonna do better in the accuracy department down the road, but even if you don't want to go for that and you want something that's maybe a little bit more convenient to load and lighter weight, a good quality break barrel certainly not a bad option, and there are plenty of them out there. So, Tactical Toast, thank you very much for the question. It was a great question and a great topic. We'll see you guys back again for the next Insyder Insights video, I'm Tyler Patner, check you later.
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After a few mixed accuracy results from the first test of the Texan .357 Air Rifle, we were contacted by Texas's favorite airgun company with a few suggestions on what ammo to use. Tyler heads back out to the range armed with new knowledge and new ammo. Let us see if round two is any better.
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"Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder, I’m Tyler Patner. Today we're going to be taking a follow up look at the AirForce Texan in .357, looking at some new ammo, and making it shoot, this the Air Venturi Air Bolt. Let's check it out.
So, we're here with a bit of an update to the .357 Texan purely because back when we did our full review in November of 2016 we didn't get the best accuracy out of it, and we got with the folks over at AirForce to figure out why and with their help what we found out was that we were actually using basically the wrong diameter ammo. We carry a lot of .356 diameter, .357 nine-millimeter ammo, purely because it works best in a lot of the guns we had at the time, the Recluse, some of the Atom, in rifles of Evanix as well, so you got .356 diameter but this Texan really shines with the .358 stuff, so we had to get some .358 ammo. So, we have a 67-grain round ball and 190 grain flat point that we're gonna take out to 45 yards and see how they do in this AirForce Texan, both power and accuracy, so we're gonna head out to the range now and check it out.
Alright, guys, looking over these accuracy groups of 45 yards out of .357 Texan and with this new .358 ammo, obviously those round balls basically one hole at 45 yards, this is absolutely phenomenal and you're talking about a hundred and eighty foot-pounds out of a round ball which is pretty damn good, especially for a .35 .357 caliber gun, and then 190 grain slugs were really impressive as well, about a 3/4 inch group for the three shots that we took, and a 288 foot-pounds of energy power coming out of this gun with those bullets, definitely going to be the option for you long-range shooters or your hunters out there. This is gonna do really well.
So, I told you guys at the beginning of the video that we're gonna show you how to use the .35 caliber air bolts in the 357 Texan and now right now as it sits with the 34 inch barrel, these are not gonna fit far enough down the barrel because of this guy, the threaded adapter here, that actually hits the crown of the muzzle and doesn't allow you to push it in any further, and we really need to get it further back to see the full potential of this. So, right now in the 34 inch barrel, this is only shooting about 200 feet per second, obviously not good enough to do anything serious with, so our friends at AirForce made us a 24 inch barrel that drops right into the .35 .357 caliber Texan and is gonna allow us to use the air bolts, so the question really is a is this still as accurate as the 34 inch barrel with slugs, how accurate is it with the air bolts, and how much power is it putting out with both. So, we're gonna show you how to install this and then head out to the range and see how it does.
So, this is really easy to do, guys. First thing we're gonna do, go ahead and open our bolt that way we'd see the end of the barrel here, and then take the gun flip it on over, really all this is is just removing a couple screws. So, we have a 3/32 Allen wrench here. I'm just gonna go ahead and start at the front and move these screws here. Now this front one, you don't loosen all the way, but we do want to get the end cap off, and it's just easier to take them out, so we take that end cap off and now we get to work on the screws that actually retain the barrel.
There are eight barrel retention screws that we need to remove so let's get to it. Alright, this is our eighth and final screw here and once we get it out, we are just simply gonna pull the barrel right on out and it releases very easily.
Alright, so now we have a barrel-less frame basically, so we're gonna take our 24 inch barrel and you notice we got a couple threaded points here and this is actually exactly going to line up with our holes that are on the frame to allow us to mount this barrel properly, so take the barrel slider on into the frame. Alright, so once you make sure you got everything aligned, we're gonna watch the barrel actually come through right at the back and match up with our valve here in just a second, perfect there. Now we're just going to rotate ever so slightly to make sure that our holes are matching up with the open slots here in the frame itself. So, now that we have everything aligned, we can go ahead and reinstall our screws. Last thing to do is put our end cap in and put our retention screw on. For that, I haven't actually cinched up these screws as tight as they'll go apparently, because I want to make sure everything fits okay first, so now that I know I have everything fit properly now I'm going to go ahead and give those the last little tightening. Alright, guys, so now that we had the barrel installed, you can see obviously a much shorter profile gun basically the same length as all your Condo or SS. Let's head out to the range test some air bolts in it and test the slugs, see what we're doing.
Alright, guys, so talking about our accuracy and our velocity results here for the 24 inch barrel on our Texan SBR, if you will the round ball is obviously still very, very good group out of those guys at 45 yards, basically like three quarters of an inch, and you're talking about a hundred and sixty-two foot-pounds, so about thousand fifty feet per second, a little bit of a drop-off but not too dramatic, where we saw it the most though obviously the 190 grainers a 100 foot per second drop-off coming in at about 750 feet per second, so you're reducing your energy to about two hundred and thirty from about two eighty to ninety foot pounds, but still plenty of power in that .357 caliber. In case you didn't catch that, that second air bolt went right through our target.
Alright, guys, I'm looking at our air bolt here at 30 yards three shots about an inch and a quarter group around 550 feet per second just as fast as any other gun we've got, maybe a little bit faster even, and you're talking about two hundred and forty five-plus foot-pounds out of that air bolt in 35 Cal in this short barrel Texan. That is a lot of power. Now that said, I do want to show you guys real quick how to install a broad head onto this setup because you actually can which is a really neat feature on the short barrel Texan so let's check it out.
Alright, guys, so to put a broad head on this guy, you're gonna want to stop short when you load that air bolt in initially and then take the field tip out, so really easy to do you, just unscrew it there and then we're gonna very carefully, we got these g5 broadheads fixed blade, you can use a mechanical as well, and just place it in there, obviously that's the part you want to be most careful of so you don't cut yourself, then you get one of these air venturi broadhead wrenches that work with just about any broadhead that I've seen at this point at least, go ahead place it on there and then you just screw it in very, very easy to do, then once it's nice and tight, we go ahead take our broad head wrench leave it on top there and just go ahead and push it on down until that insert that aluminum insert is seated at the crown of the barrel, and then we're ready to go and you got one badass looking hunting rig going here. I would hate to be the animal on the other end of that thing.
Alright, guys, that about wraps it up today for the .357 Texan part 2. Obviously, the short barrel has got a lot of merit to it. If you're looking for a more compact big bore hunter, you're still looking at 230 plus foot-pounds out of those hundred and ninety grain slugs and in reality you're only losing about a hundred feet per second even with the 67 Grand round balls in comparison to the 34 inch barrel, so for a 10 inch difference in the overall length of the gun, it's actually not too bad in my opinion and obviously the ability to use the air bolts makes this a badass hunting tool so definitely want to check out next time you guys are around pyramydair.com. If you liked what you saw in today's video, guys, hit us with that like button down below, comment, tell us what you thought about this or what you guys want to see next time, and don't forget to subscribe. I'm Tyler Patner for the Insyder, we'll see you guys at the next one.