Gamo broke the mold when it released the original Swarm Maxxim, the first successful multi-shot breakbarrel in over a decade. Now comes the Gamo Swarm Magnum the most powerful Swarm yet.
Gamo Swarm Magnum Multi-Shot Air Rifle Video Transcript:
Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner. Today we're going to be taking a look at the latest offering from Gamo, the Swarm Magnum in 22 caliber. So, the Swarm Magnum announced at SHOT Show 2018, of course, is Gamo's latest entry into the multishop break barrel world with the 10x system here on top. It's only offered in 22 caliber at this point time. Don't know if they have plans for 25 but certainly with that Magnum gas ram you know in there that IGT Mach 1 piston at 22 caliber is definitely going to make better use of it than a 177 would. But let's check out the gun here starting at the front. So the Swarm Maxim had the maximum shroud technology on it. The Swarm Magnum has the Whisper Fusion kind of suppressor on the end of it which obviously we're gonna find out if that does a good job of keeping things nice and quiet for you guys--for those of you that are backyard conscious of course. And sliding on back here we get to that 10x system which you guys if you've seen the Swarm Maxim video we did you'll kind of have an idea how that works, but basically you depress this little button on top, you pull the magazine out, you have some numbers on top there, so you load them right into the face of the magazine one at a time all the way up to ten rounds. And you actually have a nice little cutout window there that displays which number or how many pellets you have left, in excluding the one that is loaded in the barrel, so it definitely is a nice way to keep track and then when you're empty you hit that little exclamation point and you also have a little white dot that pops through on this window, so you can even see that and we'll show you guys when we get out to the range, you can see that from a shoulder position so you don't have to worry about, you know, dry firing in this gun. If you dry fire this, cock it and then reload it without a pellet, you must have missed something all right, that's just me being straightforward with you guys, it would be pretty hard to do in my opinion. So moving back from this 10x quick shot system we do have inside of the compression chamber here the IGT Mach 1 piston that's Gamo's biggest and baddest piston. It says they're capable of shooting up to 1,300 feet per second that's pretty screaming, I'm assuming that's with the lead-free pellet, obviously we'll see what it does with a real-world pellet you know seeing what it likes after and then chronographing it of course. Up on top of the compression tube we do have their recoil reducing rail, so this is supposed to cut felt recoil to the scope by 99.9%, therefore extending the life of your optic. Now, the Gamo scope that it comes with, in the one piece mount, haven't had any issues with it yet, probably will try a different scope on it just to make sure that it is holding zero and showing me exactly what it can show me in terms of its best capabilities. But no fixed parallax so right around 30-35 yards is where this has a parallax adjusted to so that's gonna be your clearest point where you can use that 9x without problems, but I would prefer a parallax adjustable optic every time guys, so keep that in mind if you are looking upgrade that is what I would go to, whether it's a 4X 3-9 whatever you guys want. Dropping down we do have the CAT custom action trigger fully adjustable, Gamo says, I haven't adjusted this one out of the box, it's not breaking very heavy probably around 3 pounds, not the most defined first second stage but you can certainly feel it and knowing it is adjustable we'd be able to get that better if we so desired, but I want to give you guys an out-of-the-box look at the gun. And really the biggest change other than the aforementioned power level, you're talking about a thumbhole stock as opposed to a more straight wristed stock and the cheek piece, while it does look adjustable is not, I'm sorry to say. But the gun's still coming in right around 7.5-8 pounds with the scope mount, it's so a pretty light Magnum gun. I'm sure that's gonna impact our hold sensitivity of this, I've always found that lighter weight guns are a bit more hold sensitive, and obviously somewhere just over 49 inches, you do have a pretty long rifle here so definitely something to keep in mind and I'm sure with that increased powerplant capability our cocking effort is going to go up as well so when we head out to the range we're gonna test all of those things for you guys and give you guys a straight dope on what the Gamo Swarm Magnum can do. So let's get out there and check it out.
Alright guys, so before we get started on the accuracy in the chronograph testing I wanted to show you guys quickly how this loads and note that we are only doing five shot groups today, it's like 45 to 50 pounds of cocking effort. I'm not even sorry about not doing touch shot groups for you guys. Five shots are gonna tell us exactly what we need to know about this guy, but this is the way the 10x system works if you haven't seen our Swarm Maxim video. So you go ahead you have your magazine loaded up with pellets you can see I have two rounds in here, it's gonna tell you how many rounds are still in the mag. So we go ahead, insert the mag into the 10x system, snaps in very audibly, very positively, you're gonna go ahead at that point break the barrel back up, and now you see it's displaying one alright, so one pellet is loaded it has one remaining in the magazine. So we're gonna go ahead, aim downrange, take our shot, and then I'm gonna do it again and this is where you get that quick follow-up now. Now you can see that I have that exclamation point telling me that I have no rounds left, we'll go ahead take our second shot and you'll also notice guys on the back of the magazine here, where you can actually see it as the shooter, you have that little white dot right there showing you that this mag is empty and that you need to refill it. If you are gonna go ahead and break that barrel again you will dry fire the gun so definitely not a good thing, don't do that. Let's get to some accuracy testing.
Alright guys, so that was one of the more trying range sessions we've had with a gun that I can remember. Went through about 16 different pellets and found one that shot better than all of the others and pretty darned, like a lot better, all right. So that's the Predator GTOs which ironically were the best pellet I think in the regular Swarm Maxim when we tested that in 22. So a 3/4 inch group here at 30 yards so certainly you know minute of squirrels' head every time so very good there. And then moving it out to 45 at the very end of our range here you have 5 shots within an inch, a couple going in the same hole probably could have been a little bit better. Honestly guys I'm finding the gun pretty darn hold sensitive which is making it kind of tricky to get good groups and be as consistent as possible with. Just to give you an idea of what some other pellets did, so this is the Barracudas at 45 yards a two-and-a-half-inch group. They group a hell of a lot better at 30 but still when you can't have that good transitional accuracy from distance to distance, you know, this takes that one off the table right away. And then probably the second-best group that we had are these Crosman premier domed pellets, so 14.3 grains and you have basically five shots within an inch and a quarter so. Which is not bad, but again, really that one-inch mark is what I'm looking for when I want to get an accuracy standard for a gun, and at 45 yards we've seen plenty of spring and gas piston guns that do that so. The Gamo Swarm Magnum very pellet picky, hold sensitive, but still shoots fairly well out to 45 yards.
Alright guys so the Gamo Swarm Magnum certainly didn't perform poorly, it was a definitely a more difficult one for us here to do. A pretty hold sensitive gun because of that lightweight but a lot of power. 29 foot-pounds with the predator GTOs which are an alloy pellet, was very surprising, you know over a thousand feet per second is just screaming. Definitely in that 30 to 35-yard range with that kind of power you are gonna be deadly, I mean just devastating, on game that you're going after, and having that multi-shot capability is a great add-on, although for me 45 to 50 pounds of cocking effort really negates a lot of that upgrade of having those multiple shots right and being able to just quickly do it. It's certainly faster than if you were single loading but really makes it more trying with that heavier cocking effort. Very surprised the scope held up on this one, we didn't have good luck with that with the Swarm Maxim but on the Magnum it held up just fine. Don't know if Gamo's changed something on the scope, but personally and my recommendation to you guys, swap this out for something with an adjustable objective, it's just gonna be more favorable in the long run if you guys want to shoot at longer distances or really close distances as well. But, overall, the Gamo Swarm Magnum if you are looking for a high-powered gas piston or spring piston airgun, this is definitely one you guys are gonna want to check out in 2018. For the Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner, as always guys don't forget to subscribe, like, and comment down below. We'll see you at the next one.
Air Arms S510 TDR PCP Air Rifle Video Transcript:
Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder, I'm Tyler Patner. Today we have a little bit of a different review for you guys. We're taking a look at a brand new line of cases. I'm totally kidding, the Air Arms S510 TDR in 22 caliber. So the 510 TDR came out very late last year in 2017. We got our first look at it at SHOT Show 2018 and they're finally here ready to shoot. 22 calibers are what we have here to test today and let's run it down. As far as what's in the case here, you do have your manual, of course, you got some Allen keys it looks like they're your traditional Phil probe which is threaded to 1/8 psp so you're gonna want to make sure you get a quick disconnect adapter if your fill setup requires it. Let's see, looking through, so we have our buttstock which is a walnut variety and looks like it has one of our magazines in there, it comes with two and it does have this slotting here that you can put both magazines or a third spare if you want to pick one up into that rear buttstock so that you can keep it on you at all times which is really nice. Got a cutout here for the pellets, and of course, then there we go the meat and potatoes of this, the 510 TDR action. So basically, in a pistol form, I guess if you wanted to call it that. Let's get it all set up here for you guys and go into some detail. So as we go ahead and get this put together here guys one of the things you obviously notice the TDR, the 410 TDR which is a bolt-action, the 510's a side lever action used to come in like kind of a carrying case so now they put it in this hard case. I prefer the hard case, I know a lot of folks out there preferred the softer case that had the backpack straps. Putting the buttstock on here, really simple, you're just gonna go ahead line it up with these holes here in the back. You have a three-prong system, you'll line that up nice and easy, you go ahead push it in and then we're just gonna simply screw it in right at the back here. And you can see that gap closing, it's really easy to do this, takes under a minute to put it all together, actually, I'd say probably 30 seconds. And we are all set, you make sure that's hand tight and you are good to go. You got a 40 roughly 40-inch six-pound hunting package that is a really easy very light very convenient to use.
Let's run down some of the specs here starting at the front, so one of the big updates, the 410 version of this gun was unshrouded unsuppressed, we now have a full shroud with the Qtek moderator on the end should keep things very very quiet having shot like - 510 Ultimate Sporter that has the Qtec already on it this is should be a very quiet setup and hopefully putting out about around 30 foot-pounds with some heavy pellets in this 22 caliber. Down below we do have about a 150 CC cylinder here with a screw off endcap that exposes your fill port and this is the standard Air Arms fill system. Again, that little fill adapter comes with it, you do need to get your quick disconnect, but just so you can see how it works, you go ahead slide that on, you'll line up the hole in the end of the fill cap there with that tee fitting, and then you turn it like that. Keeps it locked on, it's never gonna fly off or come off or come out like a fill probe might on you, so that is a really really nice feature, and again, you got that dust cap there to keep things safe and secure when you don't have it out and ready to fill. On the bottom of the stock here, you'll notice we do have a forend accessory rail. We have a Harris bipod adapter that comes with a little swivel stud, you can throw that in there and then hook up your like UTG bipod or something like that and then you, of course, have a fill pressure gauge on the bottom that reads in bar. This is a 200 bar so 2900 psi fill rifle and again should yield about 30 shots, roughly a thirty foot-pounds on high power. And speaking of the power, we do have a power adjuster transfer port adjuster here which, yep they sure did, they updated it to that five setting system so you have those five discernible clicks as you go ahead and adjust it and you can see you got the plus back towards you right there, and then you got one, two, three, four, so five total settings but that's going to give us probably the ability to do everything from shooting in the basement during the winter all the way to going up to that thirty foot pound mark and going after some small game. So talking a little bit more about the furniture on this gun we do have some walnut wood here both for the four stock and the cheek piece. You got some nice stippling on the grip. The gun looks fantastic, in my opinion, especially with the shroud setup, I really like the look of that fixed suppressor on the end there. And again, I mentioned it earlier, you do have the slots that will hold your magazines, I have one in the breach here but the second one just fits nice and snug up in there under spring tension. Very easy to work with, it just sits right like that so it's ready to go when you need it. At the back we do have an adjusted butt plate, you got a screw right in the back there that you go ahead loosen, you can slide that up and down. It is not adjustable for length of pull through, so that is something to keep in mind. Probably not the best choice for junior shooters, it does have a very full length of pull and again, you have your tightening screw here at the back that tightens the whole system together. Bear in mind that you can't run this as a pistol because you do need this three prong adapter in the back to keep tension on your hammer spring setup so that when you cock it it has something to push against. And speaking of cocking it, we do have a side lever system as I alluded to earlier. It used to be a bolt, now it's a side lever so a lot smoother, they're probably gonna be a lot faster for you guys at home that need to get that quick follow-up shot. So we just pull it back nice and easy to cock it, pull out our magazine, of course 10-round magazines, which are standard for Air Arms, and to decock it if we do want to, you go ahead and you pull the trigger as you hold the bolt. All good to go, very easy to do, and of course we have our standard safety that is on the trigger. I'm not a huge fan of this but Air Arms does it on all their guns and it certainly does work. You put it on safe and it's not going anywhere I would just prefer it to be anywhere but the trigger for myself. But other than that this gun has all the hallmarks of the rest of the Air Arms line just with some updates from the 410 version that we used to see. Got an 11 millimeter dovetail rail on top. We have a Hawk Vantage 4 to 12 by 40 scope on it and we are gonna head out to the range, get some chrony numbers, throw some lead downrange, see how accurate it is and then we'll come back to wrap it up. Let's head out
Alright guys so looking at these accuracy results, of course we tested you know the full battery of pellets, and it was like 12 pellets or something that went through this gun and the two best by far the 18 grain JSPs and the Air Arm 16 grains, basically the JSP 15.8 9s, they're a little bit different but they also shot pretty well; not quite as good as the Air Arms did but a 0.45 inch group and a 0.43 inch group 10 shots half inch accuracy at 45 yards absolutely fantastic out of the S510 TDR. With both the 18s and the 16-grain pellets doing so well at 45 yards from an accuracy perspective we decided to go ahead and chronograph both. What you're seeing with those Air Arms 16 grain pellets is a pretty decent spread overall, you know 71 feet per second is a pretty big extreme spread but the standard deviation from shot to shot isn't too bad. What you're really looking for though right around 170 bar down to about a 130 or so is really your sweet spot of shots where we're getting a good velocity and nice consistent results from shot to shot, and we see the same thing with the JSP jumbo 18 grains as well. A little bit bigger spread overall but you get that extra foot-pound out of it you know 29 and 30 foot-pounds respectively certainly nothing to sneeze at from the power perspective. So, on high-power, this gun is going to deliver plenty of shots at a high power to do whatever you guys want to do from a small game hunting perspective.
All right guys obviously the 510 TDR takedown rifle has a lot of accuracy sub half-inch groups at 45 yards, nothing to mess around with at thirty foot-pounds, absolutely fantastic. Like two things I didn't hit on actually. Obviously it's a low throw Walther barrel as all the Air Arms stuff is and actually looking at the gun and thinking about it, this is fully ambidextrous so if you're a lefty you can get down on this no problem, obviously the side lever can't be swapped but that's not really a big deal, I don't think for most lefties out there, but you got a lot of nice upgrades on this over the 410 TDR. Obviously, the quiet factor is huge on this one as well as that five-step power gesture from the free-form power adjuster that was there before and the side lever of course as well. And then coming with a hard case that's something I like you know I throw it in the back of a truck and you're good to go. This gun takes down or gets put back together in like 30 seconds so it's right there at your fingertips. Overall, very very nice offering from Air Arms here to start 2018 off. Two things I would like to see change going forward. I would love to see a quick disconnect fitting here instead of the T-bar style fitting that they use, and I would love to see that safety mechanism get taken off of the trigger blade. That's just me though, other than that these obviously perform fantastically and definitely one if you are a small game hunter this is one you're gonna want to look at in 2018 and going forward. For the Insyder, guys, I'm Tyler Patner don't forget to subscribe, like, and comment down below, we'll see you guys at the next one. Thanks!
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The 2017 Pyramyd Air Cup was a raging success, WITH over 100 competitors fighting FOR top honors! 2018, the 5th anniversary of the Cup, promises to raise the bar yet again with more excitement, great competition, and more prizes than ever before!
2017 Pyramyd Air Cup Overview Video Transcript:
Hey guys we're here at the 2017 Pyramyd Air cup in Midvale, Ohio. This is probably going to be the largest field target and air gun competition in the country this year, we have a hundred competitors for the field target, we got a bunch more for the gunslinger. It's gonna be a lot of fun this weekend, we have national champions and world champions, we got everything across the board, lots of shooters. Let's go check it out.
Tom Holland- This is probably one of the premier events in my opinion, in the country. I've been to national championships and some other Grand Prix's, it's the most impressive. What Pyramyd does for the average shooter is amazing, you get to see people you haven't seen in a year or two or even longer, and it's just a great event.
Hector Medina- You have a lot of nice people here, it's all the Pyramyd Air people, and you have the vendors, and you have the shooters, and it's it's a lot of good vibes, it's a great place to be.
Ray Apelles- I keep coming back to the match because it's just a whole bunch of great people, there's the potential for some winning some really great prizes. That's not the big thing though. The thing is the good camaraderie and the great competition.
Bruce Scott- I am finding the event incredibly fun and well run. The course here is beautiful, the competitors are all extremely nice. I'm having a great time.
Eric Brewer- Overall the event I love it, cover this, that's yeah there's prizes, the benefit of coming here and seeing the people in field target being that the field target community is really supportive and this location and venue is great, it really is. I enjoy it.
Shooters ready in three, two, one, go!
Bill Rabbitt- The biggest challenge of gunslinger is staying focused. Trying to avoid what you're hearing your opponent is doing. you're hearing their shots you're hearing the crowd behind them going ooh and ahh, and you just got to stay focused and keep your rhythm up.
You got to get a gun that loads pretty easily, and then practice your technique, and dropping it in there, and going back to shooting and try to keep your eye on the scope. And keep your eye on the scope and lower and they say that's the difference.
Bill Rabbitt- My favorite part of the gun sling is when it's all done, when that last chicken falls over and you can walk away from the lane and calm down.
Alright guys, that about wraps it up for the 2017 Pyramid Air Cup here in Midvale, Ohio. It's been an absolutely awesome weekend of air gunning, we've seen a lot of great gunslinger matchups, gave away some big cash prizes, those winners also saw some great field target shooting with absolutely phenomenal talent and introduced a lot of people to the sport of air gunning. It's been a phenomenal weekend, I want to say thank you to all of our sponsors and all of our staff that helped out over the course of the weekend, give us some incredible prizes. It's an absolutely phenomenal time guys, you definitely need to check it out in 2018. For the full results go to PyramydAircup.com. For the Insyder guys, I'm Tyler Patner, we'll see you next year.