Darts with airsoft?

by B.B. Pelletier

Here’s a sport I never considered – using airsoft guns to play darts!

Crosman makes the entire package
Take a look at Crosman’s Stinger Challenge. It’s an entire shooting game in a box for less than $50! Most of the time, I punch paper when I shoot airguns indoors. Here is a way to add a little spice. Instead of holes in paper, the Stinger Challenge gives you a dart board with two spring-piston pistols, one red and the other blue.

The two colors keep the shots separate between competitors. The BBs are color-coordinated with the guns, so the target shows whose shots went where. The gel-trap target is 12″ in diameter, so you can back up beyond regulation dart-throwing distance if you want. The Hop-Up in the guns should assure reasonable accuracy out to at least 30 feet. read more

The Talon SS: powerful & quiet!

by B.B. Pelletier

Today’s post comes as a comment to a comment we received for a gentleman whose son’s neighborhood is overrun with raccoons. See comments to the August 24 post, What is a L-O-N-G shot? The message went like this:

Look into the Airforce Talon SS very powerful…around 850 fps in 22cal, adjustable to around 400 by turning a knob. It comes with an intergrated silencer that makes it quiet as a mouse.

Let’s take a look at this unique precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle.

The Talon SS is powerful
The AirForce Talon SS can generate up to 25 foot-pounds in .22 caliber when the heaviest pellets are used. That puts it ahead of almost all spring-piston air rifles except the Webley Patriot (Beeman Kodiak). The SS weighs only 5.25 lbs., instead of the 9+ lbs. of the Webley, and the cocking effort for the SS is 4-6 lbs., instead of the 50 lbs. needed for the Patriot. read more

What IS a red dot sight?

by B.B. Pelletier

We looked at lasers back in the August 11 post, “Spotlight on lasers.” Is a red dot sight the same as a laser, or is it something altogether different? Today, we’ll find out!

Dot sights are related to scopes
Instead of being like lasers that project their lights outward, a dot sight is really more like a scope sight. The dot you see when you look through the sight is invisible to everyone else. That’s because it’s generated inside the sight and stays there.

The first dot sight used no batteries, just ambient light. The Nydar Optical sight projected a dot surrounded by a larger circle as an aim point for shotguns. It was a simple glass plate through which the shooter looked at the target, but the sight elements superimposed themselves on the target if there was enough light. read more

Do you REALLY need a chronograph?

by B.B. Pelletier

Many airgunners have chronographs and more get them every day. But why are they buying them? Do you really need a chronograph to enjoy airgunning?

A chronograph is like a fish scale
They call fish scales “de-liars.” You can guess why. Chronographs are in the same category of equipment. They tell you something about your airguns without changing how they shoot. A chronograph measures the velocity of a pellet, bullet or arrow in feet per second or meters per second. With that information, you can use the formulas here at Pyramyd Air to determine how powerful your airguns are.

Some chronographs are very affordable
For over a decade, chronographs have been affordable, with the least expensive costing under $50. The Shooting Chrony brand out of Canada starts at about $65, and they average just under $100. The units are small, lightweight, rugged and run on batteries, so you can take them anywhere. They need a good, even light source to work correctly. Although their screens are very close together and their clock speed is low by today’s standards, the Shooting Chrony is accurate enough for the hobby shooter. read more

Lubricating a spring-piston airgun

by B.B. Pelletier

We all want to take care of our airguns, so today we’ll look at lubricating a spring-piston gun.

Many guns should NEVER be oiled!
This includes most recoiless target guns like the FWB 65/80/90 pistol and the FWB 150/300 rifle. All the RWS Diana target guns fall into this category, too. These guns have lifetime lubricated piston rings or seals that never need oil. In fact, oiling them can cause early failure.

Some guns require VERY LITTLE oil
This includes all current models of RWS Diana guns – both rifle and pistol. Diana uses a special synthetic piston seal that needs very little oil to work properly. They recommend ONE DROP of oil every 1,500 shots or so. Use a high-grade silicone chamber oil like Crosman Silicone Chamber Oil. read more

What is a L-O-N-G shot?

by B.B. Pelletier

We read a lot about long shots with a pellet gun, but what really qualifies as a long shot? 50 yards? 75? 100?

50 yards is LONG!
I’ve read in gun magazines about riflemen taking 200-yard shots, but whenever I visit my local gun club, the 50-yard range is always the most crowded. An examination of spent brass left on the range confirms that 5.56mm and 7.62x39mm shooters (AR-15 and SKS/AKM shooters) like 50 yards a lot more than 100 and beyond.

So, with firearms we like to READ about 200-yard shots, but we SHOOT more at 50 yards. So it is with pellet rifles; only for us, 50 yards is a long distance.

Fifty yards is 150 feet. It’s so far that you can sense the interval the pellet takes to travel to the target. If the sun is behind you, you can often see the pellet flying out to the target. read more

Protecting and restoring a blued finish

by B.B. Pelletier

Would it frighten you to learn that ALL your blued airguns have rust on them? I don’t mean the black oxide finish, itself. Yes, that’s a form of rust, but it’s not what I’m referring to. I’m saying all your blued-steel airguns have real red rust on them – unless you have taken steps to remove it already. The dark black hides the red rust, so it’s difficult to see.

Ballistol comes from good gun stores
and is a great aid to removing surface
rust without damaging bluing.

Ballistol is the secret!
This stuff has magical properties. Besides metal, it is also used on leather, wood, plastic and even the gel coats of boats! Do not use it on electronics, however. Several military organizations around the world use it on their weapons for lubrication and preservation. It has a fishy smell that isn’t pleasant, but don’t let that put you off. read more