The cost of PCPs, pumps and compressors

by B.B. Pelletier

We had a comment last week from DB, who says, “I have had some interest in these precharged airguns but the prices for the pumps seem to me to be way out of line, and scuba tanks are even more expensive. You can buy a really nice firearm for less than the cost of this gun [Career 707 Carbine] and pump. Is there any economical option in our future? My wife would kill me if she thought that I would spend $200 on a pump!”

I want to put the prices of precharged guns and gear into perspective for you. Before Daystate began making precharged rifles in 1980, they hadn’t been made since before World War I. New guns were still sold in the early 1920s, but they were assembled from parts made before the War. In today’s money, those smallbore airguns started at a low of about $1,000 and went up rapidly. They developed less than 200 foot-pounds, and their pumps sold for hundreds of dollars (adjusted to today’s prices). read more

Airgun links

by B.B. Pelletier

You’re already on the internet, so I don’t have to tell you how good it is for finding facts. But, several of you have asked research-type questions, so today I thought I’d show you the mother lode of airguns links –, hosted by Pyramyd Air!

Airgun forums and blogs
Last week, I answered a basic question about airgun forums. Well, there a whole section of the main page dedicated to them on this site. It’s on the left margin, and you click on the forum logos to connect. You’ll even find this blog there. Then, there’s a hot link under the General Info heading to lots more forums. It’s called airgun forums, logically enough. The coding has made most links open in a separate page, so you won’t lose your index page on Airgun Info. A few do not, however, so pay attention to what you are doing as you browse. read more

Cleaning airgun barrels – the stuff you need to know!

by B.B. Pelletier

This one is for JW, who read the posting on cleaning airgun barrels and asked, “Okay B.B. You’re sure this is safe? My RWS owner’s manual says not to use brushes, but I’m assuming since I’m only doing it this once, it will not harm anything. By the way, I bought some cleaning pellets and shot a few through my RWS 34. I was amazed at how black they were. I’ve only shot about 250 pellets through it since I bought it new, so I’m assuming that it came from the factory like this. Is this typical for a new gun?”

Airgun barrels are made from soft steel or brass!
Soft steel abrades very fast, and brass abrades even faster. Incidentally, some of the airgun forums are talking about phosphor bronze barrels right now. The last use of phosphor bronze (and any other kind of bronze) was on the Sheridan Supergrade, whose production ended in 1954. read more

The .25 caliber Career Carbine

by B.B. Pelletier

A lot of you like to hunt with your airguns. I’d like to show you a carbine that’s a hunter’s dream – the Career Carbine in .25 caliber! (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see specs & prices.)

The Career 707 Carbine is a trim little rifle with a BIG PUNCH! In .25 caliber, it will roll the largest airgun game.

Career 707
The Career 707 was one of the first powerful Korean repeaters to come to this country. It has been a huge success, mostly due to the smashing power the rifle develops. In fact, it’s so powerful that Americans were asking for modifications to LOWER the power before the first year of importation was up (1995). That’s a switch! The big plus with a Career is the accuracy. These rifles can deliver sub-1″ groups at 50 yds. and still deliver the same muzzle energy as a .22 short! read more

Do all spring-piston airguns diesel?

by B.B. Pelletier

This topic was suggested by a flurry of questions about dieseling that we received just after the new year began. I thought I’d take some time to explain what we believe goes on in the spring-piston powerplant when it fires.

This book is a standard airgun reference. It’s hard to find. However, you might find one at an airgun show.

The standard reference
For airgun operation, especially spring-piston guns, The Airgun from Trigger to Target by G.V. and G.M. Cardew is the source of most of what is known. The Cardews did extensive research and experimentation in this field, and they published the complete results, including their test designs. So, if someone doubts what they say, he knows where to begin if he wants to prove them wrong. To date, very few have taken up the challenge. read more

How do Gamo air rifles compare to Beeman air rifles?

by B.B. Pelletier

We got this comment last week, and I promised an answer as a complete posting because this one will take some time. Butzback asks, “How does the Gamo compare to a Beeman? The Beeman is so much more expensive [that] it makes me wonder about quality, performance etc.” Let’s get to it!

First we do Gamo
Gamo is a company that dates back to 1889, when they were founded to produce high-quality lead.In 1950, the company decided to start production of lead pellets to satisfy the growing demand in Europe. In 1961, Gamo introduced their first airguns to the Spanish market. Today, they are the largest airgun maker in Europe. read more

How do 6-groove barrels compare to 12-groove barrels?

by B.B. Pelletier

I don’t know where this question came from, but it’s been weighing on my mind for many days. I thought it was in a comment to this blog, but it could just as easily have been a topic on one of the airgun forums. I want to address it because it gets down to the fundamentals of the shooting sports.

More power – Tim Allen got it right!
Tim Allen’s famous monolog in which he pokes fun at the male lust for more power had a profound message. As he skillfully points out, more power is not always the answer – or even a good idea! Take the Boss Hog motorcycle, for instance. It’s a motorcycle built to accept a large-displacement Chevy V8 engine that develops over 500 horsepower! It’s the very parody of a motorcycle! It isn’t faster than other bikes, it doesn’t accelerate quicker and it certainly doesn’t handle as well as a hundred other conventional motorcycles. Yet, I want one. To be astride such a beast is to have the biggest, baddest ride in town – as long as Jay Leno doesn’t ride up on his motorcycle, which has a 1,500-horsepower helicopter turbine engine! read more