Anics Skif A3000 CO2 pistol

by B.B. Pelletier

Anics Skif A3000 is an attractive CO2 pistol. Holding 28 shots, it is the high-cap leader among pellet guns!

I was asked to report on this air pistol by one of our readers. I don’t think very much of the gun, and I’ll try to tell you why, but for the sake of the person(s) who might like to get one, I will also try to tell all its good features.

28-shot repeater!
Right off the bat, the A3000 has the largest magazine capacity of any pellet pistol I know of, and also one of the largest BB magazine capacities. It shoots both BBs and pellets, which I will get into in a moment; but, with 28 shots on tap, it out-classes every other repeater on the market. The magazine is a transparent plastic stick affair with individual tubular pellet/BB holders running around like bumper cars on the inside. They follow an elongated track clockwise, until finally aligning with the barrel for firing. You load each chamber from the rear, then manually advance the tubes. Loading takes some time, but this is a double-action pistol that fires as fast as you can pull the trigger. read more

BAM B40 – Part 2 Power

by B.B. Pelletier

BAM B40 – Part 1

Today, I’ll look at the shooting aspects of the BAM B40 underlever spring rifle. First, however, I want to tell you what I found with the trigger.

Adjusting the trigger
I removed the action from the stock to examine the trigger. It appears to be a copy of the Air Arms TX200 trigger but much cruder. The crosspins are so loose they fall out when the unit is turned sideways and bumped. I doubt this trigger can ever perform like a TX200 trigger without a major rebuild that would cost more than the price of the rifle. So, the question is, can it be used as is? For that, I tried to adjust it.

B40 trigger looks similar to a TX trigger, but the workmanship is poor. That results in a sloppy trigger engagement.
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What is valve lock in a pneumatic gun?

by B.B. Pelletier

Two things drove me to this posting today. We had a reader from Hawaii whose AirForce Condor is not performing as it should, and another reader named baldtrucker asked what happens when a multi-pmp pneumatic like a Benjamin 397 is over-pumped. I did a search and couldn’t find where I had addressed this question before; but, even if I have, it’s time to do it again.

How does an impact pneumatic valve work?
The most common valve is the impact type or knock-open valve, and that’s the one that has a problem with over-pressurization. When a hammer strikes the end of the valve stem of an impact valve, it forces it to momentarily lift the valve face off the valve seat. When that happens, air can flow through or past the valve stem and out into the breech of the airgun. read more

The LD pistol from Mac-1

by B.B. Pelletier

This post was requested by a reader named Michael.

Crosman Mark I is a great pistol to start with.

The LD is a specialized pistol modification for long-range air pistol shooting.

What is it?
The LD is a long-barrelled customized Crosman Mark I target pistol. It’s made by Mac-1 Airguns and has been around for more than a decade. It was designed primarily as a sillouhette gun, but it’s also used by many shooters who never compete. It has rifle-like accuracy and rifle-like bulk, without the length and weight of a rifle.

Over the years Mac-1, has offered guns with all sorts of barrel lengths, but they seem to have settled on a 13″ .22 caliber barrel. According to their website, they do not offer the gun in .177. The barrel is a German make, but not Lothar Walther. Rumor has it that they use Weihrauch barrels, but I can’t confirm that. It’s a heavy barrel and they re-contour the bolt probe for better gas flow. Readers of this blog should know by now that a CO2 gun gets its best velocity from a long barrel, so an increase of five inches over the factory length should offer a significant advantage. The designers of the LD have chosen to have more shots at a consistent velocity over raw power. Since they still get 75-100 f.p.s. higher than the factory Mark I, that’s a pretty good decision. read more

How are barrels rifled? – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Several readers have asked for this posting, and one reader asked about lapping a barrel, which is supposed to be part of the rifling process. It has all but been abandoned by modern barrelmakers, at least those who make large volumes of barrels. Actually, the first person to request this post asked me to explain how BARRELS are made, but because that answer is included in this discussion, I included it within the talk about rifling.

Rifling was discovered very early in the history of gunmaking. In the beginning, the grooves ran straight down the bore, but soon they were made in a spiral pattern, and immediately gunmakers discovered that a spinning ball was more accurate. There are records of shooting matches in the mid-1500s, where rifled barrels were NOT permitted, because of the advantage they offered. So, the effect of a rifled barrel was known a long time ago. read more

BAM B40 – Part 1 A first look

by B.B. Pelletier

Today we begin our look at the BAM B40 underlever spring-piston air rifle. It’s a direct copy of the Air Arms TX200, and you know I think highly of it. This first part is a physical comparison between the two. The B40 comes in both .177 and .22 calibers, and I will test both for you. Because I own a .177 TX200, I will start there.

BAM B40 (bottom) is a close copy of the TX 200…at least in appearance.

This is the most beautiful Chinese air rifle I have seen! The stock is a hardwood stained to the light side of medium, and the contouring is nearly perfect. I found two spots where wood filler was used, but that is almost a trademark of Chinese woodwork. The thick black rubber buttpad is perfectly fitted. Even the two parts of the forearm that extend past the breech are nearly centered on the barrel and underlever mechanism. read more

Teach a person to shoot: Part 6

Teach a person to shoot: Part 1
Teach a person to shoot: Part 2
Teach a person to shoot: Part 3
Teach a person to shoot: Part 4
Teach a person to shoot: Part 5

by B.B. Pelletier

Today, we’ll talk about triggers. Besides the sights, the trigger is the most important part of a target airgun. On a pistol, the trigger is just as important as the sights, because the proper use of the trigger promotes stability and control over the handgun.

How light should a trigger be?
Many veteran shooters like their triggers to be as light as they can be, commensurate with safety. Indeed, on world-class 10-meter target rifles, the trigger-pulls can be adjusted to mere tens of grams. But, a light trigger is not good for the beginning shooter for a number of reasons, with safety being the overriding one. By the way, the guns are called 10-meter guns because the targets we shoot are 10 meters, or just under 33 feet, distant. That distance is measured from the muzzle of the gun – both rifle and pistol. read more