by B.B. Pelletier

The new AirForce CO2 adapter is an exclusive at Pyramyd Air.

I have the best job in the world, because when new stuff comes out, I get to test it. Today we’re going to take a look at the new CO2 adapter for AirForce air rifles. They’ll be available exclusively from Pyramyd Air either tomorrow or the first of next week.

What it does
This adapter lets you operate any AirForce air rifle – the Talon, Talon SS and the Condor – on CO2. The CO2 is contained in a large tank that replaces the AirForce air reservoir and also serves as the butt of the rifle. The AirForce adapter is long enough to make up for the short length of a CO2 tank, so the pull of the rifle remains the same. You can use any standard paintball tank with this adapter, and Pyramyd Air sells both 12-oz. and 20-oz. tanks for this purpose. These tanks come filled with CO2 and ready to use. They also sell unfilled 12-oz. and 20-oz. tanks. Plus, they offer combos of filled tanks and adapters (12-oz., 20-oz.).

This is the adapter connected to a 20-oz. tank.

Let’s examine the adapter
This is not just a simple coupling! It contains an entire Condor valve! So, the cost for this adapter is higher than for the Logun S-16 adapter. Because CO2 operates at one-third the pressure of the normal AirForce air tank fill, all AirForce models can use this adapter. Even though the Condor valve is huge compared to a standard valve, the lower pressure lets the two standard rifles use it, too.

Installing the adapter
Connect the adapter to the CO2 tank by simply screwing them together. I put three drops of Crosman Pellgunoil inside the adapter before I put the parts together so it will get blown into the valve when the gas starts flowing. As the connection nears completion, the adapter opens the tank’s valve, filling the adapter with CO2 gas. That makes the final few turns harder, because now there’s 850 psi pressing on the tank’s O-ring. Keep turning the tank until it stops.

After the adapter is on the tank, attach the tank to the rifle the same as you would a standard reservoir. The adapter is made of blued steel and looks like it will last a long time. There is nothing else to do but shoot! The power wheel doesn’t work as well on CO2 as on air, but there is a small range of adjustability.

CO2 is a lower pressure gas than the air used by AirForce airguns. Also, the CO2 gas molecule is much larger than the atoms of gases in air. So, the power is lower when operating on CO2. Here’s what to expect from .22 caliber rifles at a temperature of 85 degrees F:

Talon SS: 610 f.p.s. on high power/495 f.p.s. on low power
Talon: 650 f.p.s. on high power/475 f.p.s. on low power
Condor: 734 f.p.s. on high power/685 f.p.s. on low power

In case you aren’t that familiar with CO2 in .22 caliber rifles, the Condor is shooting about as fast as rifles ever do. Only a few wide-open Philippine guns are faster, and they’re not accurate. The Talon SS on high power is right where the Benjamin AS392T is.

Number of shots per CO2 tank
Oh my gosh! This is where it gets good. CO2 gets many TIMES more shots per fill than air. Where a Talon SS gets 35 powerful shots per air reservoir. With a 20-oz. CO2 tank, the number climbs to over 1,000. Pyramyd Air tested the Logun S-16s and got over 1,300 shots on a 20-oz. tank before they got tired of testing. Over 1000 shots is a very conservative estimate! A 12-oz. tank delivers fewer shots, of course, but the number is still in the high hundreds.

On Monday, I’ll tell you the rest!