Crosman 105/106 multi-pump pistols

by B.B. Pelletier

Here’s another blast from the past. If you own the new Blue Book of Airguns, or if you attend an airgun show this year, you’ll see one of these curious retro-looking air pistols. They weren’t well-publicized in their day. Even if you’re in your 50s or 60s, you may never have seen one before now. While the Benjamin pistols were included in almost every ad they ran, Crosman didn’t advertise these pistols as much.

Crosman’s 106 pneumatic pistol looks very retro.

The 105 is the .177 model, and the 106 is the .22. They were made from 1947 to 1953, which was a time when .22 caliber was far more popular in America, hence the 105 is the scarcer gun. But neither model is particularly rare. You won’t believe how inexpensive they still are today! read more

Please be safe!

by B.B. Pelletier

This posting comes to you at the request of Pyramyd Air. They have had a gun returned that shows evidence of a dangerous mishandling accident, and they asked me to address some common and dangerous airgun “accidents” that we all have to learn to avoid. I will cover the incident at the end of this post.

“Accidental” discharge
Accidental discharges are extremely rare, but guns do get fired all the time when they shouldn’t be. One place this happens is at gun shows. Several years ago, an airgunner I know had a table at a gun show on Long Island. He had a semiautomatic firearm pistol on his table, into which he inserted a loaded magazine, for reasons I cannot fathom. It is against the policy of every gun show to load a weapon in the show for any reason, but enforcement is left up to the tableholders, of which my airgunner acquaintance was one. read more

Why are some spring guns more sensitive than others?

by B.B. Pelletier

Let’s look at a question posed by Dave on Friday.

“I was wondering why different spring guns need different holds. Is there really that much difference in how they are manufactured?”

Good question, and I like giving the answer, because it explains so much about airguns – and everything else!

Yes, there can be a lot of difference in how airguns are manufactured. There is also a huge difference in how they are designed, which also affects how hold-sensitive they may be. Before I get to that, let me tell you a short story that will illustrate my point.

Formula Vee racing
A friend of mine was into Formula Vee racing. That’s a poor-man’s Formula Three car powered by an air-cooled VW engine. Although I said “poor,” it’s easy to spend more than $50,000 on the engine and car – so it ain’t cheap. Because the engines are small and low-powered, the speeds are slow, compared to Formula Three. read more

Pellet penetration: they can go deeper than you think!

by B.B. Pelletier

I received a question from Michael N. on Friday that I thought needed to be shared with everyone. It concerns how far a pellet can penetrate.

Since my backstop has proven useless against my slingshot, I’m thinking of buying a Gamo 850 carbine to try to punch holes through that phonebook I mentioned earlier. Will it punch through with Crosman Super Points, or maybe Premier Ultra Magnums?

This comment was preceded by a confusing string of comments, but it appeared to me that Michael wants to use a phone book as a backstop for his pellet gun. If that’s the case, and for everybody else out there who has similar thoughts – this post is a report on penetration. read more

Walther CP99 Limited Edition: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Today, I’ll finish the CP99 Limited Edition report. Boy, has this ever been a learning experience! I’ll cover accuracy, the laser and an experiment with the compensator.

I shot at 25 feet from a rest. Instead of shooting just five, I shot all eight to empty the clip. All shots were single-action for best accuracy. The same three pellets used yesterday for velocity testing were also used for range testing. Right off the bat, the Beeman Lasers proved themselves to be not right for this pistol. They were all over the place, and 8 shots delivered a 2″ group.

Hobbys were better
RWS Hobbys proved to be much better, grouping in about 1-1/8″. I would have done more with them had the next pellet not turned out so well. read more

Walther CP99 Limited Edition: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

I had every intention of finishing the CP99 Limited Edition today, but something happened in testing that has never happened before. I want to report it completely today, so there’s going to be a part three for this gun!

First pellet
Everything went according to plan when the first CO2 cartridge was installed (with a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip – as always). The first pellet tested was the Crosman Competition Wadcutter. I shot the pistol in both double-action and single-action, which I will show you how to do. Had this gun been an Umarex of five years ago, it would have been noticeably faster in single-action than in double-action, but that wasn’t the case with the CP99. In double-action, it averaged 355 f.p.s., and in single-action it averaged 332 f.p.s. Clearly faster in double-action! read more

Walther CP99 Limited Edition: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Before I begin, I must comment on the level of interest many of you have shown in big bore airguns and hunting with them. I figured there would be some interest, but not as much as I saw. I will come back to them in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, now it the time to ask.

Let’s look at a completely different kind of airgun – a Walther CP99 Limited Edition . Only 300 of these guns were produced, and Pyramyd Air bought them all. At the heart of the package lies a Walther CP99, but there is a lot of stuff to consider before we get to it.

First consideration – the price
This is not a cheap airgun. At $229, it will take some thought for most buyers. A standard CP99 sells for $89 less. So what do you get with the Limited Edition? read more