Beeman RS2 SS1000H dual-caliber rifle combo – Part 2 Velocity for the .177 barrel

by B.B. Pelletier

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Clean the bore
It’s back to Beeman’s dual-caliber RS2 SS1000H today. The first step before velocity or accuracy testing is barrel cleaning, if at all possible. I don’t clean those rifles whose designs make the barrels difficult to access, like the Gamo CF-X or the TX200 Mark III, but breakbarrels are pretty easy to get at, and a rifle whose barrel comes off has got to be the easiest! So, out comes the JB Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound,eddie and it’s 20 strokes through the barrel in both directions with a new brass brush. For a complete explanation of what I do, read this post. Pyramyd Air doesn’t have any .177 brass brushes in stock as I write this, but there’s nothing wrong with using a brush bought at Wal-Mart or a gun store. Nylon brushes are not good for this procedure, and .17 caliber firearm brushes will work in .177 pellet guns, as .22 caliber firearm brushes will work in .22 pellet guns. The brushes are tens of thousandths too large for the bore, so we are not looking for a precision fit. read more

How do barrel shrouds work?

by B.B. Pelletier

An announcement before we begin. After speaking with the manager of the Firearms Division of the Michigan State Police, Pyramyd Air has changed their policy regarding sales to addresses in Michigan. Unfortunately, she is the same person who gave out erroneous information 9 months ago! When they spoke to her this time, they quizzed her about the legality of certain airguns, such as the .50-caliber Dragon Slayer, and she replied that the federal government regulates those types of airguns! In fact, she even stated that federal law prohibited felons from owning airguns.

Of course, the federal government does not make specific laws concerning pellet and BB guns. So, Pyramyd Air has changed their policy for shipping to addresses in Michigan to reflect what they were just told, and that’s how they’ll be handling orders from now on. read more

Air Arms S410 sidelever – Part 5

by B.B. Pelletier

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An announcement before we begin. Pyramyd now has the Beeman P1/HW45 pistol shoulder stock back on the shelves. It comes in a choice of four different woods – walnut, cherry, oak and birdseye maple – and I’m told that some types are in very short supply, so act quickly if you have a preference.

Today, we’ll take our last look at the Air Arms S410 sidelever PCP rifle. Scott298 asked me to shoot it at 75 yards for you and I agreed. Let’s see how that went.

Setup for long-range air rifle shooting
You don’t just switch from a 50-yard zero to 75 yards by adjusting the scope. Pellet drop is too great even with a super-powerful magnum to do that. And, with the S410, I was already pushing the limit of the elevation on the scope, so I had to make a correction to the adjustable mount. Fortunately, I had used B-Square adjustable rings to mount the 6-18x Swift scope, so all I had to do was adjust them higher in the rear. read more

Beeman RS2 SS1000-H dual-caliber rifle combo – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

What a package!
Now, for something completely different, let’s look at Beeman’s dual-caliber RS2 SS1000-H air rifle. This rifle has many of the bells and whistles people want in a spring gun today. Not only does it come in the dual calibers of .177 and .22, it includes a scope and it comes in a black cloth carrying case. Everything fits inside the case with Velcro straps to keep it snug. It’s a very neat case!

The combo comes packaged in this attractive carrying case. Everything needed to shoot in both calibers except pellets.

You better know what you’re doing, cause the instruction manual won’t tell you much!
The owner’s manual, on the other hand, is virtually useless! You would think that Beeman has no one on staff who can write a manual, because the pamphlet that accompanies this rifle has snippets of information from Beeman manuals dating back 32 years! It includes such useless information as how to cock a sidelever (which this isn’t) and how to handle an air pistol. I’m not kidding. A drawing of a spring rifle is taken from a Beeman/FWB 124/127 manual from 1976! The model you bought isn’t mentioned once. read more

Scan M32 Powerhouse repeater from England

by B.B. Pelletier

Scan M32 is a 32-shot repeating PCP that operates by pump action, similar to a pump shotgun. Unlike all other pump guns, the pistol grip and not the forearm is what cycles the action. Scope is a Leapers 6-20×56 that’s no longer made.

This test comes from the August 2001 Airgun Letter. Mike Reames was kind enough to loan me the rifle to test. And, as you have already learned, I found it the most accurate air rifle I’ve ever shot.

The Scan M32 is a 32-shot pump-action repeating air rifle. It’s a precharged pneumatic, and the pump-action refers to how the rifle is cocked and loaded. Pulling back on the pistol grip cocks the rifle and loads the next pellet. In that respect, it differs from all other pumps I’ve used because they use a sliding forearm for this purpose. Also, you must depress a lock release on the left side of the gun before the pistol grip can be moved, so this is not the rapid-fire pump we’re used to. If you go too fast, the magazine-advance pawl will hang up and stop the gun. read more

Why I became an airgunner And the most accurate pellet gun I ever shot

by B.B. Pelletier

I started out as a child
I loved to shoot as a kid, but there weren’t many opportunities before I turned 12. Once I had a paper route and could buy my own guns and ammo, my mother relented and let me buy airguns. But that wasn’t when I became an airgunner.

Jump ahead 12 years
I served in Germany from 1974 to the end of 1977 and bought a Diana model 10 target pistol on a whim one day. I shot that gun the rest of the time I was in the country and I loved it, but that wasn’t what made me an airgunner.

I am bitten
In 1976, I bought a copy of Airgun Digest, First Edition and read it cover to cover. That edition was written mostly by Robert Beeman. It opened my eyes to the world of adult airguns, but it wasn’t what made me an airgunner. read more

Webley Typhoon pistol – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

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First, Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! This year has given me many reasons to be thankful, and I hope the same is true for all of you.

Think pink!
Here’s a head’s up for all you parents and grandparents with daughters and granddaughters who want to shoot. Crosman has just released a hot pink 760! In case you aren’t aware of the trend, hot pink is a real attraction in the shooting sports today. There are aftermarket places turning out pink AR-15s and .22 rifles like mad, so Crosman wanted a cut of this new market. You collectors better set a few of these aside, because who knows how long they will be available? They just went up on the site yesterday, but they will blow out the door fast in the Christmas season. read more