by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Two Webley Typhoon owners gave me a report on their guns following the first part of this report. Airdog notes that the sights move as the trigger is squeezed, which he says is disconcerting. He says he tries to hold his pistol lightly, but the hard trigger works against him. Western PA says he can’t get a scope to stay put, and he dislikes the open sights that come with the gun. On the plus side, he notes that the gun is very powerful – something I’ll touch on today. He thinks it needs a solid stock and that it might be nicer as a carbine than it is as a pistol.

I shot the pistol a lot for this report. One thing I observed is that it sprays oil droplets from somewhere (I’m assuming the muzzle, at this point). So keep it away from the upholstered furniture and off your car seats.

This is a powerful air pistol, as you will see. I leave the cocking aid on the barrel while I shoot, and it slides forward anywhere from one-half to three-quarters of an inch with the shot. The aid increases the length of the cocking lever, making the cocking stroke very light for the power.

RWS Supermags
RWS Supermags are a heavier wadcutter that sometimes can be accurate in lower-powered airguns. They ranged in weight from 9.1 grains to 9.3 grains. Velocity went from a low of 365 f.p.s. up to 379 and averaged 374 f.p.s. They fit extremely tight in the breech. They produce 2.86 foot-pounds and are probably too heavy for this pistol.

RWS Superdome
RWS Superdomes are sometimes surprisingly accurate in certain airguns. They will even out-shoot Crosman Premiers on occasion. They weigh 8.1 to 8.4 grains and averaged 437 f.p.s., with a spread from 425 to a high of 448 f.p.s. They fit the breech snugly. That’s good for 3.56 foot-pounds.

Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets
The Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets I shot weighed either 7.8 or 7.9 grains and averaged 487 f.p.s. Ranging from a low of 481 to a high of 493, they fit the breech very tightly. They tied for power champs at 4.16 foot-pounds.

Gamo Tomahawk
The Gamo Tomahawks weighed between 7.6 and 7.8 grains and averaged 463 f.p.s. They fit the breech both tight and loose, which is probably why they had an extreme velocity spread from a low of 448 f.p.s. to a high of 494. That’s good for 3.67 foot-pounds.

Gamo Match
Gamo Match pellets weighed either 7.4 or 7.5 grains. They fit the breech snuggly and averaged 495 f.p.s , with a range from 489 to 501. That’s just over 4 foot-pounds.

H&N Finale Match
H&N Finale Match did not vary in weight. All pellets weighed 7.4 grains. They fit the breech snuggly and averaged 503 f.p.s., with a range from 493 to 509 f.p.s. They tied with Premiers as the power champs, at 4.16 foot-pounds.

RWS Hobby
RWS Hobbys are the lightweights of the all-lead pellet world, and these ranged from 6.9-grains to 7.2 grains. They fit the breech very tight and averaged 501 f.p.s. The low was 481 and the high was 512, which is a large spread for this pistol. They delivered an average of 3.9 foot-pounds.

I’m getting used to the trigger, although I still think it is far too heavy to do good work – especially for a handgun. The pistol isn’t quite in the Beeman P1 category for power, but it’s close. A P1 will shoot Hobbys around 550-560 f.p.s. when broken in.