An open letter to airgun manufacturers

by B.B. Pelletier

For several years, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in airguns. The manufacturers are peopled with employees who know nothing about airguns for the most part. Nor do they know what we want, or, more important, what we NEED. Today, I’ll take a stab at answering that question, because airgun makers ask me all the time what I think the airgun market needs. Then, before I can answer, they tell me with a smile that their Chinese maker has a new rifle that’s even faster than the one that wowed the market last week. Apparently, their question is rhetorical.

Power, we have!
The pedestal of ultimate power that all manufacturers are scrambling to perch upon is getting crowded. Numbers are inching higher than truth, but the fact is that no one can effectively use supersonic air rifles. Yes, solid “pellets” (otherwise known as bullets) could solve that problem, but they leave the aftertaste of unsafe ranges and ricochets. The diabolo pellet is our best friend, but we need to learn to live in the world it loves…the world of subsonic velocities. read more


Webley Patriot/Beeman Kodiak with a gas spring! – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

A couple of announcements….

First, the new podcast is up.

Second, some of you have noticed that the list of Weihrauch spring rifles is dwindling and are not being replaced. Pyramyd Air has experienced extreme difficulty getting these air rifles in a timely manner and has decided not to reorder after they sell out of what’s in stock. The last shipment took longer than 6 months to come in and they are tired of disappointing customers. Of course, you can still get some Weihrauch models under the Beeman name, but you’ll pay extra. If and when Pyramyd Air can reach an accord with Weihrauch over the timely fulfillment of their spring gun orders, they’ll resume stocking them. The rifles are still great, but the shipping time is unrealistic. read more


Entry-level 10 meter airguns: Rifles

by B.B. Pelletier

We get this question a lot, and it’s a fun one to answer, so here we go. Today, I’m looking at entry-level 10-meter air rifles. I’ll review pistols in the next installment.

Can entry-level target rifles be accurate?
You bet they can! In fact, you’d be surprised just how accurate these rifles can be. They’re fully capable of hitting the period on the end of this sentence 8 times out of 10 from 10 meters. And, the two times they miss, the pellets won’t land that far away. What keeps them from being competitive at the world-class level is ergonomics and those other two hits! Let’s look at some typical 10-meter target rifles that are considered affordable. read more


The Benjamin Sheridan Super Streak – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

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Pyramyd Air now offers Air Arms pellets, and JSB makes them! They already have an excellent reputation in the UK, and I’m thinking they will do just as well over here. Check them out! I plan to.

Subsequent to activating the Whisper Gas Spring report report, I learned that the gas spring is filled with pure nitrogen. I had answered Vince that I thought it was filled with air, but it’s not. However, there is no liquid nitrogen in it. That would take a NASA-grade unit that nobody could afford.

There’s no provision for the customer to pressurize or depressurize the gas from this spring, just as Theoben removed that feature years ago from their units. It caused too much chance for over-pressurization, which quickly ruins the gun. read more


Testing the Gamo Whisper – Part 7 Gas spring conversion!

by B.B. Pelletier

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Pinks are going fast!
Crosman’s pink 760 has turned out to be a hit this season. Pyramyd has had to reorder several times, and they have now received what will probably be their final shipment before the end of the year. If you want one of these outrageous Barbie-doll-pink air rifles, the time to act is NOW!

Today’s report is my huge surprise about the Gamo Whisper. It took longer than I thought to get to this report, but today you’re going to read about an exciting new conversion possibility for this rifle: a gas spring for the Gamo Whisper! Please hear me out all the way, because there are some ramifications almost nobody knows about. read more


Testing the Gamo Whisper – Part 6 Trigger job

by B.B. Pelletier

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We last looked at the Gamo Whisper on November 11. At the end of that report, I mentioned a HUGE surprise. Well, this isn’t it.

So many of you raved about the GRT III trigger from Charlie da Tuna that I had to try it. I really like the Whisper, as I’ve said many times. It’s light, easy to cock, accurate and priced right. Anything that makes it better is good in my book.

This is a different rifle than the one I tested in the first five reports, so I will be cleaning the barrel and going through all the other make-ready preparations once again. But, before I do, I want to report on the installation and operation of this aftermarket trigger. The purpose of the GRT III trigger, as it is known, is to lighten the trigger-pull and make the trigger more adjustable. Because many Gamo rifles come with the same trigger, as well as many more Chinese rifles that also use a copy of the Gamo trigger, this one unit, which is really nothing more than a replacement blade, fits a long list of popular models. read more


The Benjamin Sheridan Super Streak – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

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First, I must apologize for misrepresenting the scope on this rifle in the last report. Michael in Florida pointed out that his CenterPoint 4-16×40 adjusted for parallax on the objective lens, so I examined the test rifle (obviously for the first time) and it did, too! The knob on the left side of the scope turret is a rheostat to adjust the intensity of the red- and green-illuminated reticle. There are five levels of intensity, and the reticle is not etched on glass.

Next, I tested the barrel for a choke for Sumo. There is no choke.

Today, we’ll look at velocity for the .177-caliber Benjamin Super Streak, which as far as I know is the first objective evaluation of this model. I didn’t clean the barrel before testing because I did so back in October when I tested the rifle the first time. That was a test I didn’t report, but the data are gone, so this new test is warranted. read more