Benyamin air rifle A rare gun emerges at Roanoke

by B.B. Pelletier

So I was just standing there looking at a table when this man walked up and introduced himself. Said he had a Benyamin pump rifle and would I like to see it? Would I?

This Benyamin multi-pump is a sharp-looking air rifle – from a distance. The image breaks down with examination.

What he had is indeed a Benyamin – not a Benjamin – though in one place on the gun the name is spelled that way. The black rubber recoil pad, which is held to the stock by two nails (!), says Benyamin, and the steel receiver says Benjamin. The gun is .177 caliber, or .177 call. as it says on the receiver.

This is how it’s spelled on the recoil pad. The horse also appears on Beeman’s example. Notice the two nails that hold the recoil pad to the gun!
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Roanoke 2008 – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

The next deal I got at the show was earth-shattering! It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing that seems to happen to me more and more the older I get. I was admiring some airguns at a table and a fellow walked up with a strange airgun in his hands. He wanted me to examine it. On the rubber recoil pad it says it’s a Benyamin, but on the receiver, it says Benjamin. This maker is listed in the Blue Book of Airguns, right after the Benjamin listings. I won’t get into the specifics now, because I’m going to do a separate report on the gun for you, but listen to what Robert Beeman says about the price.

“Extreme rarity precludes accurate pricing on this model.” read more

Roanoke 2008 – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Lots of interest in this show, so I’ll do a multi-part report and a long video, to boot. Give me a few days for the video, because that’s a whole different editing process.

The first thing I want to say about this show was that it was both the best show ever and a huge disappointment. It just depends on who you listen to. This time I listened to many of the attendees talk about the show in progress, and I could hear whether they were going to make a good report or not. I guess this is human nature at work; and since I’m a positive person, I’m warning you right now that I think this was the best show ever. read more

Reading targets – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

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6: Pinwheels
A pinwheel is the perfect removal of the exact center of the bull. It’s most dramatic on a 10-meter air rifle target shot with a .177 wadcutter because the hole is exactly framed by the 9-ring.

7: Flyers
A flyer is a hole that is clearly apart from the central group. There are many reasons for flyers, but they always represent a fly in the ointment of good target shooting–so they aren’t welcome.

8: Stringing
Stringing is when the group resembles a line, rather than a circular dispersion. It’s caused by many different things, but it’s always an indication of something going wrong. read more

Reading targets – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

I’m driving back from the airgun show in Roanoke, Virginia, and am reprinting this article from Airgun Revue #1. It was just a filler when I wrote it for that magazine, but it turned out to be very popular with readers. Apparently, shooters new to airguns and even seasoned shooters don’t always fully understand terms many of us use every day. I hope you find this two-parter helpful.

1: Center-to-center
The most popular way to state group size these days is a measurement of the extreme spread of the group, measured from the centers of the two most distant holes. The measurement is called center-to-center. As with many measurements, this requires some explanation. read more

Time-capsule airguns

by B.B. Pelletier

Reminder: Pyramyd Air’s tech support department will be closed until Monday, Oct. 27, when they’ll return from the International Airgun Expo in Roanoke, Virginia.

Kevin asked for this report. He was interested in all the vintage guns I report on and wondered if there are any airguns offered today that I consider to be time-capsules…classics that capture the present age of airguns and guns that will hold their value in the coming years.

As an example, a Feinwerkbau 124 was such a gun in the 1970s through the ’90s, and we knew it at the time. You can still get used 124s, of course, but I sensed what Kevin wanted to know is if there are any guns being sold TODAY that belong in the classic category. Here goes. read more

B.B.’s observations of Volvo’s first PCP

by B.B. Pelletier

Announcement: Pyramyd Air’s tech support department will be closed until Monday, Oct. 27, when they’ll return from the International Airgun Expo in Roanoke, Virginia.

Now, let’s get to today’s blog.

Volvo’s experiences with his new Webley Raider are useful for everyone who’s contemplating getting a precharged airgun. There are things you don’t yet know and other things you’re not even aware of. Now that Volvo has given us his experiences, I would like to reflect on them.

How will you fill it?
First, the problem of compatibility between your intended source of air and the gun you get. I don’t care whether it’s a brand-new gun or a used one. I don’t care whether you get it from a dealer or from the last owner. There’s always a great chance for a screwup–leaving you with a gun that can’t be filled. read more