by B.B. Pelletier
Today’s the day we test the .177 caliber Lady Recon for velocity! I know Night Owl is waiting to see how this Recon stacks up against the one I tested in 2008, and so am I. But first things first.
The gun became easier to cock as I conducted the velocity testing. Either that or I ate my spinach! So, I checked the scale again, and the cocking effort registers a mere 15 lbs.! You may recall that I was upset with the 18 lbs. I was getting in the first part. To the new reader who expressed incredulity that airguns need breaking in, this is the most dramatic example I have ever seen of what can happen! A reduction of lbs. of cocking effort is major.
It felt as though the trigger was getting lighter, as well, so I tested it again. In Part 1, it was breaking at 4 lbs. even. Now, it lets go at 3.5 lbs. This rifle has made a huge transformation in two important areas over the course of just a few dozen shots.
I decided to test the Lady Recon with the same pellets that were used in the black Recon test, so we would have a direct comparison. The first of those was Gamo Match.
This wadcutter pellets weighs 7.5 grains of pure lead. In the black Recon, this pellet averaged 476 f.p.s. with a spread from 469 to 487. In the Lady Recon, the same pellet averaged 496 with a spread from 485 to 500. The average was 20 f.p.s. faster, and the spread was three f.p.s. tighter. The spec for the rifle is 525 f.p.s.
Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets
The black Recon averaged 451 f.p.s. with Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets. The spread went from 443 to 466. The Lady Recon averaged 445 f.p.s. with a spread from 433 to 460. You might wonder why it was slower with this pellet when it was faster with the Gamo Match. I would attribute that to a slight variation in the barrels that favored the Premier in the Black Recon. The power level of these rifles is so low that small differences are going to be more obvious. And the Premiers are made from hard lead alloy that doesn’t have the lubricity of pure lead.
RWS Basic pellets
RWS Diabolo Basic pellets weigh just 7 grains even and are a good substitute for Hobbys in velocity tests. They’re a pure lead pellet, like the Gamo Match. The black Recon shot them an average of 500 f.p.s. with a spread from 489 to 509. The Lady Recon averaged 498 f.p.s. with a spread from 477 to 514.
The bottom line is that both rifles tested very close to each other. That demonstrates what I mean when I say they shot the same, only with different numbers. There isn’t enough difference to really matter. And if I tested either rifle again, the results would change a little.
The big changes in cocking effort and trigger pull between Part 1 and this report are something to ponder. Obviously, these spring rifles need a break-in period before they stabilize. I found that period to be 1,000 shots when I tested the Beeman R1, but the Beeman C1 actually kept changing past 3,000 rounds. Older Gamos used to require over 4,000 shots before they were broken in, but today’s crop is breaking in much sooner. The point is that you don’t stop testing your gun until it’s had a chance to wear in.
The next stop will be accuracy, and once again, we have the black Recon for comparison.