Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine is a bullpup springer.

There’s certainly some outspoken interest in the Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine, so I shuffled some priorities and rushed this report to the front.

First, let me tell you about the trigger. It’s a two-stage trigger and the only adjustment is the point where the second stage begins. The trigger on my brand-new rifle breaks at between 5 lbs., 6 oz., and 6 lbs., 8 oz. Most often it breaks below 6 lbs. While that sounds like a lot, it doesn’t feel that heavy to me. It breaks very crisply, which is uncommon for most bullpup triggers, so somehow Norica found a way to do it right. read more

Hammerli Razor – Part 4 and the BKL test continues

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Today, I’m testing the .22-caliber Hammerli Razor for accuracy. This test spanned a two-day period, because I actually began last week. The first groups were not promising, and I started suspecting the scope had a problem–you know the common complaint of “scope shift”? Except that the scope doesn’t usually shift in the middle of shooting a group!

However, there was one overriding thing that helped me keep on track. The Razor is a breakbarrel, and breakbarrels can be the most difficult of all rifles to shoot accurately. Some of them are sweeties, but a few can be very cantankerous, and you never know until you try the gun. read more

Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine is anything but classic. A bullpup design, the rifle is compact, yet powerful.

When I visited Pyramyd Air’s garage sale in May of this year, just prior to their recent move, I was shown a pile of Norica spring guns and asked to comment on each of them. Pyramyd owner, Joshua Ungier kept handing me guns to take to the indoor range and try out. The one he was most excited about is today’s rifle, the Norica Goliath 88 Classic Carbine. When he showed me that it came in a double-locked hard case and looked like a tactical black rifle, I knew why he was excited. I’ve been sitting on this rifle since June, waiting for Pyramyd’s orders to come in, and now that the time draws near, it’s time to get started with the reports. read more

TS-45 – An early Chinese sidelever

by B.B. Pelletier

The history of me and Chinese airguns isn’t that old. Ray Apelles and his father, who were subscribers to The Airgun Letter, were experimenting with them and they were leaning on me to test them. I said no, but other readers picked up the thread and before I knew it I was in the middle of a huge plot that had me not only testing Chinese guns but also modifying them.

Then, I encountered the late Paul Landrith at the Little Rock Airgun Expo. Paul, a semi-retured barber, sold and repaired airguns in his shop in Arlington, Texas. He was well-known for his work with vintage Benjamin guns, but he also sold some early models of Chinese spring guns. Among them was a rather good-looking sidelever called the TS-45. I had already tested a TS-45 for The Airgun Letter by this time, but the rifle Paul was selling looked nothing like what I had tested. It was both sleeker and better looking. read more

Hammerli Razor – Part 3 and the BKL introduction

by B.B. Pelletier

Before we begin, here are the answers to the splat quiz about velocities shown in Wednesday’s Splatology blog:

Splat 1: 250 fps
Splat 2: 340 fps
Splat 3: 614 fps
Splat 4: 503 fps
Splat 5: 523 fps
Splat 6: 497 fps
Splat 7: 568 fps
Splat 8: 419 fps
Splat 9: 639 fps
Splat 10: 478 fps
Splat 11: 539 fps
Splat 12: 384 fps
Splat 13: 584 fps
Splat 14: 560-580 fps

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Part 2

Two tests in one
Today, I’ll prepare to test the accuracy of the Hammerli Razor and also start another big test. Since I’m mounting a scope for the accuracy test, I decided to let the Razor be the first testbed of the BKL 260 one-inch scope mount that holds onto an 11mm dovetail by clamping pressure, alone. Describing the mount and scope installation will take up today’s report. read more


by B.B. Pelletier

This is a reprint of an article I wrote for Airgun Revue #3, which was published in 1998.

The airgunner of yesteryear was a happier person than his modern counterpart. If he wanted to see how accurate his gun was, he shot at something. If he hit it, he looked for a smaller target to shoot until the parameters of accuracy were firmly established. If the gun had to be held right or left, high or low, or some combination of these, he was willing to do it because that was the way the gun shot. Period!

It worked the same way for velocity. If the projectile made it to the target and did whatever was expected of it, velocity was adequate. Punching holes in paper is easier than downing large game animals, and our simple countryman with his primitive airgun was smart enough to know that. He lived at a time we now call B.C.–before chronographs.

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Turning lead into bullets – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Reclaiming lead from used pellets
Part 1

Before we begin today, I want to alert you to a HUGE price drop on the RWS model 52 sidelever. If you’ve ever contemplated buying one of these, now might be a good time! The Striker Combo is an especially good deal at this time.

We began this report on casting bullets yesterday. Today, I’ll finish and show the results.

When the metal is ready, the cast iron bullet mold must be brought up to temperature. I start by sticking a corner of the mold into the molten metal for a minute, then I begin casting. It takes about 15 bullets before the mold is warm enough to cast a perfect bullet. From that point on, casting goes on continuously for as long as I care to work, or until the metal runs out. read more