by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Disco Double new stock
The Lightweight Disco Double in its new stock looks striking!

I’d planned to report on the velocity of the Lightweight Disco Double today and, as good fortune would have it, the new stock arrived yesterday! So, I installed it and took a photo for you to see. I think it looks fabulous!

This stock was made by Normand Morin who has a website at Discos R Us. The wood grain is a very striking brown tone that’s finished shiny. The inletting is perfect for my rifle, and it dropped in with a tight fit. I like it even better than the walnut stock the rifle was shipped with. If you want to dress up your Disco, take a look at what this man can do for you.

Isn’t it ironic that I reported on the $100 PCP yesterday, and today I’m looking at the Disco Double? That wasn’t planned; but since it worked out, I’m sure you’ll draw some comparisons from the contrast of the 2 rifles.

First shots
I saved these first shots just for you! This is the first time I have fired the rifle since it arrived. I figured Crosman Premier lites could do the honors since the rifle is basically a Benjamin Discovery. At this time, I have not yet installed the TKO muzzlebrake, so the sound is what you would hear from a factory Discovery.

The needle on the rifle’s built-in pressure gauge was reading just below the 2,000 psi mark, which is the edge of the green zone for air. There’s a separate green zone for CO2 on the gauge, but it doesn’t really do much because a CO2 fill never goes above the pressure of the gas at whatever temperature the gun is at when it’s filled. In other words, CO2 pressure isn’t determined by the fill — it’s determined by the ambient temperature.

Here’s the first string I fired:

690      739          736
709      748          —
707      757          —
718      750          715
726      757         729
720      745         724
732      744         714
728      742         716
735      753          713
729      742         701
723      754        STOP
737      742
743      746
733      741
733      742
742      744
737      745
741      734
747      722
745      738

After examining the shot string, I concluded that the reservoir pressure was slightly too high when I began shooting, so I filled it to a slightly lower pressure (on the rifle’s built-in gauge) and fired 5 more times. That gave me the following velocities:


At the end of these 5 shots the on-board gauge read 1,900 psi. That looks like the right pressure to me.

Disco Double top of the fill
This is as high as the fill level will go for the first shot to be in the correct velocity range.

Disco Double end of fill
When the rifle falls off the power curve, this is where the needle sits.

More Disco Double features
I told you in Part 1 that this rifle has too many features to cover in just a single report. Two more of them are the stainless steel male Foster quick-disconnect fitting that’s used as a fill nipple. Lloyd has machined it into the end cap of the lower reservoir tube and covers it with a black plastic cap.

There’s also a special barrel band he can provide that has a dovetail on the bottom for the attachment of a bipod. That looks particularly handy, and I’m thinking of doing just that.

Disco Double fill nipple
The fill nipple is stainless steel and on the bottom tube.

Disco Double barrel hanger anchor
Lloyd makes this custom barrel band, which has an anchor point for a bipod on the bottom.

Analysis of the velocity numbers
Now that I have a good first string on record, let’s see what it means. These numbers seem on the low side, though I did tell Lloyd that I wanted maximum shots over anything else.

Lloyd sent me several spreadsheets with his own test velocities that I’ll now compare to mine. Then, we can select a good performance curve for the rifle.

OH, NO!!!
What did I do?
Dear readers, I just consulted the velocity spreadsheet Lloyd sent me and discovered that he was getting velocities in this rifle in the mid-800s, also using Crosman Premiers. But I saw right away what he was doing differently.

HE WAS USING .22-CALIBER PREMIERS, where I’d been shooting the much-harder-to-control .177 Premier lites. Apparently, this Disco Double is special. Not only does it get a lot of shots, it also shoots .177 pellets in the same barrel as .22 pellets!

I swear I’m telling the you the truth, just as it happened! When I made my “discovery,” I dropped a .177 Premier pellet down the muzzle of the gun and noticed it fell all the way down.

Yes, friends, B.B. Pelletier has done it once again. I’ll now give you 5 minutes to draw a crowd for my public humiliation.

I didn’t plan for this report to go this way, but I can’t write stuff this funny when I try. So, have a great weekend at my expense, and on Monday I’ll return with some different velocity numbers. These will be obtained with the .22-caliber Premiers that probably work much better in this gun.