Dan Wesson pellet revolver: Part 2
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The shells
- CO2 piercing screw wrench
- RWS Hobby
- Air Arms Falcon
- Qiang Yuan Training
- Shot count
You have waited almost a full month for today’s report. The Dan Wesson pellet revolver I was testing failed and I had to wait for a replacement. Things like that happen to me, just as they do to you, so I wouldn’t be too alarmed. We will resume the test where we stopped, so today we look at the gun’s velocity.
As a reminder, this revolver has shells that accept the pellets in their bases. The pellets enter a short synthetic insert located in the base of the cartridges and when the gun fires they are blown through the insert, then they move through the body of the shell and leave the cylinder to enter the barrel breech.
That’s a lot of movement before entering the rifling, but a reader has commented that when he seated the pellets deep into the plastic insert in his John Wayne Single Action pellet revolver shells, the accuracy improved dramatically. So I’m going to try pellets both ways — seated flush with the base and then deep seated in the shell. Since I will do that in the accuracy test, I will also test it today in the same way.
Before we get to velocity, though, I want to tell you about two other other features — starting with the safety. This revolver has a manual safety that is very unobtrusive. It’s a switch located behind the hammer at its base, and unless you know it’s there you’ll never spot it.
CO2 piercing screw wrench
The other feature is one I didn’t spot in the first report. The left grip panel is removed to install a CO2 cartridge and it contains a captive Allen wrench to tighten the piercing screw. The wrench normally lays flat, but when you want it simply pry up and it stands up to be used.
Okay, let’s talk about velocity. We have 4 different things to test with each pellet:
Flush seated double action
Flush seated single action
Deep seated double action
Deep seated single action.
I waited a minimum if 10 seconds between shots.
The first pellet tested was the RWS Hobby. Flush seated and double action they averaged 387 f.p.s. The spread was from 379 to 394 f.p.s.
Flush seated single action Hobbys averaged 389 f.p.s. The low was 386 and the high was 390 f.p.s.
Deep seated Hobbys in double action averaged 405 f.p.s. The spread went from 389 to 418 f.p.s., so a wide variation.
Deep seated Hobbys in single action averaged 407 f.p.s. The spread went from 406 f.p.s. to 409 f.p.s.
With Hobbys single action and deep seating seemed to give the fastest speed and the most consistent velocity.
Air Arms Falcon
The next pellet I tested was the Air Arms Falcon. Flush seated and double action they averaged 391 f.p.s. The spread was from 388 to 396 f.p.s.
Flush seated single action Falcons averaged 398 f.p.s. The low was 396 and the high was 401 f.p.s.
Deep seated Falcons in double action averaged 411 f.p.s. The spread went from 407 to 415 f.p.s.
Deep seated Falcons in single action averaged 418 f.p.s. The spread went from 414 f.p.s. to 424 f.p.s. , so with this pellet the trend was reversed from Hobbys. Deep seated single action varied the most, but they still gave the fastest velocity.
Qiang Yuan Training
The final pellet tested was the Qiang Yuan Training pellet. Flush seated and double action they averaged 380 f.p.s. The spread was from 373 to 384 f.p.s.
Flush seated single action Qiang Yuan Training pellets averaged 388 f.p.s. The low was 382 and the high was 391 f.p.s.
Deep seated Qiang Yuan Training pellets in double action averaged 376 f.p.s. The spread went from 369 to 383 f.p.s.
Deep seated Qiang Yuan Training pellets in single action averaged 386 f.p.s. The spread went from 378 f.p.s. to 391 f.p.s. It seemed like the gun was running out of gas, but I tested it further and it wasn’t. You can believe these numbers.
The 46th shot on the cartridge was a Qiang Yuan pellet going 378 f.p.s. Shot 55 was the same pellet going out at 361 f.p.s. So the cartridge was nearing its end during the test and is now running down. Shot 62 went 340 f.p.s. and shot 69 went out at 310 f.p.s. So there are at least 60 good shots on a cartridge, and the advertised velocity (of 426 f.p.s. on the box) is spot-on.
The double action trigger pull is very stiff and heavy, causing the revolver to rotate in the shooting hand. I would estimate it at 12 lbs. Single action, which is also single-stage, is smoother, and as this test demonstrates, provides the most stable velocities as well. The trigger breaks at 5 lbs. 3 oz.
When I shoot for accuracy I will seat the pellet both flush and deep for comparison.