by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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Duke Colt pellet revolver

John Wayne Duke pellet revolver.

This report covers:

  • BB Guns Remembered is in stock
  • Today we look at accuracy
  • The test
  • RWS Hobbys
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • QiangYuan training pellets
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol
  • RWS Superdome
  • Overall Evaluation

BB Guns Remembered is in stock

The book, BB Guns Remembered is in stock! This collection of short stories makes a wonderful bathroom reader and it’s priced to be the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas season. Get one while supplies last.

Today we look at accuracy

Today is the day many readers have waited for. We finally get to test the accuracy of the John Wayne Duke Single Action Army pellet revolver. A lot of folks have their eyes on this one.

I shot 6-round groups because of the cylinder capacity. As things turned out, that will give you a good idea of the accuracy.

The test

I shot off a sandbag rest at 10 meters to start with. I thought that would be a reasonable distance for a pellet pistol. However, the sights were off and the pellets struck about 2 inches low and 2 inches to the right. Since I used a 6 o’clock hold they came very close to leaving the pellet trap, so I moved the shooting bench up to 25 feet and tried again. This was a better distance, though all the shots still hit low and right. Let’s begin.

RWS Hobbys

The first group was 6 RWS Hobby pellets. They hit 1 inch low and 1-1/4-inches right. Six pellets went into 1.904-inches at 25 feet. As the test turned out, this was one of the larger groups.

Duke Colt pellet revolver Hobbys
Six RWS Hobby pellets went into 1.904-inches at 25 feet. Shot off a bag rest.

Air Arms Falcon

Next I tried 6 Air Arms Falcons. They didn’t leave holes as clear-cut as the wadcutter Hobbys. The group was 1 inch low and 1.5 inches to the right. This group is the second smallest one of the test. It measures 1.73-inches between centers.

Duke Colt pellet revolver Falcons
Six Falcon pellets went into 1.73-inches at 25 feet.

QiangYuan training pellets

I tried the Qiang Yuan Training pellet next. I expected good things from them because they have been good in nearly every airgun I have tried them in. In the Duke 6 Qiang Yuan Training Pellets went into exactly 1.5-inches, as near as I can measure it. That was the best group of the session! They did land an inch low and about 2.5 inches to the right.

Duke Colt pellet revolver Qiang Training
Six Qiang Yuan Training pellets went into 1.5-inches at 25 feet. This is the best group of the test.

H&N Finale Match Pistol

I tried something different with the next pellet, which was the H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets with 4.50mm heads. No, I didn’t sort them with the Pelletgage. For this target I held the sight level with the middle of the bull and on the left edge at 9 o’clock. That moved the group up to the bottom of the bull and also brought it to the left. Six Finale Match pellets went into 1.77 inches at 25 feet.

Duke Colt pellet revolver Finale Pistol
Six H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets went into 1.77-inches at 25 feet. The aim point was 9 o’clock on the bull.

RWS Superdome

The last pellet I tested was the RWS Superdome. Being heavier, I expected them to land lower on the target, and they did. The center of the group is about 2.5-inches below the aim point and 2 inches to the right. This was the worst group of the session, at 3.069-inches between centers. One pellet landed below the target paper.

Duke Colt pellet revolver Superdome
Only 5 of the 6 RWS Superdome pellets hit the target paper. The 6th pellet landed about one inch below the bottom of the paper. The group measures about 3.069-inches between centers.

Overall Evaluation

The Duke pellet pistol is no tack-driver, that’s for sure. You will have to use Kentucky windage to get on target, though at action pistol distances it shouldn’t be too bad.

Despite today’s performance, the Duke and all its SAA cousins are some of the most realistic air pistols around. They are still perfect for Cowboy Action Shooting events when they come into being. This test has shown the Duke to be both reliable and capable, as well as fully realistic of the firearm it imitates. I think you will be satisfied with this one.