by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Morini 162MI pistol
Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The trigger
  • Velocity
  • H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • Qiang Yuan Olympic
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets
  • Test

Today we get the Morini 162MI 10-meter match pistol into action and test the velocity with a wide range of target pellets. The manual says the gun was set at the factory to shoot at between 492 and 508 f.p.s., so we shall see. Because this is an air pistol, I will mostly use the lighter pellets from each manufacturer, when there is more than one weight to choose from.

The triggers

Before we get to that, however, a reader mentioned that he wanted to examine the trigger. Here you go!

Morini 162MI pistol trigger
This is the trigger with the pistol grip removed. Yes, that plate covers the internal parts, but the schematic below should help with that.

Morini 162MI pistol schematic
And here is a schematic of the trigger parts. Notice the bushings that act as bearings for the pins. It’s not unlike the plates of a fine watch that use rubies as bearings for the ends of the pins that hold the gears and wheels.

Ten-meter pistol triggers don’t look very impressive. It’s only when you use them that your admiration grows.

Velocities

I will be testing the pistol with a range of target pellets that spans the weight spectrum. One of those I will test is the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellet that costs as much as any world-class target pellet. At $35 for 500, they had better be super-accurate, and the Morini is the beginning of a prolonged test to which I will subject them. Sig — if you have really made an accurate lead-free target pellet, I will become your head cheerleader! The price is unimportant, because winners will pay.

On the other hand, if this pellet doesn’t pan out in the tests I plan to conduct, I will not hold back my criticism. We don’t need any more snake oil in attractive packages.

H&N Finale Match Pistol pelletss

First up were H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets with 4.50mm heads. These averaged 515 f.p.s. in the Morini. The low was 501 and the high was 522 f.p.s., so a 21 f.p.s. spread. That’s a large spread from a regulated airgun like the Morini. I expected better. I doubt this pellet will be good, though at only 10 meters it may not make a difference.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pelletss

Next up were the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets that were so surprising in the test of the Sig MPX. In case you forgot, these pellets outshot all other pellets in that gun. In the Morini these 5.25-grain wadcutters averaged 607 f.p.s. I’m sure the folks at Morini never imagined shooting alloy pellets in their pistol, but I intend to!

The spread went from a low of 601 to a high of 613 f.p.s., so that is about half the size of the Finale Match Pistol pellet velocity spread. That bodes well for this pellet, though the real proof will be on paper.

Qiang Yuan Olympics

Next I tried some Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets. You may remember that these pellets tested very well against the best premium pellets in both the FWB 300S and in the Crosman Challenger PCP. At 8.2 grains, this is a medium-to-heavyweight pellet for a target wadcutter.

This pellet averaged 489 f.p.s. in the Morini. The low was 486 and the high was 492 f.p.s., so just 6 f.p.s. separated the top and bottom velocities. That demonstrates the extreme uniformity of the pellet, plus it bodes well for accuracy.

RWS R10 Match Pistol pelletss

The last pellet I tested was a 7-grain RWS R10 Match Pistol pellet. This wadcutter averaged 530 f.p.s. in the Morini with a low of 528 f.p.s. and a high of 535 f.p.s. Just 7 f.p.s. separate the high from the low. Look for this pellet to give the Qiang Yuan a run for the money!

Those are all the pellets I chronographed, but I may try some additional target pellets in the accuracy test. It wasn’t lost on me that the test target was shot with JSB Match pellets with a 4.49mm head. I don’t have any target pellets of that head size on hand, but I’ll see if I can get some for the accuracy test. I will also see if I can sort some from 4.50mm tins with the Pelletgage.

Results

The Morini is right where it’s supposed to be, power-wise, and it’s on the high side at that. I’m getting used to the trigger, so I should be able to do well in the accuracy test that’s still to come. I will shoot off a bag rest, as I am in no way up to the standard that I need to be to hold the gun free. But privately I might shoot a group or two offhand — just to see where I am personally.

Owning my FWB Model 2 has sharpened my shooting skills a bit and made me ready for this test. I’ve gotten used to perfect triggers again and I have found it easy to get into the perfect stance. What I don’t have is the stamina to shoot 60 shots in a row.

But having the Model 2 and the Morini together lets me make some comparisons. I am finding the Morini grip uncomfortable — believe it or not. If I owned the gun I would have to shape the top strap of the grip a little to take some pressure off my wrist. I expect to have to do that with most target grips, but this is the first Morini grip I’ve ever found that was less than ideal at the start.

Anyway, I am enjoying this test thoroughly! I can’t wait to test the FWB P44 and see if it is as nice as I remember the earlier FWB PCP target pistols being.