Teach me to shoot: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This series will be different than any I’ve written. It’s a fictional guest report about a man teaching a woman how to shoot a gun. That’s everything you need to know. I intend for this series to be highly instructional.

Today’s report is written by one of our readers who was recently challenged to teach someone about guns and also how to shoot. Take it away, Jack.

Teach me to shoot

by Jack Cooper

This report covers:

  • Jack who?
  • Oh, boy!
  • Teach me to shoot?
  • Her past experience
  • Lots to test
  • Are airguns okay?
  • Movin’ on up
  • Deluxe apartment in the sky
  • The rules
  • No accidents
  • Sight pictures
  • Time for dinner
  • “Hitch — what do I do?”

I have been a reader of this blog for many years, but this is the first time I have ever written anything. Three weeks ago I joined a Christian bible study group in my church. The study is run by one of the deacons and his wife at their house every Wednesday evening. About 12 people gather to discuss a passage or passages in the bible that the deacon has assigned to the group the week before. Most of the people are couples, but there is also one single woman in the group who looks a little younger than me. She is drop-dead gorgeous, and I was surprised that I never have seen her in church before. Believe me, I would have noticed her! She must attend a different service than I do. read more

Beretta model 92A1 full-auto BB pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beretta Model 92A!
Beretta model 92A1 full- and semiauto BB pistol from Umarex.

This report covers:

  • Similar but different
  • So, what is this?
  • Disassembly
  • Single and double action
  • Lots to test

Every once in awhile I get to test something that is brand new to me. Today is such a day. Full-auto pistols have been around for more than 50 years, but they aren’t common and I have only had limited exposure to them. Beretta’s model 92A1 from Umarex looks a lot like the regular 92 that’s we know so well, but this one is different. This one has a selector switch that allows the gun to dump all its shots in seconds with one pull of the trigger. I know that will be music to the ears of many of our readers. read more

Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 Sniper rifle combo.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Open sights were the baseline
  • Mounting the scope
  • Sight-in
  • JSB Exact Heavy
  • The scope
  • Sig Ballistic Match Alloy target pellets
  • Summary of this test

Today we look at the accuracy of the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up with the scope and mounts that came with it. I find it’s best to test these scopes first before buying a replacement because I have received a few with package deals that really worked.

Open sights were the baseline

Part 3 was a test of the rifle using the open sights that came installed. That test provided a baseline for today’s test, because I know the rifle has to at least be as accurate as it was with open sights. Since I tested it at both 10 meters and 25 yards, I decided to start today’s test at 25 yards. read more

Some thoughts on airgun projectile stability

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Pioneer airbow
  • Rifling
  • Hop-Up
  • Projectile finish
  • Summary

I’m writing this from my hospital bed on Saturday, though I hope to be discharged later today. I would like to thank Val Gamerman for covering the blog for me last week. I was unable to do much of anything, and my thanks to all of you for keeping things going. This will be short, because of my situation. Let’s talk about airgun projectile stability today.

Pioneer airbow

When I shot the Benjamin Pioneer airbow at the SHOT Show this year I was amazed by the accuracy it gave. Not just when I shot it, but also there were two cases where one arrow went inside another one at 30 yards. Television’s Mythbusters proved that a regular longbow cannot do that because the arrow is constantly flexing as it flies, but the Pioneer pushes the arrow from the tip (it’s hollow inside) rather than from the back end and it doesn’t flex in flight. That got me thinking about what has been done about airgun projectile stability and what remains to be done. read more

A daunting task

Tom is home resting, but since he was not up to writing another blog we agreed I will swing one more in his stead. I tell you – I have no idea how he does, what he does. Who has the imagination and knowledge to keep coming up with interesting topics that he does?

Hopefully, you can live through another day without “the fix”, because here is my pitiful attempt at coming up with something that might be worth spending 5 minutes on (I sure would appreciate it).

Firstly always wanted to know answer to this question specific to you guys – Blog audience:

Secondly, I don’t know if you have seen these commercials of ours. Please give me your honest opinion on which one you like the most:
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Top 20 blog posts since 2005

First of all – Tom is OK, he is having his kidney stones taken care of and asked me to help put a post up while he is in the hospital and doctors are using a laser to break down one of the larger rocks.

Without further ado here they are in reverse order – the Top 20 blogs by number of comments they generated as of today! There are actually two posts in this list I never read – guilty as charged 🙁

  1. The influence of shooting galleries240 comments
  2. Diana RWS 350 Magnum244 comments
  3. Remington Airmaster 77 – just right for Christmas!247 comments
  4. Airgun lubrication — spring guns: Part 1250 comments
  5. Discovering What Works/260 comments
  6. All airguns are not accurate268 comments
  7. 1377 Another Crosman classic268 comments
  8. An airgun test you were not expecting – Part 1269 comments
  9. Ballistic Coefficient – what is it274 comments
  10. Back to the basics — Scope tips: Part 2275 comments
  11. A shrine built for a Feinwerkbau 124 – Part 2275 comments
  12. How powerful were the big bore airguns of the past?: Part 1279 comments
  13. Fix your Benjamin or Sheridan pneumatic at home!291 comments
  14. Walther’s new LGU: part 4303 comments
  15. Does the pellet matter? Part 1313 comments
  16. The Bronco from Air Venturi – Part 6324 comments
  17. Gamo CF-X field test344 comments
  18. What’s it worth?388 comments
  19. The Benjamin 392/397 – 60 years later!432 comments
  20. Gamo Shadow 1000 Combo – one of the best buys in Gamo’s line!452 comments

Feel free to make a difference and add to the conversation any time, but do be patient if Tom does not respond right away.

Thank you for being such a faithful audience (although I know, Tom is an amazing writer so he does keep us all entertained easily!) read more

Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Dan Wesson airsoft revolver
Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver looks and operates just like the BB revolver.

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 2

Dan Wesson 715 BB revolver Part 3

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 1

Dan Wesson 715 airsoft revolver Part 2

This report covers:

  • Sight-in at 10 meters
  • Sight-in at 25 feet
  • Hop-Up and the sights
  • Adjusting the Hop-Up
  • Thoughts on sighting-in an airsoft gun

Today is a first look at the accuracy of the Dan Wesson 715 6mm airsoft revolver. Lots to cover today, so let’s get to it.

Sight-in at 10 meters

I began this test at 10 meters, shooting off a sandbag rest with the underlug of the revolver barrel resting on the bag. All shooting was done single action. After shooting two groups and adjusting the sights once I discovered the gun was shooting what I felt was too large a group at 10 meters (6 shots in about 4 inches), so I moved the rest to 25 feet and continued. read more