by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- Daisy Premium Grade BBs
- Adjusted the sights
- Hornady Black Diamond BBs
- Avanti Precision Ground Shot
Today we look at the accuracy of the Mosin Nagant M1944 BB gun. This test is almost a dare, because several readers goaded me into reviewing this BB gun. Reader Thedavemyster said he noted that some owners were saying it is almost as accurate as the Daisy 499. which we all know is the most accurate BB gun in the world. If this one comes anywhere close to that, it will be a winner.
I removed the sling for better control of the airgun on the UTG Monopod. I shot seated from 5 meters using the monopod rest. The open sights are clear and sharp and very easy to see when the target is illuminated by a 500-watt lamp.
Daisy Premium Grade BBs
First up were 10 Daisy Premium Grade BBs. They impacted the target low and to the left, but once the shooting started I pressed on until all 10 shots had been fired.
As I watched the shots land, I could see they were falling close together, which is exactly what the reviews of this gun said to expect. In the end I had a group that measures 0.481-inches between centers. That’s very good, though not in the same class as the 499.
Adjusted the sights
After this first group I raised the rear sight leaf to bring the group up. Moving it to the right will be more difficult, but maybe shooting different BBs will do that.
Hornady Black Diamond BBs
The second BB I tried was the Hornady Black Diamond BB. Several who reviewed the gun said these were not as accurate as the Daisy BBs, and indeed, they weren’t for me, either. Ten of them went into a group that was now high enough on target, but still to the left. The group measures 0.726-inches between centers. That’s still very accurate for a BB gun, but definitely nowhere near the 499.
Avanti Precision Ground Shot
Drum roll, please. Avanti Precision Ground shot are the BBs that I was told by Dave will cut the groups in half. If that is true, then the M1944 is truly a match for the 499. With great anticipation, I fired the next 10 shots.
And, nothing happened! They made the largest group of the test. Ten shots went into 0.969-inches at 5 meters. That’s good for a BB gun but I’ve tested pistols that do just as good.
The M1944 is accurate, though not in the same class as the 499. If it had been I planned to buy the one I’m testing because there are only 200 of these in the world — according to the maker.
I would like to explore Daisy Premium BBs in the M1944 a second time, plus I’d like to try H&N Smart Shot BBs. I thinkthe gun is worth a second chance, given how well it shot today and how nice the trigger releases.