Air Venturi air compressor: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Venturi compressor

Air Venturi air compressor.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The state of B.B.
  • AirForce Texan .357
  • Otho is drafted!
  • This compressor is fast!
  • Water-cooled
  • Oil lubricated
  • Performance
  • Bottom line?

The state of B.B.

Time for a status update on old B.B. I had an annual eye exam last week and it turns out the problem with my right eye isn’t so much the retina repair as a cataract that is growing rapidly. The good news is it has reached the point where is needs to come out, so tomorrow I go in for a measurement for the operation. I expect the cataract to be removed very soon.

The problem I have had recently with open sights isn’t because of my retina operation. My glasses corrected that. But the growing cataract has degraded my prescription over the past 6 months to the point that no amount of correction is enough. I can still see through a scope well enough, but open sights have to be shot with the left eye. So, I am looking forward to this operation. Why do I tell you this? read more

The eclectic collector

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • 10-meter airguns
  • Motivation
  • Sometimes things stick
  • Guns I’ve had my fill of
  • Guns I can live without
  • Airguns I have no desire to own
  • Do my tastes ever change?
  • I like funky!
  • Virtual collection

When I tell people what I do for a living they invariably say, “Oh, you collect airguns?”

I really don’t collect airguns in the traditional sense. A collector is someone who amasses a collection of some sort. It may be large or it may be quite small, but it has a definable theme that is foremost in the collector’s mind and heart. And the true collector never parts with a piece unless it gets replaced by a better one. I don’t do that. I own certain airguns for a while, then part with them to make room (in both the house and the budget) for others. Let me give you an example. read more

2017 SHOT Show: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

  • ASG
  • X9
  • Ingram M11
  • Dan Wesson revolvers
  • Xisico
  • Turkish PCP?
  • Orion from AirForce International
  • Beeman
  • Hatsan Riptor
  • Summary

This will be my final report on the 2017 SHOT Show. When I began I said 2017 is the biggest year for airguns that I’ve ever seen, and with seven reports to cover it, I think you must agree. It just seems that this year airguns have exploded! Some product announcements were perhaps a bit premature, but many of the guns and products I saw will be available early in the year. Let’s get to it.


I stopped at the ActionSportGames USA booth to see what new airguns they will bring out this year. The first one they showed me is a pistol they call the X9 that looks very much like our military M9 sidearm. read more

Crosman Legacy 1000: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

It’s been a long time since we had a guest blog. Remember that you are always welcome to write a report for this blog.

The air rifle we are looking at today came out last year. I didn’t have time to test it, so when reader David praised his, I asked him to share his experiences with you.
Today’s report is the first part of the guest blog. David tells us about his experiences with the Crosman Legacy 1000 multi-pump pneumatic air rifle.
If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me. Over to you, David.

Crosman Legacy 1000
by David

This report covers:

  • Incredible claims
  • Getting the Crosman Legacy 1000
  • Plastic everywhere
  • The trigger
  • Loading pellets
  • Punching groups in paper
  • Crosman Hunting Pointed pellets
  • Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets
  • Winchester Round Nose pellets
  • H&N Sniper Magnum pellets
  • Conclusions

Crosman Legacy 1000
Crosman Legacy 1000.

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Air Venturi air compressor: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • The problem
  • Air Venturi compressor
  • Temperature gauge
  • Technical
  • Pressure gauge
  • Oil lubricated
  • Fill hose
  • The test compressor
  • First time operation
  • I am impressed!

Today I start a report that’s going to have a major impact on your airgunning world. Even if you are a dyed-in-the-wool spring-gun user, this report should have an influence on how you view the world of precharged airguns.

The problem

Precharged pneumatic guns work by storing a large supply of compressed air that they use in measured amounts with every shot. They are the oldest type of airgun — dating back to the middle 1500s, we think. And the challenge has always been how to get compressed air into them.

I’m not going to give a lot of history today, because I want to get right to the point. So let me bring you up to speed. The challenge has been to produce a high-pressure compressor that compresses air to 4,500 psi in a reasonable amount of time, and to make that compressor as easy to operate as possible, because the people who use it will have little to no prior knowledge of compressors. All of that must be done at a price people can afford. read more

2017 SHOT Show: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

  • Umarex USA
  • The Hammer
  • .50 caliber
  • Repeater
  • 4500 psi
  • Absolute zero
  • Second Zero
  • MP 40 BB gun
  • Umarex Forge
  • Trevox and Strike Point
  • Optical Dynamics flashlights
  • Still not finished

Before we begin I want to tell you about a blog series I will start this week. I have the new Air Venturi air compressor on hand and I used it for the first time yesterday. It works so well that I’m jumping the line to get the report started. You can expect to start reading about it this week.

The 2017 SHOT Show was the biggest show I have ever experienced for airguns. Some manufacturers like Crosman and Umarex brought out many new gun models and related products that are really different. Others brought out only one of two items, like the Gamo Swarm Maxim, but they are so significantly different that they deserve to be recognized. My work is cut out for me this year! read more

Methods of power adjustment — pneumatics: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Pneumatics
  • Single stroke pneumatics
  • Multi-pump pneumatics
  • Precharged pneumatics
  • Short history of PCPs
  • Barrel length
  • Projectile weight
  • Barrel length and projectile weight together
  • Airflow
  • Springs
  • Valve stem travel
  • Valve angle and contact area
  • What’s the ideal?

This is the second part of a report on the methods of adjusting power in an airgun. Reader Riki asked for the report, and a number of other readers seconded his request. I wasn’t planning to also delve into CO2 guns, but several readers asked for that, and I will get to that in a different report. Today we look at pneumatics.


A pneumatic airgun is one that uses compressed air to power the pellet. While a spring gun also uses compressed air, it is the method of compression that sets it apart from the pneumatics. In spring guns, a piston moves to compress the air at the instant of firing, where in pneumatics, the air is stored inside in a compressed state, waiting for the trigger to release some or all of it. read more