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ASG X9 Classic BB pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

ASG X9 Classic
ASG X9 Classic.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The test
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • The eye is sharp
  • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
  • Recoil
  • H&N Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Evaluation

I had to go out of town suddenly today for a family emergency and I don’t know when I’ll return. I will do the best I can with the blog. Fortunately I shot and took pictures for today’s report before this happened.

Today we look at the accuracy of the ASG X9 Classic BB pistol. Let’s get to it.

The test

I shot from 5 meters using the UTG Monopod to rest my shooting hand. Because this pistol uses a lot of gas, a fresh CO2 cartridge was installed at the start of the test.

ASG Blaster BBs

First up were ASG Blaster BBs. I learned how to load the magazine in this part of the review and it went a lot easier than in Part 2. Put the BBs in the channel of the magazine with the follower pulled all the way down. Then tip the mag slightly back and they roll down to the hole, where they drop into the mag. Loading is much faster and easier that way.

Ten Blaster BBs went into a 2.189-inch group at 5 meters. The group is open and generally round. I don’t think Blaster BBs are right for this pistol.

ASG X9 Classic Blaster target
Ten ASG Blaster BBs made this 2.189-inch group at 5 meters.

The eye is sharp

Incidentally, if you are wondering, my right eye (sighting eye) is razor-sharp. I am seeing the front sight perfectly. The bull is a little fuzzy, but that is exactly how it should be with a handgun held properly.

Hornady Black Diamond BBs

The next BB I tried was the Hornady Black Diamond BB. I didn’t watch the group as I shot — just kept sighting and shooting. When it was over there were 10 shots in 1.287-inches. That was the best group of the test. Notice that the BBs went close to the point of aim, which was 6 o’clock on the bull.

ASG X9 Classic Black Diamond target
Ten Hornady Black Diamond BBs went into 1.287-inches at 5 meters. The best group of the test.


I mentioned in Part 2 that the blowback of this pistol is very realistic. Well, that came through very clearly in this accuracy test. I think the X9 Classic makes a very good trainer for a Beretta 92FS/M9.

H&N Smart Shot

The final BB I tested was the H&N Smart Shot lead BB. These are larger and sometimes do very well in BB pistols. In the X9 Classic 10 of them went into 2.298-inches at 5 meters. That was the largest group of this test. Clearly the Smart Shot BB is not for the X9 Classic.

ASG X9 Classic Smart Shot target
At 5 meters the X9 pistol put 10 H&N Smart Shot lead BBs into a group measuring 2.298-inches between centers.


The ASG X9 Classic is a very realistic BB pistol that copies the M9 military pistol closely. The realism is good and the blowback is among the heaviest I have ever tested.

Accuracy is adequate, if not stunning. But I think at the distance this pistol will be used it’s all that’s required. Consider using Hornady Black Diamond BBs unless you find something better.

The use of gas is high, but that goes with the heavy recoil I think. I don’t like that the magazine floorplate must be removed each time a new CO2 cartridge is pierced. But that is a small inconvenience in a very realistic action BB pistol.

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Tom Gaylord (B.B. Pelletier)
Tom Gaylord, also known as B.B. Pelletier, provides expert insights to airgunners all over the world on behalf of Pyramyd AIR. He has earned the title The Godfather of Airguns™ for his contributions to the industry, spending many years with AirForce Airguns and starting magazines dedicated to the sport such as Airgun Illustrated.

33 thoughts on “ASG X9 Classic BB pistol: Part 3”

  1. I hope all is well too. The pistol looks to be a good trainer. Great news on the eye. This eye seems to have come around much quicker than the other one, which is interesting.

    Good Day all,… Chris

  2. Hope it all works out for you and your family. If anyone is interested Crosman has parts for the Wildfire now. The parts aren’t on the website yet but if you call they can help you find the part over the phone.

      • GF1

        Yep, I sure did. Ordered a valve assembly( part # 1077PCP-090)for $11.43 + S&H.

        I was able to get the part because a nice and very helpful young man named Kevin, after I explained why I needed parts, took the time to search around in his system to see if he could find anything that might indicate if a 1077 valve was being used on the new gun. While doing this he found that the WiFi parts had been listed ( he didn’t expect this because they normally aren’t put up until nearer to the time that new products run out of warranty). At any rate , he found them but couldn’t let me order one because none of the parts had been priced yet. So he volunteered to take my number and do some checking around to find out why they were listed but not priced and encourage whoever was responsible for pricing to get it done. If he had any luck he said he would call me. So the next day he called and left me a message with the part number and price so I could order the valve, which I did right away, though through a different service tech. He then called me the next day and left another message telling me that he was afraid that I maybe hadn’t got the first message so he was calling again in hopes of speaking with me so he could be sure I got the info. My point is ; That is what I call real Customer Service, not Lip Service !! Sorry ’bout the long story but I wanted to voice my appreciation publicly to Kevin for going above and beyond !

  3. I do not know if all you guys have noticed, but Crosman and PA have done some serious price reductions on the Marauder. Very likely it is due to the fact that the market is starting to be flooded by competitively priced PCPs that are as good or better.

    The airgun world is getting better everyday.

  4. BB
    First off hope everything is ok with the family.

    And I just wonder if the heavy blow back on this pistol is making it a bit more difficult to get better accuracy.

    To me that’s sort of ok. I like the idea that it resembles more closely the recoil of the firearm. Or I should say as you mentioned more of a blow back than what you have seen on other air guns. Maybe this pistol needs held tighter than other air gun pistols?

      • BB
        You know what would be interesting too.

        Take the bb that shot the best this time and shoot it again at the 5 yards and see if it repeat itself on group size.

        Then take that same bb at 5 yards and try a different hold on the gun. Maybe a 5 shot group with a tighter hold and another 5 shot group with a looser hold.

        That might just be the trick to getting some of these blow back guns to shoot good.

        Hopefully all this rain will end late tonight like they are saying and I can try out some different holds with the M22 I have. If I get to this weekend I’ll post some results.

  5. Best wishes for the family, B.B. Now, I’m wondering at another definition of accuracy. Maybe, it’s not about MOA. It’s just wherever your gun can shoot at an inch, even at 5 yards.

    Twotalon, thanks for the review of the cars. Pussycat is what I like to hear about the Mustang. Who can push a sports car to its full potential anyway without getting themselves killed? For the same reason, I am quite taken with the Dodge Charger. Reviews say that your grandmother can drive it to the grocery store but, certain models at least, can go 200 mph. Gunfun1, I believe that you would have been MasterBlaster in Mad Max. You’re right about his interceptor car. It was the Ford Falcon which was a model produced only for Australia. That is an iconic scene where Max walks vengefully into the garage in his full leathers and comes roaring out in his black car. But I always wondered about the meaning of the interceptor car. Based on the one example at the very start of the series, the interceptor is supposed to charge head first at the quarry in a game of chicken and hope they turn first.

    Kevin, here is another question about leather. I’m persuaded that you want to protect leather boots from moisture. But won’t that lead to the leather drying out and cracking? That can’t be good for it. But the only cure that I’ve hard of is neatsfoot oil which damages the leather in the process of softening and restoring it. So, how do you go about preventing and curing dryness in the leather?


    • Matt61,

      …… “definition of accuracy”,.. you are pondering? To me,.. that would be based on what others can do with the same equipment. Then,.. I try to match myself and equipment to that. At some point, I must realize that I am not the best of the best,.. or even near that. Always strive for better,.. but also realize there will always be limitations of equipment, experience and personal talent and yes, even money.

      That is my simplistic take on the matter. Compare. Strive for better. Collect enough data so that you know (your) best.

      Oh yea,.. as B.B. reminded us all a few days ago,… try and have some fun too while you are at it. 🙂 🙂 🙂


    • Matt61
      I see myself more as Berry who built the black Mad Max interceptor on the special police force. Remember. I build stuff to perform. 🙂

      And Siraniko. You did mention the car was a 73 Ford Falcon. I looked it up and it seems to be a Australian Falcon. But what I find funny about the Australian cars back then. It seems that the model year represented a body style that was a few years older and a different body style than the American car.

      Here is a 70 Ford Torino

      Here is a 73 Ford Torino

      Here’s a Australian Ford Falcon

      Here’s the Mad Max car

      Definitely a body style difference.

        • Mike
          I raced a few of those at the dragstrip with my modded 04 and 05 Srt-4 Dodge Neons I had bought brand new back then. Them mustangs do run.

          But you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you what the Neons ran. 😉 🙂

            • Mike
              Yellow 04 went 12.80’s at 111 with factory Pilot Sport radials. Factory engine and turbo with boost turned up.

              Black 05 went 11.65 at 127 with wrinkle wall slicks. Built engine and stock boost and turbo.

              Amazingly quick little cars.

                    • TT
                      Just can’t see it any other way.

                      I don’t know if you remember me saying but got me a a new 2016 Sonic turbo at the end of last year.

                      It’s got the RS performance package. It has a 6 speed auto. with a 4.30 drive ratio in the differential. 3000 stall converter if I select the performance mode. Plus a manual mode on the shifter with a thumb up and down shift button.

                      But that’s all from the factory. I put a cold air intake on it. Cat back 3″ exhaust and adjustable waste gate and boost controller on the turbo.

                      The car will burn the 17″ 50 series tires all the way through first and second gear. That’s not even brake torquing it and getting the stall converter up.

                      Haven’t had it to the drag strip yet to see what it runs. But pretty good idea it will be in the upper 12’s if it will hook up. Or I should say if I can learn how to use the go pedal. 🙂

    • Matt61,

      There is another product for leather called mink oil.Its sort of the consistency of vasoline and you rub it in to make leather items water resistant and more supple. Works really well on the boots I’ve used it on.

    • Matt61,

      There is another product for leather called mink oil.Its sort of the consistency of vasoline and you rub it in to make leather items water resistant and more supple. Works really well on the boots I’ve used it on.

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