by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This FWB 124 Deluxe is not the exact gun I’m writing about, but it is the same model.
This report covers:
- The test
- Crosman Premier lites
- RWS Hobbys
- JSB Exact RS
- Air Arms Falcons
- What’s next?
Today I back up to 25 yards and shoot the FWB 1`24 for accuracy again. I will still be using the open sights.
The nice thing about open sights is they are usually in the right general place. Except for guns like the BSA Meteor Mark 1 I recently tested, most guns with open sights will be on paper at 25 yards. Since this 124 was coming off a 10-meter session, I knew it had to be close.
The first shot hit high but in line with the center of the bull, so I slid the elevation slider back. Shot two landed very low, so I advanced the slider halfway and shot three was in the bull. After that I didn’t touch the sights again.
Each pellet was shot 10 times off a sandbag rest at 25 yards using the artillery hold. My off hand was back by the triggerguard.
Crosman Premier lites
I started the test with Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets. At 10 meters they gave me the smallest group of the test — 0.447-inches for 10 shots. At 25 yards 10 Premier lites went into 1.181-inches. That was larger than expected. I had hoped to put them into 0.9 inches or less.
Next I tried the RWS Hobby pellet that I usually don’t shoot at 25 yards. Sometimes, though, they can surprise me and this was one of those times. Ten Hobbys went into 1.454-inches at 25 yards, but 9 of them are in 0.878-inches. That’s about what I had expected from the 10 Premier lites.
At 10 meters Hobbys had grouped in 0.609-inches, so I guess I should have expected something like this. In fact, it the first test I even threw one Hobby outside the main group, just like this time.
I have to admit this group looks like only 8 shots. I assure you there are at least 9 pellets in this group. I may have miscounted as I shot and left out one pellet, but not two.
The FWB trigger is adjusted to a single stage, and while I don’t normally like triggers set that way, if they are, this is the way to do it. It feels just like stage 2 of a well-adjusted trigger.
JSB Exact RS
The next pellet I tested was a JSB Exact RS. The FWB liked this one. Ten pellets went into 0.889-inches at 25 yards. This was the kind of group I had been expecting from this rifle.
Now, I had found a pellet the FWB 124 liked. This was what I was hoping to find. I wanted to try one more pellet that hopefully would also do well.
Air Arms Falcons
Finally I tried the Falcon pellets from Air Arms. Ten went into 0.874-inches at 25 yards. Actually the group is so close to the RS group above that it’s too close to call. I’ll call it a tie. This is how I envisioned the FWB 124 shooting with open sights.
Now we have a good baseline on this rifle. I think the next step is to mount a scope and see where that takes us. I will guess that a scope will shave a little size off some of the best 25-yard groups, but I doubt it will be as much as a quarter-inch. We shall see!
Just so it’s clear, I’m leaving this rifle alone. No tearing into it to see if I can make it better. It’s doing so well now that I would be afraid of messing it up!