by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Millitia rifle
Millita air rifle.

Part 1
Part 2

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • The test
  • JSB Exact RS
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • Adjusted the sights
  • H&N Finale Match light
  • Artillery hold
  • Summary

Okay, it’s accuracy day for the Millita. Time to see what the old girl can do.

The test

I shot the rifle off a bag rest at 10 meters, using open sights. I also tried it one time using the artillery hold, so we can compare.

JSB Exact RS

First up were 10 JSB Exact RS pellets. This is the one pellet I shot both ways — rested directly on the sandbag and also held with the artillery hold. All shots were with a 6 o’clock hold. This first test was rested on the bag.

Ten RS pellets went into a group that measures 0.929-inches between centers at 10 meters. The group is a little low and to the right of the bull. I decided not to adjust the sights yet.

JSB RS group
Ten JSB Exact RS pellets went into a group measuring 0.929-inches between centers.

Qiang Yuan Training pellets

Next I tried 10 Qiang Yuan Training pellets. They landed in a group measuring 0.975-inches between centers. This group is somewhat vertical, which means I was having difficulty sighting. The front sight on the Millita is a small bead that is very hard to see, so perhaps that is the reason for the verticality?

Qiang Yuan Training group
Ten Qiang Yuan Training pellets went into 0.975-inches at 10 meters.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy

Next I tried 10 Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets. This pellet sometimes does surprisingly well in lower-powered airguns. In thew Millita 10 went into a group measuring 0.781-inches between centers. That’s significantly smaller than the first two groups, plus this group is rounder. I’m going to say the Millita likes this pellet.

Sig Match Alloy group
Ten Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets made this 0.781-inch group at 10 meters.

Adjusted the sights

At this point in the test I noted that all pellets were going to the right, so I adjusted the sights. The rear sight was already drifted to the left in its dovetail, but so was the front sight! I drifted the front sight to the right before shooting the next pellet.

H&N Finale Match light

Next up were H&N Finale Match Light pellets. These grouped 10 in 0.822-inches. The group is to the left of the bull, so my sight adjustment probably went too far.

Finale Light group
Ten H&N Finale Match Light pellets made this 0.822-inch group at 10 meters. This group looks smaller than the Sig group, but the Sig group has a large tear on the right pellet that make it appear larger than it is.

Artillery hold

I didn’t adjust the sights again, but I wanted to try the artiller hold with at least one pellet. Since the groups are all pretty close in size, I went back to the JSB Exact RS, only because as dome they were a little easier to load. This time 10 went into 0.775-inches at 10 meters. That’s a little better than before, but still not that much different, so I’m calling it a wash.

JSB RS group 2
When the Millita was held with an artillery hold 10 JSB Exact RS pellets went into a group measuring 0.775-inches between centers.

Summary

Well, the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets produced the smallest group by a slim margin. Generally speaking, the Millita was about as accurate with each pellet. Run the same test again and the results might change.

This is as far as I will take the Millita. I think it is a fine air rifle, not only for the 1930s but also for today. It has just the right amount of power and accuracy to be fun to shoot, and isn’t that what airgunning is all about?