by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gletcher Stechkin APS BB pistol
Gletcher’s Stechkin blowback BB pistol.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Hornady Black Diamond
  • H&N Smart Shot
  • Daisy Match Grade shot
  • Shot uniformity and dimensions
  • Summary

Before we begin I want to alert you to the Friday blog. It’s going to be most unusual and unanticipated. It will be an historical report, but one I don’t think make of you will expect.

Today I will test the Gletcher Stechkin APS BB pistol all the ways you readers asked me to after the last test. This pistol has created a lot of interest because of its grouping ability that differs widely with the BBs used.

I shot the same way as in the last test — hand rested on the UTG Monopod. I was seated and the distance was 5 meters.

Hornady Black Diamond

The fiorst group I shot was with Hornady Black Diamond BBs. I figured since we already know how accurate these BBs are in the Stechkin, this would baseline the shooter for this day. Ten BBs went into a tight 0.776-inches that landed in the same place as the other two groups of the same BBs that were shot in the last test.

Gletcher Stechkin BB pistol Hornady group
Ten Hornady Black Diamond BBs landed in 0.776-inches at 5 meters.

H&N Smart Shot

Okay, the gun, BB and shooter are all performing well. Now let’s see what these other BBs can do. I’ll start with H&N Smart Shot. These BBs went to almost the same place as the Hornadys. Ten grouped in 1.588-inches, with 9 going in 0.96-inches. Chances are good that I was responsible for the lone flier. So, Smart Shot are nearly as good as Black Diamonds,

Gletcher Sechkin BB pistol Smart Shot group
Ten H&N Smart Shot lead BBs went into 1.588-inches at 5 meters, with 9 of them going into just under an inch.

Daisy Match Grade shot

The other BB I tried was the Daisy Match Grade Avanti Precision Ground Shot. Ten of them went into 1.403-inches at 5 meters.

Gletcher Sechkin BB pistol Daisy Match group
Ten Daisy Match Grade Avanti Precision Ground Shot went into 1.403-inches at 5 meters.

Shot uniformity and dimensions

Someone asked me to check the uniformity of the shots so that was next. I took three random measurements of each of 5 BBs from a sample of five.
Hornady Black Diamond
0.172, 0.172, 0.172
0.172, 0.172, 0.172
0.172, 0.172, 0.172
0.1715, 0.1715, 0.1715
0.1715, 0.172, 0.172

H&N Smart Shot
0.171, 0.1715, 0.171
0.171, 0.172, 0.1715
0.1705, 0.171, 0.171
0.1705, 0.1715, 0.1705
0.1705, 0.171, 0.171

Daisy Match Shot
0.1735, 0.1735, 0.173
0.1735, 0.1735, 0.1735
0.174, 0.1735, 0.1735
0.1725, 0.173, 0.173
0.1725, 0.173, 0.173

After measuring these three BBs, I measured the Daisy Premium Grade BBs that gave such a large group in the last test.

Daisy Premium Grade
0.173, 0.173, 0.172
0.170, 0.170, 0.1695
0.1715, 0.171, 0.171
0.1715, 0.1715, 0.1715
0.172, 0.1725, 0.172

As you can see, the Daisy Premium Grade BBs range from 0.1695-inches to 0.173-inches. That is the largest range of sizes for all the BBs I measured. Hornady Black Diamonds were the most consistent with a range of only a half-thousandth of an inch!

I think two things drive the results I have gotten with the Stechkin. One is consistency, with the Hornady BBs being the most consistent. The other thing is size. Daisy Match Grade shot was the largest I measured. Even though they are not as uniform as the Hornadys, their larger size must be what contributes to their accuracy in the Daisy 499 Champion.


We are now finished testing the Stechkin, and I think we have learned a lot. This time we learned about more than just a BB gun. What a wonderful test this has been!