by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hakim air rifle
Hakim air rifle trainer. Anschütz made 2800 of these for the Egyptian army in 1954/55. This one has custom-made wood.

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Sight in
  • RWS Superpoints
  • Eley Wasps
  • The experience

Today’s blog arose from the suggestions of several readers. In the end it was Siraniko who pushed me over the line, and, when you see what happened, I think you’ll be glad that he did.

The test

The question is — how well does the Hakim air rifle shoot at extended distances? In the past I have always tested it at 10 meters. Today we will see what it can do at 25 yards. The rifle was rested directly on a sandbag and I used the open sights that came with the gun. My bionic eyes don’t see the rear notch very clearly anymore, and now you will see if that affects my accuracy.

Sight in

The rifle had to be sighted in before the test, because I haven’t ever shot it at this distance.The first pellet hit the target very high, which was expected, since it was sighted for 10 meters. So, I spent some time lowering the point of impact. It had to come down about three inches to center the group in the bull. Since I was shooting with open sights, hitting the center of the bull did not affect my aim point, because I couldn’t see the pellet holes at 25 yards. So I decided to center the first group — at least with the first pellet.

For this test I selected three pellets that have done well in the past in this rifle. For starters, I put 10 JSB Exact RS pellets into a group that measures 1.164-inches between centers. The group is very well centered in the bullseye. While it isn’t a small group, it’s not that bad.

Hakim JSB RS group
Ten JSB Exact RS pellets went into this 1.164-inch group at 25 yards. The group is well-centered and not that bad!

I thought this might be the best group of the test, because the rear sight notch was really difficulty to see. The front blade was going in and out of focus, but the rear notch seemed like a best guess every time. I wasn’t positive I could see it.

RWS Superpoints

For the second pellet I tried RWS Superpoints. In the past, Superpoints have been my go-to pellet for all the Hakims I owned. But the last time I shot this Hakim for accuracy, JSB Exact RS pellets shot better.

Not this time, though. At 25 yards the Hakim put 10 RWS Superpoints into a 1.057-inch group. The holes closed up on the target paper, making the group look smaller than it is, but it’s still very respectable. Notice that this heavier pellet landed lower on the target.

Hakim Superpoint group
Ten RWS Superpoint pellets went into 1.057-inches at 25 yards.

Eley Wasps

The last pellet I tested was the vintage 5.6mm Eley Wasp. While this one has a thicker skirt that doesn’t blow out as much in the loading tap as the first two, the pellet is much fatter overall and fits the bore quite well. Ten Wasps went into a 1.039-inch group at 25 yards. That was the best group of the test, by a slim margin. And truthfully, it’s too close to call But this one landed even lower on the target.

Hakim Wasp group
Ten Eley Wasps made this 1.039-inch group at 25 yards.

The experience

Shooting this Hakim air rifle again was a lot of fun. I’m so glad I decided to do it today. I had forgotten how well the trigger is adjusted and it was a pleasant experience, just to shoot it once more.

The action is a little buzzy, though. I can always fix that with some Almagard 3752 grease on the mainspring, so it doesn’t make me as anxious as it did before Tune in a Tube came along.

Remember what I said about what makes a collector? Well, this Hakim air rifle is one you will have to purchase at my estate sale.

In fact, shooting the trainer has gotten me interested in the firearm again. I’m looking into some reduced loads that will conserve the brass and let me play some more with the poor man’s Garand.

2017 Texas Airgun Show

This airgun show is coming up in just 12 days! It’s on Saturday, August 26 and here is the website with full information.

Come out and meet Rick Ward, the Urban Airgunner. And don’t miss, Iraqveteran8888, who will be at the show with his film crew!

Pyramyd Air Cup

This is also a reminder that the 2017 Pyramyd Air Cup will run from August 25 to 27 at the Tusco Rifle Club in New Philadelphia, Ohio.