by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

Targeteer shooting gallery
Daisy Targeteer shooting gallery.

This report covers:

  • Velocity
  • Ebay comes through!li>
  • Target
  • The test
  • First 10 shots
  • What about Daisy steel shot?
  • Bottom line

Today is accuracy day for the old Daisy Targeteer I’m testing. In Part two I showed you how I solved the feeding problem and got my pistol back to operational condition, though “operational” is a stretch. It’s weak and there is nothing that can be done about it. Today I will show you how I made a target to test the accuracy of the Targeteer.

Velocity

This is just a reminder of what we are dealing with. I have to shoot either original Daisy steel BBs, which are collectable in their own right, or number 6 birdshot. The birdshot is easy enough to get, but it has to be sorted by dropping it through the shot tube. If you don’t you’ll get one stuck and have to deal with it. The Daisy BBs go about 120 f.p.s. and the birdshot goes about 105 f.p.s., so neither one is powerful enough to go through a paper target. I will address that in a moment, but first let me tell you what I did about the shot.

Ebay comes through!

I went looking for Targeteer shot on Ebay, because I do want to shoot this gun from time to time. I found a guy selling new-old-stock tubes of Daisy shot for $15 per tube. That’s not cheap, but it’s at least available. I bought several tubes, plus I bought the box the tubes came in when they were sent to stores. That will make a nice man cave decoration!

Targeteer ammo
The bulk box that the Targeteer tubes came in makes a nice display for the man cave.

Target

I told you in Part 2 that the Targeteer will not penetrate paper. So, how do I test it for accuracy? Well, aluminum foil came to mind. I did some quick testing and found that it works perfectly. So I made up a target for this test.

I bent one end of a wire coat hanger into a rough circle, and the other end I made into a stand. Then I folded aluminum foil around the wire frame and marked the center with a Sharpee (indelible felt-tipped marker).

foil marked
The target, as I marked it.

Targeteer target
There is my target, standing up. No, I don’t plan on shooting it here! This is just to show you the target.

The test

The Targeteer is a short-range pistol. I decided that 10 feet was the right distance. I also decided to shoot off the UTG Monopod, because you don’t care how accurate I am. You want to know about the pistol. So the pistol is supported for this test.

Each BB is loaded singly, unless I say otherwise. I cock the pistol, drop a BB down the muzzle and then ram it into the breech.

Backstops? We don’t need no stinking backstops!!! Seriously, I could stand the target against a window and be safe. I didn’t, but I could have. This is one BB gun that’s safe indoors. I stood the target on my bed. And there was a cardboard box behind it that proved helpful in a way not expected.

Targeteer target setup
This is the target, the way I set it up. I eventually had to stuff the target base under that box flap, to keep the target from toppling over every time it was hit.

First 10 shots

The first 10 shots were number 6 lead birdshot fired from 10 feet away. I aimed at 6 o’clock on the bull. They all missed the target by shooting over, but being lead, they made marks on the inside of the box. And, to my utter surprise, two of them are still stuck in the cardboard!

Targeteer target backstop
The shots all went high and hit the box, instead of the target. The arrows point to two lead shot that are stuck in the cardboard.

After seeing that I decided to aim lower. The adjustable rear sight is already as low as it will go, so I aimed at the bottom edge of the target circle and began to hit the target. The lead shot were hitting about 4 to 5 inches high at 10 feet.

Targeteer target results
Aiming at the bottom of the target (bottom arrow) I hit the target 3 times out of five (arrows) at 10 feet. The spread is okay left to right, but not so good vertically.

What about Daisy steel shot?

I tried Daisy steel shot, as well. It was hopeless. Loaded one at a time and rammed down the bore they did their best, which was to stay on the box most of the time. Forget hitting the target.

Then I loaded them through the gun’s internal gravity-feed magazine — thinking that if the gun’s own feed mechanism was working the BBs would shoot better. Forget that! I got mostly double feeds, which means the air tube on the plunger is withdrawing too far. I have nothing to show for steel shot because it didn’t hit the target.

Bottom line

You may be disappointed by today’s results. I’m not, because I’m not finished. I’m going to test and review the catapult shooters soon, and today’s test gives us a baseline against which to compare.

I knew coming into this test that the Daisy Targeteer is not an air pistol with any sort of performance. I’m just glad I got it to shoot at all and that I figured out how to record its accuracy. As far as I’m concerned, this one is for decoration only.