by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The report
- The test
- Hornady Black Diamond
- Second group
- Hornady full auto
- Crosman Copperheads
- Copperheads full auto
- Air Venturi Steel BBs
Buy it, buy it, buy it! The Crosman DPMS SBR is a best buy, both in a reliable full auto BB gun and also in one that’s accurate.
That was my summary. Do I even need to write the rest of the report?
Oh, all right! I’m here anyway, so let me show you what happened. Today is accuracy day for the DPMS and I was excited to see what it can do. I had seen indications of accuracy at the NRA Show a couple months ago, and in his video report Tyler Patner also showed us some good targets at a range farther than we normally shoot BB guns.
Tyler shot at 10 yards. I’m shooting at the usual 5 meters (16.4 feet) until I know that the DPMS is really accurate. You’ll see why when I tell you what I plan on doing.
I plan to shoot 10 shots with each of three different BBs in the semiautomatic mode. That’s one shot per trigger pull. Then, if the group I get is reasonable, I plan to switch to full auto and dump the rest of the magazine into a second target. The gun does move around in full-auto, so this second group will be larger. I just want to make sure all the BBs end up on the paper and inside the trap. There are too many holes in my walls already!
I am resting the forearm on the UTG Monopod, which is a really solid rest. And I am seated. This is about the gun and not about me.
Hornady Black Diamond
First to be tested were Hornady Black Diamond BBs that I thought might prove the most accurate. I squeezed off 10 shots, one at a time, and watched as a small hole below the bull grew slowly larger. In the end 10 BBs went into 0.922-inches at 5 meters. That’s great! But the group is off to the left and the DPMS rear sight does adjust to the right. So I adjusted it a handful of clicks (10?) and shot a second group.
The second group is almost perfectly centered on the bull and is also smaller than the first. I suppose I was concentrating harder, now that I knew the gun can shoot. Ten shots are in a very round group that measures 0.742-inches between centers. I was really paying attention now!
Hornady full auto
Since I filled the magazine for this second target, the last 15 shots were shot full-auto. I did them in two bursts and got a group that measures 1.319-inches between centers! Guys — I doubt that a real DPMS could do any better at this close range. I have shot many thousands of rounds full-auto from M16s and let me tell you, that isn’t their most accurate mode. This little BB gun can really sing!
The DPMS comes from Crosman so I have to test it with their Crosman Copperhead BBs. I didn’t hold out a lot of hope, though, because Copperheads have not been the most accurate BBs in past tests. But this time was different. Ten Copperheads shot on semiautomatic went into 0.765-inches at 5 meters! Shut my mouth — this gun can really shoot. Let’s try full-auto.
Copperheads full auto
The magazine was not completely full at the start of the last test, so let’s call this 12 shots on full-auto. The group measures 1.459-inches across, which is not bad for Rock ’N Roll.
Air Venturi Steel BBs
The last BB I tested was the Air Venturi Steel BB. Ten of them on semiautomatic went into 0.777-inches at 5 meters — another tight group!
And on full-auto? Fifteen went into 0.787-inches — the tightest full-auto group of the test by far and smaller than a couple semiautomatic 10-shot groups. And that was with a single burst!
We are not done with the DPMS. After seeing the accuracy we see today it warrants mounting that new UTG dot sight I showed you last time and testing it at 10 meters. Sure, the groups will grow, but you know you want to see it. I know I do.
Refer to my opening statements.