by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Air Venturi V10 pistol
Air Venturi’s V10 Match pistol.

This report covers:

  • The test
  • The trigger
  • Sight-in
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • Strange sound
  • RWS Meisterkugeln
  • H&N Finale Match Light
  • Qiang Yuan pellet
  • Summary

Today I shoot the Air Venturi V10 Match pistol for accuracy. Let’s get started.

The test

I shot from 10 meters off a sandbag rest that has no influence over this pistol because it is a pneumatic. I shot 5-shot groups because a target gun usually puts them so close together that 10 are hard to see.

The trigger

In Part 3 I tuned and adjusted the trigger on this pistol and I nailed it! This is the nicest Gamo Compact (the base gun) trigger I have ever used and I think my trick with relieving the wood around the adjustment screw is the difference. I could shoot a trigger like this in competition!

Sight-in

I sighted-in with RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets for no special reason. The first shot hit the target low but the shot sounded weak. I should have fired a second round. Instead I adjusted the rear sight up considerably to compensate. Shots 2 and 3 did not print on the paper, though my ear told me they went into the pellet trap. I knew I must have gone too high, so for shot 4 I dialed the rear sight back down and still hit high.

More down elevation and shot 5 was almost a pinwheel! Good enough; I will count that as the first shot of the group.

RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets

Four more shots completed the first group that measures 0.476-inches between centers. This group is slightly low and to the left of center, and if I was to choose this pellet, the sight would have to be adjusted for it.

V10 R10 target
The V10 pistol put 5 RWS R10 Pistol pellets into 0.476-inches at 10 meters. This is a very good group for this pistol!

I never adjusted the sights again, after this group. I just wanted to see the accuracy potential. If one pellet stands out, that is the one worth spending the time to adjust the sights.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets

Next up were some of the pure tin Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets. Usually these are among the best, if not the absolute best (most accurate) pellets in any airgun. But not in this one! Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets went into a 0.957-inch group at 10 meters. It’s the largest group of the test.

V10 Sig target
Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets went into 0.957-inches at 10 meters. This is not the pellet for this pistol.

Strange sound

I will say this about the Sig pellets. I detected a strange sound every time the gun fired them. It was almost as though the gun was opening the valve late or something. That could have a lot to do with the group size. I kept my eye on it for the remainder of this test, though it never happened again.

RWS Meisterkugeln

I tried RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets next for no particular reason. They are probably too heavy for this pistol, but I was curious. The group dropped significantly and shifted slightly to the right. Five Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets went into 0.646-inches at 10 meters — BUT! On shot 4 the gun fired before I was ready. I didn’t have the sights aligned to my eye so I couldn’t tell if it was thrown or not. And I notice that one pellet is apart from the other 4 that are in just 0.366-inches. This would be a pellet to test further if the pistol was mine.

V10 Meisterkugeln target
Five RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets made this 0.646-inch group at 10 meters.

H&N Finale Match Light

I tried 5 H&N Finale Match Light pellets next. I expected them to shoot about as good as the R10s but they didn’t. Five landed in a vertical group that measures 0.762-inches between centers at 10 meters. It’s the second-largest group of the test. I see no reason to pursue this pellet any farther.

V10 Finale Match target
H&N Finale Match Light pellets are not for this pistol.

I was going to stop at 4 pellets, but I was curious, so I tried one more — the Chinese Qiang Yaun Olympic pellet. These are even more expensive ($42.48/500) than the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets, but they sometimes are the best in a particular airgun.

Qiang Yuan pellet

This pellet put 5 in 0.545-inches at 10 meters. That was the second best of this test and certainly worth further investigation. Look at how round this group is.

V10 Qiang Yuan target
Five Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets went into 0.545-inches at 10 meters.

Summary

The V10 pistol is a great replacement for the IZH-46M we can’t get. After tuning the trigger on this one I have to say that it is almost the equal of that venerated Russian pistol, plus the gun is a lot lighter, so more people can shoot it.

If you wondered, wonder no longer. The Air Venturi V10 target pistol is a good one.