Special tools for airgun repairs

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Air Arms End Cap tool for the S410/510
  • Air Arms piston seal tool
  • Seneca tool for ring nuts
  • Beeman R9 end cap plug removal tool
  • Gene’s special tool
  • FWB 124 compression chamber scraper
  • Another scraper
  • BSA mainspring assembly tool
  • Summary

Today’s report was inspired by Gene Salvino, the senior technician at Pyramyd Air. He showed me the pellet removal tool he made from a broken .177 Dewey cleaning rod and asked me to show it to you. I did in Part One of the 2019 Pyramyd Air Cup report and there was so much interest that I decided a report on special tools was in order. Now this comes on a Friday, so there is all weekend for you to post pictures of, and tell us about your own special tools.

I will start with the tools I’m the least familiar with. Then I’ll finish with a couple tools I have made myself and used over the years. Let’s get started. read more

Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms S510XS
Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock.

This report covers:

  • New scope!
  • Testing adjustable scope mounts
  • S510XS Ultimate Sporter
  • Regulator
  • Magazine
  • Sidelever
  • Adjustable trigger
  • Light weight!
  • Silencer
  • Stock
  • Sling swivel studs
  • Special stuff
  • Summary

Before I begin I have a word for some readers. While I was at the Pyramyd Air Cup last weekend I talked to Justin Biddle, the marketing manager for Umarex USA. Specifically I asked about the availability of the new Synergis underlever repeater. Justin told me that it’s coming to market soon and that I was one of the writers on his list to get one to test for you. There has been a lot of interest in all repeating spring guns and in the Synergis in particular, and I just wanted you to know what’s going on.

New scope!

Today we begin an interesting series! It will feature the Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock that’s in the title, but I will be testing two other new products at the same time. Since I have to mount a scope on this rifle I have held off until Meopta sent me their new Optika6 3-18X56 RD SFP scope to test. It is a scope with a 3X zoom ratio (3-18) and a second focal plane (SFP) focal package. Veteran readers will remember that I discovered Meopta at the 2016 SHOT Show and tested and then purchased their Meo Pro 80 HD spotting scope, after finding it the clearest spotting scope I had ever looked through, and that includes spotting scopes in the $3,000 range! A couple years later I bought their MeoStar 10X42 binoculars to use as my close range spotting scope because the optics were so sharp and bright. read more

Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle combo: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Stoeger S4000E MGS
Stoeger S4000E breakbarrel rifle.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • RWS Hobby
  • Gamo Raptor
  • RWS Superdome
  • Beeman Kodiak
  • Firing behavior
  • Trigger pull
  • Cocking effort
  • Overall impressions
  • Summary

Today we look at the power of the Stoeger S4000E. If you remember from Part 1 the .22 caliber rifle I am testing is supposed to get 1,000 f.p.s. with alloy pellets and 800 f.p.s. with light lead pellets. Let’s see.

RWS Hobby

First up are RWS Hobby pellets. This 11.9-grain wadcutter pellet is one of the lightest lead pellets around in .22 caliber. They chambered very snugly and averaged 801 f.p.s., so Stoeger’s velocity claim is upheld.

The variation went from a low of 781 to a high of 838 f.p.s That’s a spread of 57 f.p.s. which is high, but the rifle is brand new. After it settles in the spread will be tighter. read more

Air Venturi TR5 Multi-Shot Target Pro Air Rifle: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

TR5 Target Pro
Air Venturi TR5 Target Pro repeating pellet rifle. This is the one with the target sights.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

This report covers:

  • Today
  • Target Pro
  • Remember this
  • Rear sight
  • Front sight
  • Beware!
  • Accuracy
  • Summary

It’s been many months since we last saw the Air Venturi TR5 Multi-Shot Target Air Rifle. Most of the delay is on me, not Pyramyd Air. As I was getting ready to do Part 7 testing on the original gun they announced that the target version with a real rear peep sight and globe front sight would be out soon. So I held off to test that one for you. Well, it took time to come in and I know they rushed the one I’m testing right to me because it doesn’t have the 5-shot accuracy test target they mention in the description. No problem there because they tell you what pellet they shot to get a 3/4-inch group at 10 meters. I can test it just as good as they can, and of course I will. read more

2019 Pyramyd Air Cup: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Vendor's Row
There were more vendors than ever this year! They were arranged on streets under pop-ups.

This report covers:

  • Big
  • Downrange
  • Down to the public ranges
  • Repeating crossbow pistol
  • American Airgunner
  • Air-air-air!
  • Gee whiz!
  • Summary


I knew it was going to be good when I first saw it driving up. I saw rows of colorful tents arranged like a country fair. They turned out to be several streets with vendors on each side, and as the morning advanced they were filled with representatives from their companies. We had been told that the Pyramyd Air Cup site was bigger this year and I have to report that it certainly was!

In fact, on day two I was shown the other side of the facility and discovered that what I was on was the small side. The real facility is several times larger than what I had seen on the first day. And that other side includes a clubhouse/event center that has an indoor swimming pool! The banquet Saturday evening was held in that facility. read more

“It’ll hit like a .22!”

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Tough!
  • Sheridan Blue Streak
  • Flattening a ball
  • Splatology
  • Discussion
  • Universal law
  • So what?
  • Oh, fudge!

When I was a boy in the mid-1950s, that was the catch phrase of the day, “Pump it up 20 or 30 times and it will hit like a .22!” The people who said such things were all older than me and many of them were adults, so of course I knew it was true. Pump that Benjamin rifle 20 or 30 times and it will hit like a .22. It had to —right? I mean, if you pumped it just 5 times it would go through both sides of a tin can, which in my day was made of steel plate. The title tin was a holdover from the early 1800s when tin-plated steel was used for the can’s body and a lead and tin solder was used to seal the seam of the can. read more

Beeman P17 air pistol: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beeman P17
Beeman P17 air pistol.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

  • Sight-in
  • The test
  • Finale Match Light
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • R10 Match Pistol
  • Summary

I’m flying to the Pyramyd Air Cup today, so I won’t be as quick to answer your questions.

Today I test the Beeman P17 pistol for accuracy at 10 meters with the UTG Reflex Micro dot sight mounted. I have to say, the sight installed in just a minute and I slid it as far forward as the pistol’s dovetail base permits. That leaves plenty of room for the hand to pump the gun.

Beeman P17 pistol with sight
My Beeman P17 with the UTG Micro Reflex dot sight installed.

Sight in

My first two shots were from 12 feet to ensure the pellets landed in the trap. After that I moved back to 10 meters and fired three more to refine the sight picture. It was mostly a question of how far the sight adjustments moved the pellet impact, which is farther than a typical scope’s adjustments. read more