What airgun should I buy first?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • A common question
  • How do you shoot?
  • Patience?????
  • Hunting
  • Target shooter
  • Scope? Just say no!
  • Starting out for less than $300
  • How about less than $100?
  • A nice multi-pump pneumatic
  • Great finds
  • Summary

A common question

“Dear BB, I have been reading about airguns for several years and now I want to get one. After reading your blog, plus some of the comments on the forums, I realize that the guns I see at discount stores are probably not the way to go. I have heard too many horror stories about those guns, and I understand that they are sold on the basis of their low price and nothing more. But now that I’m ready to take the plunge myself, suddenly I find that the world of airguns has grown quite large. What would you recommend I do?

“So far it seems to me like there are two good kinds of guns to get. I either get a spring gun, or take the deep plunge and get a PCP. I know there are good guns in both categories, but I’m overwhelmed with all the choices. Can you make a recommendation?” read more


Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18X56-scope: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Meopta Optika6 3-18X56
Meopta MeoStar Optika6 3-18X56 scope. Photo provided by Meopta.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Description
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Illumination
  • Second Focal plane
  • Parallax
  • Adjustment knobs
  • Rapid zero correction
  • Size
  • Optical zoom
  • Summary

I told you I would be doing this — reviewing the Meopta scope within the review of the Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock. I have mounted this scope on that rifle and today I want to focus on the features and benefits this scope provides.

Description

I’ll begin with a general description. This is a variable power scope that zooms from 3 to 18 magnifications. It has a 56mm objective lens for superior light transmission and a 30mm scope tube that accommodates larger lenses — also for better light transmission. That makes it brighter in low light, which is desirable for a hunting scope. read more


Umarex Synergis repeating underlever combo: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Umarex Synergis
Umarex Synergis underlever repeating gas piston rifle.

This report covers:

  • Underlever spring gun repeater?
  • The rifle
  • Magazine
  • Sights
  • Fully shrouded barrel
  • Trigger and safety
  • Cocking effort
  • Accuracy
  • Feeding
  • Summary

I hadn’t planned to write about the Umarex Synergis underlever repeater today but another gun I’m testing had a problem and I had to stop the test. I’ll tell you about that when I resume testing the gun, but today we start a report that several of you have specifically asked for — with my brother-in-law, Bob, being the first and also the most persistent.

Yes I’m aware that the rifle isn’t quite on the market as this is published, but it should be soon. This is one of the rare times that I will get ahead of distribution a little. read more


Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle combo: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Stoeger S4000E MGS
Stoeger S4000E breakbarrel rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Mount the scope
  • Sight-in
  • RWS Superdomes
  • Rested on the bag
  • H&N Baracuda Match with 5.53mm heads
  • Oh, oh!
  • First group
  • Sharper sight — second group
  • Superdomes again
  • Explanation
  • Summary

Today will be a different sort of report. I tested the Stoeger S4000E for accuracy at 25 yards.

Mount the scope

The scope that came with the rifle came with the rings already attached. Even the scope stop stud had been lowered on the rear ring by exactly the right amount. It took about one minute to mount the scope because so much had already been done.

Sight-in

I began to sight-in at 12 feet. It took three shots and I was on close enough (meaning the pellet struck as far below the aim point as the center of the bore is apart from the center of the scope’s optical path) to back up to 10 meters. There, I was almost perfectly on (meaning one inch low and centered left and right), so after two confirmation shots I backed up to 25 yards. read more


Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Manual
  • The regulator
  • Who is right?
  • Not done
  • Why so slow?
  • Adjustment day
  • Trigger
  • Bottom line
  • Stock adjustments
  • Sight-in
  • Elevate the rear of the scope
  • Now adjust the stock
  • Summary

Lots of things to do today — this is the report on adjusting the Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock. As you recall, this rifle is very adjustable, and I am using the Sportsmatch 30mm high adjustable scope rings with the Meopta scope — a completely premium package! Therefore I want to set everything up so it’s easy to shoot.

Manual

First thing — reader Edw asked how the manual was. In case you newer readers aren’t aware, Pyramy Air posts the manuals for all the guns they sell, as well as some obsolete ones, on their manuals page. Scroll to the bottom of their home page and look at all the links. Look under Customer Support and you will see they have a manuals library. Go there to find a .pdf of the manual for this rifle. You can check it for yourselves! read more


Air Venturi TR5 Pro Multi-Shot Target Pro Air Rifle: Part 8

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
Part 7

This report covers:

  • Velocity
  • Trigger pull
  • Loading
  • Sight-in
  • The test
  • R10 Pistol
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets
  • Once more with Hobbys
  • Summary

This is Part 8 of the report on the subject rifle. The first 6 parts were about the Air Venturi TR5 Multi-Shot Target Air Rifle and Part 7 was about the new Air Venturi TR5 PRO .177 cal Target Air Rifle. I told you all the differences I could see between the two rifles in Part 7, so today I’m going to fast-forward to the accuracy test of the Pro. But before I do, let’s establish the baseline performance.

Velocity

The first rifle shot Hobbys at an average 548 f.p.s. with a 16 f.p.s. spread between 539 and 555 f.p.s. The rifle is rated to shoot 500 f.p.s. read more


Sig Sauer P365 air pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig P365
Sig Sauer P365 BB pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Realism
  • Fresh CO2
  • Oiled the pistol
  • Hornady Black Diamond
  • Sig BBs
  • ASG Blaster BBs
  • Daisy Match Grade Avanti Precision Ground Shot
  • Nature of CO2
  • Shot count and blowback
  • Trigger pull
  • Installing the CO2
  • Summary

Today we look at the velocity of the Sig P365 Air Pistol. If you’re new to airgunning you need to know that CO2 responds best to two things — high temperature and a long barrel. The temperature was fine when I tested the gun (74 degrees F) but we are dealing with a compact pistol whose barrel has to be short. That will affect the power of any CO2 pistol, regardless of the maker.

The test

I shot through the chronograph at 2 feet distance from the start screen. I waited a minimum of 10 seconds between shots in today’s test. Sometimes the wait was much longer but it was never less. Later in the report I will address why this is necessary. read more