IZH MP532 target rifle: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

IZH MP532
IZH MP532 single stroke target rifle.

Part 1

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Rough-looking stock
  • Haemmerli free pistol
  • Who is the rifle made for?
  • Also in the box
  • Bringing them back
  • ATF Sealant on the seals
  • Part two of the seal fix
  • I bought a second rifle
  • Rifle one from 2007
  • RWS Basic
  • Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Rifle two from 1997
  • Differences in the second rifle
  • RWS Basic first string
  • RWS Basic second string
  • RWS Meisterkugeln in rifle two
  • Trigger pull
  • Pumping effort
  • What have we learned?

Today we look at the velocity of the IZH MP532 10-meter target air rifle. I’m also going to tell you how I brought both of mine back from the grave — something so easy that you can do it too! But before we get to that I want to say a few words about some comments that were made to Part 1.

Rough-looking stock

The Soviets (and the Russians of today) had/have a different approach to target guns. They believe the shooter must shape the stock or grip to fit themselves. So, many Soviet/Russian target guns are sold with stocks and grips that are left in the raw. Perhaps the best example of this is the Soviet free pistol — the TOZ-35M. read more


BB’s tips

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • How to level the scope without a scope level
  • Target sheet
  • But…
  • More precision
  • Using the Pelletgage
  • Summary

This will be a short one, though it took longer to create than a regular report. Today I want to share a couple important tips that I use a lot. Hopfuly these will be of some help to you.

How to level the scope without a scope level

If you shoot targets at distances beyond 25 yards and want to keep your groups small, you need to level the rifle for every shot. Half a degree here and there will open a group. But there aren’t many scopes with internal bubble levels and installing an optional level is a “just-a-gonna” exercise that we never seem to get around to. At least I don’t!

But if you are shooting at a target, which is probably one of the few times you care about group size, there is a wonderful way to do it. Best of all, it’s free! read more


Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18X56-scope: Part 1
Part 4
Part 5

This report covers:

  • The tests
  • H&N Hollowpoint
  • H&N Baracuda with 5.50mm head
  • JSB Exact Jumbo
  • JSB Exact Jumbo RS
  • Big test number two
  • Ten-shot group of 5.52mm heads
  • Ah-HA!
  • Ten shots of odd-head sizes 5.50 to 5.53mm except 5.52mm
  • Summary

Boy, did BB learn a lot today! This will spill over into tomorrow in a way you probably can’t guess.

Today I did the final accuracy test at 25 yards. I’m still learning about the Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock that will become mine for reasons I will share later. Today I tested the rifle with 4 pellets I hadn’t tried yet, plus I also shot two groups of pellets that were sorted by the Pelletgage. Let’s go!

The tests

I shot 5-shot groups at 25 yards with the four new pellets, just to see if any were worth further testing. Then I shot two 10-shot groups of Pelletgage sorted pellets. I will tell you more about that test when we get to it, so now lets look at the first 4 groups. read more


Sig Air M17 ProForce airsoft pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig M17 Proforce airsoft pistol
Sig M17 ProForce airsoft pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • 21 rounds
  • Loading the magazine
  • 0.20-gram airsoft BBs
  • CO2
  • Green gas
  • ProForce technology
  • Velocity
  • Sig 0.20-gram BBs on CO2
  • TSD 0.20-gram BBs on CO2
  • 0.25-gram Valkers Accelerator BBs on CO2
  • Discussion
  • Blowback
  • Shot count
  • Switch to green gas
  • Sig 0.20-gram BBs on green gas
  • TSD 0.20-gram BBs on green gas
  • 0.25-gram Valkers Accelerator BBs on green gas
  • Shot count on green gas
  • Trigger pull
  • Rapid fire
  • Summary

Today we look at the velocity of the new Sig ProForce M17 airsoft gun. In Part One I was confused and wrote that Sig also made an airsoft gun that did not use both green gas and CO2 interchangeably, but that was incorrect. The ProForce line is currently their only airsoft line and this ProForce M17 pistol is the only airsoft version of the M17 that they make. The pistol I am testing can use either CO2 or green gas as a propellant. Each gas takes its own dedicated magazine. The pistol comes with the CO2 magazine and the green gas magazine is available as an option, so I asked Sig to please send a green gas mag as well, and they did. I will test both gasses for you today. read more


Beeman P3 air pistol: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beeman P3 pistol
Beeman P3 air pistol.

Beeman P17 Part 1
Beeman P17 Part 2
Beeman P17 Part 3
Beeman P17 Part 4
Beeman P17 Part 5
Beeman P3 Part 1
Beeman P3 Part 2
Beeman P3 Part 3

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Group 2
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • RWS Hobby
  • RWS Match Pistol
  • RWS Superdome
  • Eleven Meisterkugeln pellets
  • The Beeman P3 versus the Beeman P17
  • HOWEVER
  • Summary

Today I shoot the Beeman P3 single stroke pneumatic air pistol for accuracy for the first time since I acquired it. You will remember that when I tested it for velocity two reports back (Part 2 of the P3 report), I discovered it was a little slow, so in Part 3 of this report I rebuilt both it and the Beeman P17 pistol. I did film that rebuild, but after editing most of it I think it is too boring to publish, so that one is going away. Sorry about that. read more


The basics of shooting: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Accuracy from gross to fine
  • Rough airguns
  • Smooth airguns
  • Trigger
  • Cleaning the barrel
  • Sight picture training
  • The triangulation system
  • Making a triangulation sighting bar
  • Conduct of the exercise
  • A simpler, faster way to begin
  • Style of the sights doesn’t matter
  • The results you want
  • Summary

Wow! I started this series for one reader but it seems like many of you are enjoying it. I have a lot to cover today, and part of that comes from your comments. So, thanks! I want to begin where we left off in Part 2.

Accuracy from gross to fine

In Parts One and Two we looked at the things affecting accuracy. They started with major things like sights and rifling that caused gross increases in accuracy. Then we looked at things that made smaller improvements — things like the hold, breathing and trigger control.

We have gotten to the point of refinement where any further improvements will be very small, but many shooters are not using the things we have already discussed. We’ll start with the hold, but we will focus on the airgun rather than the shooter. read more


IZH MP532 target rifle: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

IZH MP532
IZH MP532 single stroke target rifle.

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • What is it?
  • Two rifles?
  • Why so impressed?
  • Sights
  • Finishes changed over time
  • Dimensions
  • Not a true target rifle?
  • Adjustable weights
  • Weight
  • Summary

It’s been quite a while since I did an historical report and this may not really be one — I just don’t know. I did a web search and didn’t find the rifle I’m covering today for sale new anywhere. Several used ones had sold in the U.S., but they are kind of scarce here. I think they must be more available in other countries including Canada (?) because the velocity is quite low. It’s below the Canadian limit (for airguns) of 500 f.p.s.

What is it?

The MP532 is a single stroke pneumatic 10-meter target rifle. It has a crude target stock that doesn’t have an adjustable cheekpiece or an accessory rail on the bottom of the forearm. The buttplate does adjust up and down for fit. read more