IZH MP532 target rifle: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

IZH MP532
IZH MP532 single stroke target rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Rear sight
  • Greater eye relief
  • Scout scope
  • The test
  • Sight-in problems
  • Shimmed the scope
  • RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Discussion
  • H&N Match Green
  • Discussion 2
  • H&N Finale Match Heavy
  • Why I didn’t do better
  • Summary

Today we look at the accuracy of the older IZH MP532 target rifle. This is the one that was made in 1997.

Rear sight

As you may recall, the rear sight on this rifle cannot be adjusted up high enough to get on target at 10 meters. Some readers suggested I replace it with the rear sight from the other rifle, but I went a different way. Since this rifle has 11mm scope dovetails and the newer one doesn’t, I decided to mount a scope on it. And, I had the perfect one!

Greater eye relief

Because the breech on a 532 flips up when the rifle is cocked (to block the rear peep sight, so the shooter doesn’t try to shoot with the breech open), any scope has to be mounted ahead of the breech. The distance between your sighting eye and the scope’s eyepiece is 6-7-inches, and most scopes don’t work when they are that far away. However, one class of scope does. read more


Sig Air M17 ProForce airsoft pistol: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig M17 Proforce airsoft pistol
Sig M17 ProForce airsoft pistol.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

  • SIG ProForce M17
  • The test
  • The BBs I tested
  • Today’s test
  • First up — Sig BBs
  • TSD 0.20-gram BBs
  • Valken Infinity 0.25-gram BB
  • Hand-held
  • Proof of the pudding
  • Summary

I haven’t written a lot about airsoft in the recent past, but this report has turned out to be a pivotal one. Today I will show you proof of the claims I have made about the potential for airsoft accuracy.

SIG ProForce M17

This is about the SigAir ProForce M17 airsoft pistol. It has a retail price of $180, so it’s more than a toy. This pistol is a serious one for serious users, which for a pistol like this are skirmishers first, followed by action pistol competitors. And, lest we forget, it’s also a fine training tool for anyone who carries the firearm. I think you’ll see support for all of that today. read more


Fixing fiberoptic sights

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Today’s report is written by reader 45Bravo.

Like many airgunners, reader 45Bravo doesn’t care for “glowy thingie” sights and turns them into solid sights. Today he tells us how to do it.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

And now, over to you, 45Bravo.

Fixing fiberoptic sights

This report covers:

  • In response to you
  • Choice of filler
  • What you will need:
  • To remove the upper
  • Watch that spring!
  • Remove the rear sight blade
  • Clean before filling
  • What I used:
  • What I did:
  • Bonus tip:

In response to you

In the comments of the blog about resealing the Beeman P17 , several readers expressed an interest in an article on how to remove the fiber optic sights, and make the sights more suitable for target shooting. There are a few different ways to do this, and I will cover some of the ways to do them as we go along. read more


Sig Air Super Target: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Super Target
Sig Air Super Target (photo provided courtesy Sig Sauer).

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Storage
  • The latch for the top strap
  • Valve and hammer
  • Dry-firing
  • Velocity — Sig Match Pb pellets
  • Sig Match Pb
  • Cocking and pumping behavior
  • RWS Hobby
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • Can it go faster?
  • The breech
  • Pumping effort
  • Trigger pull
  • Summary

Today we test the velocity of the new Sig Super Target single stroke pneumatic (SSP) target pistol, plus I have a number of additional things to address. Let’s get started!

Storage

First, let’s talk about storage. In the owner’s manual Sig tells you to do two things that I been doing for SSPs and recommending for many years. Number one, they tell you to store the pistol with the barrel (top strap) broken open. They don’t say it but I think this is to relieve pressure on the o-ring that seals the breech. Number two, they tell you that if the pistol has not been used in a while to pump and dry-fire the pistol 3-5 times to ensure the elasticity of the piston seals. I have been doing this for several years and most recently I told you about it in the tests of the IZH MP532 target air rifle. I even gave you a procedure for getting an SSP ready to fire if it had older seals that may have become hardened with age. Today I am going to test that and also answer a couple questions that reader Lian asked me last week. read more


IZH 46M target pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

IZH 46M
IZH 46M single stroke target pistol.

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • New in the box
  • Comparisons
  • Single stroke pneumatic
  • The IZH advantage
  • Difference between the IZH 46 and 46M
  • Power
  • Accuracy
  • Trigger
  • Sights
  • Grips
  • Weight
  • Can it be scoped?
  • The tests
  • Value
  • Importation
  • Not weapons!
  • Scarcity creates demand!
  • Summary

Today we begin a report on a target pistol that has become legendary — the IZH 46, and more specifically the IZH 46M that is the later magnum version. I picked this one up in a recent purchase that included the two IZH MP532 target rifles I’ve been writing about.

New in the box

This pistol was new in the box with everything that originally came from the factory. It had been used as a display gun at an NRA show, but I don’t think it was fired very much. According to its official certificate of acceptance, it was made in October of 2005, so although it is relatively recent it’s still been sitting around for a long time and will need some attention that I will document. read more


IZH MP532 target rifle: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

IZH MP532
IZH MP532 single stroke target rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Got it!
  • Adjusted the butt
  • Fixed the rear sight
  • Windage adjustment
  • Sight adjustment
  • The test
  • Discussion 1
  • Discussion2
  • Discussion 3
  • Summary

Got it!

Sometimes BB gets it right, and today is one of those times. Got a lot to tell you so let’s get started.

Adjusted the butt

I’m shooting the newer (made in 2007) IZH MP532 today and the butt had been adjusted for maximum length of pull in an earlier report. This time I put it back to where it started, with the butt pad flush against the wood on the stock.

Fixed the rear sight

Part 4 covers the design and quirks of the rear sight in great detail, so read that to see what I discovered and what I did to fix it. I will show you one more thing today. read more


Sig Air Super Target: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Super Target
Sig Air Super Target (photo courtesy Sig Sauer).

This report covers:

  • Finally finished
  • What is it?
  • All-metal
  • Adjustable sights
  • Adjustable trigger
  • Safety
  • Power
  • Examination
  • Operation
  • Realism
  • Summary

It’s here! Or at least I now have one — a Sig Air Super Target air pistol to test for you. It’s a single stroke pneumatic target pistol built in the shape of a Sig P210 target pistol.

Sig Super Target P210 target
Sig’s US-made P210 9mm Target pistol is the basis for the new Super Target air pistol. (photo courtesy Sig Sauer).

Finally finished

This is an air pistol we have been awaiting since 2018. I saw a prototype when I visited Sig to see the birth of the ASP20 breakbarrel rifle. The pistol I saw wasn’t functional, but I did get to try the trigger plus feel the heft of the new gun and just from that I felt Sig was birthing another winner. Of course I am a target pistol shooter, so this new handgun hits me in a vulnerable place. But here on the blog we have reviewed both the Beeman P3 and P17 single stroke pistols so recently that I’m in a good position to test this new Sig. It’s even more like the no-holds-barred Weihrauch HW75 single stroke. The HW75 and P3 are the Super Target’s main competitors, so although I don’t compare airguns, it will be difficult not to make some comparisons. read more