by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • From Yogi
  • From Will S.
  • History
  • El Gamo 300
  • Collectable Gamos?
  • Beeman Precision Airguns
  • Gamo 126 10-meter target rifle
  • El Gamo triggers
  • What about the interim rifles?
  • So — what’s the verdict?
  • Summary

Today I am writing about Gamo. Here is how it came about. On Tuesday we received these comments to my post about the Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X Gen2 repeater.

From Yogi

“Well, Gamo knows how to make airguns and I’m rooting for this one to deliver on all that it promises.”
My only experience with Gamo was a piece of junk, and the pellets re not much better. What is the greatest Gamo of all time?
Maybe a Friday blog about it?
What is the best gun they have ever made? Anything worth collecting?

From Will S.

Morning B.B.,
On some rifles, not all, Gamo uses an all-polymer breech block and the pivot bolt is GLUED IN so you can’t adjust it when the barrel has side-to-side wobble. If you can’t adjust such an important part of the rifle, then the rifle will permanently lose its accuracy and will no longer be interesting to use. No more Gamo springers with polymer in place of steel for me.
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Keep it simple

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • Impossible dream
  • B-I-L
  • Bottom line?
  • Keep it simple
  • My choices
  • The wrong question
  • Requirements pile on
  • Look for positive features
  • TX200 Mark III
  • What not to do
  • Did I succeed?

Today I have an early holiday gift for you. No, it’s not an airgun. This gift is much more valuable than just an airgun, and you can use it for the rest of your life. Today I am going to tell you how to decide on something and always be happy with your decision.

Impossible dream

I get emails from my own website, all the time asking questions that belong on this blog, but seldom ever make it here. I think the main reason they don’t is the person asking the question knows the answer and doesn’t want all of you telling him what he already knows. And this is one-hundred percent a guy thing. Women do ask me questions from time to time, but they always seem to accept the answer I give. read more

Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic
The new Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic.

This report covers:

    • Brief history
    • This 760
    • What is it?
    • You can leave a pump in the gun
    • Can a kid pump it?
    • Trigger
    • Sights
    • Scope-able!
    • Dual ammo
    • Review


    • Summary

    Brief history

    Crosman’s 760 Pumpmaster is their equivalent of Daisy’s Red Ryder. Many years ago (2009?) Crosman told me production was over 20 million, and I can only imagine what it is today.

    American Airgunner filmed the production of a 760 in 2009 for the start of the show in 2010. I watched a woman (in Crosman’s East Bloomfield factory — not China) assemble a gun in less than a minute. She sat at a bench that had flaps that were jigs for holding the gun during various parts of the assembly. She would install 4-5 parts then flip over a flap to hold the work and then assemble 8-10 more parts. Then another flap. It was a ballet of assembly! They told us this goes on for three shifts a day. It’s a shame that sequence never made it to the air. read more

Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X Gen II air rifle: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo Swarm Fusion
Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X repeating breakbarrel rifle.

This report covers:

  • What is it?
  • How do it know?
  • Cocking
  • How many pellets are left?
  • Custom Action Trigger (CAT)
  • Sights
  • Integrated silencer
  • Two-piece cocking link
  • Summary

Today I start a report on the Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X Gen II breakbarrel repeating spring-piston air rifle. Repeating spring-piston air rifles are coming back in force, and I have already reviewed the Gamo Swarm Maxxim for you two years ago. I didn’t find that rifle to be very accurate, but it did feed reliably and had a very nice light trigger. At this year’s SHOT Show I met Gamo VP of sales, Joe Syring, who talked to me at length about the rifle I am reporting on today. I got a good feeling from him that Gamo is really trying to meet the needs of the airgunning marketplace, and this is just one of the ways they are doing it. read more

FX Dreamlite precharged air rifle: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

FX Dreamlite
FX Dreamlite precharged pneumatic rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 1 UTG 4-16 OP3 Compact scope
Part 5

This report covers:

  • Unscheduled test
  • Small magazine flops around
  • Quick review
  • The bad
  • Sight in
  • The test
  • Group 1
  • Meopta reticle
  • Adjusted the scope
  • Group 2
  • Group 3
  • Superdomes
  • Group 4
  • Group 5
  • Group 6
  • Oh, NO!
  • What’s next?
  • Summary

Unscheduled test

This is an unscheduled test. I looked at the .177-caliber FX Dreamlite and realized that I had been hard on it in past tests. The poor manual (that has since been fixed), the confusing power adjuster (that is not fixed and still confusing) and the rifle’s seeming inability to group with any but a couple selected pellets put me off. But at the root of my bias was the large 21-shot circular magazine that comes with the rifle. Who in their right mind wants 21 shots in a magazine — especially when it makes the mag as large as a dinner plate? That is a rhetorical question. I know there are lots of shooters who want 21 shots in their magazines. But not me. read more