Air Arms Pro-Sport: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms Pro-Sport.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

This report covers:

  • Evil BB!
  • Report on the Meopta scope
  • Sight-in
  • The test
  • Refine the sight-in
  • However
  • Hurray!
  • What have we learned?
  • The second However
  • H&N Baracuda with 5.50mm head
  • Next
  • Summary

Today we test the Air Arms Pro-Sport with the Vortek PG3 tune kit I installed and tested in Part 5. But first I have to clear up a misconception.

Evil BB!

Somewhere along the line you may have read that I said the Meopta MeoPro Optika6 scope came without scope caps. It wasn’t really me who said that! It was my evil twin cousin, BB Airgundart! He sometimes sneaks into my house and messes with the blog without me knowing it. The Optika6 has a very nice set of scope caps with their logo on both caps. I found them on my somewhat cluttered desk, in the detritus just above the Cambrian layer! read more

What about dry-firing?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • History
  • Luger
  • Soviet SKS
  • One more common problem
  • Designed to be dry-fired
  • Airguns
  • BB — get real!
  • Sillyiess
  • And the others?
  • Under The Gun
  • An aside that is pertinent
  • Pneumatics and gas guns
  • BB’s rule of thumb
  • Summary

Time for another basic report. We discuss dry-firing airguns a lot and things get out of control pretty quick, but I guess that’s the nature of the Internet. My wife, Edith, used to have a little saying about it. She said people would post:

“I have an HW77 that I enjoy.”

“Yes, Weihrauch airguns all nice, aren’t they?”

“I shoot my Gamo Expomatic in the basement every day.”

“I like ice cream!”

I’ll come back to that, but today I thought I would dive into the subject of dry-firing a little deeper, since it’s one that seems to affect all of us to some extent. I think I’ll start with firearms. read more

Gamo 126 single stroke pneumatic 10-meter target rifle: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gamo 126
Gamo 126 single stroke pneumatic 10-meter target rifle.

Part 1

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • RWS Basic
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • RWS R10
  • Warmed up?
  • Second string of RWS Basics
  • Pump effort
  • Trigger pull
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today is velocity day for the Gamo 126 target rifle we are testing. We learned a lot from the comments in Part 1 and I also learned a lot while researching the rifle for this report. Today we will see where this particular one is.

The Blue Book of Airguns said to expect a velocity of 590 f.p.s., but many owners say 550 is about as fast as they ever shoot and some even say less. The rifle also starts loosing velocity over time, so we should be able to assess the health of the gun I am testing right away. read more

Diana Bandit PCP air pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. PelletierDiana Bandit

Diana Bandit precharged pneumatic air pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • 200 Bar fill
  • The test
  • RWS Hobby
  • Discussion
  • Second string
  • Discussion 2
  • Chronograph
  • Tyler’s video
  • What does that leave?
  • Back to testing — JSB RS
  • Heavy pellet — Baracuda
  • Discussion 3
  • Discharge sound
  • Trigger pull
  • Summary

Today is velocity day for the .22 caliber Diana Bandit PCP air pistol. Let’s get to it.

200 Bar fill

In the manual Diana emphasizes stopping the fill at 200 bar, which is 2,900 psi, so that’s what I did. The reservoir is 50 CC so I filled it first from the Nomad II compressor. The pistol was sitting at 180 bar, according to its onboard gauge, and it took just a couple minutes to fill.

The test

I’m going to test three pellets — light, medium and heavy. I’ll start with the light one.

RWS Hobby

The first pellet I tested was the 11.9-grain RWS Hobby. At 11.9 grains they are lightweight, but also pure lead that is accurate in many airgun barrels. Instead of the average let me show you the string. read more

Sen-X AR-6 Tactical Arrow Repeating Crossbow: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sen-X AR-6
Sen_X AR-6 Tactical Arrow Repeating Crossbow.

This report covers:

  • What I got
  • What it is
  • Whaaaaat?
  • Robin Hood?
  • Some assembly required
  • Laser designator
  • Operation
  • Cocking
  • How powerful is it?
  • The arrows
  • The story of the Robin Hood
  • The sound
  • Why?
  • The plan
  • Show us what you got

Merry Christmas!

What I got

This is the surprise I mentioned a few days ago — my Christmas present from Pyramyd Air — the Sen-X AR-6 Tactical Arrow Repeating Crossbow. It arrived several days ago. I told you about this bow back in August, in Part 1 of my report on the 2019 Pyramyd Air Cup. I even showed you a picture of me shooting it.

BB shoots Sen-X AR-6
Back in August I said BB wanted to own one. Now, thanks to the generosity of Pyramyd Air, I do!

What it is

The AR-6 is a 6-shot repeating crossbow pistol. In all ways it is a crossbow, except that it is a repeater that is held in the hands like a pistol instead of against the shoulder. read more

Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic
The new Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Classic.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • BBs today
  • Hard to scope
  • The test
  • Sights
  • Air Venturi Steel BBs
  • Kruger targets
  • Hornady Black Diamonds
  • Crosman Black Widow
  • Dust Devils
  • See a pattern?
  • Smart Shot
  • Summary

Today I start testing the accuracy of the 760 Pumpmaster. I say start because this airgun shoots both BBs and pellets and I don’t want to shortchange either one just to finish a test. The 760 is an important airgun that deserves a long and thorough look.

BBs today

I’ll test it with BBs today. Since it is a multi-pump I decided to shoot 5-shot groups with 5 pumps per shot. And before I move on there is something I need to say.

Hard to scope

The 760 I’m testing does have an 11mm dovetail atop the receiver. I know a lot of you would think of mounting a scope there, but you have to think differently with multi-pumps. The scope goes right over the receiver, where your hand wants to be when you pump the gun! read more

Air Arms Pro-Sport: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms Pro-Sport.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

  • The inspiration
  • The kit
  • Installing this kit
  • Disassembly
  • Examine the parts
  • Factory top hat
  • Install the PG3 mainspring/li>
  • Spring guides very tight!
  • Assemble the piston and spring
  • Compression chamber is buttoned
  • Finished assembly
  • Discussion
  • Cocking effort
  • Firing behavior
  • Velocity with Hobbys
  • Additional benefit
  • Velocity with H&N Baracuda
  • Summary

Today is the day, airgunners. This is the day we open the .22-caliber Air Arms Pro-Sport we are testing and install a Vortek PG3 tune kit. It’s a drop in one-for-one replacement powerplant kit that promises to lower the cocking effort of the rifle and smooth out the shot cycle. The power output is 12 foot-pounds in .22 caliber which would be a 11.9-grain RWS Hobby leaving the muzzle at 674 f.p.s. And someone says, “Gee, BB, don’t you know you’re not supposed to tune for LESS velocity?”

Yes, I do. And this is exactly what I want. Even if I only get 625 f.p.s. with the Hobbys it’s what I want. Because I’m going for smooth — not power. read more