AirForce Edge 10-meter rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

AirForce Edge
AirForce Edge

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Back to the Edge
  • Changeover
  • Muzzle extension replaced
  • Loud!
  • RWS R10 7.7 grains
  • H&N Finale Match Rifle
  • RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Discussion
  • Shot count
  • What now?
  • Summary

I didn’t write today’s report about the AirForce Edge for anyone in particular, but I do know that reader William Schooley coaches a youth marksmanship program and, if I remember right, he likes the Edge. I also know that reader RidgeRunner likes them a lot.

Back to the Edge

I reported on my AirForce Edge last May, so it’s been awhile. I said at the start of that report that I traded for the rifle because I always wanted to own an Edge. I own a Crosman Challenger PCP that I enjoy, and the Edge is its closest competitor. Both were created for junior marksmen to learn competitive target shooting and also to compete at the local to national level. read more

2020 SHOT Show Day Four

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Range Days at the 2020 SHOT Show
2020 Shot Show Day One
2020 Shot Show Day Two
2020 Shot Show Day Three

This report covers:

  • Here we go again
  • Crosman
  • Ravin R29Xcrossbow
  • 1077 FreeStyle
  • Air Arms
  • Diana’s modular platform
  • Gamo
  • New JSB Knock Out
  • Elsewhere at the show
  • Summary

Here we go again

I said I would return to finish reporting on the 2020 SHOT Show and today is the day. The 2020 SHOT Show was the best one I have ever seen for good reasons. From my perspective, most airgun companies brought out a whole boatload of new products. I talked to several vendors in booths who told me they thought there were fewer people in the aisles, but each of them had more money they were willing to spend. I’m talking about placing orders for the whole year’s worth of goods, because that is what this commercial trade show is about. It’s not for the public, though they do attend. It’s for the stores that want to tie down their business for the coming year and also for vendors who are always looking for new customers. read more

Springfield Armory M1 Carbine CO2 Blowback Airsoft gun: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Springfield Armory M1 Carbine airsoft
Springfield Armory M1 Carbine Airsoft gun.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Two things
  • The test
  • TSD 0.20-gram
  • Magazine is great!
  • Air Venturi 0.25-gram
  • ASG 0.30-gram Blaster Devil
  • Umarex Milsim Max 0.32-gram
  • Wearsoft Sniper Grade 0.36-gram
  • Discussion
  • Next test
  • Shot count
  • Trigger pull
  • Summary

Today I test the power of the new Springfield Armory M1 Carbine airsoft gun. On the Pyramyd Air website the velocity is shown as 470 f.p.s. with a 0.20-gram BB, but there is a question mark after that listing — at least at the time I am publishing this report. Maybe this test will refine that number?

Two things

I see two things I have to do in this report. The first is to determine if 470 f.p.s. with a 0.20-gram BB is correct. The second is check the gun with heavier BBs, because 470 f.p.s. is a bit too fast and stingy, in my opinion. Of course it all comes down to accuracy. I’m looking for the best of both worlds — velocity and accuracy. Rather than to just throw out some numbers, I will test the gun and then let the accuracy test determine the results. read more

Caliber talk

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:
Plinking and hunting?
Long-range target shooting?
Beware of velocity
Summary for .177
.20 caliber or 5mm?
Summary for the .20 caliber
.22 caliber
Target shooting
Hunting and pesting
Power ranges
Summary of the .22 caliber
.25 caliber
What about the .30?
Report summary

Looking at all the new airguns we saw last week brought something to mind. What caliber should you select for your new airgun?


This is the smallest standard caliber. It is used exclusively in 10-meter target matches for both rifle and pistol. It should also be selected for the sport of field target if you intend winning. read more

Vintage airguns and flea markets

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Today’s report is another guest blog from reader Ian McKee who writes as 45 Bravo. He’s going to tell us about a great find he made recently.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me at [email protected]

A history of airguns

Over to you, Ian.

Vintage airguns and flea markets
Ian McKee 
Writing as 45 Bravo

This report covers:
Helping BB
A good fit
Editor’s note
Better find!
Best find

Helping BB

While B.B. was roaming around the SHOT Show 2020 last week, collecting all the secret intel on the new toys we can look forward to this year, I am trying to take a little load off of him by writing a couple of guest blogs.  read more

2020 SHOT Show Day Three

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:
Umarex — Ready Air compressor
Fusion 2
Umarex Origin!
Umarex 850
Umarex Reign
Walther PPQ M2 pellet pistol
M1A Thompson
Glock 19X
ASG — Shadow 2 steel BB pistol with Hop Up!
B&T Universal Service Weapon (USW)
Crosman — semiauto Marauder
Havoc Prime dart blaster

Well, we are back at it and there is lots more to see today. We will start with Umarex.

Umarex — Ready Air compressor

Mark Davis from Umarex USA showed me this handy portable air compressor they call the Ready Air. It runs on household current or a 12-volt car battery, so it can be taken to the field. It has all the specs that new airgun compressors are coming with — light weight, set-and-forget operation, 4500 psi fill limit, reliable and durable construction. Blog reader Jim heard it run and says it is very quiet. read more

2020 SHOT Show Day Two

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:
Air Venturi
Avenger PCP
Bada Bang
Ataman big bore
Hill compressor
Hatsan Invader
AirForce Airguns
.50 Texan
Raw HM Micro
RAW systems rifles
That’s all for today

Air Venturi

I told you there were a lot of things to see and I had to skip past them to finish Part One. I will begin today by going back and looking at what we missed. I’ll start with Air Venturi.


The Butterfly is the Air Venturi Dragonfly with a pump-assist built in. You remember the pump-assist that was tried on the Benjamin 392  many years ago? The additional linkage makes pumping the gun much easier. That linkage is built into the Butterfly, which was named for the look of the linkage. So, it’s a multi-pump that’s much easier to pump. You multi-pump guys will want to check this one out. read more