by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Edge
AirForce Edge.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 1
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 2
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 3
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 4
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 5

A history of airguns

This report covers:

Silencer out
Three pellets
The test
Qiang Yuan Training pellets
RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets
What’s next?
Summary

This series was a long look at the AirForce Edge target rifle. The links above will take you to every report that’s been written in this series about this specific air rifle. Today is the final report.

Silencer out

Today I shoot the Edge with the silencer removed. That is to determine whether the silencer affects accuracy. The best group in Part 5 with the silencer installed measured 0.161-inches between centers.

Three pellets

Today I’m testing the three best pellets from the previous test (Part 5). They gave 5-shot groups measuring 0.161-inches, 0.218-inches and 0.223-inches. Those three groups average out to 0.201-inches between centers. I will identify the pellet and tell the group that it got as we go.

The test

I shot from a sandbag rest at 10 meters. I shot 5-shot groups. As long as the pellets were in the black I didn’t care if they were centered, but I did adjust the rear sight as I went. Since the sight extension had to come off the rifle to get the silencer out, the sight picture changed a little. It’s bound to when the front sight is moved.

The beautiful trigger this rifle has allows me to fire each pellet with a perfect sight setting. There were no shots that were called as pulls. In other words every shot was a perfect one.

Qiang Yuan Training pellets

First to be tested were Qiang Yuan training pellets. In Part 5 with the silencer in they gave a group measuring 0.161-inches between centers. It was the best group of the test. I shot them two different ways in today’s test — seated thumb deep and deep-seated with a special tool. Ton Jones told me he discovered that deep-seating pellets made them more accurate in the Edge.

Edge Chinesze Training thumb deep
When they were seated thumb-deep, the Edge put 5 Qiang Yuan training into 0.338-inches at 10 meters

Edge Chinese Training deep
When seated approximately 1/8-inch deep the Edge put 5 Qiang Yuan Training pellets in 0.334-inches at 10 meters. That’s the tool I made from an Allen wrench to seat the pellets deep.

The difference in the group sizes is too small to be significant. It could easily be the result of an error in measurement. Nevertheless, I decided to deep-seat all the other pellets in today’s test.

I adjusted the rear sight down two clicks and right three clicks after this second group was shot.

RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle

The next pellet I tested was the RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle wadcutter. In the previous test 5 made a 0.223-inch group. This time 5 deep-seated Meisterkugeln  Rifle pellets went into 0.357-inches. That’s quite a difference!

The pellets struck the target is almost the same place as the group shot just before. They were a trifle more to the right and just about as high on the bull.

Edge Meister deep
The Edge put 5 deep-seated RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets into 0.357-inches at 10 meters. 

I adjusted the rear sight down two clicks and right three clicks after this target.

Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets

The next pellet I tested was the Qiang Yuan Olympic pellet. In the previous test the Edge put 5 of them in 0.218-inches at 10 meters. In today’s test with the pellets seated deep five went into 0.212-inches. That’s too close to call.

Edge Chinese Olympic deep
Five deep-seated Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets made a 0.212-inch group at 10 meters.

After this target I adjusted the rear sight 5 clicks to the right.

What’s next?

I haven’t fully tested Ton’s theory that deep-seated pellets are more accurate in the Edge, but none of the three I tried today were. Also, every group shot without the silencer is larger than every group shot with it installed. That’s great because I really want to put it back in the rifle.

I thought I would give Ton’s theory one last try. Maybe by this point in the test I was in the groove and shooting better? So, since the Qiang Yuan Training pellets had been the best in the previous test, I gave them one more try. This time 5 deep-seated pellets made a group that measured 0.385-inches between centers. Oh, oh —that’s going the wrong way!

Edge Chinese Training deep
The final group of 5 Chinese Training pellets went into 0.385-inches between centers — the largest group of the test.

Summary

We have now checked the Edge eleven times. Five were as a hot-rodded gun and six were as a target rifle set to factory specifications. Only the trigger on this Edge has been modified to be lighter and crisper and will not be reversed. I will put the silencer back into the rifle and leave her as she is.

Although the Edge is a current air rifle I put this series into the historical section because I covered a lot of that history of the Edge’s development. I was there to see and to take part in some of it.

What comes next is a full test of the Crosman Challenger PCP. It’s not as flexible as the Edge, so that test won’t take as many reports, but it will be just as thorough. I will link the first part of that report to this series.