by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- A dime spacer
- It worked!
- No feeding problems
- Trigger pull
- One final tip
- Where we stand
Today we look at velocity of the Umarex Fusion 2 repeating air rifle again. After Part 2 I considered all the remarks carefully. I wanted to test the rifle’s accuracy but not before knowing how many shots I could count on.
A dime spacer
Reader EricfromSC said he used a dime as a spacer between the two CO2 cartridges and it worked. He also mentioned that he had the same magazine feeding issues I encountered and that by holding the rifle level when working the bolt they were resolved. When I test velocity I often cock the rifle with the muzzle up, so this time I was careful to hold it level.
I first dropped about 10 drops of automatic transmission stop leak into the CO2 tube before dropping the first CO2 cartridge in. Then I dropped in a Crosman CO2 cartridge. Since they were the only brand that actually worked in Part 2 I felt I needed to stay with them.
The I dropped in the first cartridge, followed by a dime. I wondered whether the dime would tilt sideways in the tube and mess things up, but it fit like it was made for it.
For those in other countries who don’t have American dime coins, I used a new coin. The diameter is 17.91mm and the thickness is 1.35mm. The dime fits loosely enough that sticking won’t be a problem.
I’m pleased to say the dime trick worked and both CO2 cartridges were pierced quite well. Look at the holes.
I decided to only shoot the JSB Exact RS pellet, as it has no feeding issues last time. The first 9 shots gave an average 640 f.p.s. The low was 634 and the high was 652, so a spread of 18 f.p.s.
The second 9 shots averaged 642 f.p.s. The low was 633 and the high was 651, so another spread of 18 f.p.s.
The third 9 shots averaged 623 f.p.s. The low was 605 and the high was 641 f.p.s. So the spread this time was 36 f.p.s.
The fourth 9 shots averaged 553 f.p.s. The low was 506 and the high was 590 f.p.s.
I will show you the fifth string.
I ended the test at this point to keep from sticking a pellet in the barrel. Without a doubt the Fusion 2 uses a LOT of CO2!
No feeding problems
Once I held the rifle level as EricfromSC suggested the feeding was perfect. But I will say that every time the bolt passes through the magazine you can see the mag move a little. So watch this!
I didn’t give you the trigger pull in Part 2. The trigger is single-stage with a long smooth pull that maxed at between 3 lbs. 3 oz. and 3 lbs. 8 oz. The average was 3 lbs. 6 oz.
One final tip
It occurred to me that since I had removed the CO2 adaptor tube to try the 88-gram cartridge, it was now coming out of the rifle every time I installed new cartridges. Looking at the manual I see that it’s not supposed to do that. So here is my tip. First, screw the adaptor into the rifle as far as you can, then load the two cartridges with the dime between. When you screw the knurled end cap down, leave the relief valve open so you can hear when the lower cartridge is pierced. The knurled end cap will allow you to screw the adaptor down as far into the rifle as it will go. When the hissing starts, screw the relief valve down as far as it will go. The hissing stops right away but keep turning the valve until it stops to pierce the top cartridge fully. I conducted several experiments to determine this was the most reliable way to pierce both cartridges! I do not care for this design!
Where we stand
Now that the rifle is working and I know its quirks I’m ready to move on to accuracy testing. I hasve read so many good things about the accuracy that I’m looking forward to it.
I would like to thank EricfromSC for his comments to Part 2. Without them I don’t think I could do an accuracy test on this rifle.
I have this to say about the Fusion 2. It has some shortcomings that I was able to overcome with help. I wish the magazine was more positive and why can’t I still get the 88-gram CO2 cartridge to pierce. Those things need to be addressed. But if you own one, I hope today’s report helps you.