This report covers:

  • More than the couch
  • Sear safety and the hole in the ceiling
  • BSF trigger
  • Big note aside 
  • Holes in the doorjamb
  • I shot the couch
  • .222 Remington fired by itself
  • The first rule of gun safety

Reader Yogi asked for this one, and, as I am preparing a lesson on gun safety for the Royal Rangers this week, it fits right in. Yes — I once shot the couch.

More than the couch

But that wasn’t all I shot. I shot the ceiling in my office — twice. I shot the doorjamb leading to the garage — twice. There is a pellet hole in my office wall that I don’t remember, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there when we bought the house — brand new. There is a deep dent in the steel door of a storage cabinet in my office. I once fired a .222 Remington centerfire rifle into the ground while closing the bolt. And, as Yogi so faithfully commented, while disassembling a spring rifle I had a breakbarrel mainspring get away from me and throw a heavy end cap into a desk drawer divider, breaking it in half.

Sear safety and the hole in the ceiling

Either Dr. Robert Beeman or Robert Law remarked in one of their catalogs that molybdenum disulphide grease made trigger sears too slippery. They warned never to use it, but being a contrarian (that’s French for airgunner), I disagreed. And I was right — sort of. I said triggers don’t act like clutches. Therefore reducing the friction in one to nil should have no negative impact on its function. But it will make it easier and hopefully smoother to pull. That’s true for some triggers like the Rekord and the one in the TX200 Mark III. Not as true for a BSF trigger!

BSF trigger

The BSF trigger does have some aspects of a clutch to it. Lubricating one with moly grease may work or it may not. It all depends on the trigger and how much it has been used. The more they are used, the smoother and lighter BSF triggers become. Please read a quote from a report I did back in 2008.

The trigger

A BSF trigger is a marvel of manufacturing. One look at how it’s made and most of you would swear that the gun is nothing but junk. I know I did. The sear is actually made from thin steel plates riveted together to form a solid piece. In the days before CNC machining became affordable, this was a way of making steel parts cheaply.

BSF sear
There’s some high-class 1960’s cost-cutting! The sandwich sear actually works great.

BSF trigger adjust
Maybe you can’t read German, but you’d have to be from Mars to not understand the trigger adjustment. It works, too.

But it WORKS! Oh, how it works! Robert Law said these triggers are rough to begin with, but they eventually wear in to very smooth. That sounds like hype, but it’s the truth. The rifle I bought was well-used for about 30 years by its owner, whose brother told me he remembers shooting it as a kid. Now, the trigger is soooooo smoooooooth! When I cocked and loaded the rifle for the first time, the trigger was set so light that the gun fired when I closed the barrel, so now I had a hole in the ceiling of my office. Thankfully I was pointing the muzzle in a safe direction when it happened!

I immediately adjusted the trigger to have greater sear contact. I also read in an ARH catalog that you should never adjust a BSF 55/70 trigger too light or this is exactly what will happen. The trigger adjustment worked as the markings indicate, and now I have a safe rifle with a delightful two-stage trigger that breaks with 2 lbs., 6 ozs. of pressure.

Big note aside 

We are back in 2021 and I have recently acquired a Marksman 71 breakbarrel rifle to test for you blog readers. I mention this now because that rifle was made by Weihrauch right after they purchased the BSF company in the 1980s. It is a blend of the last sporting breakbarrel BSF was making, which I think was the S70, and the first rifle they were about to make for Beeman, which I think was the R10. I also have an S70 and an HW 85, which is a Weihrauch version of the Beeman R10. It should be fun to look at this “missing link” between BSF and Beeman/Weihrauch. Mentioning the trigger brought it to mind. Now let’s get back to today’s report.

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Holes in the doorjamb

My indoor 25-yard range stretches from my bedroom through the living room and into the garage, where the bullet trap is located. There is a clear path through all this space, but when it passes through the door to the garage, it gets tight.

I was accuracy-testing a Chinese-made breakbarrel and it was shooting too far to the right. I nicked the molding on the doorjamb and then planted another one solidly in the center! The scope I was sighting through was one that came bundled with the rifle and it wouldn’t focus down to 25 yards, so I didn’t see the stray shots until I went downrange. The shot that hit the center of the doorjamb sounded so different that I was alerted to cease fire and investigate.

shot doorjamb
An errant Chinese breakbarrel put two pellets into my doorjamb. Yes, I know it’s dirty! Bad BB!

I protect the space behind the target trap with an impenetrable synthetic cutting board most of the time. But sometimes the gun I am shooting misses even that! (I don’t miss, of course. It’s always the gun that misses!)

shot shelving
At the bullet trap both the lower and upper plastic shelving rails have been damaged by pellets over the 16 years I have been shooting at it. Lotsa holes under that tape. I have probably shot more than 25,000 shots at this setup since 2005. There are holes in the drywall behind the trap, as well.

I shot the couch

That was a one-liner from vaudeville. A guy walks out onstage in a gaudy suit and the comic asks, “What did you do, shoot your couch?”

But I actually did it. I shot my couch!

I was testing a Chinese underlever spring rifle from 25 yards and the end of my couch was in the way. Since the couch was about nine inches lower than my line of sight I figured it would be okay, but the Chinese rifle figured differently. I thought Edith would explode when I told her, but she took it quite well. Little did I know she wanted a new couch and loveseat and thought this was the opportunity she had been waiting for. We used that old couch for at least three more years, throwing an Afghan over the place with the hole, but Edith never tired of pulling it away to show guests what I had done. I don’t have any pictures of that one to show you. I think reader Kevin got to see it.

.222 Remington fired by itself

I was in Germany in the 1970s. One summer morning at around 4 a.m. I was walking from my car to the high seat to shoot a roe deer if I saw one. I had just adjusted the trigger of my Sako rifle the evening before. I set it light because I liked a real light trigger at that time.

When I chambered a round and went to lower the bolt to uncock the action, the sear slipped and I fired a round into the ground.

The first rule of gun safety

The point is — NEVER POINT A GUN AT ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO SHOOT! That is the first rule of gun safety and, as far as I’m concerned, rule two tells you to refer back to rule one.

And that was why I welcomed this opportunity to share some of my stories with you today.

Some of my stories? Yep! I do have more. But that’s it for now.