This report includes:

  • BB is a doofus!
  • What to do?
  • Now to airguns
  • CO2 guns all leak!
  • My barrel shoots too high
  • Use Tune in a Tube sparingly
  • What have you learned?

Today we look at some common-sense things about airguns that may not be that common to many people. But first, an admission.

BB is a doofus!

Maybe not with airguns, but with motorcycles, B.B. Pelletier is a card-carrying doofus first-class. Tell ya why.

A week ago I traded in my Sportster for a Harley Road Glide. I did it after a short 10-mile test ride. My Sportster was a fine bike until it got to 55 to 60 m.p.h. Then it behaved like it was on ice. The front wheel went all over the place and I was unable to go around a sharp curve at any speed because the bike resisted my leaning.

On the test ride the Road King hugged the road like it was on rails, and went around corners tight enough to scrape the floorboards — almost! BB knows better than to actually do that.

Road King
No more girl’s bikes for BB Pelletier. No sir. A genuine Harley Davidson Road King!

But at slow speeds, BB is a doofus on this big bike. He can’t turn tight and he can’t control his bike at slow speeds (under 10 mph). Last Friday BB laid his new Road King down three times in two hours! Once was on a parking lot when a car started to turn into the lot in front of BB as he was leaving and then decided not to. I paid the car too much attention and turned my handlebars sideways (to turn out of his way?) then I slammed on the brakes and down I went. The other times were at my favorite burger place. Their parking lot is all gravel and BBs feet slipped out from under him twice!

By the way, the Road King has crash bars front and rear, so the bike got nary a scratch from the three falls. Not even those bars were scratched. Nor were BB’s legs crushed, though his left leg did get burned from the heat of the primary chain case. He was wearing shorts — the doofus!

What to do?

Step one is to acknowledge that you are a doofus. After Friday that came pretty easy for me. Step two is to do something about it. So I went online and discovered the Motorman, Jerry Palladino, and hundreds of his You Tube videos. As I watched them it dawned on me that they were just like the motorcycle training course I had taken to get my license. This is the guy who created that training!

Then I thought that my new Road King weighs 800 pounds. Ain’t no way a bike that size can do all this slow-speed stuff. So Palladino had his 125-pound wife ride an even bigger 900-pound Harley through all the same maneuvers that he rode. Okay, so BB is a fat doofus who can’t ride as well as a girl!

The bottom line is Jerry has a video titled Ride Like a Pro. BB bought that video and plans to practice these tips until he isn’t a doofus anymore.

Now to airguns

Okay, you aren’t a motorcycle doofus. You are new to airguns and think you may be a doofus with them. Don’t fret. BB used to be a doofus with airguns, too. There was a time when BB held a spring piston breakbarrel air rifle just like he held a .30-30 deer rifle. Gotta hold ’em tight to tame that recoil.

No, you don’t. In fact you can’t tame a spring gun’s recoil, any more than you can hold up an 800-pound motorcycle with just one leg when the bike gets too far over center. The point with the bike is to not let it get too far over-center. The point with the air rifle to hold it as lightly as possible so it can recoil as much as it wants. Then it will become as accurate as it possibly can be.

Watch my video describing the artillery hold.

CO2 guns all leak!

No, they don’t. That all stopped back in the 1960s.Things can make a CO2 gun leak, but very few of them leak all on their own. The first question is — did you lubricate every CO2 cartridge you installed with a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil before piercing it?

Of course not, BB. Oil makes guns leak!

No. The right oil seals them and helps them stay sealed for decades. Not years — decades.

Yes, I did use Pellgunoil most of the time when I remembered it. But now my gun has a very slow leak that I can hear at the muzzle.

Well, have you tried putting automatic transmission stop leak on the CO2 cartridges?

ATF stop leak
ATF stop leak.

Of course not. Someone on the old Yellow Forum said that stuff turns o-rings to mush.

Really? Well the o-rings in my office that have been soaking in ATF sealant for over 10 years are still firm. Explain that. I have sealed dozens of CO2 and pneumatic guns with this stuff. It really works and I learned that right here on this blog.

ATF stop leak test
These two Buna o-rings have been in ATF stop leak since the middle of 2010. They are still firm.

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My barrel shoots too high

You say all breakbarrels are droopers. Mine isn’t. In fact, it shoots so high that until I get out to  50 yards I can’t even hit what I’m aiming at.

Your barrel is bent. Someone pulled the trigger when the barrel was open and when it closed it bent up.

barrel bent
Yep, that barrel is bent up.

It slipped out of my hands as I was cocking it.

Right! Well, you need to bend it back.

I can’t. It’s made of steel and I don’t have the tools to bend a barrel.

You can bend it with your hands and a tree, if need be. But here is a simpler way. Read the 5-part report titled, Bending airgun barrels.

barrel bending jig
What does it take? An 8-inch clamp, a few pieces of wood and a piece of soft lead (wood would also work) against the bottom of the barrel, just ahead of the base block. When this job was finished the rifle shot to the point of aim and the groups were still tight.

This target confirmed that the rifle still shot well. The 10-shot group made at 10 meters before bending the barrel measures 0.532 inches between centers. This 10-shot group, shot after the barrel was bent measures 0.506 inches between centers.

Use Tune in a Tube sparingly

BB learned this lesson while tuning reader Michael’s Walther LGV. It came to me with a horrible shudder when fired, and I tried injecting Tune in a Tube through the cocking slot with a grease gun and a pressure needle. Nope! That was too much. The rifle lost 150 f.p.s. I wasn’t happy and neither was Michael.

I had to disassemble the rifle, clean off all the grease and reapply TIAT sparingly. After assembly the rifle lost just a few f.p.s. with some pellets and gained some with others. Yep — it got faster. And more importantly, it was now smooth!

Use TIAT sparingly!

There are many other lessons BB has learned over the years. Lessons like when a multi-pump fails to respond to ATF leak seal it might be time for new seals. Every 50 years or so you’re gonna need ’em.

What have you learned?

I’d like to hear from you readers. Have you learned any lessons from this blog?