Beeman P1
Beeman P1.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Motivation
  • The good that came from this test
  • The problems
  • The test
  • RWS Hobby
  • Second group of Hobbys
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • Changed glasses
  • RWS Superdomes
  • Discussion
  • Summary

This will be a quickie. Today I report on the weakest, most broken tool in my shooting box — me! Today I shoot the Beeman P1 pistol offhand.

Motivation

I did today’s little test because I never shoot offhand anymore. I am more interested in what the airgun can do than I am in my own shooting. Unfortunately this has made me a lazy boy. I talk a good game, but how do I perform?

The good that came from this test

I experienced everything a shooter should not do in today’s test. I may write a good story, but when it comes to doing what I say — hey, look over there! Is that a 20-dollar bill on the ground? I tend to make every mistake in the book.

But I read all the stuff I’d written on how to stand and how to hold the pistol, and then I gave it my all.

The problems

One problem with a P1 is you have to take it out of your hand to cock and load it. So there goes all that “finding the right grip” stuff you read about. It has to be redone for every shot.

Another problem is BB Pelletier is old, fat and squishy. He isn’t the man he used to be. He’s about 1.5 times that man! And even though I walk every day, I don’t stand that still when I’m trying to shoot. I wobble.

But enough about me. You all have your own problems. Let’s get started

The test

Today I shot three 5-shot groups offhand from 10 meters. I actually shot four groups, but that’s a funny story that I’ll tell when we get there. I started out wearing my prescription glasses, which leads us to another funny story. And yes, I shot with a one-hand hold. That was the test.

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RWS Hobby

The .177-caliber P1 likes the RWS Hobby pellet. I sighted in with 4 shots, three of which hit high on the target paper. They told me the rear sight needed to go down, so down it went — many clicks.

Then I shot for the record. Five shots went into 1.59-inches at 10 meters. Yes, four of the pellets are in 0.777-inches, but that was mostly luck, given all the mistakes I was making.

P1 Hobby group
Shooting the P1 offhand at 10 meters I put five Hobby pellets into 1.59-inches.

This was better than I deserved, given how much I was moving around. I felt that I was sniping at the target rather than holding steady on it.

Second group of Hobbys

I was so shaky that I thought I would try to hold the gun with two hands — Lord forbid! But the front sight was too close to my eye and it was fuzzy. With two hands I put five pellets into more than 4-1/2-inches, and no, I’m not showing that target! That is the funny story I told you about in the beginning. BB ain’t no two-handed shooter!

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy

The next pellet I tried was the lightweight Sig Match Ballistic Alloy wadcutter. Five of them went into 2.496-inches at 10 meters. One shot was a beautiful 10 and another was a 3! I haven’t shot 3s in — I can’t remember when.

Sig Match group
Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets from the Beeman P1 went into 2.496-inches at 10 meters when shot offhand.

Changed glasses

It was at this point that I exchanged my prescription glasses for the reading glasses I normally use to see the front sight. They made the front blade sharp and clear and the bullseye a little fuzzy, which is the way it should be.

Changing glasses affected my hold. Now that I could see the front sight clearly, I concentrated more on it. Let’s see what that does.

RWS Superdomes

The last pellet I tested was the RWS Superdome. Five went into 2.921-inches at 10 meters. Ah, yes, but four of those pellets are in 0.48-inches. I don’t think that one was luck, either. I think that was a little of the old BB Pelletier coming out. Because this time only I did many things right. And that was all because I could see the front sight. Note to self — wear those reading glasses when you shoot offhand!

P1 Superdome group
When shot offhand the Beeman P1 put five RWS Superdomes into 2.921-inches at 10 meters, with 4 in 0.48-inches.

Discussion

It’s obvious to me that I need to stand and shoot a lot more than I do. That gives me the impetus to start shooting my P44 again. A 10 meter target pistol is far easier to shoot (I think) because you don’t have to regrip it after cocking it every time. I guess I need to test that theory for myself.

The P1 is an accurate air pistol. It demands to be held like a 1911, which is practice for my firearms. And I need to start strengthening my arm to hold the pistol steady. I used to used free weights for that. I guess I will move over to resistance bands.

Summary

I want to do this again, but not for a while. I have some shape to be getting into.