FOXEdge The Claw karambit.
This report includes:
- FOXEdge The Claw karambit
- Works for airguns
- Diana 34 EMS
- Sig ASP20
- The Crosman 362 100th Anniversary rifle
- Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr
Today I want to take some time to examine things we possess but perhaps don’t appreciate to their fullest. I featured the FOXEdge The Claw karambit knife shown above is my lead-in, so let’s begin there.
FOXEdge The Claw karambit
One of my good friends at church is a retired cop. He carries a concealed pistol all the time and everywhere, because 30 years in law enforcement and getting shot in the line of duty taught him lessons he can’t ignore. He calls his pistol his American Express card and he won’t leave home without it.
The karambit knife he carries is an adjunct of this. You will notice this knife has two projections at the base of the blade where it meets the handle. They are for rapid deployment, so the blade is out the instant you draw the knife from your pocket. My friend does it without thinking. So, when he recently gifted me with a similar knife, I wanted to do the same thing.
The first several times I tried to deploy the blade the same way he does I almost cut my fingers! It wasn’t as easy as it looked. But I took some time to study the knife and finally after some practice the deployment method became clear and easy. I can now draw the knife and deploy the blade at the same time, but I had to learn how it works.
Works for airguns
This same principle works for airguns. I am getting some criticism for the number of times I’m writing about shooting the Gamo Hunter Extreme. Some readers want to see more of it and others think I have sold out to Gamo. It feels strange to be asked to write more about a certain brand of airgun and at the same time being asked to stop writing about the same brand!
Gamo Hunter Extreme.
How can an obviously superior scope (Meopta) make the rifle less accurate than the Gamo scope that came bundled with the rifle? The answer is — it can’t. What CAN happen is what is happening before your eyes. I’m learning how the Gamo Hunter Extreme shoots. The Meopta scope just makes it easier to see what I’m shooting at. My reports have to end at some point but just because they do doesn’t mean I’m finished with that item. It just means I’m finished for that day.
Diana 34 EMS
I like Diana airguns. I watched over the years as their model 34 rifle evolved from a ninety-dollar El Cheapo breakbarrel into one of the most capable spring-piston airguns on the market. Then I tested the Vortek PG4 SHO tuning kit in it and found it to be remarkable. I installed that Vortek PG4 kit in RidgeRunner’s 34 and now he can’t stop talking about it.
RidgeRunner was going to sell his Diana 34. Now that it is doing what he wants it’s one of his favorites. In this case, he didn’t have to learn how it worked — how it worked was changed to become how he wanted it to work!
I reported on the Diana 34 EMS in 2021. At that time I liked the idea of a modular convertible springer, but not how it was marketed.
“We have certainly looked at the Diana model 34 EMS closely this year. I think Diana launched the rifle incorrectly, but they had a major change of personnel in their marketing department at the time the rifle was launched, so that could explain it.”
“The modular part of the rifle doesn’t look so modular from the user’s viewpoint. The barrel is supposed to be changeable, but not by the user. The spring is supposed to be interchangeable with the N-Tec gas piston, but the parts for that don’t seem to have materialized. And the front sight that is fiberoptic is supposed to swap out for another sight that is nowhere to be seen. All are good things that never materialized this year.”
In my most recent report I said I was glad that SOMEBODY (Vortek) has made the EMS dream come true. Because of the work Vortek has done, the 34 EMS is becoming the rifle people thought they were buying. Does it perform well? I don’t know; I haven’t tested it yet. It seems like it shoots easier (less recoil and vibration), but please give me time to test it. I will tell you how it does when we get there.
I also like the Sig ASP20. I think it is a fine breakbarrel that is perhaps the best of its type so far this century. It is one of the most natural shooting spring-piston air rifles I have ever owned — on par with the HW 30/R7. With the ASP20 there was no “learning” required. The rifle feels right, cocks right, has a great trigger and superb accuracy. I hope the Diana 34 EMS can deliver performance in the same ballpark.
As far as Sig the company goes, I think they missed the boat on this one. Like Diana after the sale of the company, they lost sight of the airgun market.
I understand some of the reasons they abandoned airguns for firearms — their pistols are selling to law enforcement and the military as fast as they can make them. Do I dislike Sig? Absolutely not! I carry a Sig P365 as my concealed carry weapon, yet I was and still am a diehard 1911 man. I think the .45 ACP cartridge is worlds better for defense than the 9X19mm. But I carry the Sig because it’s extremely accurate, quite concealable and holds twice the rounds that a slabside Colt carries. I have practiced with the P365 for several years and now believe it to be my ideal concealed carry firearm. I can still outshoot the P365 with my Wilson Combat 1911A1, but not by much.
I do like Sig. I don’t like the fact that they abandoned the ASP20. Maybe it wasn’t in the cards for them to make it, but I wish they could have sold the rights and design to another airgun company, because the ASP20 is a no-learning-necessary air rifle! Of course to sell something you need a buyer and perhaps there isn’t one. That’s something I do not know.
The Crosman 362 100th Anniversary rifle
I tested the Crosman 362 100th Anniversary rifle and because the groups I showed were large there were comments that this rifle isn’t as accurate as a standard 362. Well, I’m not done testing it yet. I’m still learning how this one works. I need an accurate pellet and I need to know the number of pump strokes that work the best WITH THAT PELLET!
Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr
Diana Oktoberfest Gewehr BB rifle is another airgun I needed to learn to shoot. In that case it was the ammo that made the big difference. The best BBs grouped 10 in 0.803-inches at 5 meters. The worst were 2.26-inches at the same 5 meters. That’s quite a difference and proof that ammo can make a huge difference in performance.
Today’s report has been all about learning how something works. Sometimes it’s one thing and sometimes it’s another. And sometimes it’s several things done together. When I encounter difficulties with certain airguns I continue to test them to show you how testing can bring you closer to perfection. Other times I get frustrated by a certain airgun and just give up. That’s my human side.
I could go on and on with this topic. Over the years I have learned things about the Sheridan Supergrade, the Weihrauch HW 30S and the 50S, and, most recently, airgun darts. It just takes time and perseverance.
Spend the time to learn all you can about the airguns you have. It’s much cheaper and more rewarding than buying the latest and greatest.