Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 8

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Air Arms 16-grain dome
  • Second target
  • Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • Second group of Falcons
  • Last group
  • Oh, oh!
  • Summary

Today I shoot the Air Venturi Avenger for accuracy at 50 yards. We already know this one is a winner. How good is it?

The test

I went to AirForce Airguns to shoot the rifle. They have a nice outdoor range that I had all to myself. I shot at 50 yards off my portable benchrest. The rifle was rested on a sandbag. I had filled it at home and didn’t bring an air tank to the range because I knew it had at least 90 good shots and there was no way I was going to shoot that many.

I shot from the single shot tray because I wanted nothing to get in the way of the best this rifle can do. The Meopta Optica6 scope was as sharp as ever, and could almost resolve the 10-dot of a 10-meter air rifle target at 50 yards! read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

This report covers:

  • Summary
  • What we know
  • Why are we doing this?
  • The test
  • Is it still on baseline?
  • Highest power?
  • Summary 2

Today I keep my word by testing the AirVenturi Avenger at lower fill pressures — say 2,500 and 2,000 psi. My thanks to reader Brent who reminded me of this test.

Summary

Let’s skip to the end — I hope. Filling this regulated air rifle to a lower pressure should be exactly like putting less gas in a car. It should still go just as fast — but not as far. In this case the Avenger will get fewer shots on the fill but the velocity and accuracy should remain the same, give or take. I won’t test the accuracy again until the 50-yard test, but today we will look at the velocity. read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

This report covers:

  • The goal
  • The test
  • Sight in
  • Air Arms pellets
  • First group
  • Second group
  • Discussion
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • Discussion 2
  • Summary

The goal

Today I’m doing something I don’t normally do. I am comparing airguns. Today my goal was to determine whether mounting the Meopta Optika6 scope on the Air Venturi Avenger would give better accuracy with that rifle than the Bug Buster I used in parts 4 and 5. Also, could the Avenger possibly equal the accuracy of the Air Arms S510XS? I learned a lot of things in today’s test.

The test

The test was to shoot the rifle from 25 yards. The rifle was rested directly on a sandbag for this test and I loaded each pellet singly. I shot 10-shot groups. Let’s get started. read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Start testing accuracy
  • Bug Buster 3-12X32
  • The test
  • Sight in
  • JSB Exact Jumbo 
  • RWS Superdome
  • Beeman Kodiak
  • Sig Crux Pb
  • Air Arms 16-grain domes
  • Beeman Devastator
  • Sniper Magnum
  • Magazine — the final test
  • Summary

Seldom has a day like this happened in this blog — and I mean that in the best possible way! This is going to be a biggie!

Start testing accuracy

Today we start testing the accuracy of the Air Venturi Avenger that I’m testing. So far the Avenger has stood up very well and I have been hoping that it’s as accurate as everyone seems to say. Well — it is! I have a lot to tell you, so let’s get started.

Bug Buster 3-12X32

I have been thinking about this test for a long time and wondering which scope to mount. The Meopta Optika6 is the best scope I own and would do very well on this rifle, but the Avenger is a lightweight PCP. How about a scope that’s suited to the concept of light weight? I mounted the UTG Bug Buster 3-12X32 on the rifle and it seems ideal to me. read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Adjust the reg.
  • What’s next?
  • Beeman Kodiaks
  • JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
  • Velocity
  • Baracudas on the lowest setting
  • JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy on the lowest setting
  • Dae Sung on the lowest setting
  • Discussion
  • A special test
  • Shot count
  • Trigger adjustment
  • Summary

Today I lower the regulator pressure setting and see what kind of performance we get with the Air Venturi Avenger. Because the regulator is user-adjustable and the hammer spring is also adjustable, the Avenger is flexible in its power settings. Today I hope we will determine the lower limit of that range, but because of the hammer spring adjustment there is a lot more to test. I will tell you everything I do, but I may not be able to test each and every possible combination, if the regulator settings and hammer spring adjustments have too wide a spread.

Adjust the reg.

First things first. Before you adjust the regulator you must first exhaust all the air in the reservoir. I read the manual carefully before proceeding. I was surprised that the Allen wrench that was included with the rifle wasn’t the right size for the air bleed screw. The wrench they sent is 2.5mm. It adjusts the hammer spring tension fine. We did that in Part 2.  But the bleed screw needs a 3mm wrench. read more


Benjamin Fortitude PCP air rifle Gen2: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Fortitude
The Generation II Benjamin Fortitude.

This report covers:

  • Scoped
  • Magazine fits tight
  • The test
  • Crosman Premier Light
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • Really trying!
  • Magazine
  • Final group
  • Discussion
  • Look inside
  • Summary

I tested the accuracy of the Benjamin Fortitude Gen2 today. This is an interesting test, so please follow along.

Scoped

As I told you in Part 3 I had already fitted the Meopta Optika6 to the Fortitude, so no time was lost there. And that scope is so powerful and clear that we are going to get a real great test of this rifle.

Magazine fits tight

I should have mentioned this in a past report. The magazine goes into the Fortitude receiver very tight and it’s even harder to get it out! In fact, it is so hard to remove it that I may have bent the bolt probe inadvertently taking it out initially. It now takes a lot of pressure for the bolt to seat the pellet. Gene Salvino told me the barrel may be set back a little too far, which explains the tight magazine. But the rifle still shoots, so let’s get to it. read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Test strategy
  • Why was it showing higher?
  • Adjusting the regulator
  • Are you following this?
  • The test
  • Beeman Kodiak pellets
  • The regulator
  • JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
  • Beeman Kodiaks
  • The last string
  • Trigger pull
  • Summary

Test strategy

Today I will begin the velocity test. The Air Venturi Avenger is so adjustable that it will take several reports to cover just the velocity. Not only is the hammer spring adjustable — the regulator is, as well. In fact, that presents a challenge for how I will test the rifle. The rifle came out of the box with a charge of 3,600 psi and the regulator set to 3,000 psi. That means that until the internal pressure falls below 3,000 psi, the pressure that the valve “sees” will always be 3,000 psi. That is the highest pressure to which the regulator can be set — at least accurding to the manual. read more