Walther LGR Universal: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Walther LGR
Walther LGR.

Part 1
Part 2

History of airguns

This report covers:

  • Off the track
  • RWS Hobby
  • Qiang Yuan Match Grade
  • RWS R10 Pistol
  • Could I do it again?
  • RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Shooting behavior
  • Summary

Today we test the Walther LGR for accuracy.

The test

I shot the rifle from 10 meters off a sandbag rest. Because the LGR is a pneumatic, it laid directly on the bag. I shot 5-shot groups at 10-meter air rifle targets. Let’s get started.

Off the track

Do you ever have a shooting day when you just know you aren’t doing your best? That was how I felt for for this test. I was just shooting at 90 percent instead of where I usually am. I tell you that to get you ready for some targets. I thought I did poorly but after measuring the groups I see it was better than I first thought. read more

Walther LGR Universal: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Walther LGR
Walther LGR.

Part 1

History of airguns

This report covers:

  • LGR Universal
  • Velocity RWS R10 Pistol pellets
  • Velocity Gamo Match pellets
  • Velocity RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • What I didn’t tell you
  • Oh phooey!
  • Pumping effort
  • Trigger
  • Summary

Today we look at the velocity and other performance of the Walther LGR Universal rifle. And the first thing to note is I have changed the model name.

LGR Universal

Reader Kevin pointed out that my rifle is an LGR Universal. What distinguishes it as a Universal are several things. The walnut stock was found on the Universal but not on the basic LGR. That one had a beech stock. The walnut Universal stock was also stippled at the pistol grip and on the forearm. The adjustable cheekpiece and buttpad also are only found on the Universal. The performance of both air rifles is the same, the Universal is just an upgraded model. We saw the same thing in the Weihrauch line of match rifles. The HW55 Custom Match was the top model and the HW55 SM was the standard. There is also a rare SF model HW55 that did not have the barrel lock that’s found on all the other HW 55s, but that rifle — a cheapie in its day — is now the rarest HW55 of all! read more

Walther LGR Universal: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Walther LGR
Walther LGR.

History of airguns

This report covers:

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • History
  • Stock
  • Sights
  • Fatal flaw?
  • Loading port
  • Trigger
  • Summary

Yes we are starting yet another 10-meter air rifle report. This blog has covered a lot of 10-meter target rifles from the 1960s and ’70s, the time when they first appeared. Here are links to many of the reports.

FWB 300
FWB 150
FWB 110
Walther LGV Olympia
Weihrauch HW 55T
Weihrauch HW 55 Custom Match
Weihrauch HW 55 SF
Haenel 311
Mauser 300SL
El Gamo 126
Sharp Ace Target Standard
Diana 72
AirForce Edge
Diana 75
Daisy 853
Daisy 888 Medalist
Crosman Challenger 2009

Some of the rifles on this list are not serious target rifles and others are for junior marksmen. And I may have inadvertently overlooked one or two that I have covered in the past 15 years. But today I start to look at the first 10-meter rifle I ever saw — the Walther LGR. read more

Finding that silk purse

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

History of airguns

This report covers:

  • A break
  • The real story
  • Fell into it
  • Oh, no!
  • The real story
  • Back to the future
  • The lesson
  • More
  • The point
  • Summary

A break

I need a break from punching holes in paper. Been doing a lot of that this week. Today I was all set to test the Slavia 618, but the next test is accuracy and like I said — I want to do something else.

As I was sitting at my computer trying come up with an idea for today, I got messaged that the parts for my .22 rimfire High Standard Sport King pistol had arrived in my mailbox. What’s the story there?

Fell into it

Many years ago I was at one of the last gun shows I ever attended. I had two tables full of guns to sell and one of them was something I had priced at $450. I forget what it was — it was that unimportant to me. But my price was reasonable and there was some interest. One guy came by and asked if I would come over to his table and see if there was anything I would take in trade for it. So I did. read more

The first Smith & Wesson 78G air pistol(s): Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

02-S&W 78G
A very early S&W 78G air pistol. Though the picture looks matte because of the cloud lighting, this one has glossy paint. It’s like new!

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Behind the curtain
  • This pistol
  • How early is it?
  • Refinished?
  • Let’s look
  • So what?
  • Trigger
  • Interests?
  • Summary

What? Another S&W 78G? BB — we know you love this air pistol but you just finished a 5-part blog on one last June! Enough already!

Behind the curtain

There is a good reason why I needed to write this blog. I spent 10 hours yesterday (all day Friday) and this morning (Saturday) trying to tune my Diana 27S air rifle so I can report on it. At this point I have one piece of advice to anyone trying to tune one of these rifles. DON’T REMOVE THE TRIGGER BLADE ASSEMBLY!!! Eight and one-half of those ten hours have been spent trying to reinstall the trigger assembly and it still isn’t in! I will get the rifle back together and give you a great report on the tune and troubles I had in good time, but if a blog was going to be published today it had to be something else that was quick and easy. read more

Diana 27S: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Diana 27S
Diana 27S.

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Carel
  • Diana 27S
  • Anti-beartrap
  • Description
  • Dimensions
  • Sights
  • Ball bearing sear
  • History
  • Parts interchange
  • Summary

This report is one I wanted to write months ago, but after all I wrote about reader Michael’s Winchester 427 and my own Diana 26 and Diana 35, I thought I had better let vintage Dianas rest for awhile.


I purchased this Diana 27S along with the Diana 26 and Diana 35 I have just mentioned from reader Carel of the Netherlands. He gave me a fantastic deal on three air rifles that are quite uncommon in the US. The 35 is the most common of the three, but Carel had a very early one that was different than the one many Americans have seen, so it was just as uncommon to me as the other two.

Diana 35
The Diana 35 I got from Carel is a very early one that we don’t often see in the U.S.

I was able to tune the 35 to be a smooth shooter and an easy cocker — something that you don’t see with run-of-the-mill Diana 35s (and Winchester 435s/Hy-Score 809s/Beeman 200s that are all the same rebranded models). That was a 6-part series that’s linked above.

Diana 27S

And now we come to the subject air rifle — the .177-caliber Diana 27S. What is it? Well, there is very little written about this model so I’m going to expand your horizon just a tad. There are some subtle refinements on this scarce Diana model.

In the UK the German Diana is called the Original Diana, because the Milbro company of Scotland received the rights to produce and sell Diana airguns as war reparations following WWII. In the 1981 edition of The Airgun Book, author John Walter says the Original Diana 27S comes with “an automatic trigger-blocking safety”. I thought, “Oh, no — not one of those!” But don’t fret. He didn’t mean what you think.


What Walter meant was the 27S has an anti-beartrap device built into it, unlike the standard model 27 that you can close when it’s broken open by pulling the trigger (restrain the barrel when doing this!). There is no separate safety lever on the 27S. But the barrel has to be closed in order for the trigger to work, so Walter is correct in what he says, but the term anti-beartrap is used more commonly for this feature today. We will take a closer look at the parts that support this function when we go inside the rifle. Yes, we will be going inside!


The Diana 27S is a conventional breakbarrel spring-piston air rifle, but it differs from the 27 in a couple obvious ways. The triggerguard is very angular The forearm is also squared off and the end is cut on an angle instead of being rounded like the forearm end of a standard 27. The butt has a thin rubber pad that’s separated from the wood by a white line spacer. On a conventional model 27 there is just a red rubber button at the top of the wooden butt to help the rifle stand on its butt without slipping.

Diana 27S logo
The Diana logo shows Diana dropping her bow for a rifle. As you can see, there are flecks of rust in the blue. Ballistol and 0000 steel wool will handle them.

Diana 27S butt pad
The 27S has a whole butt pad, where the 27 just has a rubber button.

My .177-caliber 27S rifle weighs 6 pounds 10 oz., which is one pound one ounce heavier than my .22-caliber Diana 27 (Hy-Score 807). The .177 caliber adds a little weight because the barrel, having thicker walls, weighs a little more. Also the forearm of the stock is a trifle wider and the cocking slot is shorter because the two-piece cocking link is articulated and therefore doesn’t need the longer slot. More wood means more weight. In theory this makes the stock stiffer, which should help to reduce vibration a little, but in this day of

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Daisy 22SG multi-pump pneumatic: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Daisy 22SG
Daisy 22SG.

Part 1
Part 2

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Check sight-in
  • RWS Hobbys
  • Beeman Kodiaks
  • RWS Superpoint
  • JSB Exact RS
  • RWS Superdome
  • JSB Hades
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we learn how accurate the Daisy 22SG is. The rifle was already scoped so I hoped it would be close to zero, if not spot-on. I didn’t know what pellet(s) shot well in the rifle, so this test starts from the beginning.

The test

I shot the rifle off a sandbag rest at 10 meters. I shot 5 shots per group and pumped the rifle 6 times for each shot. In the velocity test we learned that 6 pumps pushes an RWS Hobby pellet out at around 500 f.p.s. That’s fast enough for punching paper.

Check sight-in

Since the rifle is scoped I first checked the zero from 12 feet before shooting from 10 meters. The pellet hit about an inch below the aim point and a little to the right. It was hand-held, but that was close enough to start shooting from 10 meters. I expected the pellet to rise at that distance and it did. It’s hard to say how much it rose because 5 Hobbys went into 0.925-inches at 10 meters, but the center of that group seems to have risen about 3/4-inches. I am not showing that group.

RWS Hobbys

I adjusted the scope up several clicks and shot a second group. This time 5 Hobbys went into 0.659-inches at 10 meters. The group looks larger than that because the top pellet tore the target paper a bit, but I can see where the pellet impacted and I measured from there.

Hobby group
Five RWS Hobby pellets went into 0.659-inches at 10 meters. The group appears larger because the top pellet tore a piece of target paper that extends to the right.

Beeman Kodiaks

Someone may have commented that their 22X or SG shoots well with Baracudas. I tried some Beeman Kodiaks next, which are the same pellets as Baracudas. Five of them went into 0.691-inches at 10 meters. The group is horizontal, but I didn’t notice that while testing. I’m not sure I could have done anything about it, either.

The Daisy 22SG put 5 Beeman Kodiaks into 0.691-inches at 10 meters.

After this group I adjusted the scope up and to the left. There seems to be no stiction in this scope because the first shot after adjustment went right were it should.

RWS Superpoint

The next pellet I tried was an old standby — the RWS Superpoint. They are often quite accurate in vintage airguns. The 22SG put five of them in 0.661-inches at 10 meters. And that is an interesting measurement, because the first two groups measured 0.659- and 0.691-inches. At this point in the test it started to look like that was about the group size I would get regardless of the pellet that was shot.

Superpoint group
Five RWS Superpoint pellets went into 0.661-inches at 10 meters.

JSB Exact RS

Well, the next pellet — the JSB Exact RS — blew that theory right out of the water! Five of them went into 1.131-inches at 10 meters

JSB RS group
Five JSB Exact RS pellets made this 1.131-inch group at 10 meters.

RWS Superdome

Next to be tested were five RWS Superdomes. Five of them went into 0.783-inches at 10 meters. Okay, we are back to the good range again!

Superdome group
Five RWS Superdomes made this 0.783-inch group at 10 meters.

JSB Hades

The last pellet I tested was the

JSB Hades hollowpoint read more