.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 4

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Well, Mac has returned home and left me to finish this report on the Browning Gold breakbarrel by myself. Some wonderful things have happened and I’m going to write another part to this story tomorrow, only I will not link it to this report, because it applies to general airgunning.

What’s happened has come about in many parts. First, we had a comment on Facebook where I was asked if I really meant to include firearms in my comments on the Artillery Hold video. I definitely did, because target shooters use essentially the same hold when they shoot from a bench, if they want to get the best groups. They call it “follow-through” and I call it the artillery hold, and when we use it we are doing many things at the same time. Well, today’s report brought that out as few past reports have, because the Browning Gold is very sensitive to hold. read more


.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

With the assistance of Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1
Part 2


Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Today, we’ll look at the accuracy of the Browning Gold air rifle. I think many of us have been eagerly awaiting this report, so we can evaluate this rifle in terms of a future buy.

Mac did the testing for me because the Gold cocks with a little more effort than I want to handle at this time. The cocking effort is still about 45 lbs., although you can tell that the action is breaking in and getting smoother as it does. The barrel lock, for example, is now very smooth and requires just a light touch to open. I’d hoped that both the cocking effort and the trigger would both lighten up as well, but so far that hasn’t happened. read more


.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

With the assistance of Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1


Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Today, we’ll test the velocity of the Browning Gold. Mac is here and did the shooting for today’s test. He was surprised by the 45 lbs. of force needed to cock the rifle, just as I was; but by the time he finished the test, things were moving right along. So, you do get used to it.

Firing behavior
Mac notes that the rifle fires briskly, which means with noticeable recoil but without excess vibration. It’s a solid feel. You could say it feels much like the old British-made Webley Patriot, though not as intense. read more


.22-caliber Browning Gold air rifle: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

With the assistance of Earl “Mac” McDonald


Browning’s Gold breakbarrel is a beautiful new spring-piston rifle.

Let’s begin our look at an air rifle that a lot of readers have been waiting for — the Browning Gold. I can tell you right now that this is a different spring rifle that deserves very close examination. I’ll try to point out as many of the unique features as I go through the gun and the test.

I’ve waited to begin this evaluation until my buddy, Mac, can be here with me, for he’s already started a test of this air rifle and stopped short when some mechanical issues were encountered. I’ll tell you what they were, and I’ll also examine the test rifle while looking for signs of those same issues. read more