Cometa Indian spring-piston air pistol: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

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Cometa Indian spring-pistin air pistol right
The Cometa Indian spring-powered air pistol is a powerful, big airgun.

Today, I’m testing the accuracy of the Cometa Indian air pistol. There’s been a lot of interest in this pistol, partly because it isn’t familiar to many of you — but mostly because of the power, the easy cocking and the value it represents.

I tested the pistol at 10 meters, using 10-meter pistol targets and a rested hold. For most of the shooting, my hands were forward of the bag, but I did do one experiment where I rested the pistol directly on the bag — and that I’ll address later.

This is a different air pistol
Before I start telling you about the results, I’d like to describe some things about this pistol that are different. For starters, the loading process is a bit fiddly, and I never quite got used to it. You have to put a pellet in the trough behind the breech, and I dropped more than a few of them during the 90-shot session. The rest of the cocking and loading process is learned very quickly. read more


Cometa Indian spring-piston air pistol: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Cometa Indian spring piston air pistol
The Cometa Indian spring-powered air pistol is a powerful, big airgun.

Lots of interest in this Cometa Indian air pistol! Some of you know it already, and many more are interested in the light cocking effort. How can “they” make a gun that shoots 500 f.p.s., yet cocks with just 7 lbs. of effort? Well, today we will find out if it really does shoot that fast.

The cocking lever
Blog reader Wulfraed was puzzled by what appear to be a lopsided cocking lever. I told him that it’s really two-sided and I would show a picture of that in this report, so here you go.

Cometa Indian spring piston air pistol
The cocking lever does have two sides, as you can see. Only the right side extends back a little farther to provide a place to grasp the lever at the beginning of the cocking stroke. read more


Cometa Indian spring-piston air pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier


The Cometa Indian is a large spring-piston air pistol that is incredibly easy to cock.

Want something new and different? Here it is. The Cometa Indian, offered by AirForce International, is a spring-piston air pistol with great power and a low cocking effort. They advertise the velocity at 492 f.p.s., which, of course, we’ll check. But the cocking effort I can tell you right now is just 7 lbs.! That’s right — seven pounds!

The Indian is not a new gun. I tested one for The Airgun Letter many years ago, so it’s been around for over 10 years. But Cometa has never been represented well in the U.S., so we’re not familiar with it. For most of us, this is a new gun. read more