Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 8

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle.

This report covers:

• Assembly
• Lubrication
• Testing the rifle
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Evaluation to this point

Today, I’ll finish the tune of the Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle, and then we’ll test it. When we ended the last report, we had looked at all the parts and cleaned off the excess gear oil.

Assembly
Now it’s time to assemble the rifle. I looked at the trigger assembly that receives and holds the piston rod when the rifle is cocked. It’s very similar to the 124 trigger, but I can see refinement in fit and finish. This won’t be an easy trigger to modify, but it’s so nice as it comes from the factory that this isn’t an issue. I did not lubricate the trigger before assembly, but I did dry off the gear oil. read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle.

This report covers:

• Disassembling the Sport
• Spring guide was loose
• Remove the piston
• Piston comes out
• Mainspring tube/compression chamber finish

Okay, today the Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle comes apart, and we’ll start looking inside. This report is huge, so it will take today and tomorrow to complete.

Some of you might like to compare what you see in the Sport to the FWB 124. That can be seen in the 15-part report I did on the FWB 124.

Okay, enough explanation. This is what you’ve been waiting for, so let’s get to it! read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 6

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• JSB Exact Heavy 10.3-grain pellets
• Conclusions

Before I begin, I want to tell you that there is at least one huge surprise coming in 2015. I’m testing an airgun right now, so this isn’t something that’s a one-off being handed to me at the Media Day range for a few causal shots. I’ve already been to the range with this gun 4 times, and it is earth-shattering! It does things other guns in its class cannot dream of doing. I tell you this not to tease — well, perhaps just a little — but also to let you know the world is continuing to spin on its axis, and good things are still happening with airguns. read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Oil the rifle
• Some improvements over the 124
• The spring was dry!
• Velocity testing — Crosman Premier lites
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Firing behavior after shooting
• In the future…

Today, we’re going to try something recommended by Gene Salvino in the tech department of Pyramyd Air. He told me that it’s possible to quiet the new Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle by means of externally applied lubrication. In other words, no disassembly is required. That would be a huge plus to those shooters who don’t want to disassemble their airguns. read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport air rifle

This report covers:

• Selecting scope mounts
• Which scope?
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Shooting behavior
• JSB Exact 8.4-grain pellets
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Crosman Premier heavy pellets
• Conclusion to this point

Today, I’ll shoot the scoped Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle at 25 yards. We should see the rifle’s real potential.

Selecting scope mounts
You know the FWB has those half-round scope stop holes (see in Part 1) that require special scope mounts. I didn’t have any that fit. I thought I did, but mine were made for the UK-made Webley Patriot, and the two pins on the bottom are out of line with the FWB grooves. Fortunately, I did have several BKL mounts that hold with clamping pressure, alone. I selected the BKL 30mm high rings. Although they have only 1 strap with just 2 cap screws each, they held perfectly throughout the test. read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
FWB Sport

This report covers:

• Accuracy at 10 meters with open sights
• Pellets not worth choosing
• Good pellets
• Best pellets
• Discussion
• Evaluation so far

Pardon me for rushing right into this report, but there’s a lot of ground to cover today. This is the first of many accuracy tests of the Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle.

Accuracy at 10 meters with open sights
I’m shooting the rifle with open sights from 10 meters. For some spring guns, that’s as much as you can do; but the Sport should just be warming up. All I’m really hoping for today is to come away with 2 or 3 good pellets for 25-yard testing. read more


Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord, The Godfather of Airguns™
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle
Feinwerkbau Sport

This report covers:

• The finish
• Break-in begun
• Trigger-pull
• Velocity
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Breech locks tight as a bank vault!
• Evaluation so far
• What’s next?

The response to the first part of this report was huge! Even in places where this blog is rarely mentioned, they had a lot to say about the new Feinwerkbau Sport air rifle. Apparently, this has become the new air rifle some people love to hate!

I say that jokingly, because there are a lot of supporters for the new rifle. But there’s also a large camp of people saying how much the airgun should REALLY cost, based on this, that and the other thing. However, in a free-enterprise marketplace, the manufacturer gets to choose the price, not the government or popular opinion. But the other side of that coin is that if enough rifles don’t sell, something may happen to the price or to the gun. read more