Air Arms Pro-Sport: Part 7

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Pro-Sport
Air Arms Pro-Sport.

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

This report covers:

  • Disassembly
  • Rotate forward spring guide
  • The washers
  • Factory top hat
  • Last note
  • Assembly
  • Relubed
  • Gun back together
  • Velocity with RWS Hobbys
  • Velocity with Baracuda 5.50mm heads
  • Cocking effort
  • The question
  • Summary

Today we look at the Air Arms Pro-Sport with the Vortek PG3 tune kit installed at its most powerful setting. This test was suggested by reader Yogi in the comments to Part 5.

“To finish up the review, how about exploring the other 2 notches in the PG3 kit? Maybe one notch is full OEM power, second notch is the desired 12 foot-pounds, and the third one(the one you have it set on) is good for 10.5 foot-pounds.

This way you have a full report on the Pro-Sport AND the PG3 kit.”

I though that was a great idea. Unless I test it, who knows what the other notches will do? And also there are the two heavy washers that add weight to the piston and more tension to the mainspring. read more


Umarex Synergis repeating underlever combo: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Synergis
Umarex Synergis underlever repeating gas piston rifle.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Does it stop cocking after the last pellet is shot?
  • Velocity JSB Exact 8.44-grain domes
  • Firing cycle
  • H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.50mm head
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • Trigger pull
  • Cocking effort
  • Summary

Okay, spring-gun repeater fans, today is the day we get started testing the new Umarex Synergis. Let’s go!

Does it stop cocking after the last pellet is shot?

No, it doesn’t. After the last shot is fired it is possible to cock the rifle and fire it again without a pellet in the breech — dry-firing it. Does dry-firing damage the gun? Not as much as it used to, but it’s still not recommended. You don’t have to treat your dry-fired rifle like a hand grenade with the pin pulled, but neither is it something you want to do intentionally. So, what do you do?

You watch the clear magazine lid for the two dots — red and white — to align. When the magazine is loaded they are off by one chamber/pellet. The clear part of the magazine is pointed back toward the shooter, so, except for the scope mounts getting in the way, this is easy to do. read more


Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle combo: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Stoeger S4000E MGS
Stoeger S4000E breakbarrel rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

  • Good comments
  • Cleaning the barrel
  • Baffles and sights
  • Stock screws
  • Tight hold
  • Pellets, pellets…
  • The secret
  • Relax!
  • The next day
  • Other pellets
  • 10 shots
  • Discussion
  • Is this a world-beater?
  • Summary

Today I will finish testing the Stoeger S4000E rifle at 25 yards, and what a tale I have to tell you! Grab your coffee and let’s get started.

We already saw the rifle shot at 25 yards and the groups were not that impressive. But I saw a potential that I sometimes see that made me work harder with this rifle for many reasons. Today you will see why I do that and also what it sometimes takes to make an air rifle shoot.

Good comments

Several readers commented on my Part 4 report. Some commiserated with the outcome but a couple gave me good suggestions for things I ought to try next time. RidgeRunner reminded me to clean the barrel with JB Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound. I should have done that before but I missed it, and thankfully RR was there to remind me. read more


Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle combo: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Stoeger S4000E MGS
Stoeger S4000E breakbarrel rifle.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Mount the scope
  • Sight-in
  • RWS Superdomes
  • Rested on the bag
  • H&N Baracuda Match with 5.53mm heads
  • Oh, oh!
  • First group
  • Sharper sight — second group
  • Superdomes again
  • Explanation
  • Summary

Today will be a different sort of report. I tested the Stoeger S4000E for accuracy at 25 yards.

Mount the scope

The scope that came with the rifle came with the rings already attached. Even the scope stop stud had been lowered on the rear ring by exactly the right amount. It took about one minute to mount the scope because so much had already been done.

Sight-in

I began to sight-in at 12 feet. It took three shots and I was on close enough (meaning the pellet struck as far below the aim point as the center of the bore is apart from the center of the scope’s optical path) to back up to 10 meters. There, I was almost perfectly on (meaning one inch low and centered left and right), so after two confirmation shots I backed up to 25 yards. read more


Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Air Arms S510XS
Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Fill probe
  • First velocity test
  • High power
  • #3 power (one click down)
  • #2 power (two clicks down)
  • Low power (four clicks down — as low as the adjuster will go)
  • Discussion
  • Test 2 shot count
  • High power
  • Is there more?
  • High power
  • Magazine and feeding
  • Trigger pull
  • One last test
  • JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
  • H&N Baracuda Match
  • Summary

Today we begin looking at the performance of the Air Arms S510XS Ultimate Sporter with Laminate Stock. This is the day we look at the power/velocity of this regulated PCP. The first order of business is to fill the 186cc reservoir to 250 bar. Reader Pelletpopper asked me to fill it with a hand pump to the maximum I was able, because Pyramyd lists a hand pump with this gun. I’m not going to do it. I’ll tell you right now I can fill it all the way, but after about 2500 psi it gets hard to pump. I see no purpose for filling by hand since I would never do it that way. If I wanted an inexpensive way to fill the rifle I would use the Nomad II compressor. read more


Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle combo: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Stoeger S4000E MGS
Stoeger S4000E breakbarrel rifle.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Today’s goals
  • The test
  • Sight-in
  • JSB Exact RS
  • RWS Superdome
  • H&N Baracuda Match with 5.53mm heads
  • Shot cycle
  • Trigger
  • Hold
  • Trigger
  • Cocking
  • Summary

Today I start testing the accuracy of the Stoeger S4000E Black Synthetic Suppressed rifle. I will be testing with open sights today but remember this is a combo, and that’s what I really want to test. So today will be a shakedown to learn as much as we can about the rifle.

Today’s goals

There are a couple things I want to find out from today’s test. First I want to know which pellet(s) the rifle likes. That way I won’t waste any time when the rifle is scoped.

I also want to discover how best to hold the rifle. The S4000E has a gas spring and they usually make rifles hold-sensitive. Of all the rifles with gas springs I have tested, so far only the Sig ASP20 has not been hold-sensitive. So I began the test expecting this rifle to be sensitive and I was looking for the best way to use the artillery hold. read more


Beeman C1: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beeman C1
My new Beeman C1 is a .177.

Part 1

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Baseline
  • H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm
  • RWS Superdome
  • RWS Hobby
  • Discussion 1
  • Trigger pull
  • Cocking effort
  • Discussion 2
  • Summary

The Beeman C1 I am testing is the airgun I acquired at the Texas Airgun Show this year. In Part one I noted for you all the shortcomings I could find with the rifle, which were many. These are the things I will address as this report advances. So, we will look at velocity today, but not accuracy until I straighten the bent barrel and tune the powerplant.

Baseline

Today’s test will just establish where things are at this time. Now before we start testing, I want to say a few things. Reader David Enoch said he thought detuning this rifle to shoot a little slower might be a good idea. He was looking for a rifle that cocks easily. I hadn’t thought of that, but it doesn’t seem wrong. read more