Beeman R1 – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald

The R1 Elite Series combo comes with a Bushnell 4-12x40AO scope mounted.

Well, we had to get to the Beeman R1 before long. After all, it’s a Weihrauch rifle and probably the one model that American airgunners are the most familiar with. Back in its heyday, which was the very early 1980s, it was, for a brief time, the most powerful spring-piston air rifle around. It was also the first airgun to be designed by a CAD system.

The engineer who did the computer work for Dr. Beeman meets me every year at the Little Rock Airgun Expo, and he sometimes tells me tidbits of what that development was like. At the time, they didn’t have a large body of test data to design from, so they modeled all sorts of possible performance enhancements until they found the correct blend. read more


HW 97 – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and test by Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1
Part 2

The HW97 is an attractive air rifle.

Today is the day many of you say you have been waiting for. Today, Mac reports on the accuracy he got with the HW97. His first comment on this day’s report was, “I knew this thing could shoot. New as it is, performance is great!” I think you will agree when you see the results.

Remember, Mac is shooting at 30 yards outdoors. He mounted the same Leapers 4-16×56 scope that he used in the HW50S test. Also, remember that Mac used EVERY BRAND of .177 pellet he had on hand, so there are some targets that aren’t as good. Since he doesn’t have the pellets you all recommended — and that was a raft of pellets — he isn’t going to be able to conduct those individual additional tests everyone recommended. What you see here is what he has available. read more


HW 97 – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and test by Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1


The HW97 is an attractive air rifle.

I’m keeping the HW97 report close to the B3-1 test, so you can make comparisons. Thus far, we’ve noticed that the HW is by far the better finished air rifle. Several of you have now seen for the first time what a gun with a sliding compression chamber looks like. Today, we’ll test velocity.

Mac reports that the HW97 appears to be a 12 foot-pound gun. Actually, it develops just over 12 foot-pounds, which would make it an FAC rifle in the United Kingdom. But Americans will probably think of it as a 12 foot-pound gun. read more


HW97 – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Before we start…a note from Edith: Blog reader rikib was looking at the Leapers Bug Buster scope yesterday, and I told him there was a used one available on Pyramyd Air’s website. I wonder if the rest of you might not know about the large selection of used products available.

“Used” does not mean someone else traded in the gun. In fact, Pyramyd Air doesn’t take trade-ins. When a product is labeled as used, it could mean the tech department used it for testing, someone bought the product and returned it within 30 days or it was used for photography. Generally, these products are in new condition. If there are nicks or wear and tear or handling marks, that’s noted in the description. In most cases, you’re getting a gun as good as new…at a discount. read more