The Beeman R7 – Part 4

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Photos and testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald


Beeman R7

Before we start, an update on the BSA laser designator ND-5. The price has been lowered significantly.

Man, did we have a LOT of interest and speculation about the R7 accuracy results. I guess you guys just like a little test now and then. I thought the clues I gave were huge, but some of you didn’t seem to grasp them, so today we’ll look more deeply into this rifle’s performance.

Well, how many of you guessed correctly what is wrong with out test Beeman R7? I thought you might see some similarity between what is happening with the R7 and what happened to me during the FWB 124 25-yard test. In fact, our new reader Steve picked up on that. The only difference between the two tests is that because the 124 has open sights, I was able to test it at 10 meters before relying on the scope sight, and so I knew for certain that the 124 should not give me vertical groups. The scope had to be the cause. read more


The Beeman R7 – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Photos and testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald


Beeman R7

You’ve waited a long time for this part of the report. And there’s a good reason that I made you wait. Mac had a problem with the Beeman R7. Instead of shooting like it should, the groups he got were all over the place. But there’s a happy ending, with things working out as they should. Now that we know what was happening, we’re going to turn this test into a tutorial.

For those who are regular readers, this will be easy to solve, although in the weeks that Mac and I worked on it, it didn’t seem easy. That’s because we are separated by half a continent, plus I don’t always trip to things on the first pass. I hope many of you will identify with that. read more


The Beeman R7 – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Photos and testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald


The latest Beeman R7 is a handy little rifle.

Today, we’ll look at the power of this new Beeman R7 rifle. Boy, did you guys unload on the design changes made to this new airgun! Those ventings did not fall on deaf ears, either. The senior management at Pyramyd Air read what you said with interest, and I think the next time changes are made we may be consulted for input. This set of changes was made by the old guard at the Beeman company, just before they were sold to Shanghai.

Mac is testing a rifle that came with a 10-for-$10 test chrono ticket, so we have Pyramyd Air’s velocity numbers to start with. They were shot with RWS Hobby pellets and recorded an average velocity of 673 f.p.s. The spread went from 661 to 687, which is 26 f.p.s. The average muzzle energy was 7.04 foot-pounds. read more


Beeman R7 – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald


The Beeman R7 has always been a handy little rifle. By bobbing off four inches of the barrel, it’s been made even shorter.

Before we begin, here’s another update on the Roanoke Airgun Expo that’s coming up Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23. Pyramyd Air will probably be coming, with some new guns as well as some stuff from the back rooms. I’ll be returning a couple years of guns I’ve used for testing, so here’s your chance to grab a bargain on a gun you’ve read about.

Their plans are not solidified, yet, but it looks good at this time. If you want them to bring something particular to the show for you, this is fair warning that you should call them. read more