With airguns home IS the range! — Part1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

  • The indoor range
  • Quiet airguns
  • The 499
  • Quiet traps
  • Build your own trap
  • What about more powerful airguns?
  • You don’t have to just shoot paper indoors
  • Safety
  • Distance
  • Pellet trap
  • Lighting
  • Shooting table
  • Shooting at home is fun!
  • Your turn

Some of you are sitting at home right now, bored out of your gourds! Have you forgotten that you are airgunners? This is your time to shine!

This is a refresh of an article I wrote for the website in 2006 — 14 years ago. Things have changed a lot since then, so I have updated it.

The indoor range

With the right airguns, it’s not only possible to shoot at home, you’ll wish you’d started years ago. I’m not talking about your backyard today. Some folks have large private backyards that let them shoot without disturbing their neighbors. But many people like me are squeezed into closer quarters with neighbors who may call the police if they see someone outside with a gun. However, a home is still a castle, and yours can have a shooting range inside. read more


Colt Single Action Army BB gun: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

 

Colt Single Action Army BB revolver
The new Colt Single Action Army BB revolver is gorgeous!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • It started as a conversation
  • Cartridges are the key
  • Use the same cartridges
  • The test
  • Ah-ha!
  • 25-foot test
  • Summary

It started as a conversation

A couple weeks ago, several readers had a discussion on the blog about shooting the Colt Single Action Army BB revolver with pellets. I didn’t read everything they said in detail, but the basic idea stayed with me for several days until I began to wonder, “Why not?” Back in 2013, I tested the

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Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Black Ops Junior Sniper
Black Ops Junior Sniper combo

This report covers:

  • Informative
  • Scope
  • Sight-in
  • Premier lite pellets first
  • Pumping is easy
  • Pellets difficult to load
  • H&N Baracuda Match pellets with 4.53mm heads
  • Final thoughts
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    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo: Part 4

    by Tom Gaylord
    Writing as B.B. Pelletier

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo
    Black Ops Junior Sniper combo

    This report covers:

    • Monopod
    • Daisy Premium Grade BBs
    • Hornady Black Diamond BBs
    • Crosman Copperhead BBs
    • Avanti Precision Ground Shot
    • Summary

    This is the report you’ve been waiting for. How accurate is the Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo with steel BBs? Today, we’ll find out.

    I went back to Part 2 and discovered that the rifle gets almost 500 f.p.s. on 3 pumps when shooting BBs. Since I was shooting at 16 and a fraction feet (5 meters), this was more than enough velocity for the test. It also sped up the test a bit.

    Monopod
    I try to take my personal weaknesses out of any test I do, and resting the gun is a good way to do that. I used to use a bench and sandbag for all of this, but shooting a BB gun at 5 meters is a lot to set up for. Thankfully, I discovered the UTG Monopod. It’s light, quick and convenient. And, it produces results that are very close to a bagged rest. Certainly, they’re good enough for a test like this.

    Daisy Premium Grade BBs
    The first BB tested was the Daisy Premium Grade BB. I loaded just 10 into the gun’s reservoir, then started shooting. At first, I thought the gun was doing very well; but as the shots increased, I could see that it wasn’t. In the end, I’d put 10 shots into 1.787 inches. That’s at just over 16 feet! Most BB pistols will do better than that.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo Daisy BB
    Ten Daisy Premium Grade BBs made this 1.787-inch group at 5 meters. This isn’t very good.

    As things turned out, this was the second-worst group of the test. Daisy BBs aren’t on the bottom very often, but this proves that it can happen.

    Hornady Black Diamond BBs
    The next BB to be tested was the Hornady Black Diamond. In other tests, I’ve found these BBs to be equal to the best, though not all guns seem to like them. But the Black Ops Junior Sniper seems to. Ten of these black steel BBs went into a group that measured 0.991 inches between centers — or just about an inch. While that certainly isn’t target gun accuracy, it sure is going in the right direction! It turned out to be the best group of the test!

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo Hornady BB
    Now, that’s a group! Hornady Black Diamond BBs did well in the Black Ops Junior Sniper. Ten went into 0.991 inches at 5 meters.

    Crosman Copperhead BBs
    Next, I tried Crosman Copperhead BBs. While these are premium BBs, they’re slightly smaller than the others and vary in size just a little more than the rest. But this time they were just about even with the Daisy BBs, putting 10 into 1.79 inches at 5 meters. This was the largest group of the session, but it’s so close to the Daisy group that I have to rank them as equal.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo Crosman BB
    Crosman Copperhead BBs did about the same as Daisy BBs in this test. Ten went into 1.79 inches at 5 meters.

    Avanti Precision Ground Shot
    The last BB I tried was the Avanti Precision Ground Shot. Since these are so demonstrably better than other premium BBs in the Avanti Champion 499 BB gun, we tend to think of them as more accurate in all guns, but that isn’t the case. They’re slightly larger, and their surface is very uniform, but not all BB guns can make good use of those qualities.

    In the Black Ops Junior Sniper, 10 Avanti shots printed a group that measured 1.625 inches. That’s not much better than the 2 worst groups, and way off the pace of the Black Diamond BBs.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo Avanti Precision Shot
    Avanti Precision Ground Shot offerend no advantage in the Black Ops Junior Sniper. Ten went into 1.625 inches at 5 meters. read more


    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo: Part 3

    by Tom Gaylord
    Writing as B.B. Pelletier

    Part 1
    Part 2

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo.

     

    This report covers:

    • Crosman Premier lite pellets
    • H&N Baracuda Match pellets, 4.53mm head
    • Air Arms Falcon pellets
    • Conclusion thus far
    • What’s next?

    Let’s look at the accuracy of the

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    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo: Part 2

    by Tom Gaylord
    Writing as B.B. Pelletier

    Part 1

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo.

    This report covers:

    • Velocity baselining with Crosman Premier lite pellets
    • Premier lite average for 5 pumps
    • Premier lite average for 10 pumps
    • Velocity baselining with Daisy BBs
    • Daisy BB average for 5 pumps
    • Daisy BB average for 10 pumps
    • H&N Baracuda Match pellets with 4.50mm heads
    • Gamo round lead ball
    • Trigger-pull
    • Evaluation so far

    Today, we’ll look at the velocity of the Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo. I told you last time that the loading trough is narrow and difficult to access, and I tried to photograph it for you but was unable to get a picture that showed what I’m talking about. Just take my word that this rifle has much less access room than a Daisy 880 or a Crosman 2100.

    I shot the rifle with pellets, BBs and lead balls, because I know some readers are interested in every type of ammo. In doing so, I learned some valuable lessons about this airgun! Let’s get started.

    Velocity baselining with Crosman Premier lite pellets
    I began the test with Crosman Premier lite pellets. I hoped to establish a baseline for velocity. But as you’ll see, it didn’t work the way I’d hoped.

    Pumps     Velocity f.p.s.

    2             270
    3             383
    4             434
    5             473
    6             478
    7             500
    8             532
    9             540
    10           552

    Theoretically, the gun should average close to these velocities with the same number of pump strokes. However, as you’ll see, it didn’t.

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    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo: Part 1

    by Tom Gaylord
    Writing as B.B. Pelletier

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo
    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo

    This report covers:

    • What is it?
    • The rifle
    • Trigger and safety
    • What to make of this airgun

    Today, we’ll start looking at the Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo. I have to admit, this is a rather radical departure for me. I’m not fond of black rifles of any kind, yet there’s something about this one that draws me in. This rifle is made for kids! At least that’s what the styling, name and box graphics seem to convey.

    What is it?
    The rifle is a stylistic black rifle (based on the M16 platform). It’s stylistic because no black rifle has a hole in the forearm like this one. And the barrel leaves the upper handguard differently than an M16 barrel. And the sights are different. And so on. But the object is to appeal to those who like the black rifle look, and I think they did that.

    This is a multi-pump pneumatic rifle that shoots lead pellets in a single-shot mode or steel BBs from a reservoir as a repeater. In that respect, it has much in common with a Daisy 880. The steel barrel is rifled, and the rifle operates with anywhere from 2 to 10 pumps. The advertised top velocity is 675 f.p.s. with steel BBs, but I’ll check that for you, of course. Before anyone asks me — yes, I’ll test this rifle with .177 round lead balls! The bore is large enough that there’s no danger of jamming, so why not?

    The rifle
    The rifle has a lot of plastic on the outside, as you would expect in this price range, but the barrel’s sheathed in a rolled sheet steel jacket. The underlever for pumping is the reason the hole’s in the forearm.

    The underlever is held in place by a spring-loaded detent. It’s tight against the rifle until you really pull down like you mean it.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo pump extended

    The hole in the forearm is the handle for the underlever. Pull down hard to release it.

    The butt appears to be adjustable, but it isn’t. It’s a one-piece molded plastic part. And the buttplate is solid with no trap doors for storage.

    The sights are both fiberoptic, and they appear to be pretty bright. The rear sight adjusts for both windage and elevation. Though this came as a combo with a scope included, these sights are nice enough that I will first test them before I mount the scope.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo rear sight
    The rear sight slides up the ramp for elevation. A spring-loaded button that can’t be seen here locks it in place. The notch is held on by a screw and slides from side to side when it’s loosened.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo front sight
    The front sight is a fiberoptic bead on a tall ramp.

    This rifle weighs 4.41 lbs. The overall length is 39.37 inchesm and the length of pull is close enough to 14.5 inches that I’ll call it that. So, it’s a lightweight rifle that still fits an adult. In fact, young shooters may find the buttstock a bit too long. Since it’s hollow plastic, there’s no easy way to shorten it.

    This rifle has a bolt action. The bolt handle, which withdraws the bolt for loading and also cocks the rifle, is located on the right side of the receiver. That’s the only thing on the gun that’s not entirely ambidextrous. The bolt features a cover that slides with it to close the loading trough to dirt.

    Black Ops Junior Sniper air rifle combo bolt
    The bolt handle is on the right side of the receiver. The bolt has a sliding cover to keep the action clean! read more