Benjamin Fortitude PCP air rifle Gen2: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Fortitude
The Generation II Benjamin Fortitude.

This report covers:

Through the receiver
Man plans…
Power adjust instructions
Testing the rifle  at its lowest power
High power
Adjusting the power down
Air Arms Falcon pellets
How is the air?
What I haven’t told you
Summary

Today we continue the velocity test of the Benjamin Fortitude Generation 2. We are doing this because Crosman has made the Fortitude velocity adjustable by the owner. 

Through the receiver

The Fortitude allows the user to both adjust the velocity as well as depressurizing the rifle in case of an overfill or a need for maintenance. The optional degassing tool fits through the hollow head of the Allen screw that adjusts the velocity, so you use an Allen wrench to adjust power. It’s a regular 3/16-inch Allen wrench, and the head of the bolt that must be turned is near enough to the end of the receiver that the short end of the wrench will work. Both the power adjustment wrench and the degassing tool fit through an opening in the rear of the receiver. The Allen bolt head has been drilled out so the degassing tool will fit through, so don’t be fooled by the looks. read more


Air Venturi Avenger repeating air rifle: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Avenger
Air Venturi Avenger.

This report covers:

  • The Avenger
  • The lowdown
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Description
  • Fill
  • Two gauges
  • Manual
  • Where is it made?
  • Silencer?
  • Summary

You readers know that I select the topics I write about and the guns I test. Pyramyd Air who owns this blog has given me great latitude to run the show as I see fit. And that arrangement has worked well for 15 years.

However, every once in awhile Pyramyd Air gets a product they would like me to test. They are taking a risk, because they know that I will test it and report whatever happens — both good and bad. I try not to insult anyone when I write about a product, but I also tell the truth as it unfolds, because I worry about the guy who can only afford that one airgun and may base his decision on what I write. Pyramyd Air knows that and trusts that I will be as honest as possible. read more


Benjamin Fortitude PCP air rifle Gen2: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1


Fortitude
The Generation II Benjamin Fortitude.

This report covers:

  • Fill to 3,000
  • Crosman Premier Heavys
  • Discussion 1
  • RWS Hobby
  • JSB Exact Heavy
  • Where are we?
  • After lunch
  • Discussion 2
  • Noise
  • Trigger pull
  • More velocity testing to come
  • Summary

Watch out, spouses! The Great Enabler is about to strike!

Today’s report is so astonishing that if I hadn’t been there I probably would have my doubts. The velocity test took me two and one-half hours to complete! That’s because the .177 Benjamin Fortitude had so many shots on a single fill to 3,000 psi! Let’s get started.

Fill to 3,000

I filled the rifle to 3,000 psi as indicated on the gauge of my large carbon fiber tank. The gauge on the rifle also showed the pressure was 3,000 psi, and I know the gauge on my air tank is very accurate. I waited for 4 days after filling and the pressure still showed 3,000 psi on the rifle’s onboard gauge, so I know the rifle holds well. read more


Diana Bandit PCP air pistol: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Diana Bandit
Diana Bandit precharged pneumatic air pistol.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

  • Set up
  • Adjusting the UTG Reflex Micro dot sight
  • The test
  • Hades pellets
  • First group
  • Refill the pistol
  • Second group
  • Not clarvoiant!
  • Next step?
  • Fill to 180-bar
  • Final group
  • Summary

Today I finish my report on the .22-caliber Diana Bandit PCP pistol. I had to relearn some lessons, even though I described them well in the past blog parts.

The purpose of today’s report is to shoot the pistol with the 7-shot magazine that it comes with. Until now I have been shooting it with the single-shot tray.

Set up

I had to remount the UTG Reflex Micro dot sight, so there was another whole sight-in. It took all of the 7 pellets in the .22 caliber magazine to get in the bull. The first three shots were from 12 feet and the last 4 were from 10 meters, which is the distance I’m shooting at today. read more


Gamo Swarm Fusion 10X Gen II air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Sight in
  • Falcon group
  • Discussion
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets
  • Discussion 2
  • JSB Exact RS dome
  • Discussion 3
  • Second group of JSB Exact RS
  • Third group of JSB Exact RS
  • Summary

Today I mount the 3-9X40 Gamo scope and shoot the Fusion 10X from 25 yards. It will be an interesting test.

Mounting the scope

The scope that’s bundled with the rifle comes with a one-piece mount already attached. All you have to do is loosen the three Torx screw on the scope mount base with the wrench provided and clamp the mount to the 11mm dovetail base on the rifle. The mount has a scope stop pin that fits into the rear hole in the base and locks the mount from moving under recoil. I had the scope on and ready to go in 10 minutes.

The test

I shot off a rest at 25 yards. I used pellets that showed potential in Part 3’s test with open sights, except I had run out of H&N Match Green pellets, so I substituted something else. read more


Sig Virtus MCX PCP air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Virtus
Sig Virtus.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 1 Romeo5 XDR red dot sight

This report covers:

  • Sighting in the Romeo5
  • The test
  • Lots of pellets
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • Air Arms 16-grain dome
  • RWS Meisterkugeln
  • Summary

Today I mount the Romeo5 dot sight on the Sig Virtus and shoot it for accuracy again. This will be a test of both the sight and the rifle in operation.

Sig Virtus with Romeo5
I mounted the Romeo5 midway up the Picatinny rail, where both the dot and the target are easily visible.

Sighting in the Romeo5

I started at 12 feet as I always do with optical sights. The first shot went low and left so I adjusted the Romeo5 adjustments up and right. After 4 shots and adjustments in between I felt confident to move back to 10 meters.

I will say this, the sight adjustments worked perfectly, and like most dot sights the Romeo5 adjusts quickly. I sighted in with the dot on full intensity, but dropped four levels of illumination when shooting the targets. That 2 MOA dot is extremely precise, and you want it just bright enough to see with no flare! read more


Sig Virtus MCX PCP air rifle: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Virtus
Sig Virtus.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Sight-in
  • Sorry Sig!
  • Sight-in again
  • First three pellets
  • HOWEVER
  • Discussion 1— the trigger
  • Not semiautomatic
  • JSB Exact RS pellets
  • Next test
  • Crux Ballistic Alloy 5-shot group
  • Summary

Today we begin looking at the accuracy of the new Sig Virtus MCX PCP air rifle. Since we know that this rifle has a heavy trigger, this should be an interesting test. We also know that the Virtus gets a LOT of shots on a 3000 psi fill — over 150 in our test in Part 2. So I will fill it once and not worry after that.

The test

I shot the rifle off a sandbag rest with the rifle rested directly on the bag. Because it is a pneumatic I can get away with that. I started out shooting 10-shot groups but switched to 5-shot groups in the middle of the test. I will explain why when we get to it.

Sight-in

I began sighting in the rifle using the back-up iron sights (BUIS) that came on the rifle. They adjust in both directions and I thought they would be a good thing to test. Well, the Virtus I am testing was shooting about 6 inches low at 10 meters. I  used the sight adjustment tool I showed you in Part 1. I adjusted the front sight that adjusts the post down as low as it would go which brings the pellet up as high as it will go. Even with that the rifle was still shooting 2 inches low.  read more