Tech Force 87 underlever – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1


The Tech Force Contender 87 is a big, powerful underlever.

Well, the first moment of truth has arrived for the big Tech Force 87 Contender. I think you’ll be surprised at what it did. I know I was.

Cocking effort
Remember in part 1 that I said I thought that the cocking effort of this rifle was at least 40 lbs.? Well I measured it this time. There are two distinct parts to the cocking effort of this rifle. The first is the mainspring compression and the second is when the rifle is setting the sear. When the lever is pulled down and back, the spring force builds rapidly after the halfway point. The force required to complete the cocking stroke increases to 39 lbs. just before the sear is set, then it stops. But it takes 43 lbs. to set the sear in a very definite second step. So make no mistake about it, the Tech Force 87 is hard to cock. And new owners are going to have problems with this until they acknowledge how the rifle works. read more


The Crosman Mark I and Mark II – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

TheSeptember podcast went live yesterday. If you enjoy hunting, you’ll like this podcast! My voice still sounds a little weak, but I think that I also didn’t set up something properly in Garage Band, which is how I record the podcast. Now, on to today’s blog.

Part 1
Part 2

Today, we’ll look at accuracy. Several years ago, I wrote a feature article for Shotgun News in which I pitted the Mark I and a Smith & Wesson 78G against a modern Crosman 2240. I thought the vintage guns would run away with the contest when it came to accuracy, but the reverse happened. The 2240 beat both other guns for power and accuracy. So, tomorrow I’m starting a special three-part test of the 2240, just to keep the playing field level. Today, it’s the Mark I’s turn in the spotlight. read more