B.B. looks at gas springs

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

This report covers:

• What to call them
• Can gas be a spring?
• Confusion reigned supreme
• We bought one
• Meet Ben Taylor
• It worked!
• Ft. Worth airgun show

What to call them
Today, I want to tell you about the saga I had when I got into gas-spring airguns. Let’s start with the name. Some folks call them gas struts, while others call them gas rams. Some, like Crosman and Gamo, use trademarked names like Nitro Piston and Inert Gas Technology to name their gas springs. But the industry that makes the units calls them gas springs.

They’re called struts when used in assemblies, like the MacPherson strut in a car’s suspension or the suspension strut on an airplane’s landing gear. I don’t know where the term “ram” comes from, but I’m sure there’s a reason people use it. read more


Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

There’s a new video on Airgun Academy: All about lasers. Click to watch it.

Part 1
Part 2


Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is lightweight and looks to be a fine hunting air rifle.

If I could subtitle today’s report, it would be Making Lemonade. Because that’s what was in the box with the rifle — a real lemon of a scope! And to compound the issue, the rifle is a super drooper and the scope rings Gamo provides have no droop compensation. So, they’re unusable.

I actually tested the rifle last week and planned to report on it while I was at the Roanoke show, but the scope is so fuzzy that at 25 yards I could not see the bull clearly enough to aim. Had I been shooting at 10 yards, I wouldn’t have any problem with a fuzzy scope, because I know Gamo had to keep down their costs on this package. But this is where it really helps to have some knowledge of the product before you put combo packages together. This airgun is perfect for shooting at 25 yards, yet the scope is unusable at that distance when the power is dialed up to nine. So — you don’t put a variable scope on this gun! Package it with a 4x scope, save a little money and the shooter will never be able to see how out-of-focus it is. Maybe you could add a drooper mount from the savings, because this rifle really needs one. read more


Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier


Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is lightweight and looks to be a fine hunting air rifle.

Part 1

Okay, this is the week of the Roanoke airgun show. I’ll be on the road from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday, and I’m asking you veteran readers to help the newcomers with their questions. I’ll still read the blog each day, but it’ll be only during a short period in my motel each evening. Edith will be at home and will continue to monitor the blog and the comments and contribute as needed.

Today, we’re going to look at the velocity of the .22-caliber Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT we’re testing. I said “Wow!” a lot in Part 1, so I certainly hope that sentiment carries forward in today’s test. read more


Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier


Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT is lightweight and looks to be a fine hunting air rifle.

Wow!
Wow! That was the first word that came to mind when I opened the box on the Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT. The gun is packed with great care, and you can tell that the packaging was given a lot of thought. It impresses you the moment the box lid raises.

A second wow when I picked it up and felt the light weight of just over 7 lbs. Not trusting my own feelings, I handed it to Edith who made the same observation. This really is a lightweight air rifle!

Then, I couldn’t resist cocking it and that brought another wow. It cocks like it has a gas spring — with no spring noise and the firm feel of resistance all the way. read more