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FORT SMITH, AR (November 17th, 2014)— Are you the best shot you can be with your air rifle? Tune in for this week’s Round Table where Rossi Morreale, Jim Chapman, Tom Gaylord, and Rick Eutsler provide expert tips that help you improve your shooting skills.
Rossi also gives us an insider’s look at the largest online airgun retailer on the planet—Pyramyd Air. Airgun critic, Rick Eutsler and Rossi get together to evaluate the popular Umarex Surge and see the kind of airgun performance tests that are often performed for airgun reviews.
American Airgunner airs on the Pursuit Channel Wednesdays at 4:30 pm Eastern, Fridays at 1:30 am and during primetime Friday evening at 8:30 pm Eastern. This is the only televised show about airguns. Watch it on DirectTV Ch. 604 or DISH Network Ch. 393. Check your local listings for additional channel information.
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Posted By admin on November 9, 2014
By: Ashley Rumble (11) Volume 16 Winter 2013
I recently got a chance to test a Browning Buck Mark. It is a very cool gun and really nice to shoot. It has a match trigger that is very short and crisp. It has a chrome barrel and wooden grips. The green bead of the front sight makes the sight picture very clear when looking through it. When I shoot it, I do very well with it, and it has become my favorite gun.
When I first got it, I had never shot anything but my dad’s Smith and Wesson 22A; which although is a very good, inexpensive, baseline pistol, was very touchy on what ammo went through it. The Browning ran without a flaw. The slide was very easy to pull, though I had trouble with jams because of my noodle arms. My dad got to shoot it before I did, and he said it was like “breaking a glass rod” when you pulled the trigger.
It is very accurate and works well if you are really into competing with a .22 in steel challenge, Ruger Rimfire, or bullseye. It’s a good beginner’s gun for people who aren’t used to guns or need a gun that’s easy to shoot and easy to take care of. It is so fun to shoot and easy to clean. When cleaning the Smith and Wesson, it took us a long time because the recoil spring would suddenly pop out and we would have to move it back into place. When I first shot the Browning in a match, I was able to achieve faster times than I did with the Smith and Wesson.
It’s lighter than some of the other handguns I have tried which makes it good for younger kids or people just starting. For people who don’t like a lot of kick, it’s great. While loading the magazines themselves is very easy, sometimes it takes a little extra pushing power to get the magazine seated properly. I used this gun in my last competition, and it was easy to handle, even though some of the targets were at a challenging distance for a pistol. It has a crowned barrel which makes it better because the crown helps keep the bullet in a tight spin and protects the rifling at the end of the barrel, making it much more accurate. Packing it around is easy as well. It’s very compact so we have no trouble getting it in the bag. I really hope I can get one of my own soon. It’s a great gun, and if you ever get an opportunity to shoot one, you should!
Posted By admin on November 3, 2014
By: Larry Haley from Volume 16 Winter 2013
Since the beginning of this magazine there has been at least one article on safety. Safety is something we can never forget or push to the background if we are to enjoy our shooting sports and enjoy them without incidents. Previous articles have described situations that we would not think would happen, but they do and did.
We have discussed the major firearm safety rules many times. Another aspect of firearm safety is to be very knowledgeable about each firearm you handle. There can be minor differences between two firearms that look much the same, that have big safety considerations. For example, let’s look at the famous Colt Peacemaker, the “six-gun”, and compare it to the modern Ruger Vaquero.
(Picture of each gun from the same side) The Peacemaker is on the left and the Vaquero is on the right. They look very similar and have similar features. They both hold six cartridges and are both single action, meaning you have to pull the hammer back first and then pull the trigger to fire.
Now let’s look at them when they are fully cocked.
(Picture of each gun cocked, maybe close up at rear area)
Do you notice anything different about them? Look closely at the hammer on each one. The Peacemaker’s hammer has a pointed part on it. That is the firing pin. The Vaquero hammer is flat. It doesn’t have a firing pin on it. If you remember, the firing pin is the part of the firearm that strikes the primer on the cartridge causing the gun to fire.
So how does the Vaquero work without a firing pin? Well, it does have a firing pin, but it’s built into the gun between the hammer and the cartridge. So why did they build it that way? There are two major reasons. The first is that the firing pin on the Peacemaker can be broken off, making it unable to fire. So the Vaquero doesn’t have that problem. The second is that it makes the Vaquero safer, and that is what we are interested in.
The firing pin mechanism on the Vaquero is called a transfer bar and from that we get the term transfer bar safety. The transfer bar moves up and down. It is down, safe, most of the time. It only moves up and in-between the hammer and the cartridge when the trigger is pulled. Okay, why does that make it safer?
To answer that, let’s first look closer at the Peacemaker. Since we don’t have the space in this article for a lot of pictures I will try to explain it. When a Peacemaker is cocked the chamber rotates and a new cartridge is lined up with the barrel. When the trigger is pulled, the hammer moves forward and its firing pin fits through a small hole allowing it to hit the cartridge. It then fires.
This firing pin, which is long enough to hit the cartridge, is also long enough that if the firearm is loaded with six cartridges and the hammer is down, it is resting on the primer of a cartridge. Any kind of a hit on the hammer, or the gun being dropped, could cause the gun to fire. Thus the standard safety rule for the Peacemaker is to only load five cartridges and make sure the hammer is down on the empty one.
The Vaquero does not have this issue. Since the trigger has to be pulled for the firing pin to be lined up between the hammer and the cartridge, the gun can’t fire when the hammer is down, making it much safer. Because of this, the Vaquero can be safely loaded with six cartridges, a true “six-shooter.”
If you can, find someone who has these firearms, and can handle them safely, to show them to you so you can better see what is described above.
Okay, now for some fun. Do you want to be a western film and TV critic? Watch some shows. Pay close attention to any Peacemaker handling. You can ignore the fact that in the old movies they seem to shoot about 20 times without reloading, everybody knows that one.
Here’s what to watch for: A cowboy, gunslinger, or whoever, pulls his gun, cocks it, and then doesn’t fire it and lets the hammer back down and puts it back in the holster. What did they just do? You’re right; they now have the firing pin resting on the primer of the unfired cartridge. It could fire with a bump on the hammer or some other jarring motion. Explain that to your friends. You are now the Gunslinger Guru.
So remember, each type of firearm has its own level of safety and some that look similar may operate differently. You need to become familiar with any firearm before you use it. I recommend that you ask someone who is familiar with a firearm to explain how it works before you attempt to load or shoot it.
Be safe, have fun.
Posted By admin on October 9, 2014
If you like hunting and like airguns you neec to see this show. Sponsored by Umarex, one of the best producers of airguns, the show is interesting, comprehensive and entertaining. This week they just had The History of Airguns .
FORT SMITH, AR (October 6th, 2014)— This week on American Airgunner, host Rossi Morreale is joined at the Round Table by Tom Gaylord, Jim Chapman, and Steve Fjestad to talk about some of the history surrounding airguns.
As a long-time writer and blogger, Tom Gaylord—also known as the Godfather of Airguns—brings a wealth of knowledge to the table from information about the first known airguns, to their current growing popularity in the United States. Jim Chapman is well versed on the traditions of hunting with airguns and Steve Fjestad is the publisher of the Blue Book of Airguns and offers unique knowledge of airguns in America.
In this episode’s Airgun Review, Rick Eutsler shares his knowledge with Rossi about the Umarex Octane, a powerful break barrel air rifle. In the Airgun Hunting segment Jim Chapman is hunting with an airgun in pursuit of a javelina in Arizona.
American Airgunner airs on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm Eastern, Fridays at 1:30 am and during primetime on Friday evening at 8:30 pm Eastern. Pursuit Channel can be found on DirectTV Ch. 604, and DISH Network Ch. 393. Check your local listings for additional channel information.
Audiences are invited to follow American Airgunner on Facebook, YouTube, AmericanAirgunner.com, and to search for #AirgunnerTV to keep up with the show, its host Rossi Morreale, and the show’s guests, airgun hunters, and experts.
Posted By admin on September 25, 2014
Posted By admin on September 4, 2014
Do you want to try 3-Gun competition but not sure if you would like it, or can afford it? Do you need to practice 3-Gun but the cold during the winter months makes you want to stay home under the covers? Try airsoft 3-Gun! Yep, airsoft. You can have lots of fun, practice to your hearts content, and all at a very cheap price. Though you can certainly set it up outdoors, it is indoors where this sport is starting to shine. Out of the weather means no snow or rain to deal with and a controlled environment. It also means you don’t have to take those long trips to the range.
(Ricky Marston, 13, standing with an M4 in front of two custom made airsoft knock-down targets (available for sale at Forward Movement (http://www.forwardmovementtraining.com/). These targets are excellent for 3-Gun or practicing at home. Most of the plastic BBs are caught inside the container.)
The NRA started airsoft 3-Gun last year and they have rules for 3-Gun airsoft and .22: http://nrasports.nra.org/3-gun-shooting-events.aspx. Rob Potter, of Shoot Right, has an International Air 3-Gun program going – both airsoft and airgun. This is a quickly expanding program that will be available across the country and internationally. You can contact him at 602-288-5324 http://www.shootrightaz.org/.
Here in Boise, Idaho, (Where Junior Shooters magazine is located) we have the advantage of working with Matt and Christen Schneider from Forward Movement (see article http://www.juniorshooters.net/2014/06/19/
junior-shooters-and-forward-movement-training-in-idaho/). This gives us a facility to set up 3-Gun airsoft, practice, and actually have regular monthly matches as well as the Idaho State Airsoft 3-Gun Championship (Spring 2015). Each time we run a stage, the juniors are after me to run it again. “Can we? Can we, please, go again?” We look at stances, gun position, shoulders, hand position, sight picture, strategy, trigger pull, and of course, SAFETY comes first.
(Top left: Wyatt Irish, 15, shooting with a Beretta 92 (his favorite pistol) from Umarex. Notice the tiny clay in the window.)
Stages can be set up where they are long, or relatively short, depending upon the space available. They can be rifle, pistol, and shotgun, or just one gun. They can be quick and close, long-range or a combination. We are currently working on four different stages which will be semi-permanent. (Right: Jessica Brown (16) shooting an M4. Notice the forward stance, square shoulders, and left arm well out on the forearm of the gun. A picture perfect stance for 3-Gun.We can shoot during our practices, during the regular monthly matches (starting in October) that are open to the public, and the public can go to Forward Movement and rent time and airsoft guns and try it out for themselves. Make it a family affair as it is lots of fun.
Most of the airsoft guns Junior Shooters 3-Gun team is currently using are from UMAREX, especially the Elite Force high-end AR and the 1911. Umarex has an excellent variety, though no shotgun yet. We are in the process of acquiring a number of shotguns to test to find the right one. Pistols and rifles are plentiful with the pistols either using CO2 or Green Gas and the rifle is AEG (electric). Check them out at: http://www.umarexusa.com/Airsoft/.
(left: Bryson Smith (14) shooting at two standing airsoft knock-down targets with a Elite Force 1911 from behind cover.)
Stay tuned for more great airsoft 3-Gun action coming soon.
Posted By admin on August 28, 2014
August 25, 2014
Vol. 15 No. 33
NSSF recently provided an audio news release (ANR) to radio stations across the country promoting firearm safety education and the message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” in conjunction with the start of hunting season. “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” is the new campaign of NSSF’s longstanding Project ChildSafe program. To date, the ANR has been used by 871 stations from Miami, Florida, to North Pole, Alaska, reaching nearly 25 million listeners. NSSF encourages the use of the ANR by all who want to promote safe and responsible firearm storage. Listen to and download the ANR.
“To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. ”
Click here to visit the NSSF website and see how we accomplish this mission.
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Posted By admin on August 6, 2014
CORRECTED ARTICLE to page 36 Summer issue Volume 18 SEE BLUE TEXT BELOW.
URGENT INFORMATION ON AIRGUNS AND AIR TANKS!
By: Ben Moody
For many, the availability of .22 rimfire caliber has caused an increased interest in airguns. Airguns have been an alternative for some time, but only in recent years have they become more powerful and accurate.
AirForce Airguns have created a platform that minimizes weight, reloading time, and prolongs the life of the airgun in their model, the Escape. The Escape was sent to me with the following accessories: with a manual pump, an air tank adaptor a 4-16×50 scope, and a 3,000-pound air tank (ONLY USE COMPRESSED AIR (scuba tank) OR DRY NITROGEN GAS.) The air tank takes about 30 minutes to fill with periodic breaks. Assembly is fairly simple: The rifle only has two major parts, taking 15 minutes to put together. The instructions are on a DVD, not in a book. This being a new model, the DVD was extremely detailed but not up to date for the air tank. As far as safety, the single-shot action and self-resetting safety are reliable, but it is your responsibility to make sure the gun is empty.
The Escape weighs in at roughly 5 pounds with the scope; it has a 24-inch barrel and comes in two calibers — the .22 or the .25. Finding the .25-caliber pellet was somewhat of a challenge since none of our local stores stocked it. I was able to find them on the Internet for $11 for 200 pellets, or approximately 5.5 cents a pellet; almost the cost of .22 rimfire bullets. There are many different types of pellets, including round nose, flat head, wadcutter, and even hollow points. I chose Benjamin’s Premier Destroyer .25 caliber, 28-grain, pointed hunting pellets for the brand name, but Beeman also manufactures the same caliber.
I had the opportunity to take the Escape out to our farm and use it to help control the population of rockchucks, which are destroying alfalfa fields. This caliber turned out to have awesome knockdown power and devastating effects on the rockchucks. I also had a chance to shoot at some pigeons that needed evicted from our storage cellar. My only missing once at a pigeon proved the rifle’s accuracy and the smoothness of the adjustable two-stage trigger.
I used a chronograph to measure the speed of the pellet leaving the rifle. The ammo I used was able to achieve 1106 fps at full power; yet, when the rifle air pressure dropped below 1,000 pounds, it loses 10 to 15 fps per shot. AirForce Airguns claims, with the right ammo, 1300 fps is possible. I fired into a piece of half-inch wood to show how far the pellet would penetrate. The only problem was it went all the way through! Rummaging around the shop, I found an inch-and-a-half thick 2×4 expecting its thickness to hold the pellet. Wrong again! Not only did the pellet fly through the board but through one side of the empty 55-gallon burn barrel that I was using as a backstop. The pellet finally lost velocity after penetrating the barrel and landed on top of a pile of ashes inside. By this time, other than being amazed, I was running out of wood, so I cut my remaining 2×4 into three pieces. Clamping these pieces together, I made a 4-1/2-inch block hoping that it would be enough. After almost shooting the clamp, I measured the penetration of the pellet at 1-3/4 inches, showing how powerful the Escape really is.
Sighting in the rifle was incredibly simple, taking less than ten minutes, and I was able to hold groups of 1 inch at 25 yards. Another feature is the variable-power adjustment above the forestock offering an almost unlimited option for velocity. The Escape also has an adjustable stock and is designed for left- and right-handed shooters making it very versatile.
In conclusion, the Escape is a great platform for those looking for an alternative to rimfire. It is ideal for small game or just a quieter gun. As far as looks, you cannot find a cooler-looking air rifle. There are a variety of different accessories available such as shoulder sling, iron sights, and bipods, thus making the Escape a more customizable airgun.
I would like to thank AirForce Airguns and Junior Shooters Magazine for the opportunity to review the Escape Air Rifle. This product is made from high-quality materials in the United States. I would highly recommend this rifle for beginner to expert shooters. It is a great rifle, and I enjoyed shooting it. Go to www.pyramydair.com and get yours now.
Posted By admin on August 5, 2014
Some of you may ask why this is posted here. It is because many of the parents may know who John is and have grown up seeing his articles in GUNS magazine, American Handgunner, and SHOOT! Magazine. He has enthralled us for years with his gun reviews and stories. The last few years he added a regular column in GUNS magazine called “Camp Fire Tales.” Amongst a variety of interesting stories, he has covered tales of his youth, the gun industry, and growing up around guns and the shooting sports.
John has taught his children and grand children about his love of shooting and especially revolvers. Yes, his favorite guns are six guns and his favorite caliber is the .44 Special. He has been instrumental in making sure that the next generation of youngsters have the opportunity to enjoy his love of
guns and shooting. He is also a person you can always count on. John and his wife Dorthy are the nicest and friendliest couple you will meet.
He has also written numerous books such as: Big Bore Sixguns, Big Bore Handguns, The Gun Digest Book of the .44, Single Action Sixguns, The Gun Digest of Cowboy Action Shooting: Guns – Gear – Tactics, Action Shooting Cowboy Style. He is respected as one of the top handgun-hunters ever.
There is a celebration for John happening in October in Boise, Idaho, were he lives, and I wanted all of you to know about it. See the flyer below.
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Posted By admin on July 18, 2014
Posted By admin on July 16, 2014
Junior Shooters Magazine made an appearance on @AmericanAirgunner on the Pursuit Channel today. It airs again during primetime on Friday at 8:30 pm Eastern time. #AirgunnerTV.
Thanks American Airgunner, JB, and Umarex!
Check out American Airgunner @ http://www.americanairgunner.com/
Great stuff and look for Airsoft 3-Gun!