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During practice day at the recent Northeast Regional Field Target (NERFT) match held at Crosman's Bloomfield NY headquarters, a couple of interesting new prototype air rifles appeared very briefly.

Chip Hunnicutt, Crosman's PR and web chief, suddenly appeared with a couple of new, tactical-looking airguns and fired them during a quiet period just after Lunch. I managed to grab a couple of photographs of this one.





This prototype was a new side lever cocking .357 caliber big bore air rifle. It appeared to be a modified, mechanical version of the now-defunct Benjamin Rogue, using the same magazine. Name is to be the Benjamin Bulldog, apparently.

Chip also briefly showed a new version of the Marauder air rifle. This again had a tactical look and appeared to be a bullpup configuration of the Mrod. Sadly I missed seeing this myself, so no photographs, but the product name could be Benjamin Armada. There's a photograph of this on the Crosman Facebook page.

Crosman has used the NERFT match as a venue to display new prototypes as a "work in progress". Some years ago there was a tactical Marauder prototype shown that eventually appeared as the MAR177 conversion kit.

So these "sneak peeks" may not be what actually comes to market next year, but they give a clear indication of the thinking in Crosman's product development organization.

Interesting!!!

.


Recently, we've been suffering from somewhat of a scope shortage.

However, things have now improved greatly with the return to availability of three good airgun-rated zoom scopes, all with mil dot reticles and close focusing.



The Leapers 3-9 x 32AO scope, Model SCP-U392AODT2 is supplied with airgun rings, flip open lens caps and focuses down to 5 yards. This is an excellent scope for airgun use as it features the TF2+ turrets that pull out to adjust and then simply push back to lock.

You can see more details of this scope here - http://www.archerairguns.com/Leapers-SCP-U392AODT2-Scope-p/scp-u392aodt2.htm

The very popular Hammers 3-9x zoom scopes are also available again. These scopes are both supplied with a solid one piece airgun mount and are very similar except for the objective diameter.

See if you can tell the difference!

Here's the Hammers 3-9 x 32AO scope, mounted on a Ruger Air Hawk. http://www.archerairguns.com/Hammers-3-9-x-32AO-Scope-and-Mount-p/hammerssa3932scope.htm



And this is the Hammers 3-9 x 40AO scope. http://www.archerairguns.com/Hammers-3-9-x-32AO-Scope-and-Mount-p/hammerssa3932scope.htm



See what I mean?


Tim Smith, the Editor of Airgun Hobbyist magazine, confirms that the latest issue has been printed and is currently being mailed out. Subscribers - aren't we all? - should receive their copy very soon.

Here's a copy of the cover and the Contents Page, just to whet your appetites:





Airgun reviews include the following: Umarex Fusion, Hatsan Sniper 125 and the Hatsan AT44W-10.

There's articles on hunting both pigeons and wild boar with airguns and also coverage of airguns at the NRA 143rd Annual Meeting.

As always, there's lots to read!

Click this link to subscribe to Airgun Hobbyist.



New products from Archer Airguns are these single shot trays for the Benjamin Marauder air rifle. They fit both first version and current production Mrods.

Marauder air rifle single shot trays in .22 caliber have been unavailable from Crosman for some time, .25 trays for years! Now there's a new source from Archer Airguns...

The trays are now available in .177 and .22 caliber - .25 caliber trays will be available within 30 days.

These images show the CAD design for the trays. The 22 trays are very similar, except that they're marked, er, .22!





This is how the .22 tray looks in a first version Marauder.





The trays are manufactured from a nylon 12 material called "Duraform PA". This was selected for its durability, precision and capacity for repeatable use. Manufacturing is undertaken using a high end "additive manufacturing" process.

The color is flat black and the caliber is marked on either side of the tray for ease of identification in use. The design also includes a built-in "safety ring" that mitigates the issue of pellets falling back into the hammer assembly by accident.

Please note that this tray fits from the left side of the breech (the opposite to the Benjamin OEM part).

These trays are in stock now. For the .177 version, click.
For the .22 version click.


Reader Jeffrey in Floral City, Florida, has tested our new Universal Muzzle Brake with two Crosman break barrel air rifles - with outstanding results!

Jeffrey found significant accuracy improvements with both a Crosman Phantom and a Crosman Storm XT, as shown in the attached "before and after" test target photos.

1. The Crosman Phantom, in factory condition:



2. The Crosman Phantom with Archer Universal Muzzle Brake. Same range, same pellets, same shooter:



Jeffrey comments: "Brake was mounted flush with muzzle. In test target #1, grouping was sub-par at 1" CTC and 1.5" below the POA but the chronograph numbers were impressive using H&N Excite Econ 7.4 grain pellets. Shooting from a static shooting rest, the group in test #1 showed a harmonic imbalance to the point that the holes cut by the wadcutter pellets were fuzzy from extreme pellet wobble.

In test target #2, the compensator was adjusted out from the muzzle 0.25 inches. Velocity increased from an average of 970.2 FPS to 1000.2 FPS and clean holes are punched in the target with a CTC of 0.33 inches."

Jeffrey found that the lighter, synthetic stock of the Quest benefitted from being filled with pennies, both to balance the weight of the muzzle brake.

"Adding one roll of pennies weighing 5oz, POI shifter higher and is of an oval horizontal shape but the holes are still fuzzy." Continues Jeffrey. "Adding the second roll raised the POI to the POA, closed up the group and still fuzzy holes. A third roll of pennies resulted in a high POI but the barrel vibrations are now in one direction on a vertical axis. Holes in target are still fuzzy indicating a secondary vibration.

In conclusion, adding the Archer Airgun Muzzle brake to synthetic stocked air rifles as the Crosman Phantom, G1 Extreme, Fury and others, will need a counterbalance weight added to the butt stock, adjustment to the positioning of the muzzlebrake on the barrel and/or both to achive excellent accuracy and performance."


3. The Crosman Storm XT (wood stock) in factory condition:




4. The Crosman Storm XT with Archer Universal Muzzle Brake. Same range, same pellets, same shooter:



Jeffrey, all I can say is: WOW, what a great accuracy improvement!

Thanks for sharing the results of your careful and structured tests. As you know, we do claim an accuracy improvement when fitting the Archer Airguns Universal Muzzle Brake for 15mm Barrels to air rifles, but your independent testing proves that beyond all doubt.



Archer Airguns customer Karl Stewart has kindly contributed this excellent suggestion about how to install a cheap and easy backer inside an Archer Airguns Jumbo Pellet Trap.

Karl writes...

"Last week, I purchased one of your Jumbo pellet traps.  I wanted to add a metal plate to the back of the trap before I added the Duct Seal.  On various airgun forums, I have seen that other people used electrical junction box covers to make homemade traps.  I went to Home Depot and found that these covers are fairly thick steel, and are only 60 cents each.  You need 9 of them ($5.40 total) to cover the back of the trap.  You also need a handful of 1/2 inch screws.

The BEST thing is that there is no drilling or cutting required.  Simply lay out the metal covers, and the screw slot line up!  All you do then is use a drill or power screwdriver to attach the plates with 1/2 in screws.  It takes less than 5 minutes.

Here is a link to the Home Depot item.







I hope this helps your customers."

Karl, thank you for your information and the great photographs!


New at Archer Airguns are two new air rifle scope combos; one for the QB78, the other for the QB78 Deluxe.

The QB78 air rifle scope combo includes a QB78 air rifle in either .177 or .22 caliber, plus a 3-9 x 32 scope and low mount rings. This combo sells for just $109.99. All you need to do is to mount the scope and rings following my instructional videos on YouTube.



Also available is a QB78 Deluxe scope combo. This combo includes a QB78 Deluxe, together with a 3-12 x 40 scope and low rings. This combo is just $123.99. You can see it in the photograph below.



Both the 3-9 x 32 and 3-12 x 40 scopes are bargain priced. They have fixed focus, however it's possible to adjust this on a "one time" basis by removing the front ring of the scope and carefully turning the lens. This can reduce the minimum focusing distance considerably, if you wish. Both scopes are supplied with "bikini" lens covers and covers for the click-adjustable elevation and windage turrets.

These scopes are also available separately. In this way they are ideal for use with existing CO2 air rifles such as the QB78, QB79, Tech Force TF78, Umarex Fusion and Xisico XS60C. The photo below shows the 3-12 x 40 scope.



The 3-9 x 32 scope is shown here...



Fitted to the Fusion, the 3-12 x 40 scope looks like this.





For ages, there has been no commerically-available degassing tool for the Benjamin Discovery air rifle.

Now this omission has been rectified with the appearance of Archer Airguns Degassing Tool for Benjamin Discovery.

Again, it's easy to safely and conveniently release the pressure from your Benjamin Discovery air rifle if required for storage or when changing "fuel" from CO2 to High Pressure Air (HPA) or the reverse.




This simple tool allows you to de-gas (depressurize) your Benjamin Discovery air rifle. It fits both .22 and .177 cal. models. It's supplied complete with instructions, which are reproduced below...

First, Simply engage the screw thread of the Degassing Tool in the threaded hole in the rear of the Discovery’s Tube Plug (Part 17 in the Crosman parts diagram for the Benjamin Discovery).
TIP: A drop of light oil on the threads in the Discovery’s Tube Plug before inserting the Degassing Tool will make rotation much easier!



Next, Rotate the degassing tool clockwise until you feel pressure (about 2 1/2 inches of thread depth into the tube).

Now, further rotation of the Discovery Degassing Tool will push the hammer forward against the valve stem and release the pressure in the gas tube. You will hear a loud “hiss” as the air exhausts from the gun through the muzzle (with the bolt closed, or through the breech with the bolt open).



Rotate the Degassing Tool clockwise a little more until no more hissing is heard.

Now check the pressure gauge in the underside of the Discovery to confirm that all pressure has been removed from the gun.

Rotate the Degassing Tool counter-clockwise until it can be removed from the gun.

Point the air rifle in a safe direction, cock the bolt and pull the trigger. The gun will go “click”, confirming that there’s no remaining air pressure in the Discovery.

That's it! Your Benjamin Discovery is now depressurized.



Just introduced is a new, improved muzzle brake from Archer Airguns, with two setscrews for more secure fixing.




This universal muzzle brake is CNC-manufactured from solid steel with a deep blued finish. The length is 4-inches and outside diameter is 0.855-inches. Weight is approximately 6 ounces. It's supplied with 2 setscrews and a hex wrench.

Apart from looking very cool, this muzzle brake usually makes a significant improvement in accuracy of an airgun by reducing barrel harmonics when the gun is fired.

This solid steel, blued muzzle break fits a huge number of air rifles and pistols having the very common 15mm diameter barrel (15mm is .0590 inches, approximately 19/32-inch), including the following models:

- Beeman 1073, Grizzly, Kodiak and similar air rifles.
- Ruger Air Hawk and Blackhawk.
- Crosman Optimus, Quest and Phantom air rifles.
- Stoeger X10 and X20.
- QB78 Deluxe, QB79, AR2078, AR2078A, AR2079 air rifles.
- Tech Force TF79, TF89, TF78T and TF78GS air rifles.
- Benjamin Trail NP air pistol.



Installation may require an existing front sight to be removed from the barrel, so it’s suitable for use only if a scope or red dot sight is fitted to the airgun. Many plastic sight assemblies can be removed by first backing-out the clamping setscrews (if fitted), carefully warming the part with a domestic hair dryer (NOT a heat gun) and driving off using a piece of soft wood as a drift.

The Archer Airguns Universal Muzzle Brake is NOT a silencer or suppressor. It makes no change to the report of the airgun. It's in stock now for immediate shipment.


Archer Airguns has a very small number of these vintage side lever air rifles available, manufactured by Shanghai Airguns Company.



This is the side lever B4-1 air rifle. These are "new, old" stock guns that were manufactured in 2004 but have sat in a warehouse since then. The boxes are marked B4-1/TS45.

These are sold "as is" with no warranty but will be test fired to confirm functionality. The packaging says that pellets are included, but we've thrown these away as they were of very poor quality. Instead, they are supplied with 2 spare breech seals in case the original is in less than perfect condition.

These guns have stocks with rubber buttpads and a reasonable color varnish - not the legendary virulent orange of really old Shanghai guns. The wood is "2004 good", with no, or minimal cracks. There may be a little filler and a few slight dings. These stocks are very serviceable and will refinish well if you like a project. The metal may have a little surface rust from storage, but the bluing is generally good. The original boxes and instruction sheets are in excellent condition. They are surprisingly heavy, all wood and metal construction.

There are also a few B4-1 air rifle seconds with poor wood having "non-lethal" cracks, dings or filler that would look great with a bedliner refinish.

Available in .22 caliber only, the example we test fired achieved 505fps over the Chrony using 13.9 Grain Peak wadcutters, with good consistency and just a little smoke. There's an interesting manual safety inside the trigger guard that's primitive but seems to work well.

These guns shoot, but they will benefit from some care and attention from a new owner. Replacing the breech seals and some concern for the leather piston seal would be in order. Of course Archer Airguns has additional breech seals and piston seals available.

If you love these vintage Chinese airguns, this is a "one time only" offer. When these are gone, we have no more.

I know that there is collector interest in these vintage air rifles, so thought I'd mention them here.


During practice day at the recent Northeast Regional Field Target (NERFT) match held at Crosman's Bloomfield NY headquarters, a couple of interesting new prototype air rifles appeared very briefly.

Chip Hunnicutt, Crosman's PR and web chief, suddenly appeared with a couple of new, tactical-looking airguns and fired them during a quiet period just after Lunch. I managed to grab a couple of photographs of this one.





This prototype was a new side lever cocking .357 caliber big bore air rifle. It appeared to be a modified, mechanical version of the now-defunct Benjamin Rogue, using the same magazine. Name is to be the Benjamin Bulldog, apparently.

Chip also briefly showed a new version of the Marauder air rifle. This again had a tactical look and appeared to be a bullpup configuration of the Mrod. Sadly I missed seeing this myself, so no photographs, but the product name could be Benjamin Armada. There's a photograph of this on the Crosman Facebook page.

Crosman has used the NERFT match as a venue to display new prototypes as a "work in progress". Some years ago there was a tactical Marauder prototype shown that eventually appeared as the MAR177 conversion kit.

So these "sneak peeks" may not be what actually comes to market next year, but they give a clear indication of the thinking in Crosman's product development organization.

Interesting!!!

.


Recently, we've been suffering from somewhat of a scope shortage.

However, things have now improved greatly with the return to availability of three good airgun-rated zoom scopes, all with mil dot reticles and close focusing.



The Leapers 3-9 x 32AO scope, Model SCP-U392AODT2 is supplied with airgun rings, flip open lens caps and focuses down to 5 yards. This is an excellent scope for airgun use as it features the TF2+ turrets that pull out to adjust and then simply push back to lock.

You can see more details of this scope here - http://www.archerairguns.com/Leapers-SCP-U392AODT2-Scope-p/scp-u392aodt2.htm

The very popular Hammers 3-9x zoom scopes are also available again. These scopes are both supplied with a solid one piece airgun mount and are very similar except for the objective diameter.

See if you can tell the difference!

Here's the Hammers 3-9 x 32AO scope, mounted on a Ruger Air Hawk. http://www.archerairguns.com/Hammers-3-9-x-32AO-Scope-and-Mount-p/hammerssa3932scope.htm



And this is the Hammers 3-9 x 40AO scope. http://www.archerairguns.com/Hammers-3-9-x-32AO-Scope-and-Mount-p/hammerssa3932scope.htm



See what I mean?


Tim Smith, the Editor of Airgun Hobbyist magazine, confirms that the latest issue has been printed and is currently being mailed out. Subscribers - aren't we all? - should receive their copy very soon.

Here's a copy of the cover and the Contents Page, just to whet your appetites:





Airgun reviews include the following: Umarex Fusion, Hatsan Sniper 125 and the Hatsan AT44W-10.

There's articles on hunting both pigeons and wild boar with airguns and also coverage of airguns at the NRA 143rd Annual Meeting.

As always, there's lots to read!

Click this link to subscribe to Airgun Hobbyist.



New products from Archer Airguns are these single shot trays for the Benjamin Marauder air rifle. They fit both first version and current production Mrods.

Marauder air rifle single shot trays in .22 caliber have been unavailable from Crosman for some time, .25 trays for years! Now there's a new source from Archer Airguns...

The trays are now available in .177 and .22 caliber - .25 caliber trays will be available within 30 days.

These images show the CAD design for the trays. The 22 trays are very similar, except that they're marked, er, .22!





This is how the .22 tray looks in a first version Marauder.





The trays are manufactured from a nylon 12 material called "Duraform PA". This was selected for its durability, precision and capacity for repeatable use. Manufacturing is undertaken using a high end "additive manufacturing" process.

The color is flat black and the caliber is marked on either side of the tray for ease of identification in use. The design also includes a built-in "safety ring" that mitigates the issue of pellets falling back into the hammer assembly by accident.

Please note that this tray fits from the left side of the breech (the opposite to the Benjamin OEM part).

These trays are in stock now. For the .177 version, click.
For the .22 version click.


Reader Jeffrey in Floral City, Florida, has tested our new Universal Muzzle Brake with two Crosman break barrel air rifles - with outstanding results!

Jeffrey found significant accuracy improvements with both a Crosman Phantom and a Crosman Storm XT, as shown in the attached "before and after" test target photos.

1. The Crosman Phantom, in factory condition:



2. The Crosman Phantom with Archer Universal Muzzle Brake. Same range, same pellets, same shooter:



Jeffrey comments: "Brake was mounted flush with muzzle. In test target #1, grouping was sub-par at 1" CTC and 1.5" below the POA but the chronograph numbers were impressive using H&N Excite Econ 7.4 grain pellets. Shooting from a static shooting rest, the group in test #1 showed a harmonic imbalance to the point that the holes cut by the wadcutter pellets were fuzzy from extreme pellet wobble.

In test target #2, the compensator was adjusted out from the muzzle 0.25 inches. Velocity increased from an average of 970.2 FPS to 1000.2 FPS and clean holes are punched in the target with a CTC of 0.33 inches."

Jeffrey found that the lighter, synthetic stock of the Quest benefitted from being filled with pennies, both to balance the weight of the muzzle brake.

"Adding one roll of pennies weighing 5oz, POI shifter higher and is of an oval horizontal shape but the holes are still fuzzy." Continues Jeffrey. "Adding the second roll raised the POI to the POA, closed up the group and still fuzzy holes. A third roll of pennies resulted in a high POI but the barrel vibrations are now in one direction on a vertical axis. Holes in target are still fuzzy indicating a secondary vibration.

In conclusion, adding the Archer Airgun Muzzle brake to synthetic stocked air rifles as the Crosman Phantom, G1 Extreme, Fury and others, will need a counterbalance weight added to the butt stock, adjustment to the positioning of the muzzlebrake on the barrel and/or both to achive excellent accuracy and performance."


3. The Crosman Storm XT (wood stock) in factory condition:




4. The Crosman Storm XT with Archer Universal Muzzle Brake. Same range, same pellets, same shooter:



Jeffrey, all I can say is: WOW, what a great accuracy improvement!

Thanks for sharing the results of your careful and structured tests. As you know, we do claim an accuracy improvement when fitting the Archer Airguns Universal Muzzle Brake for 15mm Barrels to air rifles, but your independent testing proves that beyond all doubt.



Archer Airguns customer Karl Stewart has kindly contributed this excellent suggestion about how to install a cheap and easy backer inside an Archer Airguns Jumbo Pellet Trap.

Karl writes...

"Last week, I purchased one of your Jumbo pellet traps.  I wanted to add a metal plate to the back of the trap before I added the Duct Seal.  On various airgun forums, I have seen that other people used electrical junction box covers to make homemade traps.  I went to Home Depot and found that these covers are fairly thick steel, and are only 60 cents each.  You need 9 of them ($5.40 total) to cover the back of the trap.  You also need a handful of 1/2 inch screws.

The BEST thing is that there is no drilling or cutting required.  Simply lay out the metal covers, and the screw slot line up!  All you do then is use a drill or power screwdriver to attach the plates with 1/2 in screws.  It takes less than 5 minutes.

Here is a link to the Home Depot item.







I hope this helps your customers."

Karl, thank you for your information and the great photographs!


New at Archer Airguns are two new air rifle scope combos; one for the QB78, the other for the QB78 Deluxe.

The QB78 air rifle scope combo includes a QB78 air rifle in either .177 or .22 caliber, plus a 3-9 x 32 scope and low mount rings. This combo sells for just $109.99. All you need to do is to mount the scope and rings following my instructional videos on YouTube.



Also available is a QB78 Deluxe scope combo. This combo includes a QB78 Deluxe, together with a 3-12 x 40 scope and low rings. This combo is just $123.99. You can see it in the photograph below.



Both the 3-9 x 32 and 3-12 x 40 scopes are bargain priced. They have fixed focus, however it's possible to adjust this on a "one time" basis by removing the front ring of the scope and carefully turning the lens. This can reduce the minimum focusing distance considerably, if you wish. Both scopes are supplied with "bikini" lens covers and covers for the click-adjustable elevation and windage turrets.

These scopes are also available separately. In this way they are ideal for use with existing CO2 air rifles such as the QB78, QB79, Tech Force TF78, Umarex Fusion and Xisico XS60C. The photo below shows the 3-12 x 40 scope.



The 3-9 x 32 scope is shown here...



Fitted to the Fusion, the 3-12 x 40 scope looks like this.





For ages, there has been no commerically-available degassing tool for the Benjamin Discovery air rifle.

Now this omission has been rectified with the appearance of Archer Airguns Degassing Tool for Benjamin Discovery.

Again, it's easy to safely and conveniently release the pressure from your Benjamin Discovery air rifle if required for storage or when changing "fuel" from CO2 to High Pressure Air (HPA) or the reverse.




This simple tool allows you to de-gas (depressurize) your Benjamin Discovery air rifle. It fits both .22 and .177 cal. models. It's supplied complete with instructions, which are reproduced below...

First, Simply engage the screw thread of the Degassing Tool in the threaded hole in the rear of the Discovery’s Tube Plug (Part 17 in the Crosman parts diagram for the Benjamin Discovery).
TIP: A drop of light oil on the threads in the Discovery’s Tube Plug before inserting the Degassing Tool will make rotation much easier!



Next, Rotate the degassing tool clockwise until you feel pressure (about 2 1/2 inches of thread depth into the tube).

Now, further rotation of the Discovery Degassing Tool will push the hammer forward against the valve stem and release the pressure in the gas tube. You will hear a loud “hiss” as the air exhausts from the gun through the muzzle (with the bolt closed, or through the breech with the bolt open).



Rotate the Degassing Tool clockwise a little more until no more hissing is heard.

Now check the pressure gauge in the underside of the Discovery to confirm that all pressure has been removed from the gun.

Rotate the Degassing Tool counter-clockwise until it can be removed from the gun.

Point the air rifle in a safe direction, cock the bolt and pull the trigger. The gun will go “click”, confirming that there’s no remaining air pressure in the Discovery.

That's it! Your Benjamin Discovery is now depressurized.



Just introduced is a new, improved muzzle brake from Archer Airguns, with two setscrews for more secure fixing.




This universal muzzle brake is CNC-manufactured from solid steel with a deep blued finish. The length is 4-inches and outside diameter is 0.855-inches. Weight is approximately 6 ounces. It's supplied with 2 setscrews and a hex wrench.

Apart from looking very cool, this muzzle brake usually makes a significant improvement in accuracy of an airgun by reducing barrel harmonics when the gun is fired.

This solid steel, blued muzzle break fits a huge number of air rifles and pistols having the very common 15mm diameter barrel (15mm is .0590 inches, approximately 19/32-inch), including the following models:

- Beeman 1073, Grizzly, Kodiak and similar air rifles.
- Ruger Air Hawk and Blackhawk.
- Crosman Optimus, Quest and Phantom air rifles.
- Stoeger X10 and X20.
- QB78 Deluxe, QB79, AR2078, AR2078A, AR2079 air rifles.
- Tech Force TF79, TF89, TF78T and TF78GS air rifles.
- Benjamin Trail NP air pistol.



Installation may require an existing front sight to be removed from the barrel, so it’s suitable for use only if a scope or red dot sight is fitted to the airgun. Many plastic sight assemblies can be removed by first backing-out the clamping setscrews (if fitted), carefully warming the part with a domestic hair dryer (NOT a heat gun) and driving off using a piece of soft wood as a drift.

The Archer Airguns Universal Muzzle Brake is NOT a silencer or suppressor. It makes no change to the report of the airgun. It's in stock now for immediate shipment.


Archer Airguns has a very small number of these vintage side lever air rifles available, manufactured by Shanghai Airguns Company.



This is the side lever B4-1 air rifle. These are "new, old" stock guns that were manufactured in 2004 but have sat in a warehouse since then. The boxes are marked B4-1/TS45.

These are sold "as is" with no warranty but will be test fired to confirm functionality. The packaging says that pellets are included, but we've thrown these away as they were of very poor quality. Instead, they are supplied with 2 spare breech seals in case the original is in less than perfect condition.

These guns have stocks with rubber buttpads and a reasonable color varnish - not the legendary virulent orange of really old Shanghai guns. The wood is "2004 good", with no, or minimal cracks. There may be a little filler and a few slight dings. These stocks are very serviceable and will refinish well if you like a project. The metal may have a little surface rust from storage, but the bluing is generally good. The original boxes and instruction sheets are in excellent condition. They are surprisingly heavy, all wood and metal construction.

There are also a few B4-1 air rifle seconds with poor wood having "non-lethal" cracks, dings or filler that would look great with a bedliner refinish.

Available in .22 caliber only, the example we test fired achieved 505fps over the Chrony using 13.9 Grain Peak wadcutters, with good consistency and just a little smoke. There's an interesting manual safety inside the trigger guard that's primitive but seems to work well.

These guns shoot, but they will benefit from some care and attention from a new owner. Replacing the breech seals and some concern for the leather piston seal would be in order. Of course Archer Airguns has additional breech seals and piston seals available.

If you love these vintage Chinese airguns, this is a "one time only" offer. When these are gone, we have no more.

I know that there is collector interest in these vintage air rifles, so thought I'd mention them here.


 
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