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...or at least part of it!

If you've wondered what Airgun Hobbyist magazine is like to read before making a subscription, now you have a chance to read the first 10 pages of the latest issue at no charge.

Airgun Hobbyist is now giving an online view of the first 10 pages of the latest issue. Here you can read a major report on the 2014 SHOT Show with lots of interest about many of the new products being introduced this year.

The Airgun Hobbyist online demo is here: http://airgunhobbyist.com/DEMO/April_2014

It looks like this. Simply click on the page corner to turn to the next page.



You can subscribe to Airgun Hobbyist - or order the latest issue - from Archer Airguns online store.

If you buy the latest issue in hard copy, you'll also see many airgun reviews, including the one written by Stephen Archer and Paul Manktelow on the new Remington Express air rifle.


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Our photograph above shows the Shanghai Airguns AR2079B target air rifle in PCP configuration.

Just like other members of the QB79 family, the sidelever AR2079B can be configured with a Ninja 13/300 Regulated HPA tank and Archer Airguns QB79 Paintball Tank Adapter to work perfectly with high pressure air as a PCP. This gives a low cost way to obtain an accurate and useful target rifle for airgunners, although the stock design means that it's suitable for right-handed shooters only. Sorry lefties!

The AR2078B uses a lever action for bolt operation. This is the smoothest and easiest-cocking version of the QB78 family and every one comes with a test target from the Shanghai factory as a proof of accuracy.

Below we have a factory test target and an Archer Airguns Gold Service test target for the same gun - shot on CO2 - that indicates the accuracy potential for the AR2078B. Both targets are 10 shot groups fired at 10 yards. Please note that the targets are not reproduced at the same scale, the Shanghai target is actually less than half the size of the Gold Service target.



The latest PCP target rifle? It's an AR2079B!




If you have a NEW MODEL - "Synrod" - Benjamin Marauder airgun (Models BP1764S, BP2264S, BP2564S, BP1764W, BP2264W or BP2564W) Archer Airguns can now convert it to left hand bolt operation. As a factory-trained, authorized Crosman Repair Center, Archer Airguns can convert your Marauder to left handed bolt operation while retaining the factory warranty.



Above and below are photos of the Marauder air rifle with left handed bolt handle conversion.



After conversion, your air rifle will be test fired to confirm correct operation before the gun is shipped back to you. Return shipping cost will automatically be calculated when you order, based on your location and shipping choice. Your gun will be returned with insured shipping and signature confirmation required for delivery.

Archer Airguns is also offering new Benjamin Marauder air rifles with the left handed bolt conversion undertaken as an option before the gun is shipped to you. You can see these models on Archer Airguns PCP Air Rifles page. Again the Crosman factory warranty is maintained with this conversion.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERVICE DOES NOT APPLY TO "FIRST GENERATION" MARAUDER AIR RIFLES (Models BP1763, BP2263 and BP2563) as they do not have left handed bolt operation capability.


The latest issue of Airgun Hobbyist magazine will be shipping out to subscribers this week.



The latest issue includes comprehensive coverage of the 2014 SHOT Show as well as the following reviews:

- Hatsan Galatian

- Remington Express

- Umarex Legends C96

- Three new survival rifles from AirForce

There's also features on hunting squirrels with airguns, hunting with the Hatsan BT-65, "coming soon" from Hatsan USA and much more...

Subscriptions or single issues of Airgun Hobbyist Magazine are available from Archer Airguns.


Our first batch of custom wood pistol grips sold out very rapidly- much more so that we had planned. But now we are have a fresh batch of ambidextrous wood grips for the Crosman 2240 and similar air pistols in the two most popular woods - walnut and curly maple.

As a reminder, these grips are beautifully CNC-manufactured from selected wood. They are thicker and "fuller" than the standard Crosman plastic grips so as to be more comfortable for larger hands. The checkering helps achieve a secure grip but is not overly aggressive. The design is ambidextrous.

Here's some of the grips midway through the manufacturing process:


The 2240 walnut pistol grips look like this:


The 2240 curly maple grips look like this:


As always, please remember that these grips are made from real tree wood and so each one will have a slightly different grain, pattern and color to the wood. Our photographs are representative of general production.


Today's post is from Archer Airguns customer Manuel. He writes...

"Stephen:

Recently you sold me a new long tube, a tube cap, seals and a strap assembly to modify a leaking QB79 air rifle.  I wanted to bring it back to a QB78 style.



You were right, it was a nice project, and it came out perfect.  Here a few pictures of the modification I made.  The stock is from a 13 year old QB78; there was nice wood under the original paint.  The scope is an inexpensive 3-7X20mm.  The picture of the targets reflects six 10 shot groups at 55 feet (my back yard width) at 63 degrees; 65 total useable shots; the bottom 5 are the last of the CO2.
 


I am very happy with the results; I love the QB78!


 
Thank you,
 
Manuel"

Maunel, Thank you! And that's some excellent shooting!


Now available for the Stoeger ATAC air rifle are the long-awaited bipod, sling and sling stud accessories.

The Stoeger ATAC Bipod fits onto the Weaver rails either side of the stock forend. It comprises two separate legs which are rubber tipped and adjustable for length.



Our photograph shows two different views of the bipod legs - both legs are the same.

One end of the black, synthetic sling attaches to the slot in the side of the ATAC's buttstock spacer. The other is fitted into the sling swivel which is attached to the Weaver rail on one side of the forend. Archer Airguns is selling the ATAC sling and sling stud together as a combined product as they obviously are meant for each other!



The ATAC bipod is Stoeger Airguns Item Number 90249. The ATAC sling and sling stud are Stoeger Airguns Item Numbers 90248 and 90230.


For those of you wanting a low cost solution to improving cheek weld with the first generation Benjamin Marauder air rifles, this new Marauder adjustable buttplate may be of interest.

This kit is a direct replacement for the factory rubber buttpad on the original Marauders (Models BP1763, BP2263 and BP2563). It just screws on. Our testing has found that it gives much improved cheek weld - and hence enhanced practical accuracy when shooting.

Here's some photos.







Please note that the original buttpad is attached to the stock before the wood is finish sanded. Obviously our adjustable buttplate for Marauder cannot benefit from such treatment and so there will inevitably be a small mis-match against the profile of the wood - as is the case with other aftermarket buttplates. But, the match is actually very good and it's most of our testers have found it very acceptable. The photos give a good idea of this.

And the price? It's just $19.99. Definitely very acceptable!


Archer Airguns Oversize Bolt Handle for the Umarex Fusion makes operating this air rifle feel much easier. This post explains how to make the upgrade for this popular CO2 air rifle.

Below. The Umarex Fusion Oversize Bolt Handle in place and ready for use.



SAFETY FIRST! Ensure that the air rifle is not loaded, has no pellet in the barrel and has no CO2 in the gas tube before working on your air rifle. As you can see, I removed the tube cap to ensure that the air rifle could not fire accidentally.


First remove the safety lever by undoing the small Philips screw in the underside of the lever. Now pull off the lever from the safety tab. DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE TRIGGER OR SAFETY ASSEMBLY. Next, remove the front stock screw. This is the Philips screw in the underside of the stock, directly below the barrel band.



Now remove the rear stock screw. This is the Philips screw immediately to the rear of the trigger guard. Note that the trigger casing cover will also come away when this screw is removed.

Ensure that the safety tab is aligned (forward) with the cutout in the stock. The action can now be pulled up, forward and out of the stock. Note that this is a little tricky and requires some “wriggling” to achieve. Be patient and careful, it will come out!



Now loosen the setscrew in the end of the bolt and remove the factory bolt handle. Install the Oversize Bolt Handle in the side of the bolt with the lock hole facing the rear and tighten the bolt setscrew. The setscrew must engage firmly in the hole in the bolt handle.







Return the action into the stock, replace the front and rear stock bolts, together with the trigger casing cover. Now replace the safety lever and fix it in place using the small setscrew.



TEST OPERATION BEFORE LOADING AND FIRING THE RIFLE FOR THE FIRST TIME! NOTE THAT INSTALLING THIS PART WILL INVALIDATE THE WARRANTY ON YOUR AIR RIFLE.

Now your Umarex Fusion has a smart new upgrade that makes operation easier!


This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts by reader Paul Mattoon. This one covers the often-asked question "What lube should I use when rebuilding or making a lube tune on my spring/piston airgun?"

Take it away Paul...


"This is a summary of the various lubricants that I have found to work exceptionally well for tuning and general lubricating purposes. These products are not designed for air rifle use, but are readily available, and prove to be quite appropriate for the uses I have listed.

Through the process of modifying and tuning my spring piston air rifles, I have found the following products to serve exceptionally well as lubricants. They all have relative differences, and are used for specific purposes. All of these are reasonable in price, and are commonly found in various retail stores. This has eliminated the need for me to special order "air rifle specific" lubricants.

1. Silicone Faucet Grease:
 


The intended use of this product is with plumbing applications, which primarily use neoprene seals and are subjected to extreme variations temperature. I have found that this product is extremely versatile, catering to the need for a lubricant that doesn't break down quickly with friction, or deteriorate various materials like rubber (neoprene), vinyl, latex, silicone, polyethelyne, PVC, ABS, and many others. The grease is extremely viscous (similar to petroleum jelly). I primarily use this for lubricating piston seals, and coating breach seals. This product can be found within the plumbing department of many hardware stores for less than $5.00 per container.

2.  Losi Silicone Shock Oil:



This product is intended to be used as shock oil for RC cars and trucks. There are many brands and weights of shock oil. Like the faucet grease, this product is composed entirely of silicone. It will not damage synthetic seals, as it is not a petroleum based product. Due to the nature of the use, this oil does not break down through agitation or friction, making it ideal as a form chamber oil. Keep in mind; the higher the weight number, the higher the viscosity. Oils within the 10-50 range are best used as chamber oil, as they are thin enough to pass through the transfer port quickly. This can be found in most model/hobby stores for a price of around $5.00 per bottle.

3. Traxxas Silicone Differential Lube:



The silicone differential lube is very similar to the silicone shock oil. Composed entirely of silicone, it also safe to use on an array of plastic and rubberized materials. The major difference between this and the shock oil, is the viscosity. This product has a consistency similar to molasses. I have found that this is ideal for coating breach seals for periodic care. It allows the seal to slide against the receiver, and prevents the neoprene from drying out. Like the shock oil, this can be found in most model/hobby stores for around $5.00 per bottle.

4. Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease:
 


The intended use of the Bel-Ray grease is for sealing air filter interfaces and lubricating various bearings on motorcycles. Due to the nature of the intended use, this product holds up well through extreme friction, and exposure to extreme temperature changes. It retains a consistent lubricity and viscosity through these extreme changes, even when submerged in water. This is ideal for using as a main spring lubricant, as it is light in weight, but extremely viscous. It will cause swelling and erosion to rubber/neoprene materials, but sate on plastics. The Bel-Ray grease can be found in nearly all motorcycle stores for around $10.00 per "butter container" sized tubs.

5. Moly-Graph Grease:



This type of grease contains graphite and molybdenum. It is intended to be used as a bearing grease in automotive applications. The graphite and molybdenum are both tolerant of extreme friction, and do not "scuff away" easily. I use this type of grease for any metal-to-metal interfaces, cocking levers, and for the posterior end of the piston itself. Keep in mind; a little goes a long way, and this will damage rubber/neoprene components. There are many variations of this type of grease, just make sure it contains molybdenum for the uses stated above.This particular container was purchased at my local automotive store for $6.00."

Paul, Thank you! I'm sure your suggestions will be of great value to the many folk who are interested in doing a lube tune on their air rifles.


...or at least part of it!

If you've wondered what Airgun Hobbyist magazine is like to read before making a subscription, now you have a chance to read the first 10 pages of the latest issue at no charge.

Airgun Hobbyist is now giving an online view of the first 10 pages of the latest issue. Here you can read a major report on the 2014 SHOT Show with lots of interest about many of the new products being introduced this year.

The Airgun Hobbyist online demo is here: http://airgunhobbyist.com/DEMO/April_2014

It looks like this. Simply click on the page corner to turn to the next page.



You can subscribe to Airgun Hobbyist - or order the latest issue - from Archer Airguns online store.

If you buy the latest issue in hard copy, you'll also see many airgun reviews, including the one written by Stephen Archer and Paul Manktelow on the new Remington Express air rifle.


.




Our photograph above shows the Shanghai Airguns AR2079B target air rifle in PCP configuration.

Just like other members of the QB79 family, the sidelever AR2079B can be configured with a Ninja 13/300 Regulated HPA tank and Archer Airguns QB79 Paintball Tank Adapter to work perfectly with high pressure air as a PCP. This gives a low cost way to obtain an accurate and useful target rifle for airgunners, although the stock design means that it's suitable for right-handed shooters only. Sorry lefties!

The AR2078B uses a lever action for bolt operation. This is the smoothest and easiest-cocking version of the QB78 family and every one comes with a test target from the Shanghai factory as a proof of accuracy.

Below we have a factory test target and an Archer Airguns Gold Service test target for the same gun - shot on CO2 - that indicates the accuracy potential for the AR2078B. Both targets are 10 shot groups fired at 10 yards. Please note that the targets are not reproduced at the same scale, the Shanghai target is actually less than half the size of the Gold Service target.



The latest PCP target rifle? It's an AR2079B!




If you have a NEW MODEL - "Synrod" - Benjamin Marauder airgun (Models BP1764S, BP2264S, BP2564S, BP1764W, BP2264W or BP2564W) Archer Airguns can now convert it to left hand bolt operation. As a factory-trained, authorized Crosman Repair Center, Archer Airguns can convert your Marauder to left handed bolt operation while retaining the factory warranty.



Above and below are photos of the Marauder air rifle with left handed bolt handle conversion.



After conversion, your air rifle will be test fired to confirm correct operation before the gun is shipped back to you. Return shipping cost will automatically be calculated when you order, based on your location and shipping choice. Your gun will be returned with insured shipping and signature confirmation required for delivery.

Archer Airguns is also offering new Benjamin Marauder air rifles with the left handed bolt conversion undertaken as an option before the gun is shipped to you. You can see these models on Archer Airguns PCP Air Rifles page. Again the Crosman factory warranty is maintained with this conversion.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERVICE DOES NOT APPLY TO "FIRST GENERATION" MARAUDER AIR RIFLES (Models BP1763, BP2263 and BP2563) as they do not have left handed bolt operation capability.


The latest issue of Airgun Hobbyist magazine will be shipping out to subscribers this week.



The latest issue includes comprehensive coverage of the 2014 SHOT Show as well as the following reviews:

- Hatsan Galatian

- Remington Express

- Umarex Legends C96

- Three new survival rifles from AirForce

There's also features on hunting squirrels with airguns, hunting with the Hatsan BT-65, "coming soon" from Hatsan USA and much more...

Subscriptions or single issues of Airgun Hobbyist Magazine are available from Archer Airguns.


Our first batch of custom wood pistol grips sold out very rapidly- much more so that we had planned. But now we are have a fresh batch of ambidextrous wood grips for the Crosman 2240 and similar air pistols in the two most popular woods - walnut and curly maple.

As a reminder, these grips are beautifully CNC-manufactured from selected wood. They are thicker and "fuller" than the standard Crosman plastic grips so as to be more comfortable for larger hands. The checkering helps achieve a secure grip but is not overly aggressive. The design is ambidextrous.

Here's some of the grips midway through the manufacturing process:


The 2240 walnut pistol grips look like this:


The 2240 curly maple grips look like this:


As always, please remember that these grips are made from real tree wood and so each one will have a slightly different grain, pattern and color to the wood. Our photographs are representative of general production.


Today's post is from Archer Airguns customer Manuel. He writes...

"Stephen:

Recently you sold me a new long tube, a tube cap, seals and a strap assembly to modify a leaking QB79 air rifle.  I wanted to bring it back to a QB78 style.



You were right, it was a nice project, and it came out perfect.  Here a few pictures of the modification I made.  The stock is from a 13 year old QB78; there was nice wood under the original paint.  The scope is an inexpensive 3-7X20mm.  The picture of the targets reflects six 10 shot groups at 55 feet (my back yard width) at 63 degrees; 65 total useable shots; the bottom 5 are the last of the CO2.
 


I am very happy with the results; I love the QB78!


 
Thank you,
 
Manuel"

Maunel, Thank you! And that's some excellent shooting!


Now available for the Stoeger ATAC air rifle are the long-awaited bipod, sling and sling stud accessories.

The Stoeger ATAC Bipod fits onto the Weaver rails either side of the stock forend. It comprises two separate legs which are rubber tipped and adjustable for length.



Our photograph shows two different views of the bipod legs - both legs are the same.

One end of the black, synthetic sling attaches to the slot in the side of the ATAC's buttstock spacer. The other is fitted into the sling swivel which is attached to the Weaver rail on one side of the forend. Archer Airguns is selling the ATAC sling and sling stud together as a combined product as they obviously are meant for each other!



The ATAC bipod is Stoeger Airguns Item Number 90249. The ATAC sling and sling stud are Stoeger Airguns Item Numbers 90248 and 90230.


For those of you wanting a low cost solution to improving cheek weld with the first generation Benjamin Marauder air rifles, this new Marauder adjustable buttplate may be of interest.

This kit is a direct replacement for the factory rubber buttpad on the original Marauders (Models BP1763, BP2263 and BP2563). It just screws on. Our testing has found that it gives much improved cheek weld - and hence enhanced practical accuracy when shooting.

Here's some photos.







Please note that the original buttpad is attached to the stock before the wood is finish sanded. Obviously our adjustable buttplate for Marauder cannot benefit from such treatment and so there will inevitably be a small mis-match against the profile of the wood - as is the case with other aftermarket buttplates. But, the match is actually very good and it's most of our testers have found it very acceptable. The photos give a good idea of this.

And the price? It's just $19.99. Definitely very acceptable!


Archer Airguns Oversize Bolt Handle for the Umarex Fusion makes operating this air rifle feel much easier. This post explains how to make the upgrade for this popular CO2 air rifle.

Below. The Umarex Fusion Oversize Bolt Handle in place and ready for use.



SAFETY FIRST! Ensure that the air rifle is not loaded, has no pellet in the barrel and has no CO2 in the gas tube before working on your air rifle. As you can see, I removed the tube cap to ensure that the air rifle could not fire accidentally.


First remove the safety lever by undoing the small Philips screw in the underside of the lever. Now pull off the lever from the safety tab. DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE TRIGGER OR SAFETY ASSEMBLY. Next, remove the front stock screw. This is the Philips screw in the underside of the stock, directly below the barrel band.



Now remove the rear stock screw. This is the Philips screw immediately to the rear of the trigger guard. Note that the trigger casing cover will also come away when this screw is removed.

Ensure that the safety tab is aligned (forward) with the cutout in the stock. The action can now be pulled up, forward and out of the stock. Note that this is a little tricky and requires some “wriggling” to achieve. Be patient and careful, it will come out!



Now loosen the setscrew in the end of the bolt and remove the factory bolt handle. Install the Oversize Bolt Handle in the side of the bolt with the lock hole facing the rear and tighten the bolt setscrew. The setscrew must engage firmly in the hole in the bolt handle.







Return the action into the stock, replace the front and rear stock bolts, together with the trigger casing cover. Now replace the safety lever and fix it in place using the small setscrew.



TEST OPERATION BEFORE LOADING AND FIRING THE RIFLE FOR THE FIRST TIME! NOTE THAT INSTALLING THIS PART WILL INVALIDATE THE WARRANTY ON YOUR AIR RIFLE.

Now your Umarex Fusion has a smart new upgrade that makes operation easier!


This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts by reader Paul Mattoon. This one covers the often-asked question "What lube should I use when rebuilding or making a lube tune on my spring/piston airgun?"

Take it away Paul...


"This is a summary of the various lubricants that I have found to work exceptionally well for tuning and general lubricating purposes. These products are not designed for air rifle use, but are readily available, and prove to be quite appropriate for the uses I have listed.

Through the process of modifying and tuning my spring piston air rifles, I have found the following products to serve exceptionally well as lubricants. They all have relative differences, and are used for specific purposes. All of these are reasonable in price, and are commonly found in various retail stores. This has eliminated the need for me to special order "air rifle specific" lubricants.

1. Silicone Faucet Grease:
 


The intended use of this product is with plumbing applications, which primarily use neoprene seals and are subjected to extreme variations temperature. I have found that this product is extremely versatile, catering to the need for a lubricant that doesn't break down quickly with friction, or deteriorate various materials like rubber (neoprene), vinyl, latex, silicone, polyethelyne, PVC, ABS, and many others. The grease is extremely viscous (similar to petroleum jelly). I primarily use this for lubricating piston seals, and coating breach seals. This product can be found within the plumbing department of many hardware stores for less than $5.00 per container.

2.  Losi Silicone Shock Oil:



This product is intended to be used as shock oil for RC cars and trucks. There are many brands and weights of shock oil. Like the faucet grease, this product is composed entirely of silicone. It will not damage synthetic seals, as it is not a petroleum based product. Due to the nature of the use, this oil does not break down through agitation or friction, making it ideal as a form chamber oil. Keep in mind; the higher the weight number, the higher the viscosity. Oils within the 10-50 range are best used as chamber oil, as they are thin enough to pass through the transfer port quickly. This can be found in most model/hobby stores for a price of around $5.00 per bottle.

3. Traxxas Silicone Differential Lube:



The silicone differential lube is very similar to the silicone shock oil. Composed entirely of silicone, it also safe to use on an array of plastic and rubberized materials. The major difference between this and the shock oil, is the viscosity. This product has a consistency similar to molasses. I have found that this is ideal for coating breach seals for periodic care. It allows the seal to slide against the receiver, and prevents the neoprene from drying out. Like the shock oil, this can be found in most model/hobby stores for around $5.00 per bottle.

4. Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease:
 


The intended use of the Bel-Ray grease is for sealing air filter interfaces and lubricating various bearings on motorcycles. Due to the nature of the intended use, this product holds up well through extreme friction, and exposure to extreme temperature changes. It retains a consistent lubricity and viscosity through these extreme changes, even when submerged in water. This is ideal for using as a main spring lubricant, as it is light in weight, but extremely viscous. It will cause swelling and erosion to rubber/neoprene materials, but sate on plastics. The Bel-Ray grease can be found in nearly all motorcycle stores for around $10.00 per "butter container" sized tubs.

5. Moly-Graph Grease:



This type of grease contains graphite and molybdenum. It is intended to be used as a bearing grease in automotive applications. The graphite and molybdenum are both tolerant of extreme friction, and do not "scuff away" easily. I use this type of grease for any metal-to-metal interfaces, cocking levers, and for the posterior end of the piston itself. Keep in mind; a little goes a long way, and this will damage rubber/neoprene components. There are many variations of this type of grease, just make sure it contains molybdenum for the uses stated above.This particular container was purchased at my local automotive store for $6.00."

Paul, Thank you! I'm sure your suggestions will be of great value to the many folk who are interested in doing a lube tune on their air rifles.


 
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