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Check back frequently to Hard Air Magazine for all the latest pre-show news!

HAM will also be reporting on airgun developments at the 2015 SHOT Show, which runs from January 20 to 23 in Las Vegas.


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Finally, Bore-Whips cleaning pull throughs are now available in .22 caliber.

Price for the .22 Caliber Bore-Whips is the same as for the .177 caliber version and they work just as well, but they're green instead of orange so that we won't get them confused!



Also like the .177 version, the .22 Caliber Bore Whips can be left in the barrel as a safety indicator, showing that your air rifle is "safe" and cannot be fired.

Bore-Whips make an ideal cleaning solution for airguns. They clean the bore well, without the risk of damage that can occur to shallow, fragile airgun rifling if too aggressive cleaning with a metal brush is undertaken.


Wow!!! Apologies for the long time since the last post. The Christmas rush was incredible and it lasted into January...

We also have some new products added to the Archer Airguns online store, one of which is a genuine Benjamin air rifle sling.



This Benjamin sling fits directly to Benjamin break barrel air rifles featuring a forward loop mount and rear swivel base.

Constructed of 1-inch wide black synthetic webbing with a wide padded section bearing the Benjamin logo. This sling makes carrying an air rifle in the field much easier and safer.

The Benjamin air rifle sling can be used with Marauder air rifles with the addition of a set of 1-inch sling swivels. (Actually, you only need one sling swivel as one is supplied with this sling).

There's more new stuff coming shortly. Thanks for your patience!


New at Archer Airguns is the latest Hammers scope - it's a compact 6 x 32AO scope and is supplied complete with airgun rings.

This new scope is ideal for use with many air rifles, particularly if you're looking for a short, light scope.

Image quality of the Hammers 6 x 32AO scope is good and the Adjustable Objective (AO) capability allows focusing down to 5 yards.

These scopes have mil-dot reticles, with red and green illumination - selectable if required for use in low light. They're supplied with flip-up lens caps and screw caps for the elevation and windage turrets.



This new Hammers 6x32AO scope is comparable in many way to a Bugbuster, but it's significantly cheaper and is supplied with airgun rings, not Weaver/Picatinny rings. This gives a bigger saving for most airgun users who don't need Weaver rings and then need to buy a separate set of airgun rings.

We have had many happy customers for the other Hammers scopes we sell and have no doubt that many more will love this new compact 6 x 32AO scope!

The photograph below shows this scope mounted on a QB78 Deluxe air rifle. And, yes, there is clearance between the scope and the rear sight...





One of the biggest problem when resealing a Benjamin Discovery or Marauder air rifle is how to prevent the valve and gauge port O rings from being clipped during reassembly.

It's almost impossible to prevent this damage as the new O rings swell out into the gauge port hole in the tube and then are cut in that area as they push further into the tub past the hole. These cuts almost inevitably lead to leaking - which is often why the gun was taken apart in the first place, of course!

Now Archer Airguns offers a solution to this issue. It's the Filler Plugs for Benjamin Marauder and Discovery air rifles.

In the factory, Crosman uses a jig that closes the gauge port hole when the valve and Gauge Port are installed. This prevents damage to these O rings during assembly.

These new Filler Plugs provide a much simpler - and cheaper - method of achieving the same effect.

The Filler Plugs are precisely-sized, er, fillers that are used to close the gauge port hole during reassembly.



Above, the Filler Plug for Marauder Air Rifles.

The Filler Plug is simply held in place by hand when reinstalling the valve and gauge port, keeping the O rings depressed as they are pushed down past the gauge port hole. Simple but effective!

There's one Filler Plug to fit the Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle, a second version fits the Benjamin Discovery and Crosman Challenger 2009 air rifles. They're identified by an embossed "M" or "D" in the underside of the Filler Plug.



Above, the Filler Plug for Discovery.

The illustrations shown here are CAD files of the parts. The real ones are solid black and very difficult to photograph!

You can see the Marauder Filler Plug here http://www.archerairguns.com/Gauge-Port-Filler-Tool-for-Benjamin-Marauder-p/mrodfillertool.htm

The Discovery Filler Plug is at http://www.archerairguns.com/Gauge-Port-Filler-Tool-for-Benjamin-Discovery-p/discofillertool.htm




Many times at Archer Airguns, we're asked for our recommendation for how to clean airgun barrels.

Now we have an answer - at least for .177 caliber!

Bore-Whips are supplied in packs of three. They comprise a flexible, yet sturdy synthetic pull through with a lint-free foam tip bonded to this "rod".

Bore-Whips can be used dry, or with your choice of barrel cleaner - Break Free, Goo Gone, or whatever you prefer, for gentle yet effective bore cleaning. The foam tips can be washed and the Bore-Whips used multiple times. You can see them at http://www.archerairguns.com/Bore-Whips-177-Cal-p/bore-whips.177.htm



We're told by the manufacturer that Bore-Whips will soon be available in .22 caliber. Archer Airguns will carry these also as soon as they are available.

Also now available are more parts for Benjamin Marauder air rifles.

The improved valve featured in the new generation Marauders is now available for use in .177 and .22 caliber Marauder air rifles. It's Crosman part 1764-100 and it's suitable for use in all Benjamin Marauder Air Rifles, both first and second generation guns.

This new valve has a yellow anodized finish. So, don't confuse it with the first generation Marauder .25 caliber valve, which is also the same color!



One more Marauder air rifle parts assembly now in stock is the breech Plunger Assembly, Crosman part 1763-106. Again, this fits both first and second generation Marauder air rifles, it restrains the bolt travel under operation.

Many Marauder air rifles sent to Archer Airguns for repair have this Plunger Assembly damaged and I'm not sure why. There's no need to crank down tightly on the screw!






Just added today to Hard Air Magazine is a test review of the Remington Express air rifle.

This Chinese-made airgun looks beautiful, and much of it is well designed. But there's just one feature that's missing. It has no scope stop!

The result is vertical stringing in HAM's test targets when shot using a scope.

If you shoot with open sights, however, the Remington Express could be a great choice for a "1,000 FPS" springer.

You can read the full airgun test review at http://hardairmagazine.com/reviews/airgun-test-reviews/remington-express-air-rifle-test-review-177-cal



A comprehensive test review of the Beeman Mach 12.5 air rifle was recently published in Hard Air Magazine.



The Mach 12.5 is a Chinese-manufactured model and it certainly packs a big punch with a maximum muzzle velocity approaching 1400 fps - making it ideal as a hunting air rifle, even if you wouldn't want to shoot it all day for plinking!

You can see the full test review of the Beeman Mach 12.5 air rifle here at http://hardairmagazine.com/reviews/airgun-test-reviews/beeman-mach-12-5-air-rifle-test-review-177-cal


Archer Airguns customer Ron R. was disappointed that his QB78 Repeater was not fitted with open sights. The latest batch of .22 caliber QB78 Repeaters is fitted with 15mm diameter barrels and muzzle brakes, instead of 14mm barrels and open sights.

So he decided to install an Industry Brand Rear Field Sight on the Repeater breech and a QB78 Deluxe fiber optic front sight on the muzzle brake.

As neither of these parts is an exact "drop in" fit, Ron made a little project of this, with good results as you can see.

The Rear Field Sight required some work with a triangular needle file so that it would fit the contours of the QB78 Repeater breech.





For the front sight, Ron used the technique shown in this YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBHOay8TAiI but applied it to the front sight matching the muzzle weight, instead of a rear sight to the breech as shown.



Ron, Thank you! I'm glad that you were successful with this project :-)


The Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle is the latest airgun test review published by Hard Air Magazine (HAM).



This test reviews shows that he Gamo Whisper G2 does many things well. It's accurate, consistent, light and fairly easy to shoot for a spring/piston air rifle of this power.

HAM recorded a maximum of 1162 FPS with 5.56 grain H&N Field Target Trophy Green pellets, giving 16.68 Ft/Lbs of muzzle energy.

Accuracy was very good or excellent with 6 out of the 7 standard HAM test pellets. The Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle tested by HAM performed well with all pellets except the RWS Hobbys. This gun is not pellet picky.

The main opportunity for improvement is in the bundled scope. This does not match the quality of the air rifle itself. Do yourself a favor and replace it with a superior quality scope that will be a better match for the quality of the gun. You'll probably see a considerable improvement in practical accuracy as a result.

While knowledgeable airgunners will value the Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle for its accuracy and consistent performance, the overwhelming majority of buyers for this air rifle are not airgun experts and will buy it based on the marketing claims. Both groups will probably feel that they made a good decision!

You can read the Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle test review in Hard Air Magazine.

Please note that Hard Air Magazine is published by Archer Airguns but is run independently of our www.archerairguns.com store.


Check back frequently to Hard Air Magazine for all the latest pre-show news!

HAM will also be reporting on airgun developments at the 2015 SHOT Show, which runs from January 20 to 23 in Las Vegas.


.


Finally, Bore-Whips cleaning pull throughs are now available in .22 caliber.

Price for the .22 Caliber Bore-Whips is the same as for the .177 caliber version and they work just as well, but they're green instead of orange so that we won't get them confused!



Also like the .177 version, the .22 Caliber Bore Whips can be left in the barrel as a safety indicator, showing that your air rifle is "safe" and cannot be fired.

Bore-Whips make an ideal cleaning solution for airguns. They clean the bore well, without the risk of damage that can occur to shallow, fragile airgun rifling if too aggressive cleaning with a metal brush is undertaken.


Wow!!! Apologies for the long time since the last post. The Christmas rush was incredible and it lasted into January...

We also have some new products added to the Archer Airguns online store, one of which is a genuine Benjamin air rifle sling.



This Benjamin sling fits directly to Benjamin break barrel air rifles featuring a forward loop mount and rear swivel base.

Constructed of 1-inch wide black synthetic webbing with a wide padded section bearing the Benjamin logo. This sling makes carrying an air rifle in the field much easier and safer.

The Benjamin air rifle sling can be used with Marauder air rifles with the addition of a set of 1-inch sling swivels. (Actually, you only need one sling swivel as one is supplied with this sling).

There's more new stuff coming shortly. Thanks for your patience!


New at Archer Airguns is the latest Hammers scope - it's a compact 6 x 32AO scope and is supplied complete with airgun rings.

This new scope is ideal for use with many air rifles, particularly if you're looking for a short, light scope.

Image quality of the Hammers 6 x 32AO scope is good and the Adjustable Objective (AO) capability allows focusing down to 5 yards.

These scopes have mil-dot reticles, with red and green illumination - selectable if required for use in low light. They're supplied with flip-up lens caps and screw caps for the elevation and windage turrets.



This new Hammers 6x32AO scope is comparable in many way to a Bugbuster, but it's significantly cheaper and is supplied with airgun rings, not Weaver/Picatinny rings. This gives a bigger saving for most airgun users who don't need Weaver rings and then need to buy a separate set of airgun rings.

We have had many happy customers for the other Hammers scopes we sell and have no doubt that many more will love this new compact 6 x 32AO scope!

The photograph below shows this scope mounted on a QB78 Deluxe air rifle. And, yes, there is clearance between the scope and the rear sight...





One of the biggest problem when resealing a Benjamin Discovery or Marauder air rifle is how to prevent the valve and gauge port O rings from being clipped during reassembly.

It's almost impossible to prevent this damage as the new O rings swell out into the gauge port hole in the tube and then are cut in that area as they push further into the tub past the hole. These cuts almost inevitably lead to leaking - which is often why the gun was taken apart in the first place, of course!

Now Archer Airguns offers a solution to this issue. It's the Filler Plugs for Benjamin Marauder and Discovery air rifles.

In the factory, Crosman uses a jig that closes the gauge port hole when the valve and Gauge Port are installed. This prevents damage to these O rings during assembly.

These new Filler Plugs provide a much simpler - and cheaper - method of achieving the same effect.

The Filler Plugs are precisely-sized, er, fillers that are used to close the gauge port hole during reassembly.



Above, the Filler Plug for Marauder Air Rifles.

The Filler Plug is simply held in place by hand when reinstalling the valve and gauge port, keeping the O rings depressed as they are pushed down past the gauge port hole. Simple but effective!

There's one Filler Plug to fit the Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle, a second version fits the Benjamin Discovery and Crosman Challenger 2009 air rifles. They're identified by an embossed "M" or "D" in the underside of the Filler Plug.



Above, the Filler Plug for Discovery.

The illustrations shown here are CAD files of the parts. The real ones are solid black and very difficult to photograph!

You can see the Marauder Filler Plug here http://www.archerairguns.com/Gauge-Port-Filler-Tool-for-Benjamin-Marauder-p/mrodfillertool.htm

The Discovery Filler Plug is at http://www.archerairguns.com/Gauge-Port-Filler-Tool-for-Benjamin-Discovery-p/discofillertool.htm




Many times at Archer Airguns, we're asked for our recommendation for how to clean airgun barrels.

Now we have an answer - at least for .177 caliber!

Bore-Whips are supplied in packs of three. They comprise a flexible, yet sturdy synthetic pull through with a lint-free foam tip bonded to this "rod".

Bore-Whips can be used dry, or with your choice of barrel cleaner - Break Free, Goo Gone, or whatever you prefer, for gentle yet effective bore cleaning. The foam tips can be washed and the Bore-Whips used multiple times. You can see them at http://www.archerairguns.com/Bore-Whips-177-Cal-p/bore-whips.177.htm



We're told by the manufacturer that Bore-Whips will soon be available in .22 caliber. Archer Airguns will carry these also as soon as they are available.

Also now available are more parts for Benjamin Marauder air rifles.

The improved valve featured in the new generation Marauders is now available for use in .177 and .22 caliber Marauder air rifles. It's Crosman part 1764-100 and it's suitable for use in all Benjamin Marauder Air Rifles, both first and second generation guns.

This new valve has a yellow anodized finish. So, don't confuse it with the first generation Marauder .25 caliber valve, which is also the same color!



One more Marauder air rifle parts assembly now in stock is the breech Plunger Assembly, Crosman part 1763-106. Again, this fits both first and second generation Marauder air rifles, it restrains the bolt travel under operation.

Many Marauder air rifles sent to Archer Airguns for repair have this Plunger Assembly damaged and I'm not sure why. There's no need to crank down tightly on the screw!






Just added today to Hard Air Magazine is a test review of the Remington Express air rifle.

This Chinese-made airgun looks beautiful, and much of it is well designed. But there's just one feature that's missing. It has no scope stop!

The result is vertical stringing in HAM's test targets when shot using a scope.

If you shoot with open sights, however, the Remington Express could be a great choice for a "1,000 FPS" springer.

You can read the full airgun test review at http://hardairmagazine.com/reviews/airgun-test-reviews/remington-express-air-rifle-test-review-177-cal



A comprehensive test review of the Beeman Mach 12.5 air rifle was recently published in Hard Air Magazine.



The Mach 12.5 is a Chinese-manufactured model and it certainly packs a big punch with a maximum muzzle velocity approaching 1400 fps - making it ideal as a hunting air rifle, even if you wouldn't want to shoot it all day for plinking!

You can see the full test review of the Beeman Mach 12.5 air rifle here at http://hardairmagazine.com/reviews/airgun-test-reviews/beeman-mach-12-5-air-rifle-test-review-177-cal


Archer Airguns customer Ron R. was disappointed that his QB78 Repeater was not fitted with open sights. The latest batch of .22 caliber QB78 Repeaters is fitted with 15mm diameter barrels and muzzle brakes, instead of 14mm barrels and open sights.

So he decided to install an Industry Brand Rear Field Sight on the Repeater breech and a QB78 Deluxe fiber optic front sight on the muzzle brake.

As neither of these parts is an exact "drop in" fit, Ron made a little project of this, with good results as you can see.

The Rear Field Sight required some work with a triangular needle file so that it would fit the contours of the QB78 Repeater breech.





For the front sight, Ron used the technique shown in this YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBHOay8TAiI but applied it to the front sight matching the muzzle weight, instead of a rear sight to the breech as shown.



Ron, Thank you! I'm glad that you were successful with this project :-)


The Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle is the latest airgun test review published by Hard Air Magazine (HAM).



This test reviews shows that he Gamo Whisper G2 does many things well. It's accurate, consistent, light and fairly easy to shoot for a spring/piston air rifle of this power.

HAM recorded a maximum of 1162 FPS with 5.56 grain H&N Field Target Trophy Green pellets, giving 16.68 Ft/Lbs of muzzle energy.

Accuracy was very good or excellent with 6 out of the 7 standard HAM test pellets. The Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle tested by HAM performed well with all pellets except the RWS Hobbys. This gun is not pellet picky.

The main opportunity for improvement is in the bundled scope. This does not match the quality of the air rifle itself. Do yourself a favor and replace it with a superior quality scope that will be a better match for the quality of the gun. You'll probably see a considerable improvement in practical accuracy as a result.

While knowledgeable airgunners will value the Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle for its accuracy and consistent performance, the overwhelming majority of buyers for this air rifle are not airgun experts and will buy it based on the marketing claims. Both groups will probably feel that they made a good decision!

You can read the Gamo Whisper G2 air rifle test review in Hard Air Magazine.

Please note that Hard Air Magazine is published by Archer Airguns but is run independently of our www.archerairguns.com store.


 
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