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Many people have asked us if the QB58 air rifle would ever be available again. Well, now it is!

Archer Airguns has the QB58 available in both calibers - .177 and .22 cal.
Here's the .177 version.
This is the .22 cal model.



These are the QB58FC model, the top model in the Industry Brand QB58 range. They have nice hardwood stocks, excellent checkering and fiber optic sights.





Mechanically, the QB58 is definitely a first cousin to the well known QB57 air rifle. The main differences to the QB57 are the conventional, non-takedown, configuration and a somewhat higher muzzle velocity specification. Below, you can see how the QB57 and QB58 compare...



The QB58 is compact for a conventional air rifle configuration, which makes it easy to shoot. But please note that this gun is best shot with open sights, a red dot sight or a short scope such as the Leapers Bugbuster. The short compression chamber means that regular-length scopes will cover the loading port, making it very difficult to load pellets.

ALSO, whenever loading the QB58 - like ANY sidelever springer - be sure to keep your arm between the body of the gun and the open cocking lever when loading pellets. DO NOT press the red bear trap interlock button until the air rifle is loaded and your fingers are well clear of the breech area! READ THIS POST FOR A GRAPHIC WARNING ABOUT LOADING THE QB58 SAFELY.

.


Just thought you might like to see a nice Gold Service test target shot today from a customer's QB79 PCP Repeater and Tank Bundle .177 Cal. That's 10 shots at 10 yards.



The customer ordered the 800 fps specification and the Ninja regulated HPA tank is included in the bundle.




New from Archer Airguns is a .25 caliber single shot tray for the Benjamin Marauder air rifle. This allows the .25 caliber Marauder to be fired in single shot mode, without the need for a clip. It fits both the original and new model Marauders. You can buy yours at Archer Airguns.

The illustration above sis a CAD image of the tray, for clarity of illustration.

These 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).

Archer Airguns single shot trays for Benjamin Marauder air rifles are also available in .177 and .22 calibers.


Hard Air Magazine is a new free online magazine focused on airguns and associated products.



We hope you'll read it, love it and keep coming back to read more very frequently as new content will be added often!

Why Hard Air? Well, it doesn't cover airsoft or paintball products. Nor does it cover firearms. HAM specializes in airguns, pure and simple.

Hard Air Magazine (HAM) specializes in top quality, comprehensive reviews of airguns and associated products.

For example, air rifles are tested and reviewed with multiple types of quality pellets to indicate the performance of which they're capable. The test targets and chrony results are all published, so that you can draw your own conclusions, too.

The HAM review team is comprised of experienced, knowledgeable airgunners who really know what they're talking about. They're excited to share their knowledge and experience with everyone through the HAM product reviews.



Added to this is a comprehensive range of airgun buyers guides and clear descriptions of the different airgun types, these are intended to help newcomers to our sport.



So if you - or anyone you know - is looking to buy a new airgun, Hard Air Magazine will be the first place to look for honest, constructive buying advice.

But wait, there's more! Hard Air Magazine is the one stop shop to help everyone keep up to date with the latest airgun news.



Hard Air Magazine is published by Archer Airguns. But it's NOT a replacement for this blog, nor does it cover products sold by our online retail store at www.archerairguns.com. In fact, HAM will review and cover almost everything EXCEPT what is sold in our store.

Enjoy!


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!


Many people have asked us if the QB58 air rifle would ever be available again. Well, now it is!

Archer Airguns has the QB58 available in both calibers - .177 and .22 cal.
Here's the .177 version.
This is the .22 cal model.



These are the QB58FC model, the top model in the Industry Brand QB58 range. They have nice hardwood stocks, excellent checkering and fiber optic sights.





Mechanically, the QB58 is definitely a first cousin to the well known QB57 air rifle. The main differences to the QB57 are the conventional, non-takedown, configuration and a somewhat higher muzzle velocity specification. Below, you can see how the QB57 and QB58 compare...



The QB58 is compact for a conventional air rifle configuration, which makes it easy to shoot. But please note that this gun is best shot with open sights, a red dot sight or a short scope such as the Leapers Bugbuster. The short compression chamber means that regular-length scopes will cover the loading port, making it very difficult to load pellets.

ALSO, whenever loading the QB58 - like ANY sidelever springer - be sure to keep your arm between the body of the gun and the open cocking lever when loading pellets. DO NOT press the red bear trap interlock button until the air rifle is loaded and your fingers are well clear of the breech area! READ THIS POST FOR A GRAPHIC WARNING ABOUT LOADING THE QB58 SAFELY.

.


Just thought you might like to see a nice Gold Service test target shot today from a customer's QB79 PCP Repeater and Tank Bundle .177 Cal. That's 10 shots at 10 yards.



The customer ordered the 800 fps specification and the Ninja regulated HPA tank is included in the bundle.




New from Archer Airguns is a .25 caliber single shot tray for the Benjamin Marauder air rifle. This allows the .25 caliber Marauder to be fired in single shot mode, without the need for a clip. It fits both the original and new model Marauders. You can buy yours at Archer Airguns.

The illustration above sis a CAD image of the tray, for clarity of illustration.

These 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).

Archer Airguns single shot trays for Benjamin Marauder air rifles are also available in .177 and .22 calibers.


Hard Air Magazine is a new free online magazine focused on airguns and associated products.



We hope you'll read it, love it and keep coming back to read more very frequently as new content will be added often!

Why Hard Air? Well, it doesn't cover airsoft or paintball products. Nor does it cover firearms. HAM specializes in airguns, pure and simple.

Hard Air Magazine (HAM) specializes in top quality, comprehensive reviews of airguns and associated products.

For example, air rifles are tested and reviewed with multiple types of quality pellets to indicate the performance of which they're capable. The test targets and chrony results are all published, so that you can draw your own conclusions, too.

The HAM review team is comprised of experienced, knowledgeable airgunners who really know what they're talking about. They're excited to share their knowledge and experience with everyone through the HAM product reviews.



Added to this is a comprehensive range of airgun buyers guides and clear descriptions of the different airgun types, these are intended to help newcomers to our sport.



So if you - or anyone you know - is looking to buy a new airgun, Hard Air Magazine will be the first place to look for honest, constructive buying advice.

But wait, there's more! Hard Air Magazine is the one stop shop to help everyone keep up to date with the latest airgun news.



Hard Air Magazine is published by Archer Airguns. But it's NOT a replacement for this blog, nor does it cover products sold by our online retail store at www.archerairguns.com. In fact, HAM will review and cover almost everything EXCEPT what is sold in our store.

Enjoy!


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!


 
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