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September 25, 2007

RWS 850 Re-visited

On the front page of AirgunDepot's website is a promotional video for the RWS 850, offering some  bonus items during the promotional period. Available in either .177 or .22, this gun is a fantastic piece of work, and speaking from personal experience, I think it deserves a look from every airgunner who enjoys CO2-powered guns.

If you will look back through the entries on this blog, you will find a review that I did on the RWS 850 a few months ago. The promo video shows eggs being shot off the tops of beverage cans with consistency and accuracy. This isn't camera tricks.....you can really do this with the RWS 850....it's that accurate! And with the bonus items of either a scope and a free tin of pellets with the .177 version, or a tin of free pellets with the .22, this is a great time to pick up this air gun. Either for yourself, or perhaps as a Christmas gift for someone, this deal won't last last. You owe it to yourself to maximize your purchasing dollar and rake in a real value on an already great air gun.

I tested the .22 and subsequently acquired one for myself. As a pest control gun, it ranks among the best offerings available. The 8-shot magazine allows for fast follow-up shots, and it cycles flawlessly with the right pellet. Heed the warning in the promo video about what type of pellet to use. I prefer RWS Superdomes in mine, and 8 shots going in one tiny hole aren't uncommon under 20 yards.

The stock on this gun is great at handling wet or dry weather, and provides firm gripping surfaces allowing the shooter to control the gun with ease. Truly ambidextrous, it excels in so many ways over other CO2 guns. As I mention in my review, I have spent literally $100's of dollars getting cheaper CO2 guns to perform to the standard where the RWS 850 is just starting. So do yourself a favor....instead of buying a lower-valued gun and sending it off for specialized work, get the RWS 850 at the outset and enjoy some very fine shooting pleasure right out of the box. You won't regret it!


September 17, 2007


When it comes to correctly using the trigger, there are a lot of erroneous ideas out there. You can blame Hollywood for a lot of it.....I'm old enough to remember the Westerns that had the shooters literally "flicking" the sixgun at the target with each shot they took! And more recent movies with gang members holding the handguns sideways in an effort to look cool while being bad doesn't help matters much either!

But to narrow the focus of this blog entry, lets deal with how you should work the trigger on a gun that has a nicely adjustable firing mechanism, such as the R-series of guns from Beeman/HW. The Rekord trigger is famous for its adjustable behavior, and once you have the trigger to your liking, you can move on to dealing with how you actually "squeeze" the trigger, though that might not be the best description.

Now I'm not a professional shooter, but I've watched enough "how to" segments of firearm shows and read enough about shooting that I think I have a decent handle on the situation. As I understand the pros, you really should only use the pad of the fingertip to "squeeze" the trigger. Many people erroneously use the first joint, or crook, of the forefinger to actuate the trigger mechanism. This unfortunate habit has the side effect of minutely moving the barrel of the gun as the trigger is operated. If you use just the pad of the fingertip, you want to simply move the trigger backwards in a linear movement to cause the gun to fire. This linear movement allows one to stay on target easier without the side effect of disturbing your aim on the target. 

I've heard more than once that the actual firing of the gun should come as a surprise to the shooter since they should be focusing on keeping the sights on target, and not anticipate the sear breaking upon moving the trigger. This is even easier done with an airgun since there is much less recoil than with a centerfire cartridge, and you tend to flinch less when you know there is no anticipated damage to your shoulder upon firing.

Most of what I've mentioned above is directed towards rifle shooters. If you are shooting a pistol/revolver, you have some adjustments to make. Pistols can use the same technique, but revolvers, if they are double-action, will require some adjustment. In the case of a double-action firing scenario, the crook of the finger should be used since the strength needed to move the cylinder through its range of motion when firing isn't as available if you are using just the pad of the fingertip. If you cock the double action so that you are using it in single action mode, then for ultimate accuracy you will want to use the pad of the fingertip.

So when you shoot, try out the different methods described, concentrating on getting the most accuracy you can from your air gun. The type of trigger your air gun uses will dictate to some degree how effective this technique can be, but if you have a decent trigger that is light and adjustable, then you can enhance your accuracy by using less of your trigger finger. 

September 11, 2007

American Classics - The Benjamin Sheridan Air Rifle

For decades there has been a company that has manufactured a very fine air rifle. With classic lines, simple operation and design, the product I am speaking of has stood the test of time. It is, of course, the classic pump rifle from Benjamin-Sheridan.

At one time in the history of America, there were several American companies making pump rifles. There was Crosman, Daisy, Apache, Benjamin, Sheridan, and a few others as well. Over the years, some have disappeared, while others have combined. That is what happened with the Benjamin and Sheridan companies. After years of marketing and selling a similar product, they combined into the Benjamin Sheridan company, and not too long ago were subsequently bought by the Crosman corporation.

These fine air rifles are still manufactured, and are available in three different calibers. The Benjamin-named rifles are offered in the .177 and .22 caliber models, while the Sheridan-named rifles are in the classic .20 caliber, which is historically the favored caliber of that maker.

Now there are several advantages to owning this type of rifle. The powerplant of the pump-up rifle allows the shooter to vary the velocity of the projectile within a certain range, which aids in the enjoyment of shooting. If you are just plinking and target shooting, there is no need to shoot the gun at the highest power setting, and you can enjoy your shooting session for a longer period of time without tiring. If you are hunting or shooting for distance, you have the option of adding more power to your shot by simply adding more air to the dump reservoir by pumping a few more times.

Another advantage to this type of rifle is the extremely low recoil, almost non-existent compared to the spring-piston powerplant. This type of rifle is highly favored for young and new shooters since it allows those who are just starting out to enjoy a sense of accomplishment in their ability to hit their target. The lack of recoil in these fine air rifles goes a long way to bringing a smile to the face of those who are beginning their journey into the shooting sports.

Many shooters enjoy shooting this type of gun in the classic tradition with open sights. However, if you are a scope user, there are mounts available for this model. Due to the low recoil of this air rifle, you won't have to worry about ruining a scope on this air gun. It is extremely scope friendly!

The velocity of the pellets in the .22 caliber models will break well into the 600 fps area, and the .177 caliber approaches the 800 fps depending on the weight of the pellet you are using. The .20 caliber also reaches well into the upper 600's with certain pellets. All the above velocities are suitable for small game hunting, and I regularly take squirrels and rabbits with a similar style gun that was manufactured in 1939! This is a tried and true design that will last for a long time, provide loads of enjoyment to you, and provide a treasured heirloom to pass down to the next generation of shooters.  

So if you haven't enjoyed shooting one of these fine American-made air rifles, be sure to look around Airgun Depot's selection. This is a gun with a proud heritage that you will be proud to own. 

September 06, 2007

New Magazine for Airgun Hunters....and it's FREE!

This summer, Jim Chapman from www.americanairgunhunter.com began publishing an online magazine, or e-zine, geared towards the air gun hunter. This e-zine is a gold mine of information for the hunter who uses air guns, and many of the products featured in the e-zine are available from AirgunDepot. In fact, AirgunDepot is one of the sponsors of this fine publication, and I can't urge you enough to take advantage of this FREE publication.

You will find AirgunDepot's add on page 40, and if you read through the articles (and who wouldn't?) you will find great information on gear and products, many of which you will find right here at AirgunDepot. From guns to scopes, mounts to ammo, and everything inbetween, AirgunDepot can help get you set up for a successful day in the field pursuing your favorite game animal with an airgun.

To download your FREE copies of the first two issues, go to the following link:


I have had the privilege of contributing to this e-zine, and assist Jim in choosing the contents of the magazine. If you would like to contribute an airgun hunting story to be considered, or wish to ask a question of the editors, contact Jim Chapman via his website, the same website from which you download the free e-zine.

This magazine is totally FREE to the public, costs you nothing, and is a huge resource for the avid hunter. And when you find some product in one of the stories you are interested in, don't forget to check with AirgunDepot for its availability. 



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