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28 July, 2011

First Test Results of Stoeger X50 in .22 Caliber

The first deliveries of Stoeger X50 and X20 (non-Suppressor) air rifles in .22 caliber arrived at Archer Airguns today! We now have X20 and X50 scope combos in stock for immediate delivery.

Of course, I couldn’t wait to see how the new guns perform, so I started to test a batch of the new .22 caliber X50s, selected at random from our first delivery. The intention was to understand average muzzle energy over a range of pellet types and make a power comparison with the .177 caliber X50.

As with other X50s I’ve tested (and unlike the X20 Suppressors), these new guns were quite dry and each one settled down rapidly with very little dieseling. I fired 5 shots from each gun with 8 types of pellets and averaged the results.

The results are shown in this table (click to enlarge if you wish).

As for pellet weight, these results show that 14 to 15 Grain is about the sweet spot for the X50 in .22 caliber.

Average muzzle energy is consistently around 23 - 24 ft/lbs. This is around 10% greater than the average tested muzzle velocity of the X50 in .177 caliber, where I normally find 20 - 21 ft/lbs muzzle energy (around 1,000 fps with 7.9 Grain pellets).

Stoeger X-Field, 14.7 Grain pellets gave around 860 fps and 24 ft/lbs of muzzle energy. I’ll be using this pellet as standard for our “Gold Service” testing.

Yes, I know that 860 fps is far from Stoeger’s claims of “up to 1,200 fps with lead pellets” but it’s still very creditable and gives the X50 considerable knock-down power for hunting in .22 caliber.

Although I was only shooting “for effect” and not as a Gold Service accuracy test, the guns seemed to be as accurate as expected. I’ll be posting some test targets over the next few days, of course!

Prices for the .22 caliber guns are the same as for the .177 caliber models.


17 July, 2011

New - the Archer Airguns QB78 Deluxe Custom Shop

The Archer Airguns QB78 Deluxe Custom Shop allows you to select from a vast range of options to create your own, truly unique air rifle that’s individually assembled to your specifications by Archer Airguns.

Taking the QB78 Deluxe as a basis, you specify no less than 14 - yes fourteen - different choices of parts and services, designing the gun as you do so. This gives a total of over a million different possible combinations! Make that even more with the scope choices available!!!

Choose a tuned valve and bolt for increased muzzle velocity if you want to hunt. Specify more shots per fill with an HDD and 2-stage trigger if you’re target shooting. Select an up-graded stock and carbine barrel for improved handling. Or all of them! It’s your choice in the Archer Airguns QB78 Deluxe Custom Shop.

This is far more choice than that of any other airgun custom shop, and yet it doesn’t require you to wait forever - average turnaround from order to shipment is only 7 - 10 working days.

You select:
- Caliber
- Main Tube
- Barrel
- Front Band
- Breech
- Bolt
- Bolt Handle
- Valve
- Trigger
- Stock
- Scope Mounting
and more...

Please take a look and check out the possibilities!


12 July, 2011

Bargain Offer on QB57 at Archer Airguns

Just arrived today at Archer Airguns is a great offer on the QB57 air rifle!

We have a limited number of these air rifles in both .177 and .22 caliber. They are priced $20.00 lower than our already low price on the QB57 Deluxe as - although it's the same air rifle - there's no hard plastic carrying case included. Neither are pellets and scope included.

And - even better - the shipping weight of this model is much less than that of the QB57 Deluxe, which means that it's a lot cheaper to ship, in spite of still being a heavy air rifle.

For the price of $59.99 (plus shipping), this Archer Airguns QB57 offer is a real bargain. These are all new - 2010 - production air rifles and are offered with our Bronze Service inspection prior to shipment.


08 July, 2011

First Day of the Crosman NorthEast Regional Field Target Championship, 2011

Today, 8 July was the first day of the Crosman NorthEast USA Regional Field Target Championship. Again, this was held at Crosman corporate headquarters in Up-State New York.

Mainly this was a practice day, but there was a lot to do and see, including the (now usual) excellent Crosman factory tour.

Here's some highlights of the event.

1. Art Duel shows the beautiful stock he hand-crafted for his Marauder.

2. Ray Apelles shows a custom Marauder as master stock-maker Paul Bishop looks on. This bright red Marauder actually has an electronic trigger next to Ray's hand, together with a back-up mechanical trigger in the thumbhole of the stock. Yes, that's correct - two triggers. I shot it, too.

3. A real test for the afternoon was the "Quigley Bucket Challenge". This calls for five shots per competitor at a 1.75-inch wide bucket target at a range of 55 yards with a Challenger with beautiful Paul Bishop custom stock set to 6.5 ft/lb. Here Harold Rushton tries his hand at the Quigley Bucket. And yes, the target was hit by a total of 11 competitors, including me. I was so shocked to score that I've failed to record the name of the winner who achieved this feat twice. Oops! But he was presented with this Challenger as his prize and was very happy...

4. Late in the afternoon, Crosman employees produced a Rogue and we were invited to shoot it at cinder blocks and similar "reactive" targets. Here's me taking a shot.

5. And my response. Just the same as everyone else, a BIG smile!
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the start of the Match. I can't wait!!!


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