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12 December, 2014

New Hammers Compact 6 x 32AO Scope Now Available

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...


30 November, 2014

Now it's Easy to Reassemble Benjamin Marauder and Discovery PCP Air Rifles

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

The Discovery Filler Plug is at


12 November, 2014

New Marauder Parts and Cleaning Equipment

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

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!


04 November, 2014

New Test Review of Remington Express Air Rifle.

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


03 November, 2014

Beeman Mach 12.5 Test Review

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


25 October, 2014

Improved Open Sights Fitted to QB78 Repeater by Customer

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, 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 :-)


18 October, 2014

Gamo Whisper G2 Air Rifle Test Review Published in Hard Air Magazine

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 store.


16 October, 2014

New Benjamin Marauder Parts Kits From Archer Airguns.

In the past few weeks, Archer Airguns has added a number of new products to it's increasing coverage of Benjamin Marauder parts kits. These new kits are for the Marauder air rifle, some of them are listed here for your interest...

Now we have complete Crosman factory valves for the .25 cal Marauder air rifle. These valves can also be used in the .22 and .177 cal Marauder air rifles as a way to increase the muzzle velocity of the gun- although of course, they suck up a LOT more air with every shot and your shot count will fall.

The .25 cal valve should be used with the corresponding high flow transfer port sleeve. These Marauder high flow transfer port sleeves are also now available.

Also new are Marauder air rifle screw kits. These fit the "first generation" Marauder air rifles. Yes, I know that we mentioned them before, but here's a second airing as they are proving very popular with Marauder parts buyers!

Marauder Screw Kit A includes many of the "internal" screws for the Mrod. including:
4 x Trigger Side Plate Screws, Part 1763-056
4 x Trigger Assembly Retaining Screws, Part 1763-035
1 x Hammer Setscrew, Part 1763-022
1 x Bolt Catch Retaining Screw, Part 1763-024
3 x Valve Securing Screws, Part 1763-019

Marauder Screw Kit B has a number of the most useful "external" screws for original Marauder air rifles, including:
2 x Breech Locating Screws, Part 1763-027
1 x Stock Screw (blued) Screw, Part 1763-029
2 x Barrel Band Screw, Part 1763-023
2 x Barrel Setscrews, Part 1763-021
1 x Shroud Setscrew, Part 88-089

And don't forget Archer Airguns aftermarket single shot trays for the Benjamin Marauder air rifle! These are available for all three calibers and you can see more details here.


11 October, 2014

Cock on Opening Mod Kit Now Available for QB78 Type Air Rifles.

New from Archer Airguns is an upgrade kit that converts QB78, QB79, Tech Force 78 and TF79 models to cock on opening operation.

This upgrade can be installed on new QB78, QB79, AR2078, AR2078A and AR2079 air rifles purchased from Archer Airguns. Alternatively it can be purchased in "kit only" form for you to install on your own air rifle. Full instructions are included in the kit and the photographs here will also help.

Many QB78 shooters have always wanted a "cock on opening" version of their air rifles, but previously this has been available only as a specialist conversion from dedicated airgun tuners. The big issue is that the QB78 hammer needs to be drilled for revised placement of the hammer pin - and it's INCREDIBLY hard!

Archer Airguns has made a "production" cock on opening conversion kit available for the first time ever. Installation is a simple drop in process, as can be seen from the photographs below.

In addition, the Archer Airguns cock on opening conversion kit also minimizes the problem with previous cock on opening mods in that it's very easy to load pellets. There's still 13/32-inch available for pellet loading, as the photograph below shows.

This kit also fits the Crosman 160 and is also the first time - to my knowledge - that a cock on opening kit has been made available for that classic old air rifle.


22 September, 2014

New Screw Kits and More Parts for Benjamin Marauder Air Rifles

Archer Airguns has recently introduced several new parts kits for Benjamin Marauder air rifles.

Among these kits are two sets of screws for the Marauder. These are for the "version 1" or "old model" of the Mrod, not the guns with the latest synthetic stock. We find these screws handy to have around as part of our Reseal Service for Benjamin Marauder air rifles and I'm sure that the same will be true for the many people who enjoy working on their own guns.

Screw Kit A for Marauder Air Rifles
comprises screws associated with the trigger assembly, the valve securing screws and a couple of others.

There are:
4 x Trigger Plate Side Screws, Part 1763-056
4 x Trigger Assembly Retaining Screws, Part 1763-035
1 x Hammer Set Screw, Part 1763-022
1 x Bolt Catch Retaining Screw, Part 1763-024
3 x Valve Securing Setscrew, Part 1763-019

The photo below shows these parts.

Screw Kit B for Marauder air rifles, has mainly screws associated with the breech assembly, together with replacement stock and barrel band screws.

These are:
2 x Breech Locating Screws Screws, Part 1763-027
1 x Stock Screw, Part 1763-029 (blued)
2 x Barrel Band Setscrews, Part 1763-023
2 x Barrel Setscrews (fit in breech), Part 1763-021
1 x Shroud Setscrew, Part 88-089

Also now available as spare parts are a complete Marauder trigger assembly, this also fits the Crosman Chellanger 2009 PCP air rifle.

But wait, there's more! There's also the Marauder Gauge Adapter. This fits the Benjamin Discovery as well.


31 August, 2014

New Range of Parts and Accesory Kits for Crosman 760 Airguns.

New at Archer Airguns is a range of parts and accessory kits for America's most popular air rifle - the Crosman 760.

The best and simplest way for anyone to improve their shooting with a Crosman 760 is to install a scope and use this instead of the open sights supplied fitted to the gun. You'll be amazed at the improvement shooting through a scope can make!

So, Archer Airguns has two, great value scope packages for the 760.

The lowest cost package includes a 4 x 20 scope and rings for the Crosman 760. This mounts directly to the 760 - as shown in the photograph below. The scope is adjustable for elevation, windage and eye focus. It's also supplied with push on lens caps.

Stepping up is a 4 x 40 Scope and Rings for Crosman 760. The larger, better quality scope gives a much better image and has 4 x greater light gathering capability than the 4 x 20 scope for a brighter, sharper image. This scope also has a duplex reticle, click-adjustable elevation and windage turrets and eyepiece focusing.

A special set of low profile rings are included and these mount directly onto the 760's scope rails. This is about as much scope as most people will need on a Crosman 760!

A red dot sight is also a great option for improving shooting with a 760. But most of those currently available have Weaver/Picatinny type mounts that are not compatible with the scope rails on the Crosman 760.

Archer Airguns Weaver Picatinny Mount Adapter for Crosman 760 overcomes that problem. This adapter comprises two parts that fit into the Weaver/Picatinny mounts of the red dot sight (or scope rings). The whole assembly is then lowered onto the 760's scope rails and the Weaver mount tightened. Perfect!

For those with an old, tired 760, Archer Airguns also introduces a Reseal Kit for Crosman 760.

This "2X" Seal Kit includes two sets of the seals most likely to cause an old Crosman 760 to become "tired" and shoot slow. These seals will fit any of the many millions of 760s manufactured by Crosman since 1977! No instructions are included, but it's easy to find instructional videos on the 760 on YouTube and these will help with this project.

Having two sets of seals gives confidence when undertaking the repair, or provides a spare set of seals for another reseal project in future.


30 August, 2014

More Parts Kits Available for Crosman and Benjamin PCP Airguns

A variety of new parts kits are now available from Archer Airguns to help you fix Crosman and Benjamin PCP airguns that are in need of a little TLC.

Now in stock is the Crosman Challenger 2009 PCP Air Rifle valve assembly. This comes complete with the two O rings and valve stem seal assembly. This is Crosman part number CH2009-030.

Also for the Challenger 2009 is a kit of the tiny stainless steel balls and very delicate O rings that are used in the T Handle of the Challenger 2009. These parts are very easy to loose when working on the Challenger - trust me, I know! - and this kit provides a simple way to acquire two sets of these parts. Two bolt probe O rings are also included. The Archer Airguns T Handle Repair Kit for Challenger 2009 PCP Air Rifles looks like this...

The Benjamin Discovery Valve Stem Assembly - Crosman Part 1761A140 - fits the Disco as well as the Challenger 2009.

And last, but not least, there's the Valve Stem Assembly for Benjamin Marauder Air Rifles and Pistols. This fits all models of the Marauder, including the first and current (synthetic stock) model Mrod air rifles.

Hopefully these parts kits - in addition to the others already available - will be useful for those of you working on your Crosman and Benjamin PCP air rifles.

Happy Labor Day to all!


16 August, 2014

At Last! QB58 Sidelever Air Rifles Are Available Again.

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.


13 August, 2014

QB79 Repeater Gold Service Test Target

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.


07 August, 2014

Single Shot Trays Now Available for Benjamin Marauder in .25 Caliber.

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.


31 July, 2014

Hard Air Magazine - Your New FREE Online Airgun Magazine

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 In fact, HAM will review and cover almost everything EXCEPT what is sold in our store.



22 July, 2014

New Airgun Prototypes "Sneak Peak" at Crosman

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.



16 July, 2014

Airgun Scopes Back in Stock.

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 -

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.

And this is the Hammers 3-9 x 40AO scope.

See what I mean?


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