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27 June, 2014

The July issue of Airgun Hobbyist magazine is on it's way.

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.


12 June, 2014

New Single Shot Trays for Benjamin Marauder Air Rifles

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.


09 June, 2014

Customer Test Review of Archer Airguns Universal Muzzle Brake for 15mm Barrels

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.


03 June, 2014

Useful Steel Backer for Jumbo Pellet Trap

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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