Friday, November 25, 2011

Riverwalker's Gear - RW's Springer - Holiday Plinking

After stuffing myself with turkey and dressing, it was time to do some holiday plinking. Using my B3 series air gun which uses 4.5 mm (.177 caliber) pellets which only cost a few dollars for a box of around 200 rounds, it was time to ventilate some cans.

Here's a pic of the 4.5 mm pellets that were used to do a little holiday plinking. It's rated at 850 fps but is probably closer to 700 fps from my own experience. It's a tack driver at distances of 100 to 120 feet using just the iron sights.

It has a hooded front sight that has to be manually adjusted. Once it was set properly and aligned there's not much more that needs to be done to the front sight.

It also has an adjustable rear sight that fits in the dovetail mounts. Although it doesn't have an adjustment for windage, it's still a pretty decent rear sight. It's also tapped for a scope mount. If you look closely at the above picture you can see one of the scope ring mounting holes. The other one is covered up by the rear sight.

This air gun has an under the barrel cocking lever (see pic above) with a barrel clamp to hold it in place. It takes about 30 pounds of force to cock the lever and can be somewhat difficult to cock for smaller persons. Lil' RW (who's only 6 years old) tried to cock it but just couldn't manage to get it done. This is a single shot model and all the rounds have to loaded by hand. Just make sure the pellets are seated firmly in the barrel.

CAUTION: Be careful to maintain a firm grip on the lever once it has been cocked. Even if it has a safety mechanism, don't rely on it because If it releases suddenly it can cause a severe injury to your fingers.

While not the best air gun available, it's still a pretty decent air gun even if the stock is an ugly shade of yellowish-orange. Probably need to refinish the stock to make it a little prettier. Not much room to complain since it only cost $20 (which included a scope).The best part of plinking with this air gun is putting rounds through the same hole time after time.

Got springer?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Sure do have a springer alright. Very inexpensive garden pest rifle, low sound signature and very often legal to fire even in city limits (non powder propellant). Good way to keep your shooting practice close to home AND introduce a new shooter to the game.

Gorges Smythe said...

Is it only coincidence that the rifle looks to be of Chinese manufacture?

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 9:41

It's good for practice and later I'll use it teach my grandson the'll make a decent first rifle for him to practice with till his skills get better.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Gorges Smythe

You got it right. It's an Industry Brand B3 and is made in China. For the price, it was worth taking a chance to see if it was reliable. So far, it has been sound mechanically but the stock is pretty poor quality and is a little rough. A little refinishing work will help in that department.

The scope that came with it was easily worth ten bucks, even if the rifle turned out to be a clunker. Surprisingly, it shoots very well but like they say...your mileage may vary.

Would like to have something better (Benjamin, etc.) but haven't come across one in decent shape that anybody was willing to part with. Most people who manage to get hold of a decent shooting air gun just won't let go of it.



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