Years ago, I used to love watching Mike Alstott (adoring fans called him the A-Train) play fullback for the Tampa Bay Bucs. A classic bruiser, he appeared to be about half the height and twice the width of other players on the field. He actually measured in at 6’1″, so call it an optical illusion […]
Sound suppressors are often referred to as “cans.” In the case of the AirForce Texan SS Airgun, that seems to be a literal engineering goal, but I mean that in a loving and complimentary way. You see, the raison d’être of the Texan SS is big bore performance without the noise. The standard AirForce Texan features […]
Anyone know a reputable personal shopping concierge? I’m stumped for an appropriate gift idea for a 50th-anniversary celebration. I think that’s the one where you’re supposed to give gold, but as much as I like the folks at Crosman, I don’t foresee Fed-Ex-ing ingots anytime soon. What’s the occasion, you ask? Well, the air rifle […]
You can always recognize an AirForce Airgun from a couple of miles away. That distinctive “Space Force” shape isn’t just for Sci-Fi cosmetic appeal – the company’s iconic use of the air reservoir tank as the buttstock is also an efficient use of space and weight. If you have to have something on which to rest […]
Bulldogs have a storied history even if they do look like they lost a game of chicken with a parked mail truck. According to Wikipedia, they’re “a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose.” That’s a much kinder way of describing that unfortunate postal vehicle accident, but I digress. Bulldogs were also associated with Winston Churchill’s heroic posturing back in the big war. Described by BBC, “to many, the Bulldog is a national icon, symbolising pluck and determination.” You know it’s a legit British quote because they spelled “symbolising” with an “s”.
A while back, I got my hands on a Benjamin Bulldog and its fraternal twin, the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow. While the Airbow is a nifty tool for hunting applications and perforating trees with arrows, the Bulldog has many practical applications too. While, like the Airbow, its looks are non-traditional, it’s got everything you’d expect in a big bore air rifle, even if it shares that flattened nose with our iconic English canine.
Imagine a sound exactly halfway between a resounding “thunk” and an authoritative “whack” – kind of like that of a White Ash Louisville Slugger meeting horsehide at the Home Run Derby. That’s the sound of a Benjamin Pioneer Airbow arrow striking (and impaling) a ¾-inch sheet of sturdy plywood. Why would we do that? In […]
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to resort to serious “tough guy” language that will live on for generations to come, a couple of phrases of grit and defiance stand out. One such maxim starts with the immortal phrase, “We the people…” As the first words of the […]
Last week we took an up-close and personal look at the Gamo Urban 22 PCP air rifle. While it offers greatly expanded safe shooting opportunities over those presented by centerfire guns, it still packs some punch by flinging .22 caliber pellets at velocities up to 900 feet per second. This week, let’s consider a pistol that […]
Here’s an interesting thought. How about designing a break-barrel repeater? At first glance, it may seem a little strange to stick a 10-pellet magazine on a break-barrel rifle like the Gamo Swarm Maxxim air rifle does. After all, you’ve got to cock the thing between shots anyway, so what’s the big deal about dropping a pellet […]