Military Review

Pneumatic toy or ... weapon?

Contrary to popular belief that air rifles are suitable only for entertaining, and partly for high-precision sports shooting, modern designs are ideal for real bird hunting and small animals.

Abundance of pneumatics

So what exactly is an air rifle? Who, when, where did it first make, and most importantly - why? According to some historical sources, this happened in England, in the county of Devonshire at the end of the XVIII century. One nobleman ordered his gunsmith to make an air gun so that it would beat a rabbit 60 yards (about 50 m). The gunsmith complied with the order. Unfortunately, I could not find drawings of this rarity. I only found out that the gun was about two meters long and weighed more than 10 kg. Two squires were transferred and prepared for the shot.

The rate of fire of this miracle, I suppose, was not high. Than it shot, what caliber and accuracy was also unknown. That's just the price of this unit was clearly such that not everyone could buy it. Today, fortunately, the picture is completely different - the shops are full of all sorts of pneumatics produced in different countries. It is rather difficult for an inexperienced person to understand this abundance, moreover, many sellers in stores understand in pneumatics, to put it mildly, rather mediocre. First of all, let's look at the types of pneumatic weapons. There are four of them: gas cylinder, compression, PCP - (pi-pi-pi), and spring-piston. So...

Gas cylinder pneumatics

Such weapons work on carbon dioxide (CO2), which is located in a steel cylinder bottle. Gas cylinder 12

This cylinder is inserted into a special slot and screwed in, the cylinder neck is punctured, gas enters the chamber, when the exhaust valve of the chamber opens, the gas from the chamber flies out into the barrel, carrying the projectile (bullet, ball, dart) under it.

Advantages: high rate of fire.

Disadvantages: when the ambient temperature is from 0 ° С and below, the gas is liquefied and the power of the shot drops. The cylinder inserted into the weapon must be worked out for 4-5 hours, otherwise the gas will go off by itself, regardless of whether you shot or not - the valves are not tight. By the way, the balloon costs an average of 30-32 rubles.

The disadvantages include the low power of such weapons - basically, these are pistols and revolvers of caliber 4,5 mm, which provide the initial speed of the bullet 120-125 m / s. Heavy 5,5 mm bullets on this weapon simply will not pull.

Compression Pneumatics

This type of pneumatics is most popular in the USA, Mexico and Canada. Under the barrel of the weapon is a tank in which the pumping system, valve and chamber for compressed air. The operation of such a weapon is very similar to wheel inflation using a hand pump. A few strokes are done, usually 8-10. The air, squeezed out by each roll, gets into the chamber, where it is more and more compressed, due to further injection. When fired, it all flies into the barrel and pushes the projectile.

Gas cylinder air rifle Crosman 1077

Pneumatic toy or ... weapon?
Gas cylinder gun company Gamo P-23 Combat

Advantages: the weapon is more powerful than the gas balloon. Some rifles operating on this principle have 4,5 mm 240 m / s and 180-200 m / s with 5,5 mm caliber with a caliber of XNUMX.

You can always keep charged and inflated without fear that the spring will sit down - there it simply is not there. If the rifle is in this condition, then it should be on safety. Sure to!

Disadvantages: low rate of fire - no more than two shots per minute. After all, after the shot, you need to open the bolt, insert the bullet and perform the 8-10 pitches with the forearm. Rolling, by the way, is accompanied by a characteristic sound, which is heard on the 40-50 m. It is also susceptible to temperature, as is a gas balloon.

PCP pneumatics

Americans and the British classify home-weapon PCR (pi-pi-pi-pi) to the home weapon class, i.e. to homemade weapons. It is, in general, similar to compression and gas balloon, only more powerful. It has a much more capacious and durable compression chamber, which is designed for high pressure. The chamber is filled with a special high-pressure pump or from a pre-filled diving cylinder. The high pressure pump is extremely tight. V of one of my friends was 56 size of a suit. After a month of communication with this pump, the size became 52.

Many PCP rifles are equipped with shops and silencers, although, in my opinion, this is nonsense.

Many people pay attention to the lack of gas cylinder, compression and PCR weapons recoil, which can not be said about the spring-piston weapons. Yes, the last ones really have a return, but it is so insignificant that even teenagers with a very frail build do not pay attention to it. What then to speak to an adult?

As for the accuracy of the battle - yes, in some models of PCP rifles the accuracy is slightly higher than in spring-piston ones. I emphasize - only in some models. But this factor is absolutely insignificant, and this is why - ultra-high accuracy is necessary in sports, where the spread in the extra 0,2 mm will quickly turn the gold medal into silver or even bronze. When entertaining or hunting shooting, the accuracy of the spring-piston systems is excessive.

I know a man who, with 90 and the first shot, hit the frog's head sticking out of the water. He fired a Hatsan-125 rifle, caliber 6,35 mm, with 3-9x40 optics, a Barracuda bullet weighing 2 g. The air temperature was + 22 ° С. Normal combat accuracy?

Advantages: power is higher than that of compression m / s up to 290 with caliber 5,5 mm. You can always keep ready to shoot.

Disadvantages: the very high cost of a rifle, a scuba diving cylinder and a high-pressure pump - all together exceeds the threshold in 100 000 rub. Terrible transportability - after all, taking a rifle with you, you still have to take a balloon or a pump - all this is very heavy and large. Very sensitive to temperatures from + 5 ° C and below.

Carbon dioxide cylinders used in gas balloon samples of pneumatic weapons

Compression air rifles from Crosman: 760B, 764SB

I heard that if you don’t pump a rifle with special air (where can you get it?), Over time, the air ducts of the intake and exhaust valves will inevitably become clogged and the entire valve system must be changed, which is very expensive and troublesome. It is impossible to clean them technically, since the air ducts are made in the form of very thin tubes with seals. Well, to maintain the most powerful combat, the rifle must be pumped up every 5-10 shots.

I can also say that about 5-6 years ago, when the fashion for PCP rifles appeared, many of my friends bought them, but quickly became disillusioned with them and switched to spring-piston “breaks”. And very satisfied so far.

Spring piston rifles

This class of rifles is divided into two groups. The first includes rifles with a fixed barrel, in which the cocking lever is located under the barrel or from the side, usually on the right side, along the forearm, and the second is a rifle, where the barrel cocks the lever. In common language they are called “breaks” (similar to our IL-38).

Let's start with rifles with a fixed barrel. They, as a rule, have greater weight and less power than “breaks”. Very often they do not have a so-called “soft descent” mode, when a rifle ready for a shot can be switched to a free state without a shot. This is done as follows: the cocking lever is moved to the rearmost position and firmly held. After which the other hand is pressed the trigger. The hand that holds the cocking lever gradually reduces pressure until the lever returns to its original position. As a result of this manipulation, the pellet in the barrel was both left and the spring returned to its free state.

Advantages: survivability, unpretentiousness, high power, accuracy and rate of fire, good maintainability. It is not very difficult to upgrade - to increase the weight and stroke of the piston, to install a more powerful spring, etc.

Disadvantage: due to the design, it is impossible to clean the barrel from the breech, and when cleaning from the end of the barrel the ramrod will inevitably slide along its cut, which will lead to deterioration of accuracy over time. This, by the way, fully applies to gas, compression and PCP weapons.

"Breaking". In the class of spring-piston rifles, the most powerful models are exclusively “fractures”, since only their design allows the longest and, therefore, capacious compression chamber to be made and the most powerful spring to be installed. It would be extremely difficult and inconvenient to coil such a spring with a sub-barrel or side lever, and the barrel is longer than these levers and when it is used as a lever, it has a different shoulder, thanks to which the rifle cocks with a completely acceptable force.

PCP rifle Walther 1250 Dominator

PCR rifle Hatsan AT44-10

All companies that produce pneumatics (spring-piston), for the reasons given above, the most powerful models make “breaks”. Here are just a few examples: England - "Webley Scott" ("Patriot"), Spain - "Norika" ("Marwick Gold", "Dragon", "Storm"), El Gamo ("Henter 1250"), Germany ("Diana 350 ”), Turkey (“ Hatsan 125 ”).

Features "breaks"

Above, I called only those firms and models that immediately came to my mind, but there are still many others. “Stager”, for example, they have all the “breaking” rifles, “Comet” - as far as I know, the picture is similar.

There are still very good production of pneumatics in Australia, America, North and South Korea, the company "Vector" in South Africa and "Samson" in Israel - and there "fractures" also dominate confidently. They are structurally simpler, which means cheaper, lighter and more powerful than rifles with a fixed barrel. Indeed, it is technically not difficult to invest in such a “change” in a power that is simply unbearable for a rifle with a fixed barrel.

Often I heard the myth that the “breaks” due to the design during long-term operation the trunk loose. Complete nonsense! This can occur only from poor-quality soft metal (which is typical only for domestic producers), but not because of the design. That's why: the axis behind which the trunk is dressed, and the lock bolt are strictly perpendicular relative to each other, thanks to which the razbaltyvanie excluded even theoretically! Take, for example, the front door of your apartment - did it get very loose? But we use the door much more often than a rifle. And in the entrance door the axis on which the hinges are located is perpendicular to the tongue of the lock, just like in the rifle the axis of fastening the trunk to the bolt of the lock.

Advantages: it seems, I have already set them all out in detail.

Disadvantages: I did not find over the years of operation "fractures" over 35.

Calibers "change"

Now, I think it's time to talk about calibers. The question is, why did they make so many calibers - and 4,5 mm and 5,5 mm and even 6,35 mm, and even 9 mm were done - is there really nothing more to do? Would make all the rifles in one 4,5-mm caliber, as we have in the USSR and now everyone would be happy! But not everything is so simple - in our country (as in the USSR), pneumatics is considered only a sports-training and recreational weapon and all that was required of it is to precisely make a hole in a paper target no further than 25 m or knock over a tin figure in dash from a distance 5 m. Powerful pneumatics is designed to hunt small animals and birds and, therefore, completely different requirements are already placed on it. In our country, as you know, there was no hunting with pneumatics, and no. It is prohibited by law. Although why in this case it is not clear, it was necessary to create an MP-513, considering that there was no release of domestic 5,5 caliber bullets, no, and, most likely, never will be.

Standard bullet weights in calibers are: 4,5 mm - 0,45 g; 5,5mm —1,1 g; 6,35mm — 1,5 g; 9 mm - I do not know.

Many PCR Hatsan rifles supply 10-charging magazine

10-charging shop and bullets

The most important accessory for PSP pneumatics high pressure manual pump, manufactured by Hatsan

As you can see, the 5,5 caliber bullet is more than twice as heavy as the 4,5 mm bullet bullet. Consequently, the stopping power of the 5,5 mm caliber is completely different. The difference between a passenger car and a truck. In general, European and American gunsmiths had been in search of the optimal fishing gauge for airguns for several years. Numerous tests were carried out - they shot with different bullets, in different weather conditions, at different distances at targets from materials of different density, elasticity, viscosity, hardness. After that, all the affected targets were investigated in the most meticulous and painstaking manner. The results were analyzed, summarized. Finally, they all agreed unanimously that for pneumatics the fishing gauge is the only possible - this is 5,5 mm. Since 4,5 mm is too light a bullet, only 0,45 g is, and its braking speed is inversely proportional to the speed of flight. 6,35 mm - on the contrary, too heavy, whole 1,5 g. To make such a bullet normally hit - that is, pierce the fur, feather, skin, subcutaneous fat and penetrate deep into the tissue, creating an amazing effect, it must be given an initial speed of at least 300 m / c - and for pneumatics, even the most powerful, this task is beyond our means. Here we need powder gases. But the caliber 5,5 mm was ideal and only suitable for hunting rabbits in England, pheasants in southern Europe, marmots, rabbits, partridges, beavers in the US and Canada. Some American and Mexican farmers successfully use such pneumatics to shoot jackals and coyotes.

In principle, the caliber 6,35 mm could be effective when hunting for small fur-bearing animals (sable, squirrel, marten, etc.) - where the main thing is not to spoil the skin. After all, if hit, such a bullet will not tear the skin, but only cause a strong knockout blow, and the hunter will have 10 with to run up to the trophy. The caliber 9 mm for the above reasons, the more can not be used as a hunting. You also need to remember to pick up the most suitable bullet for your rifle in shape and weight. This process should be approached very carefully and responsibly, since a correctly selected bullet significantly increases the accuracy of the shot and its penetrating power. The picture is similar to a firearm.

Butts and lodges

Material of the lodge (butt + watering can + fore hand): usually in pneumatics wood or synthetics are used. The tree is a tribute to the tradition and, in my opinion, does not give anything but a purely aesthetic pleasure to the owner of the rifle. Another thing - synthetics. Unlike wood, it does not swell, does not crack, does not dry out, besides, plastics are very strong - much stronger than any tree and lighter. Significantly easier! For example, the Turkish concern "Hatsan" on the 125 model puts a bed of polyferritic glass-carbon-plastic - it is an incredibly durable and lightweight material. In the US, it is widely used for the manufacture of boxes. In addition to “Remington”, “Winchester”, “Mosberg”, “Rüger”, “Marlin”, this company also makes Vazerby’s lodges, including for African-made carbines, and this company, as you know , makes weapons of increased power, in which the requirements for the strength of the lodge are higher. By the way, from the same material "Glock" and "Heckler and Koch" make the body and bolt frames for their pistols. A resource for the "Glock" about 500 000 shots.

What is good about this material is that it can be given any color to make it — a good expensive walnut, black, dark green, gray, camouflage — which is very good, as the camouflage coloring allows the rifle to merge with the surrounding landscape.

Butt forms today are made the most diverse. There are butts with a separate pistol grip, like the AK-47, in the form of a frame, as in the SVD, and of the classic “Monte Cristo” - like most hunting rifles. Of course, only Monte Cristo is suitable for hunting and high-speed shooting offhand, which is clearly proved by the stand-up athletes. Often on the butts of air rifles you can see rubber butt plates-shock absorbers. Don't let that scare you. Pneumatics do not have strong recoil, which this shock absorber is designed to extinguish. The impact of the "fracture" is completely imperceptible, as I wrote above, and the rear shock absorber performs a completely different function - it does not allow the butt to slide on wet clothes. This is very important if you are exposed to rain.

Pneumatic "break" Diana mod. Panther 31

Air rifle rifle Stoeger X50


Often on a powerful spring-piston pneumatics at the end of the barrel, you can see a large oblong thickening - this is the compensator. It serves as a counterweight. When fired, thanks to him, the rifle almost throws up, which makes shooting more comfortable and accurate. He also protects the tip of the barrel if the rifle accidentally drops the barrel into the ground, since the end of the barrel is about two centimeters deeper inside the compensator than its front cut.

It is believed that the compensator improves the accuracy of the battle. It is said that tests were conducted where rifle shooting results were compared with and without a compensator. V rifles with a compensator battle turned out to be really noticeably smoother. I personally did not check, but I consider it quite possible. Recall previously produced domestic small-caliber rifles TOZ-17 and TOZ-18. Remember how they have turned the trunk? At the end made a noticeable thickening. It is designed to match the vibrations of the barrel, which creates a bullet when passing through it. If desired, such a compensator can be ordered to any turner. At the end of the barrel (approximately 15 m) make a thread and a nut with a length of 25-30 mm for this thread. The outer diameter must be equal to or slightly larger than the outer diameter of the barrel. It makes sense to make a knurling on the nut so that it is comfortable to turn it. It makes sense to glow it red hot and put it in engine oil. Do this operation 3-4 times, then the nut will get a nice dark color and will look harmoniously on the trunk and will not rust. This effect can be achieved and bluing.


Now about the sights: usually air rifles are available with a frame sight - a front sight and an aiming frame, equipped with screws for manual adjustment in the vertical and horizontal directions. In recent years, Turkey and Spain began to make night frame sights. What it is? On the sighting frame, to the right and to the left of the slot, light-storage devices are installed. On the fly, too, just a different color. They are arranged in the same way as the wristwatch hands. From the direction of the arrow, they look like dots.

This is very convenient when shooting at dusk, when the frame and the front sight are not visible against the background of the target. It is quite another thing when you point a bright red point at a target, position it between two equally bright green points and calmly shoot. There is no mistake.

Dovetail is a plate or milled grooves for the legs of the bracket, which is designed to hold the optics, collimator, health facilities. Usually it has a transverse stop, which can be fixed anywhere in the "dovetail". This stop is needed so that when fired from a powerful spring-piston rifle, the legs of the bracket do not move along the grooves. Sometimes, for better fixation of the paws, pieces of adhesive plaster are placed under them. If the shooter decided to use optics (LCC, collimator), then the bracket should be chosen monolithic, high, having a clearance in the racks, so that you can use the frame sight too. I often wonder where you can find a good sports rifle sincerely believing that this is the best choice for hunting and entertaining shooting. This is utter absurdity and that is why: sporting rifles are a very weak weapon (caliber 4,5 mm; - 140 - 150 m / s), heavy 4-5,5 kg, completely unsuitable for carrying and very expensive. For example, some rifles from the Swiss firm Hemerli have a price of more than $ 10000, They also have a very soft trigger (12 g). In general, such a weapon was created only to make a hole in a paper target with maximum precision from a distance of 25 meters at t of air 20 ° С. Competitions on pneumatic shooting are held indoors.

Well, I hope that I managed to create in readers the correct idea of ​​what air guns are.

Bullets for airguns of calibers .177 (4,5 mm) and .22 (5,5 mm)

Various riflescopes
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. 12061973
    12061973 3 July 2013 08: 24
    good article.
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 3 July 2013 09: 09
    I put the article +, although here it is:

    "In our country, as you know, there was no hunting with pneumatics, and no. It is prohibited by law."

    not quite right. Hunting is now permitted with airguns, albeit with great restrictions. The Weapons Act also sets limits on the free acquisition of pneumatics, depending on caliber and power. Besides:

    "Modern designs are ideal for real hunting for birds and small game."

    modern specimens are of very large caliber and power, and hunting with them is quite common in the states even for such animals as moose, deer and bear (mainly black), which cannot be called small.
  3. Kir
    Kir 3 July 2013 10: 18
    The article is not bad, but also not without sin, why did the Hatsan 125 become the last survey model with a lower cocking lever? The same 150 to 380 m / s, although the author "visited" electronic stores, with regards to the "muffler", in many places it is named a consolator, according to the samples themselves there is a minus for all everyday life, at least I have not come across a removable stock with a butt for some models with a suitable length and "grip", returning to 150 there is on my individual approach minus "fasteners" for bipods that although it does not interfere, but slightly spoils the feeling.
    1. Kipish
      Kipish 9 July 2013 14: 36
      Yes, and about not enough:
      "Disadvantages: the very high cost of a rifle, a scuba diving cylinder and a high pressure pump - all together significantly exceeds the threshold of 100 rubles. Awful portability - after all, taking a rifle with you, you also need to take a cylinder or a pump - all this is very heavy and bulky."
      The same dominator that costs 30 rubles lower. + balloon 000 8 rub. really less than 000
      Transportability a rifle is usually lighter than a spring-loaded piston and one charge is enough for 50-70 high-precision and powerful shots, you can take a small balloon of 2-3 kg to the edge. if you want to shoot extra things, and minus the article, you need to at least study the material a bit before writing, then you don’t know what.
      1. anomalocaris
        anomalocaris 9 July 2013 16: 28
        Have you tried a simple three-way pump? Believe me, it weighs like about one bottle. The truth will have to work .. Well, so la la ...
  4. MrFYGY
    MrFYGY 3 July 2013 10: 21
    A good digression into the design of airguns. I would like to know more about hunting, with this type of weapon, and about domestic samples.
    1. Kir
      Kir 3 July 2013 10: 48
      There are not so many domestic ones, unless of course you take purely hunting, and if you shoot like that, then forgive the speed of the "bullet" in general, are ridiculous for those that are easy to find.
  5. papik09
    papik09 3 July 2013 10: 46
    Thank you for the article. Cognitive. I put +.
  6. sub307
    sub307 3 July 2013 10: 50
    Nice article, thanks to the author.
  7. bazilio
    bazilio 3 July 2013 12: 31
    To the author +. I recalled a case when in training one foolish friend (and in his youth) closed the trunk of the Zulevskaya MLG 550 with his thumb, wanting to check how much air was blowing from it, but somehow there was a bullet (it seems Diablo-1, but maybe DC) . Vobschem nehil his finger blew. Pneumatics is still a weapon and not a toy
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 3 July 2013 16: 39
      Quote: bazilio
      I recalled a case when in training one foolish friend (and in his youth) closed the trunk of the Zulevskaya MLG 550 with his thumb, wanting to check how much air was blowing from it, but somehow there was a bullet (it seems Diablo-1, but maybe DC) . Vobschem nehil his finger blew. Pneumatics is still a weapon and not a toy

      And fools don't have to have her. wink
      1. bazilio
        bazilio 3 July 2013 17: 18
        Oh yeah. either cripple himself or cripple someone. Unfortunately, the latter happens more often.
  8. Alabay.63
    Alabay.63 3 July 2013 12: 53
    Thank you for the article ! It is very nice to read the words of a person familiar with the topic firsthand!
  9. bairat
    bairat 3 July 2013 15: 37
    Disadvantages: the very high cost of a rifle, a scuba diving cylinder and a high-pressure pump - all together exceeds the threshold in 100 000 rub. Terrible transportability - after all, taking a rifle with you, you still have to take a balloon or a pump - all this is very heavy and large. Very sensitive to temperatures from + 5 ° C and below.\
    The author is not quite in the subject. Hatsan44 stands in online stores within 20, pump 5, sight 5, total 30. Cricket is generally a domestic masterpiece, had it in 5.5 caliber, 70 meters lays a bullet into a bullet, a store for 14 bullets, spare stores are sitting in the box , air supply for 60 rounds at a high rate of fire. Made according to the bullpup scheme, much more paddle-like spring breaks are compact and transportable. It's expensive, my kit cost 43 tr, but it's worth it, and it's far from a hundred thousand. The muffler is integrated into the barrel, when fired, only soft cotton is heard, without the muffler the broads are very strong. You can use a balloon, I had a 7-liter one, I didn't "shoot" it in two years, then I sold it. the pump seemed more comfortable.
  10. d_trader
    d_trader 3 July 2013 15: 39
    Not .. Here is a 12 gauge this thing! The whole world is in dust ...! (C) lol
  11. alex-cn
    alex-cn 3 July 2013 15: 40
    The whole article is true, but ...
    the type of stock described by the authors as Monte Cristo has always been called Monte Carlo, secondly, the inconvenience of installing optics on the fracture was not caused by the bolt being blown out over time, and when installing it inaccurate when closing from shot to shot, the sight is not set on good hunting nets on the trunks, and not on the receiver, and there the shutter fit is much better than in any pneumatics.
  12. Rjn
    Rjn 3 July 2013 16: 08
    Not bad, especially to thread about 15 m.
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 3 July 2013 16: 40
      Quote: RJN
      Not bad, especially to thread about 15 m.

      what What are you talking about?
  13. anomalocaris
    anomalocaris 3 July 2013 16: 40
    The author’s addiction to spring-piston pneumatics is felt ... But this is fundamentally wrong. It is quite possible to create pneumatics with a muzzle energy of 1000 J. This is such a banal fact, it’s another conversation that a similar unit will cost like a powder precision rifle.
    1. alex-cn
      alex-cn 3 July 2013 16: 45
      so they are average like a decent carbine
      1. anomalocaris
        anomalocaris 3 July 2013 17: 12
        Medium is not very expensive. Units with a muzzle energy of 100-200 J are quite affordable. Above - this is a separate and very individual conversation.
  14. Liasenski
    Liasenski 3 July 2013 21: 05
    I bought IL-512 and don’t repent, put the optics in, beat the crow under the window (I didn’t sleep in the mornings and started to nest on neighboring birches), it helped well, roaring or crow easily (death or head), maintenance also does not cause problems, Yes, and the desire to shoot at targets - is quite satisfying. Plywood hits a five on a departure, in a ten gets stuck almost on a departure. And for the article +.
    1. Andrey77
      Andrey77 4 July 2013 13: 53
      And for WHAT article plus? I told you the characteristics of 512, helped to upgrade? Plus for what? I set a minus.
  15. igordok
    igordok 3 July 2013 22: 23
    Did Colonel Moran have compression pneumatics?
    1. anomalocaris
      anomalocaris 4 July 2013 03: 18
      In the film, spring-piston. But the real Colonel Moran could have only compression. Judging by the shooting results described in the book, this unit provided muzzle energy at the level of 200-300J, with a fairly large caliber. To create a spring that could accumulate so much energy and at the same time had sane dimensions and now is not easy, but a hundred and a half years ago was impossible.
  16. alex-cn
    alex-cn 4 July 2013 05: 18
    A type of PCP, which was developed by Girardoni back in 1807, the tank was in the stock, pumped up, the first shots were killed up to 150 steps, I don't know the caliber. armed Austrian border. the guard.
    1. anomalocaris
      anomalocaris 4 July 2013 16: 07
      Exactly. Caliber - .5 inches. The gun provided about 20 killer shots at a distance of 150 steps. For the injection of one cylinder, about 3 strokes were required. In general, by and large, Girandoni did not come up with an air rifle, but created a two-way air pump that allowed one person to pump tanks.
  17. Andrey77
    Andrey77 4 July 2013 13: 42
    Author, what is the conclusion? In the title of the article - "Pneumatic toy or ... weapon?", He spoke a lot about what kind of pneumatic weapon exists. Although who owns this type of weapon, all performance characteristics are well known without an article. And about the law enforcement practice of using pneumatics - nothing. Whether or not it is necessary to declare pneumatics in different countries - nothing. You can use, and if possible - links to the Criminal Code of the countries ... Article minus and bold.
  18. Andrey77
    Andrey77 4 July 2013 13: 50
    5,5 mm heavy bullets on this weapon simply will not be pulled.
    The author is so sure 5.5 mm gas systems will not pull? Give a hand for shooting?
    1. Kir
      Kir 4 July 2013 13: 56
      In confirmation of your correctness, my acquaintance from a distance of more than 10 m 5.5 broke the door of the industrial refrigerator. and there, excuse me, a good piece of hardware
      1. Andrey77
        Andrey77 4 July 2013 14: 02
        The author simply not only did not understand for whom he was writing the article, but also had no experience with 5.5 systems.
        1. The comment was deleted.
  19. Andrey77
    Andrey77 4 July 2013 14: 09
    Yuri Zotov (author of the article), write to me in PM if you disagree with my comments. And better in this thread. Now we will check you for "lice".
  20. DOKTOR
    DOKTOR 4 July 2013 23: 45
    The author of this "opus" is not in the subject at all!
    The truth here is 10% maximum.
    Ha, a frog at 90 meters ... I would like to look at it. Although, I would not see.

    Reminds the "yellow press", according to the OBS system.
  21. georg737577
    georg737577 7 July 2013 04: 07
    It also seems to me that the author is familiar with the topic more "by hearsay" ...
  22. dustycat
    dustycat 10 July 2013 12: 57
    It was a long time ... At school yet.
    Made a caliber of 7,62 caliber. From the barrel of a carbine because. Father helped in some ways.
    The most difficult thing is to seal the gas pipeline to the trunk. After 5-6 shots, the gum was blown through.
    For two years of use, the barrel didn’t particularly loose, although the receiver was made of 3 mm St20HVG (I remember the steel because on the piece from which it was made it was knocked out).
    Bullets did on their own by punching in a mandrel of a 5 mm lead plate homemade.
    The maximum aiming range was 100m.
    I did not check for slaughter on live targets - I love animals, but I pierced the 4 mm plywood at a distance of 50 m steadily. Although due to the mass of moving parts during the shot, it jerked fairly and the accuracy was so-so. Within a large herring can. The bullet sagged was 3 meters.
    From a simple slingshot with the same lead thread came out almost also with much less fuss during manufacture. And if the slingshot is taken away, they just kick the cops in the ass and that's it. I have never been caught.
    After two years of use, he simply disassembled it into parts and drowned in the Volga. Grew up.
    Too powerful weapons.
    Then he made air vents from pumps and water pipes. It is also unsafe, but not criminally prosecuted.
    Later, after the techie, he built a 4,5mm tipping gun.
    10 meters of aiming range came out, but even 3mm plywood could not penetrate. Bullets more often bounced off her forehead than stuck in it. If it were not for the glasses without eyes would have remained. Accuracy was normal for a standard target.
    Before leaving for the army, he dismantled and threw it away. Although the teenage tribe begged strongly.
    As for warming up to red and dipping in oil, the author beautifully bent. Actually, if you take spindle oil, you get real burnishing. If the other is almost burnishing, just the colors will be all sorts of different. And subsequent heating to red will burn the burnishing and may burn the metal.
    The article is more from the advertising section than the review. About nothing.
    1. anomalocaris
      anomalocaris 10 July 2013 17: 36
      This is precisely the energy of the order of 100J. It is quite decent for spring-piston pneumatics. As for the seals, you simply did not know how to make them correctly.
  23. anomalocaris
    anomalocaris 10 July 2013 17: 33
    Quote: Vladimirets
    modern specimens are of very large caliber and power, and hunting with them is quite common in the states even for such animals as moose, deer and bear (mainly black), which cannot be called small.

    The maximum pneumatic caliber is 9mm. In terms of energy, about 1000J, and this is compression pneumatics. To descend from such an moose is from the category of suicide.
  24. μs
    μs 27 February 2014 06: 59
    upgraded MP 512 to PCP - pheasant hunting is successful with optics up to 50-60 m.