We would like to start today by wishing you all a safe and relaxing Memorial Day!

When AirForce Airguns improved their trigger/safety design recently, they altered it enough to make our old-style AirForce SuperSear incapable of fitting. But, the newly designed trigger still lacked the refinement that people wanted, and we received enough feedback to warrant the redevelopment of the design and the custom parts engineer was put to task to work his magic…enter the AirForce Super Sear 2!

You can download the installation instructions HERE to get a general idea of “HOW” to install, but we wanted to do a quick write-up to give our experience as to “WHY” to install.

Taking a new-style Condor SS out of the box, we tested the trigger and found it to be nice, but a tad heavy. More over, the feel was good but not great. In testing the trigger on our digital scale, we found the 1st stage to take-up at 1 pound and 12 ounces before stopping at the 2nd stage wall. With just a slight amount of creep, the trigger broke at 2 pounds and 14 ounces. While safe and predictable, we understand where most PCP shooters would find this to be too heavy. And since it is not adjustable, you are basically stuck with this design. We try not to recommend any customizations which compromise safety, so simply replacing the springs with lighter parts is not good advise. So we opened up the trigger assembly to swap out the sear with the new Super Sear 2.

Following the detailed steps in the guide, we removed the pistol grip, fore end, trigger shoe and safety shoe to expose the trigger assembly.

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Removing the front screw under the block allows access to the springs and sears.

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Carefully drifting the Sear Pin and removing the factory sear, it is simply a matter of installing the new sear in the same orientation and reversing the steps from here. It is recommended to add light lubrication at this stage.

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As you can see, the design is different between the factory sear and the Super Sear 2.

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When assembling, the instructions say to use the spring provided in the kit in place of the striker latch spring and to remove the trigger return spring because it is “unneeded and unused”. Our tests proved this statement to be true, as the trigger functioned properly without this spring and was reliable in our testing.

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As you work in reverse, make sure the roll pin is inserted the correct direction, and when finished, you should only have 3 parts left over, 2 springs and the original sear.

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And by now, you are anxiously waiting for the big reveal! WHY go through all this work?

Following the installation, the trigger results were much, much better! The first stage take-up tested at 3 ounces. And the trigger breaks clean and crisp at 8.8 ounces! So, is it worth the time and small price tag? That is up to you to decide! Meanwhile, we will be out shooting this Condor SS with its much improved Custom SuperSear 2 trigger!

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Until Next Time,

Get Out and Shoot!

New Brocock Contour G6

New Brocock Contour G6

In this first of two parts I’m going to introduce you to this new little carbine by doing a “walk-around” and “kick the tires” so to speak.  Next installment, I’ll get into the “test drive”.

Brocock is a British manufacturer that has been in business since 1989.  They were known for their high quality, realistic revolvers that fired a pellet from a pressurized, self-contained cartridge.  They were basically a niche player in the British airgun scene and not well known or widely available outside of that country.  Their guns were so well made and resembled the real firearms so closely that some of their products were being converted into firearms.  To put a stop to that, Brocock airguns and cartridges were outlawed in Great Britain in 2004.  A company almost put out of business by the government because of a few rotten apples… could never happen in the U.S. right?  Luckily, Brocock had also been making PCP guns and were able to stay afloat.  Last year the Diana group out of Germany purchased Brocock.  Diana also owns Daystate now so this move provides Brocock with access to share designs, technology and processes as well as expanding their market exposure outside of Great Britain.

My sample arrived in a long cardboard box securely inside another shipping box.  I knew the G6 was a carbine and wondered what extra things might be accompanying the airgun in that large box.  Alas, no extra goodies other than a Foster female quick connect adapter and paperwork was in the box.  It just goes to show you how well our friends at www.airgunsofarizona.com package their products to protect them in route to the customer.

Once I opened the lid and removed the top piece of 1” thick foam I was able to gaze upon this little 6-shot rotary magazine fed gem.  I wondered for a moment about the color selection for the Minelli designed stock.  I’m sure Brocock did their due diligence with market research, etc. when they made the choice of forest green (which is really more olive green) for their “soft touch” stock treatment.  It could be they were just attempting to make their product stand out among the crowd; or perhaps the green is the natural color of the material used in the “soft touch” coating.  For the purist, Brocock also offers a model stocked in walnut as the model Contour S6.

Removing the G6 from the box, you immediately get a feel for its lightweight nimbleness.   The ambidextrous skeletonized stock keeps the weight down while the “soft touch” overlay gives the shooter a comfortable, slightly sticky tactile feel.  This is enhanced by a checkering-like treatment on the forearm and grip.  The trigger is a wide metal unit surrounded by a plastic trigger guard having access holes to allow adjustment of the trigger pull and first stage length of pull.  Notably absent was a pressure gauge to indicate how much air remains in the reservoir and no apparent manual safety (confirmed upon reading the instructions accompanying the gun).

My attention then turned to the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40mmAO Extended Focus Range (EFR) scope mounted on the gun.  It is a great looking scope with an adjustable objective lens for handling parallax.  It should prove to be a great pairing with the G6.

The Lothar-Walther barrel is capped by a permanently affixed Milbro Huggett suppressor.  This gun is made for the U.S. market where there are very few restrictions on airgun power and my understanding is that it is capable of up to 23fpe.  Even so, in my experience with Huggett suppressors, I expect this to be a very quiet shooter and viable for urban backyard shooting/pest control.

As the saying goes: good things come in small packages, and I’m expecting good things from this attractive little package!  I can hardly wait to get outside with it!  Stay tuned for part two next month.

This weeks article brings yet another treat! As one of the largest airgun stores in the world, we get a lot of local foot traffic and get to see many airguns of all varieties. As you may already have learned, Airguns of Arizona is owned and operated by mostly airgunners. Whenever particularly old or interesting airguns come along for sale or trade in, it is not uncommon for an AOA crew member to snag one up. Over time we have a combined collection that is fun to see and to share with others. From our office walls and display racks around the shop, to our showroom centerpiece, interesting models are around to see for all who enter. But what about you, our distant reader who may not get an opportunity to come by and see our store? Don’t feel too left out, we will continue to bring the collection to your monitors in creative and fun ways.

In previous blogs we showed photos and fun stories behind some classic treasures, like the Weihrauch HW35L from the AOA owner’s collection, or the vintage Crosman 600 that Jock reviewed a couple of years back!

But today is different again! Today we give you a video showcase of an interesting oldie! The Benjamin Sterling HR-83, a fixed-barrel, spring piston airgun produced in the USA with history dating back to an English design from 1982. Production (unfortunately) ceased on this model in 1994.  Our example in the AOA collection is a .20 caliber model, making it even more unique and rare.  We hope that you enjoy our video!

When I spoke to Darren Schollmeyer on the phone, he said, “I don’t know how you can make this sound sexy.”

Perhaps it isn’t sexy, but it certainly is essential: in many ways, Schollmeyer functions as the glue that holds the sales department at Airguns of Arizona together.

Schollmeyer explains, “My primary job is to talk to customers, but I also handle a lot of the back end of the business, the billing, the grunt work, making sure that orders are properly process (the detail stuff in the sales process that a lot of folks find annoying); I kind of watch over the sales department.”Darren2

He adds, “I know Robert Buchanan because his son and mine are in the Boy Scouts together. In 2010 I had my own company but things went south. Robert needed help because AoA is growing.”

“So pretty quickly, I find myself testing guns, scoping guns, and answering the phone at the same time. I clawed my way through it, but I can tell you that when you are testing guns every day, you learn very quickly. The first time you fire a springer followed by shooting a precharged gun, you go ‘Whoa!’ I did that for three years before moving more into a sales and sales management role here at AoA.”

Schollmeyer says, “I’ve been a salesman my entire life, and I am proud of that, but – emphatically – that doesn’t mean selling people stuff they don’t need. If I have one talent, I know that I am good at finding the right product for the right person that is going to make them happy at the end of the day. That means I have to know the products very well, and I have to listen very carefully to the customers to discover what they need and want.”

Now, here’s the weird part: Schollmeyer is not an airgun enthusiast. “Oh, I’ll go on pigeon shoots, participate in some airgun benchrest, and sometimes shoot a CO2 lever action with my boys, and I enjoy it, but on weekends, you’ll most likely find me doing something with my three sons or my wife. I’m assistant scout master of a troop with 50 boys, and that generally means camping once a month.”

He says, “At AoA, we pride ourselves on not being order takers. When you call AoA, everyone you talk to could be considered an airgun expert. We want to make sure that the person who is calling is getting the right product for their need.”

Darren1“Toward that end,” he adds, “the first Wednesday of every month, we close the shop at noon, have some lunch together and have training and product seminars. Everybody gets to see all the latest stuff, to touch it, and to shoot it, that way, no one in the shop is talking about something they don’t know about. When it comes to airguns, there are dozens of tools in the chest, and they all meet different tasks.”

The way Schollmeyer explains it, I think his assessment is wrong — picking up the phone and talking to someone who has in-depth product knowledge is pretty sexy.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

— Jock Elliott

Whether you are simply maintaining your airgun by keeping the stock bolts tight, adjusting your sights or scope mounts, or diving in to do some serious airgun-smithing, you need to have tools appropriate to the job at hand. More to the point, tools that are designed to work on guns and the parts used in assembling air rifles and pistols.

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Notice the U-Shaped Channel

If you look close at stock screws on something like a Weihrauch HW95 rifle, you will notice that the slots for tightening/loosening are “U” shaped. And, if you look at a standard household flat screwdriver, you will notice that it is NOT! This means that using a common tool from the toolbox may get the job done, but it will likely scratch or mark your blued screw heads.

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Standard screwdrivers have a V-Shaped Tip

The Chapman Tool Kit solves this problem and many more. Complete with variety of Allen-head, Phillips and Square-Tip Flat screw driver tips, the Chapman Tool Kit is the best tool assortment assembled for airgun use! The come packaged in a durable, well organized case with a cool Desert Tan coloring, and includes a driver handle, extension bar, and a ratcheting handle.

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Chapman Tool has a U-Shaped Tip. Perfect for Airgun Screws!

The Chapman 27-Pc Tool Kit is one of those “must have” items for any airgun collection!

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Chapman Tool Kit has a variety of uses!

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MTM Molded Products has been making products for the shooting enthusiast since 1968 under the name MTM Case-Gard.  This family owned company out of Dayton, Ohio may be known to some of you reading this if you are an ammo reloader in addition to being an airgun aficionado.  MTM is known for their line of ammo storage and carrying boxes but that is only part of what they do.  Case-in-point is this nifty Shooting Range Box that can hold all the accoutrements you might carry around in your range bag as well as doubling as a range maintenance center.  The polypropylene box measures 25”x11.5”x8.75” and breaks apart into a shallow upper tray having a sturdy translucent lid and a beefy fold-down handle, and a deep lower box that converts into the long gun stand for the maintenance chores.  Inside the top portion are 2 small removable trays, plus a total of 18 compartments for holding everything you might need to clean your gun or for basic field maintenance.  Another nice touch in this kit is a removable Jag and Brush Gauge so the user can make certain they are using exactly the correct size jag or brush when preparing to clean a barrel.   For airgunners shooting the most common calibers of .177 & .22 the gauge may not necessarily get a lot of use, but if you are also involved with powder-actuated firearms across multiple calibers, this little gauge could come in very handy.

The bottom portion stores two support arms/forks and has recesses molded into each end that the forks are inserted into.  These forks have over-molded soft rubber inserts that securely hold a long gun or shotgun to facilitate maintenance procedures without danger of marring the finish. There is plenty of room for carrying bottles or cans of your cleaning products as well as larger items.  The support forks sport several “branches” which come in handy for keeping the long cleaning rods up off the bench top when they aren’t actually being used inside a barrel.  The length of the base is adequate to provide a stable platform for just about any long gun.  You can see from the accompanying photos that it worked quite well for cleaning a break-barrel air rifle by situating the unit near the edge of the table.

It’s an American made product that is a good value at an MSRP of $49.95.  MTM Case-Gard products come with a 5 year guarantee and the Shooting Range Box is available in Forest Green or Red.

Speaking earlier about ammo carrying boxes, the company makes small cases they refer to as “ammo pouches” that clip to the belt.  These molded pouches are perfect for dumping a tin of pellets into before heading out on a shooting session with your favorite airgun.

More of what MTM Molded Products Company has to offer can be viewed at:  www.mtmcase-gard.com

And of course, for all your other airgunning needs, check out www.airgunsofarizona.com

 

Like so many of the Airguns of Arizona team, Jared Clark wears multiple hats. He answers the phone and talks to people about their airgunning needs, deals with all incoming shipments, and manages the warehouse and inventory.Jared1

He got into airguns through a somewhat unusual route. “We lived in the city, so we didn’t have a lot of room,” Clark says. “I got into airsoft with a bunch of friends, and we used to put on our goggles and shoot each other in the back yard.”

He adds, “My family knew the Buchanans. Robert gave me a Beeman .177 airgun, and I started shooting lemons off my mom’s lemon tree. I sometimes shot birds, but mainly I am a target shooter.

“Airguns of Arizona hired me as a shipper when I was 14 years old,” Clark says. “Steve was covering shipping, and they wanted to get a part-time guy to do the shipping and handling. That was in 2004.”

“Except for one year after high school when I went to junior college and played baseball, I’ve been there ever since, and my job has been constantly evolving. I do a bit of everything. We all cover for each other, although I try to stay away from repairs. One of the great things is that I get to test airguns every day.”

Now Clark is in charge of the warehouse – keeping track of inventory, labeling things, keeping it clean, and informing Greg what needs to be ordered. Since he is in charge of incoming shipments, if you send to Airguns of Arizona, Clark will see it first.

Two years ago at the Extreme Benchrest competition, a fellow named Giles from a YouTube airgun channel wanted to interview someone from AoA, and Clark was nominated.

Jared2“They thought it went pretty well,” Clark says, “so now I have done five or six video productions that involve unboxing, touring the product, shooting for accuracy and velocity strings. The first one was a Daystate Wolverine B. It was intimidating at first, but the guy who does the camera work helped me to feel at ease, and it has been growing on me. I actually kind of like doing it now.”

For his after-hours airgunning, Clark likes to compete in airgun benchrest, and he is keen to try his hand at field target. He owns an FX Superswift and is enthusiastic about it. “I love the balance, the light weight, and the simplicity of the magazine.”

Whenever he gets the opportunity, he enjoys dove hunting at the local dairy farms. “It’s a lot of fun, and a service to the farmers,” Clark says.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

AOA-Shoot-Photo-04The morning chill blew in from the East with a gusting wind of 12 to 18 mph. As the sun rose over the the mountain top we were waiting for our hunters to arrive. There were rabbits scattered about the ground, crows and even some hogs. All within shooting range! The guns and ammo were being prepared and it was finally time to begin.AOA-Shoot-Photo-16

More than a year ago the planning for this began in one of our Safari Club Chapter Board Meetings that we have once a month to discuss how we can promote not just hunting, but shooting sports as well. Being on the board of directors for Phoenix Chapter Safari Club has opened my eyes to what SCI really is all about. It is not only about hunting in Africa as I had been led to believe, but more about the Conservation of all wildlife species and Preservation of gun sports across the world. In one of our meetings, Van, our Chapter President, said to me that we need to have a big bore airgun shoot and my reply was “Yes, that would be fun. But how would we get enough guns and where would we have it?” His reply was “You will do a good job.” AOA-Shoot-Photo-08Well I needed a bunch of help to accomplish this and with all of our board members we had that part done but still we needed guns and lots of them. Airguns of course, so I went to my friend and boss Robert Buchanan at Airguns of Arizona and told him our plan and what we needed he said “Yes Kip, whatever you need” and also gave me some ideas in planning.

Now back to the shoot. We set out more than 30 targets in total with Remington automatic animals, swinging gong targets and for the Bushbuck 45 Caliber we needed something a bit stronger. So I made a three gong set with a spring loaded jackrabbit. AOA-Shoot-Photo-17Targets were placed from 10 yards out to 77 yards and we set up three shooting stations. One for the Weihrauch spring piston rifles, one for the Brocock, Daystate, and FX  precharged pneumatics in .177 and .22 caliber, and one for .25 caliber FX Royal 500, Daystate Wolverine .303 caliber, and the Big 45 caliber Bush Buck rifles. As a participant any amateur shooter could come and shoot all the rifles as much as they wanted from 9:00 to 11:30am. AOA-Shoot-Photo-28The air was filled with the pop, ting, the Boom, Smack and the laughter of the shooters hitting their targets, and it was nice to see so many young shooters having so much fun!

AOA-Shoot-Photo-29Then we put a competition together for all shooters in three different categories; Adult Men, Adult Women, and Juniors. For this we used the ten meter 5 bull target set at 20 yards. The shooters would get 5 shots, one at each bullseye and have 5 minutes to complete this. We had a tie for third place in the mens division and a tie for first in the juniors and after the shoot off, plaques for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were awarded in each category.

IMG_09021st Place Women’s – Sandra Ortiz
2nd Place Women’s – Ana Narez
3rd Place Women’s – Olivia Hardy

IMG_09071st Place Men’s – Kyle Seifert
2nd Place Men’s – Peykan Beyrami
3rd Place Men’s – Todd Kluth

IMG_08971st Place  Youth – Keyon Beyrami
2nd Place Youth – Jacob Yarburugh
3rd Place Youth – Scott Yarburugh

Then to everyones surprise i called all of the first place winners up for an overall shoot off… the Quigley Bucket Challenge! This was to be with the BushBuck 45 caliber standing offhand. AOA-Shoot-Photo-71Targets were placed at 40, 50, and 60 yards, three shots, three buckets. First up for the ladies was Sandra Ortiz and as she let off her 3rd and final shot… BOOM !! … the stage was set. One bucket down! Then came the junior Keyon Beyrami and because of his size we let him shoot with a front rest only as the BushBuck 45 is not a light gun… BOOM!! … 1 bucket went flying through the air! Shot 2… BOOM!! … bucket 2 flopped across the ground. Now could he really get three in a row? As young Keyon lined up the crosshairs on the bucket one could hear a pin drop… BOOM!! … the crowd roared as bucket 3 flipped up in the air! Keyon had smashed all three buckets, Watch out Quigly!. Now for the mens division Kyle Seifert to defend his title. As he raised the BushBuck, nerves set in and the pressure was on and with only one bucket out of three the Junior shooter Keyon was the winner! IMG_0916As an unannounced surprise, his prize was a Weihrauch HW30 rifle wrapped in an AOA soft case. But Keyon said he already had an AOA case and asked if he could donate it back for second prize. Way to go Keyon! So we had ourselves another shootoff and after the dust settled Kyle Seifert in the mens division took second place with two buckets out of three to win the AOA case.

The SCI Big Bore Turkey shoot Co Sponsored by Airguns of Arizona was a great success with shooters of all ages attending. Phoenix SCI Extends A Big Thank You to all 49 shooters, And to Airguns of Arizona. Remember if your not a part of a good organization like SCI – JOIN and be part of the solution so events like these can continue for all ages! We must bring our youth more into shooting sports and airguns are the best tool to make this happen.

Until next time, shoot straight and hit your target!

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Today we are going to do something totally new to the AOA blog! We are going to take a look at the latest and greatest tool for precharged airguns, which allows a shooter to be completely self sufficient. This tool is the Omega Super Charger Compressor. The Super Charger operates on 110-volt power, and has a user-set shutoff that can be set to any pressure up to 4500 psi. And best of all, the Omega Super Charger requires no outside devices to run, and no stopping mid-fill to service or bleed! It has a user-set auto-bleed device which can be set to the moisture level in your local air with the simple twist of a dial.

I know, right now most of you are still hanging on the first line of this blog. Why is a compressor review “totally new to the AOA blog!”? There have been reviews of all types of product posted to this blog over the past years. How is this one any different?

Here’s why…we are NOT writing a review. We are giving it to you in the form of a video. Enjoy!

I know there are 2 schools of thought: Cleaning airgun barrels is important and should be done regularly –or– airguns don’t use explosive propellants and don’t need to be cleaned.  I’m not here to root for either side in this blog, other than to reiterate the common sense rule-of-thumb that you should always swab out the barrel of a new airgun to remove manufacturing lubricants and gunk.  This entry is to introduce you to a unique cleaning system that has made its mark in the firearms world and I feel is a good fit to the airgun market as well.  The products are Boresmith’s  “Jag Brush” and Triangle Patches.  SHOT 2015_013_They are designed to work together to provide maximum contact with the bore while reducing binding and rod flex.  The reduction in binding is due to the unique triangular shape of the bleached cotton flannel patch.  By notching the patch there is a reduction of overlapping folds of material that not only cause binding in the bore, but actually waste much of the surface area of the patch and its cleaning effectiveness.

For those shooters who subscribe to the thinking that cleaning a bore should always follow the same path as the projectile, most cleaning brushes are not going to fit the small breech of a rotary magazine fed or bolt-action airgun.  A flexible cable system as highlighted in an earlier AOA blog may be the way to go.  The Jag Brush is even longer than similar cleaning brushes and the extra length is because Boresmith tapers their brush to work efficiently with the Triangle Patch.  Jag Brush + Triangle PatchThe taper starts easily into the bore and then the larger taper fits the bore more snugly for greater surface area contact, finally being followed by the bristles scrubbing the bore.  For a break-barrel airgun the Boresmith would excel.  Otherwise if you are not particularly concerned about cleaning from the muzzle, as long as you are mindful of the crown, again this system works very well.  Another tip is to clean the gun while it is upside down to avoid cleaners and lubricants from flowing into the transfer port.

Boresmith ProductsThe brushes come in all popular calibers starting at .17 and going up through the 10 gauge shotgun and are made of either phosphor bronze or nylon.  The Triangle Patches come in a variety of packages and an economical way to buy is in the 200 count poly bags for $3.25 in the .17 to .20 caliber size.  The bag of .22 caliber patches is fifty cents more.  As for solvents, they offer “Gun Cleanser” which is plant-based and non-toxic.  Because it contains no petroleum distillates, it should be safe to use around airgun seals if you feel the need to use a solvent.  I conducted a small experiment of soaking an “O” ring for several days in Gun Cleanser and noted no changes or degradation, but this is far from a scientific study.

The folks behind Boresmith are a company called Rigel Products and they are not only shooters, but scientists who have put a lot of thought into their products.  Knowing that a number of you reading this are firearms enthusiasts as well, it would be worth your while to head over to their website:  www.rigelproducts.com.

MTM Range BoxThanks also to MTM Case-Gard for the use of their Range Box.  It certainly makes a handy platform for any cleaning chores.  If you’d like to check it out, navigate over to www.mtmcase-gard.com.

-Gordon