Some years ago a friend who had been the track announcer at Watkins Glen when they still hosted the US Grand Prix told me the following story.
Team Lotus was getting ready for practice. Jim Clark slid into the cockpit of his car, wiggled the steering wheel a fraction of an inch, noticed that the front wheels had not correspondingly moved, and said, “Fix that.” The crew chief nodded and scurried off to fetch the necessary tools. It was clear that everyone involved had “been there, done that” and were professionals committed to getting the job done.
I have a similar feeling about the folks from Gehmann Gmbh & Co. When I cracked open the manual for the GP-1 match air pistol, I was pleased and surprised to see the following:
“An airgun is capable of causing severe injury. Used properly it is a precision instrument designed to function properly. Handle the pistol as if it were loaded at all times. Pull trigger only with the intention of firing. Aim at targets only, never at persons or animals. Keep pistol in a safe place out of reach of children and other unauthorised persons.”
The manual is equally direct when it comes to maintenance. It says, in part:
“We recommend a change of seals every 3 years. Use shoot-through felts to clean the barrel, following manufacturer’s instructions . . . “
It’s clear the crew from Gehmann has been there, done that, and they are committed to getting the job done with professionalism, starting with an excellent manual.
The Gehmann GP-1 is a single-shot, precharged pneumatic air pistol designed for international/Olympic 10-meter competition. It measures 17 inches from end to end and weighs 2.2 lbs. It has a heavily stippled anatomical grip that is fully adjustable for grip angle, muzzle offset, and palm rest position, so no matter what your preference, you can get the GP-1 adjusted to the set-up that suits you best.
Moving forward, the black metal trigger is adjustable for first-stage travel, sear adjustment, trigger weight, overtravel, and fore-and-aft position. Forward of that, the black metal receiver wraps around the trigger slightly to form a trigger guard. Forward of that is the air cylinder. It has a gauge on the end, and the entire cylinder unscrews for charging.
Above the cylinder is the black metal barrel. Gehmann doesn’t specify who makes the barrel, but they furnish a test target shot at 10 meters to demonstrate that it will shoot one-hole groups at that distance. At the end of the barrel is a compensator that helps to eliminate flip and recoil and also serves as a mount for interchangeable front sight blades.
Moving back to the receiver, there is a load lever on top that is easily activated by left or right handed shooters. Just pull the lever up and back, and the breech opens for loading. Drop in a pellet, and return the lever back to its original position, and you’re good to go.
On the left hand side of the receiver, there is a lever that activates the dry-fire mode. Finally, at the back end of the receiver, the rear sight can be adjusted for not just windage and elevation, but also for the width and depth of the rear notch. Another screw, hidden under the pistol grip, allows the pellet speed to be adjusted up to 170 meters per second (around 550 fps).
Ultimately, I liked the Gehmann GP-1 a whole lot. It is well documented and offers a wealth of adjustability and accuracy for just a bit more than entry-level precharged match pistols.
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
- Jock Elliott