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Recently we published a review article on the FX Wildcat .22.  We are following up today with the video review to showcase the features and testing.  Enjoy!

Details and information for ordering can be found online here for the FX Wildcat airgun.

Ok, ok…you asked in the last article and we listened!  Here is a shot graph from the FX Wildcat .25 as well:

An example of a shot graph from a FX Wildcat .25

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!


In some regards, it has been a long strange trip for Greg Glover at Airguns of Arizona. “In 1995, when I was in junior high, my stepfather had an interest in airguns. He had heard about this airgun shop near us in Arizona and set out to find it. That’s how I met Robert,” Greg says.

At the time, the Buchanan brothers – Robert and Steve – owned a tire and car repair shop. The airgun “shop” was a sideline within the business consisting of a gun safe with perhaps a dozen guns in it behind the counter in the tire store and a few more boxes of guns stored in the shop.

“I got involved in the fledgling field target club, started chatting with Robert,” Greg says, “and he offered me a part time job at the tire shop, cleaning up and sweeping floors. We took a liking to each other and became friends.”

He adds, “The airgun side was interesting to me. Guys would find us. Robert was trying to keep on top of the phones, and it wasn’t unusual to see him under a car doing an alignment while talking airguns to a potential customer on the phone.”

As the phone was ringing more, Robert had outsourced his web work for the airgun shop. It was a really awkward process involving faxing whatever changes needed to be made to the web guy who would respond, and the response would always be accompanied by a bill.

“I came on fulltime in 1999,” Greg says. “I knew basic web, so I told Robert that I could take care of that, so he gave me the responsibility.”

As the business was growing, Greg had more and more to do. “I was heavy into sales for several years, answering the phone, talking to people, doing web work. I packed guns, repaired FX guns when we first got them.”

He says, “I have always gravitated toward doing whatever needs to be done, and I enjoy new challenges when they come along. For example, if a piece of equipment plugs in, it seems to be my job to manage it. A few years ago, we decided we needed to do videos. A friend who runs a video business and I took on the challenge, and it was a pretty big one, but our results speak for themselves.”

Today, Greg is general manager of Airguns of Arizona. That means, in part, that he looks at the overall flow of the business, sees where the needs and bottlenecks are, and tries to make some improvements. “For example, back in the day, we wrote UPS labels by hand. Now we can generate them out of our computerized order system with just a few keystrokes.”

Some of the other challenges Greg has taken on over the years include most of the photography for the website and heavy involvement in the annual Extreme Benchrest competition.

As I was interviewing him for this blog, he was in the throes of preparing two booths for the upcoming SHOT show while at the same time, keeping an ear on the sales floor. “I am responsible for the guys who answer the phone. I try not to micromanage but to make sure all the sales guys are on track and correct. Customers are number one, and we focus on keeping them happy. That starts with making sure they have correct information.”

He concludes: “I like being in the background, helping to do the things that need to be done, and I love our crew and our workfloor attitude. We’re definitely a family, and we support each other. That makes it a really nice place to come to work.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

This weeks blog is presented in the form of a video!  Check out the in-depth review of the Daystate Pulsar:

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Last Friday was the closing day for the 38th SHOT Show and it was another one for the books.  With over 1600 exhibitors and over 64,000 attendees it weighed in as the second largest one on record.  There was an upbeat, positive attitude to the show and many of the exhibitors reported it was one of their most exciting and successful shows.

A few items of note seen at the show were some new Russian PCPs which appeared to be nicely made with decent triggers.  Another PCP of note was the massive Hercules revealed by Hatsan; a 13 pound, multi-shot .45 caliber rifle with a twin tank system.  For those who like historical replicas, a company named Gletcher came out with a pellet version of their 1895 Nagant revolver introduced last year and Air-Ordnance produces a .35 caliber single shot copy of an 1858 Remington Rolling Block.  There are just too many new airguns on display at SHOT to try and cover here so I’ll finish by mentioning that other exhibitors showed off all types of accessories needed by airgunners.  These included new optics, mounts, infrared sighting systems, flashlights and lasers, and cleaning/maintenance kits with the latest natural and synthetic based lubricants.  Not all of these items will be available to consumers right away due to production schedules, etc., so stay tuned and additional info will be forthcoming.  Check out the AOA website often at:, and watch for future blogs for reviews.

The SHOT Show is well under way and I’m enjoying my time with 70,000+ of my closest shooting buddies.  The convention center is huge and it is overwhelming to see all of the items that are being showcased/offered.  I’ve been able to catch up with my friends at AOA ( and this blog site will surely be awash with information on the new items they brought forth at the show this year:  a new, shorter Bushbuck model that is a full 6 inches shorter than their Bushbuck Magnum; a new Bocock “semi” bullpup with thumbhole synthetic stock and fully shrouded Lothar-Walther barrel and too many other great features to go into here; a Daystate Pulsar with Forest Green/Brown laminate stock; Brocock Grand Prix Elite pistol and a Limited Edition Griffin by Daystate that is awesome to behold.  Other things I’ve seen so far are the newest Texans to come out of the Lone Star state in .308 and .357 to compliment last year’s release of the original .45 caliber Texan  -“The Most Powerful Production Airgun in the World”.  They also released a new bipod that will appeal to enthusiasts.  Umarex’s Colt SAA BB pistol was their most popular model sold last year and they came out with pellet versions this year.  Umarex also brought their Walther PPK model back this year after re-tooling the model and doing away with the piercing wing nut that used to stick out from the base of the pistol.  Additionally, some new PCP and break barrel rifles were released, including the Throttle, which incorporates all of the newer Umarex technologies including the newest patented technology called “Stopshox”.  Stopshox reduces internal shock and slamming of the spring inside the receiver.  Can’t wait to get a hold of one to check out more thoroughly.

I was also able to be there when Crosman honored long time airgun writer and expert, Tom Gaylord for his lifetime of achievement in the airgunning industry.  Tom was presented with a bronzed model 760 mounted on a wooden plaque.  Very cool and well deserved.

That is all for now as I have to get back to my hotel room and soak my aching feet.  More later…

It is that time of year again when the manufacturers, vendors and purveyors of all things Shooting, Hunting or Outdoor Trades related gather at the SHOT show in Las Vegas. Your humble reporter will be there and relay information in additional blogs this week. Since the show doesn’t officially start until Tuesday, I’ll keep this short and post again later in the week.
Just a quick reminder as I didn’t make it clear last year when posting about SHOT: it is the 5th largest trade show in the U.S. and not open to the public. It is where companies come to show off their latest-and-greatest wares and introduce their new products that will be hitting the shelves later this year. Around 80,000 people attend the show, coming from all over the world to display goods, place orders or report on the happenings.

Rather than a review or general airgun related article this time, let me hop up on my soapbox for my last blog posting of the year.  My hope is I’m “preaching to the choir” here, but since we are entering an election year where our gun rights are under attack more than ever, I want to make it clear to readers – if you as an airgunner do not belong to a recognized organization that supports the 2nd Amendment, get off you’re backside and join now.  The NRA is the largest and oldest, but if you like another organization that has a legitimate goal of keeping guns available to law-abiding citizens of this country, then go for it.  I say legitimate because gun-grabbers have used the old “wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing” ploy in the past to masquerade as a pro-gun group. I believe their thinking was hoping to dilute membership and dues to pro-gun organizations and spread their propaganda to an unsuspecting public.  Whatever their twisted thinking was if you go with an outfit outside of the known pro-gun groups, check them out carefully.  One of these phony groups was the “American Hunters and Shooter’s Association (AHSA) and it was headed by a member of the Brady campaign.  Its Board of Directors was a Who’s Who of the gun control cabal.  They were exposed by the NRA and social media and have since closed their phony operation.  I guess I begrudgingly have to give the gun-banners credit.  They are a creative lot for certain.  Since they’ve had a tough time putting the Second Amendment out of business legislatively, they find other ways to chip away at it.

So, bottom line and I’ll get off my soapbox:  If you value the airgunning hobby and you’d like to have unfettered access to lead ammo, powerful airguns and even realistic air soft replicas, get in the game.  Support pro-gun organizations and candidates anytime you can.  You may be thinking “I only like airguns and nobody is after them; they even come with ‘silencers’ now and aren’t on the gun-grabber radar”.  That is dangerous thinking.  The gun-grabbers just haven’t gotten to them yet.  Keep standing on the sidelines and they will.  Some overly emotional argument will be promoted about “the irresponsible use of all things airgun”.  We the People all of a sudden cannot be trusted with them because serious airgunners will be lumped into the same bucket as irresponsible and unsupervised youngsters who shoot out car windows and any other negative angle they can come up with.

There is an old saying: there are 3 kinds of people – those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those that wonder what happened.  Which kind will you be?

The above statements are my personal opinion and not necessarily those of AOA.  However, for questions you can reach out to Airguns of Arizona at or leave a comment.

For those of us who don’t have the kind of discretionary income that would allow us to purchase all of the classic firearms we ever wanted, Umarex is one company that provides the ultimate in replica guns that don’t just look good on display.  They are extremely fun to shoot as well.  Let me introduce you to one of their recent releases – the P.08 Blowback.  Now, Umarex has an all-metal non-blowback Luger replica in their lineup, but this blowback model is so much cooler in my opinion.  Of course, adding the blowback feature expends the CO2 faster and cuts velocity down to approximately 300 fps out of the 4 inch barrel, but that is more than adequate for a plinker.  Let’s face it, these guns are designed to look real and spew BBs, not be taken to a 10 meter match.Luger box #2

The details:  This Luger is the same size as the original it copies.  It weighs in at 1.9 pounds, also very close to the original.  The 12 gram CO2 cartridge and 21 BBs are contained in the drop-free metal magazine.  Once the last BB is fired, the toggle locks back, also just like the real Luger.  The safety lever on the left side functions as the original does by disengaging the trigger.  To keep the lines clean, the piercing screw hides inside the base of the magazine and is turned by the supplied hex wrench.  It sports black checkered plastic grips similar to the later wartime versions.  Markings were authentic with a ’42’ on the toggle link and 2 digit numbers on the side plate and take down lever in keeping with how Luger parts were serial numbered to insure all parts stayed with the same pistol.  The trigger is true to the original being semi-circular and as wide as the trigger guard.  The clear and easy to read Owner’s manual is printed in English, Spanish & French.  Users are cautioned not to disassemble the pistol, but it does field strip similarly to the real thing (to a point).  Additional chips toward the coolness factor as long as you know the proper way to field strip a Luger.Luger parts

All-in-all, I really enjoyed this pistol and have added it to my collection.  The accuracy was good at 20 feet and it made short work of soda cans.  Unfortunately, the give up of gas bled off to cycle the action causes the P.08 to go through cartridges more rapidly than many other CO2 replicas.  At my altitude of a mile above sea level, I averaged in the range of 50+ shots per 12 gram cartridge.  With rapid fire, that average drops but this pistol just makes you want to shoot rapid fire.  Initially I did experience several jams but that problem seems corrected after break in.

Our friends at AofA carry Umarex products so please contact them to purchase or for further information:  The MSRP on this model is: $109.95 and it carries a limited 90 day warranty.

This realistic replica is recommended for ages 16 and up which makes sense, due to its realism.  It would be a very bad idea to brandish any of these Legend replicas in a public venue. We can only hope anyone above 16 would have the common sense and respect for guns not to pull such a move.

If you have an FX Revolution or Monsoon semi-automatic air rifle or a springer or a single- or multi-stroke pneumatic and you send it to, there is a high probability that it will fall into the capable hands of repair technician Todd DeOrio.

Repair Tech - Todd DeOrio

Repair Tech – Todd DeOrio

Todd came to Airguns of Arizona by way of birds – his brother’s birds to be specific. It turns out that at Todd’s brother’s house, birds attack the siding. He got tired of repairing the holes, so he bought an inexpensive airgun from one of the big box stores. It wasn’t very accurate, so then he bought a precharged pneumatic rifle from AoA. Then he (Todd’s brother) began looking for a compressor he could use to fill his gun. After considerable research, he contacted a Chinese firm that could supply a compressor, and he said to Todd: “Let’s develop our own air compressor line to sell to the airgun industry.” Todd, who is a licensed auto mechanic, machinist, and welder, agreed.

The DeOrio brothers worked with the Chinese firm for several months, improving the compressor, and finally bringing it to AoA’s Robert Buchanan, who loved the compressor and began offering it to customers.

Todd says, “During the next two and a half years, I would stop by now and again to repair a compressor. One day, Robert asked if I could come in one day a week to repair airguns. Over the next few months, the demand for my time gradually crept up a day at a time until now I am full time at AoA.”

He notes that the opportunity with AoA appeared just when a big woodworking job he was doing with another company was winding down. “It’s amazing how God opens and shuts doors for us,” he says.

When it comes to precharged pneumatic airguns, he says, o-rings are the weak link in the system. “They don’t generally wear out. They will generally harden up, and that can happen over time whether you are shooting the gun or not. Over time, they will simply harden and lose the seal, but I can understand a customer’s frustration that the very expensive PCP rifle they purchased and haven’t used much suddenly doesn’t work for no apparent reason. Every PCP owner needs to know that it will require periodic resealing, just in the same way that a luxury automobile will need periodic maintenance, even if it has been stored for a long time.”

He recommends storing PCPs charged full and keeping them clean. “If you want an airgun that will probably shoot even after it has been stored for a very long time, get a high quality springer. You can burn a seal or kink a spring, and they will still shoot, but at reduced velocity. Just don’t store a springer cocked for long periods.”

The majority of springers that Todd sees for repairs are simply older guns – 10, 20, sometimes 30 years old – that still shoot but need a new piston seal and spring to restore the oomph that they once had.

Todd servicing a pistol

Todd servicing a Weihrauch HW45 pistol.

Above all, Todd has one big recommendation for all airgun owners: “Get out and shoot as often as you can. Shoot with your family, shoot with your friends. It’s a great sport; get out and enjoy it!”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

If your precharged pneumatic air rifle or air pistol needs help, and you send it to Airguns of Arizona, chances are it will fall into the hands of repair technician Don Golembieski. And, as we shall see in just a bit, they are pretty capable hands indeed.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don worked for many years in the aerospace industry as a highly skilled machinist, and it’s fair to say that he has an unusual mind. He has the ability to visualize a machine or assembly in his mind, to see how it works, and to visualize how any problems in its operation might be solved. It is a bit like he has his own computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and computer animation studio operating inside his skull, so that he can look at a piece of machinery and “grok” how it works. Some years ago, Don was able to solve – in a day – a problem that had vexed a major robotics manufacturer for many months.

He says, “My background in aerospace technology makes firearms look easy, and air rifles and air pistols simply aren’t that complicated.”

Don got involved with airguns when Robert Buchanan opened his first small Airguns of Arizona shop. Don purchased an FX Tarantula and has been a lover of airguns ever since. “One of the things I love about them is that they make it very convenient to have fun close to the house.”

Don started competing with firearms when he was ten years hold and has continued to this day. For the past 30 years, he has been building custom firearms, including hunting rifles, competition rifles, and sniper rifles for law enforcement and special military applications.

He offers some recommendations for airgunners: fill your airgun with clean, dry air; give it a little TLC – wipe it down, keep dirt out of it; keep an eye on the probe seals, and be sure to store your PCPs with a little air in them. He thinks that many airgunners clean their barrels too often, and he recommends shooting pellets that have been lightly lubed. (He adds, “I have some Air Wolfs that have 20,000 rounds through them, and no issues.”)

If you think you are having accuracy problems because the barrel is leading up, he offers the following trick: shoot about ten non-lead pellets through the barrel. That should strip much of the lead out of the barrel, and then try shooting some lightly lubed lead pellets. You might find a big improvement.

The most common problem that he sees are leaks from a PCP rifle or pistol. “Send it to us,” he says, “We can reseal the entire airgun fairly quickly and at pretty reasonable cost.”

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

One of the problems he sees that he feels is completely unnecessary is an airgun with multiple pellets stuck in the barrel. “If you shoot your gun and something doesn’t happen, take the magazine out and fire again at a safe target. If something still doesn’t happen, pull the bolt back and slide your cleaning rod down the barrel from the muzzle. If you see the tip in the breech, you’re okay. If not, send it to us.”

He notes that sometimes shooters complain that their gun isn’t accurate, but some shooters don’t realize how many variables are involved in shooting a good 50-yard group: Is the scope tight? How are you resting the gun? Is it the right pellet for the gun? What are the wind and weather conditions?

He says, “When I was shooting smallbore, we’d find a particular lot of ammunition that the gun really liked, buy a bunch of that ammo, and shoot it until we ran out. Sometimes the next batch of ammo wouldn’t work as well in that gun as the first batch, and we’d have to go through the ammo testing process all over again. I think that is possible with airguns; sometimes you have to go back to pellet testing at shorter range to make sure you have the right pellet for the gun.”

“The bottom line,” he says, “is that if you have a quality rifle, quality scope properly mounted, and a quality pellet that the rifle likes, you’re probably going to have a good combination, and I won’t be seeing it very often except for the occasional resealing.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott