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.

U-Shaped Bolt

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.

Household Screwdriver

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.

Chapman Screwdriver Tip

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!


Chapman Tool Kit has a variety of uses!

MTM Shooting Range BoxSRB Open

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:

And of course, for all your other airgunning needs, check out


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!







Kip Perow




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:

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


Boy, some guys just don’t get the word. What word? You know: the typical narrative involved in an airgunners career. It usually goes something like this: “Well, I started out with a Daisy (or an inexpensive) Crosman, and after many years of scrimping and saving, I finally got an adult precision airgun.”

Shane1Shane Kellar, whose chief responsibilities encompass working with dealers and setting up the Extreme Benchrest competition every year, has a vastly different story to tell. “I’ve known the owners of Airguns of Arizona – Robert and Steve – my entire life. When Robert first started selling airguns, my Dad bought me a German made spring gun. I would shoot a hundred to two hundred pellets a day. At 12 years old, I was dropping little green army men in the backyard with that springer and a 3-9 scope. I didn’t know the difference between a good air rifle and a bad air rifle, but I knew I could shoot it well.”

My reaction: HOLY SMOKES! A German springer at 12 years old? Wow!

Kellar adds, “When I graduated from high school, I got a Beeman rifle from Robert. That was my only knowledge of air rifles. I wasn’t familiar with precharged, and I didn’t know that there were different qualities of air rifles.”

He says, “I was working in the banking industry, doing mortgages and home equity loans, when the crash came, and I was laid off. Robert was looking for someone to do shipping, so I started to do that. The phones got really busy, so I started helping the guys out. They said: if you don’t know, just ask – so I started asking lots of questions. And of course I had lots of opportunities to shoot different air rifles”

“Within a month, I bought a Daystate Huntsman left hand and an FX pump. Within six months, I had three precharged rifles, the Huntsman, an Air Wolf, and an FX Cyclone. I did lots of reading about airguns, learning about them, and eventually I began to take them apart, so now I know how to fix just about any of them.”

Today, Kellar’s favorite precharged rifles are the FX Royale and the Daystate Regal. And when it comes to springers, he is right back to his roots; the last springer he would part with is an HW35e.

When he isn’t on the phone with dealers across the country and thinking about next year’s Extreme Benchrest competition, Kellar enjoys competing in air rifle bench rest whenever he can get the opportunity. He helped to start the Phoenix Benchrest Club, and he participates with them on a monthly basis.Shane2

Perhaps his favorite thing, though, is “going out with a couple of my cousins to one of the local dairies and helping them to eliminate their pigeon problem. It’s a win-win: the dairies appreciate getting rid of a pest, and we have a heck of a lot of fun.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

Every year in March, the European version of the Shot Show takes place in Nürnberg Germany. IWA, as it is referred to, is where manufactures from all over the world gather to showcase their goods and release the new products that have been painstakingly developed in the previous years and are now ready for public admiration. Factory managers, design engineers, and marketing gurus come together with anxious excitement in hopes that their customers will be equally excited and fill the order books.  The 2015 IWA show brings exciting news to those finding there way to the stands of Daystate, FX Airguns, Weihrauch, and Brocock. These fine factories have each done their work to provide the airgun enthusiast new reasons to add to their collection.

Daystate LTD

The firm that has pioneered the modern day PCP airgun and is credited by most in producing some of the finest airguns made in the world today.  The centerpiece of their new lineup will include the all new Pulsar Bullpup. This all new air rifle has years of research and design experience behind its creation. Specialists from many technologies have been brought together to build this elegant and advanced shooting machine. The Pulsar represents the next generation of quality and engineering for Daystate. Those that are fortunate to own one of these masterpieces will cherish it for years. The Pulsar sports features found on no other airgun such as a built in laser, an all electronic firing system with regulator, three tuned power levels, and a stock crafted by Italian masters that screams quality and elegance with interchangeable components to design the look of your choice.  The four current popular calibers .177 .22 .25 and .30 will be available. The new Pulsar represents a new benchmark in quality and design that will be hard to match.

FX Airguns

FX Wildcat Bullpup

This innovative airgun company has been very busy. The FX factory has moved and expanded into a new larger high tech facility with the most modern equipment and resources for design, manufacture, and assembly to provide the highest quality airgun products possible. The FX design team has worked literally day and night to bring to market the most exciting models ever to come out of the factory. First, the all new Wildcat Bullpup is a high power, light weight, short, and quiet tack driver that sports a FX made synthetic stock. Additionally, the new Impact air rifle ,although a Bullpup by definition, handles more like a AR15 live fire rifle with features such as external adjustable regulator, power adjuster, hammer, and valve adjustments with a quick change system for the caliber of your choice in minutes. The rifle will be available in .177, .22,  .25 and .30 calibers with maximum power of 90 ft/lbs on the big .30. Light in weight, short in length, and with the option of any production AR15 style grip, this new accurate wonder gun will definitely make an “Impact” on the customer’s choice. These two new models represent some of the highest levels of airgun design from one of the worlds best.

Brocock LTD

Brocock Contour XL G6

With the acquisition of Brocock by Diana holdings come fresh energy and investment from this British firm is famous for its production of small light weight rifles and high power field pistols. This year Brocock is proud to announce the new G6 Contour air rifle. This little gem sports an all new Italian made ambidextrous stock with a olive green soft touch all weather coating. The G6 includes top quality build with features normally found only on more expensive units. The list starts with the fitment of a highly accurate Lothar-Walther barrel, a six shot magazine system, and a Huggett moderator that turns the report into barely a whisper. The G6 along with its stable mate Elite models are a first choice for the shooter that desires a light compact quality target and pest control rifle.

Weihrauch Sport

Weihrauch HW100 Carbine Laminate

This German airgun company is world famous for its consistency, quality, and design. For more than 100 years, HW products have been proudly passed down from grandfather to father to son.  With years of experience in old and new world designs, the craftsmen at HW have few peers. HW is pleased to add new stock designs and innovative features to their rock solid line up. HW will continue to perfect the fine HW100 PCP model for the 2015 season.