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Author Donwalk

i bought my first "serious" airgun, a RWS model 52 a few years ago (somewhere in the late 80's as i recall) from a now defunct sporting goods store...


i dearly like the feel of the rifle as it reminded me of the rifle i'd trained with and come to admire while serving in the U.S. Army. i soon found that i did not care for the caliber and the severe recoil of a magnum springer it had/has, though and, sort of, laid it aside for a while. but i had managed to harvest small game with it from "respectable distances" (this was in the pre-rangfinders days, mind you, and measuring was done via 'paces' if you'll recall...)

during the 'lull' when it was laid aside there was the purchase of various other springer air rifles and an assortment of air pistols.

mind you...they were not of high, match quality, top dollar airguns but more in the line of upper, utility type, 'bread 'n' butter' airarms intended for casual plinking and putting small game in the pot. after all, i was, at the time, struggling to support a family on a 'working man's' wages. beside that, most of the higher dollar airarms didn't have the 'power' i was looking for (at that time)

lots has happened since then.

i'm now into the PCP, CO2 and gas piston (and still some springers, too.)

my latest "build" is simply doing some 'mods' to the Airforce Talon i recently purchased. it is indeed, a very powerful, accurate air arm with a gread deal of potential based on a platform the average home/garage based airgunner can build from. it's simplicity of design lends itself to the DIY kind quite readily.

i have a garage workshoppe that enables me to do many mods my self, such as modifying the valve of a QB78, but my tooling and knowledge limits me in some aspects at times and i'm reliant on other sources.

but...i enjoy undertaking the challenge of doing what i can, with what i have, to the best of my ability.

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what appeared to be a stick or limb to the right of my target to the point to where it was a distraction to my aim. i also noticed the stick moved. i shifted the point of aim in my scope from the target i was using to sight in on to the 'stick'; the 'stick' was a coon-tailed rattler. WOW! a target of opportunity just slithered into my gun sight while I'm locked and loaded and in position to take a shot. heck, here i was sighting in at a lasered 32 yards and a target of opportunity like this just seemed to materialize out of nowhere. i snicked the safety off, took a deep breath, slowly exhaled, held and put the cross hairs right at the neck/ head junction of the rattler and squeezed until the muffled report of the .25 caliber Marauder told me the shot was on the way. missed...geeeeee...i put the safety in, grabbed another 25 caliber slug and stoked the Marauder with it. the first shot had been high. it was a close miss, but never the less a clean miss. the rattler never noticed the high shot. i aimed a little lower this time and squeezed. dang...another miss...this time it was low. why didn't that surprise me? while i was bungling around in the tin trying to get hold of another 25 caliber slug, the snake slithered off almost casually, as if to say: "you had your chance sucker; there ain't gonna be no more." i watched it disappear into the woods on my neighbors side of the fence and just sighed from frustration. i could have had a beautiful skin for camouflage limb covers for one of my recurve bows. oh well, another time, another place...

Posted By: Donwalk
7 February 2011 03:27
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i had to add more Add Comment 
air to the bottle as I'd forgotten if I'd used any since the last time i shot he AF Talon. it did indeed need air...it was down to just below 1500 PSI, the lower end of the PSI rating for any kind of performance at all. once that was accomplished, i was off to my "stand". my "stand" happens to be my shooting bench on my back patio. normally, if i sit there long enough, some sort of furry animal life will materialize for me to try to vaporize. but, i normally am not that patient. I'll start shooting and have so much fun at it, i keep going until the air supply is down and my accuracy and performance are on the skids. my accuracy and the air were OK on this one occasion, though. it seems bugs bunny was not bright enough to notice i was sending pellets down range at a regular pace, bouncing them off the metal disc targets i have sitting on my dirt berm back stop...a fatal error in his part. the pellet entered right at the base of the neck head junction breaking the neck and tearing out blood arteries...he was down in less than three steps.the Benjamin dome had performed very well. another of them there marauding, fur bearin' varmints that'll not be ravaging my trees and garden. i can't ask any more of an air rifle than for it to do what i want it to, can i?

Posted By: Donwalk
31 January 2011 04:04
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it's been a Add Comment 
long time since i posted here on my blog.rnrnI've been 'improving' my Air Force Talon and Benjamin Marauder.rnrnright now the AF Talon is not "maxed out" in it's power setting/power wheel and it has more power than one could ever hope to need when shooting target or hunting/plinking and the accuracy is not too bad either. i use open sights and find it adequate for anything i care to do within 60-70 yards but I'm still looking for a better sight system for it. at the moment, I'm using a Mendoza rear peep aperture with the AF target front sight; I've become acclimated to using the 'circle in a circle' and i like it.rnrnI've read accounts of others who use the same system and they say the front sight is a weakness as it "sticks too far out"...I've adjusted so far. i just aim hi/low in the circle as needed. i 'zeroed' the open sights for center of the circle is 50 yards 'dead on'.rnrnI've found I've hit some amazingly small targets at ranges out to 70 yards using the system. rnrni would still like to be able to have the sights higher, though, but that would not be practical as i feel it would weaken them but some day i may make some just to see what will happen.

Posted By: Donwalk
29 November 2010 03:17
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i've now Add Comment 
completed some 'upgrades' on my Benjamin .25 caliber Marauder. they seem to work quite well. this could very well become my 'go-to' rifle if it weren't for one fact: the number of shot per refill it gets. this rifle is astoundingly easy to work on, very powerful (even in it's standard form) attractive, accurate and NOT an expensive rifle to purchase. however, as anyone who is considering purchasing, and purchases, a PCP rifle finds out, the support materials can often times cost what the rifle costs but in the end, it's normally worth the expenditure involved. the upgrades i undertook were easy, inexpensive and took very little time and effort. i am astonished at how easily this rifle is 'zeroed in'...three shots and i was right on the mark.(this was after changing the telescopic sight i previously had installed on it.) i hope to hit the field with it soon to collect some fur.

Posted By: Donwalk
15 September 2010 15:37
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i was shooting the Beeman RX and it lost about half it's pressure. why? i don't know. i took it for granted a seal had "gone south". i decided to remove the schrader valve and check it since it seems to be a 'weak' point of this, otherwise, great, rifle, and, since it's very easily removed...why not? i removed it and inspected it for any cracks or breaches and found none. i re-lubricated with some divers 'o' ring silicone seal i purchased for seals for airguns. i checked the pressure and found it to be 11 BAR before removing the valve. i pumped the pressure to a near maximum of 22 BAR and tried it...no problems! it's been holding pressure and shooting just fine since then. in my opinion, Beeman picked a winner with the RX series rifles. simple, rugged and reliable...what else can an airgunner ask for?

Posted By: Donwalk
5 September 2010 22:33
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the other day Add Comment 
i was shooting the Beeman RX and it lost about half it's pressure. why? i don't know. i took it for granted a seal had "gone south". i decided to remove the schrader valve and check it since it seems to be a 'weak' point of this, otherwise, great, rifle, and, since it's very easily removed...why not? i removed it and inspected it for any cracks or breaches and found none. i re-lubricated with some divers 'o' ring silicone seal i purchased for seals for airguns. i checked the pressure and found it to be 11 BAR before removing the valve. i pumped the pressure to a near maximum of 22 BAR and tried it...no problems! it's been holding pressure and shooting just fine since then. in my opinion, Beeman picked a winner with the RX series rifles. simple, rugged and reliable...what else can an airgunner ask for?

Posted By: Donwalk
5 September 2010 19:44
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just about the time i get something

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21 August 2010 20:58
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102 degrees in the shade of our patio right now. I've stopped shooting the R10 as the barrel is heating up from ambient air temp. I'm certain it's affecting the accuracy. i shot a few cleaning pellets down the bore to do some 'cleaning' and I'm waiting for it to 'settle down' once again. I've only put around 16 rounds through it since cleaning and it's accuracy is adequate (just barely) for hunting but not any serious target shooting. the R10 is not exactly a 'powerhouse' but every time i shoot it, i like it better. in the near future i intend to rebuild it and do some 'tuning' to it. what i have to do is to get offa my duff and make a spring compressor before i do anything else. however...I've been whining about a barrel problem with my RX that did not turn out to be a problem at all, but i know for a fact this R10 has 'droop' beyond any shadow of a doubt...all you gotta do is look at it and you can see it. it doesn't seem to hamper performance or accuracy, though...so for the moment I'm not worried about it. however, when the time is right, i plan on sending to someone who can correct the problem. until then, I'll just keep on shooting it. I'd like to find a way to get into a FWB300S. maybe in the near future.

Posted By: Donwalk
15 August 2010 22:31
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now that may end up being more than it's worth; but I'll do it anyway. I'm going to make a front sight to put on my Beeman RX1. i just finished making the adapter plate yesterday. it'll fit in the screw holes where the standard rear sight would normally be fitted and the rear sight will be an adjustable peep aperture. there won't be a front sight in the conventional position at the muzzle as there is a muzzle brake installed. the 'front' sight will be where the rear sight would normally be. what I'm looking for here is to lighten the rifle 'in hand', i now have a red dot, open sights would be even lighter yet and should be just as accurate. it ought to be fun and interesting. it took me approximately 4 hours to make the adapter, let's see how long it'll take me to do the rest.

Posted By: Donwalk
13 August 2010 15:17
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i still ain't Add Comment 
started on the shroud for my RWS 52. tonite i went outside just to sling some lead down range with the RX. now i have the red dot fairly well sighted in and i use the same setting from 20 to 50 yards. i just have to hold high/low a 'tad' with the dot. i'm getting ready to try to take a turkey with the .20 this season and i'm sorting out the sighting and which pellet(s) work best. so far, nearly every pellet i've tried has been accurate enough to use to hunt with at long range (50 yards) and the Beeman silver sting seems to perform really, really well...go figure. hopefully i will get some RWS superdomes or JSB's soon to try.

Posted By: Donwalk
11 August 2010 03:47
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