American Rifleman - March 2015 - (Page 77)

SPECS MANUFACTURER: AIRFORCE AIRGUNS (DEPT. AR), P .O. BOX 2478, FORT WORTH, TX 76113; (877) 247-4867; AIRFORCEAIRGUNS.COM 38¾" 11⁄8" 3/8" SHROUDED, Made in USA WARNING: SAFE 18" LOTHAR WALTHER FIRE DA000000 14" CALIBER: .17, .20, .22 (TESTED), .25 ACTION TYPE: PRE-CHARGED PNEUMATIC (PCP) SINGLE-SHOT AIR RIFLE ANODIZED ALUMINUM (BLACK, RED AND BLUE AVAILABLE) FRAME: upward of 1300 f.p.s., which is supersonic. The shroud measures 1.258" in diameter and features an integral accessory rail on the bottom for attachment of a bipod (included in the kits) and a topside rail that is stepped up at the power adjust wheel and continues at that height rearward until reaching the tank. It is in this portion that scope bases or a riser (and then scope bases) are added. There are no sights. Below the optics rail is the loading port. To load the gun, insert a single pellet directly into the breech, and then, the ambidextrous bolt handle can be slid rearward almost effortlessly until it tracks either left or right and completes lockup. It is worthy of note that, once the bolt is pushed forward, such as after firing, the safety automatically engages. To fire, the user pushes the safety, located at the front of the trigger guard, and then presses the trigger, which enables the sear to strike a valve and release air into the barrel. The two-stage trigger has a wide, grooved shoe for maximum purchase and leverage, and is useradjustable for position. According to a Lyman Digital Trigger Gauge, the test rifle's trigger broke cleanly at 2 lbs., 8.1 ozs. Given the trigger's close proximity to the textured pistol grip, even shooters with small hands should have no difficulty reaching it. We tested a .22-cal. Condor SS kit, which included, among other things, a 4-16X 50 mm airgun-specific optic, 1" high rings and a bipod. We used the "9" setting for testing both accuracy RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:16" RH MAGAZINE: NONE; SINGLE SHOT SIGHTS: OPTIONAL; RAIL FOR SCOPE BASES TRIGGER: TWO-STAGE, ADJUSTABLE FOR POSITION; 2-LB., 8.1-OZ. PULL STOCK: STEEL AIR TANK WITH BUTTPLATE WEIGHT: 6 LBS., 1 OZ. ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL MSRP: $717 TO $1,085 ($878 AS TESTED) SHOOTING RESULTS (50 YDS.) .22 CAL. PELLET VEL. @ 15' (F .S.) .P ENERGY (FT.-LBS.) CROSMAN PREMIER 14.3-GR. DOMED 1153 AVG. 9 SD 42 0.91 1.29 1.06 GAMO 14.4-GR. PBA BULLET 1136 AVG. 13 SD 41 0.79 1.54 1.11 GAMO 15.43-GR. MD 1117 AVG. 7 SD 43 1.29 1.66 1.39 AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD GROUP SIZE IN INCHES SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE 1.19 NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FROM AN 18" BARREL OVER AN RCBS AMMO MASTER CHRONOGRAPH AT 5 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FROM A CALDWELL TACK DRIVER BAG REST. TEMPERATURE: 44° F HUMIDITY: 23%. ABBREVIATIONS: MD . (MATCH DIABLO), PBA (PERFORMANCE BALLISTIC ALLOY) SD (STANDARD DEVIATION). and velocity. The air rifle was fired from a Caldwell Tack Driver bag rest at 50 yds. using three types of pellets: Crosman Premier 14.3-gr. domed; Gamo's lead-free 14.4-gr. Performance Ballistic Alloy; and the Gamo Match Diablo 15.43-gr. Of the pellets, the most accurate proved to be the Crosman Premier, which averaged 1.06" for five consecutive, five-shot groups. Second most accurate was Gamo's PBA Bullet, which averaged 1.11". Worthy of note is the PBA Bullet's inconsistent fit; some were difficult to load, while others were considerably undersized. No doubt this negatively affected what likely would have been the most accurate pellet in the mix. No malfunctions were encountered during testing. The tank had to be recharged four times, which, using the hand pump, took 15 minutes to fully charge. Given this, it would be prudent to set the power level to that necessary AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG MARCH 2015 for the task at hand and nothing more. Additionally, after each 10-shot string for chronographing, the tank was recharged for maximum velocity. Airforce Airguns are by no means inexpensive; in fact, at $878 (as tested), the Condor SS is considerably more expensive than many .22 rimfire rifles. The Condor SS air rifles- available in .17, .20, .22 and .25 cal., as well as black, red and blue anodizing-begin at $717 (Quick Detach) and packages (including the pump) top out at $1,085. Given the scarcity and increased cost of rimfire ammunition, though, and with pellets costing as little as two cents each, AirForce airguns afford a lot of shooting for the dollar. In addition, they exhibit ample accuracy and punch for the ardent shooter and small-game hunter, respectively, so their initial price could be considered money well spent. 77 http://www.AIRFORCEAIRGUNS.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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