Which target pistol (air)?

#1
I'm wondering about taking up 10m air pistol. I did rather well with some spring pistols recently and reckon it might be worth trying something a bit more competitive, without going to the crazy Olympic levels of price and supplementary kit.

I've read lots of reviews in the air-gun forums, but there are some entrenched opinions out there.

I've narrowed down to either the HW40 or the Gamo Compact, but wonder if I should be considering others. I don't want to inherit problems so would be buying new - and those two give you an idea of my budget.

I have an indoor 15m space so no problem setting up my own range, club ranges are miles away and don't really cater for pistol.

LH
 
#2
Try and find a FAS Model 604 - it is exactly the same shape and feel as the .22 and .32 versions, in fact, I used all three with equal lack of great success before the Great Handgun Betrayal. I still have mine, and it is the only target single-stroke pneumatic that actually LOOKS like a real target pistol. As an ambidex, I have left and right hand Morini grips, and very useful it can be when teaching noobs to shoot a target handgun. I also have a Steyr LP-5, but that is in a different part of the shooting and price spectrum - the FAS is a 10m only gun, whereas I can shoot the Steyr at 20 yards.

The added benefit of the single-stroke pneumatic is that idoes not require all the compressed air gubbins that goes with the other PCP tpes.

tac
 
#3
Oy, you!

I took time out of my busy career being a miserable old git to answer your question. The least you could do is to respond to it.

Bloody ingrate.

tac
 
#5
The obvious answer is try a few.

I used Steyrs to county level (I still have an LP10 in the attic) and found them to be excellent. Others swore by Hammerli etc.
 
#7
I've had one of these for over 10 years and it's still a tack driver at 10m. Dunno what the UK price would be but Pyramydair.com (where I bought mine) has them for less than $500 ...

IZH (Baikal) 46M Match Air Pistol
 

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#8
Off topic slightly, I've never fired an air pistol but I was once told that it's arguably the hardest of the shooting disciplines. Given the experience here, what do you blokes reckon?
 
#9
£449 ouch :(
If you want one in the uk
 
#10
Off topic slightly, I've never fired an air pistol but I was once told that it's arguably the hardest of the shooting disciplines. Given the experience here, what do you blokes reckon?
I dunno about that but the Webley over-barrel spring guns were supposed to be good training for more serious handguns due to the recoil characteristics caused by the spring boinging about hither and thither.
 
#11
The Gamo Compact is a decent enough little pistol to start target shooting with. Even I can hit the target with one. Or go for quality and try a second hand FWB65, you get the choice between recoil and recoiless then.
 
#14
That for the Baikal? Damn - Russian import and goes for $479 NiB in the US (was around $249 when I bought mine) ...
Typical $=£ on imports :(
 
#15
Agreed they were rather nifty, I used one for a couple of years, even doing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze in air pistol (using a .177 barrel). The .22 was kept for vermin and those low flying rabbits with long tails off the estate, .22 was enough to bring most small edibles down without too much disturbance or turning same into flying mince with .410 and annoying sundry grown ups
 
#16
I dunno about that but the Webley over-barrel spring guns were supposed to be good training for more serious handguns due to the recoil characteristics caused by the spring boinging about hither and thither.
(see my post 15) when I got my hands on service weapons and pistols in particular I found I was rather a good shot at moving targets as well as Fig11b for some reason :shock:
 
#17
Interesting stuff. I need a .177 for my girls to practice for Pony Club tetrathalon. One mentioned to me is the Beeman Mod 2004 deluxe, but one shop described it as 'only any good for plinking tin cans'.

I obviously don't want to spend a fortune as I have no idea if the kids will do it for any length of time, but need a .177 single stroke pneumatic suitable for little hands - ideas?
 
#18
I need a .177 for my girls to practice for Pony Club tetrathalon.
My local(ish) shop tells me that the HW40 is favoured by the Pony Clubs, and it was partly the resale potential to that market that led me to consider the HW40 if:

a) I'm actually no good and should stick with the Crossman rifle for vermin
b) I enjoy it/am good and want to get a "proper" (but mid-range) target pistol costing several hundred.

My reservations about the HW40 would be the size of it - with the moulded plastic grip you're not going to be able to carve chunks out of it to fit smaller hands, and ... lets be realistic here ... it is styled to resemble some semi-auto gangsta bling, whilst the FAS or Gamo at least look like target pistols. That may or may not be of concern to you.

Another problem with the HW I foresee is with clothing - whilst loading it all gets quite ungainly with the lever extended and if something like the front of a puffa jacket were to get caught I don't see how it can be discharged safely.

LH
 
#19
Try one of the Czech brands. We used to have a five-shot (rapid fire) CZ something-or-other as a club gun that was very good. Cost about £150 in its day, but that was about ten years ago.
 

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