Phenomenal air pistol accuracy!

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    AirNGasman
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    My Tau MK 08 'ten-meter' pistol has been a helluva LOT of trouble! But being side-lever loading allows mounting a scope to my preferred low center of gravity, so I decided to make a hunting and field-target pistol of it despite the fact it was very inaccurate with the original barrel. 

    So after souping 'er up, I sent Ole Blue to that airgun magician Allen Zasadny along with a Daystate rifle barrel to be chopped and fitted, and also have him fabricate a custom scope base. Of course he did his usual incredible work; but not long after return, the valve-stem failed (broke).

    I found Steve at Pomona Airguns the ONLY person with parts and knowledge to repair a Tau MK 08. Unfortunately the replacement (factory) valve-stem also broke a couple years later… but not until I'd fallen utterly in love with the gorgeous thing and it's awesome abilities. 

    Thankfully Steve said he could fabricate a "new, better, stronger" valve-stem, that he assured would hold up much better than the originals. Of course Steve suffered some personal issues after he received it, so Ole Blue was away a full year. She came home a couple weeks ago, and our reunion couldn't be sweeter.

    Here is my latest bench-rest effort at 35 yards; the maximum field-target range, and probable-maximum small-game reach. The five-shot group with 8.4 grain JSB Exacts at 680 FPS measures just .175" center-to-center; less than the diameter of the pellets that shot it! Four of the five shots stacked right on top of one-another, and would have been virtually immeasurable. The group is about 1" below the white aiming-spot, and would easily hide under the dime laying to the right.

     
    Ole Blue sure been a whole lotta trouble… but she worth it!
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    L.Leon
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    Wow, that is accurate I can see why you’ve been loyal to old blue.

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    Bob-in-WV
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    Very nice story and great looking gun.

    Bob in WV

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    SteveV
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    Bow Howdy that is some shootin' AG Man!

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    AirNGasman
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    Don't be fooled by that best-of-the-best effort, Mr Vines.

    There's a reason I seldom present a single group (though it be five shots); so I feel compelled to repeat a common disclaimer when doing so, "Though an impressive single group makes for a pretty picture, it says little about a guns (or shooter's) true capabilities."

    That said, Ole Blue's best average of .40" c-t-c for five consecutive five-shot groups still paints a pretty rosy picture (considering the average group would still hide under a dime). And be aware these best-case results are not really indicative of my own capabilities; rather, the gun's

    I can't hit the broad side of a barn… while standing inside!

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    SteveV
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    Under .5" as an AVERAGE? I stick by my original comment: BOY HOWDY!

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    AirNGasman
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    FWIW, after taking guitar lessons for over a YEAR and (finally) realizing about the only thing I could play (badly) was Yellow Rose Of Texas, it occurred to me I have no guitar talent WHATSOEVER! It was a pretty harsh lesson for a ten-year-old kid, but one well learned. To paraphrase, think I'd rather have musical talent.

    As i recall, you actually earn money with your guitar SV. What can I say… I know, BOY HOWDY!!! Oh, and also…

    Respect,

    R

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    mark2cars
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    A fine pistol Ron and a wonderful story of it's life with you. I reached for your book to see if it was covered in it and realized my neighbor still has it ! LOL…popular publication here abouts

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    AirNGasman
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    One thing I've learned about loaning out books, Mark… after a few never came home, is it helps to remember who you loan 'em to! 

    BTW, assuming these are good enough friends to loan stuff to, I have an excellent suggestion for excellent (and inexpensive) Christmas or birthday gifts! (Shameless marketing hint)

     

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    D-RIG
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    Great story I enjoyed reading it , may that pistol serve you well .

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    jking
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    D-RIG

    Great story I enjoyed reading it , may that pistol serve you well .

    PM sent to ya Dale.

     

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    davelarson
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    That is a gem of a pistol. Something so satisfying about shooting pistols off of a bag and getting rifle accuracy. You could head shoot flys at 35 yards with that one. Thank god she is home finally! Thanks for sharing 

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    ranedouglas
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    ….i have Never been able to perfectly send pellets thru the same hole repeatedly and consecutively for 5 shots – i may be shooting at ten meters if it shot like that……but at 35 yards ?    even my high blood pressure bumping the crosshairs would have to healed….  and the size of the hole ??  is that even possible – like the pellet went so fast thru the air that the skirt closed up by .002" o.d. ??   i tried to find if your czech pistol has is regulated….is it ?   how many shots per fill is it getting at that 680 fps velocity, and do you fill yours to 300 bar ?  -paul.   

     

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    AirNGasman
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    You misunderstood the group size Rane. All my group-size quotes are in the truest measure of accuracy, center-to-center measurements; as stated in my original post. 

    Ole Blue's performance improved even a bit more after getting the new valve. Here's the latest testing-

    8.44 grain Exact, 3300 PSI fill, 48 shot power-band with new valve- Low= 670, Hi= 687, ES=17, SD= 1.7, Average= 678 FPS/8.6 foot-pounds. 

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    ranedouglas
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    ……..i suppose that i was being 'a too bit amitious' there….. but .175" ctc at 35 yards is stil really good from any pistol….that would be more like cloverleafing, right ?  – paul.       

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    Imold
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    Very nice, at 35 yards that’s some nice shooting, I’ll stay out of your playground 😆  I’m new to air pistols and I don’t even see myself coming close to that in a few years of practicing. Again nice shooting.

     

    jim.

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    AirNGasman
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    The group is pictured in my OP Paul, with a dime sitting next to the group. For better perspective, on paper it would easily be a 'one-hole' group with an outside-diameter of a 9mm bullet, that could be completely covered by a thumb-tack.

    Thanks for the nice compliment Jim. Pistol shooting is definitely a whole 'nother challenge than riflery. I love it! 

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    Imold
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    I’m referring to handguns only…I’ve enjoyed shooting my 9mm Glocks for over 10 years, that’s when I made the change to Glock although I still enjoy my Rugers and S&W so handguns are nothing new but switching over to airguns back in early 2017 has been a whole eye opening adventure and now I’m finding myself wanting a bit more challenge and air pistols are starting to take up my reading time,  I understand that the Diana Bandit is nothing great but I’m finding it to be a nice pistol for the price and shooting in the low 700’s seems to be the norm for some air pistols and eventually I would like to up the quality like a HW44 or a AP16 just to mention a couple, I know there are other pistols out there but I needed to start someplace.

    I think I’ve found another addiction 😆.

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