by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
Artemis PCP air pistol.
This report covers:
- Not from Pyramyd Air
- Spectacular from the beginning
- End flaws
- Fill adaptor
- I crammed it!
- Scope rail
- Set off
Immediately we begin one thing completely different. The Artemis PP700S-A (what a mouthful!) is a single-shot precharged pneumatic (PCP) air pistol that is available in each .177 and .22 calibers. This pistol I’m testing is a .22.
Not from Pyramyd Air
This pistol is made by Shaoxing Snowpeak Air Gun Manufacturing facility in China, and offered all around the world. Right here within the U.S. it’s solely carried by smaller sellers. I ordered mine abroad from a big European exporter and had the airgun in about two weeks. I don’t know whether or not it’s air pistol or not, however after this take a look at we should always all know.
Come on, Snowpeak! Give this pistol an actual title. For those who don’t there might be worldwide confusion about it and you’ll lose gross sales. It doesn’t need to be an American title. I’d slightly name it a Licking Cow than a PP700S-A. What’s that — any individual’s password?
This pistol appears to retail for round $240 worldwide. Some abroad web sites eat the delivery, so the markup should be fairly good. Artemis has a web site, nevertheless it’s hosed-up and simply exhibits a black display screen on my Chrome browser. On Firefox I get the black display screen and a few Storage Band noodling on a piano, in order that they have an issue of their IT!
Spectacular from the beginning
I’ll say the Artemis pistol has been spectacular from the beginning. It arrived in an honest bundle and the handbook, whereas missing in some factors, does give a variety of info.
The equipment, nevertheless, are missing any instruments for changes. There’s a fill probe that I’ll focus on, a big pressed metal wrench for disassembling the reservoir for resealing (!!!) and the o-rings to do the job. The handbook tells the proprietor that the seals will should be changed sooner or later, and there are sparse directions of what to do.
That is what you get with the pistol, plus the handbook. Discover the fill probe is a male Foster on one finish!
Let’s now take a look at the gun.
Simply wanting on the gun you’ll suppose that it’s heavy on the muzzle, and it’s, however to not the extent that the looks implies. It weighs 2 lbs. Four oz. The handbook cautions that the burden might fluctuate based on the density of the wooden, however there isn’t a hint of wooden on this airgun. The grips are artificial and every thing else on the surface of the gun is metallic, so the handbook was pieced collectively like most airgun manuals.
The gun is simply shy of 15-inches lengthy total with what seems to be an 11.5-inch barrel, so it’s an enormous ‘un. I say the barrel seems that lengthy as a result of the final 0.825-inches are threaded inside for a silencer. The grips are considerably ergonomic and match my hand very effectively. They’re barely tough, however not in an actual grippy approach.
I discussed the threads contained in the barrel. There’s additionally a strong barrel shroud that does nothing to average noise.
The Artemis has a threaded shroud on the muzzle. You may wager that it’s a European silencer thread (1/2 UNF).
One video blogger criticized the pistol he examined for having touchup marks, which is frequent with Chinese language airguns. The take a look at pistol I’ve does have a small nick on the barrel shroud on the left facet beneath the entrance sight that has been touched up with black paint, however on the whole I’d say this pistol is completed in addition to most airguns at this value degree. I’m not as essential of small imperfections as many individuals, so take that into consideration.
The handbook clearly states that the utmost stress is 250 bar (3,626 psi), however there’s worldwide confusion over the fill stress. Some websites say to fill it to three,000 psi, or 206 bar. I’ll study much more after I take a look at the speed, however there are a variety of photographs between 206 bar and 250 bar and I don’t need to give any of them away. The air reservoir has a 69.7cc capability.
The fill adaptor has a 7mm proprietary probe on one finish and a male Foster quick-disconnect coupling on the opposite finish. That implies that all you want is an air tank or hand pump (or a devoted air compressor just like the Nomad II, lately) with a feminine Foster coupling on the top of the hose to fill the pistol. Given the pistol’s small reservoir, I’d watch out when filling from an air tank.
I crammed it!
I used to be curious in regards to the fill stress so I crammed the pistol. I crammed to 250 bar/3,626 psi. then I shot it. The gun appeared to operate completely and the shot was loud. Till I chronograph it we gained’t know for positive, however I’d say the handbook is right. Maybe they ship completely different weapons to different market and so they have decrease fill ranges?
The sights are a squared-off put up in entrance and a u-notch within the rear. The rear sight is adjustable for windage by loosening a 1.5mm locking screw and sliding the notch in its dovetail slot. The handbook makes no point out of this that I can discover.
Loosen that screw on the left and the sight slides in its dovetail.
There’s a 4-7/8-inch scope rail on the highest rear of the receiver. In entrance of that the rail doesn’t have a dovetail however there are three grooves that appear to serve no goal past aesthetics.
This pistol comes with a handbook that’s clearly written — so far as it goes. Nevertheless it provides some directions that I would like to deal with.
1. The handbook says to lubricate the floor of the valve pin and the seal of the loading port with mineral (petroleum) oil each 1,000 photographs or three months. I’d not try this as a result of the mineral oil may get into the reservoir the place it turns into explosively harmful. Use high-temperature silicone oil to lube these areas.
2. The handbook says to wash the barrel each 1,000 photographs of three months. I like to recommend ready till accuracy drops off. Over-cleaning can wreck an airgun barrel from harm to the shallow rifling.
3. The handbook says to take the gun to a gunsmith yearly for examination, even whether it is working correctly. Perhaps that works exterior the U.S., however on this nation most gunsmiths know little or nothing about airguns and symbolize an actual hazard to their delicate mechanisms. An airgun that’s working correctly is greatest left alone.
As soon as the pistol is crammed, you may load the gun by first cocking the hammer. It comes again farther than you suppose and it takes some drive to cock the gun. As soon as it’s cocked the breech block, which the handbook calls the loading door, is rotated to the precise, giving entry to the breech.
With the hammer cocked the loading door might be swung to the precise for entry to the breech.
There isn’t a security. The hammer will fall if the set off is pulled with the loading door open, however no air can get behind the pellet as a result of the air switch port is contained in the loading door. So, by swinging the door open, the pistol is as protected as it may be.
The set off has one adjustment for the size of the stage-one pull. The pistol comes from the manufacturing facility set for a two-stage pull that appears crisp sufficient, although I’ll have extra to say about it in Half 2. I adjusted the one 1.5mm screw in to the purpose that stage one disappeared altogether, providing you with a single stage pull, should you like.
The one screw within the set off determines the size of stage one — all the way in which to no stage one!
The handbook say we are able to anticipate the pistol to shoot a one-gram.15.4-grain .22 caliber pellet at round 600 f.p.s. That might produce 12.31 foot-pounds on the muzzle. After all I’ll take a look at that for you in a lot better element.
The remainder of the efficiency stays to be examined. What I can let you know proper now it the pistol accepted a fill and is holding a cost. And the discharge is a loud pop!
I anticipate a number of of extra about this pistol than I do. I believe it’s been in your radar for some time. So BB would be the one studying on this one!