by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
Walther’s LGV Olympia is one particular of the final recoiling spring piston target rifles.
A history of airguns
This report covers:
- RWS R10 Match Pistol
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
- Qiang Yuan Instruction pellets
- H&N Finale Match Light
- Cocking work
- Trigger pull
- Scope rail?
- Rear peep
Effectively, properly. There is a lot of interest in this vintage target rifle. Some of you want to know if I program to shoot it at 50 yards. I hadn’t planned to do that. I was preparing on shooting it at 10 meters and seeing how precise it may well be when employed for the issue it was developed to do. But I do listen to you guys, so I’m open to exploring other items.
Now we appear at the energy of this air rifle. I know it was just rebuilt when I got it and I genuinely do not bear in mind a great deal about the functionality, except to inform you that Walther spring target rifles in basic had been in no way as strong as FWBs. An FWB 300S may well shoot at 640 f.p.s. A Walther tops out at 575-600 f.p.s., as I recall.
RWS R10 Match Pistol
Initial to be tested had been 10 RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets. They weigh 7 grains and really should be the quickest pellets I test now. Ten of them averaged 600 f.p.s. The spread went from 592 to 606 f.p.s. — a distinction of 14 f.p.s. This is about exactly where the rifle really should be, in my expertise.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets are produced of tin and weigh five.25-grains, so they will be very a bit more quickly than lead pellets. In the LGV 10 of them averaged 686 f.p.s. The variety went from 673 to 690 f.p.s., which is a distinction of 17 f.p.s. In previous tests we have noticed this pellet at the major for accuracy, so it will be fascinating to see what the LGV does with them.
Qiang Yuan Instruction pellets
Chinese Qiang Yuan Instruction pellets have also been one thing of a surprise. In some airguns they are the most precise, general. They weigh eight.12 grains, so I anticipated them to shoot slower. But they averaged 588 f.p.s., which is virtually as quickly as the 7-grain R10, so probably they match the gun improved. The spread went from 576 to 593 f.p.s., which is a distinction of 17 f.p.s.
The extra high priced Qiang Yuan Olympic pellets weigh specifically the exact same as the coaching pellets, so it will be intriguing to see what they can do for accuracy.
H&N Finale Match Light
The final pellet I tested was the H&N Finale Match Light. At 7.87 grains it is lighter than the Chinese coaching pellet, but it turned in the lowest typical velocity — a mere 550 f.p.s. The spread went from 544 to 556 f.p.s., so a distinction of 12 f.p.s. This typical is slow for an LGV, so I’m considering this pellet may possibly not be correct for this rifle, but now I have to test it for accuracy to know if I’m correct.
This rifle is a small more quickly than I anticipated. It really should be capable to shoot each rifle and pistol target pellets.
I believed I remembered that the rifle was buzzier than it is. It is fairly calm. I’m glad mainly because I didn’t want to take it apart, and now I do not have to!
This LGV cocks with 17 lbs. of work. It feels like significantly less mainly because the two.five lb. barrel sleeve assists pull the barrel down to cock. I’m generally seated when shooting and I rest the butt on my leg, so that barrel weight does aid.
The two-stage trigger has a six-ounce initial stage. It is followed by a glass-crisp 12-ounce second stage. The only issue it lacks is a constructive trigger quit. It is not as light as a contemporary target rifle trigger or even as light as an FWB 300S trigger, but it is correct there with the greatest of the rest.
Some of you wondered if a scope could be mounted to the LGV. Effectively, it would be attainable but also marginal.
The LGV has an 11mm scope rail that has been applied to the outdoors of the spring tube. It is most likely silver-soldered or welded on — not reduce into the tube. It is two.three-inches extended and not genuinely appropriate for a scope of any size. It is just for a peep sight, even though a quick and lightweight scope could be produced to operate. I feel it has to be welded mainly because hot bluing attacks silver solder, but nonetheless, this rail is fairly tiny.
The peep sight is attached to a quick rail that is attached to the outdoors of the spring tube, rather than getting reduce into it.
The image of the peep sight brought on some confusion final time. I was asked if there had been added adjustments for the sight. I had not examined it then, but I did for now and I can inform you that yes, there are some gross adjustments for the rear peep sight.
There are four screws on the front of the sight that enable you to reposition the sliding components of the rear peep in each directions. Loosen two of the screws and the whole peep slides either horizontally or vertically, based on which screws are involved. In the image under you can see a small of the slots in which the physique of the sight slides.
The peep sight slides in each directions just a small. Loosen two screws and slide the sight in the path you want. Then lock it down and let the fine adjustments take more than.
So far the LGV is living up to my fondest memories. It is strong, smooth cocks simply and has a delightful trigger. I can not wait to see what it will do with contemporary target ammo!