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Bam B3-1 Project and Review.

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Andy_J, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Andy_J

    Andy_J Replica Airgun collector

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    Just a quick review of my latest little project. Having gone back to my roots lately and got rid of all my PCP air rifles and gone back to springers, I have rekindled my love of shooting spring powered airguns again. There is something about owning and shooting and mastering spring powered air rifles and the kick we get out of them (pun intended). I now have 5 springers that range from AA top quality to the bottom rung, a Chinese BAM B3-1. This little review is about my .177 calibre BAM B3-1. I nearly purchased one of these about 7 years ago in a gamefair and never bothered. I wish I had because it's a little cracker honestly. Yes it's agricultural and basic, but it goes back to my roots regarding my first few air rifles when I was a kid. Anyway, I always wanted one because they remind me of the venerable AK-47 and I love them. I decided to replace the plastic bits on the folding stock with some handmade bits done in pine. I stripped all the yuckie brown paint from the wooden forestock and the handgrip. I then stained with dark walnut stain and finished off with walnut oil. In my opinion it looks a lot better. I purchased an airsoft AK47 magazine to act as a dummy mag and adapted it so that it bolts on from the inside of the receiver action.


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    Now to the rifle itself and how it performs. It is ideal as a plinker and fun gun and thats exactly why I wanted it. In fact I did this project for my youngest son's (he's airgun mad at 12 yrs old) birthday present. He loves it. I am teaching him how to handle it safely and how to shoot it properly. The next part of the project is to strip the action and smooth it all out, give it a little tune and re-grease etc. Also the trigger is a little heavy (understatement of the year folks:p) but I will lighten it substantially. The recoil is quite fierce and I like that as it feels authentic firearm like when shooting and it is part of why I and many others actually like springers. We have to learn how to handle them properly to get the best out of them. Infact, I am pretty sure that the recoil in a springer is what we blokes love and why we always hark back to the good old days of air rifle shooting. I love it.Using this rifle as it is intended, ie plinking, the gun is great. Toy soldiers, trebor mints and tin cans get shredded in no time. Great fun. Shooting paper targets is a bit harder. I managed to get 2p sized groupings at 20 yds and hopefully after some tuning to the action and the trigger, this will get better but in the mean time, it's ideal for plinking in the garden. The sidelever cocking includes an anti beartrap mechanism and this works well. I always recommend holding onto the cocking lever of any spring gun at all times during the loading process. I was taught this many years ago by an expert and ex world champion shooter and I continue to teach others the same.

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    The folding stock is great and locks up solid no problem. The front and rear sights are very similar to the real AK and the sight picture is almost exactly the same (I have used an AK47 in real life folks, not just in Call of Duty:D). The rear sight is only adjustable for elevation and is easily adjusted. The front sight post can also be adjusted up or down. The safety catch is basic and it works I think in the same principle as some of the AK variants by locking the trigger from moving and it locks it solid.The rifle comes with sling loops that also look very similar to the real thing and allow any sling to be attached. I just use a strap from a black sports bag and it does the job great. The rifle can be fired with the stock folded too and that is quite a laugh and takes some doing to be consistent.

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    Hi mate, the gun looks great and a good write up makes me want to have a go :D
     
  3. Andy_J

    Andy_J Replica Airgun collector

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    Thanks Laurence.

    I have not measured the velocity of this rifle yet and I heard they are about 600 fps, but today I decided to do the heinz soup can test. These soup cans are quite thick tin/metal whatever they use and this little beasty ripped them apart no problem. Small hole in the front and large ripped open exit wound in the back. I'd say that this B3 is kicking out quite a bit in the power stakes. Probably closer to 700 FPS or thereabouts. That's great for a plinker.:up:
     
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    I have been doing some serious plinking with this B3-1 over the last couple of weeks and I really like it. Except for the trigger. Anyone got some good tuning tips for this trigger on this rifle?

    Cheers

    Andy006
     
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    Andy_J Replica Airgun collector

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    Thanks Laurence. I need to register there and get some info.:up:
     
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    My mates got one of these and they look great, quite a heavy handfull as well. Youve done a good job on tne woodwork as well pal.
     
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    Thanks both.:up:
     
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    Hi Andy

    Nice review,

    I do have a fondness to these military style air rifles.

    I like how you have restained the woodwork and fitted the mag. Makes it look
    complete.

    Regards
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  11. Andy_J

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    Cheers Paddy. Long time no see. Nice to get a positive comment from the master of all thing combat airguns.:up:
     
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    Hi Andy,

    You're welcome :)

    :D Like that comment :D

    Regards
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    Good write up and review looks a very nice bit of kit and i bet you love shooting it :up:
     

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