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A quick note about Safety.

Hello everyone.

I wanted to take some time and talk to you all about a  safety issue that came up over the weekend.  We’ve be very fortunate to have a real influx of test products over the past couple of weeks so I’ve been wonderfully busy testing all sorts of products for the site.  I learned an important lesson this last weekend, fortunately no one was injured.

Weather you are new to shooting or have been at it for years, you can never forget to respect the weapon you’re using.  The moment you do, you could get yourself injured or even worse, injure or kill someone else.  It is important to remember some important rules:

1. Know your gun, its safety features and make sure that all are in working order
2. Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction
3. Know your target and beyond
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot

This weekend, while testing a new rifle, we ran into several issues the worst of which was an accidental discharge that went harmlessly down range.  When you are looking at several rifles a day shooting hundreds of pellets, it is easy to get “comfortable” and take things for granted, especially when the rifle is coming from a respected manufacturer.   You don’t expect to run into such serious malfunctions with name brand products, but this should show everyone that you can’t take anything for granted.

I’ll hold back the brand and model of this particular rifle as we are trying to determine if this is typical of this model or just a fluke.  In any case the incident unfolded as follows.  I was shooting a fairly stout .22 break barrel that consistently sends .22 Crosman Premier pellets downrange at 730 FPS.  Now that is “real” FPS, not what’s advertised on the box.  730 FPS hits quite hard even at distance.

Seeing as this air gun was new to me, I was not familiar with the safety system or trigger.  The trigger was a single stage adjustable trigger so I had lightened it up just a touch so the pull was a bit lighter.  What I did not know or realize is that I had just create a potentially deadly situation in this rifle.  While shooting I forgot to take the safety of and pulled the trigger.  Obviously the rifle did not discharge and I quickly realized what I had done.  So I just pushed the safety button to the fire position and the gun did exactly that, it fired the pellet down range.  Being a little surprised I repeated the condition and yep, the flaw happened every time.  If I pulled the trigger with the safety on and then pushed in the safety, the gun would fire every time without any further contact with the trigger.  This was a serious flaw.

When I got back to my home range I decided to take a closer look at the trigger and safety issue.  I loosened up the trigger a bit more and now found that the gun discharged every time I moved the safety to the fire position… WITHOUT EVER TOUCHING THE TRIGGER!  Again I recreated the issue and slowly tightened up the trigger’s adjustment until both issues stopped.  It happens that if you adjust this trigger AT ALL you get the first issue, lighten it further, and the second issue occurs.

Now we are in contact with the distributor and manufacture regarding this issue.  But our advice to the vendor is to not sell this rifle if this is typical.  The last thing anyone needs is someone to get seriously injured because they tinkered with a trigger adjustment and then did not pay attention to where the muzzle of their gun was pointed.  While this is only a pellet gun, a .22 at 730 FPS could cause serious injury or death at close range.

Please take this post as it is meant and remember that ANYTHING can happen to ANYONE.  No matter how experienced you are.  You don’t know if the assembly person was having a bad day or if there may be one little important part missing.  Don’t take your safety and the safety of others for granted.  Respect the sport and the danger, these guns are NOT toys.

Sincerely AirHead.

Written By,
Rick Eutsler AKA: AirHead
Editor / Owner www.AirGunWeb.com
editor@airgunweb.com
Copyright 2007, Dog River Design, LLC – All Rights Reserved.

  • JerryL99

    Hi Rick
    THANK YOU for the Very informative post . Glad you and no one else wasn’t hurt and that there where no damages .

    Just makes you think how fast and easy things can go wrong even though you think you are doing everything right .

    Something as simple and easy and what seemed right ( Checking Your Safty )

    Take care …….JerryL99

  • itsnotom

    was this the bam 26? im thinking of getting one

    • yep… it was the 26.

      Rick

  • itsnotom

    do you still recommend it?

    • I do recommend the b26… it is one of my favorite rifles.

      Rick

  • itsnotom

    and it was shooting cp hps at 730? your review was in the 600,s

    • BAM updated the B26 in between reviews. They enlarged the compression chamber slightly and it generated more power. The newer versions will really crank for a small, lightweight, springer.

      Rick

  • itsnotom

    is it just as accurate as the ‘old’ as the old model and who was your supplier? looking foward to more reviews. they are very helpful

    • it’s pretty accurate.. I like the .22 over the .177.. but that is just me. I was buying them by the case directly from BAM.. This was a while back.

      Rick

  • itsnotom

    got any left that you want to part with? i prefer 22 also

    • I’ve got one .22 that the barrel slipped out when someone was cocking the gun.. now it shoots really high. It holds .5″ groups at 40 yards with kodiaks… but is not useable up close.. bummer really. BAM won’t return my calls or emails about getting the barrel replaced.. I spoke ill of one of their rifles and they have not had anything to do with me since. FYI it was their B28. I had a pre-production version that had a malfunctioning trigger. I’d love to open a dialogue with them again.. For the most part, they can build some nice guns.

      Rick

  • itsnotom

    an adjustable scope mount wont help?

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