If you drop by Barnes
Pneumatic late in the evening or on the weekends, you'll find
the shop lights are still on. I don't watch alot of T.V. From
8 am til midnight, I'm on duty and answer your e-mail. Mornings
cover the main office work. Daytime is for orders and special
If you step into the
back room, I'll show you what much of the overtime investment
has been about this year.
Shown unfinished - this is the "Chaparral 25".
A 25 caliber PCP Pistol from Barnes Pneumatic. All billet aluminum
machined frame. High strength alloy steel pressure tube. Barnes
Designed to be light,
economical to operate, and a heck of alot of fun. Here's some
details from early testing...
Ammo: #3 buck shot
- purchased in five pound bags - Hornady
23.7 grains each ball
709 fps (power adjustable
option on this pistol - set for medium here)
26.46 fpe - that's
already over the power of many 25 caliber air rifles.
Shots per fill - 25-30
(more when turned way down)
3 lbs as shown in 12"
barrel version - A 7" version will be available too.
How's it shoot .....
Pretty fine!!! Three
round ball went thru there at 10 yards in the shop. That black
spot is a good bit smaller than a US dime!!
You could use the Beeman
perfect round 25 caliber ball, or use the #3 buck shot from Hornady.
Now - The buckshot is swagged - and it's harder than soft lead
projectiles. The buckshot is not nearly so perfectly spherical
though. Roll it around and measure it four or five different times
and you'll get 4-5 different measurements. As much as 5 thousandths
difference from measurement to measurement... that's alot for
BUT ... as usual, I've
found a way around that. It's a dirt cheap ammo for those of you
who like to have alot of ammo around. So, it's worth alittle fiddling
to fluff it up some. I've made a tooling kit to round out the
ball. It quickly gets them to about 1 to 1 1/2 thousandths of
spherical. That's good enough for the above groups. Yes - I can
sell the tooling kits. It's a trade off - tooling or purchasing
"Perfect Round" ball.
Here's another group.
It wasn't a fluke. This pistol shoots!
Ah ... but you were
probably using some fancy laser scope or something ... ?
Actually, here's the
front sight. Quickly bent aluminum flashing and tape.
And here's the rear
sight .. bent loop of brass with a leather blinder around it.
I wanted to get a rough idea of how the pistol shot. Boy ... did
I ever!!! Guess I'll have to offer these custom sights now too
.... ha ha ;?)
As an option, I've
machined this integral clamp as part of the front tower. The clamp
will accept the outrigger boom for an optional rear abbreviated
shoulder stock. That will make a heck of a neat little carbine
Yes ... I took a few
offhand pot shots too. I'm sure you can do better ...
There is a round ball
magazine option which will go on this pistol when I get a chance.
I wanted to do some proof testing before I added that layer of
Sure, if you want a
barrel to load pellets - I can do. I loaded a few Beeman Kodiak
thru this one
They did pretty well
Drop me a line and
tell me what you think if you care to ...