- 10″ Lothar Walther 0.177″ barrel
- Black muzzle brake
- Black trigger shoe
- No sights
- Plastic grips
Spin the wheel a few times and you can get the trigger pull down under two pounds. It’s still long and scratchy, but it’s manageable, although it means using a different technique than most of us have been taught. Just about everyone learns that you should take up the slack in a trigger and then slooowwwly squeeze until the gun fires. The idea is that the actual discharge should almost be a surprise, and will help prevent flinching. The technique has its origins in military shooting, with its heavy triggers and heavy recoiling cartridges.
It turns out that bullseye shooters often use a very different technique: They don’t put any pressure on a trigger until they’re ready to fire, and then they pull straight through. With low powered target ammunition, flinching is not an issue, and with light match triggers, squeezing is not practical. I’ve been practicing this technique with my Daisy 747 and with some of my my .22 target pistols, and I’ve found that it’s a much better way to shoot with high accuracy than the old slow squeeze. When you’re shooting offhand, your point of aim is wobbling all over the place, and it’s only settling on the target for brief instants, you want the gun to fire when it’s on target, not at some random moment.
While I ordered this gun thinking I’d use an optical sight to accommodate my aging eyes, lately I’ve been finding that with practice, and with techniques learned from Bullseye shooters, I can shoot as well, or better, with iron sights. And so I’ve decided to add iron sights to the gun, which gave me two straightforward choices, both from Crosman. One is a custom sight from Williams, here in Michigan, that clamps to the 11mm scope grooves. I’ve owned the peep version of that sight, and had it on my R7 for many years; it’s an excellent sight, but in many ways it’s overkill for this pistol. Crosman’ stoner option is a simpler, smaller sight from LPA that fits in the dovetail slot. LPA has made a good name for themselves in recent years with their sights, and the LPA costs about half of what the Williams costs, so I ordered one last night. I’ll add my comments when it arrives.