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Napolean Solo, your gun is ready: The QB-57

If you’re old enough to recall watching The Man From Uncle on TV in the 60s, you’ll know why I chose that title for this essay. The Chinese-made Q-57 side lever spring air rifle would be right at home in the arsenal of that show’s hero. Bullpup design, attache carrying case, integrated scope- it’s all here. This gun has a very high coolness factor, and a very attractive price, with most outlets selling it for between $60 and $70.

What it doesn’t have is a reputation for super high accuracy, but it’s plenty accurate enough for plinking. I’ve seen it advertised as a hunter, but with only 650fps advertised velocity in .177 and 480fps in .22, energies are on the low side for that. But really, you don’t buy a gun like the QB-57 for hunting or target shooting. You buy because it’s an incredibly cool looking gun.

12 Comments

  1. Marcelino Ferreira Silva wrote:

    Concordo integralmente, estou louco para comprar uma, mas não acho aqui no Brasil, poderia me ajudar e me dizer onde compra uma QB 57?
    Grato
    Marcelino

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    I don’t know where you could buy one in Brazil. But maybe one of our readers knows.

    Friday, November 21, 2008 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  3. allan mcdonald wrote:

    Where could I obtain one in Canada?

    Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  4. Bob wrote:

    650 fps. may not be the fastest, but it’s not speed that kills it’s ft.lbs. energy. if you do the math you will find 650 fps is enough for hunting small game, provided you can do your part and place the pellet on target. can you?

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink
  5. mje wrote:

    Yes, it’s energy that kills, but you have to keep in mind that when makers give you a muzzle velocity figure it’s usually with a very light pellet- like 6gr or less. If we assume they used 6gr pellets, then the ME = 5.63 foot-pounds. Even at 7gr we’re still only up to around 6.5. That’s enough for mice at 10 meters but that’s about it. At 25 yards you’re down to something like 4 foot pounds and that’s just not enough.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink
  6. Bebop wrote:

    Do you know of any longer barrels for this weapon, i have mine rated a 12flb and would like better accuracy.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 3:28 am | Permalink
  7. mje wrote:

    You’ve have to do a custom barrel installation, using a barrel or blank from an outside supplier. I’m guessing this would require a LOT of machining.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  8. Bebop wrote:

    Shouldnt require too much machuning as its already a removable barrel anyway

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  9. mje wrote:

    I’m thinking of the coupling, forestock, etc. But it may indeed be easier than I think. A good source for blanks is Mac-1 airguns:
    http://www.mac1airgun.com/matchbarrels.html

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  10. Bebop wrote:

    Thanks, ill give them a try

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 4:11 am | Permalink
  11. spinoza wrote:

    I bought my Industry Brand QB-57 deluxe in September 2015, and I sure am glad I did because now they are not available in Canada where iam located.
    I have the .22 caliber model which must be the most powerful air gun available without a gun permit in Canada.
    It also might be the only air gun were the manufacturer velocity rating of 480 fps is much lower than the real velocity.
    I saw that archer airguns claims it averages 560 fps!
    I love my QB-57 bullpup!

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  12. spinoza wrote:

    I have a .22 cal QB57 deluxe and it consitantly shoots well over 500 fps, in fact the average of ten shots was 540 fps with a high of 560 with 14 grain lead pellets. That is a muzzle energy of 9-10 fps!
    That is powerful enough to hunt small game.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 3:07 am | Permalink

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