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Airgun Meets and Shows / Re: 2019 Pacific Airgun Expo
« Last post by Frank in Fairfield on Today at 02:28:41 PM »
Image 9373 from 2017 looks pretty good...
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Airgun Meets and Shows / 2019 Pacific Airgun Expo
« Last post by steveoh on Today at 01:43:19 PM »
Pacific Airgun Expo in 3 months: April 13-14 2019 at the Eldorado County Fairgrounds
The web site is up and running ( with this year's flyers linked for printing and the site is ready to take your table reservations and attendee ticket sales.  As before, the free shopping cart software is a bit clunky, seems like after every entry you have to hit 'go to cart' again, but if you stick with it through a few screens you'll come to the credit card or Paypal screen.  If you have any trouble give me a call 707-337-9410

As in previous years please keep in mind this is your show, not 'mine'.  By 'your' I mean western states airgunners.  I am not a professional show promoter.  I am an airgun enthusiast, web developer, and gunstock carver and I do this out of love and support of my favorite sport.  And, our market is small, there's no big money for me to make at this.  What I do is secure the facility, pay for it, see that all the legal elements are in place, provide the web site, and run an ad in the Sacramento Bee (which is far and away the best advertising I do...but your efforts online bring good results too).  I also make several driving trips around the greater Sacramento area and the I-80 corridor delivering flyers to gun shops and shooting ranges.

If you have a vested interest in the growth of our hobby/sport in decidedly un-gun friendly California, and if you want a full show to meet new friends and buy cool new stuff, you must be pro-active.  I can not by myself and with limited funding do some kind of spectacular marketing blitz.  It's up to all of you to post on your social media, chat forums, and put flyers up at your local gun club or sporting goods store.  We're a small community, and we're in this together.

There is lots of new information on the web site; I encourage you to peruse it, but the most important things to remember are: 1) we can not shoot at the fairgrounds.  The police have made that very clear.  It is against city ordinance and fairground policy.  There is a shooting range just five miles away (about a 12 minute drive) if you must shoot.  And 2) the other important thing is we will once again have a State of the Industry meeting (ok call it a party) at the Placerville Brewery right across the street from the fairgrounds Saturday evening.  It's a no-host everything :-)  Food and drink are on you. Not that I'd turn down a free beer :-)

There will be a few more notices coming your way as we get closer.  Call or write with questions.  See you at the Pacific Airgun Expo!  I can't wait!
Michael McKeown
PCP, C02, and Helium Powered Airguns / Re: Simplified Balanced Valve
« Last post by rsterne on January 17, 2019, 09:42:43 PM »
Yep, should be quite feasible.... In fact, I think Travis at JSAR is already doing so....

Hey, go shoot, wear raingear and galoshes, (or waders) it's not that cold with this rain. The guns won't melt either.
I was in the duck blind from 5 am till 3 pm yesterday with wind-driven rain most the whole time up the valley. The guys with me left around noon though.
Got home last night and tore my A5 down to dry it out and oil it down. Along with another A5 I took out to make sure it goes pop since I just repaired it last week. Most everything I brought out there is scattered around the woodstove drying out. And O is resting up for Saturday.
If you lived in Washington you wouldn't get outside much.
Airgun Optics and Accessories / Re: Scope for field target
« Last post by caniborrowsomeammo on January 17, 2019, 02:17:59 PM »
Price range?
 I started with an Optisan Viper 4-16 and made a huge sidewheel for focus as Scott explained about parallax ranging.
 I then went with a Sightron 10-50 H designed for FT by Hector Medina, kinda pricey tho. And it doesn't focus much past 60 yards, but for FT it is about the best there is to be offered.
Did it improve my scores, I think a little.
PCP, C02, and Helium Powered Airguns / Re: Simplified Balanced Valve
« Last post by Alan on January 17, 2019, 12:07:25 PM »
As I have watched this thread from the start, a reoccurring thought keeps popping into my head.

Assuming some company sets out to duplicate this effort, I suspect their initial thoughts will center around economically manufacturing the valve. So Mr. Sterne, what is your take on someone quantity manufacturing the valve, once the design is stable? Feasible?
PCP, C02, and Helium Powered Airguns / Re: Simplified Balanced Valve
« Last post by rsterne on January 17, 2019, 11:29:33 AM »
 I took the gun apart and made a spacer for inside the thimble to fill the volume I don't require.... Here it is sitting on the valve spring....

The front part reduces the diameter of the spring chamber from 1/4" to 13/64".... and the flange portion takes up 0.090" of length, to reduce the maximum poppet movement from 0.240" to 0.150".... I determined yesterday that I don't need more than about 1/8" of lift.... This spacer will reduce the volume of the balance plus spring chamber (when the volume of the spring and seat are deducted) from 0.52 cc to just 0.29 cc.... When the poppet is open 0.090", like it is when I have 2 T of SSG Gap, the volume is further reduced by 0.11 cc, which means the balance chamber volume that needs to be filled through the vent drops from 0.41 cc to just 0.18 cc.... nearly a 56% reduction.... This should make a big difference in the tunability of the valve....

I still have to shorten the poppet stem so that the hammer can't drive the poppet into the space and break something.... and I plan to add another O-ring to the flange on the large end as a thicker bumper for added protection....

Airgun Optics and Accessories / Re: Scope for field target
« Last post by Motorhead on January 17, 2019, 09:10:19 AM »
Repeatable range finding via Parallax is #1 followed by the MOST amount of rotation so as too separate yardages one will be marking on the side wheel or OBJ scale.

Then all the other stuff .... IMO   
Airgun Optics and Accessories / Scope for field target
« Last post by d_boom on January 17, 2019, 08:01:50 AM »
Which type of scope is best for field target shooting, 1st or 2nd focal plane?  There are probably many
other considerations one needs to take into account when selecting a scope for field target shooting,
help with options would be appreciated.  There are not any field target competitions shot close to Wichita.
A few of us air-gunners have been talking about getting one started.
 Thanks Danny
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