THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018
New Dust Devil BBs from Air Venturi are designed to shatter on impact. We checked them out with this Sig Sauer Spartan CO2 BB Pistol.

Recently, I’ve been tinkering with a somewhat new product on the market – frangible BBs. For years, frangible ammunition has been the rage in the centerfire world. Frangible projectiles offer increased safety when shooting hard targets from close range due to the overall reduced risk of ricochet. Now, the folks at Air Venturi have released frangible BBs.

The new Air Venturi Dust Devils are lead-free, .177-caliber BBs designed to shatter on contact with hard surfaces, thereby reducing ricochet risk. The key here is “reduce.” Using Dust Devils isn’t an excuse to ditch the safety glasses; it’s still important to wear those when flinging BBs at tin cans of opportunity. Except for death, taxes, and condescending lectures at awards shows, nothing is certain in this life. That applies to the probablbility of every single BB imploding to dust when it hits a target too. Dust Devils aren’t designed to explode into talcum powder on contact with any surface harder than a wet Kleenex. They simply allow more shooting scenarios while adding an additional margin of safety. 

Thankfully, Dust Devils perforate tin cans just fine.

Dust Devils are lighter than standard BBs. I have a pile of Crosman Copperheads handy; each of those weighs 5.1 grains. The Dust Devils weigh in at 4.35 grains. That doesn’t sound like much, but it's almost a 15 percent weight reduction. The translation is that when you shoot them, there is an increase in speed. Air Venturi claims that Dust Devils are 10% faster than steel BBs. To see how much difference it made from the Sig Sauer Spartan, I set up my well-worn (and shot only a few times by accident) Shooting Chrony Beta Master Chronograph about five feet in front of the muzzle to measure some velocities from my test pistol. 

Velocity Comparison
Daisy Copperhead .177 BB 5.1 grain 282.8 fps
Dust Devil .177 BB 4.35 grain 346.4 fps

 

That’s a 22% increase – not too shabby!

Assuming that it’s probably harder to make perfectly balanced and concentric BB spheres from mashed together material, I did some quick and dirty accuracy testing and compared the Dust Devils to the same Crosman Copperhead BBs. 

While accuracy wasn't quite as good as traditional steel BBs, it was perfectly adequate for hard target plinking.

From a distance of five yards (that’s from my dining room table, out the kitchen door, and onto a target mounted on my back deck), I shot some five-shot groups using the Sig Sauer Spartan .177 BB Pistol. This smoothbore is a CO2-powered pistol so I took my time between shots to avoid any velocity issues related to the gas cartridge cooling down. Using Crosman Copperheads as a comparison, I measured an average group size of 1.4 inches for those more traditional BBs from this particular pistol. The Dust Devils impacted the target just a bit higher, most likely due to the weight difference and resulting higher velocity, and the average group size was 1.7 inches. 

Every Dust Devil BB disintegrated on this steel target - just as designed.

As with frangible centerfire ammunition, Dust Devils are designed to walk a tightrope between staying together and breaking apart. If they disintegrate too easily, they won’t survive the violence of being fired or hitting targets like paper, cardboard, clay pigeons, and reactive targets like those nifty Umarex Big Blast plastic bottles. If the BBs are too hard, then they aren’t really frangible at all, are they? I decided to shoot a few random household items (when my wife was away) to experiment with the shatter point for these BBs.

I set up a couple of soda cans about five yards down range to see what the Dust Devils would do when impacting paper-thin aluminum. 

Disclaimer: No actual Diet Coke was harmed during the production of this experiment and all action scenes involving Diet Coke were performed under the direct supervision of a Certified Carbonated Beverage Dietitian.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Men’s Rifle competition at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) wrapped today with the Three-Position Rifle event. The top Juniors from across the country were on hand to battle for medals, coveted National Junior Team slots, as well as the chance to represent the United States at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship later this summer in Changwon, South Korea.

Though some may be nervous on Friday the 13th, you would never know it from the more than 200 women’s rifle athletes filling the Olympic Training Center campus, eagerly awaiting their chance to compete tomorrow at the 25th annual National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) for Rifle and Pistol.

While they have their sights set on earning NJOSC medals and National Junior Team nominations, these athletes will also be competing for the chance to represent the United States at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship August 31 – September 14 in Changwon, South Korea. For more information on World Championship Team selection procedures for Junior athletes, click here. 

A weekend of Women’s Three-Position Rifle competition wrapped today at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) with two-time defending NCAA Smallbore National Champion and last year’s NJOSC bronze medalist Morgan Phillips (Salisbury, Maryland) taking top honors in the event.

Phillips, a sophomore at West Virginia, had the gold medal virtually in hand after two Qualification matches. She entered the Final with a two-day Qualification total of 2325 – 12-points higher than the second-highest Qualification of 2313 posted by eventual silver medalist Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Arkansas).  Though Phillips didn’t need the additional points earned by placement in the Final (eight for first, seven for second and so on), she also won the Final by 1.6 points over Marsh.

More than 800 will participate in the competition, battling in the 15 Olympic shooting events and representing 70 nations. The World Cup will be held in the same venue that will host the ISSF World Championship in all events next September.

After stopping in Guadalajara (MEX) fro the first competition of the season, the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series is about to land in Changwon (KOR), where the ISSF World Cup Stage 2 will take place from the 20th to the 30th of April.

A total of 876 athletes from 70 National Olympic Committees will participate, battling in the 15 Olympic shooting events and piling up 1400 starts. The competition will be held in the new Changwon International Shooting Range, the same venue that — from August 31st to September 15th — will host the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events.

Don’t be surprised if you see the medalists from the Women’s Air Rifle competition at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) on top of another podium soon as the trio posted world-class scores en route to their wins today at the Olympic Shooting Center.

They’ll have a chance to test this theory as the overall medalists not only won NJOSC medals and National Junior Team slots, but also the chance to represent the United States in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship August 31 – September 14 in Changwon, South Korea

Newington, N.H. (April 16, 2018) – Sporting Classics, a premier publication for sportsmen, has announced their annual Awards of Excellence recognizing the products and companies that are standouts in the sporting community. SIG SAUER, Inc. has received the Sporting Classics 2018 “Special Editor’s Award of Excellence.”

The 2018 “Special Editor’s Award of Excellence” was presented to SIG SAUER, Inc. for its broad capability and diverse product offering for sportsmen including firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns, suppressors, and training.

CALENDAR
April 1-30
April Airgun Monthly Bench League

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: cgreen@thecmp.org

April 6-27
Rifle/Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships

Colorado Springs, CO
USA Shooting

April 21
CMP April Monthly Match, Anniston

Anniston, AL

Contact: mcarroll@thecmp.org

CMP April Monthly Match, Camp Perry

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: LSherman@thecmp.org

April 27-28
Arkansas Airgun Show

Malvern, AR
For More Information email seth.rowland@att.net

April 28-29
Daystate Owners Club Shoot

Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club
3960 N Usery Pass Rd
Mesa, AZ 85207

Saturday April 28, 2018 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Sunday April 29, 2018 8:30AM – 2:00PM

Registration Information: mail@daystateamerica.com 

May 5
2018 Student Air Rifle Program (SAR) Missouri State Tournament

Jefferson City,  Missouri 

Register Here

May 7-15
ISSF World Cup USA Rifle & Pistol

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register

June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD

Info: dempstersc@gmail.com

Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Info: wayne.labeau@browardschools.com

2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL

Register

2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA

Info: mromero@selmausd.org

2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA

Info: pentz22@yahoo.com

3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register

American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA

Info: claudedavenport@gmail.com

2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register 

Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS

Info: bahampton@oxfordsd.org

2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC

Contact: sdavis@rock.k12.nc.us

Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA

Info: fduckworth@kgcs.k12.va.us

2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

Info: riess.pellegrino@oursma.org

2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 21-23
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships – Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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