Airgun vs Binary Explosives

When I was living in an NFA-unfriendly area I found comfort in my suppressed pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) .25 caliber air rifle. While the max efficient range was about 125 yards or less, the gun was super quiet, deadly accurate and could be shot safely in areas where it’s powder-burner cousins could not. I even put the old Paladin “Have gun, will travel” motto to use dispatching pests for local farmers.

Although I’ve moved on from the airgun world, the guns and the community will always have a special place in my heart (Ok, that was a bit too mushy, but you get the idea). So, when the NFAREVIEW Channel posted a new video reviewing the Airforce Condor SS PCP¬†air rifle shooting binary explosives, I was immediately drawn in.

Adam at NFAREVIEW does a great job going through the specifications, features and and function of, well, NFA gear. But from time to time he branches out into fun areas that don’t require a $200 tax stamp. In this episode he tests the accuracy of the Condor SS and even puts it’s suppression up against some of it’s bigger brothers.

If you don’t have experience with any of the modern airguns you may be tempted to let your mind stray to the old Crossman pump rifle and pistol lines that shoot copper BB’s. However, PCP airguns like the Condor SS are a different breed altogether; they are a fun and cost-effective (pellets vs ammo) complement¬†to suppressed rimfire shooting. I guess what I’m saying is don’t write off modern airguns until you have a chance to see them in action.

So, will an airgun setoff binary explosives? I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it’s definitely worth the watch.


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  • thedonn007

    I want a semi-auto HPA suppressed pellet rifle and pistol.

    • A.WChuck

      Just search for FX Airguns, for the rifle at least.

      • A.WChuck

        The Monsoon model to be exact.

        • thedonn007

          Thanks, looks to be about $1,600.

  • Bub

    As stated above modern high end Airguns are not the BB guns you played with as a kid. Also expect to pay big bucks.

    • thedonn007

      Especially if you want to fill them at home. Unless you go the bike pump route.

      • tts

        The “bike pumps” take a half hour more of pumping to charge a 2-3000psi tank depending on the size though. Definitely cheaper than buying a proper scuba tank charger or paying a scuba store to fill yours up.

        • Sianmink

          Can take the place of cardio exercise for the day.

          • Pete M

            Was just going to post the same thing.

          • tts

            But that means it’ll take 3-4 days to fill up all your tanks!

            I like PCP airguns but the high air pressure requirements make shooting them more tedious than muzzleloading black powder guns. I wish they’d figure out a way to do a HVLP version.

          • iksnilol

            Works well enough for us that shoot 25-30 rounds.

            You can get that from one fill.

          • tts

            Depends on caliber and tank size though. For .22 or .25 I don’t doubt you can get 20-30 shots on a single tank at decent or full power. On the big bore PCP (9mm) I shot I only got 7 at full power and 2 more at greatly reduced velocity.

            This was on a older Sam Yang that I didn’t own.

          • Edeco

            Come a think of it I’ve been trying to do more cardio with the upper body.

        • Michael

          Couldn’t be further from the truth. Takes me 5-7min to fill my cylinders from empty. Elbow grease is cheap when you have the taste for Anschutz and Feinwerkbau.

          • tts

            Half hour was how long it took to charge the Sam Yang I shot. I have no idea what pump was used or what the exact tank capacity was. Only that it was a 3000psi gun.

  • What I want to know is what neighborhood is that where you can shoot suppressed MP5’s in your backyard?