Being a 1911 fan, I am always interested to read your air pistol reviews, especially the one by Phill Price in the September 2018 issue of Airgun World, entitled ‘Afternoon Delight!’, which featured the Gletcher PM 1951. At the end of the article, Phill mentioned that he had used copper-coated lead BBs, and although an opened tin was shown in the opening photograph, there was no indication of which brand or size they were. I am assuming that these were H&N Excite Smart Shot BBs, or possibly Webley AccuBBs, both of which have been known to cause ‘jams’ in some CO2 pistols, including my Umarex Colt 1911, although he did mention that the ones he had used cycled perfectly in the Gletcher.
An alternative, which appears to be only available from Voymir, is the H&N ‘Precision’ range, (https://voymir.com/hn-177/420-hnsmartshot-bb-airgun-pellets-cal-177-500pcs. html) offered in a variety of diameters, namely 4.30mm, 4.35mm, 4.40mm, 4.45mm, 4.50mm, 4.52mm and 4.54mm, all in 500 pcs tins at £10 each, although not all of these are currently in stock.
However, I have read that steel BBs, although quoted at .177 or 4.5mm diameter, are actually quite a bit smaller than this at just 4.4mm, and indeed my 1911 is more than happy with steel ones.
As I tend to concentrate on indoor target shooting, I would obviously prefer to use lead-cored ones, to minimise the risk of ricochet, even though they do appear to be a bit heavier – and more expensive – than the steel alternatives. Perhaps you might consider an article on this subject in a future edition of Airgun World, but in the meantime, I am tempted to try one of the smaller sizes, possibly 4.4mm because I have found that their 4.52mm are apparently too large for my Colt 1911.
Sorry for the rather long email, but I do think that this is a subject which would be of great interest to the ever-growing numbers of CO2 pistol owners, many of whom would like to learn a lot more about which ‘ammunition’ they should be using in their pistol.
Yes David, those BBs were, indeed, Excite Smart Shot from H&N, and our resident pistol enthusiast, Phill Price, rates them extremely highly.