Ever the pis­tol en­thu­si­ast, the edi­tor tries out a Tor­nado, the gas-ram, break-bar­rel from AirForceOne

The edi­tor is blown away by a new gas-ram from AirForceOne

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As far as plink­ing pis­tols go, it’s pretty hard to beat a well-made break-bar­rel springer, but the folks at AirForceOne think that they can. They’ve taken this time-proven ac­tion, re­placed the coiled steel spring with a gas-ram and brought us the Tor­nado. It’s a large pis­tol with an am­bidex­trous wooden stock that of­fers good fit and con­trol, and it looks smart, too. For ex­am­ple, the che­quered pan­els on the grip are much bet­ter than you’d ex­pect from a pis­tol in this class, and the cross-bolt safety is un­usual be­cause it slides through the stock, of­fer­ing a nicely fin­ished ap­peal.

At the muz­zle, we find their Sup­pressedAir com­bi­na­tion si­lencer/muz­zle-weight/cock­ing aid and I found that it worked well in all its func­tions. Peo­ple of­ten claim that gas-rams of­fer re­duced re­coil and noise, and I’ve rarely found that to be true, but in this in­stance, the claim holds up. The fir­ing cy­cle is smooth and quiet de­spite the ob­vi­ous buck­ing in your hands un­der re­coil. This re­ally is a plea­sure to use, es­pe­cially in a gar­den where the low noise out­put is very wel­come in­deed.

POWER AS PROMISED

AirForceOne likes to claim high-power out­put, and again, this proved true over the chrono­graph. Af­ter run­ning though a se­lec­tion of top- qual­ity pel­lets, I found that my test gun liked the JSB Ex­act Jumbo RS at 13.4 grains in .22, and de­liv­ered 4.5 ft.lbs, which is a lot of wal­lop from a pis­tol. The Tor­nado is avail­able to buy alone, but AirForceOne also bun­dles it with red- dot sights, lasers or my pre­ferred sight, a 2x20 scope, all for £150. The scope re­ally im­pressed me with its op­ti­cal clar­ity, al­though it was a lit­tle snug to fit, and needed the rear open sight to be wound down as low as it could go be­fore the scope mounts would con­nect with the rails.

With the scope fit­ted, ac­cu­racy was very good, reg­u­larly giv­ing sub-1” groups at 15 yards from a soft rest – about as good as it gets in this cat­e­gory. The only thing hold­ing back even tighter groups was the trig­ger; it is quite heavy and long, but is con­sis­tent and pre­dictable, which is all you can ask.

Bun­dled with the op­tic of your choice this pis­tol rep­re­sents good value for money with per­for­mance to back it up. Looks like a win­ner to me!

Good look­ing, well made and pow­er­ful. Bingo!

I soon had the tar­gets on our plink­ing range spin­ning

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