Quackenbush .58 Outlaw Pistol

Dennis Quackenbush has been making extremely desirable big bore airguns for many years. Old world craftsmanship with modern know how and machinery, and a classic aesthetic as well as massive power are some of the admirable and desirable attributes of Quackenbush Airguns.

Quackenbush airguns are in such demand that he only sells Outlaw air rifles after he opens up a list that is really a raffle that people are randomly chosen from. Once on the list it may take a year or more to actually get the Airgun you ordered.

I have been trying for three years now to get on that list, but I’ve yet to get lucky. Well, unlucky until a few weeks ago. I regularly go by the Quackenbush (D.A.Q.) website to check on that list and see if it is open or there has been some other status change. On this particular day there was no change in the list, rather there was a status change in that Dennis had some DAQ Outlaw Pistols available for purchase and there was no list involved! Hoozah!

I will admit that as I slept on this knowledge that I could soon be an owner of a Genuine Quackenbush I also was worried that the .58 caliber ammo was going to be hard to find and be so huge as to have a air powered slingshot as opposed to a pistol or a carbine. A 58 cal lead ball is pretty heavy at 279 grains and I thought that I might be biting off more than I can chew. I also admit to myself and anyone listening that I do love big explosions and horsepower like my 12 valve Cummins surrounded by a Dodge. I threw caution to the wind and called Dennis and agreed to send him a bunch of money and in return he’d send me a 58 Caliber Dennis Quackenbush Outlaw Pistol mechanism minus the Crosman 1377/1322 trigger frame assembly he recommends as a suitable trigger.

I just posted the following to the AirgunGuild:

Quackenbush .58 Outlaw Pistol First Thoughts.

When I unwrapped the package containing one Quackenbush (D.A.Q.) .58 caliber Outlaw Pistol minus trigger assembly I thought to myself that this is some serious business. Beautifully blued barrel, air tube, and breech and some mighty large chunks of metal for the bolt and cocking handle, hammer, etc. To tell you the truth I was suddenly a bit nervous holding this thing in my hands. It looked and felt huge for a pistol.

Got down to business and installed the new Crosman 1377/1322/2040 etc trigger frame and pieces and parts. Then realized I’d neglected to install the spring and ball bearing for the safety. Took it apart and installed the safety bits, but before reinstalling squashed the trigger spring a little since trigger feel has so stiff. Put back together and left in in gun cabinet for a few days.

Got home from Jujutsu and made a Beeline to the shop. Took the DAQ out and decided to see how it felt with a Crosman plastic stock on it. Not bad, but I really think the DAQ needs a chunk of walnut caressing all that blued steel. Stock needs to be maybe an inch longer for me.

I think I have a large enough chunk of walnut somewhere. I think being the keyword.

Started to put on a Bugbuster scope, but alas won’t fit. The mounts are too close together. Going to have to figure something out. Decided to order a red dot… Will see how that works out.

I worked the bolt and cocking knob for a while being that everything is tight. Greased up the metal to metal contacts to avoid galling.

Finally decided it was time to fill the beast up. Took it slowly up to 3k which may actually be 2800k since this gauge is a bit questionable. Shot it with no bullet and as it went off in my closed up shop, I jumped. Holy $&@;! That surely woke the dead. Refilled to 3k and stuck in a 58 cal store bought round ball. Stacked up two layers of 2x fir in front of my pellet trap, and a 2×12 behind the trap and one additional layer of 3/4 plywood. Turned on Chrony, held my breath and pulled the trigger.

Holy mother of God, the sound was even louder, and I jumped as most of the wood in front and behind the pellet trap went flying every which way. First 2×4 split in two and dented 2×6 behind it. I swear the pellet trap which weighs about 35lbs got moved a few inches. Chrony said 446.3 fps.

Put all the wood back together and clamped the mess together. Loaded up the Outlaw again, cocked and held my breath and let loose the hand cannon. KAPOW! Stuff fell off the shelves and knocked the wood apart as the clamps gave in. Chrony said 538.3 fps.

I stopped. Was fearful I was going to break something.

I am still giggling at the absolute raw power of this Quackenbush Beast of an AirGun!

More to come!

Quackenbush .58 cal Outlaw Pistol Specifications:

Length: 20″
Height: 6 1/8″
With Crosman 1377/1322/2040 grip

Barrel diameter: .75″
Bore: .575″
AirTube diameter: 1.3″
Weight with Crosman stock: 5 lbs 7 3/8oz
Weight with Grip: 4 lbs 11 3/4 oz

.58 Hornady Lead Ball 279gn

1. 446.3 fps – 123.43 fpe
2. 538.3 fps – 179.56 fpe

Airgun Forum

I am seriously strung out on my airguns. Part of that addiction to airguns no doubt comes from visiting the various airgun forums on the web. The old ones such as the Yellow continue to get visitors and posters on a regular basis, and others such as Gateway to Airguns, have paved the way of a community that is mostly like minded, and serious about their airgun habit.

GTA is one that gives back to the community by having airgun meets, and gatherings, and holds fund raisers for some of it’s members going through a hard place. GTA is a huge forum, that has monthly raffles to raise money to keep the forum hosting paid for, and to keep up with new features and maintenance. It’s a wonderful community that is tightly monitored, and moderated. The moderation can in some cases squelch interesting and dynamic dialog between members.

One topic that is to some folks overly moderated is the subject of the airgun silencer, also known as a moderator, Lead Dust Collector, or LDC etc. Fear of reprisal from the government of course has stifled free speech on the GTA and other Forums. This is no doubt to the unclear language that the government uses to determine the legality of such devices on airguns. Fear takes over and you are not allowed to even say the unmentionable word.

Other Airgun Forum sites are a lot more open to discussion and do not get the level of moderation that the largest forums do. As is often true, folks get tired of the same old posts and posters some forums have, but primarily it is the squelching of free speech, and over moderation that makes people leave for greener fields.

A forum is a community. It is a living, breathing family. Check out the various airgun forums out there and enjoy! And if you are kicked off another site, then fear not, there’s others who will take you with open arms.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked

Woke up one day to find Archer Air Rifles hacked. Evidently a bad bot was able to figure out an admin login and password, and then went about installing a bunch of backdoors that allowed complete access to all files.

One backdoor was an email spam set up where Archer Air Rifles was set up to send many thousands of emails. This got us blacklisted for a while, and finally required taking the site down, erasing all related files, and starting from scratch. This is why the site looks decidedly unfinished. One day, one page at a time.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked, and I wasted a lot of time getting it fixed. Bah. Off with the heads of those who create those bots.

WordPress is notorious for getting hacked. My advice is to make your usernames, and passwords extremely complex and long, and to keep WordPress and all plugins and themes up-to-date, and to use security plugins such as Wordfence or Simple Firewall, etc.

Air Gun Hunting Regulations Chart By State and Species

Every state in the union appears to have it’s own unique set of hunting regulations. Here’s a chart that will help with figuring out what species of critter you are allowed to hunt with an air gun.

Please check with your state and local regulations, and do not rely on this chart for having up to date or accurate Hunting Regulations. Many states have rather complex rules on hunting with air rifles and even limit a hunt to certain hours of the day, or days of the week. It’s best to be informed rather than break the law and be accused of poaching.

Air Gun Hunting Regulations Chart By State and Species

Homemade Airgun Pellet Trap

Today I decided it was time to build a homemade silent airgun or airgun pellet trap.

First consideration was to keep the price low on materials and so I used some left over 2×6 and 2×12 boards I had kicking around. It needed to be simple but robust construction, easy to make and it must be safe.

I have two air rifles, one is a QB79 .177 cal Chinese made airgun that I bought from Mike Mellick of Flying Dragon Air Rifles. It’s fairly powerful. The second airgun is an RWS 350 Magnum Feuerkraft Compact Pro in .22 cal. This gun is an absolute beast and will fling a pellet through 5/8″ and thicker plywood.

And so I decided to back the pellet trap with a layer of clay like duct seal with a back up 1 3/4″ redwood board. Duct Seal is available in the Electrical Department in Home Depot or Lowes in 1 pound packages. I used Gardner Bender Duct Seal and it cost about $2.00 each. I see the price has gone up.

So I built the trap and added a layer of duct seal. Took the QB79 and shot it from about ten feet away and the pellet went almost all the way through. Yipes! Added a second layer of duct seal and decided that should be okay. Of course I’ve yet to try the RWS. That will come later. What is really cool about using duct seal is that you end up with a virtually silent pellet trap. There’s no clang or thwack. In fact I can’t hear an impact over the sound of the QB79.

At this point the trap weighs 23 pounds. Need to outfit it with a handle. It is a beast to carry around.

I will install a heavy duty picture frame hanging bracket to make it easy to hang on the wall of my shop, and for longer 40′ distances on the wall of the adjoining apartment.

Here’s the construction pictures. Will add dimensions later.

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Up next is the picture hanging bracket and then some device or clamp for targets. The point being of this whole project is to practice shooting in or out of doors with a silent and safe pellet trap.

Definition – Airgun

Definition Airgun

noun

airguns, plural

A gun that fires pellets using compressed air

An air gun is a rifle (air rifle), pistol (air pistol), or shotgun that fires projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to a firearm, which burns a propellant. Most air guns use metallic projectiles as ammunition. Some others use arrows.[1][2] Air guns that only use plastic projectiles are classified as airsoft guns.

Not a firearm but a gun that uses compressed air or CO2 to propel a projectile. Examples: BB gun, pellet gun, CO2 gun.

A loose term applied to any rifle or pistol that uses some form of compressed gas as the propellant.

a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air

Diana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact
Diana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact is an Airgun

Airgun and Air Rifle

Industry Brand who’s parent company Shanghai Air Gun Factory, is a company in China that is the manufacturer of the Crosman 160 Air Rifle Clone, the QB78.

I have ordered a .177 cal version of the QB78 from Mike Melick from Flying Dragon Air Rifles, based on his reputation of offering the best tune up of this rifle without extra charge. The Basic Tuneup involves taking apart the air rifle and lubing, and smoothing out imperfections, etc so that is essentially blue printed.

Shanghai Air Gun factory was established in 1957 and it is the oldest air gun manufacturer in China. With more than 50 years of growth, Shanghai Air Gun factory has developed into one of the biggest and most professional air gun enterprise in China. To date our company has 50 years of experience in manufacturing and selling air gun products and accessories with our main products being “Industry Brand” and “SAG” air guns, ammunition and outdoor accessories.

Industry Brand is famous worldwide and has a good reputation for good quality products at a reasonable price. Each year our company successfully launches and sells new products to the United States, Europe, Africa, Middle East and many other countries around the world. Our company produces over 400,000 pieces of air guns and large amounts of accessories every year as well as releasing new products at the same time.

The air guns we manufacture are powered by spring or CO2. Both spring and CO2 air guns can be classified into match guns or sporting guns. According to the different ways of cocking, spring powered air guns can be categorized into break barrel style,underlever style, or side lever style.

Over the recent years, we have manufactured a new brand known as “SAG” which manufactures the first class products. The first class products of SAG trademark over the past few years has achieved name recognition by many top class distributors and individual clients.

This following catalogue shows our various air gun products, ammunition and some of the outdoor accessories along with their descriptions and specifications.