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.






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


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.