GUNS Magazine May 2013 Digital Edition - Page 34

QueSTiOnS and anSWerS JEFF JOHN Got a burning question to ask the editor? Contact him at: E-mail: or postal at: GUNS Q&A, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. Due to the volume of mail received, GUNS cannot offer a personal reply. I have a German-made Beeman Q: Model KGP 68 .380 pistol. It looks like a mini Luger. Where can I contact this company for an instruction manual and a spare clip? I have an address for Beeman Precision Arms, but I haven’t been able to get any answer from anyone. This is a very fine pistol in 100-percent shape. All I have is what brand of ammo to use in it, and I do not know if it is available anymore. It states use Winchester Western 95-grain, fullmetal-case cartridges or Winchester Western 85-grain Silvertip hollowpoint. I don’t even know how to take this gun apart. Any info you could give me would be great. William Richardson via e-mail Jeff’s old Benjamin .22 pump-up airgun has been serving well for decades and is still useful. Both Benjamin and Sheridan airguns are still available from Crosman. Roundnose pellets, such as these from Gamo offer a good combination of penetration and trajectory for hunting. Beeman .380 Your neat little pistol was A: imported by Beeman Precision Airguns from 1988-90 according to I was curious if anybody at your Q: fine publication is aware of air gun testing to the extent you do for fire- airgunS arms. Ballistics on different calibers, weight of pellets, twist rates, etc. My son is really getting into shooting and as shooting firearms in the city limits is frowned upon by most I would like more info on this type of shooting. Greg Morgan via e-mail We do cover airguns occasionA: ally (see Dave Anderson’s Rifleman column in this issue). It is a topic as wide as cartridge guns, which is our main focus, but we do a few airgun stories every year. Be aware, many jurisdictions frown on airgun shooting as much as firearm shooting, so check your local laws before you do any shooting within your city’s limits. In a nutshell, you’ll get what you pay for in gun and optics. Many of the “adult” spring piston guns are powerful enough to take small game and pests. They will usually require a higher quality scope and sturdier mounts because the tremendous recoil of the spring can loosen inferior mounts and break down inexpensive scopes. Also, the parallax of an airgun scope needs to be fixed or adjustable down to very close range, such as 10 yards. Other mechanisms, such as the Benjamin/Sheridan line of pump-up 34 guns in .177, .20 or .22 can be powerful enough for hunting and target shooting. Such rifles give the shooter a very good workout, since it takes about four pumps for target work and at least eight pumps for a hunting shot, and they get progressively harder to pump. I learned a lot about breath control from my Sheridan .22—especially after 10 or 12 shots. Although the .20 and .22 are better for hunting, the wide variety and availability of .177 pellets and airguns makes them a good first choice. You don’t say how old your son is, but an average 10 year old should be able to easily cock a .177 spring-piston rifle in the 900 to 1,000 fps range and easily pump up the Benjamin. Benjamin is now owned by Crosman and the firm has many other airguns available to suit just about any application. A friend bought both his young boys Gamo airguns in the 900 fps range in .177 for use on ground squirrels at his property in Central Ca. They used them successfully for several years before graduating to rimfires. Crosman Corporation 7629 Routes 5 & 20 Bloomfield, NY 14469 (800) 724-7486 Gamo Outdoor USA 3911 S.W. 47th Ave., Ste. 914 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 581-5822 the Blue Book of Firearms. The firm that made the gun, Erma Werke of Dachau, Germany, went bankrupt in 1997. Beeman itself has been split into two companies, neither of which can service your pistol. The Gun Digest Book of Exploded Gun Drawings has a schematic of your pistol, but not specific directions. Gun Parts, Corp. offers some parts and a schematic as well. Either will help in your basic understanding of the pistol. As for ammunition, Winchester still offers .380 ACP (9mm Kurz is the European name for the same round) with the 98-grain FMJ and 85-grain Silvertip hollowpoint bullet. Because of the variables in power and quality of surplus and foreign-made ammo when your gun was made, the Erma firm chose Winchester ammo because of its consistent pressures and performance. As you’ve probably found, ammo is in short supply these days, likely making it difficult to find. As for spare magazines, you are on your own. You should be able to find one at a gun show. Just be aware the pistol was offered in .22 LR and .32 ACP, so make sure the one you get is for the .380 ACP. F+W Publications 700 E. State St. Iola, WI 54990 (800) 258-0929 gun-digest-4 W W W . G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M AY 2 0 1 3

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