What does BB stand for in air rifles?
Currently voted the best answer. Most sites seem to agree BB stands for “ball bullet,” some say “ball bearing.” Websters definition of “BB” 1: a shot pellet 0.18 inch in diameter for use in a shotgun cartridge. 2 : a shot pellet 0.175 inch in diameter for use in an air gun.
Are BB and pellet guns the same?
Apparent from both their names, BB guns and pellet guns shoot different kinds of ammunition. The most obvious difference between the two types of ammunition is in their shapes. Pellets are twice the size of BBs, measuring 0.22 inches across at their widest point.
Why are they called BB’s?
The term BB originated from the nomenclature of the size of lead shots used in a smoothbore shotgun. Size “BB” shots were normally 0.180 in (4.6 mm), but tended to vary considerably in size due to the loose tolerances in shotshells. It has become ubiquitous to refer to any steel ball, such as a BB, as a “ball bearing”.
What was the first Model 340 air rifle?
Benjamin Model 340 Pump Air Rifle. In 1882, W. R. Benjamin of St. Louis, Missouri, introduced the first Benjamin air rifle. These “Benjamin Pump” guns were manufactured by the Wissler Instrument Co. of St. Louis under a U.S. patent that had been issued to Benjamin. Unlike many air guns of this period, the Benjamin was intended not as a toy,…
What kind of pellets does a Benjamin air rifle use?
Benjamin air rifles use either BB pellets, .22 caliber pellets or .177 caliber pellets. Sheridan acquired Benjamin prior to the 1990s, creating the Benjamin Sheridan Company, which produced air rifles. This company was purchased by Crosman in 1991.
Where is the model number on a Benjamin air rifle?
The gun model number is stamped on the end of the barrel at the top of the stock with the name of the company around the outer edges of the circle. Common Benjamin air rifle model numbers include 312, 317, 310, 342, 340 and 347.
When was the first Benjamin and Sheridan pellet gun made?
If the first 3 or 4 digits of your serial number are 1294 or D94, then your gun was made in December of 1994. The charts below will help you determine when your product was manufactured. Pneumatic, .177 cal. pellet, single shot w/ under lever pump & plastic grips, Earlier models had wood grips.