Hunting with Chinese Airguns
At the end of a long hunt with my XS-B50, I
take a rest and show off three jackrabbits I
picked up along the way. This gun yeilded
sufficient power and accuracy to allow me to
reach out over long distances, up to about 60
yards, and make clean one shot kills. I quite
like the thumbhole stock on this gun, it fits me
very well and allows me to shoot from standing,
sitting and prone positions comforatably. The
.177 caliber worked fine for this quarry,
however I do hope they build a .22 version at
some point. Interestingly, the specifications list
this gun as either .177 or .22, but the importer
says no.22 is planned.
I went out with my Chinese air rifles to hunt jackrabbits, taking along
the BAM B19 spring piston air rifle, and the BAM XS-B50 precharged
pneumatic air rifle. Both guns are chambered in .177, which is a
caliber I rather like for this type of hunting. The Dynamite Nobel
Superdome is an efficient and effective hunting pellet: and as luck
would have it turns out that both of these rifles digest this round
particularly well.

Hunting the Mojave Desert at one of my hidden hot spots, I had the
chance to take a number of these big desert rabbits with both guns
over a four day hunt. Shots ranged from 25 to 40 yards with the
springer, and 25 to 60 yards with the PCP - however most shots were
taken at about 35 - 40 yards with both guns. I usually try for head
shots, but on several rabbits I was only presented with a chest or
quartering shot. The early fall vegetation in the desert is the reverse of
the midwestern forest I'd recently been hunting, it gets thicker in the
desert as winter draws near! The stalks were challanging and the
shooting lanes offered limited windows of opportunity.

I took a total of six rabbits with the B19; three with head shots, two with
chest shots, and one a quartering shot from behind the right leg. The
head shots were at 30,37, and 45 yards and all were quick one shot
kills. The chest shots were at 35 and 40 yards and both were one shot
kills, but the rabbits ran a few steps and kicked around before
dropping. The quartering shot was taken at 38 yards, and I had to track
the rabbit 30 or 40 yards before I found him lying dead under a
creosote. I missed one shot by quite a large distance because the
scope had walked back during earlier shots. I made a temporary
scope block and encountered no further problems. The B19 is fairly
light weight and carries well in the field, though I do need to add a
sling before my next outing.

I used the XS-B50 to harvest another nine rabbits, five head shots
between 35 - 60 yards all one shot kills. The 60 yards shot was
impressive, the pellet hit, the rabbit popped up and dropped down
dead on the spot. There was again one quartering chest shot at 45
yards which did not require a follow up shot. The rest were all chest
shots and one shot kills. I have written quite a bit about this gun, so
won't repeat myself here.

Both guns performed well in the field, and brought home the point that
one does not have to invest four or five hundred dollars for a European
air rifle to get started with the sport of air gun hunting. The B19 cost
less than $90.00 and the B50 just under $300.00, both of which I feel
represents good value. Granted the workmanship and quality of
woods used is not at the same level as the more expensive guns, but
I don't think any of the rabbits I met on this trip noticed! The stocks on
both guns were actually quite nice pieces of wood, which could be
reshaped and refinished. As a matter of fact I did refinish the XS-B50
stock and will probably make the B19 a project gun for the coming

For those of you out there with Chinese manufactured guns that have
been asking me what I think about hunting with them -  for the B19 and
XS-B50 models that I used on my hunt I'd say; Make sure you have
one in good working order and hit the field! Nothing at all wrong with
these guns!
Top: One of the jackrabbits taken with the B19 at a hair
under 40 yards. The pellet was right on target just behind
the eye.This gun performed much better than I'd
expected .

Lower: I took these two jacks; one with a head shot and
one a chest shot. Both were clean kills requiring no follow

Bottom: My travel kit has been built out of a hard sided
golf case. I can walk thorugh a resort hotel or airport
without raising a second glance.
The wild asses of the Mojave scared the bejesus out of me again! I will never
get use to these things appearing out of nowhere!