First I wanted to do a basic accuracy test to find out how accurate the weapon is from the factory. This is shooting straight out of the box. The ammo I chose for this is the Federal Target Grade Performance high velocity. This stuff runs really well so I figured it would give me a nice first impression of how it would perform.
Now I wanted to sight the scope in. For some reason, I switched to the Armscor Precision. Honestly, I just wasn't thinking. This stuff is cheap crap. It failed to fully cycle almost every single time I pulled the trigger. After the first mag, I switched back to the Federal.
Now the wifey wanted to shoot. She's pretty deadly with just about anything, but I could tell she was a little rusty today. Plus, it was freezing in the range and she doesn't do good in the cold.
Now to get to the ammo testing. I wasn't really shooting for accuracy in these groups so don't judge. I just wanted to see how the weapon acted. The first up were Remington Thunderbolt high velocity and Federal bulk pack hp high velocity.
While I was loading that up, the wifey decided to do a little more shooting. For most girls, this would be pretty good. For her, just taking it easy. I gave her some shit for having the target so close.
Back to the ammo testing. First round from the Federal HV bulk jammed right up. Both of them acted about the same. Both had one Failure To Fire and one jam. At first, I thought the FTF was due to it being super cheap bulk ammo, but after it kept happening with other ammos, I think it has more to do with a weak strike from the firing pin.
Next up, Eley Sport and Aguila SuperExtra. The Eley just WOULD NOT run through the gun. The Aguila SuperExtra on the other hand fired flawlessly. The AR-7 LOVES this stuff.
Again, while I was loading mags, the wifey did some shooting. This time she ran the target back all the way and shot like I know she can.
Here you can see that the ELEY jams up every time. That Aguila is right at home in that gun though. That stuff is decently inexpensive too.
Now we're getting into the more "specialty ammo", Aguila Subsonic Sniper and SK Standard Plus. In any high dollar .22, the SK SP is amazing stuff. In the AR-7... worthless. lol. Now the Aguila SSS really surprised me. That stuff ran like a champ. Didn't have a single FTF or jam. That ammo knocks some big ass holes for a .22 too. You can see again the strikes on the primers of that SK. I have NEVER had SK fail to fire. Never. Another reason why I think this weapon might have a weak firing pin strike.
The last ammos being testes were Remington Subsonic HP and Remington Target standard velocity. As I expected, the Remington Sub wouldn't cycle the weapon at all. I will say that it helped me discover another awesome aspect of this gun design. If you get a stovepiped round, just take the barrel off and pull it right out. Easy as pie. The Remington Target SV ran perfect. That stuff works like a dream in this gun. No jams, no FTF's.
Now this is when I decided to do a little accuracy testing. I loaded up two mads of the Remington Target standard velocity and took one shot at each circle with the target at the back of the range.
To be continued.............