Posts Tagged ‘Robert Beeman’
This is part 2 of my interview with Robert Beeman, the founder of Beeman Precision Airguns. If you missed part 1, click here to listen.
In this part, Dr. Beeman discusses his favorite airgun in the Beeman line and how the guns were designed. If you’re a collector or just want to know more about how airguns get their final configuration, you owe it to yourself to listen to part 2 of the interview.
Dr. Robert Beeman changed airgunning in America more than any other person. If he hadn’t started Beeman Precision Airguns, this entire site wouldn’t exist and most airgun dealers, including Pyramyd Air, might not have come to be. His interest wasn’t just to start a business. He had a personal love for airguns, and he wanted to share that with others by importing and selling the best the world had to offer.
Listen as Robert talks about how he and his wife, Toshiko, founded the company, learned the ropes of airgun distribution, met with the European manufacturers, designed guns, got his airguns into gun stores…and built one of the most successful airgun importation and distribution networks in the world.
My collection of vintage 10-meter rifles seems to have grown recently. I wanted to tell you about them, as some of these are not just great shooters but they were Olympic-quality guns in their day…and some are still being used in competition.
Ten-meter airguns were imported by Robert Law, who owned the original Air Rifle Headquarters. But Robert Beeman was the one who really made headlines with these guns, making them a household word, showing people how they work and giving pictorial tours of the factories in his catalogs.
I became interested in 10-meter rifles long ago but was often not able to afford a high-quality gun. These days, vintage 10-meter guns are more readily available and I now have five of them in my gun closet. In this month’s blog, I’ll tell you about the HW55 (and all its many variations), the Walther LG rifles, the FWB models, Anschutz and Diana air rifles with the GISS Contra-Recoil System.