Down at the range today putting this 70-year-old Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman pneumatic rifle through her paces. I was actually very pleased with how the restoration has turned out. She is grouping within a 50 pence piece at 25 yards with open sights. That’s not bad considering her age and my poor eyesight!Continue reading “At the range with the Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (pneumatic) Air Rifle!”
I recently got the Challenger Arms Plainsman CO2 gas pistol back from being resealed a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, the paint that I had used to restore it reacted badly with the oils used during the service. Not to worry, over the last couple of weekends I have repainted it with automotive satin black rather than acrylic paint. The finish is even better than before! I am yet to paint the inlet lettering white. I may try a different technique of wax crayon instead of paint which if not carefully applied can remove the black paint in the process!
Until next time, happy shooting!
In a previous article, I wrote about the Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman “pneumatic” air pistol. That article described how the pneumatic Plainsman was effectively a further development of the Apache air pistol. Both pistols were designed by Albert Dale Fogel who was a financial partner and Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart and Challenger Arms Corporations. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)”
The Challenger Arms Corporation was a subsidiary company of the National Cart Corporation. If you have been following our articles it will come as no surprise to you that the National Cart Corporation also produced the Apache range of air pistols and air rifles. After designing the Apache air pistol, Daniel Fogel, the Vice President of Design and Production at the National Cart Corporation, developed a .28 calibre air shotgun sometime mid-1948. But rather than add it to the Apache line Charles Burhans, the president of the National Cart Corporation, decided to market it via a separate company called the Challenger Arms Corporation. Perhaps Burhans had already realised that the Apache airgun range along with its high failure rate and free lifetime warranty was already doomed. Or perhaps they had not managed to productise the new air shotgun by the time the Apache and production tools had been sold to SIMCO. Whatever the reason, as far as Burhans and his associates were concerned, the Apache era was over and the Challenger range of air guns had begun! Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)”
Part 1 of this series about the Apache airguns discussed the National Cart Corporation and the Apache Fireball air pistol. But the air pistol was not the first airgun that the company produced. Initially, Fogel, Vice President of Design and Production, designed an air rifle that became known as the Apache. Fogel didn’t just pluck his rifle design from the air. He studied current designs by the established and successful airgun manufacturers Crosman and Benjamin. Fogel may have also gained inspiration from a multi-purpose pump up air rifle that had been described in the June 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics. Interestingly, this rifle was designed by Mike Nagy and Tom Willoughby who, just like Fogel, were also aeronautical engineers. Continue reading “Apache Airguns – Part 2: The Apache Air Rifle (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation”