At the range with the Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (pneumatic) Air Rifle!

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!”

Challenger Arms Plainsman CO₂ Gas Pistol… resealed!

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. Continue reading “Challenger Arms Plainsman CO₂ Gas Pistol… resealed!”

The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman (CO₂) Pistol (1954-1958)

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)”

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The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)

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. Continue reading “The Challenger Arms Corporation Plainsman Pistol (Pneumatic) (1949-1951)”

Apache Airguns – Part 2: The Apache Air Rifle (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation

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 which 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. Continue reading “Apache Airguns – Part 2: The Apache Air Rifle (1947-1949) by the National Cart Corporation”

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