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Whether you are an end user or do a bit of your casting, I hope some of this information will be useful. For those who keep up with my videos, most of this has been gone over in them, but there will also be a little bit of new information. So, let’s begin: Lead Quality […]
Here is a letter in its entirety that I just sent to one of the four people who have been waiting for me to fulfill their order for BW S45 magazine inserts and or covers: Good Afternoon, I apologize for the slow response. As soon as two people said they were having issues with […]
Our sixth aftermarket part will be the CNC anodized aluminum 8-shot insert for your OEM magazines. We have another dozen parts on the drawing board and twenty or so more after that we would like to develop. I truly hope that manufacturers will embrace the aftermarket parts industry and, with that, an old-time story… Up […]
I was recently asked about the ballistic gelatin I use and in the past, I have been asked if I use the FBI standard for ballistic gelatin. The short answer is no, the slightly longer answer is no, and mine is slightly more difficult to penetrate. The longest answer is, no, and here is why. […]
Looking at the AEA Defender barrel, I see a problem I have seen before with other AEA barrels. There is an old saying, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” It is not enough to understand a 17-caliber or 22-caliber air gun and extrapolate what you can do at larger sizes. Someone in an organization […]
While I have been in the firearms industry at some level for a couple of decades, I turned a corner about two years ago. I was at an auction for the estate of Bob Hayley, and while I think I could do a paper on him at this point, for now, I will just say […]
Pellets are not bullets, though they have many similarities. Most are obvious, they are lead, while most bullets are a harder lead mix. The problem is that every bullet mold ever made seems to end up being a pellet mold and while many may work fine, others do not. The three specific designs I want […]
First, let’s talk about firing shotshells through a rifled barrel. People have written books on rifling and the effects of twist rate on speed and accuracy. It is pretty interesting and given enough money and time you could probably spend a year trying out different combinations to figure out what works best for the firearms […]
Next week someone will probably make a bigger pellet, but for the next few days this is the largest pellet in the world for the AEA Zeus 72 caliber. Due to its design, it fits easily in the barrel and this 3 ounce chunk of lead will tear a hole through just about anything.
Click Here to see a video of this beast’s first test fire into ballistic gelatin.
There are three of using working at TPP and we have all had a lifelong fascination with air guns. More recently, what got us into the business was the shift to more powerful air guns whether we are talking about the wide variety of powerful 357 caliber and larger air guns or the more obscure ones like the Umarex HDS 68. What we bring to the table are decades of firearms experience and the tried-and-true standards that are used to make antique and modern firearms ammunition.
For instance, our 72 caliber 725 grain and 835-grain pellets are something completely new. Unlike most of the ammo we have seen and tried so far, these are not made from existing 12ga molds or a tired old 100+ year-old 72cal musket mold. These are new custom molds that are meant to have a 1 to 1 fit with the AEA 72. We did this by removing the barrel, plugging it, pouring melted lead in the barrel, and creating a form. We used these measurements to order custom molds in a size that never existed before. Even new molds can have tolerances that can be too great for the ammo we want to produce; so, we also had custom sizing tools made. When we were done, we hand-pressed the bullets through the barrel to make sure we have perfect contact with the lands and grooves of the rifling. Then the fun began with lots of test firing of these new products. This is the process we go through with all the ammo we make.
Do you need custom lead pellets that do not yet exist? Tell us about it. Maybe it’s a new project or you just want better fitting or different weight ammo for air guns that already exist. There will be time, tooling, and molds required to make it happen, but with a large enough initial order, these costs will be covered. Some of the tooling lead times can be as much as eight weeks, but usually, we get it much quicker, and we can be in production the day the tooling arrives. More importantly, you are in total control of the pellets that get produced, such things as, size, weight, lead hardness, powder coating, and even copper jacketing. So, let us know if you have a project you need some help with.