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Monday, September 04, 2006

Anics Skif A-3000 CO2 pistol

by Tex Force

The Skif A-3000 from Anics is a unique air pistol that has never been copied.

Anics is a Russian airgun maker that rose from the ashes of the fall of the Soviet Union. Their first CO2 pistols were BB guns in the form of pistols and revolvers. They were moderately priced but among the most powerful BB guns ever to be sold on the American market. Velocities of over 500 f.p.s. were possible from the longer-barrelled models. Then, they hit on something so revolutionary that even those pistols were shoved to the background. They came out with the Skif A-3000.

28-shot repeater!
That's right, the A-3000 is a 28-shot repeater. It uses a special "chain" magazine that's actually 28 loose pellet-holders enclosed in a continuous track. Each time the trigger is pulled, the next loaded chamber aligns with the barrel. When it was introduced, it blew away all the competition in the pellet pistol world, because few other airguns have even HALF that capacity!

The downside of the 28-shot magazine is that somebody (you) has to load it! In all the action movies they never show anyone loading cartridges into the magazines, they just always have a fresh one when they need it. That's what you will want with a Skif. Fortunately, Compasseco sells them. Look for Skif magazines.

The Skif magazine has 28 pellet and BB holders (chambers) arranged in a circular track. It is unique in all of airgunning.

Both steel BBs and pellets
Although the Skif has a rifled steel barrel, you may shoot both steel BBs and any kind of pellets in it. You can even mix them all up in one magazine if you want. The way the movable chambers work, they don't really care what is loaded into them.

The magazine has a loading port in the back through which the pellets and BBs are pushed into the chambers. All you need to ensure is that the longer pellets are completely inside the chambers and not sticking out either side, so they will clear the walls of the magazine as they travel around.

Both single- and double-action
You can cock the hammer to shoot each shot single-action, or you can simply pull the trigger for double-action. The trigger is long and somewhat heavy in the double-action mode, because it has to advance the chambers and move the hammer at the same time. In the Skif, the barrel acts as the hammer, so it moves forward when the trigger is pulled, then releases to slam back onto a loaded chamber, which then bumps into the front of the valve, opening it. This is another feature that you'll find nowhere else.

Great feel in the hand!
The Skif is one of the best-holding handguns around! The grip has been carefully designed to fit most hands very well, and it is covered in a rubber compound that grips your hand right back. You will truly love the way it feels! The triggerguard is designed for a classic two-hand combat hold, which is in keeping with the action pistol design.

This full-featured action air pistol is for those who love to shoot and shoot without stopping. Finally, there's a pistol that can keep up with your greatest fantasies!


  • Don't steel bbs ruin rifled barrels? Thanks.

    By Anonymous jim, at 8:42 PM, September 04, 2006  

  • By the way, I meant to ask how the accuracy is. Thanks again.

    By Anonymous jim, at 8:43 PM, September 04, 2006  

  • Jim,

    Unless the barrel is rifled for them, steel BBs will ruin the rifling. Usually when a gun is made to take both BBs and pellets it has a hexagonal bore that can't be worn by steel.

    The Skif is a close-range pistol. It can't produce the 1-inch groups at 25 feet that the Umarex pistols can, but its greater shot capacity compensates for that in many shooter's eyes.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 3:58 AM, September 05, 2006  

  • Tex,
    Can you tell us a little about red dot sights.How they work? How accurate are they? And whether they can be damaged by spring piston air rifles.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:47 PM, September 05, 2006  

  • Pete,

    I can do what you ask, and next Mondy's blog will be about red dots. While you wait, I did a blog on Tech Force's TF 90 and 96 red dot sight on January 9 of this year.

    To get to that blog, click on the last blog in the right hand column of this page. Then do the same thing two times more and you will go back to the point that that blog will appear in the right column.

    You can then click on it and read it.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:11 AM, September 06, 2006  

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