QB78 Deluxe

QB78 Deluxe

Joined: August 3rd, 2007, 1:55 am

April 19th, 2011, 11:50 am #1

Back in the 1960s, I bought a Crosman model 160 air rifle, I had it for about 15 years, and gave it to a young man that wanted a air rifle... And there were times that I kind of missed the ugly duckling, because the craftsmanship was pretty bad, there were all kinds of tool marks on the barrel and breech... In all honesty I must say that it was a very powerful and accurate rifle... So I decided to replace it with the QB78 Deluxe...

When I received my QB78 Deluxe from Archer Air Guns, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the gun, a person can not help but noticing the gun is made by some of the finest Craftsmen in the gun making business, the QB78 Deluxe is an absolute work of art... I don't know if Mr. Archer tuned the trigger on the gun I received, I just know that it is fantastic... Speaking as a person that likes match triggers, or hair triggers on a gun, this one is perfect...

P.S. - I almost feel guilty for paying such a low price for a gun of this High Quality...
May Your Day Be Special
Ray
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Joined: December 24th, 2006, 2:06 pm

April 19th, 2011, 1:36 pm #2

the newer QBs especially the deluxe are very nice for the $$. Not many years ago, not so much. I've seen some pretty ugly ones. They've really improved the quality in recent years.
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Joined: August 3rd, 2007, 1:55 am

April 19th, 2011, 1:45 pm #3

They did a fantastic job of improving them...
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Ray
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Joined: January 24th, 2003, 3:54 pm

April 19th, 2011, 2:21 pm #4

Back in the 1960s, I bought a Crosman model 160 air rifle, I had it for about 15 years, and gave it to a young man that wanted a air rifle... And there were times that I kind of missed the ugly duckling, because the craftsmanship was pretty bad, there were all kinds of tool marks on the barrel and breech... In all honesty I must say that it was a very powerful and accurate rifle... So I decided to replace it with the QB78 Deluxe...

When I received my QB78 Deluxe from Archer Air Guns, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the gun, a person can not help but noticing the gun is made by some of the finest Craftsmen in the gun making business, the QB78 Deluxe is an absolute work of art... I don't know if Mr. Archer tuned the trigger on the gun I received, I just know that it is fantastic... Speaking as a person that likes match triggers, or hair triggers on a gun, this one is perfect...

P.S. - I almost feel guilty for paying such a low price for a gun of this High Quality...
May Your Day Be Special
Ray
Yes. I got mine last week (Deluxe, in .22). I will say, the stock is just as nice as my old Xisco B-19 "Sharpshooter" break barrel springer. That is, flawlessly finished.

My only difficulty has been with the bolt action (that I presume will smooth out with break in) and the O-ring swelling issue noted below.

To get a little bit better in an out of the box gun, you have to spend quite a bit more money.

I really like these sights a lot more than what is on my B-19. When I scope the QB-78, I may move the sights onto my B-19.

Happy shooting,
- Arved
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Joined: January 9th, 2005, 1:46 am

April 19th, 2011, 2:59 pm #5

Back in the 1960s, I bought a Crosman model 160 air rifle, I had it for about 15 years, and gave it to a young man that wanted a air rifle... And there were times that I kind of missed the ugly duckling, because the craftsmanship was pretty bad, there were all kinds of tool marks on the barrel and breech... In all honesty I must say that it was a very powerful and accurate rifle... So I decided to replace it with the QB78 Deluxe...

When I received my QB78 Deluxe from Archer Air Guns, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the gun, a person can not help but noticing the gun is made by some of the finest Craftsmen in the gun making business, the QB78 Deluxe is an absolute work of art... I don't know if Mr. Archer tuned the trigger on the gun I received, I just know that it is fantastic... Speaking as a person that likes match triggers, or hair triggers on a gun, this one is perfect...

P.S. - I almost feel guilty for paying such a low price for a gun of this High Quality...
May Your Day Be Special
Ray
Ray, thanks for your comments.

The Shangahi factory has made a major push on quality over the past 3 - 4 years. Certainly this is what the owner stresses to me on every occasion we meet and the results are clear to see - as you describe. Most impressively this quality improvement has been made without significant price rises!

I think part of this quality improvement is associated with the move to a new, purpose-built factory further outside Shanghai. On our visit there 18 months ago, even the restrooms were about the cleanest we found during two weeks in China. Yes, I know that clean restrooms don't immediately impact the product being manufactured, but I do believe that this indicates a determination to do things well and that this is also reflected in product quality

For those who may not have seen the photos of my visit to the factory, they're on the Archer Airguns blog here - scan some way down the page to find the two posts http://www.archerairguns.info/search?q= ... un+factory

Stephen Archer
Archer Airguns Inc.
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Joined: August 3rd, 2007, 1:55 am

April 19th, 2011, 5:20 pm #6

Mr. Archer;

You are very welcome, one thing I learned many years ago, is that quality sells it self, in other words quality is it's own best salesperson... And please believe me,this air rifle is a great salesperson...
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Ray
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Joined: July 17th, 2005, 5:16 pm

April 21st, 2011, 12:07 am #7

Ray, thanks for your comments.

The Shangahi factory has made a major push on quality over the past 3 - 4 years. Certainly this is what the owner stresses to me on every occasion we meet and the results are clear to see - as you describe. Most impressively this quality improvement has been made without significant price rises!

I think part of this quality improvement is associated with the move to a new, purpose-built factory further outside Shanghai. On our visit there 18 months ago, even the restrooms were about the cleanest we found during two weeks in China. Yes, I know that clean restrooms don't immediately impact the product being manufactured, but I do believe that this indicates a determination to do things well and that this is also reflected in product quality

For those who may not have seen the photos of my visit to the factory, they're on the Archer Airguns blog here - scan some way down the page to find the two posts http://www.archerairguns.info/search?q= ... un+factory

Stephen Archer
Archer Airguns Inc.
Online stores http://www.archerairguns.com
http://www.archerpelletguns.com
Videos http://www.youtube.com/ArcherAirguns
Blog http://www.archerairguns.info
As one of the original exponents of the QB-78 on the old Airgun Letter Forum I coined the phrase "The $50 gun with the $100 barrel". Even tho the rifle hasn't been $50 for a long time the advent of the Deluxe is a welcome addition. With 4 originals in various states of tune in hand I have little excuse to buy one but I recently recommended the Deluxe to a bro-in-law in place of the W-M Beeman dual caliber that he'd bought his wife for Xmas because it was the one she pointed at as her Xmas wish. The less said about that choice the better.
He bought the D model from Archer as I suggested and both of them couldn't be happier. At less than $100 now it's still the outstanding bargain in airgunning!

And I managed to piggyback a QB-88 sidelever I needed onto his order to save separate shipping.
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Joined: December 1st, 2010, 4:26 am

April 22nd, 2011, 4:30 am #8

Ray, thanks for your comments.

The Shangahi factory has made a major push on quality over the past 3 - 4 years. Certainly this is what the owner stresses to me on every occasion we meet and the results are clear to see - as you describe. Most impressively this quality improvement has been made without significant price rises!

I think part of this quality improvement is associated with the move to a new, purpose-built factory further outside Shanghai. On our visit there 18 months ago, even the restrooms were about the cleanest we found during two weeks in China. Yes, I know that clean restrooms don't immediately impact the product being manufactured, but I do believe that this indicates a determination to do things well and that this is also reflected in product quality

For those who may not have seen the photos of my visit to the factory, they're on the Archer Airguns blog here - scan some way down the page to find the two posts http://www.archerairguns.info/search?q= ... un+factory

Stephen Archer
Archer Airguns Inc.
Online stores http://www.archerairguns.com
http://www.archerpelletguns.com
Videos http://www.youtube.com/ArcherAirguns
Blog http://www.archerairguns.info
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Joined: January 9th, 2005, 1:46 am

April 27th, 2011, 12:09 pm #9

Don,

We've no plans to sell air pistols in the immediate future. Sorry


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Archer Airguns Inc.
Online stores http://www.archerairguns.com
http://www.archerpelletguns.com
Videos http://www.youtube.com/ArcherAirguns
Blog http://www.archerairguns.info
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