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For some time my oldest son has wanted a "gas gun", last week I opened my email to find an ad from CFS for a 26.5mm Czech RV85 they are selling for $299 and I knew this was the one for my son. After a quick call to his base (USAF) to confirm his want I called Jayne and Pam (800-915-3346) to order 2 (can't let him have all the fun by himself). Shipping was very quick and the guns were here very quick, I ordered them late Thursday, and they were here Tuesday.

The guns came packaged in a nice oversized box with a generous amount of packing paper. Inside I found 2 sealed boxes containing 2 new guns, and when I say new I mean new, they are still sealed in the factory wrap as they had never been opened, I guess no need to open up a nongun for import stamps... They came neatly wrapped with all the books, the test target and accessories shown in the pictures. Interestingly you get a large (34x48 inch) serialized target showing 3 shots signed and stamped by 3 inspectors with a curious center shot of a bird overlaying a rabbit, in any regard my gun seemed to shoot a 6 inch pattern. In addition inside the box you get a Czech language manual, a log book (mine is full of writing, signatures, etc... all dated 1988), a full cleaning kit (2 brushes, pull through and sectioned rod), tool kit, sling, case, spare spring kit and other assorted parts.

The rifle itself is new as expected, the wood is nice straight grain with a slight hint of birds-eye figuring across the top of the comb, also present are sling swivels front and rear along with a nice rubber buttpad. The pistol grip is stylized in the VZ-58 manner and works well. The barrel and fore end are quickly put together by mating them at the hinge and pushing in the oversized captured push pin located on the underside of the barrel, it can be as easily broken down into two parts without tools in reverse manner. The barrel itself is of course 26.5mm and 19.5 inches long, one good thing about a 26.5 mm bore is you can just drop the tape measure down the bore and measure directly, no need for marking a cleaning rod with this monster :) Once put together shouldering the piece quickly shows you the sights which are actually very nice for such a gun, you get a hooded front and a flip rear sight with 3 shooting points thanks to a ladder on one leg, only the lowest setting is marked (50). The gun itself feels very solid and well put together, all the main parts are serialized to each other and there are various proofs/stamps located on the receiver.

The rifle seems to hold all the 26.5 mm flares I have on hand and I hope to fire it once I get back to KY. Considering my past experience on how the flares light when fired I like to shoot them over the 5000 acre lake in the back yard of my cabin there VS the urban environment of my house in Ohio. Expect a full shooting update report around the 4th of July when I celebrate in style this year :)

Again thanks to Jayne for picking me a couple of winners with these, now for my son to get some leave so he can come home and open his up as well.
 

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OOOH, I think I want one of those too! I know a mad scientist who converted a Polish flare pistol into a .32 single shot...used about 2 pounds of JB Weld. Are the flares readily available?
That was a 38 special thank you very much, everyone knows 32acp would be silly out of a flare gun.... :) The flares are available on line and at the MGS (or most shows in KY) for about $3.50-$4 each, which for 10 can be the most fun $35 can buy.
 
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