The Air Venturi V10 Match Air Pistol is an entry level .177 caliber 10 meter air pistol. It’s intended to be used single handed, as is made evident by the form fitted grip with the palm shelf. It has a single stroke pneumatic powerplant with an adjustable trigger and fully adjustable sights. While that is a rather succinct and accurate description of the airgun, it belies the fact that this thing is AWESOME! The link below is to the full video review of the gun that accompanies this written report. I would suggest taking them both in for the full story.
Being a very low powered single-stroke pneumatic air pistol, there is no perceptible recoil when fired. Combine that with a trigger that can be set to less than one pound, as well as the fully adjustable target sights, and this thing is a tack driver. The competition grade rifled steel barrel does not disappoint. What’s more is that the single-stroke pneumatic powerplant delivers outstandingly consistent velocities. As you can see below, using the RWS Meisterkugeln 7.0gr pellets gave me a miniscule 6fps extreme spread over a 10 shot string. Best of all, you don’t have to fuss with CO2 capsules…you don’t have to pump 10 times….you don’t need to have an air tank handy…and you don’t get the recoil of a spring gun.
The V10 is very much not an ambidextrous air pistol. The grip is wonderfully designed to be used in your strong hand, and can even be used with two. It cannot, however, be used in your weak hand with anything like a comfortable or suitable purchase on the gun. Because of this, the V10 is available in both a right-hand and left-hand version. The palm shelf on the grip is adjustable to the user’s hand size, and fits even my large gorilla type hands. It’s a bit tight, but that’s how I want a single handed palm shelf.
As I said earlier, the accuracy of this gun is stellar. The problem I faced was, how do I show you that? How do I remove myself and my abilities as a factor in the accuracy demonstration? I decided upon a two-fold approach. This gun is meant to be fired single handed from 10 meters….so that’s what I did. However, I fired a 20 shot group. By making the sample size that large, though there would surely be some pulled shots, you can hopefully see a trend in the gun’s capability. This was method one of two, and you can see the results in the picture below. This group is standing, single handed, from 10 meters (not yards) using the H&N Finale Match Light pellets. The target is a regulation size (6.7″) 10 meter target. The orange dots are just to help my poor eyesight. Clearly, the olympic games recruiter won’t be calling me any time soon.
The other method I used to illustrate the capability of the gun while removing as much of myself as a variable as possible…was to cheat. Rather than shoot the gun single handed and standing, I shot it two handed and seated with my arms rested on the back of a chair. Yes, I know that’s cheating…but again…we’re discussing the capability of the gun and not the capability of Donnie Reed. The gun is far more accurate than I am. Below is the 5 shot cheater group from 10 meters, arms rested, using the H&N Finale Match Light pellets.
While this gun has accuracy for days, what it does not have is power or a safety of any kind. Because of this, I would warn against using the gun for anything but target shooting. This is not a hunting gun, and unsuitable even for shooting small birds. The gun produces a smidge over 2 ft-lb of energy at the muzzle, and that will fall off sharply at any distance. I do not consider this a negative aspect of the gun, as it’s clearly marketed and designed to be used as a target pistol. It excels at that task. The right tool for the right job.
When you factor in the comparably low cost of the V10 compared to other dedicated 10 meter air pistols, I’m of the opinion that it’s a great choice for an entry level target gun. It would also be a good choice for plinking or teaching someone how to shoot a pistol accurately. Like I said in my opening paragraph, I truly think this gun is awesome…and wouldn’t be surprised if one made it into my personal collection. I hope you’ve found this report useful, and I thank you for reading!
Donnie Reed is our Sales Manager and general airgun guru here at Baker Airguns. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and qualified as both a Rifle Expert and Pistol Expert. Donnie is now a competitive airgun shooter, focusing primarily on field target and benchrest competitions. He has won both PCP and piston class field target matches, as well as local benchrest competitions. Donnie also runs the Youtube channel and Facebook group ALL THINGS AIRGUN. His first college degree is in Mathematics and Sciences, but he is still pursuing another in Physics and Astronomy.