El Gamo David breakbarrel air rifle: half 1

El Gamo David breakbarrel air rifle: half 1

with the aid of Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

El Gamo David
The El Gamo David is a lower-powered breakbarrel from the Sixties or ’70s.

history of airguns

This record covers:

  • Godfather’s Gold Gun Giveaway
  • Description
  • inventory
  • The markings
  • sights
  • what is it?
  • El-cheapo or full of cost?
  • discussion
  • abstract

Godfather’s Gold Gun Giveaway

well, the winner has been selected. Reader Decksniper received the Godfather’s Gold Gun. Let’s all congratulate him. Now on to today’s document on the El Gamo David.

The what? The David? sure, the David. a couple of weeks in the past I snagged this breakbarrel off an eBay public sale. originally i believed it was a Spanish version of the El Gamo 300 that I reviewed for you in 2014, however’s no longer. here’s an air rifle we now have by no means seen within the U.S. as far as i do know, here is the primary time this air rifle has been written about in our country.

David inscription
here is the left side of the base block.


The El Gamo David is a smallish .177 breakbarrel spring-piston air rifle. It has open attractions that modify in each directions. The rifle has an normal length of 38-1/2-inches, with a 15-3/8-inch barrel. Most would measure the barrel at 15-7/8-inches because of the plastic muzzle cap on the conclusion. The rifled steel barrel ends a half inch shy of the conclusion of the cap. The length of pull (distance from the middle of the set off to the middle of the butt) is 14-1/4-inches, which is an grownup-sized pull — so the David isn’t simply supposed for kids. 


The beech inventory is slim and nicely contoured. You don’t see stocks this best today unless you pay added. There is no checkering however the forearm has finger grooves on either side. That’s paying homage to European military and sporting firearms and air rifles, alike.

The cocking slot is very brief. It will also be because the cocking link is a two-piece articulated part.

David cocking link
The cocking link is articulated so the slot in the stock will also be short. That makes the stock stiffer and reduces vibration.

The inventory is smartly-rounded rather than slab-sided. That’s a clue that it’s doubtless on the earlier aspect of my time estimate. The conclude is easy and even and there aren’t any locations the place wood filler has been used. El Gamo is not everyday for the usage of timber filler on stocks, anyway. That’s a chinese language/Asian aspect.

The buttplate appears to have once been softer rubber that has hardened with age. Oddly, it isn’t outfitted to the wooden inventory very well and that can also also have include the age. It has ribs and bears the antlered animal emblem and el gamo name.

David buttplate
The El Gamo brand and identify are on the hardened rubber buttplate.

The metallic is polished and deeply blued. This instance has some deep scratches and a few spots of rust pitting, so it has been abused at a while in its lifestyles. The scratches seem like from managing, corresponding to falling over.

The markings

Now for the markings. On the left aspect of the bottom block (the block the barrel is connected to and it pivots when the rifle is cocked) are these characters.

Mod. “DAVID”
Made in Spain

On the true rear of the spring tube are these marks.

A stylized antlered animal head followed by el gamo
( España )

el gamo markings
here is why I believe this rifle isn’t an import.

On the rear sight leaf there is the same antlered animal head, which changed into El Gamo’s emblem at the time.


The rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation.

David rear sight
The rear sight adjusts for windage and elevation. each knobs are naturally marked and have detents, however they aren’t crisp. The spring and ball are lacking from the windage knob, so there isn’t any detent feature.

David front sight
The entrance sight is plastic and pretty beat up on this rifle.

The entrance sight has a hood with a blade below. Being plastic, this sight has suffered loads of managing hurt. at the least it’s now not fiberoptic!

what’s it?

So, what is this strange breakbarrel that we’ve on no account viewed? neatly, youngsters there is no written literature about it, or at the least none I may locate, we do recognize a few issues. First, it is an El Gamo, not just a Gamo. That dates it to before the 1990s.

next, the counsel it really is stamped into the top rear of the spring tube suggests that this rifle changed into now not exported to the USA. it could had been sold handiest in Spain, however i am thinking it became attainable right through Europe, as a minimum. and northern Africa as well as one of the crucial middle eastern international locations are also probable, as a result of i know that they do like pellet rifles in those places and Gamo did sell there. and i would add India to the list. So the distribution could have been lots broader than simply the nation of origin. this is an air rifle that an American serviceman could have back home with.

I also know that on the time the David changed into made El Gamo turned into nevertheless owned by means of the Casas family unit who were no longer smitten by velocity. The speed wars of the late 1970s hadn’t begun yet, and Gamo become sluggish to climb on board when they finally did. They left that up to Feinwerkbau, BSF and Diana. So I are expecting the vigour of this verify rifle to be reasonably priced — a .177 pellet weighing 8 grains that leaves the muzzle at 550-600 f.p.s. it could actually not be performing at its absolute peak anymore but I even have shot it a couple of instances and it looks to be okay.

El-cheapo or crammed with value?

I don’t have any conception of where the David slot in the El Gamo lineup. but there are some clues that lead me in a certain route. For starters the triggerguard, end cap of the spring tube and the muzzle cap are all plastic. they are injection moldings. No company would spend the cash for the molds for these ingredients unless they planned to make wide use of them. feel tons of of heaps of pieces — no longer necessarily all Davids, but identical rifles for different markets, all using the same ingredients.

The David’s trigger has no possibilty for changes. It is 2 stage with a short first stage pull and a heavy 2nd stage. It could turn into smoother with lubrication.

David triggerguard
The triggerguard is plastic and can be discovered on different El Gamo rifles. This trigger has no changes.


The El Gamo David looks to be a pellet rifle of the equal energy and probably accuracy as the Diana 27 or the Slavia CZ 630. taking a look at it and realizing Gamo’s market position of the time, I believe it offered for much less money than its competitors. To reply the el-cheapo or full-of-cost question, I believe it was developed to be low cost for its time, yet at that element in time the makers wouldn’t enable it to be as austere as comparatively cheap pellet rifles were going to become. So, from nowadays’s point of view it’s filled with cost, if now not full of desirable facets like an adjustable set off and front sight with inserts. Isn’t that interesting — an item that changed into designed to be low cost, but 60 years go by and it turns into anything with better standards.


neatly, that’s what lies before us — an air rifle that’s not been considered by using too many in this nation. It’s small enough to shoot all day and yet also has the scale that healthy adults. It’s no longer an airgun be sure to look for as a result of I doubt there are very many during this nation. however isn’t it satisfactory to look something that’s a little diverse?