If your precharged pneumatic air rifle or air pistol needs help, and you send it to Airguns of Arizona, chances are it will fall into the hands of repair technician Don Golembieski. And, as we shall see in just a bit, they are pretty capable hands indeed.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don worked for many years in the aerospace industry as a highly skilled machinist, and it’s fair to say that he has an unusual mind. He has the ability to visualize a machine or assembly in his mind, to see how it works, and to visualize how any problems in its operation might be solved. It is a bit like he has his own computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and computer animation studio operating inside his skull, so that he can look at a piece of machinery and “grok” how it works. Some years ago, Don was able to solve – in a day – a problem that had vexed a major robotics manufacturer for many months.

He says, “My background in aerospace technology makes firearms look easy, and air rifles and air pistols simply aren’t that complicated.”

Don got involved with airguns when Robert Buchanan opened his first small Airguns of Arizona shop. Don purchased an FX Tarantula and has been a lover of airguns ever since. “One of the things I love about them is that they make it very convenient to have fun close to the house.”

Don started competing with firearms when he was ten years hold and has continued to this day. For the past 30 years, he has been building custom firearms, including hunting rifles, competition rifles, and sniper rifles for law enforcement and special military applications.

He offers some recommendations for airgunners: fill your airgun with clean, dry air; give it a little TLC – wipe it down, keep dirt out of it; keep an eye on the probe seals, and be sure to store your PCPs with a little air in them. He thinks that many airgunners clean their barrels too often, and he recommends shooting pellets that have been lightly lubed. (He adds, “I have some Air Wolfs that have 20,000 rounds through them, and no issues.”)

If you think you are having accuracy problems because the barrel is leading up, he offers the following trick: shoot about ten non-lead pellets through the barrel. That should strip much of the lead out of the barrel, and then try shooting some lightly lubed lead pellets. You might find a big improvement.

The most common problem that he sees are leaks from a PCP rifle or pistol. “Send it to us,” he says, “We can reseal the entire airgun fairly quickly and at pretty reasonable cost.”

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

One of the problems he sees that he feels is completely unnecessary is an airgun with multiple pellets stuck in the barrel. “If you shoot your gun and something doesn’t happen, take the magazine out and fire again at a safe target. If something still doesn’t happen, pull the bolt back and slide your cleaning rod down the barrel from the muzzle. If you see the tip in the breech, you’re okay. If not, send it to us.”

He notes that sometimes shooters complain that their gun isn’t accurate, but some shooters don’t realize how many variables are involved in shooting a good 50-yard group: Is the scope tight? How are you resting the gun? Is it the right pellet for the gun? What are the wind and weather conditions?

He says, “When I was shooting smallbore, we’d find a particular lot of ammunition that the gun really liked, buy a bunch of that ammo, and shoot it until we ran out. Sometimes the next batch of ammo wouldn’t work as well in that gun as the first batch, and we’d have to go through the ammo testing process all over again. I think that is possible with airguns; sometimes you have to go back to pellet testing at shorter range to make sure you have the right pellet for the gun.”

“The bottom line,” he says, “is that if you have a quality rifle, quality scope properly mounted, and a quality pellet that the rifle likes, you’re probably going to have a good combination, and I won’t be seeing it very often except for the occasional resealing.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott


Weihrauch HW95

The Weihrauch HW95 spring-piston airgun.

Most of us live in a fast pace rat race society.  With today’s advanced technology we stay connected to family, friends and the workplace associates seemingly 24/7.  I find myself looking back at the days of my youth with pleasure more and more.

At the age of 54, I grew up when phones still had cords, fuel was .25 cents per gallon and the drive-in movie was a great place to take your sweetheart or find one.  I remember saving the spent shot shells from my dad’s 16-gauge after the opening day of dove season because I thought they were so cool.  As a society we seem to need immediate satisfaction with today’s connectivity. We can order the latest widget and expect it at our door tomorrow, use it over the weekend, and discard it after our disappointment over its lack of quality and/or performance. We tend to want our things fast and cheap, and not value the qualities that last.

My last blog post was in honor of Mr. Stefan Weihrauch, owner/partner of the HW airgun factory in Germany. The owner brothers Hans and Stefan have built a company that embraces quality over quantity with high value for the money. I recommend their products highly. In particular, the Weihrauch HW95. This rifle is of the highest quality and performance standard with pricing that was negotiated by Stefan before his passing to provide German engineering at a value that rivals much cheaper made airguns. Take advantage of this special promotion while it lasts and bring back some childhood memories. It will put a smile on your face!

Thank you for reading,

Robert Buchanan

President, Airguns of Arizona

Daysate Pulsar .25

Daystate Pulsar .25 with optional scope and bipod.

Daystate steps up again with their commitment to the US market! We asked nicely, and they listened to the request for a .25 caliber Pulsar rifle. We have been selling out of Daystate latest electronic marvel, the bullpup called Pulsar, in .177 and .22 calibers as quickly as they have been coming into the US. But US airgunners want more power and bigger bores! Daystate’s latest addition is .25 caliber and delivers some serious power for a gun in its class!

Daystate Pulsar in .25 caliber

Daystate Pulsar .25 with optional scope and bipod.

With every bullpup design, the weak link almost always comes down to the trigger. In the past, bullpup designs were based off rifles, and triggers were connected with linkages. These linkages change the feel of normal trigger designs, and can lead to non-typical trigger pulls. Although some newer bullpup airguns (like the FX Wildcat and FX Impact) have new trigger locations designed into the bullpup shape, Daystate has held the ‘trump card’ advantage all along. Daystate’s electronics are “triggered” with a mechanical styled trigger assembly. This assembly is added to give a typical and expected feel of a rifle trigger. But in actuality, all that is needed is a completed circuit joining the “+” and “-” wires. These wires can be located anywhere the designer would like. This is where Daystate started when they moved the entire trigger assembly forward. The same exact functionality found in Daystate’s Air Wolf and Mk4 trigger model are what inspired the Pulsar.

Daystate Pulsar Display

Pulsar display gives you a low pressure warning when time to refill!

Now, Daystate is not a company to convert one model to call it another, so the Pulsar project was MUCH more involved than simply moving the trigger wires! They went ahead and re-designed the entire airgun from the ground up, and it became a work of art as result! Attention to every detail was given, and the Italian influence at Daystate came forward with sports car lines and hand-crafted tolerances where the action and stock blend as one! But this blog article isn’t about the Pulsar in general, as the rifle has been out and proven itself to be a top-seller! This is about the new power house in .25 caliber! So let’s get on with the details!

Daystate Pulsar .25 Magazine

Daystate Pulsar .25 10-shot magazine

The Pulsar .25 delivers over 85 shots at velocities generating 40 ft/lbs with JSB King Heavies! That is enough power to take this tiny bullpup out for some serious critter hunting! Out to a conservative 100 yards, small to mid-sized quarry had better watch out for this stealthy Pulsar! The laser guided pellets (quite literally…because they have a built-in laser on this rifle!) are holding extreme accuracy at this power as well! We were able to shoot 5-shot groups at under 0.15” c-t-c at 25 yards! That is basically one ragged hole! So this rifle will perform as a hunter, but also has the ability to hold its own on the bench. As point of fact, the .25 Pulsar made its worldwide debut at the 2015 Extreme Benchrest 75-Yard competition earlier this year! Mr. Tony Belas of Daystate himself shot a score of 222 out of 250 on one of his 75 yard targets. It was not the match winning score, but it goes to show how much accuracy the Pulsar .25 is capable of supplying, even under the extreme conditions of wind and Arizona heat!

Daystate Pulsar Cocking Lever

The Daystate Pulsar Lever is reversible for right or left handed shooters.

All in all, the Pulsar .25 is a great little gun. No, it is better described as a great TINY gun! Measuring at a mere 30 inches from end to end, this little powerhouse is a centerpiece to any airgun collection!


Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Weihrauch LogoAs you may have read in an earlier blog post of mine the joy that was brought to me with the return of my beloved HW35L model rifle that was stolen and then recovered some 25 plus years later. The maker of my childhood sweetheart is of course the firm HW, short for Hans Weihrauch. Weihrauch in German translation means ‘smoke house’, an appropriate name for a gun company. Many thousands of satisfied air gunners take pride in their HW rifle and/or pistol the world over, so it is safe to say that Weihrauch has and continues to be the stalwart of airgun manufacturing, design, and production.

I not only admire and appreciate the products produced by this family-run factory, but I have also been blessed to be able to spend personal and professional time with the owner brothers Hans and Stefan Weihrauch.  These men are both honorable, honest family-first human beings that have a passion for bringing us the best in quality and performance at a fair price. I look forward each year to meeting with  these men at the IWA show in Nuremberg. I can tell you that the customer and quality-first attitude is always present in any of our discussions. The last three years at IWA myself, my wife Staci, Marcus Gehmann, Volker Friedrich and Stefan Weihrauch have shared an evening meal together, laughing about who knows what while dinning on fine German fair and quaffing a local brew. This year’s topic was our favorite rock and roll bands with the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd getting most of the play. Free Bird was of course at the top of the list for all!

Stefan Weihrauch

Stefan Weihrauch

Funny how life brings to each and every one of us opportunities. Lord knows I have been blessed with many opportunities. Also with joy, sadness, fear and bravery. Every time a big event in life happens it seems to come from out of the blue and it makes getting up in the morning exciting. As J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins said,

“Its a dangerous business… going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

A few months ago I received an email that hit me up side my head like a baseball bat. My friend, Stefan Weihrauch had unexpectedly passed away. Stefan leaves behind  family and friends that will miss him with hurting hearts and multitudes of people that will continue to  love him every time they send a pellet down range with their treasured HW airgun. Fly away Stefan, you are indeed a Free Bird.

With respect,

Robert Buchanan

President, Airguns of Arizona

Yes, an animal uncommon in the U.S. is poised to become a lot more familiar to those who hunt with

Bushbuck on the range

Bushbuck on the range

air rifles and want more knockdown power. In its natural environment, the Bushbuck is the smallest member of the spiral-horned antelope found in sub-Sahara Africa.  It is also the .45 caliber PCP brainchild of Western Big Bores airguns; so now we have a Bushbuck “native” to the U.S.  It is a long, dark beauty capable of driving a 405 grain soft lead bullet to 600fpe, enough power to take any North American game animal.  The bolt-action, single shot Bushbuck comes to us from the great state of Arizona, which has a progressive and liberal airgun hunting mindset.  The need for a powerful, production air rifle was recognized by the folks behind WBB and they made it happen.  This 10 pound (w/o optics), 49 ½ inch long rifle is completely made in the U.S.A. down to the screws used in assembly.  The receiver is milled from a solid block of aluminum and incorporates a picatinny rail.  It is finished all in black and mated to a dark grey laminated wood stock.  The stock is stippled in all the right places, aiding gripping, has an adjustable cheekpiece, thick rubber buttpad and is equipped with studs for mounting a sling and a bipod should you so choose.  The stippling on both sides of the pistol grip forms the image of its namesake, a classy touch.

A 285cc reservoir holding 4500psi gives the shooter a capability of two full power shots of 800+ fps.  A lower power can be selected by only pulling the bolt back to the first cocking position for those shots that don’t require all of that knockdown power (around 400+ fps with a 240gr bullet).  A shooter always needs to practice safe gun-handling and this is especially so with adult airguns as they are not required to have a mechanical safety.  Some companies choose to incorporate a safety but WBB has chosen not to on the Bushbuck.  Having a trigger pull out of the box of around 3 pounds means there can be no lapses once this baby is loaded up.

Damage to a phone book backstop at 100 yds.

Damage to a phone book backstop at 100 yds.

The Bushbuck loaned to me came with an MTC Genesis LR 5-20×50 scope sporting an AMD illuminated reticle.  It also provided for parallax adjustment.  An awesome scope that allows the shooter to easily compensate for the drop that will occur once the pressure decreases on each subsequent shot.  A scope is not included in the $1895 MSRP on the Bushbuck, but the quality and accuracy of the rifle demand a quality scope as well.

Stippling & MTC scope

Stippling & MTC scope

The Bushbuck will also appeal to the long range/benchrest shooter as that area of recreational shooting is picking up momentum as well.  However, its main claim-to-fame will be with hunters, especially if you are fortunate enough to live in one of the 9 states that allow for hunting up to deer sized game with air rifles.  If you are not fortunate enough to live in one of those 9 states, check with your state’s game and wildlife management bureau to find out if taking wild hogs is legal with an air rifle.  The hog over-population problem has led some states to allow for just about any method for reducing the number of hogs.

Obviously there is much more to this American production air rifle than I can cover in this short blog and there is more on the horizon for WBB (i.e. a big bore pistol!).  The idea was to give readers a taste of what’s new on the “range” and whet your interest.  To find out more, please reach out to www.airgunsofarizona.com and they can fill you in on anything you want to know about this powerful new air rifle on the market or MTC scopes.  They also like to hear from folks so you can give them a call at: (480) 461-1113.

One of the joy-laden moments in an airgunner’s life is when that package arrives containing a new air rifle or air pistol. When a new airgun arrives at El Rancho Elliott, the moment is loaded with expectation. I think about the care that went into selecting the new airgun, and I hope that it will be as accurate and fun to shoot as I anticipated.

Airguns of Arizona knows about that; they know that opening the package of a newly delivered airgun is one of the critical moments in a series of critical moments that ultimately leads to a satisfied customer. As a person who has tested and reviewed airguns for a number of years, I have seen hundreds of airguns delivered here and some failures along the way – guns with stocks broken in half, parts snapped off, or components crushed.

Airguns of Arizona takes safe delivery of product so seriously that they “went to school” with UPS to develop a packaging system that most likely to result in the delivery of an airgun that is in perfect shape: double boxing every gun, wrapping smaller stuff in bubble wrap, and surrounding everything with packing peanuts. It is a system that is actually more effective than shipping an airgun in a hardshell case.

The person in charge of making sure your order goes out packed as safely as possible is Kevin Lamoureaux. In case the name sounds familiar, Kevin is the younger brother of Brad Lamoureaux, who also works at Airguns of Arizona.

Kevin Lamoureaux Shipping“I’m the last line of defense before your order goes out the door,” Kevin says. “I’m in charge of the double-boxing, the bubble wrap, and all those peanuts.”

Kevin has been working at AoA for just over a year. “For many years, I worked in the food and beverage industry and had a painting company, but I wanted a change of career. I met Robert Buchanan (president of AoA) through Boy Scouts, discovered AoA had a position open up, and he asked if I wanted to come to work.”

Lamoureaux adds, “I hadn’t been an airgunner previously, but I really enjoy shooting them, and it opened my eyes to a new world. I wasn’t aware of how popular airguns are becoming, and it’s a lot of fun because I am constantly learning.”

“I try to shoot as much as I can at work,” he says. “The shop also allows me to check out guns and bring them home. I have targets set up in my back yard so I can shoot there.”

Kevin in Repair

Kevin Lamoureaux is also cross-trained in helping out on the phones at busy periods, and he works in the showroom on Saturdays. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his 8-year-old daughter.

He adds, “This is a great company to work for, more like a family than a workplace. It has been a great experience so far. I am excited about the future and want to work for AoA for as long as I can.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott
Easy to use control panel

Easy to use control panel

For the PCP enthusiast, even if you only own one, a method to recharge your gun other than hand pumping is probably high on your Christmas list.  For some, that will mean asking Santa to bring you a new, glossy carbon fiber wrapped air tank in one of the handy sizes that Airguns of Arizona sells (www.airgunsofarizona.com).  And, for other gift-giving holiday occasions, you could ask for accessories to go along with that tank such as extra Foster quick connects and flexible HPA hoses or tank carrying straps, padded cases, tank rests, etc.  But, the ultimate accessory is a do-it-yourself, at-home high pressure air compressor.  For an article I was doing several manufacturers provided me with big bore PCPs.  Taking them to the range would inevitably lead to questions about the Omega 100cf air tank I brought along.  Most firearms shooters have little experience with PCP air arms and still equate airguns with their first .177 Daisy or Crosman.  When observing me recharging the rifles from the air tank, the next question typically was: “Do you have a large compressor in your garage?  They were genuinely surprised when I explained that the pressures the tanks and guns were utilizing were in thousands of psi, so your standard garage compressor really wasn’t up to the job.   I further explained that for the serious hobbyist, a local SCUBA/Dive shop was the typical source for the HPA.  For the uber-hobbyist (or airgun writer) the Omega Super Charger fits the bill.  This self-contained little unit does some mighty big work.  The unit is only 8 ½ x 17 ¾ x 19 ¼ inches so it doesn’t require much space but they are heavy (70+ pounds) because they carry out some pretty heavy duty work.  Mine came wired for normal 110 volt house current.  You have the option to go with 220V if you’d prefer.  No noxious fumes or odors are produced when filling but you won’t want to try filling a tank in your family room while watching TV.  It does produce constant noise while running and will need to run for several hours in order to fill a large tank from empty to 4500 psi.  Plus, user configured settings control the release of accumulated moisture out the back of the unit.  This purge can be set for time of delay and duration.  I have to run mine in the garage because my wife jumps every time that purge valve opens up unannounced.  I won’t be storing it in my garage when winter comes however.  Deep cold is not good for the unit, and it is water-cooled.  Even though you get a sample of special anti-freeze to be used in the coolant tank, you don’t want to take a chance the tank or lines might freeze and crack.

A pretty compact unit

A pretty compact unit

The Omega Super Charger is easy to use with well-marked buttons and dials.  It has an auto-shutoff feature so it stops at your pre-selected pressure to avoid over-pressurizing the gun or tank you are filling.  There is an hour-meter on the front so you can keep track of the amount of time the unit has run.  Every four hours lubrication is applied by simply turning a knob near the back of the unit.   The finish is a very nice woven carbon fiber look.  In addition to a one year warranty, a nylon protective cover comes with it as well as a unique tri-spoke (think “Peace Symbol”) wrench to get inside to replace O-rings or for other maintenance.  The Omega Super Charger is just one of several air compressors carried in the AOA line.  An air compressor represents a serious commitment to the hobby as they start around $1400.00, plus taxes and shipping costs, and go up from there.  AOA can even fix you up with a gasoline powered compressor if that fits your needs.

So imagine this: you’ve just ordered a super whiz-bang airgun from www.airgunsofarizona.com. Maybe you talked to one of the sales people on the phone, or you emailed an order, or maybe you ordered on-line. The point is, you’ve made your choice and laid down your money . . . have you ever wondered what happens next?

Dillon Treloar happens next, that’s what. In a very real sense, Treloar is the last line of quality control for Airguns of Arizona. He’s the guy who takes an order – regardless of its source, the phone, an email, online – and pulls it all together and checks it so that AoA’s shipping department can actually ship it to you.

Dillon sighting in an airgun.

Dillon sighting in an airgun.

He says, “If somebody orders a gun, I get it all set up for them. I pull the requisite parts from the warehouse – the gun, the scope, the mounts. I set the gun up for them and make sure it is doing the proper velocity. If the customer wants a regulator installed in a precharged gun, I pull the gun and the regulator and take them to repairs to do the installation. After the regulator is installed, I check the gun to make sure the velocity is correct.”

He adds, “Most days, I try to come in a little early to pull some orders and bring them to shipping so they can get started filling boxes as soon as they come in.”

Dillon prints off a shot target to send with the order.

Dillon prints off a shot test target to send with the order.

When I asked Treloar if he had been an airgunner as a kid, I could almost hear him grinning at the other end of the phone. “Well,” he said slowly, “Robert Buchanan (president of Airguns of Arizona) is my stepfather. He bought me my first airgun, a Daisy Red Ryder, when I was about seven.”

Treloar still enjoys airgunning. “I try to get out to the local airgun benchrest match about once a month, and I am starting to get into field target.”

The gun he uses most often is Daystate Mark IV Panther in.177, but Treloar also owns a somewhat rare gun, a Parker Hale Phoenix lever action.

I asked if Treloar had ever encountered anything unusual in his duties at AoA. He replied, “Occasionally, a wealthy new customer will order three or four high end guns all at once or order multiple guns of the same model for his friends. That has happened several times since I have been here.”

When he isn’t at work, Treloar plays lead guitar in a band and enjoys country music and classic rock and roll.

He says, “I am just super blessed to have this job. I love every minute of it, and we’re all like family here.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

There’s a new Heavyweight Champion on the airgun scene, and this one is the King of the .25 pellets!

JSB King Heavy .25 Pellets

Heavyweight Kings in .25 caliber!

JSB is very keen to the demands of the World, and it feels as though they are especially in-tune with the US market specifically. The Czech Republic company has been manufacturing pellets for many years, and they began specifically with the 10-Meter match gun market. Over the course of business, they have added and included so many types of sporting pellets, hunting pellets, and more. Many years of hard work and dedication to detail have earned JSB a reputation for building quite possibly the best pellets around! When they jumped into the Quarter-bore market with the JSB King .25, they were met with huge success. As the market continued to grow in the .25 caliber, the power levels began to rise as well. So what have we come to expect from JSB? They respond with yet another great pellet…the King Heavy .25 at a dense 33.95 grains!

The JSB King Heavy .25 pellets are all around good looking pellets! They have a long, thick waist, with very little taper. At a glance, they resemble a cylindrical pellet like the old Sheridan .20’s. The skirts are good and solid, which will help the soft lead composition hold up with moderate use. The head is a shallow round nose, and is likely the best design possible, knowing the extent of testing JSB would have performed prior to committing to this profile! We have the King Heavy pellets in the larger 300 count tins, and they come safely packaged with foam liners on top and bottom of each tin for added security and support.

JSB King Heavy vs King Standard

King Heavy (left) vs standard King (right)

In testing, accuracy is what accuracy always will be…hit or miss! No pellet will ever be the best in all barrels, and no pellet will shoot with accuracy guarantee. As with most JSB’s, we find they are more consistently the best pellet tested out of many airguns. The same held true with the King Heavy .25’s. Heavy hitters like the FX Royale 500 or the Daystate Air Wolf Extreme did surprisingly well with these new pellets. Velocity (of course) decreases, but overall power increases and BC gets better with these King Heavies! We tested the FX Wildcat .25 for fun and got these results:

King 25.39gr = 910 fps Average = 46.7 ft/lbs

King Heavy 33.95gr = 805 fps Average = 48.9 ft/lbs

As you can see, the power level of the rifle increased by over 2 ft/lbs, and the added weight retains the energy better down range. Also, due to the lower velocity, the pellet had a noticeably quieter report when exiting the rifle! All these features add up to great things for hunters!

Best of all, we waited to post this announcement until after we received our first large shipment. Let’s face it, reading a review and getting excited about a new product is very upsetting when you then learn that the product is not available yet! So, if you have a .25 caliber precharged airgun that is shooting hot, and you want to see if the new JSB King Heavy .25 pellets bring out more potential from your rifle, get a tin on order and give them a try!


Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Omega;  AFA tanks

Omega being used to fill an Airforce reservoir

Pre-charged pneumatic guns are a joy to shoot.  They can be very powerful, yet all but the most powerful produce no felt recoil at all.  For all of the fun and lack of recoil, there has to be an equal and opposite side and that is: charging these guns in the first place.  Starting out, if you can only afford one PCP gun, you might opt for a hand pump to fill that reservoir.  They are convenient, easily portable and take up little storage space.  They work well and can last a long time with proper usage and care.  The downside, as many of you reading this know, is the amount of work involved in hand pumping a reservoir with a capacity of around 200cc up to a pressure of 3000, or more, psi.  If you are not familiar with the process, it can be a tedious workout.  It may take hundreds of strokes, stopping momentarily at both the top of the stroke and the bottom of the stroke (for most efficient air transfer), to completely fill an empty gun.

Now, I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from owning a PCP airgun.  Luckily for those of us who enjoy owning and shooting them, there are options to a hand pump.  Got an old scuba tank laying around that is still capable of passing the hydro test?  If you were never into scuba or your tank is so old no one will fill it for you (old High Pressure Air vessels are nothing to fool around with), check out the possibilities from www.airgunsofarizona.com.  AofA carries the Omega line of carbon-fiber wrapped aluminum air cylinders that are rated for 4500psi – higher than scuba tanks.  Plus, they weight a lot less.  The smaller tanks can easily be carried in a backpack for topping off your gun while afield.  The bigger tanks like the 100 cubic foot model shown here will keep you shooting longer between refills.  The only caveats: you must treat these tanks with care; protect them from scratching and gouges as that might weaken the tank, making it unsafe to refill, and they have a usable life of 15 years.

Super flexible HPA hose with Foster quick disconnect

Super flexible HPA hose with Foster quick disconnect

Along with the tanks and single gauge valve, a highly flexible hose comes as a marvelous little addition.  It is longer (one meter) than most of the hoses that come with a tank.  This is a big help when you have multiple airguns to fill and the fill ports on each gun will most likely be in a different place — anywhere from the front just under the barrel, to the rear under the buttstock and anywhere in between.  The most remarkable feature about this hose is that it could literally be tied in a knot without kinking (although I wouldn’t recommend making a practice of that!).  This valve and hose combination comes with a lifetime warranty.

Additionally, AofA offers options such as an “Adaptable Connector System”, allowing quick connections to various types of fill ports without the use of wrenches.  AofA was the first to provide this adaptable system to the market and now others are following suit.  They also offer a carry system that makes it convenient to transport the tank while providing protection from damage.  Another option: AofA can fit the tanks with a dual gauge valve that provides more accuracy by showing the tank and fill pressure during the filling process.

Contact AofA for additional details and pricing at either: www.airgunsofarizona.com or (480) 461-1113.

If you don’t have easy access to a dive shop or other filling station, then you’ll want to check out the compressor options available through AofA.  More on that in a future blog.