A question of quiet

Monday, June 16, 2014

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A few years ago I conducted an interview on long-distance shooting with a gentleman who is well known in the airgunning community. He offered the opinion that no one would want a silencer on an airgun unless they wanted to do poaching.

I’ve had a few years to think about that statement, and my conclusion is that it is hogwash. Sure, I imagine that there might be some airgunners out there who are poachers and who would want silenced air rifles for that purpose, but among all the airgunners that I have spoken with or met not once has the subject of poaching even been whispered.

On the other hand, I have talked with and met many airgunners who particularly enjoy the special freedom that airguns offer – that is, the ability to shoot legally in many locations where the discharging of firearms is strictly forbidden. Many of them desire air pistols and air rifles with a reduced report to help maintain good relationships with their neighbors.

For myself, accuracy is the thing that attracts me to airguns, and in addition to accuracy I simply enjoy shooting an air rifle that makes as little noise as possible. In general, most spring-piston are much quieter than, say, a .22 long rifle, and most pre-charged pneumatics and multi-stroke pneumatics, if they are not fitted with some sort of sound-attenuation device, tend to be considerably noisier than springers.

Some time ago, I read that Dr. Robert Beeman, former owner of Beeman airguns, had done an experiment in which he had a colleague position himself so that he couldn’t see Beeman shooting. Beeman then fired a springer with and without a sound attenuating device, asking the hidden listener which as louder. The listener apparently found no discernable difference. From this, if I remember correctly, Beeman concluded that sound attenuation devices really didn’t have an impact on springers.

Recently, however, I had the opportunity to shoot a Walther LGV .177 caliber, high-power version, that had been fitted with the FX Modular Moderator. It’s easy to do a with-and-without comparison because all you have to do is remove the screw-on sections that attach to the base piece that is permanently bonded to the barrel.

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Now, from the factory, the LGV is the smoothest shooting spring-piston powerplant on which I have had the pleasure to squeeze the trigger. If you want the easiest cock, quietest version, go for the .22 caliber 12-foot-pound version. It is simply amazing. But if you want the flattest shooting model, go for the .177 high power. It launches 7.9 grain Crosman Premier Lights (CPLs) at around 930 fps and produces a report at the muzzle that is very similar to the Weihrauch HW80 – a bit of a snap as the pellet exits. Fitted with the FX Modular Moderator, the noise at the muzzle of the LGV .177 high power seems to just disappear. The shooter hears and feels the action of the powerplant as the shot discharges, and that’s it. I like it. It makes an already excellent air rifle even better, and, as an added bonus, the modular moderator extends the length of the barrel assembly beyond the muzzle. I found myself grabbing the modular moderator as a cocking assist handle that, because of the additional length and leverage, reduces the cocking effort.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott

7 Comments

  1. Tim Weir says:

    Jock,
    I don’t see this moderator on the AoA web site. Where can I purchase one? I too am a great fan of the LGV. I have the Master Ultra. I am working diligently with this rifle for our USARB Club so that I can qualify with it in the springer division, even though I am signficantly better with my pcp’s. In addition to the quiet I would like it for cocking also.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Tim,

      Give the good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com a call or shoot them an email. I’m sure they can help you out.

      1. Harry Chu says:

        I try to call, I was waiting for FOURTY Minutes. So I hang up, and send a e-mail. Do you have a link to buy one on line.
        Harry Chu
        07.07.2014.

  2. Dave S. says:

    Without a doubt the finest springer I have shot. I have the 22.cal. Ultra Challenger. It has gotten to the point that it is the only one of my springers that I want to shoot. The more you shoot it, the better it feels. Most definitely will be getting one in 177.cal. I will be selling off the rest of my Springers to finance it. I will most likely get the FX mod, but at $150.00 seems kind of pricey. Might wait and see what else comes available.Can you get the 177.cal in 12lbs?
    Thanks, love your blog!
    Dave S,

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Dave S.,

      Thanks for the kind words. I have not seen the .177 LGV in 12lbs. The .177 high power version will not be as quiet or easy to cock as your .22 Ultra Challenger, but it does launch 7.9 grain pellets at over 900 fps.

  3. Robert G. finn says:

    I would like to purchase an FX modular moderator for my .177 LGV
    Please advise as to cost an and avail. ?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Bob,

      You need to contact the good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com directly.

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