If you have an FX Revolution or Monsoon semi-automatic air rifle or a springer or a single- or multi-stroke pneumatic and you send it to www.airgunsofarizona.com, there is a high probability that it will fall into the capable hands of repair technician Todd DeOrio.
Todd came to Airguns of Arizona by way of birds – his brother’s birds to be specific. It turns out that at Todd’s brother’s house, birds attack the siding. He got tired of repairing the holes, so he bought an inexpensive airgun from one of the big box stores. It wasn’t very accurate, so then he bought a precharged pneumatic rifle from AoA. Then he (Todd’s brother) began looking for a compressor he could use to fill his gun. After considerable research, he contacted a Chinese firm that could supply a compressor, and he said to Todd: “Let’s develop our own air compressor line to sell to the airgun industry.” Todd, who is a licensed auto mechanic, machinist, and welder, agreed.
The DeOrio brothers worked with the Chinese firm for several months, improving the compressor, and finally bringing it to AoA’s Robert Buchanan, who loved the compressor and began offering it to customers.
Todd says, “During the next two and a half years, I would stop by now and again to repair a compressor. One day, Robert asked if I could come in one day a week to repair airguns. Over the next few months, the demand for my time gradually crept up a day at a time until now I am full time at AoA.”
He notes that the opportunity with AoA appeared just when a big woodworking job he was doing with another company was winding down. “It’s amazing how God opens and shuts doors for us,” he says.
When it comes to precharged pneumatic airguns, he says, o-rings are the weak link in the system. “They don’t generally wear out. They will generally harden up, and that can happen over time whether you are shooting the gun or not. Over time, they will simply harden and lose the seal, but I can understand a customer’s frustration that the very expensive PCP rifle they purchased and haven’t used much suddenly doesn’t work for no apparent reason. Every PCP owner needs to know that it will require periodic resealing, just in the same way that a luxury automobile will need periodic maintenance, even if it has been stored for a long time.”
He recommends storing PCPs charged full and keeping them clean. “If you want an airgun that will probably shoot even after it has been stored for a very long time, get a high quality springer. You can burn a seal or kink a spring, and they will still shoot, but at reduced velocity. Just don’t store a springer cocked for long periods.”
The majority of springers that Todd sees for repairs are simply older guns – 10, 20, sometimes 30 years old – that still shoot but need a new piston seal and spring to restore the oomph that they once had.
Above all, Todd has one big recommendation for all airgun owners: “Get out and shoot as often as you can. Shoot with your family, shoot with your friends. It’s a great sport; get out and enjoy it!”
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
- Jock Elliott