Great things come in small packages is an old adage that rings true for this little rifle. Introduced about a year ago, it is the first dedicated PCP for youthful shooters. BSA had their thinking caps on when looking at the market and realizing that if an adult is already shooting PCPs and has kids, then the infrastructure (tanks, hand pumps, compressor) is already in place so getting this PCP for junior is a natural step.
This .177 version is available in two power ranges: 6 ft-lb. or 12 ft-lb. It is purpose-built to introduce youth or small statured folks to PCP shooting and does an admirable job. Based off of the BSA Ultra series of guns, and even utilizing some parts from the big brother, it has an overall length of 27 inches. The barrel length is 11.8 inches of cold hammer forged steel made in-house at the Birmingham factory and comes with ½ UNF threaded muzzle with protective cap. The scaled down sporter style Beech stock is made by Minelli and exudes class. Nicely finished, it has laser cut checkering on the pistol grip and fore-end. As a bonus, as your young shooter grows, the Ultra JSR stock can be swapped into a full-sized Ultra model synthetic stock. The metal is done in a matte finish. The weight, without optics, comes in at 5.7 pounds. Adding the MTC Mamba Lite 4-16x42mm scope and a Trident suppressor brought the package up to 7.1 pounds, a tad heavy for a child, but it balanced very well. Of course, in .177 the Ultra JSR is pretty backyard friendly without a suppressor if the additional weight is a factor. Assuming it will be used to introduce junior shooters to PCPs, most likely that will be done from a shooting bench so weight would not be as important as ease of loading and shooting, which the Ultra JSR excels at. It is supplied with an easy to load spring loaded 10-round magazine. The bolt action is smooth and does not require a lot of force so kids will have no problems there. An adjustable 2-stage trigger is smooth and crisp and broke at 1 pound, 4.6 ounces after a long first stage takeup. There is no anti-double feed capability so don’t work the bolt more than once with a loaded magazine. The safety is a lever on the left side of the receiver, with a large “S” and “F” so it is easy for the shooter to quickly tell which mode the airgun is in. The rearmost position is safe and blocks the trigger. It was a bit stiff at first and can’t easily be manipulated without changing the shooting grip.
The under-barrel reservoir fills to a maximum of 232 bar, or 3365psi, and should give up to 40 shots per fill in the 12 ft-lb. version. More than twice that could be expected from the 6 ft-lb. model, thanks to the proprietary “StrikeFast” valve.
Although a bit unwieldy for me to shoot as a 6-foot adult, I managed to put 5 Crosman 7.5 grain pointed pellets into a ragged 2-hole grouping at 20 yards. The pellets were travelling at an average of 537fps. Imagine what a kid with good coaching and this air rifle could do!
All-in-all a sweet little package that really delivers on everything you would expect for an air rifle designed to start youths in the world of PCP shooting. You can thank Robert Buchanan, owner of Airguns of Arizona for bringing these quality air rifles to our shores through his company Precision Airgun Distribution; as BSA imports and support were lacking here in the colonies. Although quality doesn’t come cheap at an MSRP of $599.99 for the 6 ft-lb. model and $699.99 for the 12 ft-lb., you are getting the 150+ year BSA know-how along with all the modern steels, alloys and technology benefits backed by a 2-year, nontransferable warranty. If adding a suppressor is of interest, AofA can help there as well with the Trident and 0dB lines they carry.