Because airguns fall into a subjective area of the law when it comes to detachable suppressors, we airgunners can currently take advantage of the availability of quality items in the marketplace without jumping through bureaucratic hoops.  Keep in mind this information is just that, informational only, and never to be construed as legal advice related to the ownership and use of suppressors designed solely for use with airguns.

Airguns are not firearms, obviously, and it is this distinction that creates the “gray area” being capitalized on by airgun manufacturers and accessory makers.  Some manufacturers are fine with permanently attached suppressors on their air rifles because their legal teams interpret the law as allowing it.  However, they will not even consider models with removeable suppressors for the American market.  Others interpret it to mean that airgun suppressors do not fall under the National Firearms Act whether or not they are permanently attached.  To attempt to stay within the current understanding of the law, airgun suppressors are clearly marked “For Airgun Use Only”, have different threads than what is standard on a firearm (1/2 inch by 20 TPI vs 1/2 inch by 28 TPI; there can be variations), and usually have internal components that are not able to withstand even one discharge of a firearm round.

Two of the newer suppressor offerings from AofA.

AofA stocks multiple suppressor brands and this article highlights two of the newest offerings; the 0dB (zero decibel) and the Ramus Technologies Trident.  The 0dB sports an aggressive name as no suppressor can really bring a gunshot down to zero decibels except maybe in the vacuum of space or a Hollywood movie.  Made in Great Britain by Daystate using Italian components, the 0dB is available in two lengths and five colors.  The Cerakote tan runs an additional cost and all have a matte finish to avoid glare. The short can is 110 millimeters long (4.3 inches) and the long can is 160 millimeters (6.3 inches).  They are sleek with a diamond groove pattern around the circumference and angled open channels allowing mesh to show through for an aesthetically pleasing look.  The internal design lowers turbulence and the exit orifice design helps eliminate “clipping” of the pellet skirt as it leaves the can.  Calibers available for this suppressor are denoted by asterisks on the muzzle end with one asterisk representing .177 and .22 caliber combined, two represents .25, and three represents .30. MSRPs on the 0dB in black run $119.99 for the 110C and $189.99 for the 160S model.  The Cerakote version runs $139.99 and $209.99 respectively.  The website does not list the availability of other colors at this time.

The Ramus Technologies Trident with Flip Compensator is an American made suppressor that is exclusively available from AofA.  It utilizes a 3D printed proprietary monocore internal component which is user replaceable in case of damage or a different caliber option is desired.   Extremely light thanks to the outer can being of aircraft grade alloy, the unit is pleasing to the eye with six flats and multiple small ports drilled around the circumference that add to its effectiveness.  The black finish is a bit shiny, but even and well done.  The compensator, as its name implies, is designed to improve accuracy and control by reducing muzzle flip.  Available in calibers from .177 up to .30, there is an option for 20mm metric threads as well.  The MSRP is $249.99.

The Ramus Technologies Trident with Flip Compensator model opened to show the monocore insert.

Either model would be an excellent addition to rifles in your collection that are not quite backyard friendly.  Even models already having shrouded barrels will benefit as long as the muzzle is threaded and the additional length isn’t a problem for you.  These are quality items that are very effective without adding a bunch of weight to the end of your barrel and won’t change the point of impact when installed.  Our friends are currently running a sale on all of the suppressors they stock and could answer any questions you may have. 

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

The Diana Outlaw is a sophisticated entrant in the mid range PCP air rifle market. Its good regulated shot count, pleasant side lever cocking and consistent trigger make the gun a strong performer. It looks good and feels good in the hand too.

At $499.99, the Diana Outlaw is priced between the rash of $300 PCPs and the more traditional $1,000-ish starting point for the premium brands. It’s available in .177, .22 and .25 calibers.

Probably the Benjamin Marauder is the gun to beat at the price. Compared to the Outlaw, the Marauder has a better trigger, is quieter and can’t be blank-fired with a magazine in place. But the Diana has a far more consistent regulated shot count, side lever action and more sophisticated looks.

This comparison to the Marauder means that the Diana Outlaw offers very good value for money. That’s always been the Marauder’s strong suit and the Outlaw clearly trades punches with the long-established champion in performance, value and quality. Here they are together.

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

The Diana Outlaw I tested was in .22 caliber. It achieved a maximum Muzzle Energy of 31.11 Ft/Lbs with the heavy, 21.14 Grain H&N Baracuda Match pellets.

The Baracudas also delivered excellent accuracy. At 25 Yards, the 10-shot test group was very respectable at about 0.3-Inches center-to-center using a scope at 9X magnification.

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

The Outlaw has a two-stage trigger. However, the first stage is considerably heavier than is normal and it feels rather more like a single stage trigger with a degree of creep. Sear release is predictable, however, and the overall effect quite pleasant. Pull weight averaged a comfortable 1 Lb 11 Oz.

It’s quite possible that the trigger would respond well to a little careful tuning. It is adjustable for pull length and sear engagement. Both adjustments are achieved by using hex wrenches inserted through appropriate holes in the trigger guard.

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

The Diana Outlaw has a manual trigger block safety. It’s actually in the trigger blade and has a side-to-side action. This safety has a red indicator for “off safe”. When engaged, the other side of the safety projects and prevents movement of the trigger by striking against the trigger guard itself.

This safety is simple to operate for a right-handed shooter. It’s less convenient for a left-hander, however, as a change of hold is required to operate by left-handers. It’s also too small for effective use in cold weather when wearing gloves.

The cocking lever works well and easily. It’s less slick than that of more expensive PCPs, but it’s definitely better than any bolt action I can think of.

The Outlaw has a regulated action. This produces a good, consistent Muzzle Velocity for 49 shots, as you can see from the graph below. From shot 50, pressure had fallen sufficiently that the regulator was no longer activated. The FPS then dropped steadily from shot-to-shot, as is expected.

This test was made using JSB-manufactured Daystate Rangemaster, 15.9 Grain pellets.

The cocking lever works well and easily. It’s less slick than that of more expensive PCPs, but it’s definitely better than any bolt action I can think of.

The Outlaw is supplied with a fully-shrouded barrel. This gives a fairly quiet report. It’s not “Marauder quiet”, however, it’s certainly backyard-friendly.

An interesting design feature is the series of tiny holes drilled in the rear of the shroud. Air can be felt exhausting from these holes whenever a shot is taken. It’s not a strong rush of air, but you can detect it with a hand in the right place.

As expected, the Outlaw is not fitted with any iron sights. In common with most higher-end air rifles, it’s not bundled with a scope either, thus leaving the choice of optics to the owner. I found the Aztec Emerald scopes to be a good partner for the Outlaw.

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

The top of the breech is grooved with standard airgun dovetails. The magazine does protrude above the top of the breech. However, there’s still sufficient clearance for the scope above the clip, even when using medium height rings.

One issue is that the magazine is loaded from the left side of the gun. This may cause issues with large diameter scope sidewheels, so the new owner should check this aspect before selecting a scope.

The magazine is of an interesting, quite complex design. Capacity is 13 pellets in .177 cal, 11 in .22 and 9 pellets in .25 caliber.

The cocking lever works well and easily. It’s less slick than that of more expensive PCPs, but it’s definitely better than any bolt action I can think of.

It’s easy to load without the need to hold back a sprung cover plate, as is often the case with other rotary magazines, due to an internal ratcheting system.

However, it does not block the action when all pellets are used and there’s no pellet counter. This means that it’s necessary to keep count of the shots fired to avoid a blank discharge.

The magazine slides easily and slickly into the breech, being retained in place by a magnet. There are flats on the side of the rotating pellet holder in the magazine. When a flat is in the vertical position for the second time,  it’s a visual  indication that the magazine is empty.

The Diana Outlaw is also fairly light. The weight of the sample I tested was 6 Lbs 10 Oz without scope. This compares to the 7 Lbs 5 Oz of a synthetic Marauder.

Machining finish is very good, with most metal parts having a uniform, black matt  finish.

The stock has a simple design with no unnecessary curves or shaping. Wood finish is generally good and smooth, with areas of  machine-made “checkering” on the forend and pistol grip to aid a good grip. The expected rubber buttpad seemed well-shaped and comfortable against the shoulder.

I found the Diana Outlaw very easy and comfortable to shoot. The stock design worked well for me, even though there is no adjustable buttpad or cheekpiece, as is common in more expensive PCP air rifles.

The Diana Outlaw uses a probe filling system to charge it with High Pressure Air. This probe has a standard “Foster” quick disconnect on the other end.

The Diana Outlaw - A Great Value PCP Air Rifle

This design enables it to be connected directly to the standard female quick disconnect fitting found on HPA tanks and pumps without the usual, annoying need for an additional adapter. This makes it quick and easy to use, particularly for owners with other PCPs having a standard male fill nipple.

The cover for the fill port is spring-loaded. It’s pulled forward to insert the fill probe, then released back after filling. This is a far better solution than the more common separate screw-thread or push-in cover for the fill port.

The cocking lever works well and easily. It’s less slick than that of more expensive PCPs, but it’s definitely better than any bolt action I can think of.

Now there’s no chance of losing or dropping the cover and the fill port itself is automatically protected from the possible ingress of dirt. This is a first-rate feature that we have not seen on other PCP air rifles.

As you can tell, I liked the Diana Outlaw a lot. I think you will too!

In our photograph above, we see Robert Buchanan from Airguns of Arizona with the Concept Lite at its launch during the 2019 IWA Show in Germany. Now it’s available and shipping from AoA.

The Brocock Concept Lite is positioned as a ‘modular gun platform” – that’s a concept that started with assault rifles, and has now spread to airguns.

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

Brocock claims that the Concept Lite is the most solid platform available for building a true tactical, firearm-grade air rifle system. The full-length backbone “chassis” machined from a solid piece of aircraft-grade Aluminum has a lot yo do with that.

To check this out, I spent some time working with a Concept Lite and customizing it to my taste. Above, you can see some of the additions I made. Now we’ll look at them in more detail…

Of course we need a scope! One option is to mount a MTC Mamba Lite scope, as above. Or an Aztec Optics 5.5 – 25 x 50 scope with Sportsmatch rings, below.

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

Alternatively, the Leapers Bugbuster could be a compact choice to match the small dimensions of the Concept Lite. (It’s particularly compact when that stock is collapsed into the closed position).

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

A bipod is a natural accessory to mount to the lower Picatinny rail.

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

There’s horizontal and vertical sling slots in the sliding buttstock. Then all you need is a Picatinny-fitting sling swivel for the front and the Concept Lite is ready for comfortable carry in the field. (If you have no need for the side accessory rails, they’re easily removed using the visible machine screws).

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

The shrouded barrel is tipped with a removable barrel nut. Removing this, the very cool-looking Brocock ported Muzzle Brake would be an ideal upgrade!

Brocock says that the pistol grip accepts standard AK47-type replacements, should you wish. So, using a 5 mm Allen wrench, I removed the very nice factory pistol grip.

Customizing The Brocock Concept Lite

Just to prove the point, I then installed a Chicom grip from an old AK47 firearm. Yip, it fits, but I much prefer the look of the Brocock factory part!

And there’s many more possibilities for this versatile, compact, yet solid-feeling air rifle.

Step one – of course – is to get your own Brocock Concept Lite and take it from there!

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. 

The BSA Ultra JSR with Mamba-Lite scope and 0dB suppressor.

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!

This kind of accuracy should bolster a young shooter’s confidence.

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.

The MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder is an interesting and useful accessory from the British company.

A laser rangefinder is an essential device for the serious airgun hunter. It can also come in very useful for sighting-in and working-out holdover for the Field Target enthusiast. This is a good one and now Airguns of Arizona has it on sale at nearly $100 off!

With a minimum focusing range of 5 Yards, this MTC rangefinder has a claimed maximum range of 1,300 Yards. We tested it out measuring ranges in comparison to a long surveyor’s tape out to 50 Yards. The readings were spot on!

Like most laser rangefinders, the MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder is a small, portable unit. It’s not much larger than a tin of pellets, as you can see from our photograph above. It also comes complete with a comprehensive range of accessories.

The clamshell case can be fixed to your belt by the included carabiner. There’s also a wrist strap which can be attached to the rangefinder for security.

The MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder can be used in two ways. As a stand-alone rangefinder, or as a complete, computerized, ballistic correction system.

1. Using the MTC Laser Rangefinder as a stand alone device.

The first is to simply take it out of the box, install the battery and press the red button on top. Looking through the viewfinder eyepiece, the rangefinder immediately springs to life and records the range of the target you aim at using the reticle.

If you want to select a different reticle pattern, or change measurements from Yards to Meters, this is achieved by pressing the two buttons on top, as explained by the instruction manual.

But this MTC rangefinder can be used in a different way, too…

2. Using it as a complete ballistic correction system.

While the MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder can be used “just” as a simple rangefinder, it has huge capabilities beyond this.

To discover and use these capabilities requires you to use a smartphone – iPhone or Android. Download the free Rapier Ballistic Calculator App onto your phone and get ready for a whole new world of computerized shooting assistance!

There’s a link to this from AoA’s product page for the rangefinder.

First it’s essential to understand that once the MTC Laser Rangefinder has been connected to the Rapier Ballistic Calculator App, the rangefinder will be controlled by the phone. You will press the red “fire” button on the rangefinder itself, but everything else will happen on your phone, including turning the rangefinder off after use.

Next, check that the MTC Rapier App has correctly downloaded onto your phone (below, left). Then you MUST go through the “Using The Rangefinder” setup steps, as described on pages 5 and 6 of the manual, even if you are happy with the way the MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder works out of the box.

This allows you to make a Bluetooth pairing between the rangefinder and your phone.

Having achieved Bluetooth pairing, you need to tell the MTC App the type of air rifle, scope and pellet you are using. The screen below left shows how to do this. As part of this setup, you’ll need to input the Ballistic Coefficient for the pellet. Time to find that from the Hard Air Magazine Ballistic Coefficients page , for example…

Repeat the same process to tell the App about the other airgun/pellet/scope combinations you will be using. (Hit the + button on the right screen, below). You can select the one you want when you’re ready to shoot.

The App will provide details of holdover based on the sighted-in (Zero) distance and other details you fed into the phone. Obviously they will be visible on your phone’s screen (we’ll see the display screen below), but they are also given audibly as well.

That’s a great feature, but what about if you’re hunting? Simply pair the included earpiece with your phone and you can listen to the instructions. That way the prey is not spooked and you don’t even have to look at the phone to understand the holdover required.

The Audio menu can be configured to speak just the range, or any other combination of information the MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder generates. (See below, left).

Other settings include the angular units for your scope’s reticle (above right) and the environmental settings at the time you’re shooting (screens below). As you can see, the MTC App can even retrieve current weather automatically from the Internet if you wish!

So, finally, let’s look at the output display screen of the App (below). The range, target angle and appropriate holdover corrections are all indicated on this screen – and can be spoken to you as we discussed above.

You can also see if your rangefinder has been discovered by the App (the top bar) and the output selection you have made (next bar down). The third bar confirms the scope unit settings you selected and the one below shows the gun.scope/pellet combination profile you’re using now.

Below that is the graphic display for holdover, range, weather etc. That 10 min indicator shows the time before the rangefinder will automatically be switched off. You can change it, naturally.

If you choose to “go the whole hog” and benefit from this great App, it will take a little set-up time, of course. However the results are well worth it for the excellent, comprehensive and immediate results you will achieve when using the MTC Optics Rapier Ballistic Laser Rangefinder in the field.

And did we mention that AoA has this rangefinder at a close to a $100 saving right now?

The Labradar Doppler Radar Chronograph - A Vital Tool For The Serious Airgunner

Labradar is a system that measures the velocity of multiple projectiles, including airgun pellets as well as bullets fired from firearms. It measures pellet velocities to an accuracy of 0.1% and offers some interesting benefits for airgunners!

Most serious air rifle shooters are familiar with the benefits of a chronograph – being able to measure the velocity of a fired pellet. Labradar takes this one stage further. It uses a different technology to chronographs and offers the potential benefit of being able to monitor the pellet’s velocity at more than one point during its flight.

Traditional chronographs measure a pellet’s speed using photo electric sensors. Labradar does it using a Doppler radar system.

This means Labrador is the ideal tool to determine those Ballistic Coefficient values for your specific airgun, pellet and location. It can also aid the hunter by indicating exactly how much kinetic energy is available at specific distances downrange.

The Labradar Doppler Radar Chronograph - A Vital Tool For The Serious Airgunner

Labradar is supplied securely packaged in a nicely-printed box. The unit itself looks something like a digital theodolite. It’s designed to be used on a photographic tripod.

Alternatively, it can be attached to a Bench Mount, which is sold as a separate item. The Labradar unit screws into the 1/4-inch x 20 thread on top of the ball mount.

In order to be used with an airgun, there’s an accessory microphone kit that amplifies the sound. This is particularly necessary with silenced air rifles and allows the unit to sense the shot being fired. The Airgun Trigger Adapter clips to the side of the main unit in use.

For power, Labradar requires 6 x AA batteries. Alternatively it can be powered by a portable cellphone battery pack.

Labradar provides a readout of velocity on the built-in LCD screen. But the power of the system is really utilized to the full if it’s connected to a computer. In that way, a large amount of data can be downloaded into a spreadsheet for subsequent analysis and manipulation.

If you plan to use the computer download capability, you’ll also need to add additional memory. This takes the form of a SDHC card. This is the type of card that’s used to record photographs in digital cameras. Only a small capacity card is required for Labradar.

We found it possible to use an old, redundant, SDHC card from a disused digital camera. You may find the same. Just plug the card into the port in Labradar. After use, remove the card and insert it into a computer. (You may need an additional adapter to do this).

For airgun use, set your Labradar and Airgun Trigger Adapter microphone kit to one side of the muzzle. This records the Muzzle Velocity, as indicated by the instructions.

Because Labradar uses reflected radar waves from the pellet to determine its velocity, it can also be troubled by reflections from the walls and ceiling of a room. So this is a system best suited for outdoor use.

The Labradar Doppler Radar Chronograph - A Vital Tool For The Serious Airgunner

Our testing was undertaken in the open and also on an outdoor 55-yard rifle range. Like most rifle ranges, this one had a system of overhead baffles downrange to prevent wayward shooting. These baffles are supported by posts.

We tested Labradar in a lane next to the post supports. The system worked perfectly and was not disturbed by the baffles or posts, as we had suspected it might be. Our concern was that the radar waves would be reflected back from the baffles and posts, giving false readings. This did not happen!

Another concern we had for Labradar to record airgun pellet velocities was that it would not be able to detect the noise of a silenced air rifle. For this test, we used a Benjamin Marauder in .177 caliber – our “gold standard” for low noise levels. Again, no problem!

Even without being set to its most sensitive setting, we were able to get Labradar to record airgun pellet velocities from the Marauder without any issues.

The manufacturer’s specifications for Labradar to record airgun pellet velocities say that the maximum range is 30 yards. This is due to the small size of the pellet, not being able to reflect back enough of the radar waves at longer distances.

However, we had no problems with Labradar to record airgun pellet velocities at ranges out to 55 Yards. That’s nearly twice the manufacturer’s claims. Maybe it could even have functioned at even greater distances, but this was the length of the range at which we were shooting the test.

Labradar recorded the distance to the target on the 55 Yard range as being exactly 55.0 Yards. We double-checked this by using a digital rangefinder. This confirmed the range as being 55.0 Yards.

Incidentally, the system needs to be preset to record certain maximum and minimum velocities. There’s no specific “airgun” setting for muzzle velocities in Labradar, but the “Handgun” setting is ideal for our purposes covered the range from 246 FPS to 1,722 FPS.

The system’s display screen will show the Muzzle Velocity, plus pellet velocities at the other distances you have preset.

The built-in menu system works well. For example, you can preset distances to be 10, 20, 50, 40 50 Yards.

If you want to use Labradar to record airgun pellet velocities at almost foot-by-foot distances downrange, it can do that too. Labradar has the capability to record the data for each shot on the SDHC storage card. Using the SD card, the data for hundreds – or even thousands – of shots can be recorded and stored.

Again, we found that the SD card functionality worked well. We were able to take the Labradar data and download it into a PC. It then opened-up easily in the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program, allowing for easy analysis and charting of the data, if required.

Not being PC users, we also tried to download the SD card data onto one of our Mac computers. This was less successful. Although the Mac could see the SD card, we were not able to download the data into the Apple Numbers spreadsheet program.

However, we did find a simple workaround. We copied the Excel file from the PC, loaded it into the Mac and were able to use the data in Apple Numbers by that route.

Really the only downsides to Labradar are the fact that it cannot be used in most indoor situations and that we found it will not detect .177 caliber alloy pellets. Why? Don’t ask us, it just doesn’t…

But neither of these downsides will be real limitations for most users. This is a great product!

If you are a PCP shooter and don’t have a SCUBA shop or other HPA air supplier readily at hand, refilling can be a bit of a challenge. Sure, there are quality hand pumps available for very reasonable prices, and they work great to top off the air reservoirs on airguns. Wouldn’t you rather be shooting than spending time pumping or driving back and forth to the SCUBA shop?

There are multiple portable compressors now available on the market for the PCP enthusiast and and prices are coming down commensurate with the smaller sizes. Measuring 13.75 by 12.25 by 6.75 inches and weighing approximately 28 pounds, it is air and water cooled. This design provides a longer working life by efficiently dissipating the heat generated by the work the compressors is doing. A four-stage pump design, it runs on 12 volts DC. A voltage inverter is supplied so the unit can also be used with either 110/220 AC house voltage. A six-foot long cable is built in for connecting the unit to a car battery while in the field. A user-adjustable pin system inside the pressure gauge is used to automatically stop the unit once the desired pressure is reached.

When they say portable, they mean portable…

Operation is easy and straight-forward: the provided high pressure microbore hose is unwound from the reel and the test plug removed from the female Foster quick-connector and stored for later retrieval. Supply power to the unit, close the bleed valve on the Trail Charger and flip the main power switch. The water pump and fan will start. Next make sure the gauge arm is set to the proper pressure to automatically shut off the unit. Some PCP airguns may require the user to cock the gun in order to fill and if filling a tank, be sure to open the tank valve slowly and completely. To start compression, simply press the illuminated green button.

The Trail Charger is remarkably quiet in operation. For larger fills it would be wise to stay near the machine checking that the water pump is working and monitoring the recommended duty cycle of 30 minutes on, 20 minutes off. There is an illuminated red stop button if you need to stop the compressor. The gauge on the Trail Charger goes up to 6000psi, however the instructions indicate the designed maximum pressure is 350 bar.

These units are typically designed to provide HPA for airgun reservoirs or air tanks only. The Trail Charger literature alludes its design provides for high purity air with extremely low oil and water content with no carbon dioxide or other harmful gases; making this air usable for human consumption. Additional testing might be wise prior to using it for that purpose.

Even though there is an onboard moisture filter, when air is being compressed to these high levels, any water molecules are being compressed at the same time. You don’t want this moisture to enter your airgun or air storage tanks as it will have a corrosive effect over time.  If investing in a portable air compressor, consider additional moisture filtration.

Available from my friends at airgunsofarizona.com, the Trail Charger retails at $800. Along with several wrenches for assembly/disassembly, it comes with extra grease in a syringe, extra O-rings, burst discs and parts to perform a reseal. A one-year limited warranty covers the buyer. Additionally, AofA can help with after-market moisture filtration questions or needs.

The LCS SK-19 is a revolutionary PCP air rifle that will soon be available at Airguns of Arizona. It is a selective fire model which offers full auto and semi-automatic operation!

Coming Soon At AoA! The LCS SK-19 Full Auto Air Rifle

There’s a built-in 19-shot rotary magazine and Lothar Walther barrel with a choice of .22 and .25 calibers. The SK-19 is regulated, of course, giving a claimed 110 shots per fill in .22 cal and 90 in .25 caliber.

Coming Soon At AoA! The LCS SK-19 Full Auto Air Rifle

I have shot a SK-19. This gun certainly works! I found that brief dabs on the trigger gave accurate 3-5 shot bursts that were very controllable on the full auto setting.

Of course, the standout feature of this hammerless semi-auto and full auto air rifle is the high rate of fire! LCS Air Arms says that this air rifle can empty the 19-shot magazine in under 3 seconds. That’s a fire rate of around 6 shots per second in full auto mode.

The LCS SK-19 is claimed by the manufacturer to chamber the longest pellets and slugs in both .22 and .25 calibers without problems.

The barrels are supplied by Lothar Walther. They are covered with a carbon fiber style shroud and silencer for low muzzle report.

The regulator is adjustable using a small knob. This is located just above the rear of the 480cc carbon fiber HPA tank. Filling is by an industry-standard 1/8 Inch NPT quick disconnect.

There are two pressure gauges. One indicates the main tank pressure. The other shows the pressure of the regulated air.

Coming Soon At AoA! The LCS SK-19 Full Auto Air Rifle

In addition to adjusting the regulator, the power level can be altered using the wheel on the underside at the rear of the action.

As the LCS SK-19 utilizes a fixed magazine, safe gun handling is a priority! Of course – as with any gun – the emphasis must be on the shooter to be safe.

However, the manufacturer has provided this full auto air rifle with no less than two safeties. One doubles as the fire selector control, to switch between full auto and semi-auto mode.

Additionally, the design gives considerable access to the fixed magazine. After shooting, this mag can be rotated manually to check that it is completely empty and confirm clear.

The LCS Air Arms SK-19 full auto air rifle is being sold by Airguns of Arizona. They report that Muzzle Energy is up to 60 Ft/Lbs in .25 caliber. So this is also a powerful airgun.

In common with the tactical design of the gun, there are two Picatinny rails. The top one is for scope mounting, the lower for adding a bipod to the SK-19.

The bullpup design means that the SK-19 is fairly compact and not too heavy. Overall length is 35 Inches and weight 7.75 Lbs.

Finally, many potential customers will be pleased to hear that the SK-19 is assembled in the USA.

Currently, Airguns of Arizona is taking deposits for customer orders from the first delivery. I hear they’re going fast!

In part I of my blog on the Huntsman Regal XL you heard me gush about the visual appeal and describe its many features. I gotta admit I’m unashamed to say I’m a fanboy of the Daystate line.

So, how did it perform when I kicked the tires? As to be expected with a high-end airgun, especially a Daystate, exceedingly well. First, it was paired with an MTC Optics Mamba Lite 4-16x42mm scope and SportsMatch High Range mounts with a side parallax wheel available from AofA. A handsome combination that performed very well together.

Let’s talk about the trigger. It is an adjustable two-stage affair that broke at one pound, 4 ounces right out of the box. The movement was smooth as glass and it broke crisply. The user also has the ability to adjust the cant of the trigger face if desired.

The cocking bolt requires a strong pull to cock the hammer spring and that takes a bit of getting used compared to the toggle style side cocking levers on some high-end airguns. The magazine is a rotary spring-loaded unit that is easy to load, even with fat fingers like mine.

Most PCPs on the market these days come equipped with some sort of sound moderator. Daystate now makes their own suppressors in-house and the one fitted to this Regal XL is a carbon fiber model that really does its job. PCP’s in .177 aren’t terribly noisy to begin with, and this one is an absolute pleasure to shoot because of the low report, adding to the shooting enjoyment of this rifle.

The Regal XL seemed to like most of the pellets I fed it with the exception of H&N Rabbit Magnum II 15.74 grain pellets. Possibly because they are so heavy, I can’t be sure. However, I could not get them to group well.  I’m not a great shot by any stretch of the imagination; still, at 75 feet I got some good groups. Close enough that your confidence should be high in using this rifle for pest control with just about any premium pellet. Predator Polymags 8 grain pellets were leaving the barrel at an average of 947fps equating to an energy level of 15.93fpe. They also exhibited the lowest extreme spread between shots out of the group of pellets used. Rifle Brand Premium Pointed pellets of 9.72 grains went downrange at an average of 896fps generating an energy of 17.33fpe. They also grouped well with some shots touching. H&N Baracuda Hunter Extremes at 9.57 grains traveling at 926fps produced 18.23fpe although they spread out a bit more. On a windless day with a better shooter behind the stock, all of the shots would most likely be touching.

Just for comparison, light (5.5 grain) Predator GTO lead-free wadcutters went zipping along at an average of 1068fps. These light pellets also grouped extremely well making this combination of gun and pellet a contender for indoor competitions where lead pellets are banned.

These are definitely airguns you will be proud to pass down to children or grandchildren for their shooting enjoyment (assuming our grandchildren still have the right to own a gun of any type. Support gun rights organizations and vote when the time comes! If firearms are outlawed, airguns will be targeted next. I’ll get off my soapbox now…). The great folks at AofA can certainly assist you in obtaining one of these, or any of the Daystate line, to become one of your family heirlooms.

Refilling the Regal XL from an Omega tank
Register Now For Extreme Benchrest 2019. There’s Over $34,000 In Prize Value!

Airguns of Arizona has announced that this years’s Extreme Benchrest will take place from October 10 – 13, 2019. It’s going to be the best ever, says “Mister AoA”, Robert Buchanan!

The venue will be the Rio Salado Shooting Range in Mesa AZ, the range that has hosted the EBR for several years past.

Register Now For Extreme Benchrest 2019. There’s Over $34,000 In Prize Value!

And yes, EBR 2019 will have the highest Extreme Benchrest prize money ever. The total value of the prizes to be awarded will be over $34,000. Wow!

Register Now For Extreme Benchrest 2019. There’s Over $34,000 In Prize Value!

And there’s more…

The first 120 contestants to register for EBR 2019 will receive a free PhoneSkope riflescope adapter – a $175 value. That represents a $21,000 value above and beyond the highest Extreme Benchrest prize money ever!

As always, there’s a limit to the number of shooters who can participate in this famous annual airgun shooting event. So, if you want a chance of winning your share of this huge prize pot, it’s best to register now. You can sign-up online to attend Extreme Benchrest 2019 at this page.

The format of Extreme Benchrest 2019 will be familiar to many, but has some interesting new twists. Of course, there will be the 100 Yard Extreme Benchrest competition itself. There’s also a 50 yard Benchrest open class and 50 yard Benchrest Spring class.

Register Now For Extreme Benchrest 2019. There’s Over $34,000 In Prize Value!

Then there’s the Speed Silhouette and two Big Bore challenges, too. Plus the American Field Target competition. Oh, and an indoor pistol competition, too. Below, we see Tom Adams competing in American Field Target last year.

Register Now For Extreme Benchrest 2019. There’s Over $34,000 In Prize Value!

As usual, competitors for each course of fire are divided into “Pro” and “Sportsmans” classes. This gives the maximum opportunity for prize-winning, particularly for new competitors.

The One Gun Challenge is an additional attraction. For this, shooters must use the same gun, in the same caliber, with the same scope. Prizewinners will have the highest combined scores from the EBR, 50 Yard Benchrest, Speed Silhouette and American Field Target competitions.

For full details, check out the Extreme Benchrest website. There’s an online contact form available, should you have questions.

The 2018 Extreme Benchrest Pro class was won by Claudio Flores from Chile. He used a .22 caliber Brocock Bantam Sniper HP air rifle. That’s Claudio above. Who will win this year and with what air rifle? The best way to know is to be there and experience EBR 2019 yourself!

And did we mention that EBR 2019 will have the highest Extreme Benchrest prize money ever?

To get a feel for EBR, check out the 2018 Extreme Benchrest video review.

As always, the entire Airguns of Arizona team looks forward to seeing you there!