Questions and answers

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sometimes the most important part of this business of writing a weekly airgun blog is waiting . . . waiting for the weather to clear . . . waiting for equipment to arrive, and so forth.

Right now I am waiting for both the weather to clear and some equipment to show up, and my wife suggested that it might be useful to answer some questions. I thought about this for a moment and decided it was an excellent suggestion. So here goes . . .

This is a question I get fairly often in the comments section of the blog: Where can I buy a (insert name of product here)?

Answer: The first thing you need to know is that I am not an employee of I work under a handshake arrangement with them to write a blog about airguns once a week. As such, I do not have an intimate knowledge of AoA’s inventory, order plans, and such like. However, in the past I have been a customer of AoA, and I have first-hand knowledge that they pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. Basically, they try to treat their customers in the way that they themselves would like to be treated. They have long ago realized that if they do a good job of matching an airgun to a customer’s needs and wants, they will have more repeat business and fewer customer satisfaction issues. In addition, Airguns of Arizona does not “spiff” its staff. Spiffing is the common practice of offering a monetary bonus to sales people if they sell a particular product. Spiffing, where practiced, leads sales people to recommend products to customers solely on the basis that they will make more money, not on the basis that it is the best choice for the customer. I was a victim of spiffing once when I purchased a ham radio, and I think that spiffing is vile. Bottom line: if you need an airgun or airgun accessory, reach out to the good folks at AoA. They will do their best to steer you right.

Question: Recently Kelton, a reader of the blog, wrote in with the follow question: “How long do you think the discovery will last if I shoot about 2000 pellets through it every month? I have had many spring guns and none have lasted more than six months. I think because I shoot so much I wear out the spring and seals.”

Answer: Well, Kelton, there are really two answers to your question. The first is that I have no idea how long a Discovery, with its precharged pneumatic powerplant, will last if you shoot about 2000 pellets through it a month. The second regards your troubles with springers. Springers are among the most durable and reliable airgun powerplants. I once asked Robert Buchanan, president of Airguns of Arizona, which was the most reliable airgun powerplant. He didn’t hesitate for even an instant: “Springers,” he said. “We never get them back.” Check out this blog “Just how durable are those springers anyway?” My best suggestion to you is that you purchase a high-quality springer such as an RWS, Weihrauch, or Walther that is backed by a good warranty. Sure, occasionally you may need to have the spring or seals replaced, but with high-quality springers, it is worth doing; you’ll have a rifle that, with proper care and infrequent rebuilds, will provide a lifetime of shooting service.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott


  1. Kelton says:

    Thanks for answering my question. I am now looking into purchasing a Weihrauch HW85 or HW95.

  2. Howard says:

    Kelton, you will never go wrong with the HW95.

  3. Butch says:

    I am new to adult air guns and have a few questions. My work we use air guns to rid birds off equipment. I am having trouble with accuracy off a bench rest. I have been trying to site in off a bench. I have tried several pellets and can’t seem to get better than a 3 inch group at 50 yards. I might get 3 shots less than a inch and always flyers that stretch the group out. Could you give a little insight into shooting a spring gun. I am aware of the artilary hold. Maybe sugest a good gun rest. Thanks

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      I’ll try to address the issue of getting most accuracy out of a springer in a blog in the next few weeks.

  4. Bob Todrick says:

    I have (conservatively) 25000 shots on my Slavia 631…still shoots like the day it came out of the box.
    One of the most under-rated sproingers in my opinion.

  5. Jack says:

    Hello, I have a HW95 that I use to eliminate ground squirrels in my garden. These little creatures are pretty smart and often pop up and down in their holes while your trying to get a fix on them.

    OK now my question, If I cock my springer and they get “shy” for a while say 30 minutes or so am I hurting my gun by keeping the spring coiled that long?

    Thanks for any insight,


    1. Jock Elliott says:


      That shouldn’t hurt the spring in your air rifle. It shouldn’t hurt to leave it cocked for a few hours, either. Gas-ram guns can be left cocked indefinitely because there is no spring to weaken.

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