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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
ART stands for Accuracy Research Team. It’s a Daystate team guided by strict approval and testing protocols. Its role is to improve, wherever possible, the accuracy and performance of Daystate’s products and to do it with passion!
Designing a complete new airgun barrel is a task not often attempted. It’s tough, laborious and time-consuming, involving multiple engineers, developers and testers – not to mention costly. For it’s not just engineering involved here: there’s a real art in shooting barrels under development and interpreting the results.
So to read this “inside story” on how a complete new airgun barrel designed is created and tested is a rare treat. Especially when that barrel is the product of one of airgun’s leading manufacturers – Daystate.
The first ART project had a goal that was simple yet tough. Develop the best airgun barrel on earth for accuracy at long ranges!
Below. The first Daystate model to feature the ART barrel is planned to be the new Red Wolf Safari. This was launched at the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics exhibition in Germany. Robert Buchanan of AoA shows us the new gun at this show.
ART Barrel Project Kickoff
It all started at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. This was the venue for a meeting including Daystate, and it’s US distributor Airguns of Arizona.
The discussion centered around longer and heavier pellets. These are being developed to take full advantage of the ever-increasing power of PCP air rifles marketed in the USA. With this increasing power comes demand for increased accuracy at ever longer ranges. It was felt that this effect was especially marked with larger calibers at higher muzzle energies.
The outcome of the meeting was agreement to develop a new long range, high power barrel for Daystate. This would be not only a multi-disciplinary team, but an international one as well, with participants in England, Italy and the USA. It would also require a significant investment in both time and tooling costs.
The project would be especially tough given the benchmark against which the new ART barrel would be measured. This was to be Daystate’s existing polygonal design, a barrel already known for its long range accuracy capabilities.
ART In .177 And .22 Calibers
Based on the initial meeting, a run of barrels was produced with multiple different internal profiles: choke, length, bore diameter etc. Each profile was identified by a letter. To ensure objectivity in the testing stage, one profile was actually the current polygonal barrel, but the testers didn’t know which one!
This testing concluded that the performance of Daystate’s current, 17-inch match-grade .177 and .22 caliber barrels could not be improved for shooting lead pellets at power levels up to 45 Ft/Lbs. The excellent results achieved by high-power models in competitions such as the 2018 Extreme Benchrest and the US FT Championships (among others) reinforced that view.
However, the ART project did identify one opportunity. It seemed that improved performance in high power .25 caliber was possible. The team focused on this with a vengeance!
Below. It’s not easy to photograph the bore of a barrel. But this is what the ART Polygonal barrel looks like…
ART in .25 Caliber
Both English and US testing teams now concentrated on testing .25 caliber barrels for long range accuracy and pellet tolerance.
This .25 caliber testing was undertaken with Daystate Red Wolf HP and Wolverine R HP air rifles, set to standard factory power levels. Each barrel was rigorously tested with the rifles fired from bags on a solid bench and also with an Atlas bi-pod attached.
The guns were shot indoors and outside at 50 and 100 yards. A wide range of popular pellets were tested. Everything was documented. Hundreds of hours were spent testing on multiple days and different weather conditions in this trans-Atlantic search for the most accurate and the least pellet sensitive .25 caliber barrel.
It was easy to eliminate half of the barrels. The tough work was sorting out the remainder as one day a barrel would shoot better than the next. A cleaning regiment was followed to ensure that science would dictate the results.
Below. Here’s a close-up view of the new Red Wolf Safari.
Once the shooting tests had been completed, the results were compared. The results were identical on both sides of the Atlantic. Two of the barrel profiles showed the best performance.
But that was far from the end of the project!
ART Stage Two
All of the results were shared and discussed thoroughly. Then stage two began! Another run of 23-inch long, .25 caliber barrels was produced, using the two favored profiles with variations in choke.
Now the testing started all over again, but with ranges stretching out past 200 Yards. Interestingly, the best results did not come from indoor testing, but from shooting outdoors in light winds.
At 100 Yards, it was easy to stack pellet on pellet with the best barrels. Pellets were touching at 190 Yards range. This was exciting stuff for the test teams!
Below. The UK test team also had a little fun, such as hitting exploding targets at 100 Yards!
Again, both US and English test results matched. The result was clear. The new Daystate ART .25 caliber barrel profile had been found.
This ART barrel is now a Daystate proprietary recipe and is being incorporated into future production plans. ART barrels can be retro-fitted into existing guns to provide current owners with the ultimate in accuracy, if required.
Of course, you will be able to buy ART barrel-fitted air rifles from Airguns of Arizona. I suggest you give them a phone call to find out the latest update on deliveries…
For ART, This Is Just The Beginning
Now the ART team is applying its passion and expertise to .303 caliber barrels. Look for the forthcoming .303 caliber Daystate Red Wolf Safari to be released with an ART barrel. There will be more airgun ART from Daystate in future!
At a Street Price of $499.99, the Outlaw is priced between the rash of $300 PCPs and the more traditional $1,000-ish starting point for the premium brands.
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.
In itself, 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.
The stock design worked well for me, even though there is no adjustable buttpad or cheekpiece, as is now becoming common in similarly-priced PCP air rifles.
The Outlaw has a two-stage trigger. Sear release is predictable and the overall effect quite pleasant. Pull weight averaged a comfortable 1 Lb 11 Oz on test.
The cocking lever works well and easily. Again, it’s less slick than that of more expensive PCPs, but it’s definitely better than any bolt action I can think of.
There was a definite roughness in chambering some pellets, primarily the alloys, FTTs and Baracudas. However, that clearly made no difference to accuracy so far as the heavier H&N pellets were concerned. Heavy, 21.14 Grain H&N Baracuda Match pellets turned-in the best accuracy of any I shot!
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.
Muzzle Energy also peaked at 31.11 Ft/Lbs with Baracudas. However, it’s likely that many owners of the Diana Outlaw will choose to shoot mid-weight lead pellets in the 14 – 15 Grain range, they will see a Muzzle Energy of around 28 – 29 Ft/Lbs. That’s fine for much airgun hunting.
Accuracy was very good or better with 14.3 Grain and heavier pellets. As is frequently the case with quality PCP air rifles, the lighter pellets did not perform so well.
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 and you can see in the graph below.
The top of the breech is grooved with standard airgun dovetails. As there’s minimal recoil when firing, a Weaver/Picatinny mount is not required.
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.
Weight of the Outlaw I tested was 6 Lbs 10 Oz without scope. This compares to the 7 Lbs 5 Oz of a synthetic Marauder.
This relatively light weight and svelte size of the Outlaw means that a mid-size scope – like an Aztec Emerald – is ideal. Bigger, heavier scopes run the risk of making the rig top heavy.
The Outlaw’s magazine is an interesting, quite complex design. It has an 11-shot capacity in .22 caliber, one more than many competitive products. It feels robust and substantial in construction.
It’s also 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 worked well in testing. It slides easily and slickly into the breech, being retained in place by a magnet. Capacity is 13 pellets in .177 cal, 11 in .22 and 9 pellets in .25 caliber.
The Outlaw is an attractive air rifle with an elegant look. 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.
The Diana Outlaw uses a probe filling system to charge it with High Pressure Air. Personally, I’m not a fan of fill probes due to the lack of standardisation and potential opportunity for dirt to enter the gun through an open probe port.
However, the Outlaw’s probe-filling system is by far the best I have yet seen!
Firstly, the probe itself has a standard “Foster” quick disconnect on the other end. This 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.
Secondly, 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 – in my opinion – than the more common separate screw-thread or push-in cover for the fill port.
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.
Overall, the Diana Outlaw may be the best $500 PCP air rifle in the market today. Airguns of Arizona has them in stock, so you can get yours today 🙂
Fine European firearms and airguns have a long tradition
going back hundreds of years. Created at
the hands of guild craftsmen who spent years perfecting their skills, their finest
guns were masterpieces fit for royalty.
Today, the guild system is gone but fine craftsmanship still exists and
it can be seen in the products turned out by the 40-year old Daystate Company
of Staffordshire, England.
What makes me wax nostalgic like this is the loan from Airguns of Arizona of a Huma Regulated Huntsman Regal XL in .177 to review. The latest iteration of the classic Daystate Huntsman, the Regal doesn’t disappoint. Collaborating with Dutch pneumatic specialist company, Huma, Daystate incorporates their well-known regulator into the Huntsman. It metes out an exact measure of air for each shot, giving shot-to-shot consistency and efficiently utilizing the available high-pressure air. Daystate indicates it helps increase shots per fill by as much as 70 percent. An additional gauge embedded in the stock shows the regulator pressure.
The XL designation refers to the high-power
version above 12fpe only sold outside the UK (or to UK owners having a firearms
license for it). We Americans tend to
subscribe to the “more power” theory and the XL meets our criteria by cranking
out 18fpe in .177 caliber. With Huma
regulation, a shooter can expect 60 full-power shots from a 230 Bar (3300 psi)
charge in its 162cc air reservoir.
Fitted to a beautiful, oiled walnut right-handed
sporter stock with a monte-carlo style cheekpiece, it will provide the lover of
classically styled airguns much to admire.
A contrasting black grip cap and traditional style rubber buttpad that
harkens back to an earlier age provide additional style points. Nicely done checkering on the pistol grip and
fore-end area adds further elegance and excellent gripping surface. The action sits lower in this stock to more
closely mimic a traditional hunting firearm and the fit and finish are superb,
as would be expected on an airgun in this price range. Daystate offers an option for left-handed
shooters as well. Lest I sound like a
totally infatuated fanboy, my only negative comment regards the polymer trigger
guard. My view is it diminishes a top-quality
high-end air rifle.
A bolt-action repeater, it is fed by
a 10-round rotary magazine; a single-shot tray also comes with the rifle. Both use neodymium magnets to hold them in
place while in use. The receiver houses
the patented Harper Slingshot hammer system to operate the valve. A self-adjusting system, it compensates for
declining pressure in the reservoir to prevent wasting of air. The receiver is mated with a 17-inch match-grade
barrel that sports an Airstream carbon fiber moderator on its threaded muzzle
giving an overall length to the gun of 36.5 inches. Weight without optics is almost 6.5 pounds making
for a light but powerful platform.
The two-stage curved metal trigger
has a smooth face and is adjustable for both weight and length of pull as well
as angle of the trigger blade. The
safety is a manual type at the back of the receiver with a large red disk that
is rotated away from the red dot to place it “on safe” and block the trigger
from moving. It is easily manipulated without
the shooter having to shift hand position.
Daystate recently upgraded their warranty from 3-years to 5 years and it is transferable to a new owner. The full color instruction booklet is easy to follow plus includes an exploded view diagram of all parts. Also included with the rifle is a completed Test Sheet showing velocity and power results plus a Quality Control checklist. MSRP is listed at: $1299 and AofA carries the full line of Daystate airguns. Details on how well it performed in Part II.
For some years after their introduction, many manufacturers promoted gas ram air rifles as being unaffected by changes in temperature. The FPS would be pretty-well the same at any temperature, they said.
Is that true? Well, on the basis of some testing I’ve undertaken, the answer is definitely “no”. At least in the cold weather we have here in up-state New York.
I’ve found that here is definitely a change in FPS for gas ram air rifles at different temperatures. And it’s more than you may have thought!
We shot the ASP20 at a temperatures of both 20 degrees F and at 63 degrees F. In each case, the gun was allowed to “season” at the ambient temperature for several hours before shooting. This meant that gun and ambient temperature were definitely at the same.
Also, we shot the gun slowly – about every 30 seconds – for each test. This was to avoid any effects from the ASP20 heating-up as it was fired. We took 10 shots at both temperatures for each of the six types of pellets. Total 120 shots.
So what did we find?
The answer that – taking the SIG ASP20 as a representative of gas ram air rifles – the gun shot faster, on average, by 1.28 FPS per degree F at the higher temperature.
On average, that means approximately 55 FPS difference when the gun was shot at 20 degrees F and 63 degrees F. That is very definitely enough to make the point of impact on the target very different at most ranges.
So if you’re shooting gas ram air rifles, either on the range or hunting, make sure that your gun is sighted-in at approximately the same temperature as for that critical shot. If not, you could miss the target just due to the change in temperature!
Here’s a chart showing how the Muzzle Velocities changed with temperature for different .177 caliber pellets:
And here’s the average…
So if you’re shooting gas ram air rifles, either on the range or hunting, make sure that your airgun is sighted-in at approximately the same temperature as for that critical shot.
If not, you could miss the target just due to the change in temperature!
The first ever EBR Mexico 2019 has just finished. It was an outstanding success. All the competitors had a great time!
Alvaro López is the owner of Sun City Airguns of Hermosilio Sonora, Mexico. He deserves great credit for promoting, organizing and running this event. That’s Alvaro above, shooting the benchrest competition. He had fun, too.
As with the 2018 Extreme Benchrest competition in Arizona, Daystate and Brocock air rifles made some outstanding scores…
In the 50 Meter benchrest competition, Daystate Red Wolf HP air rifles placed first, second, fourth, sixth and ninth.
The 100 meter benchrest saw Daystate Red Wolf HP guns in second, fourth, seventh and ninth positions. In addition, Brocock Bantam Snipers placed third and fifth.
And a Daystate Red Wolf HP won the Speed Silhouette competition, too, in the hands of Alvaro’s son Sebastian (below).
EBR Mexico featured Benchrest and Speed Silhouette competitions, with categories for both PCP and Spring air rifles. Prizes were offered to the winners, with up to 20,000 pesos for the winner of the Extreme Benchrest PCP finals.
Here’s the EBR Mexico 2019 winners. Congratulations, gentlemen!!!
From left to right, they are…
– Gabriel Valenzuela – 65M spring rifle ( Benjamin Trail NP )
– Enrique Gómez – 100M EBR (FX Impact Mkll 30)
– Humberto López – 50M EBR ( Daystate Red Wolf HP 22)
– Sebastian López – speed silhouette ( Daystate Red Wolf 25 HP )
The 50 Meter benchrest competition was closely contested. Humberto López just pipped Sebastian López and Enrique Gómez, as we can see from the results below.
In the Speed Silhouette competition, the winners were (from left to right): – Guillermo Días 2nd place – Sebastian López 1st place – Álvaro López 3rd place
Of course, the 100 Meter Extreme Benchrest competition was the highlight of EBR Mexico 2019. Those targets look a really long distance away!!!
The Extreme Benchrest 100 M winners were, from left to right:
– Edgar Escalante 2nd ( Daystate Red Wolf 22)
– Enrique Gómez 1st place ( FX Impact Mkll 30)
– Jesus Rodríguez 3rd place ( Brocock Bantam Sniper 25 )
Great work Alvaro and all the Sun City Airguns team. Let’s hope that this was the first of a long line of annual EBR Mexico competitions!
If you read Part I you know that the M17 semi-auto CO2 pellet pistol is one awesome replica of the SIG SAUER sidearm adopted by the U.S. Army in 2017. This is the follow up as to how it performed.
First, the pistol is substantial at 2 pounds. The fit and
finish are excellent with stippling on the grip replicating the firearm. The
controls and trigger are metal and there is a short M1913 accessory rail on the
dust cover. An ambidextrous safety
disengages the hammer and while it was stiff to engage, it was easy to disengage.
The front sight appears as if it is drift adjustable, but upon field-stripping
the pistol and looking on the underside of the slide the front sight is
actually pinned in place. The rear sight is also not adjustable.
As with many replica pistols, the CO2 cartridge
and ammunition are contained in the drop-free magazine. Differences between the
M17 and other replicas are the Rapid Pellet Magazine (RPM) belt-feed system,
the cam lever piercing system and the valve not being part of the magazine
assembly. Replicas I’m familiar with have the valve assembly included in the
drop-free magazine and no gas is lost each time you drop the magazine. However,
the M17 has the valve assembly attached to the frame and the magazine
incorporates a self-sealing valve where a tiny amount of gas escapes each time
the magazine is released. The system works well and I experienced no leaks. The
cam lever piercing system worked flawlessly. No guesswork on how tight to turn
a thumbscrew or hex wrench is a welcome advancement in technology. (A caveat: the
manual suggests wearing gloves when installing cartridges due to the frostbite
hazard. I concur because of an experience when the cam lever slipped from my
grip after piercing the tip but before the lever was completely closed. All the
gas escaped at once and luckily no harm was done.) The RPM system worked well
and other than wishing for younger, more nimble fingers to aid in loading .177
pellets into the belt, reloading goes pretty smoothly. At a mile above sea level I was getting
between 4 and 5 full magazines of twenty pellets from one cartridge. That
equates to around 90 shots before velocity drops off significantly.
The trigger has a long double-action-only pull at a
pleasant 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Also, the trigger does not have a short reset. If
this model was incorporated to augment skills of the firearm user, that limitation
would have to be taken into account. Keeping in mind this is a modestly priced CO2
replica, some accommodations would necessarily be required.
Experimenting with lightweight alloy pellets the highest
velocity achieved was 377fps using SIG Match Ballistic Alloy (5.25grs.) and
Predator GTO’s (5.5grs.). Accuracy was lacking so moving to lead pellets helped
somewhat. H&N Excites Plinking and Econ pellets weighing 7.3 and 7.45 grains
respectively, gave velocities in the 300fps range. Crosman pointed pellets at 7.5grs.
shot well as did Rifle Brand Premium Series flatheads at 8.18grs. but this
sample gun tended to shoot low. Not that you’d go after prey with these replica
pistols, but long pellets such as Predator Polymags will not fit the RPM
This pistol will sell internationally so the manual contains
instructions in 5 languages. I also mistakenly referred to black & white
photos in Part I when all the photos are actually color.
The M17 was fun, easy to shoot and quiet so for a one-to-one replica of a new U.S. military sidearm it doesn’t get much better for plinkers and collectors. Oh wait; maybe it does. I understand a SIG ROMEO1 reflex optic mounting plate is coming in the near future! I want to thank SIG Air for providing the M17 gratis. To get your hands on one reach out to my friends at www.airgunsofarizona.com.
BSA PCP air rifles have a long history of innovation and quality. But until recently the best and newest models from this famous British manufacturer were not available or supported in the USA.
This situation is changing, right now!
Precision Airgun Distribution has announced that the company is officially importing a range of new BSA regulated PCP air rifles direct from the Birmingham, UK, factory into the USA. That means that they are available from your favorite local dealers – including Airguns of Arizona.
Among these models are the innovative and compact BSA Defiant bullpup. This has a midships-mounted side lever action and sleek walnut stock. The Defiant provides 26 consistent shots of up to 30 Ft/Lbs muzzle energy per fill of the HPA tube.
That’s the Defiant, below.
Another interesting model is the BSA Ultra XL. This is a compact yet powerful PCP of conventional configuration. In addition, there’s the BSA Ultra JSR which is designed specifically for younger shooters of smaller stature.
The BSA Gold Star SE (above) is bolt action favorite that’s now available with a new, improved match trigger. It comes complete with an adjustable palm rest (or “hamster”) for Field Target shooting. This is another model that will be available through Airguns of Arizona.
All these air rifles will be available in “full power”, US specifications, with Muzzle energies up to 32 Ft/Lbs in .22 caliber.
The exception is the BSA Ultra JSR. This cute little air rifle is power-limited to 6 Ft/Lbs of muzzle energy . That’s due to its mission, which to appeal to enthusiastic younger shooters who are entering the exciting world of PCP air rifle shooting for the first time.
“There’s a large demand for BSA PCP air rifles in the USA,” said Robert Buchanan, President of Precision Airgun Distribution. “This is because they combine distinctive design with high quality British manufacture. Now they will be readily available through Airguns of Arizona and Precision Airgun Distribution dealers across the country.”
Simon Moore, the Managing Director of BSA Guns Limited, endorsed this view. “We see a great future for the latest BSA PCP air rifles in the USA,” he said. “The Precision Airgun Distribution dealer network has many high quality, knowledgeable stores. They are a great resource to re-vitalize the BSA brand throughout the country and introduce our outstanding PCP air rifles to a new generation of enthusiastic airgunners.”
BSA PCP air rifles will be available in .177 and .22 calibers. They all benefit from the iconic in-house cold hammer forged barrel manufacturing that’s a specialty of this British airgun manufacturer.
Contact Airguns of Arizona for more details. These BSA air rifles are in stock today!