Storage Safes at Gunroom

Safe Keeping of Firearms and what you should know

Safe-keeping of Firearms in Australia.

The term Safe-keeping of Firearms refers to the storage of firearms, air rifles included, for a prolonged period. Having recently received two air guns that were stored in a safe for just under a year, the owner was surprised to see the rust on them; to the point that even ‘breaking the barrel’ to insert a pellet was difficult. So, what went wrong?

One problem was humidity and the resulting damage that moisture can do. Another problem was the safe was situated in a basement area with poor ventilation and a damp atmosphere. Now, these air guns had been kept in this safe for years without any problems since they were used regularly, moisture was minimised by handling and outdoor activities. Then once they were left for a long period in a damp container, rust got hold of them.

The regular use of your firearm(s) and placement in a safe etc, may not alert you to the potential damage that humidity can do, so don’t let that fool you into leaving your guns unattended for a lengthy period. To show you just what I mean here, I placed these 2 disposable humidity canister traps (below), one in each 66-gun safe at my shop in Brisbane, for 6 weeks. Now my safes each were nearly full of guns and there were no large void areas, yet the following images show you just how much water was pulled out of the inside of each safe, and no, the doors were not left open for any prolonged periods of time.

Those of you living in Queensland who want to know more about storing your guns go to the safe-keeping of firearms Qld Police.

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Yup, I know Brisbane gets humid but so do other places, some less and some more. Humidity can also be formed in warm weather in cooler areas of the house, such as a basement, so don’t overlook that possibility. Cold climates can also produce air-borne moisture producing rust within a gun safe, so don’t for one minute think that because your guns are locked away, they are potentially safe from rust.

The correct Safe-keeping of Firearms and Air Rifles in general.

Guys, while many of us look after our guns and wipe them down after use, the vast majority do not! Fingerprints containing oils and moisture are often visible on guns coming through Gunroom with the resulting breakdown, minimal at first, of the bluing.

Dust and dirt are other issues as some of these absorb moisture and transfer the resulting chemical action into and through the bluing. Bluing incidentally, for those of you new to guns, is a controlled oxidisation (rusting) of the steel. It is imperative to wipe down the bluing after use with a clean cloth or one that has a small residue of oil in it to take off marks. The gun does not need to be dripping in oil, a light smear polished back is sufficient.

There is another element to protecting your firearms and that is the correct safe size. As most safes are made in China, their method of calculating how many guns a safe will store, is bizarre, to say the least. In my opinion, a 7 Gun Chinese Safe will hold 5 guns at a squeeze and 3 or 4 comfortably, allowing you to remove them without scratching or marking the neighbouring firearms on each side.

It appears to me that the Chinese have not allowed for the rifle bolts sticking out the side nor have they allowed for scopes that seriously risk getting damaged when packing a gun safe to the marked capacity. I have 66 capacity gun safes that will hold around 40 air rifles without scopes and around 36 guns with scopes. Go figure….

Long Term Storage and Safe-keeping of Firearms.

Those of you considering Safe-keeping of firearms need to take storing them one step further than the above. That is, you need to wipe down the gun and put it in a heavy plastic tubular bag welded at one end, then squeeze out the excess air and wrap it tightly around the barrel securing it with a heavy rubber band. You can pick up a bag(s) free of charge when visiting my shop or when ordering any products online.

 

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Guns placed in a firearm safe without being crammed tightly together with sufficient air space between each firearm will minimise puncturing the bag and the possible frictional damage between guns. The safe used for Safe-keeping of firearms should also contain an efficient humidity trap to further reduce the risk of air-borne moisture.

Be careful with rags that have been soaked in oil or kerosene or similar as these can self-ignite when bundled tightly together. I put kerosene rags in an open coffee tin and oiled rags in a separate open coffee tin. I also place them where they will do little if any damage should ignition take place.

So, to summarise, long term air rifle storage or the safe-keeping of firearms for an extended period, you need to:
ensure the guns are wiped down,
place them in heavy tubular bags,
seal and store them in a moisture controlled gun safe with sufficient air space between each gun.
At Gunroom we individually check each air rifle, handgun or high powered rifle that has to be stored, prior to following the above 3 steps. The safe-keeping of firearms requires some attention to detail and due diligence if you are to avoid some of the above-mentioned pitfalls.

Daystate Pulsar Synthetic Green Air Rifle

BLOG #25. Brisbane Air Rifles Gun Room

Hi again guys, the move is hopefully still on to 9/32 Spine St, Sumner Park in Brisbane where we will sell our air rifles and operate out of a small shop that has a warehouse behind it. That is once I have managed to get through all the red tape and bullshit that has been put in place by bureaucrats that know SFA about firearms and even less about small businesses. Anyway, providing I don’t cut my throat before I get these bloody permits, I will get there.

The move will allow us to do tuning and testing indoors, regardless of weather: an issue that really affects us at present in Yanchep. I anticipate working Tuesdays to Saturdays with time out on Sundays and Mondays, let’s see if I can get that to work….

Business online will not be affected and with the improved ADSL/NBN in the Sumner area will allow us to capitalise on our integration of a Cart into the website. Effectively it will free us up from writing invoices and spending hours trolling bank records trying to decipher those of you who do not write anything on their payments through the bank. (Thanks Guys, I need the extra work…)

There will be a change in the website landscape over the coming months as we will add all our products together with our air rifles and prices. Navigation will be easier and I shall be updating all my articles to bring them in line with current air rifle development. Product research covering Huma Regulators, Vortek Tuning Kits, extensive Pellet Testing together with video clips on new PCP air rifles will be featured as I will have more time. We also have some new scopes on the horizon that will be featured, so watch this space.

Payments will be made through PayPal or direct debit using a Card, this will update our MYOB accounting and speed up the order through to shipping process.

Daystate Air Rifles.

It is early October 2017 as I write this, so I am pleased to tell you that the Daystate Wolverine2 PCP range of PCP air rifles are now available with a few units in Customs at present. Those of you who have asked about the Daystate Wolverine2 in the past will shortly be able to view the full test results.

Daystate Wolverine2 HiLite HP

Wolverine2 HiLite available in FAC and HP (High Power)

I have both the Wolverine2 in FAC mode and in HP (High Power) mode in this stock order. As I am getting a lot of requests for larger calibres, you can be assured that I will be carrying the Wolverine2 in .25 and .303 calibres.

Daystate Pulsar HP

Daystate Pulsar HP – Note the longer barrel.

I will also be testing the Pulsar HP .25 calibre Bullpup shortly before I depart for Brisbane. I have also included in my next order a Pulsar HP in .303 that should be enough to make your eyes water.

Air Rifle Tuning.

I will still be tuning air rifles, only now I will have a lot more space and hopefully be better organised. Tuning offered will cover the Weihrauch range of springers from HW30 throughout to the HW110 PCP. Brococks and Daystate air rifles will be able to be tuned and serviced as I have a comprehensive range of parts and after-market accessories for these PCP air rifles. The Ataman PCPs will be here soon (expected date mid-December, 2017) and parts and service kits are expected to follow shortly after. I anticipate Ataman PCPs developing a sound following here in Australia as these are a quality air rifle fitted with non other than the Lothar Walter barrels.

Ataman M2R Carbon Stock Carbine

Ataman M2R Carbine with a Carbon Stock

Air Rifle Testing.

We will be testing ALL the air rifles we stock, tune or sell on behalf of, only this time Peter shall not be the only one doing the tests along with myself. My niece, Jane Mann, will be working full-time and be doing the bulk of air rifle testing and assist me in the photography side of the website as well.

While we have tested all the air rifles we sold in the past, we recently had a software glitch that cost us some 40 test results over the busy January/February period. I am hoping that the introduction of the SIUS HS25/50 Hybridscore Target system integrated with our current program will not only provide a superbly accurate diagnostic of each shot in a target, but be a reliable platform as well. As Jane will be doing the update into the computer after each test, the likelihood of losing bulk records is negated as she will have the ability to retest any suspect results immediately. You can view the SIUS handbook here.

Air Rifle Sales and Office Management.

The counter air rifle sales will be handled by myself and my partner, Dusanka Owczarek, that should raise the efficiency of what until now has been virtually a ‘one man show’. I will also do the website the articles and social media that is mandatory for websites these days together with the photography along with Jane.

Dusanka will assist with the Website Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), After-Market Product Research and the Accounting/daily finances. With the 3 of us working here I think that you will see a positive impact on service with a massive shift in website material, structure, images, videos and articles in the near future, that until now was done mostly by myself. The website management will now be handled by Naresh Kumar in India.

So there you have it, a new shop and new team and I welcome any suggestions or comments that can ultimately assist in providing a competent sales and service business for you and your interest in air rifles.

Daystate Tsar PCP Air Rifle 01

BLOG #24 Ordering Air Rifles

When we order in air rifles from overseas, we wait until we can have a reasonable number to send as that reduces the air freight substantially. Air freight basically relies on economies of scale, so air freighting in 1 air rifle will cost substantially more than bringing in 15 on a pro rata basis. In our air freight orders, I also bring in Pellets, Spare parts and Accessories, again to reduce the cost of freight pro rata on all the goods.

The delays getting Air Rifles.

With more expensive PCP air rifles such as Daystate, Brocock and Ataman, many of the orders need to be built or at least assembled. Because a model of Daystate for example, appears on You Tube in the USA, that does NOT mean it is available in Australia. The Daystate Wolverine2 is a classic example where this PCP air rifle was tested on You Tube weeks prior to the Las Vegas Gun Show. Why? So they can create demand prior to the show where in all likelihood more air rifles are sold to dealers in a few days that all of Australia in a year. Supply and Demand, simple.

Brocock Compatto

Ataman M2R Type 2 Bullpup

So those of you who gave me static about the Wolverine2 not being available in Australia now know that the ones coming here this month (May, 2017) have only just been built. I cannot get them quicker than that.

Then there is the fact that I am required to supply serial numbers to the Police prior to them issuing me a B709 import permit, even for air guns. Then some of these air guns have to be built first.….. Then it takes a week or three before the permit arrives wherein it is sent to the UK (or Russia or the USA) and the order is actioned. I have also had air guns sitting in Customs in the UK for 3 weeks for reasons unknown. These issues guys, are beyond my control and annoy me more than you; I can assure you of that. The world as we knew it 10 years ago has changed dramatically and legitimate firearm owners, including air gun enthusiasts, now find themselves on the pointy end of bureaucratic bullshit.

Air Rifle Parts.

Ordering in air rifle parts is a slightly different situation due to the size and quantity ordered. I have received a bit of static in the past because I couldn’t find some small part for various customers who have obscure guns. I think you need to be realistic here guys, if I email my 5 main suppliers about some obscure part, then if they do not reply I think you can be assured that they don’t have it. I could of course call them and get put on hold for 15 minutes only to be told that they don’t have it: problem here is that the call costs more than the part.

So to fix this, I am only ordering in parts for air rifles that I represent or actually sell, that way I can mostly guarantee a quick service at a cost effective price. There is only one of me and I am time poor to put it mildly, so servicing MY customers who frequent Gun Room and owners of guns I represent are my priority. That comes at the expense of someone who buys some oddball air rifle and gear elsewhere. Sorry about that. So if you have an air rifle that I stock or bring into Australia, then by all means I will source the part(s) for you but they will need to be paid for prior to ordering unless you have already purchased an air rifle from me.

Customers new to Gun Room however, should you order a part for an air rifle, you will be asked to pay for it in full prior to us doing so. Simply put guys, I have a heap of small orders here that have not been paid for or picked up for reasons that are beyond me. Once you establish yourself as a customer at Gun Room, be it for an air rifle or just pellets, then I am open to credit terms whereby I will order in for you prior to payment.

Gun Room in Brisbane.

If you don’t know by now then please be aware that I am moving to Brisbane in the coming weeks and will get established at 9/32 Spine St, Sumner Park, 4074, and should be trading there by July 1, 2017. Don’t expect my shop to be finished as that will be a ‘work in progress’ but I will have on hand a reasonable stock of Daystate, Brocock, Ataman and Weihrauch PCP air rifles together with MTC Scopes.

Daystate Tsar Blue Laminate PCP

Brocock Compatto

With more room and 2 people to assist me in the office, sales, testing and air rifle tuning, the service can be expected to improve greatly. One of the biggest improvements will be seen in ordering and supply as I will have an internet service that is more stable than where I am presently in Yanchep. I am working with an internet service (Telstra) that is off-line more than on, drops out consistently in 2 minute frequencies and is slower than Dial-up the majority of the time.

Those of you who have ordered parts, MTC Scopes and even air rifles and received no response, this is the reason. The last few months we were off line so much that we had over 2500 emails when we finally got them through and I am still working on them. I am even receiving emails over the last few weeks that were sent months ago, it is a nightmare service though I am not sure that “service” is an apt description.

MTC Viper Pro Scope

MTC Viper Pro 5-30×50

I will follow up this Blog with another that will over-view the Brisbane business and give you a better understanding of how we hope to improve your experience with us. I will also start the new shop off with a range of Special Deals that I am getting supported by the Suppliers and these will include Daystate, Brocock and Ataman PCP air rifles, so I hope to see or hear from you then.

H&N Extreme Target

BLOG #23. Testing New Air Rifles Explained

Hi once again guys, I want to cover testing of new air rifles, that is Weihrauch spring air rifles and PCPs by Daystate, Brocock, Weihrauch, AirForce and Special Order PCPs.

Due to the fact that 95% of my customers buy on-line, they do not have the luxury of trying out the air rifle of their choice, let alone testing it and sorting out any teething issues that sometimes accompany a new gun. Further to that, many firearm dealers do not have air rifle experience or interest in air rifles, therefore they bring very little to the table other than price.

On the other hand, air rifles are all that I do: OK, I sometimes do buy in a Weihrauch HW60 or HW66 but that is a rarity and an ‘order in’ only.  Air rifles are my passion and as I shoot almost daily they are a very large piece of my lifestyle and hence my knowledge base.

Why I test each Air Rifle when selling one.

There is seldom a week goes by that I do not get a call that goes something like this: “Hi, I just bought a XYZ air rifle and it shoots like a scatter gun, all over the map. It is a piece if junk (not actually that word)”.

OK, so that is another dealer’s problem and not mine you say, except if that was you. I cannot afford the time or cost in sorting out a gun across the width of Australia having just sold it. So that I exactly why I test them and over the last few years I have expanded the testing and customised some software to make the recording and transfer less painful and a lot quicker.

No matter what make of rifle, there are problems that arise on occasion and it is better if they become evident here with me than when they arrive into the customer’s possession. OK, so some of the problems are only minor and in most cases only adjustment issues but if you had just spent $3k or $4k on an air rifle, should YOU have to adjust it?

Then there is the case of accuracy as all air rifles including PCPs have a preferred pellet that shoots somewhat better than other types. The testing we do will select one of the better types of pellet and while it may not be the best performing pellet for that rifle, it will be up there with the best as we have access to 30+ different types.

Spring air rifle tests.

Spring powered air rifles are the most inconsistent type of rifle to test due in part to the fact that they are not ‘run-in’ with the spring ‘setting’ its’ self, the seal bedding in, barrel leading and the high occurrence of dieseling in new springers.

These factors make it difficult to say with 100% certainty that the rifle is performing at its best and so we have modified the testing to factor this in. As the dealer margins are very small on Weihrauch spring air rifles there is little room to move in regards to a more sophisticated testing procedure and so we concentrate on ensuring that the rifle delivers the correct speed and from there we select the best performing pellet.

Unlike the PCP air rifles, springers do not perform their best until at least 1500 shots have been put through them, at which point the owner should then start experimenting with different pellets in an effort to increase the accuracy. The following test sequences are now done with spring powered air rifles below $500:

As you can see we have only tested the rifle using 1 pellet type although I generally shoot 2 or 3 types through it first to get an idea of what to expect. In this case the Baracuda Hunter showed some promise and actually grouped better than the Baracuda so I used it to do the test. By the time I finished this test I had used around 25 pellets. When we are dealing with margins on these cheap springers of  $50 and less there is no room to move.

For Spring powered air rifles costing over $500 the following test sequence is done:

Here we test the rifle using a minimum of 6 pellet types that are selected by target grouping results.  If one of the above pellets had abnormal grouping then it would be dropped and an alternative pellet selected to replace it.

As with all our tests, either springer or PCPs, we start off with the H&N Baracuda as this pellet is available in .177, .20, .22 and .25 calibres, making it a good base level pellet to compare to.  The rifles are test fired to get rid of any dieseling and to let it settle down, this can take anything from 20 to 50 pellets in some cases. Once the airgun is zeroed and is starting to establish a consistent group, it is then we begin the Chronographing results you can see above.

Total pellets used in this test will range from 50 to 100 and on occasion more. Obviously there is no way I can put a time on this testing as it depends entirely on the gun in question. If I have to pull it down and do some polishing and replace a seal or whatever it takes, then before long the day is gone as I have to answer phone calls in-between all this. All this for a springer that quite often ends up costing me money to sell it. All the tests come with Target scans, be it springers or PCPs.

PCP Air Rifle Tests.

Due to the higher costs of PCP air rifles like the Daystate models, we test them to a greater degree with a more complex graph results as these include power, speed, Standard Deviation (SD), pellet decay, shot count and of course accuracy. This is done when we first receive a new model and we test it fully like this Brocock Compatto test.

The following test results are the current templates that Gun Room is using for the present and no doubt will get further improved once I have caught up with the data logging – currently running at around 3 weeks behind though I expect to have most completed with a week or two from now.

The following graph set is what to expect with a PCP purchase (these are actual results):

This graph gives you the actual Chronograph results that we take and place into graphs to make visualisation easier and quicker, allowing the eye to make immediate comparisons in the data results.

From this graph above we can derive much of the following data:

The graph above has the Stand Deviation results at the top in light green bars where the lower the reading the better as it shows that the Hunter Extreme has the closest matching pellet speeds. The middle results in blue show the maximum power in Foot Pounds of Energy (Fpe) and you can immediately compare the results this way. The lower bars in red show the difference in speed measured in feet per second.

As we fired each string of 6 shots the speeds rose and then fell as can be seen in Graph #2 and these results have then been redefined in Graph #3 to demonstrate the Pellet Decay fall. When looking at the Graph #3 it should be noted that we started the chart with a full tank of air and with Baracuda pellets. After the final pellet test that was JSB Exact Jumbo Monster, we reverted back to Baracuda (Shot #37>) where we continued to shoot until the speed dropped below 500 F/s, what we call the ‘Plinking Limit’ for accuracy.

This is the Standard Deviation chart and probably the least understood of all the data collected. Rather than write a book about SD I will explain it this way for you guys new to Chronograph readings.

When a string of shots are fired through a Chronograph their speeds are measured and the Chronograph list them under Extreme Spread. This is the difference between the lowest speed recorded and the highest speed recorded in a shot string. So if we take the graph above we will see that the first string of 6 shots returned an Extreme Spread of 10.8 feet. Literally speaking, if you fired all 6 shots at once and froze them in flight after 1 second, the slowest pellet would be 10.8 feet behind the fastest pellet.

The Standard Deviation is a formula based on averages that gives us an average between each shot that is worked out by formula as each shot is not consistent with the last or the nest shot. Suffice to say here, that if we have a SD of below 5 then we are getting close to similar speeds between each shot. I have had SDs of .8 and once we had a SD of 0 where the pellet speed difference over 6 shots was an Extreme Spread on just 8 inches!

The point I am making here is that the closer the speeds are with a particular pellet in a specific air rifle, the better as the trajectories, energies etc., are going to be very similar. The more similar the pellet behaviour the better performance can generally be had in accuracy and grouping. The better quality the air rifle and the pellets the better chance you have of achieving consistent results. You need to also be aware that ALL rifles vary and you can get 2 air rifles, 1 serial number apart, using pellets out of the same tin and yet they have markedly different results.

Air Rifle Testing Summary.

The idea of testing is to fault find (if any) before the air rifle leaves our possession, and to provide the new owner with the results that allow him/her to start shooting using a tested pellet type that will provide immediate results. These are not said to be the best results obtainable with that particular gun, because we do not test every type of pellet, but it allows the owner to jump start the pellet selection process without the unnecessary additional financial pain.

So there we have it guys, that is what pellet selection is all about. I can usually complete a pellet selection test and adjustments in a couple of hours but on occasion it has taken many hours to get the gun shooting correctly. In saying this, you can see that it is difficult to predict how long it will be before I finish testing a specific gun as the test procedure is often interrupted by phone calls, messages, customers walking in and numerous other interruptions. So please, before you ring me and chew me out over the delays, understand this, I am doing my best and want YOUR gun OUT as much and probably more than you want to receive it; and as is usually the case, there are other air rifles ahead of yours….

Blog #21. Brocock Compatto and MTC Scopes

The Hawke Sidewinder ED 10-50×60 Scope.

This Hawke Sidewinder ED scope is the latest release that we have purchased from Hawke and it is every bit as good as they claimed, in fact I think it is better. This is one large scope with 60mm objective in a 30mm tube that houses the new TMX reticle.

Hawke Sidewinder ED 10-50x60 TMX showing the Airmax 30SF style Illuminator and Dust Caps

Hawke Sidewinder ED 10-50×60 TMX showing the Airmax 30SF style Illuminator and Dust Caps

Hawke have learned lessons from the Airmax 30SF as one can clearly see some of the same componentry used in the Sidewinder ED. Some of this is no doubt due to the benefits derived by economies of scale and commonality of parts but also because these components work well in the 30SF. The adjustable illuminated step-less angled turret and the alloy dust covers that are locked in with the help of ‘C’ tools that are supplied, are already used in the Airmax 30SF.

A Hawke Sidewinder ED on Packaging Box

A Hawke Sidewinder ED on Packaging Box

What rifles would use the Sidewinder ED?

There are going to be those who react and say ‘who needs a scope that powerful?”. Answer, me for one, my eyes aren’t like they were 40 years ago….. However, I like shooting out at distances of 100 metres or more using a PCP and at the end of the day, magnification, clarity, an excellent thin etched glass reticle and a large objective all contribute to accuracy and visible shot placement.

Hawke Sidewinder ED fitted on a Weihrauch HW100TSE with FX Air Tank and Air Shredder.

Hawke Sidewinder ED fitted on a Weihrauch HW100TSE with FX Air Tank and Air Shredder.

Try hitting a 5 cent coin at 100 metres with a wire reticle scope as used on some cheaper designs and you will find the coin is eclipsed by the thickness of the reticle. Not so with this scope as the optics are first class and makers of established scopes should be looking over their shoulders as Hawke scopes are fast coming of age and quality.

As I predominantly sell air rifles/PCPs this scope is perhaps too large for a majority of them; but if you own a quality PCP like Weihrauch, Brocock, Daystate or AirForce, and you intend shooting out to the next level where a degree of skill is required, then maybe you should look at the Sidewinder ED. Anyone reading this who has a centre-fire will immediately see the advantage of using a x50 ED scope on distances out over 400 metres. I wouldn’t fit it to a springer due to the limited range of a spring gun and the cost ratio of the scope versus the cost of the spring air gun as this is not a cheap scope in price or construction.

Weihrauch HW100TSE with Sidewinder ED

Weihrauch HW100TSE with Sidewinder ED

The Scope un-boxed.

As can be seen from the image below, the scope now comes in a well made cardboard box and not in the Aluminium box of the past that used to house a the Sidewinders. In the box there are two ‘C’ tools for adjusting the flip up alloy dust covers and a 2 pin knob used for tightening up the low profile knurled nut that secures the side-wheel. There is also a sunshade extension and a 100mm side-wheel that can be fitted to allow very small adjustments to be made taking out parallax, due in part to the large diameter of the wheel that also hosts distances in yards.

Hawke Sidewinder ED un-boxed.

Hawke Sidewinder ED un-boxed.

There is no point in fitting the side-wheel if you are comfortable just using the turret cap to focus but serious target shooters have come to realise its advantages. In some of these images you will see that I actually fitted the optional side-wheel that is 150mm in diameter, as this allows even smaller adjustments to be made with pin-point accuracy.

Note: Due to the size of the 150mm side-wheel, care must be taken not to load the side-wheel by leaning it against something while attached to the rifle or lying it down whilst under the rifle. Due to the leverage effect that the wide side-wheel can impose on the turret shaft when supporting a rifle’s weight, damage may result. The same can be said about protecting the scope’s objective, especially when fitted with a sunshade: this poses a long unsupported scope tube that will transfer any load on it by several multiples that can’t be good.

Side view of the Hawke Sidewinder ED

Side view of the Hawke Sidewinder ED

The Sidewinder ED Reticle.

The etched glass reticle harbours some very fine lines and numbers not found on many other scopes. Buying a scope of this quality and expense dictates that you should understand the reticle and just how to use it to the best advantage possible.

The Sidewinder Ed comes with ¼ MOA geared turrets and optional 1/8th MOA or 1/10th  MRad can be purchased separately for those guys who shoot to 5 decimal places.

Replacement Geared Turrets

Replacement Geared Turrets

Suitability of the Sidewinder ED.

This Hawke Sidewinder ED will in all likelihood find its’ niche with bench-rest shooters of PCPs and centre fire rifle owners who participate in extreme range targets. For myself, shooting a good group at 100 metres takes skill, a good PCP and a great scope in that order. I know quite a few of my customers who will dig deep to buy one of these scopes for the advantages it offers apart from cosmetic.

As for the zoom factor, one doesn’t need to run around all day with the scope zoomed up to the max as 10 power if quite OK for much of the shooting done today as it is.

Summary.

At the end of the day the Hawke Sidewinder ED fitted with a 150mm side-wheel makes an imposing sight that is in fact in keeping with its impressive performance. Having not fired too many shots using this Hawke Sidewinder ED scope I can say this, ‘what I have fired has impressed me no end’, to the point I will buy one for myself.

Brocock Commander PCP air rifle facing right

BLOG #20. Air Rifles Australia

Supplying Air Rifles Australia wide.

Reading this blog you will know that I supply Air Rifles Australia wide, in fact, West Australia is one of my lowest sales areas due to our over-zealous gun laws and those that enforce them. That is why I moved to Queensland. What I want to get across in this blog are the hurdles we face both as an air rifle retailer and an air rifle consumer (you) and work out how to get around these obstacles.

Air Rifles and Accessory Orders.

I have installed new software for ordering air rifles, airgun parts, scopes and accessories etc. All that needs to happen now is that I have to learn how to use it. That said, can I please ask that you order by email only as I am getting orders verbally over the phone when I am driving, orders by text, orders on voicemail even orders on ‘Comments’ under articles, etc., etc.  The problem here is that my phone is always constantly busy and I receive heaps of texts etc., and with the outcome that some orders fall through the cracks.

Example: The other day my wife answered a phone call from Ben Thomas as I was driving. He wanted to order something and asked that I call him back and was his phone number visible? My wife told him his number was visible and that she would get me to call him back within an hour. Straightforward? It should have been but Ben Thomas’s mobile phone number (ending in ***910) gave this response when I called; “Thank you for your call, this is an outbound number only, have a great day….” No doubt Ben Thomas thinks I have better things to do than call him back…

The same thing has happened with texts where I have replied and yet get no answers. My order page will send the order to a different address we have and to yourself, if you do not receive a copy of your order then you have entered the wrong home address.

New orders will get a response from myself or Rob with any queries that I may have and an estimated time if I have to order it in. You will be updated using my new software as to where your order is in the queue. Presently I have taken orders verbally by person and by phone, by texts, emails and smoke signals and the result is leading to confusion to put it politely.

Orders ONLY for Air Rifles Australia wide.

You guys reading this from overseas, please note we can ONLY supply air rifles Australia wide and NOT overseas.

Air Rifles Australia Daystate Red Wolf model

Daystate Red Wolf PCP

Ok guys, I know some of you are getting pissed at waiting so long for your air rifles, namely Weihrauch, Brococks, Daystates, AirForce and Marauders etc. So here it is for you: Weihrauch only sends to the Australian wholesalers 2 and sometimes 3 times a year. However, to get an air rifle in the stock order, Weihrauch has to have it already made and if they do not have one in stock, (which happens quite a bit), then your air rifle has to be built. Daystate and Brocock are all made to order! There has also been a recent hold up getting permits to export air rifles out of Germany and I can only see things getting tougher as gun laws get tightened.

Air Rifles Australia Kral Puncher S model

Kral Puncher S Bullpup in a Synthetic Stock

Understand this, they will not build just one air rifle, so it goes into a queue and is built on a schedule which can mean that your air rifle doesn’t leave in a timely fashion. In fact, I can tell you that I have waited 2 years for one HW30 a while back. The problem is not me (this time…) but the fact that Australia is way down the pecking order and getting air rifles, parts and accessories is a frustrating task.

Brocock Commander Air Rifle

Brocock Commander 480 Black Right Facing

At the time of writing this, I had around 9 people waiting for Weihrauchs, 2 for AirForce Texans, 3 AirForce Condors, 2 AirForce Talons, 3 for Evanix Blizzards and 2 for Eun-Jins. Guess what, some of these orders were placed 8 months ago! Once I place the air rifle order it is out of my hands as I am sure you can now realise, so don’t shoot the messenger.

Pricing Orders.

I am buying in some orders that are then cancelled once the air rifle gets here, so if you don’t want to put a deposit on an order, then I will only order it if it is a normally stocked air rifle, like any of the Weihrauchs, Brococks, Daystates, Cometas, AirForce PCPs or Krals. To save me repeating myself, the ordering system for air rifles is on Blog #16. If you order in a rifle like a Hatsan then I will need a 50% deposit so I know the order is serious and not some whim where I get left with an unusual air rifle with a limited market.

SamYang Sumatra Air Rifles Australia

Samyang Sumatra 2500 500cc

Air rifle parts are a particular problem as locating the correct part is only part of the equation, getting it sent here is where the problem lies. Example, I have just ordered a seal from the USA that costs US$5.30 and US$33.50 USP express post as this is the only postal service they use. That is $52.41 landed here, who wants to pay that for a pissy little seal?

As a result, when I get orders for some accessories or parts I will ask you if you want to pay Express rates or if you are prepared to wait until I order additional products from the supplier so that postage is reduced (economies of scale…).

I am stocking MTC Scopes from the UK whereas Hawke Scopes are available locally. This includes the Hawke Airmax range that I sell a lot of but even they are quite elusive to get at times.

New Air Rifles.

As you know by accessing this website, the air rifles I carry are Brocock, Daystate Cometa, Weihrauch, Kral, Samyang, Benjamin and AirForce. If you want to see other air rifles carried by myself then please get back to me. I am looking at stocking some big bore air rifles but have yet to see any real interest from my customers or website readers.

 Air rifles Australia model Kral Puncher One

Kral Puncher One Bronze PCP Air Rifle

The same goes for pellets and accessories including Tuning Kits that are now in stock by Vortek. I get some products from Air Venturi so if you want to browse their site first and then get back to me via the Order Form we can take it from there as they stock a large number of different air rifles. Please note that air rifles Australia wide vary in compliance, that is an air rifle like the Benjamin Marauder is legal in Queensland and illegal in West Australia where I am not even allowed to stock it as a Dealer (when I was one there) for sale over east. Total BS.

Air Rifles Australia Summary.

So please use the online ordering panel as much as possible under the category STORE/BUY NOW/ Order Form, where you can also ask a question and be assured that we will get back to you. What I am trying to do here is to supply accessories, parts and air rifles in a speedy manner and follow the order through software but I need you guys to please USE the Order Form. This is the best way for us to supply parts, accessories and air rifles Australia wide in an efficient manner.

BLOG #19. Leapers Bug Buster and Airmax Scopes for controlling Vermin

With many of my customers buying an air rifle for vermin control I have researched and found 2 very suitable scopes for this exact purpose, they are the Leapers Bug Buster 3-9x32AO and the Hawke Airmax 2-7x32AO. Both these scopes are compact models and rated for spring air rifles with both being guaranteed for life.

The Leapers Bug Buster.

This little Leapers Bug Buster scope (Pt #2505) has grasped my attention like no other scope over the last year as it is full of features. To start with it has an Adjustable Objective to eliminate parallax error with crystal clear focusing. This is done at the front objective bezel rather that the now very common side focus turret. Zoom is a very usable 3-9 with a 32mm objective lens that allows sufficient light entry due to the scope’s short overall length.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope From Above

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Top View

The Bug Buster has Mil Dots with a step-less adjustable illuminated reticle in either red or green for low light conditions. However, the best feature of this little scope is the focusing ability from 3 yards (2.74 metres) to infinity. Yup, that is correct, focus down to 2.74 metres that will allow you close up focusing within sheds or around machinery chasing rats. The 10 metre minimum focus on most scopes has always been a contentious issue with guys shooting rats and other vermin within sheds etc., well now you can overcome that hurdle at a price that won’t break the bank.

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9x32 Angle Image

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Angle View

The construction of this Leapers Bug Buster scope is rugged to put it mildly, it feels every bit a working scope. It comes with 2 piece Leapers UTG mounts that are proving to be very popular with their sharp and effective dovetail claws that limit scope ‘walk-back’ on most springers. The Leapers Bug Buster is manufactured by Leapers UTG who manufacture literally hundreds of shooting accessories and are marketed out of the USA.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope Facing Forward

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Forward Facing

The Leapers Bug Buster comes packaged with Picatinny mounts that are swapped out for Leapers UTG 2 piece mounts without price adjustment. The weight of the Leapers Bug Buster is 492 grams with an overall length of 209mm. As far as dedicated scopes go, I give this scope 9.8/10 with negatives being non-etched glass reticle when put alongside the Hawke Airmax.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Side Facing

The Leapers Bug Buster is shown below on a .25 cal  AirForce Talon for scalability.

AirForce Talon with Bug Buster Scope

Leapers Bug Buster on AirForce Talon

The Hawke Airmax 2-7x32AO.

The smallest of the Hawke Airmax scopes is the 2-7x32AO (Pt#13 100) scope that I thought was really small until I received the Leapers Bug Buster above. Not to detract from the Hawke Airmax, it is a great scope, rugged chassis for heavy recoiling ‘springers’, and top quality optics.

Hawke Airmax 2-7x32 AO Side Image

Hawke Airmax 2-7×32 AO Side Facing

The Hawke Airmax comes with a quality glass etched reticle to withstand sudden recoil redirection with an AMX reticle. The AMX reticle still has Mil Dots but also comes with lower windage bars as below. Focusing is 10 yards (9.14 metres) minimum that is a bit restrictive when shooting small vermin in confined quarters such as sheds.

AMX Airmax Scope Reticle

AMX Reticle on Hawke Airmax

Unfortunately this little scope does not come with an illuminated reticle or side focus that seems to be on the ‘must have’ list of new scope buyers. That aside, adjusting the objective is no big deal as the scope is very short with a well within reach without having to reposition your hold on the rifle.

Hawke Airmax Scope Front Objective

Adjustable Objective on Hawke Airmax

The weight of the Airmax is 564 grams with mounts and an overall length of 272mm. As with all Hawke Scopes, these come with a lifetime warranty and are not packaged with mounts. I give this scope 9/10 with the negatives being no illumination, 10 yards minimum focus, weight and length when compared to the Leapers.

Hawke Airmax Scope Angle View

Hawke Airmax 2-7×32 AO Angle Image

Compact Scope Summary.

My ratings are based on the key features of each air rifle scope and a prospective buyer should take this into account. For example, if a non illuminated reticle is what you prefer and if you can work with a 10 yard minimum focus then I say you should buy the Hawke. However, if 3 yards minimal focal distance is what you want then you will need to consider the Leapers Bug Buster.

Hawke Airmax and Leapers Bug Buster Scopes

Hawke Airmax Top and Leapers Bug Buster Lower

Overall, both the Hawke Airmax and the Leapers Bug Buster are damn good scopes and that is the reason I carry them.

Hawke 30mm Droop Mount at angle

BLOG #18. Barrel Droop in Air Rifles

Barrel Droop has nothing to do with the ageing of your air rifle, because you droop with age it doesn’t mean that your rifle does too. I constantly get guys telling me that the barrel on their air rifle droops because it’s old and due to constant cocking (no pun intended) action while loading. Bottom line guys, air rifle barrels are a lot stronger than that and no matter how many times they are loaded (“Break” barrel models of course…), they will not bend.

What Causes Barrel Droop?

I am going to stick with air rifles here. The “Break” barrel model air rifle has more moving parts and so is subject to wear, especially through lack of lubrication or poor maintenance. The main clevis pin that the barrel hinges on is subject to wear as is the locking detent or latch on some models. However, even new air rifles, “Break” barrels, fixed barrel models like the Weihrauch HW77K and even PCPs can have a percentage of “droop” or misalignment. This is caused by tolerances in mating surfaces and in most cases goes un-noticed.

Weihrauch HW77KSE

Weihrauch HW77KSE with ‘fixed’ barrel.

Weihrauch HW80

Weihrauch HW80 ‘break’ barrel.

When we use the term ‘droop’, this can mean misalignment to the left, right or upwards, it does not have to mean that the barrel points down, though in most cases it does with air rifles. In a lot of cases we do not realise that the barrel has some droop or is misaligned to some degree as the telescopic sights tend to compensate for the misalignment issue.

In most cases that I have come across, barrel droop is due to the machined mating orifice in the breach being out of alignment by a very small amount. The very small error in alignment is caused by machining tolerances and is difficult to detect using common lathe tools and so it is often overlooked or undetected. Early Diana air rifles were also commonly attributed to having barrel droop, so it is quite a common fault. Other causes are misaligned bores where the actual bore has been drilled through at a slight angle, though this is fairly rare, I have seen it on several air rifles over the years.

Damaged crowns have also been blamed on barrel droop, so before you go pulling stuff apart, take a look at the barrel crown to make sure there is no “ding” in it. If there is, re-crowning in a relatively simple and cheap fix when done right.

How to check for Barrel Droop?

I’m asked this a lot but can’t help wondering if the issue is not evident then why look for it? So in case you guys think you may have a barrel alignment issue, try this:

  1. Wind out both the side and top turrets individually to the end of their threads – DO NOT GO NUTS HERE, just apply enough pressure to insure you are at the end of the thread. Any more than that and you may do some damage.
  2. Then wind the turrets in till they bottom out while counting the turns in doing so.
  3. Lastly, wind the turrets back to the centre by dividing the total turns on each turret by 2.
  4. Then shoot the rifle from a rest into a target at say, 20 metres.
  5. You should be in the black, however, if the group is way off then I suggest that you do the following:
    1. Swap the scope for another and repeat the test. This will establish whether there is an issue with the barrel or the original scope.
    2. If the results are the same, that is the group is way off the centre, then do the following:
      1. If your air rifle is a PCP and the barrel can be rotated, do so by 180 degrees and test fire again.
      2. If the deviation moves around 180 degrees then have an issue with the barrel not the mating surface. If the shot deviation is random, that is it moves from the original POI, then look at the mating point of the barrel.
  • Re-machining the mating joint is an expensive alternative and not always successful. I would opt to fit Droop Mounts or 25MOA scope ring inserts to compensate as this is the quickest and cheapest alternative.
  1. If you cannot rotate the barrel do a physical inspection of the bore and barrel mounting.
  2. On fixed barrels like the HW77/97 series Weihrauch air rifles there is little you can do other than a barrel swap and there is a difficulty in doing so. If this is the case, I would fit a Droop Mount, 25MOA spacers or quit the rifle as the expense of rectifying it would be more than its worth with results that cannot be guaranteed.
  1. There is one other issue that I have come across and that is the shooter him/her self. Having had a HW100T sent to me 2 years ago with the owner complaining of barrel droop, I tested the rifle to find that is was true and correct. So if you reach this point, may I suggest that you get a buddy to shoot the rifle once you have centred the reticle. If he gets the same results as you then the problem is with the rifle or scope, and if his results are different, then the problem is you.
  1. “Break” barrel air rifles have several moving parts between the barrel and breach that unjustly worries guys as they anticipate a lot of wear and movement in these moving parts. Any droop with a “Break” barrel air rifle is evident when a scope is fitted and not discernable when using steel sights. Why? Because the fore and aft steel sights are mounted on the barrel which is straight whereas the scope is mounted on the breach housing.

Fitting Droop Mounts or 25MOA spacers.

The Droop Mounts are straight forward to fit like any other scope mount. I would however, caution you about using such droop mounts on a heavily recoiling air rifle that may well send the droop mount on its way. My take on this is only use a Droop Mount on a PCP to play it safe and these can be purchased here.

Adjustable 30mm Barrel Droop Mount

HM6168 30mm Droop Mount Angle View

Side View of Barrel Droop Mount

HM6168 30mm Droop Mount Side View

On a spring powered air rifle I prefer to use the 25MOA tapered bushings that go under the scope inside the ring. You will need to check that the arrows point forward and the each bushing is positioned as marked (Front bushing – Rear bushing)

25 MOA inserts

25mm x 25MOA Inserts

After fitting the bushings carry out a repeat of the above tests and you can alter the MOA to some degree by moving the scope rings in closer together to increase the MOA or move them apart further to decrease the MOA. This is not an exact art as measuring the exact barrel droop in Minutes of Angle is beyond most people.

I have come across numerous scopes that have had small shims made of Coke or Beer cans mounted under the scope and between the ring. A bit untidy but it works much like fitting the 25MOA bushings.

Summary on Scope alignment.

I think I need to point out here that you can’t just go adding shims to the rear mount until you have compensated for the droop. There is a real danger that you will bend the scope due to the differential in heights and alignment between the front and rear scope ring. The misalignment is a ‘stepped’ drop between the rear and front ring with both mating surfaces remaining parallel to the horizontal while the scope tube is at an angle, or as an Aussie would say, “it’s on the piss…”. I have seen this on 3 occasions over the last year so it does happen.

Before you get too involved in rectifying barrel droop in your old air rifle, consider the cost as there is a better than even chance that the gun is a financial write off when taking into account the high costs of parts and labour.

BLOG #17. AirForce Condor

Well guys, it is now May, 2016 and I have finally got my stock order of AirForce Condor, Talon and Texan PCP air rifles here at Gun Room, Yanchep, West Australia, after waiting since September 2015. You guys who have shown an interest in these high powered PCP air rifles over the last few months had best contact me while I still have stock if you are still in the market.

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan PCPs.

Pre-shipment testing of air rifles.

Both the AirForce Condors and Talons have several issues that I correct prior to testing and shipment that can be a source of problems to the end user. These PCPs are excellent performers that lend themselves to tuning for accuracy, distance and power but even they have their idiosyncrasies.

I get calls every single week from guys who have just purchased an air rifle elsewhere and they have a problem with it, be it a malfunction or the fact that it lacks accuracy or whatever. The problem I have with this is two-fold, firstly these are not my customers but are another gun dealer’s…..

When I suggest they take it back to the dealer, I’m then told that the gun dealer who sold the air rifle does not know anything about them, he just bought it in on demand. Then it is still his problem and not mine, so if those of you who are reading this are looking at buying an air rifle from another dealer, please select a dealer who knows air rifles and can give you the after sales support.

Secondly, my responsibility is to my customers and given that I am always chasing my tail here, I do not have the time it takes to get into long-winded conversations with guys who do not purchase from me. You should also know this: I do not get paid for warranty work, I get the parts (sometimes…) required at no cost but it is generally quicker and cheaper to just repair the air rifle myself and get on with life.

This is an on-going problem with some new air rifles, regardless of make or model, and it has prompted me to test every gun I sell prior to shipment. It is Sunday, May 8 and I am writing this after finishing testing a Weihrauch HW77k for Stuart P. of Tasmania who purchased a Blackline from me.

The air rifle lacked accuracy out of the box and had a rough feel loading it that resulted in my stripping it, polishing the piston, sleeve and housing inner, re-greasing it and re-assembly. This is what it took to bring the gun up to speed and it is done at no cost to the customer, saving him time, money and patience in the long run. If I can do this with a new gun prior to shipment at no cost to the customer, then other gun dealers can do the same and not pass the buck to me because I specialise in air rifles.

Weihrauch HW77K Nickel Blackline

Weihrauch HW77K Blackline.

AirForce Condor and Talons.

I am carrying the AirForce Condor and Talon PCPs in .22 and .25 calibres and with the Texan I have the .457 calibre in stock. I have on order the Texan in .308 and .357 calibres for those of you chasing large bore PCPs, so please let me have your interest if this is you. If you wish to order a new Texan in .308 or .357 or any air rifle at all, please go here to see what options you have available to you when ordering.

For those of you who buy an AirForce PCP from me I also have the following after market Tuning parts available:

  • Hammer Springs
  • Hammers with anti slap seals
  • 3 styles of Top-hats
  • M14 Grips with extended trigger guards
  • Trigger Shoes
  • Wok Butts
  • ‘Z’ Valves
  • Gauges
  • Carbon Wrapped cylinders
  • Tri Rail Risers
  • Air Strippers
  • Barrels etc.
AirForce Wok Butt

Wok Butt to suit the AirForce Range of PCPs.

As the cost of purchasing and holding AirForce after-market parts is both expensive and time consuming sourcing the accessories from the USA, I presently only make them available to my own customers that support me. In the past I have sold tuning accessories for these AirForce PCPs to anyone who ordered them and later regretted this when stock was difficult to get and I had my customers waiting.

AirForce Talon with Hawke Scope

AirForce Talon with some3 aftermarket accessories.

Summary of AirForce and other big bore PCPs.

I am moving into stocking and tuning high powered PCPs like the AirForce Condor and Talon together with the Evanix Blizzard in .22, .25 and .357. These PCPs lend themselves to performance increases that are not over the top expensive while providing a truly custom air rifle in the process.

Big bore PCPs are now making headway into the air rifle market and this has lead me to order in the Sam Yang Dragon Claw in .50 calibre and the Recluse in .357 from the USA. Again, if you are looking for such an animal, then please contact me.

Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 Cal

Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 Calibre PCP Air Rifle

The order also includes ammo in .357, .457 and .50 calibres in support of those of you getting into big bore PCPs. I am sourcing reloading dies and accessories for these 3 models that will allow you to mold your own slugs at a saving. Shortly expect to see more big bore PCPs like the Sam Yang Dragon Claw and Recluse in stock, not just the AirForce Texan, supported by tuning accessories and ammo.

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BLOG #16. Air Rifle Ordering from Gun Room

I recently read on an air rifle forum several comments that I have taken issue to, and basically it was this, “my friend ordered and paid for an air rifle 4 months ago from Gun Room and he still hasn’t received it…”. Words to that effect. I do not know what the writer was trying to say but maybe if he can get stock quicker than me then I have a job for him….. I thought not.

I have looked through my records and I do not see anyone who has waited 4 months. There are a number of guys who have paid DEPOSITS and they have been waiting 3 months and a couple of guys have paid in full, the longest was 3 months ago approximately. So what is the problem?

Ordering Guns.

Let me give you an idea of what is involved when we order guns into the country here in West Australia. Firstly you need to be sure that the Police will grant you a B709 permit to import the weapon(s). You can go ahead and order them and when you have paid for them, the seller issues you with the serial numbers. You then apply for a B709 along with the serial numbers and when the police get around to issuing you the B709, you have to hope that they have not rejected any firearms you have paid for at this stage. That being the case you have a problem.

I don’t have any faith in the WA police firearms approval guys who are just too negative in my opinion and as the firearms act is archaic to put it mildly, too much is left to the interpretation and discretion of the issuing officers. To get an idea of what they are like, visit my Blog #12 where I have put a list together of what I want to bring into Australia and they have gone ahead and rejected several items: because in their “opinion” the guns look like “military” weapons. What about the Mausers and Enfields that have fought numerous wars, they are true “military” weapons but the police don’t ban Winchesters, Remingtons etc. I see two standards here and then again, we are only talking Air Rifles FFS!

They let in the AirForce (below) but not the Benjamin Armada (2nd image down) into WA. Go Figure…..

AirForce Talon PCP Air Rifle

AirForce Talon

Benjamin Armada PCP

Benjamin Armada

Once you get the B709 issued to you, you forward it to the seller and they then apply for a permit to send it out of their country and to ours. This does NOT happen overnight. Then when it does happen the guns either come by sea or air. Guns coming by sea take 6-8 weeks before landing in Customs where there are further checks and delays.

Guns coming from the EU by airfreight must go by an air carrier that does not land in Singapore or Dubai, good luck with that. More cost.

The Delays.

Ordering from the manufacturer does not assume that your order will be processed immediately. In all the cases where I have dealings, even through wholesalers, the orders get processed when a “manufacturing run” is scheduled for a particular model.

An example in this I refer to AirForce where I was told at the Brisbane Shot Show in August 2015, that new stock was due in November 2015. I sold out my stock at the Brisbane Shot Show and took orders for more. I managed to buy a couple of Condors from another dealer who had stock a few months later and it is now the end of April, 2016, and the AirForce guns have only just arrived into Customs.

If you don’t have a calculator or calendar handy, that is 8 months I have been waiting. So pray tell me just how do I supply someone with an AirForce Condor in a timeframe less than this? From what I am told the AirForce delay was due to their back orders of Texans and the new development of the .308 and .357 Texan variants.

I have also waited 18 months for some Weihrauch HW30s a couple of years ago and over 2 years for some Smith & Wesson handguns. I am currently waiting for some Weihrauchs (HW30s again and the HW100TK Laminate) that were ordered around 6 months ago. Getting firearms and accessories is not exact science and we are probably at the bottom of the food chain for these goods, just above North Korea I would think.

Orders for air rifles and how they are handled.

When it comes to ordering an air rifle, there are three options, and here they are:

  1. Option #1. Order your air rifle and pay for it upfront and an agreed price.
    1. You are guaranteed to receive that air rifle at the price agreed, no more or less, even if it has cost me more.
    2. You are first on the list when the order arrives.
    3. If you change your mind you will receive a refund with a 10% ‘return to stock’ fee if the air rifle is a model we stock. If the rifle is a different model than we carry, there is no refund unless it is damaged or whatever.
  2. Option #2. Order your new air rifle and pay a Deposit.
    1. If there are any guns left over after supplying those of you who used the Option #1, then you are next on the list.
    2. Your price is NOT set and if there has been a price rise, then you have the option of paying it or receiving your deposit back.
    3. You are not guaranteed to get an air gun from the stock order as priority is given to Option #1 buyers.
  3. Option #3. Place an order without a deposit.
    1. This will mean that I will call you once the orders have been dispatched and providing there is stock left over.
    2. No price is guaranteed.

Please note this: In 2014, I ordered a bunch of Weihrauch HW77Ks in various configurations and they were not shipped with the order that left by sea (no reason was given). Instead they were flown here weeks later and the price increases ranged from around 18% through to 29%, which will tell you that I lost money on ALL the air rifles in that order.

Weihrauch HW77SE Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW77SE with Hawke Sidewinder Scope

You cannot anticipate scenarios like this, nor can you anticipate being told the air rifles on your order have ‘been shipped’. When the order gets here, guess what, some of your order is missing. I have also ordered and paid for several air rifles from an Australian Wholesaler who told me he had them in stock. No prizes for guessing what happened next, he did NOT send the air rifles and after quizzing him, said that they were sold ‘that day’ by accident. I am ugly, not stupid… He couldn’t repay me because he had ‘cash flow problems’ and so after 3 months I managed to get alternative air rifles that I didn’t actually want. After 2 years I still have them in stock!

Summary on importing air rifles.

So you guys on forums, before you go and crucify your local gun dealer, just think about it carefully as we are up against the police, customs, wholesalers, import agents, freighters, suppliers and or manufacturers, whereby any one of them can damage your credibility as a gun dealer.

On top of that, we have antiquated firearm regulations, overzealous public servants trying to justify their jobs and Greenies who in most cases know FA about firearms but want to be seen as being politically correct. So the last thing we need to do is fight amongst ourselves as gun dealers, suppliers or end users of air rifles, as there are many that want this sport illegalised at best or made even harder as a compromise.