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New Air Rifle Stock

Air rifle inventory at present.

Air rifle sales, associated inventory, service and tuning are what sets Gunroom apart for other gun shops. Why? Because air rifles are the only firearms we stock, sell and service. This is a one-stop air rifle shop in Spine St, Sumner, Brisbane, Australia.

When it comes to buying a new airgun, you, as the buyer, need to establish the following:

  1. Can I get service from this gun shop?
  2. Do they have a qualified armourer?
  3. Do they do factory warranty work at the shop or is the gun sent away?
  4. What warranty do they offer?
  5. Do they test the gun before I get it?
  6. Do they have the experience to not only sell airguns but be qualified to advise me?
  7. Can the gun shop supply all the accessories I may require?
  8. What happens if I am not happy with the gun I purchase?
  9. Can the dealer supply me with an air rifle that he is not an agent for?

These and other questions I hope to answer fully in this introduction to Gunroom and what we do.

Air rifle services.

At gunroom, we have a fully equipped service centre to handle PCP air guns, spring air rifles and PCP compressors.

At the time of writing this, Lewis Reinhold handles servicing and tuning of the spring airguns. I handle the PCP airguns, tuning them, air rifle testing on our test range and compressor servicing. I am Gunroom’s licensed Armourer, licence #51001277.

Air rifle warranty.

At Gunroom we do the warranty on ALL the guns sold by ourselves. We also do the Weihrauch air rifle warranty work in Australia. We do not send out any air rifles for warranty work on our branded agencies.

Gunroom also offers a 3-year extended Warranty to PCP air rifle buyers at a very reasonable rate. Also under offer is a 3 year Service Warranty, whereby Gunroom will do periodic servicing of your airgun each year over 3 years to keep it in good shape.

Air rifle Testing at Gunroom.

We have a SIUS 25/50 Electronic Target System that gives you unmatched tolerances replicated on the computer screen. This system is employed in the Olympics for accuracy, reliability and durability. This is the system we test air rifles on, in-house.

With a new air rifle being tested, we do not expect 100% accuracy out of the box, as the barrel is new and unleaded, the action and components are yet to be seated. A result showing a group of around 11mm outside diameter at 25 metres on a new PCP is acceptable. The owner of the rifle will find that over 1000 shots the accuracy will improve too, let’s say down to 9mm.

Remember that the pellets used are unsorted and to improve the rifle further, you would need to sort the pellets by weight, size and lube. Try different weights in the gun and resize the pellets and try them. Then try different lubes. Try different hammer settings and even different regulator settings. That is what it takes to tune the gun. It is not a 5-minute exercise, but the results are well worth the effort.

Air rifle experience at Gunroom.

Between Lewis and myself we have probably close to 40 years experience on air rifles. Hence we feel qualified in what we offer and our ability to match you with the correct air gun.

We stock quite an extensive range of air rifle accessories to help customise your air rifle and improve its performance and aesthetics. We source after-market parts and performance accessories that we test before we market them. You are getting air rifles sourced, selected, sold and set up by air gunners, period.

If you were to buy an air rifle from us that you later felt was not suitable for you, then bring it back sooner rather than later. I think we would want the gun back within 2 weeks and unmarked. We will then willingly set you up in another model of air rifle at no cost other than the price differential.

Sales and admin are now handled by Rob Marx while I assist with sales and do the technical and website. With 3 of us here you should experience a drastic improvement on timing, repair turnover, shipping and service compared to when I was running this alone.

Air Rifle Brands supported.

At Gunroom we support the following air rifle brands:

  • Air Arms – Spring and PCP air rifles
  • Benjamin Marauder and Armada only
  • Brocock – PCP air rifles
  • Daystate – PCP air rifles
  • Kral – Spring and PCP air rifles
  • Sam Yang (aka Seneca & Eun Jin) – PCP air rifles
  • Benjamin (Marauder & Armada only) – PCP air rifles
  • Weihrauch – Spring and PCP air rifles

Below we have the Brocock Commander in Cerakote with an MTC Scope.

Brocock Commander 480 Black PCP Air Rifle

Brocock Commander 480 Black Left Facing

As I suspect most of you are familiar with what we stock apart for Kral and Sam Yang, below you will find a cross-section of their air rifle models:

Kral.

Kral Puncher S Bullpup Synthetic Air Rifle

Kral Puncher S Bullpup in a Synthetic Stock

Kral Puncher Nemesis Bullpup Air Rifle

Kral Puncher Nemesis Bullpup PCP Air Rifle

Kral Puncher Jumbo PCP Air Rifle

Kral Puncher Jumbo PCP Air Rifle with a wood thumbhole stock

Kral Puncher Breaker S Air Rifle

Kral Puncher Breaker S Marine with a stainless action

Kral Puncher One Bronze PCP air rifle

Kral Puncher One Bronze PCP air rifle

Kral Puncher One T Black PCP air rifle

Kral Puncher One T Black PCP air rifle

Kral Puncher Armour Black PCP air rifle

Kral Puncher Armour Black Bullpup PCP air rifle

No line up is complete without the black sheep of the family. This should suit you cowboys out there.

The Kral order is large and as a result, we will have most of their models and calibres. As many of the actions are the same, I will be doing a modification to all the actions prior to dispatching them. This will ensure you get a quality tested and modified PCP air rifle that shoots well and is reliable.

Of course we still stock and sell Weihrauch PCPs, both the HW100 and the HW110:

Weihrauch HW100T PCP Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW100T with Hawke Sidewinder 8-32 x 56 Scope.

Below you can see a couple of the Sam Yangs coming in.

Eun Jin Sumatra 2500 PCP Air Rifle

Eun Jin Sumatra 2500 PCP Air Rifles in .22 and .25 Cal

Dragon Claw 50 Cal PCP Air Rifle

Dragon Claw 50 Cal PCP Air Rifle Dual Tank

We can buy in just about any make and model of air rifle providing it is in stock with the supplier at the time of ordering. We had major hold-ups (out of our control) during 2018 where one order took 7 months to get here and the other nearly 9 months. This resulted in many cancelled orders and frustrated customers, not to mention us.

You will see our air rifle stock, especially PCPs, will eclipse previous holdings coming into the early months of 2019. Our stock orders of Brococks and Daystate PCPs have arrived into Customs and we are awaiting delivery as I write this (9/1/2019).

Scope stocks are presently up with the entire range of MTC scopes in stock. We also have an order of Aeon Scopes and another order of a new brand that has just entered the marketplace – more on that later this month. Bottom line is that we shall shortly have at least 40 models of scope to choose from, all in stock.

Over the next 2 months, you will see a shift in our marketing as we will be offering package deals of PCP air rifles with scope and compressor all together at a saving to you. Most of this has been made possible with bulk buying and a shift to more competitive freight services; DB Schenker.

Air rifle freight.

The year 2018 saw prices for shipping air rifles into the country and in fact, across Australia too, sky-rocket out of control. This has resulted in us using DB Schenker to import all our air rifles at a large saving that we will pass onto you. This will be reflected in the prices of air rifles and scopes from hereon.

I hope that we can serve you better now there are three of us and we have hopefully sorted out the supply issues. We can presently ship you an air gun Australia wide within 2 days providing we have stock. A PCP air rifle and compressor package would be shipped within 3 days maximum.

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.

HW77K In Pieces.

Tuning a HW77K Weihrauch at home. (Part 1)

Tuning a HW77K spring airgun.

Tuning a HW77K Weihrauch air rifle or other spring powered air gun beats shooting a rifle in the factory “default” condition, which by most standards is pretty basic. There are a few prerequisites that need to be followed prior to diving in and stripping your Weihrauch air rifle with the view to tuning it.

  • Firstly, if you are a lousy shot, then save your time and money because a tuned air rifle will not make you a better shot and you won’t be able to blame the rifle…
  • If the air rifle is brand new then I suggest that you consider shooting around 1500 shots through it to bed it in. This will allow you to develop a shooting profile, consistent grouping (be it good or bad) and muscle memory. This is important because it will give you a datum to compare your tuning to the original performance of your air rifle.
  • You will need some basic mechanical aptitude and by that I mean you need to know one end of a hammer from the other…

Before you start on in, consider whether or not you feel you have the confidence and basic skill set to do a neat job. If not, then maybe you should recruit a mate who is more technically inclined, because tuning a HW77K needs a degree of competency. However, should you get stuck doing the tune-up, you can always call me, and I can talk you through it, even if you purchased your air rifle elsewhere…. hmmm.

Tuning a HW77K: tool requirements.

Let’s look at what tools you will need here so that you do not get halfway and get stuck for lack of tooling.

  1. Metric Open end/ring spanner set up to 13mm.
  2. Ball Pein (aka Ball Peen) hammer 12 – 16oz (small to medium).
  3. Pin punches – Long Series 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm will get you by.
  4. Metric Allen Key set to 6mm.
  5. Flat screwdrivers to suit the stock screws.
  6. A cradle of some kind to support the action and/or stock.
  7. Buffing machine (Bench grinder with Buffing attachment – see image below).
  8. Workbench (Kitchen Table/Dining Table would be nice when the wife is out shopping…) that is clean and covered with a cloth base to protect the rifle parts.
  9. Bench vice.
  10. Cleaning fluid – degreasing spray or mineral turps etc.
  11. Moly grease and a suitable oil.
  12. Several containers – 1 for parts to be cleaned, another for clean parts and a 3rd for tools etc.

Your workbench should be clean and covered with an old sheet or similar material to minimise stock scratching and making unsightly marks to the bluing. Do not use a blanket as it will leave fine strands on material sticking to oiled parts of your air rifle. You need a container for parts and good lighting as the bluing is easy to scratch and difficult to repair. Keep all your tools well clear of your air rifle as it is too easily mark your bluing or stock on some sharp edge of a wayward tool lying close by.

The buffing machine can be your typical bench grinder with the accessory spindle fitted to take buffing wheels. The images below show 2 buffs, the dark one is used for initial prep work using a fine compound like Autosol metal polish and the light coloured buff is an ultra fine cloth to finish the steel to a fine polish without anymore compound. I do NOT advocate using the bars of a compound often used with buffs as these can be a bit savage. Should you end up taking off too much metal (rather than just polishing it) it will prove to be an expensive exercise.

Fine Buffing wheel   Ultra fine buffing wheel

                                         Fine Polishing Buff                                                                                Very Fine  Polishing Buff

Polish for air rifle tuning

Autosol Polish For Fine Work.

Stripping the Air Rifle.

Start by making sure the air rifle is not loaded or cocked – this may sound kind of elementary but “empty” guns have killed more people than smallpox… not literally, but you can see where I am going with this. Just check the damn thing.

With the Weihrauch HW77K, turn the rifle upside down in a cradle that will support it leaving your hands free. Then start by loosening (half a turn will do) the small screw behind the trigger guard, then the main spigot screw in front of the guard and lastly the 2 opposing fore-end screws. With all 4 screws loose you can then remove them from the rifle and place them together with the fore-end washers into a container. Separate the action from the stock and place the stock away from your work area leaving the action clear of all tools and crap you may have on the bench.

Weihrauch HW77K Air Rifle stripped down

Weihrauch HW77K Air Rifle action out of the stock.

Using a 13mm metric open-end spanner, undo the spigot pin and spacer (numbered “1” in the image below) and place these in a container.

We can then continue the strip down the air rifle by first releasing the loading arm from the fore end detent by pushing in the button beneath the front of the barrel. Then select a 3mm pin punch or one close to the pin diameter which is just forward of the bridge mount which is attached by the 2 fore-end stock screws. In the image below it is numbered “2”. Cradle the action over a couple of wood blocks covered with towelling and tap through the pin. You can then lift the loading arm and disengage it from the action, placing it well away from the rest of the air rifle action.

When looking at the action of the HW77k Weihrauch Air Rifle cast an eye over the pins and you will see on one side the 2 pins that hold the trigger group have a recessed flat on one side of the action where each pin is located. This is the side you insert the pins when putting them back and this is the side they get pushed out of (pushed out from the other side).

The blued pressed metal slide is known as the anti-beartrap (“3”) which is designed to slide between the trigger pivot and action the moment the loading arm is released. The idea is to stop some clown from pressing the trigger when the loading arm is down in the loading position: this could result in some painful fingers if they are putting a pellet into the barrel at the same time. Don’t worry, it’s been done I know.

Next tap out the 2 pins (“4”) holding in the trigger group and put them aside in a container. This will allow you to remove the trigger group from the action. While the image below does not show it, the safety catch should be removed at this point together with its compression spring.

You should now have your rifle stripped to the following as shown in the image below.

Weihrauch HW77K (Nickel) initial strip-down.

Weihrauch HW77K Air Rifle (Nickel) initial strip-down.

Once you get to this point, clean everything away on your bench as you will need to pull apart the action next. Cleanliness in tuning a HW77K does not stop at keeping the rifle clean. If you want accuracy and longevity in your HW77K or any air gun for that matter, keep your pellets clean too. The best way to do that is with a Pellet Pouch and not your grubby pockets.

I can’t stress this enough, and that is to work in a clean and well-lit environment with tools and other miscellaneous bits and pieces well away from your air rifle as marking it is just too easily done. For those of you who are familiar with pulling down air rifles, these points may seem a bit lame or even basic. However, I can assure you from the phone calls that I get, there are a large number of air gun owners who know nothing about stripping down an air rifle.

The next thing we need to do with the HW77K is unwind the trigger housing from the main body of the action. You should find this very tight and may well need to put a close fitting spanner end into the trigger group recess. When doing this, find a large spanner with a thickness very close to that of the trigger group, place it deep into the slot, then while holding onto the main body, strike the spanner so that it twists the trigger housing in an anti-clockwise motion. Once the trigger housing starts to move, I suggest that you undo it by hand while watching how much thread is still left in the housing. Once you get down to about 4 or 5 threads left (looking through the loading arm channel under the main body), it is time to place the air rifle down and fasten a clamp across it from the barrel end to the trigger housing end.

Do NOT unwind the air rifle trigger housing all the way by hand as it may fly out the end with a terrific force and if it hits you, it won’t do you any good at all.

On 12 Fpe air rifles the spring compression is such that you can, with some common sense, undo the trigger housing while pressing down while unwinding – this is done with the air rifle facing upwards at 90 degrees and you holding down the trigger housing while you unwind it. However, in the interest of getting you to safely unwind the two housings, I would prefer you to do it this next way as it is safer.

The Safe way.

I use an Irwin sliding clamp as pictured and lightly oil each pad then tighten it gently holding the barrel end and trigger housing in the centre of the clamping pads. This is easily accomplished when laying the components down flat. Once you have taken up the slack in the sliding clamp and have applied a bit of pressure on the air rifle you can unwind the rest of the action without it flying apart.

I also put the rifle together using the reverse of this clamping method. See the Irwin clamp that I use, it has a 920mm opening and works very well. I purchased it from Bunnings for around $36 I think.

Irwin Clamp used when tuning a HW77K

Irwin Sliding Clamp With 920mm Opening.

Tuning a HW77K part 1, the air rifle components.

Once you have separated the housings you should have the following on your bench that will require cleaning, inspecting and then polishing before being re-assembled.

Weihrauch HW77K components

HW77K Air Rifle in pieces.

Now you have got this far, the next thing we will move onto is Part 2 of this tuning article following: that will cover inspecting, actual polishing and assembly options pertaining to the Weihrauch HW77K air rifle. A lot of what I have here also applied to other airguns even though I am targeting tuning a HW77K Weihrauch.