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Blog #29 Weihrauch HW110

The Weihrauch HW110

Testing a Weihrauch HW110 carbine in .177 calibre recently, resulted in some interesting results. The air rifle in question is a Weihrauch HW110 carbine that is seldom seen in airgunning circles with most guys preferring the longer barrel version. Having tested both models, the long and the short, I did not see one being better than the other. As I test in a 25 metre range that may be the reason why, as I imagine the longer barrel may have the edge over a longer distance.

Weihrauch HW110 PCP Air Rifle Carbine in .177 cal

Weihrauch HW110 Carbine in .177 cal

Weihrauch HW100 FAC PCP Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW100 FAC PCP Air Rifle in .177 with softouch stock and Ballistic Polymer action.

 

The Weihrauch HW110 on Targets.

I am hoping this article will explain to you guys just why I test every air rifle prior to delivery. I shoot down a Test Facility that has a 25 metre tunnel of a high density plastic as used in culverts. Due to the angle of the rifle in relation to the side walls, a pellet cannot penetrate it, neither can a .357 or a .44 magnum, been there, tried that.

The target itself utilises real cardboard targets positioned in front of the SIUS 25/50 Target System. The results you see below are zoomed up 300% and so some of the shots can look a bit errant, but in fact that is not the case. The bottom right of the target shows the outside diameter of the group. During the testing stage, all I am interested in is the group, I do not care where abouts it is on the target, just so long as I get a group.

On PCP air rifles, I shoot 6 shots for each pellet, with 6 pellets on test. If by chance none of the 6 pellets work out, I will try another couple and if that is a negative, I will pull the gun down.

The Weihrauch HW110 on test belongs Ms. Sarah Cooper who has graciously allowed me to use the results of her air rifle in this blog.

H&N Baracuda Test Target for a HW110

1st Target testing Baracuda Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177

H&N Baracuda Hunter air rifle test results.

2nd Target testing Baracuda Hunter Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177

H&N Baracuda Hunter Extreme air rifle test results.

3rd Target testing Baracuda Hunter Extreme Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177 (Note: The word ‘Extreme print ran off the target’

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy air rifle test results.

4th Target testing JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177

H&N Sniper Magnum air rifle test results.

5th  Target testing Sniper Magnum Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177

H&N Baracuda Match air rifle test results.

6th  Target testing Baracuda Match Pellets in the Weihrauch HW110 .177

The above is a pretty standard test result, however, I left ONE target out.  On this target below I started out by shooting the H&N Terminator Pellets that went very wayward, so far in fact, I was concerned that maybe I had bumped my scope. After 5 shots, I then put through another 5 shots IMMEDIATELY using H&N Baracudas. The Terminators are the large group on the top left while the Baracudas are surrounding the bull. The lesson to take home here is simple, should you select the wrong pellet for your air rifle you can expect a poor performance from it. That usually ends up blaming the air rifle or dealer and not the pellets.

Weihrauch HW110 Test Target

Weihrauch HW110 Test with Terminators outer group and Baracudas inner group

For your information, I have had good results from Terminators in the past in exactly the same model PCP air rifle, so you cannot globally discount Terminators based on one target result. You need to bear this in mind when testing your air rifle or purchasing a new one: Pellet selection is crucial.

Another factor to be aware of, and that is the results are from a NEW air rifle, clean barrel etc and one not bedded in yet. Once the barrel has had 500+ shots through it, you will find the accuracy improving. In part it is due to the rifle settling in and the other part is the shooter becoming more comfortable with the rifle, i.e., developing muscle memory.

As for my shooting, I tend to rush these tests a bit as time is my enemy here. The results still indicate the best pellet whether I bench rest it or snap shoot it like above. The quest is not to get the ultimate score, it is to compare the pellets to each other. That is the end result.

Weihrauch HW110 Test Summary.

For those of you who maybe anticipating buying a 12Fpe Weihrauch HW110, the results of the pellet test are below:

Weihrauch HW110 Pellet Test Results

Weihrauch HW110 Pellet Test Results Spreadsheet

As can been see from the highlight, the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets performed the best, despite have a poor Standard Deviation. This is probably due to a deformed pellet skirt that is often the case with JSB. here in Australia. The HW110 owner, Sarah Cooper went on and shot this target below with her second round with the air rifle, having not shot a PCP before.

Weihrauch HW110 test shot

Sarah Cooper personal test target

I think this Blog demonstrates the need to get your air rifle tested prior to picking it up. I personally test every air rifle prior to shipping and only charge the customer if they want the results as it takes some time in post processing. This little Weihrauch HW110 is a great little performer that wouldn’t embarrass the shooter at their local club competition:  it is quite possibly a giant killer.

Author

Ian McIntosh

 

Daystate Red Wolf - Midnight

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The Red Wolf Transition.

Red Wolf, is it just another Daystate model? If you have handled a Red Wolf or shot one, then the answer is a DEFINITE NO! The finish of both the laminate and Walnut Red Wolf air rifles is first class, like what we have come to expect from Daystate, the ergonomics are great, action is smooth as silk and the accuracy is better than the shooter in my opinion.

When the Special Edition Serie Rosso was unveiled last year, we saw the Red Wolf in a red/black laminate, with it being 70% red and 30% black. I did not expect Daystate to add a Red Wolf to their line-up as this did not happen with the blue laminated Saxon Special Edition that preceded it. When they announced that the Red Wolf will be added to the line-up, we could see the attraction in the marketplace immediately.

The production Red Wolf is presently available in 70% black and 30% red, being the reverse colours of the Special Edition Serie Rosso. It is also available in Walnut for those of you hard core air rifle owners steeped in tradition. There is also going to be an addition to the Red Wolf line-up that I cover at the end of this article, so hang about.

In October, the Extreme Benchrest Championship 2018 was held at Mesa, Arizona where 160 air-gunners from across the globe attended. There is a link at the end of this article that will take you to the results page and a full competition article. But to get straight to the point guys, here are the various results that were achieved and there is NO denying that the Daystate Red Wolf is a giant slayer.

Extreme Benchrest Championship Results.

To get an idea of the scale of this championship, take a look at the image below:

Red Wolf Competition Line Up Arizona

Competition Line Up at Mesa, Arizona Championships

The results of all the competitions are as follows:

American Field Target Results

American Field Target Results at Mesa, Arizona, 2018.

This is followed by:

50 Yard Benchrest Unlimited Class Results

50 Yard Benchrest Unlimited Class Results at Mesa, Arizona in 2018

And again by:

Pro-Class Knockdown Silo Final Results

Knockdown Silo Final Results

With more here:

100 Yard Benchrest Final Results, 2018

100 Yard Benchrest Final Results in 2018.

With the last two results being:

Gilbert Grand Challenge Results 2018

Gilbert Grand Challenge Results 2018

And:

One Gun Challenge Score

One Gun Challenge at Mesa, Arizona.

All in all, even the Red Wolf detractors cannot dispute the above results in each of these disciplines. A full roundup of the results please visit www.extremebenchrest.com

With the results of these Championships, the Red Wolf PCPs have set a new benchmark in excellence, one that will be hard to beat.

The Red Wolf Special Editions out soon.

Daystate has now introduced two new Red Wolf designs in celebration of Daystate’s 40th anniversary. These Red Wolf PCP air rifles are a LIMITED EDITION only and if you want one, please call us ASAP as there are only so many to go around.

Here is the Red Wolf Midnight Special Edition model.

Daystate Red Wolf - Midnight

Daystate’s Red Wolf Midnight PCP Air Rifle

With the Red Wolf Safari Special Edition model being released at the same time.

Red Wolf Safari.

The Red Wolf PCPs don’t get it all their own way as the Wolverine R Forester Laminate is also being released.

Wolverine R Forester.

Wolverine R Special Edition

Wolverine R Special Edition

Lastly the Daystate Genus is also being released.

Daystate Genus PCP Special Edition

Daystate Genus PCP Special Edition

We will have all the Red Wolf, Wolverine and Genus specifications and pricing hopefully by March 18, 2019. Those of you who may be interested in getting one of these Red Wolf limited editions: our quarterly order book closes at the end of March. Delivery is planned for late May.

For the Tech-heads of you here are the specs:

SPECIFICATION

  Red Wolf B Type Red Wolf HiLite Red Wolf HiLite HP
Overall Length 99.0 cm (39 ins) 99.0 cm (39 ins) 114.0 cm (45 ins)
Barrel Length 43 cm (17 ins) 43 cm (17 ins) 60 cm (23 ins)
Cylinder Capacity 400 or 500 cc 480 cc 480 cc
Weight (Unscoped) from 3.5 kg (7.5lbs) 3.5 kg (7.5lbs) 3.8 kg (8.5lbs)
Available Calibres .177 inch (4.5 mm), .22 inch (5.5 mm) & .25 inch (6.35 mm) .177 inch (4.5 mm), .22 inch (5.5 mm) & .25 inch (6.35 mm) .22 inch (5.5 mm) & .25 inch (6.35 mm) & .303 (7.62 mm)
Loading Magazine or Single Shot Tray Magazine or Single Shot Tray Magazine or Single Shot Tray (Magazine Only in .303)
Cocking Side Lever action – reversible Side Lever action – reversible Side Lever action – reversible
Magazine 10 Shot 10 Shot 5 shot (0.303), 10 Shot (0.22, 0.25)
Fill Pressure Up to 230 BAR (3,335 psi) Up to 250 BAR (3,625 psi) Up to 250 BAR (3,625 psi)
Power / Shots Per Charge 0.303 N/A N/A 45 shots @ 65 ft/lbs
Power / Shots Per Charge 0.25 50 shots @ 45 ft/lbs 45 shots @ 40 ft/lbs 75 shots @ 50ft/lbs
Power / Shots Per Charge 0.22 510 shots @ 12 ft/lbs, 80 shots @ 35 ft/lbs 475 shots @ 12 ft/lbs, 75 shots @ 35 ft/lbs 75 shots @50 ft/lbs
Power / Shots Per Charge 0.177 460 shots @ 12 ft/lbs, 195 shots @ 20 ft/lbs 420 shots @ 12 ft/lbs, 165 shots @ 20 ft/lbs N/A
Trigger Electronic release. Adjustable for weight and length of stage. Electronic release. Adjustable for weight and length of stage. Electronic release. Adjustable for weight and length of stage.
Safety Manual, cross bar, lever open deactivation. Manual, cross bar, lever open deactivation. Manual, cross bar, lever open deactivation.
Stock Ambidextrous Turkish Walnut or Black Laminate Ambidextrous Turkish Walnut or Black Laminate Ambidextrous Turkish Walnut or Black Laminate
Options Silencer, Sling swivels, Gun box, Charging set. Silencer, Sling swivels, Gun box, Charging set. Silencer, Sling swivels, Gun box, Charging set.

Summarising the Red Wolf.

We have sold some .22, .25 and .303 calibres of the Red Wolf production model. During testing several things jump out at you.

Firstly, is the high shot count with the .22 cal Red Wolf that still retains its velocity to the very end of available air. Accuracy is assured with this calibre for target work. The .25 is not quite as air reserved as the .22 but for that inconvenience, you get a powerful PCP air rifle that is at home hunting and doing target work.

Lastly is the .303 calibre Red Wolf that packs a real punch. I am currently sourcing additional pellets for this beast so we can get the best out of it. This PCP will suit the hunter down to the ground with a range of 100 metres the .303 is deadly.

We have an order of 100 High Pressure Compressors coming from China together with a large order of Mark IV Scopes (we have the exclusive marketing for this brand) and 20 more PCPs from Daystate. These include the Red Wolf in .22 & .25, Red Wolf Midnight in .22 & .25, Red Wolf Safari in .22 and Wolverine Forester in .22 and .25. I tell you this now as we will be doing package deals on the Red Wolf and other PCPs that include a Compressor, Scope (MTC or Mark IV), Gun Bag/case, Cleaning kit, Extended Warranty and Service Plan.

In a couple of weeks, I shall be posting the chronograph results of each of these 3 calibres for those of you who are still sitting on the fence. All in all, the Red Wolf is the most exciting air rifle I have shot while trading as Gunroom since 2004.

Author

Ian McIntosh

Umarex Hammer .50 cal PCP air rifle

Air Rifle Sales

Our Air Rifle sales strategy has recently been ironed out in an effort to make buying an airgun, especially a PCP Air Rifle easier and cheaper than previously. A number of factors have come into play to achieve this, including volume purchasing, competitive shipping and close working ties with suppliers and manufacturers. In the end, you, as a potential customer will benefit in an easy transaction process with an extended warranty as well.

Shipping of air rifles.

In the past I have shipped air rifle purchases with who ever I could get to move them. This came at a cost of anywhere from $120/air rifle up to $450 a gun! If you have read ‘AIR RIFLE INVENTORY AT PRESENT’ would know that we now use DB Schenker to move our air rifles. They are also consolidating our shipments to reduce the cost per item. On top of this, we are bringing in more air rifles at once than ever before. We currently have 31 Brocock air rifles at Customs awaiting clearance and another 80 Kral PCPs on the way.

At the time of writing this, February 21, 2019, we have just received our Daystate order that includes Huntsman, Renegade, Wolverine, Tsar and Red Wolf in laminate and Walnut. Calibres include .177,  .22, .25 and .303 cal. Our USA order that was initialised in March last year has finally turned up (I sh*t you not…) with 2 x Sam Yang Dragon Claw in .50 cal, .25 cal Sumatra, Benjamin Marauders in .22 and .25 cal, AirForce Texan .308.

Shot Show 2019 in Las Vegas.

I spent a week in Las Vegas attending the January 2019 Shot Show that is open only to Dealers, Defence and Security Agencies. It was a massive show and given a week that I was there, I found it impossible to view all the stands. My good buddy Joe Tonga went with me and together we sourced some great products at the right prices.

I also met with numerous International Managers representing some big names in the airgun industry. One such a meeting was with my USA supplier who frigged me about for 7 months or more. The outcome now, is that upon receipt of the payment, the orders will be shipped to us within 7 days and not 7 months as presently. Let’s hope.

To capitalise on consolidating freight, we will be ordering from the USA every 3 months. So, you guys wanting to purchase an obscure air rifle will be assured of prompt delivery. Air rifle orders from the UK and Turkey will also be made every 3 months as well and notification will be given on this website some 4 weeks in advance. Air Rifle orders will require 50% deposit upon confirmation the order is available and ready to ship.

Air Rifle Scopes.

Currently we are carrying the complete range of MTC Scopes and their Rangefinders as well. We are going to supplement these scopes with a new brand that we signed up for at the Shot Show, called Mark IV. These are great scopes and newly developed with Side Focus, Illuminated Reticle, Etched Glass and ED lenses in some models. The initial range of Mark IV scopes are:

5-30x56SF 1st Focal Plane. 30mm Tube, ED Lens.

3-12x44SFIR    2nd Focal Plane. 30mm Tube, Illuminated  Reticle, ED Lens.

6-24x56SFIR    2nd Focal  Plane. 30mm Tube, Illuminated  Reticle, ED Lens.

8-32x56SFIR    2nd Focal Plane. 30mm Tube, Illuminated  Reticle, ED Lens.

3-9x40AO    2nd Focal Plane. Multi coated lens. (Suit Spring powered air rifles).

All the Mark IV scopes have a 5-year warranty.

Mark IV First Focal Plane Air Rifle Scope

Mark IV First Focal Plane Scope 5-30×56.

Kral PCP Air Rifle Packages priced to sell.

Putting together customised PCP purchases is a time-consuming exercise that we are attempting to overcome.  To do that, we have bulk ordered 100 compressors from China together with a large order of Mark IV scopes to establish better pricing that we can pass on to you in a package deal. To that we have 84 Kral PCP air rifles coming in together with parts and accessories.

The package deals on PCP air rifles will be priced from $1535 upwards, depending on the rifle chosen. Kral PCPs will be the fore-runners allowing you to buy a Kral PCP, Electric Compressor,  Mark IV 2nd Focal Plane scope, Gun bag, cleaning kit, 3-year warranty  and 3-year service plan on the air rifle. All that with prices starting at $1535. Tell me where you can equal that deal in Australia and I will bare my bum in Spine street…

The PCP air rifles will be pre-tested with a spreadsheet and scanned targets. This has been made possible by a friend of mine, Nick Green, who wrote a program for me that integrates Photoshop, Excel and SIUS software into one package. This effectively saves me over an hour of post editing on photoshop which has caused many delays in the past.

Each Kral will have a couple of modifications done to it prior to testing and shipping. On that note, I need to remind the reader that only air rifles sold or originating from Gunroom will be serviced or repaired from herein due to commitments to our own customers. We have reached that point in the road where service work is not viable for work done on air rifles originating from other dealers.

If you are one of those guys who has unfortunately purchased a PCP or spring air rifle elsewhere and you need work done on it, you will need to take it up with your supplying dealer. Sorry about  that, but we did try and assist everyone who came here and got burnt a few times in the process.

Big Bore Air Rifle Models.

You read that right, big bore air rifle sales are where we are currently moving too. While we have in stock the Sam Yang Dragon Claw in .50 calibre, aka Seneca Dragon Claw, we have on order the new Umarex Hammer 50 cal that we are told will be available in late March to ship to us. This Umarex PCP air rifle is a beast and boasts 700+ Fpe making it the most powerful PCP in the world presently, eclipsing the AirForce Texan .457 cal.

Hammer PCP Air Rifle

Umarex Hammer .50 cal PCP Air Rifle

What is exciting is the price, that makes this a really affordable PCP big bore air rifle. Once we confirm the freight, we will put this online. However, if you are interested, please email rob@gunroom.com.au and he will contact you once the product is shipped and he can confirm the price. We have 6 units only as demand has rationed supply somewhat.

Umarex Gauntlet PCP Air Rifle

Umarex Gauntlet air rifle in .22 cal

The Umarex Gauntlet above will in all likelihood be the smallest of the Umarex PCP range that we aim to carry.

Seneca Dragon Claw .50 cal PCP Air Rifle

Seneca Dragon Claw .50 cal PCP Air Rifle

We shall also be stocking the Sam Yang big bore PCPs in .50, .45 and 9mm, tother with the AirForce Texan in .308, .357 and .457 calibres. I shall be reviewing each of these big bore air rifles as time allows, so watch this space.

AirForce Texan .457 PCP Air Rifle

AirForce Texan .457 cal air rifle.

Testing Big Bore Air Rifles.

Presently our back-stop maybe insufficient to repeatedly stop the Umarex Hammer’s 700 Fpe so we are fitting intermediate slug cushions to slow down the slugs and dissipate their energy. So, it will not be until March, 2019, that we can target test these hard hitting PCPs, so those of you buying a big bore air rifle before then will only be getting a comprehensive Pro-Delivery of the air rifle.

Future Air Rifle Shipments.

Our next shipment of PCP air rifles is from the UK where we have a current order of Air Arms, both spring and PCP air rifles. Close to that shipment will be another from Daystate and some of the Patagonia laminated PCPs from Brocock.

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifle facing left

 

Daystate Red Wolf .303 cal air rifle.

If you have an interest in any of the 3 air rifle manufacturers above, please get onto us earlier rather than later so we can get your rifle made. That is correct, most of the PCPs by these big three in the UK are only made to order. True story.

 

Air Rifle Pellets.

We have yet to ship an order of JSB pellets due to shipping and handling costs on an order weighing up to 2 tonnes. Airfreight is not an option and so we are looking at various options presently together with DB Schenkers.

While we will continue to hold H&N and JSB pellets in .177 cal, our main thrust will be from .22 upwards where we want to cater for the big bore fraternity up to .50 calibre. We will of course be stocking the Air-Arms Pellets and Daystate Pellets (Kaiser) up to .303” cal.

 

Daystate Air Rifle Pellets

Daystate air rifle pellets up to .303 cal.

Air Rifle Warranty.

At the time or writing this, we have in stock the full range of Brocock PCPs, the Daystates mentioned above together with Sam Yang, Marauders, AirForce, Weihrauch PCPs and springers and a few orphaned air rifles like the Walther Rotex.

Given my introductions at the Las Vegas Shot Show, there are few air rifles that I am unable to purchase overseas, with FX being one (though Hermann’s sell FX to me anyway, so not a big deal). At this point I want to reiterate our Warranty Policy for all air rifles bought into this country, unless otherwise specified, is 3 years. If you buy an air rifle from or through another dealer, providing it has originated from Gunroom, the 3-year warranty will apply.

Author

Ian McIntosh

 

Daystate Genus PCP Special Edition

New Air Rifles

Air Rifles update.

Air Rifles ordered this last year has been a nightmare, both for the customers that ordered a Brocock PCP and us at Gunroom. Our UK order took 7 months and USA order; though still not here after 8 months, was due to leave the wholesaler by December 30. They didn’t say which year so maybe they mean 2018.

Air Rifle Freight from the USA has gone up from $120/gun to about $480/gun. This has resulted in us using DB Schenker who have come in and slashed the prices from both the USA and UK to Australia rates. You will see these price reductions when we upload the new pricing in January – ignore earlier prices that are on the website at the time of writing this (December 21, 2018).

We currently have a shipment of Daystate and Brocock air rifles in Customs right now. These air rifles include the Daystate Huntsman, Renegade, Red Wolf, TSAR and Wolverine plus the complete range of Brococks including the Snipers and Commanders. This stock order has only taken 2 months and a bit, which is good by historical standards.

Daystate’s Special 40th Edition Air Rifles; the Genus.

We have 2 of the Daystate Genus PCP air rifles allotted to us with a possible additional 2 units should we get orders for them. If you are interested in getting one of these numbered 40th Edition PCPs, please contact either Rob or me by email.

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary Edition Air Rifles

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary Edition

This PCP air rifle comes complete with Gold trim, shroud and silencer. However, any that we sell here will be modified so that the shroud is only cosmetic with a blank silencer – it will look identical but will provide no noise reduction. Sorry about that guys…

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary PCP Air Rifles

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary PCP

Current PCP Air Rifles in Stock Order.

The following are currently in Customs (22nd December 2018) and are the line up of PCP air rifles we wish to stay with for a while at least.

Daystate Huntsman PCP Air Rifles.

The new Daystate Huntsman is in the stock order in both .22 and .25 calibres. This PCP air rifle is by far the most popular Daystate available presently, partly popular due to its’ price that allows it to compete with Weihrauch ‘s HW100 and Brocock’s Sniper and Commander, but also due to its accuracy and reliability.

Daystate Regal HR PCP

Daystate Regal HR PCP

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifles

Alongside the Huntsman air rifles, we also have the now famous and sought after Red Wolf after its outstanding debut in the USA. While this is a rather expensive PCP air rifle, it does NOT disappoint in looks and performance. Having sold our first Red Wolf to Darren Burgess, the interest it aroused while it was here was unbelievable.

I am part way through an article on the Red Wolf and should have it published by mid-January. It is a multi-part article with a heap of images that should keep you interested. With great accuracy and a shot count of 270, these PCP air rifles will take some beating. We now have the Red Wolf in Black (70%) and Red (30%) laminate and also in the Walnut for the conservative buyer. Calibres coming into stock are the .22, .25 and .303 cal.

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifles

Daystate’s much sought after PCP air rifles, the Red Wolf in laminate and also in Walnut.

Daystate Red Wolf in Walnut

Daystate Red Wolf in Walnut

We have both the Wolverine R in High Power format and standard FAC, together with the laminated versions of the Wolverine R and Wolverine P in both .25 and .303 calibres.

Daystate WolverineR Grey Laminate PCP Air Rifles

Daystate WolverineR Grey Laminate PCP Air Rifle

Daystate TSAR (12 Fpe)

No Daystate line-up is complete without the Daystate TSAR, with each gun named after a Russian Emperor. This is only available in .177 and 12 Fpe, though I think I can probably re-rate it to 18 Fpe if someone wants to go that way.

The gun has obviously been designed, if not built, by Ataman rifles out of Russia. The similarities between the Daystate TSAR and the Ataman M2S Match can be seen here.

Daystate TSAR PCP Target Air Rifles

Daystate TSAR PCP Target Air Rifles

Ataman M2S Match PCP Air Rifles

Ataman M2S Match Laminated Air Rifle

Daystate Renegade PCP

Last on the list from Daystate is the Renegade HP HR in .25 cal. HP stands for High Power obviously with HR refers to the PCP having a Huma Regulator.

Daystate RenegadeR HP PCP Air Rifles

Daystate Renegade HP HR .25 cal

As can be seen, the Daystate Renegade PCP air rifle pictured here is in a dark green synthetic. Presently at the time of writing this, I am not sure whether the stock order has a green or black synthetic. I do have a Pulsar stock in a green laminate that should fit this gun if a customer so wishes to swap the stocks. The calibre of this air rifle is .25 cal and power is stated as 60 Fpe.

Daystate Pellets.

We are also carrying a range of Daystate pellets in .177, .22, .25 and .303 calibres. Due to the high cost of air freighting these pellets, we will limit the number per order to 5 tins.

Daystate Pellets for quality Air Rifles

Daystate Pellets for quality Air Rifles in  .303, .22 and .177

Brocock PCP Air Rifles.

Currently in Customs are the following Brocock PCPs:

Brocock Compatto MKII and Compatto Sniper.

These 2 Brocock Compatto PCP air rifles are definitely the best volume sellers we have. Why? Simply put, they are short, slim, well balanced, reliable and accurate, on top of that they are also cheap in the big picture.

Brocock Compatto MkII PCP Air Rifles

Brocock Compatto Sniper

Brocock Bantam Sniper PCPs.

This model of the Bantam Sniper is producing great shot counts coupled with accuracy as it is basically a Compatto with a large air tank, different stock and Huma Regulator.

Bantam Sniper MKII PCP Air Rifles

Brocock Bantam Sniper with MTC Scope

Brocock Commander Air Rifles.

The Commander is the all-new model from Brocock that comes with a tactical appearance that will appeal to the cowboys out there. The action is the same as the Bantam Sniper, just in a different stock with a Cerakote option.

Brocock Commander 480cc Carbon Bottle Air Rifles

Brocock Commander 480cc Carbon Bottle Air Rifle

Brocock Commander 480 Air Rifles

Brocock Commander 480 Air Rifle with MTC Scope

Brocock Commander 500 Black air rifles

Brocock Commander 500 Black Air Rifle

All Brococks are available in .177, .22 and .25 calibres and come with Huma Regulators where stipulated. However, we only have the .177 in the Compatto presently.

Mark IV Scopes.

We have an order of Mark IV Scopes coming that includes the best sellers of their range, some with the new ED lenses. For those of you unfamiliar with Mark IV, they come with a 5 year warranty and specialize mostly in the larger style of scopes like this 5-30×56 First Focal Scope below:

Mark IV First Focal Plane Scope

Mark IV First Focal Plane Scope 5-30×56.

MTC Scopes.

At the time of writing this, we have the complete range in stock with plenty of the Viper Pro MTC Scopes in 5-30×50.

MTC Viper Pro 10 x 44 scope for Air Rifles

MTC Viper Pro 10 x 44

Air Rifles Summary.

We currently stock Brocock, Daystate, Cometa and Weihrauch, with AirForce, Marauders and Dragon Claw .50 cal on the way (after 8 months…) here with DB Schenker, so you can be sure they get here this time.

We will carry a range of AirForce, Benjamin, Kral and Sam Yang (Eun Jin aka Seneca) air rifles over the next year. Now that there are 3 of us working here, we may just be able to stay ahead of the curve with air rifles, sales and servicing.

Author

Ian McIntosh.

Kral Puncher Armour PCP

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 T PCP Air Rifle

Kral Puncher One T PCP Air Rifle single shot

Kral Puncher Armour PCP

Kral Puncher Armour PCP Air Rifle with optional Cerakote colours

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.

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Angled

Air Rifles in stock at Gunroom for the year of 2019

Air Rifles for 2019.

Air Rifles and scope purchasing this last year has been a nightmare, both for the customers that ordered and us at Gunroom. Our UK order of air rifles took 7 months and USA order; though still not here after 8 months, is due to leave the wholesaler by December 30. They didn’t say which year so maybe they mean 2018.

Air Rifles Freighted from the USA has gone up from $120/gun to about $480/gun. This has resulted in us using DB Schenker who have come in and slashed the prices from both the USA and UK to Australia rates. You will see these price reductions when we upload the new pricing of air rifles in January – ignore earlier prices that are on the website at the time of writing this (December 21, 2018).

We currently have a shipment of Daystate and Brocock air rifles in Customs right now. These air rifles include the Daystate Huntsman, Renegade, Red Wolf, TSAR, and Wolverine plus the complete range of Brococks including the Snipers and Commanders. This stock order has only taken 2 months and a bit, which is good by historical standards.

Daystate’s Special 40th Edition; the Genus PCP Air Rifles.

We have 2 of the Daystate Genus PCP airguns allotted to us with a possible additional 2 units should we get orders for them. If you are interested in getting one of these numbered 40th Edition PCPs, please contact either Rob or me by email.

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary Edition Air Rifle

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary Edition

These PCP air rifles come complete with Gold trim, shroud and silencer. However, any that we sell here will be modified so that the shroud is only cosmetic with a blank silencer – it will look identical but will provide no noise reduction. Sorry about that guys…

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary PCP Air Rifle

Daystate Genus 40th Anniversary PCP

Current Air Rifles in our Stock Order.

The following air rifles are currently in Customs (22nd December 2018) and are the line up we wish to stay with for a while at least.

Daystate Huntsman.

The new Daystate Huntsman is in the stock order in both .22 and .25 calibres. These PCP air rifles are by far the most popular Daystate available presently, partly popular due to their price that allows them to compete with Weihrauch’s HW100 and Brocock’s Sniper and Commander, but also due to its accuracy and reliability.

Daystate Regal HR PCP Air Rifle

Daystate Regal HR PCP

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifles.

Alongside the Huntsman air rifles, we also have the now famous and sought after Red Wolf PCP air rifles after their outstanding debut in the USA. While this is a rather expensive Daystate PCP air rifle, it does NOT disappoint in looks and performance. Having sold our first Red Wolf to Darren Burgess, the interest it aroused while it was here was unbelievable.

I am part way through an article on Red Wolf air rifles and should have it published by mid-January. It is a multi-part article with a heap of images that should keep you interested. With great accuracy and a shot count of 270, this PCP air rifle will take some beating. We now have the Red Wolf in Black (70%) and Red (30%) laminate and also in the Walnut for the conservative buyer. Calibres coming into stock are the .22, .25 and .303 cal.

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifle facing left

Daystate Red Wolf PCP

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Air Rifle Angled

Daystate Red Wolf PCP Angled

Daystate Wolverine (Laminated)

We have both the Wolverine R air rifles in High Power format and standard FAC, together with the laminated versions of the Wolverine R and Wolverine P in both .25 and .303 calibres.

Daystate WolverineR Grey Laminate PCP Air Rifle

Daystate WolverineR Grey Laminate

Daystate TSAR (12 Fpe) Target Air Rifles.

No Daystate line-up is complete without the Daystate TSAR, with each gun named after a Russian Emperor. This is only available in .177 and 12 Fpe, though I think I can probably re-rate it to 18 Fpe if someone wants to go that way.

Daystate TSAR PCP Target Air Rifle

Daystate TSAR PCP Target Air Rifle

The gun has obviously been designed, if not built, by Ataman air rifles out of Russia. The similarities between the Daystate TSAR and the Ataman M2S Match can be seen here.

Ataman M2S Match Laminated Air Rifle

Ataman M2S Match Laminated

Daystate Renegade Hunting Air Rifles.

Last on the list from Daystate is the Renegade HP HR in .25 cal. HP stands for High Power obviously with HR refers to the PCP having a Huma Regulator.

Daystate RenegadeR HP PCP Air Rifle

Daystate RenegadeR HP PCP

As can be seen, the Daystate Renegade PCP air rifles also come in a dark green synthetic. Presently at the time of writing this, I am not sure whether the stock order has a green or black synthetic. I do have a Pulsar stock in a green laminate that should fit this gun if a customer so wishes to swap the stocks. The calibre of this air rifle in .25 cal and power is stated as 60 Fpe.

Daystate Pellets.

We are also carrying a range of Daystate pellets in .177, .22, .25 and .303 calibres. Due to the high cost of air freighting these pellets, we will limit the number per order to 5 tins.

Daystate Air Rifle Pellets

Daystate Air Rifle Pellets

Brocock PCP Air Rifles.

Currently in Customs are the following Brocock PCP air rifles, that will mean we have the whole range in stock:

Brocock Compatto MKII and Compatto Sniper PCP air rifles.

These 2 Brocock Compatto PCP air rifles are definitely the best volume sellers we have. Why? Simply put, they are short, slim, well balanced, reliable and accurate, on top of that they are also cheap in the big picture. There is a Brocock Compatto Review on this site.

Brocock Compatto MkII Air Rifle

Brocock Compatto MkII

Brocock Bantam Sniper PCP Air Rifles.

This model of the Bantam Sniper is producing great shot counts coupled with accuracy as it is basically a Compatto with a large air tank, different stock, and Huma Regulator. It comes with a redesigned synthetic stock that handles very well indeed.

Bantam Sniper MKII PCP Air Rifle Left Facing

Bantam Sniper MKII Left Facing

Brocock Commander.

The Commander is the all-new model from Brocock that comes with a tactical appearance that will appeal to the cowboys out there. The action is the same as the Bantam Sniper, just in a different stock with a Cerakote option.

All Brococks are available in .177, .22 and .25 calibres and come with Huma Regulators where stipulated. However, we only have the .177 cal in the Compatto presently due to limited demand for this calibre.

Brocock Commander PCP air rifle

Brocock Commander PCP Air Rifles are available in Tan.MTC Scopes for air rifles.

MTC Scopes for air rifles.

At the time of writing this, we have the complete range in stock with plenty of the Viper Pro MTC Scopes in 5-30×50. To give you a better understanding of stock levels with MTC, if you want a large stock order for November, you have to place the order by February.

MTC Viper Pro 10 x 44 suiting a PCP air rifle

MTC Viper Pro 10 x 44

Air Rifles: Summary.

We currently stock PCP air rifles by Brocock, Daystate, Cometa and Weihrauch, with AirForce, Marauders and Dragon Claw .50 cal on the way (after 8 months…) here with DB Schenker, so you can be sure they get here this time.

I am off to the Las Vegas Shot Show on the 19th of January this year. Admission is restricted to the Gun Trade only, so hopefully, I can come away with some additional agencies and better pricing.

Gun shops wishing to sell our range of air rifles can do so via drop-shipping. We take over the sale and supply the customers (via the gunshop) and commission the dealer. The dealer has no issues with spares, service or warranty, as we warrant and test all our air rifles sold here.

We will carry a range of AirForce, Benjamin, Kral and Sam Yang (Eun Jin aka Seneca) air rifles over the next year. Now that there are 3 of us working here, we may just be able to stay ahead of the curve with air rifles, sales and servicing.

Author

Ian McIntosh.

Blog #26 Air Rifle testing of new spring and PCP air rifles in 2019.

Air Rifle Testing at Gunroom.

Testing each air rifle sold has always been our goal here at Gunroom, but with the increase in sales, I have found the transfer of data in hard-copy a time-consuming exercise. What is also evident is that many new air rifle buyers do not follow or take notice of this data.

As most of you are aware, the testing is done using a SIUS 25/50 Target System that provides extremely accurate shot placement and together with our CED Chronograph, they provide a complete ballistic report.

The only caveat here is that as the air rifles are new when tested, their performance will change to some degree once the barrel has ‘leaded up’ and springs together with seals have settled in. That said, when the air gun is handed over, the new owner will be given the best performing pellet for the air rifle as it is in its’ present form.

The new Air Rifle Testing Regime.

Until further notice, new air rifle purchases will receive the following pre-delivery and testing format, regardless of the cost of the air gun. I will test fire each gun using a minimum of 6 pellet types and based on grouping, will select the best performing pellet.

The pellet will be expected to achieve what I consider to be the anticipated speed for the given weight and ballistic coefficient of the selected pellet for the given rifle. A 6-shot group will then be shot and the chronograph results will be recorded and plotted to a Microsoft Excel Spread-sheet File that has the following information:

The Target results from the SIUS will be provided as follows:

H&N Extreme Target

H&N Extreme Pellet Test Target

Note that the image is zoomed to 300% with the actual grouping at the bottom right of the image, in this case, CLD: (Outer Diameter) 8.4mm. These results will be emailed to the buyer and not reproduced in hard copy.

Optional Testing Results.

Now there are going to be a number of you who want more than what I provide above and for that Gunroom offers the following service at a cost of $60:

A full 6 shots of 6 pellet types on a Spread-sheet as below:

The Spreadsheet comes together with the following graphs for those of you who prefer the visualisation of results:

Pellet Speed Graph

Average Pellet Speeds                                                            

Pellet Energy Graph

Pellet Energies

 

H&N Power Target

H&N Baracuda Power

 H&N Hunter TargetH&N Baracuda Hunter

 H&N Extreme TargetH&N Baracuda Hunter Extreme

 H&N Sniper TargetH&N Sniper Magnum

 H&N Terminator TargetH&N Terminator

 JSB Test TargetJSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

So we are clear here guys, a ‘Pellet Selection Test’ is just that, a “test”. It is NOT a tune-up, though if the air rifle was shooting below its’ rated capacity, then I would retrofit it with a Vortek or Maccari spring and seal at no cost to you.

The idea of a Pellet Selection Test is to short-circuit the time and expense that it would take for you to do the same task. We are well equipped to handle all types of air rifles, from springers to PCPs, with the equipment and experience to do the job. By testing the air rifle prior to delivery, you can immediately start shooting with the results that you would expect for the outlay that you have made.

With most of the calls I get about guns not performing, the customers blame the supplying Gun Dealer, when in fact, the problem is that the gun has not been tested. I do not know of any Gun Dealer who pre-tests the air rifles before they are shipped out and that is the main cause of problems when the customer cannot hit what he is aiming at.

PCP Air Rifles.

I would seriously recommend buyers of Brocock, Daystate, Kral and Weihrauch PCPs who buy from Gunroom, to get the full Pellet Selection test done. Given the higher costs of these PCP air rifles, you need to squeeze out everything you can that will give you accuracy and power: a full pellet selection test is a good start.

For those of you who decide to get the full Pellet Selection test, let me know what you intend to use the PCP air rifle for and that will affect the pellets that I test. I will probably make some minor adjustments that I consider beneficial for the intended use of the air gun.

Air Rifle Testing Summary.

By testing your new air rifle here, I can also adjust your trigger for you if required. All you need do is let me know what pressure you want it to ‘break’ at and I will set it up for you. There is no cost for this.

If you have purchased your air file from another dealer and it is not performing, providing it has originated from Gunroom (i.e. Brocock, Daystate, Kral etc), then I will look at it and fix the issue for free. You will need to pay the freight back and forth.

However, if the air rifle is another brand or one purchased on the ‘grey market’, you are basically on your own. I can look at it, but please call me first and do not just send it to me. I will price the task for you and you can then decide what you want to do.

At the time of writing this, Lewis Reinhold is tasked with looking after most of the springers that come through here while I do the PCP air rifles and machining/polishing work. When sending us an air rifle, please call first and it HAS TO BE LICENSED, OK? Seriously guys, please don’t send me anything that is not licensed. It is not me that has an issue with that, but Weapons Licensing here in Queensland are not the most congenial public servants that I have ever met….

This brings me to the issue of testing springers that have been worked on. Unless you have specified that you want your springer tuned after a repair, it will only get a test fire to check the speed and energy. Changing a spring and seal is just that, a swap out with some polishing and shimming. It does NOT include a tune-up, please realise this, guys. We will always do the best we can to keep pricing down and affordable in an effort to promote the air rifle fraternity in Australia.

Author

Ian McIntosh

Air Rifle Buying Guide Online.

Purchasing an Air Rifle online.

An Air Rifle is an A-Class weapon in Australia and what model you can buy varies from State to State, so be warned.

Do your research online to gauge whether the air rifle you have in mind is suitable for the tasks ahead, this applies especially to what calibre you select. Then I seriously suggest you choose a dealer that KNOWS air rifles and is not just an agent that sells them. Get this part wrong and should you require a warranty, you will find yourself out of pocket at worst or inconvenienced bigtime at best.

This will negatively impact on your assessment of the rifle; a fact that is probably not warranted. Furthermore, without the experience and passion for air rifles, the dealer is unlikely to be able to offer advice about your intended airgun any further than the price – that’s a bit hard I know, but from what I hear it is pretty accurate.

Selecting your Air Rifle.

In a nutshell, you have to choose between a spring powered air rifle or a PCP air rifle. You then must select whether you want to be competitive or hunt with it, this again narrows down the field that you must choose from. Lastly, the budget, yup, how much do you intend to spend will ultimately play a significant role in your choice of air rifle.

Here’s a Tip: Don’t buy cheap and PLEASE choose from a respected manufacturer.

Scopes online.

Getting the correct scope for your air rifle is another key component that many get wrong; as most gun dealers have little experience with an air rifle, that in turn often leads to incorrect matching with your air rifle. Talk to someone who ONLY deals in air rifles and the scopes that work with them, namely Hawke and MTC Scopes, in other words, you can talk to us at Gunroom.

Test before you buy.

If you are looking at buying online, then being able to test an air rifle prior to parting with your money will seem an impossible ‘ask’. Well, not so. If you live close to Brisbane, you can come to my shop and actually test fire the gun of your choice prior to paying for it. If you can only get here on a weekend, no bigee, just talk to me and when can schedule you to test the air rifle of your choice.

“But I live inter-state” I can just hear some of you saying. Well, in that case, I will shoot your air gun for you and provide you with a Pellet Selection Test with Target results, chronograph results and extended warranty if you want it. This testing is now an extra cost due to time restraints here. Try getting all that from your local gun dealer. I can do it because ALL I deal with is air rifles, though I can buy in any type of rifle or handgun with an ‘order-in’ procedure.

My aim is to promote the air rifle sport, be it in hunting, competition or just plinking for fun, this is a great sport and basically untapped here in Australia.

Brocock Bantam Sniper MKII PCP Air Rifle

The Brocock Bantam Sniper MKII (a Giant Killer…)

We import the following air rifles:

AirForce

Air Arms

Benjamin

Brocock

Daystate

Kral

SamYang

and we are local agents for Weihrauch.

Second-hand airguns.

Like most gun dealers, we get trade-ins by way of old, cheap and nasty junk airguns that are then trashed. However, sometimes we actually get in a good air gun, and if you are lucky enough to buy one after it has been tested, you should save yourself some money. Of the brands that I feel offer good value for money, I would include but not limit them to these great brands in alphabetical order:

  • Air Arms
  • AirForce
  • Brocock (2017 onwards)
  • Daystate
  • Diana (careful here, though they do have some great guns)
  • Feinwerkbau
  • FX
  • Steyr
  • Weihrauch

I won’t list the crap guns here for want of legal action, plus the list is huge.

There are some other good air rifles out there and I haven’t included them due to poor parts supply, limited tuning accessories and a closed dealer network (i.e., they won’t supply me parts or drawings etc., so I don’t work on them).

Tip: Don’t make the mistake of buying some piece of crap with the desire to get it fixed up, because that won’t happen 9 times out of 10. Crap is crap even when you paint it pink. We will no longer work on old guns as the parts are scarce, expensive, and ultimately cost more than the gun is worth with labour involved: and then when they are not accurate after fitting new springs and seals, the customer sometimes squeals.

There is a DIFFERENCE between getting your gun REBUILT and getting it TUNED, and I don’t mean the spelling.

Gunroom Air Rifle Store Front, Sumner, Brisbane

Gunroom Store Front, Sumner, Brisbane

Air Rifle Pellet Selection.

With every Air Rifle I sell, I can do a Pellet Selection Test on it. This is NOT a tune-up, it is a test procedure that will let me know what pellets perform the best in the air rifle being tested. I pass this information onto the customer who can then purchase pellets with the knowledge that they will perform well in his/her air rifle. Get this wrong and your negative experience will likely be incorrectly directed to the gun and/or the dealer that sold it to you.

Weihrauch HW100 air rifle on an ACZ Stock

Weihrauch HW100 On An ACZ Stock

Note: Every air rifle is UNIQUE, so do not expect to use the same pellets as your mate who has the same model gun.

Testing these air rifles prior to delivery is a time-consuming process, even with the SIUS Target System that I use. In the past, this has caused many issues with delays and as I have identified the bottlenecks, I think my new software will speed up this process.

Testing a Budget Air Rifle.

Air Rifles costing $500 or less will have the following test if you want it at a cost of $50:

  1. Zero-in the air rifle and put around 30 shots down range to “set” the spring and overcome any dieseling caused by excessive lubrication left over from manufacturing.
  2. Fire 6 or more pellet types, including JSB and H&N pellets, in groups of 3 to ascertain the best-suited pellet. This test is not recorded, it is shown on the screen as the ‘Outer Diameter of the group’.
  3. Taking the best performing pellet, I then test fire 6 shots and record the following:
    1. Grouping
    2. Highest Speed in Fps
    3. Lowest Speed in Fps
    4. Average Speed in Fps
    5. Extreme Spread
    6. Standard Deviation
    7. Energy in Ft-Lbs
    8. Energy in Joules
  4. This information in a PDF File together with a scanned target generated by SIUS software will get sent with the air rifle.
  5. Should the gun not perform satisfactorily, then it is pulled down and a new factory spring or one from Vortek is retrofitted. I will work on the gun until it is within what I deem the performance base is for that air rifle. This is quite often the cause of delays.

Below is the budget-priced Weihrauch HW30s, one of the best performing air rifles under $500 that is very tune-able using a Vortek Kit.

Weihrauch HW30s Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW30s

Testing Performance Air Rifles

Air Rifles costing $501 upwards; this applies to springers and PCPs. The following test is optional at a cost of $90:

  1. The rifle is zeroed-in using around 50 shots to set the spring (higher power levels than sub $500 guns), adjust the scope, check for leaks (in a PCP) and develop a feel for the gun.
  2. Then 6 pellet types, made up of JSB and H&N Pellets, are selected and fired in sets of 6 shots, giving me 6 Sets of information as below:
    1. Grouping
    2. Highest Speed in Fps
    3. Lowest Speed in Fps
    4. Average Speed in Fps
    5. Extreme Spread
    6. Standard Deviation
    7. Energy in Ft-Lbs
    8. Energy in Joules
  3. This information is sent out with the gun, except this time you get a 6 Pellet test and graphs in one file. This will allow you to compare the pellets with one another using the graph set supplied. You also get 6 scans of the target as provided by the SIUS Software.
  1. SIUS Air Rifle Target Result

    SIUS Air Rifle Target Result

    Should the airgun on test fall below what I would accept, then I will fix it, simple. As the majority of air rifles in this price range are PCPs, the expected performance is higher than spring air rifles and budget priced airguns. Bottom line: you will get a good performing air rifle if you buy it from Gunroom.

Below is a fully adjustable HW100 on a Cerakoted ACZ Stock, full Mapped Regulator, FX Air Cylinder, Lothar Walther barrel prior to being accessorized with air stripper etc., for the owner.

 

Weihrauch HW100 air rifle On An ACZ Stock With Fx Cylinder

Weihrauch HW100 On An ACZ Stock With Fx Cylinder

Your Air Rifle Purchase Summary.

This new test procedure is current as of January 1, 2019, and supersedes earlier testing regimes as it employs new software and hardwired PCs to reduce double handling. I am doing my best here to provide you, the customer, with a timely and trouble-free buying experience and second to none after sales service, together with a great air rifle.

At the time of editing this, January 6, 2019, we are having trouble keeping abreast with the workload. So please take this into consideration when calling either Rob or me as doing so during working hours, only escalates delays. Best time to call in after 6:30 EST.

Brocock Commander PCP Air Rifle

Brocock Commander PCP Air Rifle

You will now get a 3 Year Warranty on ALL new PCP air rifle purchases that have been tested. Purchasers who buy a PCP Air Rifle from Gunroom will also get a 3 Year Service Warranty with their new air rifle purchase, does your local gun dealer offer you this?

Polished HW77K Spring Cushion

Air Rifle Tuning of your Weihrauch HW77K at Home, Part 2.

Tuning the HW77K: part 2.

If you have followed Part 1 of Tuning your air rifle, you should by now have your Weihrauch HW77K or another air rifle completely stripped down with the exception of the trigger group that remains assembled.

At this point, we need to de-grease the entire collection of air rifle parts, inspect them for wear and damage and replace anything as a result. You will need to carefully prise the piston seal off if you are going to keep it, however, if you are going to replace it then you can cut it off.

Caution: The Weihrauch HW77K /HW77/HW97K have 2 piston sizes, one is 25mm up to serial #1446048 with the 26mm piston seal fitting all rifles with the serial #1446049 and above.

Identifying the Air Rifle Components for Polishing.

The HW77K Air Rifle trigger group sits in what’s commonly called the Back Block which forms part of the barrel and action and is not sold separately. You will see that the end facing forward that faces the spring end is rather crudely machined, see below:

HW77k Air Rifle Block Unpolished

HW77K Air Rifle Back Block

This face is the first part that I polish, by using a Fine Buff and the Autosol Metal Polish. Be careful to keep the Buff on the face and do not let it stray onto the thread leading off from the face as this will wear rapidly under the Buff friction and polish. Basically, we are improving the Weihrauch HW77K’s parts by reducing friction and make it air rifle load and fire more smoothly. It works, period.

If your back block face has heavy machine marks, then I would advocate doing the initial work on some oiled Wet & Dry 400 Grit Carborundum paper on a sheet of glass to keep the face edge flat. Once you have taken off the machine marks for the most part, then continue with the Buff.

Finish the Buffing with the Ultra Fine Buff with NO metal polish, just aim for a high lustre.

The idea is to polish the face and not grind the crap out of it. You will likely still get cutter marks (aka Tram Lines) on the face as seen on the image below but as long as the face is polished these marks are of no concern. See below:

HW77K Back Block Polished

Air Rifle Back Block Polished

While you can’t see down the bore of this back block, I did run a light Carborundum paper in a slotted brass post down it and took out the worst of the drilling marks.

Next, I focus on the air rifle cylinder and start by de-burring the loading arm trap at the end of the cylinder. Failure to de-burr can result in a small nick to the piston seal when you are assembling the unit. I use a Dremel with a small stone (2mm) and come in from above onto the rectangular slot as seen in the image below.

If you mark the bore at the end of the cylinder where the loading arm slot is, that should not pose any problems as the piston seal does NOT come back that far that it would ride over any grind marks in this area. All the same, care should be taken.

If you shake like a Granny at a Christening then it would pay for you to put some masking tape from the opening in as far as the loading arm slot. This way as you shake your way through de-burring, you are less likely to penetrate the tape and damage the cylinder bore.

You can see the de-burred loading arm slot in this image below:

Cylinder HW77K Air Rifle

HW77K Cylinder

From here I move to polish the air rifle cylinder outer using a Fine Buff and Autosol Polish. I rotate the cylinder slowly while keeping the Fine Buff working a small area of metal polish. The idea is to either run up and down polishing it and slowly rotating as you go, or polish around the cylinder and work your way from one end to the other. Your choice.

Once you can see the machine marks are on their way out, swap over to the Ultra Fine Buff with no polish and buff to a lustre. Keep an eye on how much metal you are removing, because in fact that is what is happening, be it slowly. I would suggest that you do the buffing very slowly and take care not to mark the cylinder with some careless buffing or by dropping a hot cylinder. That is correct, you can expect the cylinder to get pretty hot so I also suggest gloves and glasses to protect yourself further.

Your cylinder should end up looking like this on the left of the piston:

Weihrauch Piston and Cylinder

HW77K Air Rifle Cylinder and Piston.

Note: Do NOT polish the inside of the cylinder as it has hone marks in it to trap lubricant so just leave it be after cleaning.

I then polish the piston (without the seal fitted…) and the release catch the same way as we have polished the cylinder. Below I have 3 images showing the Cylinder, Piston and Back Block polished:

HW77K Piston and cylinder ends

HW77K Piston and Sleeve Polished

Piston End HW77K Air Rifle

Polished Components.

HW77K Back Block and Catch

Polished Block & Piston Assy

When polishing the catch on the end of the piston, do NOT overdo this and end up changing the lug’s leading edge profile, you only have to polish it using metal polish and buff it with the Ultra Fine Buff with no polish.

Once you have got this far, you might be wise you lightly oil these components as humidity or damp fingers can leave unsightly marks and even slight rust stains.

Next, we need to focus on the spring and you need to consider swapping it out if the spring has a lateral bend in it, is worn (inconsistent gaps between coils) or has done a lot of work. Of course, if you are fitting a Vortek kit then you would be replacing the spring, but it still needs work as follows:

The spring on the left has been removed from a new HW77K and has been de-greased.

You will notice the grind marks on the spring end and the sharp edges of the spring.

Firstly I would polish the spring ends on a Carborundum paper on a sheet of thick glass with oil to take out the worst grind marks. See following image below.

Weihrauch Air Rifle Spring

Old Spring

Polishing Air Rifle Spring by hand

Polishing an Air Rifle Spring

Once you have done this then the sharp edges need de-burring with a Dremel or similar: don’t get carried away, just take off the sharp edges.

Then it is time to buff the spring but take care that the buff does not catch in the spring ends as it can tear out of your hands easily.

Once the grind marks have been polished on the Carborundum paper and the edges de-burred, polish the spring ends to a lustre as below:

Polished HW77K Spring End

Polished Air Rifle Spring

Repeat this with both ends of the spring and use your fingers to check for sharp edges by rubbing them into the ends of the spring. Any sharp edge, stone it and polish it out.

Air Rifle Spring Polished

Next comes the Spring Cushion Guide which has a finish as below left before polishing on the right:

Weihrauch Spring Cushion Guide

Spring Cushion Standard

Polished HW77K Spring Cushion

Spring Cushion Polished

You will note that even after polishing the spring cushion still has machine marks that are OK as long as they are polished.

HW77K Internal Components

Polished Assembly

So if you have come this far, you should have a collection of parts as in the above image, cleaned, highly polished and lightly lubricated until you are ready to reassemble the air rifle.

Tuning the HW77K: Summary of Polishing the Air Rifle Components.

While this article is based on the tuning the HW77K, the components for the HW77 and the HW97K are exactly the same. However, if you have another model of Weihrauch Air Rifle or a different make of spring powered air rifle, the process is still the same. You may or may not have a separate cylinder like the HW77K as the piston may run inside the air rifle outer action, or you may have a side loading action, break barrel or whatever, it is still the same process.

You need to focus on cleanliness when stripping an air rifle and then going to these extremes to polish up the components. Your working environment needs to be clean and have a soft cotton cloth (preferably) base to put the parts on to minimise scratching or marking.

The next article is Part 3 and I will cover assembling the air rifle, lubricating it and testing it through a Chronograph. The last article on tuning the Weihrauch HW77K, Part 4, will cover pellet selection and tuning using pellet types in your air rifle.

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.