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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 lifetime 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 96 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, Mark IV 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

 

Air Arms Galahad Carbine Walnut 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 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.

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

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.