A Tale Of Two Halfs
Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:50 am
At least your happy now mate.
Great write up, im probably going to be ten mins late for work after reading all that LOL!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 05:54 am
Thank you for the jnformative and concise writeup about your Prosport. Was considering to pop 575 quid on one myself last week. My internet RFD, 600 miles north of here in Michigan, gave me some good reasons he wouldn't get one. Twenty miles north of here a new AA TX200 sits in Earth City, MO, Having arrived at 10:30 PM.(It's 12:30am Wed. right now.)
Have never seen an Air Arms springer. Only seen two Weihrauch springers. (HW95 & 55.) Your narrative is the sort of thing that is needed here to help make decisions about what to get.
Have a Beeman 97 Blu-Lam and a Beeman R1(HW80). The R1 is thirty years old and came out of an estate sale in Crystal City, MO. It is the oldest, the cheapest, and the best air gun of the lot. (am betesten). Your HW97KT should last you as long as did the R1 for it's original owner. (now resting in the arms of the Lord)
kind regards from Missouri,
Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:57 am
milegajo and zini did i hear right that youboth had had a pro?? do yours squeek? out of intereset when i v-mached mine i did loc tite the bolt that holds the alloy block that slides and left it over night before cocking it! i am wondering if this block is twisting under load and rubbing on the slot in the action! not that that is any excuse for it on a rifle costing that kind of dollar!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:58 am
Bought it as it was a good deal, but even £250 proved too much of an indulgence and she had to go to fund family stuff. I'm gutted to hear not only of Mawders' woes but that his is not an isolated exception.
I strongly believe air arms need to read this and BUCK UP!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:08 am
yeah have to agree! the more i think about it the more it points to the hole in the alloy block attached to the lever not being a perfect 90 degrees and twisting under load! or the hole in the lever off causing the same effect. it would be good to hear a response from air arms concerning this issue! after all this is their flagship sprung rifle!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:43 am
I must stress this wasnt just a slight rub on the block it was shredding little specs of alloy off! I think with continued use it could have caused damage elsewhere!
Very disappointing like I said. From speaking to si I don't think he's encountered the same problem yet although I could be wrong. My theory is it happens after prolonged use, I was putting roughly 100 pellets or so through in a single range session so maybe it didn't like to be worked. I wouldn't say I was being rough with it either as anyone who knows me will tell you I treat my rifles very very well! Almost OCD like lol.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:04 am
sounds nasty i must say! was the chap from sfs intending to take this up with air arms? sounds like someone needs to.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:32 am
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:04 am
So essentially, at present what we have is an expensive wall piece with bags of potential to be a rifle...
dont think i would go that far yet ! i would say they have sent a batch out with a common fault. a crime of which most manufacturers are guilty of at some stage ! would still be interested to hear of other peoples tales of woe though. still will be hanging on to mine as i love it ! but will be keeping eyes peeled in the future for a s/h 77 with a sfs stage2 tune in mind!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:09 am
I want to love the prosport so much, I've longed for one ever since i was aware of their existance and I'd especially like a shiny new one that's all mine.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:39 am
Essentially it would be the most awesome springer out the box! Accuracy wise and looks wise they are at the top of their game!
I think I posted in another topic that's why I buy new so I get warranty and the ability to return a rifle for refund or swap! Imagine if I had purchased that second hand and the problem came up. It would have sent me potty!
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:35 pm
Nice account of your experience, it will make Pro Sport owners examine theirs for the same fault. Let’s hope Air Arms R&D is doing something about it to prevent it happening again.
With reference to the HW97; I left my new one with SFS yesterday for a stage 2 tune. They come highly recommended and I haven’t heard a bad report about them yet!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:45 pm
Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:18 pm
Thank you for sharing your experiences of both rifles, Mawders, and in particular for giving Tony at Sandwell Field Sports the recognition that he deserves.
I had the pleasure of visiting Tony having seen Si Pittaway's coverage on YouTube and will be a customer for as long as Sandwell Field Sports is open.
I am sorry (and was surprised) that you had issues with the Air Arms ProSport - This is certainly enough to put me off considering this model in future.
The HW97KT that you bought looks fantastic, so congratulations on your choice, and to echo the thoughts of others here, I would love to see your review.
Would be great to hear how the ProSport compares to the SFS Stage 2 tuned HW97KT (aside from the AA design / engineering issues).
I imagine that the KT stock - great looking in my opinion - feels as good as that of my HW100KT.
Enjoy your new gun, and again, thanks for the detailed post.
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