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First Evening Out With The Newly Tuned/fettled Aa Pro Sport .22

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Not sure if this is more worthy of a review piece than a hunting story but, last week, my journey of converting the devoutly right-handed Air Arms Pro Sport .22 rifle I have, to totally left hand shooter-friendly has come to a beautiful ending with my rifle now fully honed, polished, fettled and tuned with a Tinbum drop in kit. And I apologise for perhaps, over-using the word 'Precision' but absolute precision shooting with a spring air rifle is everything I'm about with my shooting. I never settle for just 'okay or 'averagely good'. Precision accuracy in everything I do is a sort of OCD thing with me. The very best or bollocks to it.

 

Tim here, AKA Charlie Caller has carried out the work to the standards of a masterpiece of tuning. And this rifle is really just all of that. A masterpiece.

 

This was only the basic kit too. Consisting of a delrin piston guide and top hat to replace the standard all-steel units, a slip washer and a couple of power washers and various lubes, grease and abrasive cloth.

 

Due to the design of the Pro Sport's underlever, we decided it best to keep to a basic drop in kit and fore-go the short-stroke kit. I've heard this is not advisable to fit into a Pro Sport, for reasons best explained by the more technically adept here. But anyway, following a most enjoyable day at Tim's house I returned home with an all-round smoother cocking and shooting rifle than I started the day with.

 

This Pro Sport really hammers out JSB Diablo Heavy 18.83 grain pellets with surprisingly precise accuracy from a springer. And at 11.4 Ft/lbs off Tim's chrono, the power was right on the money. We re-adjusted the trigger to a precise point of let-off and the rifle felt immediately like it was coming alive.

 

I have photos on my phone of the work in progress if anyone can advise me how to post them up here. But basically, Tim degreased the internals completely, polished the spring ends and piston head to a mirror chrome shine and lubed and greased where it was needed, nowhere it wasn't and Nice to see Air Arms have built this rifle really, REALLY well; and the piston has been buttoned and set up on bearings and the unit fits together like precision engineered parts ought to.

 

Only one niggle was a single piece of swarf embedded in the piston seal but, not so deep or into edges where it would damage the thing fit for scrap thank God!

 

So, after a week spent putting a full tin of JSB Heavies through the barrel and running-in the new innards, the rifle is now smoother yet and sweetly shooting. No trigger creep or adverse side-effects, it is a truly beautiful device the CD trigger on these things. Every shot on the trigger-blade feels just nice and crisp under my finger. Exactly how a top quality trigger should behave.

 

I have a lovely Hawke Sidewinder 30mm tube, 3-12x50 scope with a half-mil dot reticle and last night was the first time out on my perm since getting her home from Tim's place.

 

Normally I zero my .22 rifles at 30 metres but I wanted to be ready for closer range rabbits as much as longer distance ones on this shoot. 25 metre zero put the pellets right through the same single hole into a raggy group of less than a 5p piece would cover. Set on 8-x-mag the 25 metre zero falls bang on the cross hair centre, this puts 30 metres bang on the first black dot below zero centre and 35 metres bang on the second dot below that. With everything all zeroed and singing all the way to the target, it was away to my fields for an evening's rabbit shooting. The fields of grass behind chicken sheds. It bloody stinks but the rabbits are plentyful here.

 

After about 30 minutes, just about 6:30 pm, the first rabbit popped out at about 35 metres off and the scope was right on the money. No flips or back somersaults, the Pro Sport just released the shot with a nice bit of felt recoil at my shoulder a hefty thwack from the head and the rabbit just froze on the spot and slowly shuddered over to one side. Out like a light. That brought another one a bit spooked, out to see what the danger was at about the same distance. THWACK! A heavier impact this time it seemed and sent it kicking and wretching over a few seconds then, finished.

 

A Magpie appeared and settled down on the first rabbit carcase 10 minutes later and it's head went with a mighty crack on the pellet's impact. It flung its wings up and dropped forward. The shot took it clean through both eyes. Out like a light. This was followed by a neat woodpigeon off the chicken shed roof at twenty yards or so.

 

Two rabbits appeared at about a shade under 30 metres on a grassy mound on this field and I knocked the nearest one over nice and clean. A fast reload and I bagged the other before it had time to think of the danger it was in and bolt for cover.

 

Have you ever had a night out with a newly sorted gun and you wanted to dance about the field with a bloody great grin on your face?

 

This has got to be one of the very finest Air Arms Pro Sport .22 rifles out there. There has not been a single issue with it since I took it out of the box in the spring time.

 

It now shoots with PCP precision with a kick you can feel and control in the hold.

 

A while passed by and it's now starting to get dark but next came the cherry on the cake as far as this night's shoot was going. A large male buck pos out of a point along the hedgerows at over 55 metres away. I know these distances on my shoot because I've measured the entry and exit points the rabbits use the most.

 

That's the benefit of time spent without your gun, on a proper racce, observing and watching their comings and goings through their preferred entry and exit points on your permission.

 

It took a fair bit of hold-over to meet the two half-dots on its head, almost down to the bottom square of the reticle, breathing slowed down to the pause, pulse nice and steady...slip the trigger....crack!

 

It leapt forward and rolled over kicking but the job was over.

 

And so was my night's shooting. Nothing appeared after that last beauty.

 

5 rabbits, one magpie, one woodpigeon. Seven kills, seven shots, no misses. That's a nice one! The damage these JSB's do is pretty nasty. Stright throught he heads of two rabbits and both birds. But nothing suffers and that's how I like it. Fast, fatally quick and no suffering as far as possible. I'm a sportsman, not a fecking savage!

 

As I made my way home I had one saddening thought cross my mind. :hmm:

 

When the hell will I take out my other, beloved Weihrauch rifles and Daystate Regal PCP again after this result? :icon_eek::cray: My guns are precious to me but... I always knew this Pro Sport had the potential to be my one and only go-to rabbit and pigeon rifle now.

 

Looks like it is.............For now at least. It's as deadly powerful and accurate as it is beautiful to look at. I must master it thoroughly. It is an incredible rifle to have at your shoulder.

 

I can only finish with my absolute sincere and heartfelt thanks to Tim for doing such a remarkable and painstaking job which has turned my Pro Sport from a truly beautiful rifle to an utterly awesome shooting engine!

 

Thanks for reading Gentlemen.

 

ATB

Simon/Pianoman.

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Well what can i say that i have not say,d before my old friend

 

THE PRO SPORT IN THE RIGHT HANDS WILL OUT SHOOT ANY OF THE OTHER TOP CLASS SPRINGER,S

 

some thing i show,d Si when i went to his to pick up the ultra max

 

i told him to get to know the rifle what she likes how she likes to be held ,,,and she will produce some good bags

 

and after this week end i know now he can shoot mind .

 

Mark thinks his t,rex is the be all and end all of spring rifles but Mark the pro sport is the boss mate .

 

im not knocking the tx mate in fact im getting a soft spot for them .

 

Simon enjoy her mate and after Tim has done his magic i know she is a good un bro

 

I had a few shots of SI,s 97 but alas i was not that good with her THIS TIME LOL

 

ill have another PS soon but im looking for a batter,d old hw77 this time as iv never had one

 

so i can tune and refurbish her to perfection TIM knows his stuff Simon and i bet she is even better than you say

 

Pro Sport top class rifle

 

but what do i know about air rifles lol

 

Simon you have some of the best out there and apart from the PS,,,iv shot them all and if your saying that the others may stay put and never see the fields again then this ps must be some thing special

 

I know how the others perform and thats a tall order

 

all our love to the both of you

 

JIMM/NICOLA :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

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Simon. Bangin write up mate.

 

Just a personal request... but if you could do some quick pencil sketches and insert into the story. That would be great :)

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Nice write up Simon and excellent shooting again, my compliments to you and Charlie ( Tim), :good:

 

Nothing but nothing, betters confidence in shooting, for me.

 

To go out knowing you have your new rifle set " to strike a match" and to shoot all the presentations before you,- well frankly - that is one sizeable bond you now have with your lovely Pro Sport .22.

 

Remember all that flak I got for having my new T Rex ( full blooded sister of the Pro Sport) fettled/ tuned/ short stroked by Rat Works ? :thumbdown:

 

Remember how I took it out and accomplished this straight after ?

Here you go Mac, rez :boogy:

 

 

post-85710-0-43986600-1503312820.jpg :yahoo::feck::laugh:

 

You`ll take the HW out again and the Regal etc, etc and probably get another cracking result (s), leaving you with the dilemma of which rifle to use, as I did ?

 

Enjoy Simon and again, " compliments".

 

atb Mark.

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Splendid write up sir, and I am glad the PS is performing as expected, time spent finishing off these very well engineered rifles is time well spent indeed, as we mentioned at the time, if only the factory's would spend a little more time finishing things off properly.........but they wont, and why the hell AA still insist on using a steel spring guide is beyond me, AA if you are listening, change to a delrin guide, and help to stop your bloody rifles twanging, to go to all the trouble of running the piston and comp tube on synthetic bearings and then install a steel guide and top hat is like preparing a car for the track, but not bothering to do the suspension, but hey what do I know :hmm: enjoy Simon.

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good write up simon,enjoy your shooting mate

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Excellent write up Simon and I KNOW how good Tim's work is after the job he did on my TX. Tim you should go into business matey because when you hand a gun back it is sooooooo much better than before.

 

I am delighted you have the gun of your dreams Simon and long may love affair continue.

 

Phil

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Nice write up Simon :good:

...... I did enjoy reading that.

 

I have to agree with Rez though - a couple of pictures would have finished that off perfectly :yes:

 

Atb

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Excellent write up Simon and I KNOW how good Tim's work is after the job he did on my TX. Tim you should go into business matey because when you hand a gun back it is sooooooo much better than before.

 

I am delighted you have the gun of your dreams Simon and long may love affair continue.

 

Phil

Thank you kind sir, you never know, one day perhaps :hmm: hmmmmmmm.

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Brilliant that, like poetry. I must admit to loving my PS with an unnatural fervour, I'm ordering the drop in kit next week to hopefully making it a even bigger joy to shoot.

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Sounds like a very nice gun now Simon and once again, some very good lads on here ready to help

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Sounds like a very nice gun now Simon and once again, some very good lads on here ready to help

Thank you to everyone for such kind and generous feedback comments here. I've been very lucky with all my rifles and this Pro Sport was built superbly well at Air Arms factory. With nothing of the issues I've been hearing about from other less-happy Pro Sport customers. The safety catch engages and works every time. Trigger is set to perfection and the underlever latches up and stays up. No sag or droop whatsoever.

 

Mitch ALL the lads here are brilliant chaps y'know. And thanks mate, the bloody rifle's absolutely formidable. And it looks formidable as it is beautiful in its rich deep walnut striping.

 

Tim and Jimmy, well, all I can say is, if it were not for Jimmy and his expertise on stocks and refurbishments, I might still be writing fruitlessly pointless letters and emails to Air Arms in the vain hope of persuading them that one of the world's finest underlevers should also be available to left handed shooters like me, and Jamie and Tim here for a start. But they won't. That's it. End of.

 

It was Jimmy, out of the massive kindness in that lad's heart that he started tyhe ball rolling when he gave me a Pro Sport stock he'd been experimenting with to reshaping it and finishing it to left hand user-friendly, that lead the way to me buying a brand new one and setting to work myself.

 

Tim's expertise in tuning and fitting-out a spring rifle is really formidable. What that lad doesn't know about springers wouldn't fill a matchbox. It's the spirit of helpful companionship on this forum that makes it what it is. We've all needed a helping hand and sound advice from time to time, and it has never been found wanting with any of the fellas here.

 

 

 

Nice write up Simon and excellent shooting again, my compliments to you and Charlie ( Tim), :good:

 

Nothing but nothing, betters confidence in shooting, for me.

 

To go out knowing you have your new rifle set " to strike a match" and to shoot all the presentations before you,- well frankly - that is one sizeable bond you now have with your lovely Pro Sport .22.

 

Remember all that flak I got for having my new T Rex ( full blooded sister of the Pro Sport) fettled/ tuned/ short stroked by Rat Works ? :thumbdown:

 

Remember how I took it out and accomplished this straight after ?

Here you go Mac, rez :boogy:

 

 

attachicon.gifIMG_0275 (1).JPG :yahoo::feck::laugh:

 

You`ll take the HW out again and the Regal etc, etc and probably get another cracking result (s), leaving you with the dilemma of which rifle to use, as I did ?

 

Enjoy Simon and again, " compliments".

 

atb Mark.

Thank you so much, and, you are right of course Mark, I'll be out with all of them again in the course of time mate. :thumbs: They are never going to be sold and they are way too good to gather dust in the cabinet.

 

Truth be told, if I took them all out on my 35-metre range and put them to the test they'd all match eachother at the target. These guns have proved themselves time out of number so, there would be very little between them Mark. It's a small collection. But it is a formidable collection for all that.

 

Thinking about a vortek kit for the HW77 .22. Though the rifle's really sweet as it is.

 

And that is STILL pic of yours is one of the best air gunner's photos of a large bag of woodies with a T-Rex and a happy fellow shooter and his lovely dog I've ever seen. ...

 

 

And we won't be seeing the last of it either folks! :laugh::thumbs:

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Vortek kit for the 77 Simon, hmmm did I mention 77s are my speciality ????? :yes:

Im after a hw77 but an old one Tim when i get one

 

you know that favor you owe me :whistling::D

 

atvbjimmy :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

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