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happybonzo
15-02-2011, 06:14 AM
I have always wondered about the cost of PCP air rifles. When I look at my various shotguns and rifles I wonder how the manufacturers manage to come up with their figures.
Help is at hand - My local Gunsmith has a new range of PCP air rifles.
They start at 199 for .22 and 250 for .25; all set at 12ft/lbs. They are also available at FAC settings for anyone who has got a ticket.
There are two models built on modified SMK CO2 rifles
The 119 model is
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj197/happybonzo/xs78.jpg
and the other is the 250 one
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj197/happybonzo/imagesCAU6XB5I.jpg
The pictures are for illustration purposes only. The new air receivers make for a much better balanced gun.

The CO2 cylinders are removed and an air receiver is put in its place. The receivers are tested at 9000psi and have regulating valves to keep them at 12ft/lbs. These can be reset to FAC levels* if you want it done at time of purchase-providing you have an FAC
The trigger are stripped and reset and seem quite acceptable for a very affordable air rifle
When I get some more details I'll post them on here.

If anyone wants one you could have them sent to your local Gun Dealer for collection: Best to ask them if they are willing to accept the delivery first
I had a spare slot on the ticket so I'm getting one of the .25s at approx. 35ft/lbs - should be good enough for clearing vermin like squirrel, rabbit and tourists :)

If you fancy one then the people to contact are Mallard Barn (http://www.mallardbarn.co.uk/shop.asp)

I will add that I have no connection with Mallard Barns other than having had excellent service from them over the years.
* Don't forget: If you buy an air rifle at FAC power you cannot have it de-powered if you wished to sell it. Once it has been made to conform to FAC standards, that's it

Ben Casey
15-02-2011, 06:20 AM
Hi Happy sounds good Im interested in getting one at some point maybe we could discuss it?

happybonzo
15-02-2011, 06:33 AM
Ben - at this stage I would suggest contacting Richard Mahr (spelling?) Mallard Barns is adjacent to AAC Wattisham. I was impressed and heaven knows I've wasted enough money on guns over the years

Aaron Rushton
15-02-2011, 04:29 PM
hi mate. intresiting, i didn't think SMK barrels were upto FAC.

Ben Casey
15-02-2011, 04:54 PM
I was just generally interested :)

happybonzo
15-02-2011, 05:08 PM
i didn't think SMK barrels were upto FAC.

Best ask Mallard Barns; they're the ones selling these rifles. Seeing that the clients that normally falls through their doors has arrived by helicopter for a days shooting I think that they would be pretty careful about any claims Mallard Barns make.
Even at 12ft/lbs they make for a very competitively priced PCP air rifle

Interestingly, the man who is making these rifles is the chap who designed and built the Colchester Gamekeeper take down gun

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj197/happybonzo/ColchesterGamekeepr.jpg