BSA Tech Star - a great hunting rifle at a fabulous price!
by B.B. Pelletier
BSA's Tech Star is an airgun hunter's dream!
Things are always changing at Pyramyd Air, and today I would like to look at a gun that has become a super buy - the BSA Tech Star.
Small gun packs a punch!
The Tech Star was designed to be a less expensive option for those who wanted a BSA Hornet but were on a budget. As the Tech Star was designed, however, it became a lot more. The Hornet was designed for the UK, where the limit for air rifles without a Firearms Certificate (FAC) is 12 foot-pounds. In the UK, no matter how much an air rifle costs, 12 foot-pounds is pretty much the limit if the owner doesn't want to go to the expense and hassle of obtaining an FAC. Among other things, one of the FAC requirements is a gun safe bolted to the structure of your house, which usually means the studs. So almost everyone has a 12 foot-pound gun.
But, the Tech Star was designed specifically for the United States, where we are blessed with no power restrictions. It looks like a Hornet but has a beech stock instead of walnut. It produces 32 to 38 foot-pounds, though mine works best at about 30 to 35. I like shooting Beeman Kodiak pellets, which I find very accurate. With the heavier Eun Jin pellets, you can boost the energy to the limit - and this gun has the power to handle them fine. However, I just like Kodiaks for their accuracy.
Made for covert hunting!
The real reason to get a Tech Star is its covert hunting feature. The rifle loads with a bolt that pops open by depressing a latch. All the bolt does is load the rifle. The rifle is cocked by pressing straight back on a large round button in front of the forearm! This was made for hunters to sit or lie in a blind with an uncocked but loaded gun. They could then cock the gun without scaring the game by simply pressing back the cocking button. It's quite possible to be nearly silent with this design, and that can save a lot of missed opportunities.
If you weren't able to take the shot, it's also possible to uncock the gun by holding in on the button and pulling the trigger. You can then ride the hammer and striker spring down to the uncocked position. If you are hunter, you'll know the value of these features.
Talk about VALUE!
The REAL story today, is the price. Pyramyd Air has this rifle on sale at $369.75! That's $90 LESS than a Talon from AirForce! And, you're getting a real BSA barrel with this rifle, which is as accurate as a Lothar Walther (in case you didn't know). The top British makers use BSA barrels on their best rifles because BSA has a splendid reputation for accuracy.
Small reservoir - higher pressure
The Tech Star is set up to operate on 235 bar or about 3,500 psi. It will work at 3,000 psi, but you won't get as many shots as the rifle is rated for. The Hill pump is capable of reaching that pressure, as are some larger scuba tanks. I tell you this so you know up front how the rifle performs. It's a high-performance PCP in a very affordable package.