by B.B. Pelletier
The BSA Supersport breakbarrel spring rifle is not an old model. It probably dates from the late 1990s, but the Blue Book of Airguns makes no mention of this model. Also, other references exclude it entirely, which leads me to think it’s a recent model.
There are two versions of this model. This one is the plain Supersport. The Supersport XL has the fancier stock, but otherwise is the same rifle. The gun I’m testing for you is in .25 caliber, so those who starve for a mention of the quarter-inch bore will find this blog interesting. The rifle I’m testing (Mac is doing the shooting and velocity testing while he’s here in Texas with me) is serial number AAR-840865-10.
You pick this rifle up and it surprises you with how light it feels. It’s barely over six and one-half pounds, yet it looks large and robust. So, it’s a Beeman R7-sized rifle with R9 power.
Cocking is a real bear! Now some of that is due to the newness of the rifle, and I know that this model wears in over time. I would estimate the cocking effort in the 40-lb. region right now. I’ll test it during the velocity report.
It’s a .25!
Of course, the biggest news is the caliber we’re testing for you. And what’s even better is that Mac has access to a broken-in .22 caliber Supersport that’s still stock, so I’ve asked him for a second report on that rifle when he gets back home. Now, you really will have something to compare to. I’ve owned Supersports in the past and can tell you that the design of the rifle hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a bread-and-butter breakbarrel that has more than enough quality to make most owners proud.
The basic Supersport that we’re testing has an attractive beech stock with impressed checkering on the forearm and pistol grip that’s slick and does nothing to grab the hand. The wood is finished satin while the metal has a semi-shine and dark black. The wood is very figured, which is not common for beech, though I do note that the one on the Pyramyd website is also figured. The post-and-bead sights are not fiberoptic, thank goodness, and they’re as sharp as any 1950s Winchester .22. I really like them. And, the rear sight is fully adjustable. Both sights are plastic, but that’s the extent of non-wood and metal on the gun.
The cocking link is articulated, making the cocking slot in the stock shorter that if there was only a single link. The result is very little vibration, even though this is a powerful, lightweight spring air rifle.
This rifle fits me very well. The Monte Carlo comb rises up enough to put me right on the sights. The slightly raised cheekpiece is only found on the left side of the butt, but other than that and the placement of the manual safety on the right rear of the receiver, this rifle could be considered ambidextrous. I don’t think left-handers will have a problem with it.
I’ll be shocked if we see 700 f.p.s. in the velocity test. But in the past, Mac has seen as much as 625 in .25 and 675 in .22. That makes the rifle capable of all the Pyramyd Air claims. The interesting thing about this rifle is that it can generate so much power in .25. We’ll see.