Things I liked:It seems to be a well made HP Pump for the money. I've used mine a number of times and it functions very well until pressures above 170 Bar or about 2500 psi are reached, then the force required is a bit more. I'm shooting a Hammerli Elite 10 in .177 and find that a pressure of 145>160 Bar is all that's required shooting JSB Lites 8.5 grn dome pellets to give me very good 35 yard and beyond accuracy. Things I would have changed:I'd like to see a larger more readable pressure gauge be made available as being that I'm a bit older the dial on the gauge that comes with the pump isn't that easily read. Maybe an angle correction or both would help considerably when trying to look down at it?
Also a larger air inlet/filter to allow more air to enter the chamber easier. At least it seems that might help but AF has their reasons I'm sure? What others should know:When using this pump it pays to wait about 4 seconds at the top of the stroke so the pump can suck in the maximum amount of air and for a couple of seconds at the bottom of the stroke. This allows you to pump in a more relaxed fashion while getting a maximum charge in the pump chamber. Also I've never had the pump get hot on me and I've felt the base too right after pumping.
Things I liked:I purchased the Hammerli Elite 10, in .177 caliber from Pyramyd Air[PA]& received it on Aug.10th,2011. I'm very pleased with the service & help I received.
I decided on the Elite 10 for the convenience of fairly fast follow-up shots as may be desired with Varmint hunting & pest control!
*This rifle is very solid, & very accurate, when using the right brand of pellets as well as being very powerful indeed which adds up to quite a value for the money IMHO.
The barrel is made of a high quality heavy steal which gives it very good shooting stability.
The 10 round mag cylinder wheels hold the pellets securely in place with an outer O ring in a central grove around the cylinders. Very simple yet effective and non-marring.
The stock feels very comfortable to hold onto and has a slight textured feel to it and the raised cheek piece is nice also as is the natural positioned pistol grip for shooting ease.
The adjustable recoil pad is a great feature also which allows the shooter to adjust the height to suit themselves for a custom fit, I lowered mine about 1/2”.
The front and rear sights are fiber optic and easy to see plus both adjust.
The fully adjustable 2 stage trigger came adjusted just as I like, it had about a 1/16th“ of creep and then with a slight additional squeeze the release trips very smoothly.
The removable Air Pressure cylinder is another nice feature when it comes time to pressurize it again. Just be sure to put a drop of chamber oil on the O-ring Things I would have changed:The pressure gauge on the end of the removable air cylinder is fairly decent but could use a bit larger font style to make it a bit easier to read, for us older guys, and maybe a bit of color in segments?
The only other thing is that the cheek piece on the stock could be a bit higher as I had to build mine up with some small bubble wrap and hold in place using some Camo Form wrapped around the stock. I like the Camo effect anyway though and will probably paint mine too.
The only other thing I would have liked to have seen was a Picattney Rail on the receiver to easily and securely mount a scope to but Leapers does offer such an adapter rail or now even individual inserts to convert the Weaver base to Picattney bases for the scope ring mounts.
Using their taller rail adapter with even Medium height rings that Leapers offers will allow you to mount a scope, such as their 4-16x44mm
front bell, that I have, over the existing rear open sight and I believe that even their new 56mm scope could also be mounted using the same 30mm rings but the larger bell may require their tall rings? What others should know:Mine holds Air Pressure perfectly without any loss.
Just be sure to use a drop or two of, 'Crossman Silicone Chamber Oil' on both O-rings on the air probe before it's inserted into the air cylinder port. I keep the probe with the quick release adapter attached to it in a little plastic bag to keep it clean ready for the next use. If you get an Air Force [AF] pump, like I did, you'll need buy a 'Coupler Fitting' to fit the Mini Foster Quick Release fitting on the end of it's high pressure pump line.
Be sure to use White Teflon Thread Sealing tape as these are very high pressure fittings that need to be sealed properly. This fitting is available through PA or they can get for you I'm sure.
When you start to pump air into the Air Cylinder it may require about 10 strokes before you hear the squeal of the air being forced into it. Pump slowly and pause at the top of the stroke for a couple of seconds to allow as much air to enter the pump chamber as possible and then again at the bottom of the stroke to ensure all the air was forced into the cylinder. *>'Do Not' use the AF pump like a bicycle air pump.
Good shooting for a long time to come!
Btw: I'm shooting JSB Lites, 8.5 grn pellets and getting a 7/8" group at 35 yards under fairly breeze[y] conditions with a pressure of about 150 Bar. And if I remember correctly, it Chronographed out at 1144 fps on a friends F1 Chrono.
With the features the Elite 10 offers it's hard to beat! IMHO
Things I liked:This scope has a considerable number of features for the money and is a great value! As a dealer I get all the info! For PCP or Co2 etc. Air Rifles it works great! I wouldn't suggest if for Nitro Piston & Spring guns though, I have personal experience there. 1st.> The 30mm tube offer very good light transmission even with an ARD attached like I use. 2nd.> The 9 Mil Dots each side of center are great for making adjustments for both Holdover & Windage and they are clear and sharp and small enough not to block the view even at distance. 4th.> Proper initial adjustment of the rear eye piece should be done while looking at a clear blue sky to adjust it for a sharp crisp image of the Mil Dots. Then the SWAT with a big Wheel adjustment pressed on it really makes focusing so much easier and more precisely done with the left hand while holding the rifle too! I like the 100mm Big wheel over the 80. 5th.> Leapers includes Medium? padded scope rings with a large diamond shaped tightening nuts which are very nice, hold securely and easy to use. Although they also make quick release rings too. For a Weaver base receiver, Leapers also has a conversion rail to allow the use of Picatinny mounts to be used, which are my choice. 6th.> The locking cross hair Turret wheels are also a very nice feature, just don't over tighten them. The turrets have nice crisp knob adjustments too. Things I would have changed:1st.> I like to see the numbers for the power setting ring put on the side of that ring closest to the eye peace for easy viewing by the shooter to determine what power setting is being used especially if power adjustments are made.
2n.> While the built on sunshade is nice in some respects I'd rather see the front of the scope flat and threaded to make it easier to add an ARD an [Anti-Reflection Device a honey comb grid] on too it. This can also be camo-ed so the front lens isn't notieable by game at all.
And a screw in a short tube and be able to screw another on to the first if a longer tube is desired. What others should know: The EZ-Tap Ritcle illumination with it's 36 colors to choose from is a great feature to contrast with your target, especially in dim light!
Once a shade of your choice is chosen and the button is depressed briefly to turn it off, that same shade reappears when turned on again.
Shade choice clarified:
The 'R' button on the Right, is used to choose whichever of the 6 basic colors you want?
The 'G' on the Left is used to chose the shade intensity within whatever shade is choosen with the 'R' button!