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Estimated in-stock date 12-18-2013
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Things I liked:The detail work, the etching on the forward grip and trigger fascia, the subtle "AA" tattooed into the bottom stock I love. Do any of your FAC S510's have the word "Superlight" stenciled just under the FAC logo of the nameplate? I feel like I am reviewing a different air gun than you folks are writing about... if someone could comment about that I'd appreciate it. I love the balance of this near 100% alloy-structured air gun body, frame, and composite Walther barrel assembly. It is just freaky-good to me. I have never felt an air rifle quite like this one. I like the 10-shot magazine, vs. my 25-Cal Marauder's 8 shots...and I like the idea of not spring loading the thing also because this design is meant to last forever if one takes care of the magazines. The power adjustment knob is 'loose' in the mounting, so it's easy to move unfortunately, so keeping the power where you put it is problematical at best, but it's still great to *have* a power adjustment. It's quiet, subtle, precise and oh so carefully made it seems, as I can't find a metal burr or badly finished piece in the whole package. Overall there are many things to like about the Air Arms S510 FAC Superlight PCP rifle, but the best part, as it should be, is the shooting itself. My rifle has only had c. 200 rounds through it, yet it's spot on in targeting up to 75 yards, and beyond I'd assume, with repeatable, consistent firepower. If you're looking for an ultimate keeper air rifle, you can stop right here.
Things I would have changed:Put a detente' into the power adjustment portal, ie clicks, or perhaps a simple cam-lobe fitting inside the rifle would do nicely...as it is annoying a bit to see the button adjuster indicator move from very low, to medium or so after so many shots. I think that they could have done a better job there. Air Arms could also improve the trigger assembly if you like the Rekord triggers for comparison. Even my Marauder rifle's adjustments are more simple than those for the FAC Superlight, and it's also set from the factory at 1.5 factor vs 2.6 on the more expensive Air Arms gun, a much finer tuning for stock settings, and more to my liking. I have not adjusted this new trigger as yet, as it is adequate at 2.6 factor, I'd just like to see such a fine rifle set leaner for more experienced shooters, that is all. The safety could be improved also, on such an expensive PCP rifle, as having in on the trigger is a bit difficult to pull off at times...mine seems to stick a bit, and I must push *very hard* to release it. Those are the Air Arms S510 FAC Superlight's main problem areas, and they are very minor in scope considering the rest of the thing is sooooo fine!
What others should know:Careful is as careful does with the loading and pellet feeding system, as great care must be taken with the advance spring and its lever, otherwise you just may bend it. That can require a trip to the gun shop, ie bending the post or ruining the spring etc, so be especially nice to the pellet loading and magazine placement, in and out! I also recommend leaving the bolt engaged for any cleaning, if you don't already do such a thing anyway, as you may strip the O-Ring inside the firing chamber, pop it out entirely, tear it, abuse it in many possible ways...so keep the cleaning rods/brushes/mops/cloths (if you use them vs. a snake) out of the chamber and away from the O-Ring. Overall, simply remember what you've bought at every occasion, and treat it right as rain, and I think that it's possible to have a nice love affair with this princess of an air gun.
Things I liked:Exquisite finishing, accurate and quiet, this is a beautiful rifle, very well balanced anyone looking for a accurate, quiet air rifle should buy this without any hesitation.
Things I would have changed:Wish they had included an additional Magazine as most manufacturers are doing these days.Also wish that these had pre installed swivels like the marauders for slings as doing it by ourselves may spoil the finishing of the gun.
What others should know:Out in the field the wooden stock tends to pick up dents and bruises easily therefore care should be taken while taking it outdoors.
Things I liked:The design and quality of the gun are excellent. I have only had the gun for a few weeks but so far have been pleasantly surprised. The poplar stock is very nice with good grain and a great finish with decent checkering. Just added a Hawke Sidewinder Tactical 6.5-20x42mm scope with Hawke Match Series High mount 2pc rings and the accuracy seems fairly decent although the gun really needs to be sighted in on a range. Will update my accuracy rating once I get the gun sighted in correctly. The high mount rings allow ample clearance for loading the magazine. The velocity checks out at over 1000 fps with a full charge and RWS .22 cal pellets (14.2 grn) and in the 960 fps range with Beeman Crow Mags. The gun is surprisingly quiet for the power and velocity generated and although I have a large yard I doubt it would bother neighbors unless they were really close. Will do a follow up once I really get the gun sighted in and it gets some use.
Things I would have changed:PCP manufacturers really need to standardize the charging hookups for their guns. Just make all guns with the quick disconnect nipple and be done with it. Each manufacturer has their own version and you have to bit piece fittings together to make it work. When filling from 4500 psi bottles, you really don't want many extra parts in line when working with these high pressures. For safety and sanity, just go with a standard design!
What others should know:I have only had the gun for a few weeks and unfortunately found out the gun didn't include an adapter to use a quick disconnect when charging the gun from a HP bottle. You need the 1/8 BSPP (British Standard Pipe Parallel) adapter (P/N PY-A-3550) to use a quick disconnect if filling from a 4500 psi bottle. The Brits use a slightly different thread size than the US system so don't try using our pipe fittings, they look close but they won't work and you'll end up ruining the brass threads on the Air Arms fill adapter.
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