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BSA GRT Lightning XL SE Air Rifle

BSA GRT Lightning XL SE Air Rifle

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0.177" (4.5mm)
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0.22" (5.5mm)
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0.25" (6.35mm)

0.177" (4.5mm), 1200.0 fps, Beech, Ambi, Brown
.177 is great for paper targets, plinking & dispatching small vermin
1200 fps w/alloy pellets
1000 fps w/lead pellets

2-year limited warranty

SKU PY-3216-6237


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  • Description
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  • Customer reviews
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  • BSA GRT Lightning XL SE air rifle
  • Gas Ram Technology gas piston
  • Breakbarrel
  • Single-shot
  • Hammer-forged rifled steel barrel
  • Integral silencer
  • 2-stage adjustable trigger
  • 11mm scope rail with scope stop (no open sights)
  • Manual safety
  • Ambidextrous beech stock
  • Dual raised cheekpieces
  • Checkered forearm and grip
  • Ventilated rubber recoil pad

Here are the benefits of a gas piston:

  • Smoother cocking
  • Smoother shooting
  • No spring torque
  • No spring fatigue, even if you leave it cocked for hours
  • Functions perfectly in cold weather
  • Lasts longer than a metal spring

BSA's GRT Lightning XL SE air rifle was first introduced in 2012. You'll find lots of practical uses for it. Hunting, pest elimination, spinners, paper targets and plinking are all within your reach when you own this airgun. The integral silencer helps reduce the report normally discharged by springers of similar power, giving you a stealthier approach when trying to dispatch more than one critter. It's also nice that your neighbors may not even be aware that you're shooting in your own backyard.

If you've never shot a gun with a gas ram, you're going to miss some things--like that familiar twang you've come to expect every time you pull the trigger on a springer. And that's just the beginning.

Ever try to shoot a springer in the dead of winter when it's 5 degrees and ice is covering everything? The lube on a metal mainspring will be so thick, you may not be able to cock your rifle. But with a gas ram, there's no lube and no mainspring to be bound up. Just cock and matter what the temperature is!

Most important is the lack of stress on the gas ram. While a coiled metal mainspring will deteriorate as it's left cocked, your gas ram won't care how long you leave it cocked. It'll continue to function perfectly.

BSA invented the modern spring-piston gun, but they've never stopped to rest on their laurels. They continue to innovate, relying heavily on the expertise of world-renowned airgun expert John Bowkett.

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0.177" (4.5mm)
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Two-stage adjustable
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4.5 (10 reviews)
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Overall rating:2.0 2.0

Value for money:2.0 2.0

Accuracy:1.0 1.0

  By Jaxworks from USA on 2015-01-03
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5.01 rating
Things I liked:Really nice stock but with GRT in BIG print on both sides it makes the gun look cheap. Fairly quiet, nice trigger.
Things I would have changed:The term 'flier' was coined to describe this rifle. No matter which pellet, you get wild spreads.

Overall rating:5.0 5.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

Accuracy:4.0 4.0

  By Rick from USA on 2014-10-31
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Things I liked:This little .22 carbine rifle is a real gem of a find and a pleasure to shoot. With the 6.5 lb weight and the short 37.5" length, it points and shoots so easy that it's hard to put the darn thing down. When you consider that this little jewel sells for about half of what an Air Arms Pro Sport sells for, there's really no comparison.
Things I would have changed:If they could ever figure out a way to get a little more velocity out of this thing, they'd really have something, but of course then it would be 40+ inches long and weigh 8+ lbs, which would definitely take away the fun factor of this thing.
What others should know:This little rifle deserves a good scope. The only reason you'd be disappointed in this rifle is if you don't scope it right or if you use cheap pellets. Allow a 500 shot break-in period before you decide it's not accurate.

Overall rating:5.0 5.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

Accuracy:5.0 5.0

  By Jonpaul from USA on 2014-04-11
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5.01 rating
Things I liked:It's a handsome looking rifle. It's also quite compact and easy to handle. It points and mounts to the shoulder very well. Accuracy is great and the trigger, while less refined than a Rekord trigger on HW rifles is still a nice trigger. Mine is in .22 caliber and gets right around 14 FPE. Like almost all gas ram/nitro piston rifles, the firing cycle is a solid *thump* rather than a buzzy twang like in a springer.
Things I would have changed:Not much. I'm "eh" with the idea of the engraved GRT on the buttstock. I could do without it, but it's not so obtrusive to be awful. I haven't measured the cocking effort, but it seems to be very stiff and heavy for a 14 FPE rifle. Took the muzzle cover off and it’s different from the one on my Lightning XL spring piston. That rifle has a male threaded section that screws into the moderator on the front of the rifle. The moderator is empty (hollow, no baffles). The new rifle has a female threaded end cap with what appears to be a screwed in baffle set. The muzzle report on both sounded awfully similar in terms of volume when fired inside.
What others should know:I have the spring piston Lightning XL as well as the gas ram Lightning XL GRT (this rifle). I like 14~ish FPE .22 rifles for light hunting and pest control. It's always felt like a sweet spot to me. This is among the nicest 14 FPE rifles I've encountered. I really liked my spring piston Lightning XL and thought "man, the only thing that would make this rifle better is if it were a gas ram". Now I have both and I was right.
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  • Old Gunny from USA asked:

    gun is louder than I thought. Is there a quieter silencer available?

    • Old Gunny from USA:

      researched it and you can't get any nice BSA sliencers shipped to USA due to our gun laws....

  • Richard from USA asked:

    Barrel made in England-assembled in Spain, so where are the rest of the parts made?!

    • Ernest from USA:

      old question. what did PA come up with? see their answer? =no

    • Ernest from USA:

      To Richard interesting question that I don't have an answer for. The answer should be Spain but let's see what PA comes up with.

  • Ernest from USA asked:

    Michel did you check out one piece mounts? PA has Leapers Accushot which are not heavy price wise and they have four screws per ring, a real plus.

    • Tyler from USA:

      I concur, a one piece mount with a stop pin would be a great choice.

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Item DescriptionCaliberMax VelocityItemCodeStockGripColor
.177 is great for paper targets, plinking & dispatching small vermin
1200 fps w/alloy pellets
1000 fps w/lead pellets

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