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Things I liked:Great Value for my First repeater PCP: European BSA, hammer forged barrel, ergonomic synthetic stock with palm swells, good reasonable weight due to shrouded barrel, trigger fine out of box, accurate pressure gauge, precise magazine indexing & bolt action, studs on stock.
Things I would have changed:Lower price for extra magazines; add external power adjuster; shroud to quiet the rifle @ discharge; ability to adjust trigger externally; availability in wood stock;
What others should know:Most should use ear protection when shooting 1200SE; at least 40 shorter range shots from 200 Bar fill (takes good effort with Hill pump); Front heavy but No problem after Bipod placement onto included stud; expect 1 inch groups at 40 - 50 yds with 4-16X scope and correct pellets,
Things I liked:This is my 2nd review. After breaking in, accuracy is still excellent. It shoots JSB 18.1's at 910 fps and velocity is very consistent. It shoots 5 shots into about .075 inches at 20 yards, through the magazine. You don't need to shoot single shot style to get great accuracy. This is a great airgun platform for making some improvements. This model is only sold in the USA.
Things I would have changed:The gun is front end heavy due to the steel air reservoir, so I put the shorter version air reservoir on it, and replaced the spade type brass air fill with an aluminum unit, with a foster fill. The changes cut 1/2 pound from the overall weight and shifted the balance rearward. I like the stock, but don't like the dark color. I replaced it with a green Nato version that BSA has in Europe, and sells through their registered parts provider airgunspares.com. It looks great and the weight is now ok.
What others should know:Despite having a shroud, airflow is not directed rearward into the shroud, and there are no baffles. It is still loud. I installed a few pieces, redirecting the air rearward, and provided for some space for baffles in the same way other PCP airguns are offered in the USA today. It is now backyard friendly. If BSA made a few changes to this model, it would have few competitors.
Things I liked:Solid feel. Bolt action is smooth and has the feeling of precision. I cleaned the barrel and adjusted the trigger before shooting, and 5 18.1 grain .22 JSBs shoot into less than .025" at 15 yards at 890 fps (31.8 ft lbs).I filled the reservoir to 195 bar. I also own a BSA SE, and just did a review on it, and have been comparing them. Both are very accurate, and I attribute it largely to the BSA forged barrel. I like the BSA feel. Solid but not too heavy. The air reservoir is steel, not aluminum, which adds weight but adds to the solid feel. The SE 1200 has a very slim feel due to the not-so-wide synthetic stock. Also, the magazine is metal, not plastic, feeds smoothly with no bent pellet skirts.
Things I would have changed:The synthetic stock is better than I thought, and feels better than it looks, but I would like it to be about 3 or 4 inches longer. The shroud looks great, but does not reduce much sound. There is only about 1.75" of open space between the end of the barrel and the end of the shroud, with no baffles. As a result, it is loud. The barrel support at the muzzle does not direct any air back into the shroud. Directing air back into the shroud would quiet it down somewhat, and there is room for 1 baffle. "As is", it is not backyard friendly.
What others should know:The air reservoir on the SE 1200 is 4" longer than on the standard SE, giving the SE 1200 a volume of about 218 cc. As a result the front end is slightly heavy vs. the standard SE, however the synthetic stock isn't wide, making it very easy to hold on to. The 1200 SE air gauge matches the readings on my tank gauge. The Standard SE wood stock is beautiful, and I am cautious not to scar it. The synthetic stock on the 1200 SE has the advantage of being less prone to damage. I purchased the 1200 SE expecting to harvest parts over time for my Standard SE and to use it's shroud, however I have changed my plans. These are 2 of my most consistently accurate airguns. I would give them an 5+ if BSA had made them quiet.
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