Spring gun tuning: Part 5 – Powerplant disassembly
by B.B. Pelletier
First, the trigger comes out by drifting two crosspins from the left. The safety is spring-loaded and will be released when the trigger unit drops free.
Two pins are drifted out and the Rekord trigger is free.
Here’s the trigger with the crosspins, the safety and its spring.
The end cap is the reason Weihrauch spring rifles are much easier to disassemble. It holds the mainspring in the gun under compression. It simply unscrews from the spring tube. The first time you take it off it may be hard to start, so insert a wrench handle in the slot where the Rekord trigger was and bump it from the side. Mine’s been off before so it simply unscrews.
The end cap simply unscrews! The action is not yet in the compressor because the end cap is still restraining the spring, however, at this point, it goes in!
The end cap is out and the mainspring is coming out of the tube. This is where you really need to keep the gun under control, and the compressor does that for you.
The end cap is off, and the mainspring is out, but the piston is still connected to the barrel by the barrel link, shown here.
This involves removing the pivot bolt that serves as the barrel’s axle when it breaks open. On Weihrauch rifles, there is a nut on the right side that’s removed first.
The pivot nut looks like a large screw head. It has been removed from the bolt in this photo.
Tom Gaylord is known as The Godfather of Airguns™ and has been an airgunner for over a half-century, but it was the Beeman company in the 1970s that awoke a serious interest in airguns. Until then, all he knew were the inexpensive American airguns. Through the pages of the Beeman catalog, he learned about adult airguns for the first time. In 1994, Tom started The Airgun Letter with his wife, Edith. This monthly newsletter was designed to bring serious reports about airguns to the American public. The newsletter and Airgun Revue, a sister magazine about collectible airguns, was published from 1994 until 2002, when Tom started Airgun Illustrated -- the first American newsstand magazine about airguns. Tom worked for three years as technical director at AirForce Airguns, the makers of the Talon, Condor, and Escape precharged air rifles. Today, he writes about airguns and firearms for various publications and websites. He also makes videos, and you'll find short clips embedded in some of his artices on Pyramyd Air's website. Tom is a consultant to Pyramyd Air and writes under the name of B.B. Pelletier.