This report covers:
- BB scolds
- Yes, it is a two forty
- The rifle
- Hand of China
This report will start with a scolding from BB. Shame on you, Pyramyd AIR, for listing the Diana two forty air rifle you sell as a Diana 240. That’s what I criticized Midway USA for last Thursday. Then a reader showed me on Friday that YOU ALSO list it that way! Shame, shame, shame!
I would have bought the rifle from you if I had found it on your website, but because you are Pyramyd AIR I never thought to look for a Diana 240. If Edith was still doing your descriptions that would never have happened.
Yes, it is a two forty
I thought that perhaps in the year Midway has been selling the rifle that Diana had shortened the name to 240. But when the lithographed box from Midway came out of the outer cardboard box the end flap said two forty.
Okay, well perhaps the laser etching on the rifle’s spring tube has changed and the box art hasn’t caught up? No, again.
Here is the deal, computers can’t read. Enter one wrong character into computer code and the whole thing doesn’t work. And it’s the same for the titles of items for sale. List a two forty as a 240 or as a two 40, like I have seen and potential customers will never know you have it. If you want to sell something people have to know you have it.
What we are looking at today is a .177-caliber breakbarrel air rifle that Diana has made for them in China. It’s a youth-powered (read as under 600 f.p.s.) breakbarrel that’s sized well for teenagers and adults with a 13-3/4-inch pull.
The stock is profiled very full, so it fills the hand well. Add the pull to that and it feels just like an adult air rifle.
The weight is 6 pounds, but the wood stock means that number is approximate. The Pyramyd specs say the cocking effort is 20 pounds, and I intend testing that. The force required is light though.
Hand of China
Do I see any evidence of Chinese quality in the two forty? Yes, I see a little. The black plastic butt plate doesn’t meet the buttstock that well. The wood spent too much time on the belt sander.
The wood is evenly stained with no wood filler that Chinese air rifles typically have. In fact the wood is so finely finished that I suspected it was a photograph, so I looked inside the cocking slot and saw unfinished wood with the same grain pattern.
Yes there are plastic parts on the two forty. The entire front sight and its base are plastic, as are some of the rear sight parts. The cap that covers the end of the spring tube is also plastic. The trigger guard is also plastic but the trigger is solid steel.
On the other hand the stock is genuine wood. That’s something many manufacturers say is impossible to offer at this price.
The metal is finished an even matte over all surfaces. The barrel locks up with a ball bearing detent and was hard to open out of the box. But having just worked on RidgeRunner’s Diana 34 that had the same problem, I lubricated the ball and got it opening easily after several attempts.
The rear sight is adjustable in both directions. It has click detents that are both heard and felt, and I want to point out that this is another thing that some people said was impossible to do at this price.
The trigger is two stage and non-adjustable. I can tell you now that it has a nice feel, but In Part 2 I will give the specifics.
The Diana two forty fills a very large niche as a pellet rifle that’s affordable new and an all-day airgun on top of that. It’s ideal for everyone who just wants an air rifle to plink with.
I look forward to this series and perhaps we will go beyond what’s just traditional.