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Diana 340 N-TEC Premium air rifle
Here are the benefits of a gas-piston powerplant:
Diana air rifles have an excellent reputation because of their durability and quality. They've kicked it up a notch with the N-TEC gas-piston powerplant! Diana's proprietary German Nitrogen-Piston Technology delivers smooth shooting, dependability and a decreased cocking effort. There's no spring torque because there's no coiled metal mainspring!
The high-quality metal sights are a nice switch from the current trend of scope-only guns. The front globe lets you change inserts (not included). If you want to mount a scope, the 11mm dovetails will accommodate your optic of choice.
Use your Diana 340 N-TEC Premium air rifle to hunt small pests and critters at close distances.
|Max Velocity||1000 fps|
|Cocking Effort||38 lbs|
|Front Sight||Globe w/Aperture Inserts|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable for windage & elevation|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/plinking|
|Trigger Pull||2.0 lbs|
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Things I liked: Purchased the P340 in Dec. to go with my P34 springer that I purchased way back in the oughts. The T06 trigger in the P340 is whisper light in comparison to to the P34's TO5 trigger. After 500 shots, I've found the P340 to be just as accurate as my older rifle and a shade higher in velocity. Once accustomed to the new trigger, I prefer it over the older T05. The powerplant is smoother, a little harder to cock, and has quite a different feel at launch than the P34. Worksmanship is equal in the 2 rifles, both exhibiting the quality that one has come to expect from Diana. In a nutshell, love my new airgun!
Things I would have changed: Not as fond of the new stock, the ridged texturing on the forestock is a bit rough, preferred the checkering on the P34. The front of the forestock also just out at an angle forward, the P34 is rounded, which I also prefer. Not to big a deal, but need to watch fingers when closing barrel. Also not a fan of globed front sights, too easy to bust, would prefer a simple blade front sight.
What others should know: Both air rifles are outfitted with UTG 4X30 scopes, dime sized groups at 25yrds. The ammo that both seem to like the best are JSB Exact Jumbo(15.89)
Things I liked: The first would be the rifle's appearance from clean lines, stock checkering and the stock design. The rifle is very tight fitting and has improved after some use. I have fired approximately 150 times. I used JBS Exact heavy Diabolo 10.34 Gr. and AAA 8.4 Gr. pellets. Even from the start the gun was grouping 1/2" at 20yds. Firing from a table and sand bags. I have read different remarks about the trigger being this and that. The trigger has 1/4" travel and the final stage can't be be more than 2 1/2 lbs. The report is average. Cocking is easy. There is very little recoil. I am amazed at the accuracy out of the box.The rifle is very well balanced.
Things I would have changed: The first would be to have the options of ordering no sights.The second the stock design deserves a fine finish. I have read several reviews before the purchase and sometimes think people make things more than they are and sometimes just to make a comment.
What others should know: The transaction has been a pleasure purchasing from Pyramyd Air. I had purchased another air rifle and was not pleased with several things. The person was patient, understanding of my situation. Suggestions were made and I was given the time to review and make my decision there was no sales pressure whatsoever. Fine company. To those who have a semi-gloss stock and want it to be a gloss master piece. First use masking tape and cover the checkering.Then follow the directions on the bottle of Nu- Finish car polish and start rubbing and wiping. The stock will take on a mirror finish that this rifle deserves.
Things I liked: I purchased a .22cal 340 n-tec classic from another company in mid-October b/c of a bargain-basement price ($279). It was my 1st breakbarrel and my first airgun (other than a Daisy pellet/bb gun many years ago). As a total newbie to AG, I'm not sure what I'm missing, but have not had any issues so far with the gun. I used Black Friday to pick up a droop compensator mount and a refurbed Leapers 3-9x40AO scope from PA. Now I am learning about the peculiarities of breakbarrels and airguns in general. It's been great as far as I'm concerned. Using a sandbag on the forearm, I can hold 1" 10-shot groups at 35 yards with this gun (but it takes all my concentration to do this, and more often than not I pull one shot way off target). That's just using Crossman Premier HP (14.3gr). Just opened up a tin of JSB Exact Jumbo Diabolo 15.89gr, but really I'm sure that at this point, "it's the archer, not the arrow." Really enjoying the n-tec 340 - classic looks, trouble-free and more accurate than me!
Things I would have changed: Bring the price back down under $300 so everyone can get one.
What others should know: Actually, I'll always have a soft spot for this gun bc it sucked me into the vortex of AG in general and caused me to spend big dollars at PA over Black Friday to get a .22 synrod with a 3-12X44AO UTG swat scope, BKL rings and a Yon Heng air compressor. I guess I have a new primary hobby (and far fewer squirrels and chipmunks in the yard). I really love both of these AGs. They are really different but both are great.
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The questions/answers on the 340 N-tec below were all posted over 2 yrs. ago, has anyone purchased this rifle within the past year or so who can offer any updates or improvements on quality?
Do I need to use the artillery hold for this airgun
It is recommended for gas rams just like springers. Although I have found that you can get away with a bit more of a tight hold on gas rams as they are simply faster than a spring and a tad more forgiving. Just be consistent with your hold and that should give you good results.
Update: The rifle is dead on accurate, however a couple of issues appeared. (1.) From the factory the trigger is smooth but did not have a 2nd stage at all. Adjusting is tricky and I did not get it set as in the 34 T06 due to the next issue. (2.) When cocking the rifle it was really quiet until the barrel was brought up to lock position. There was a metal to metal grinding (ratcheting) noise that got louder the more it was cocked. I contacted both PA and Umarex but being a new model and haven't seen it yet they could only suggest fixes. I tried their suggestions within my capabilities but nothing worked. This was the deal breaker as it scared off close by pests I was trying to eliminate on my farm. PA was gracious enough to exchange the rifle and this one was just picked up yesterday 3/17/15. PA's cs was to have their service department check the replacement before sending it out. I do hope the replacement cocks as quietly on the upstroke as my 34 or I will just not be able to use. The trigger adjustment is still up in the air as it has excessive 1st stage travel.
Steve, yes I read your review which is what prompted me to go ahead and submit an initial review on the rifle I sent back for exchange. I am concerned that Diana may be cutting corners just to hurriedly get the rifle to market or cost accounting is eliminating important production steps such as deburring, maybe both. I really do hope the issues are resolved with the incoming rifles as I want and need a gas piston rifle but expect the same or better quality that went into my 34 T06 at half the price of the n-tech. Btw what was the screw dimensions you replaced in the trigger? Thanks again for your insight, RP
(1.)I also own an N-Tec; I could not get to two defined stages with a crisp 2nd stage letoff until I replace the factory 1st stage screw with a longer one. (2) Mine developed a 'grind' during cocking -- bad finish on the cocking slot edges. Easy to fix if you know what you're doing -- otherwise, a return was indeed probably your best option, as a 'wear-in' will just leave lots of metal dust in your action.
|Max Velocity||1000 fps|