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Diana AR8 N-TEC Air Rifle
The Diana AR8 N-TEC breakbarrel air rifle is a special gun for fans of Blaser R8 hunting rifles, and an elegant air rifle for any shooter. The single-shot rifle is powered by gas piston technology making it consistently accurate and resistant to vibration. The all-weather stock is ambidextrous and the gun features a sight based on the original R8 design.
|Max Velocity||1320 fps|
|Cocking Effort||50 lbs|
|Front Sight||Adjustable for elevation|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable for windage|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/target practice|
|Trigger Pull||2.0 lbs|
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Things I liked: Love the skeleton stock, very comfortable to hold and shoot. Trigger is awesome. Very accurate so far. I really like to open sight set up on this rifle. Its pellet fussy but not terrible. It shoots several pellets well. The POWER. this thing shoots through 3 spray paint cans lined up in a row. Its rated 25 fps slower than the diana magnum springer but AR8 has far superior power and penetration.
Things I would have changed: The screws for the rear site are hard to tighten down and I couldn't find the right allen wrenches to tighten them down properly with. I ended up using a tiny flat head screw driver to try adjust and tighten them they came loose every time after a few shots. Gonna try get new set screws for it. Smoother cocking? I think not. This thing is A BEAST to cock. A BEAST!make it a tad easier if possible. But I'd rather not lose any power. The extra effort is worth the extra power.
What others should know: You need a lot of upper body strength to cock this thing. It's a serious workout to pump 100 rounds through it. I bought a refurb, a lot of the screws were loose and needed to be tighten up. Other than that it performs perfect. This in .22 cal DESTROYED a squirrel at 20 yards. Used a baracuda hunter extreme, it performed like a true hollow point. Tiny entry would and blew out the back side of his head. I highly reccomend this gun. I have a scope on mine, it loses its zero 2-3 clicks every so often. Not sure y. This rifle is also quite heavy. So this is the far from kid friendly rifle on the market in my opinion. That NTec piston is BOSS. power for days. This gun like baracudda hunter, baracuda hunter extreme, and a few others I'm not remembering at the moment. Buy this and be ready to destroy any target u put in front of it. CHEERS
Things I liked: The looks. Nowadays, in the name of functionality, there are so many UGLY airguns. I understand that people want features to enhance functionality, like muzzle brakes, sound moderators, and ugly front sights. I "get" that a lot of people like this, driven possibly by the AR black rifle craze. But some of the new airgun offerings have barrels that look like a Blunderbuss!! In contrast, like the Diana huntress etched on the receiver, the AR8 N-TEC is beautiful and powerful. Also, it "bucks the trend" by having very good front and rear sights. Although scopes provide big advantages, they are bulky and somewhat fragile. It has provisions for a scope, but so far I have been able to achieve excellent accuracy with the sights, my 50+ year old eyes helped with the EyePal. It is a big airgun and heavy to cock, but holding it properly for leverage makes this not a problem even for my medium build. The trigger is excellent. When firing, there is a "jolt", but it's not harsh.
Things I would have changed: I would not change anything. It has features that may not appeal to everyone. It is a fairly large and long airgun. It is somewhat loud. If there are people out there that do not like this model, I think a lot of this has to do with it just not being what they were looking for. But I think it's great!
What others should know: I highly recommend getting the 10 for $10 test. Not only for the velocity information, but I think that this test can help to identify a "lemon". On mine, with a .177 cal. 7 grain pellet, the velocity report averaged approx. 1,210 feet per second. This airgun does break the sound barrier, so there is a "crack"-it is not a quiet airgun. BTW I shoot the H&N lead free pellets, because I do not like the lead exposure and depositing lead pellets into what could be a garden some day in the future. Finally, despite the moderate price, mine was stamped "MADE IN GERMANY".
Things I liked: Impressive weapon
Things I would have changed: Honesty in specifications
What others should know: its states its 32 lbs. of cocking which I seriously doubt. It much closer to 50 lbs. I have put 120 pellets thru it and accuracy is still dismal. I sent a previous review but for some strange reason it was never published ??? Thats been more than a month ago??? Also, did not receive a return e mail for reasons it may have been disapproved ??? Would be nice to hear a response , anything !!
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which scope is well for Diana ar8?
I would recommend Leapers as they are all rated for the recoil of a magnum gas piston like this gun
My question is There is a new spread that the diana ar8 is a flop model is doesnt give the good accuracy So what do you have to say about this
The AR8's that I have shot have all been quite good and very accurate.
Your losing quite a few sales if this air rifle is sold hard to cock. Cars are easy to steer because of power assisted steering, so why can't an break barrel air rifle designed for hunting be easy to cock?
There are guns that are easier to cock than this that can be used for hunting, but with any spring or gas piston rifle, the powerplants that are capable of producing more velocity are going to use heavier spring or higher pressure gas rams, requiring more cocking effort. Until someone devises a way to assist in that process (and many companies have tried with a few successes), more power will require more cocking effort.
|Max Velocity||1320 fps|