Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking........................bugger that. I'm hoping that the following ramble is read by someone looking to buy an airgun and after reading this they give a 16s a go to discover what a brill gun it is.
I first came across a Logun S16 Mk1 and fell in love with it. It belonged to a friend who had never owned an airgun before. On a visit to see him he bought the gun out to show it off to me, he couldn't show it off too well because he'd blocked the barrel by, as I thought, double loading it.
I was quite taken with the "military" look of the gun. Long sleek and black, it reminded me of my days with a 7.62 SLR, well, just a little.
Compared to just about any other airgun, I've come into contact with, this gun seemed heavy despite its sleek looks. There wasn't much I could do to have a play because in addition to blocking the barrel he'd managed to lock the magazine into place and the cocking bolt was frozen into place.
After a couple of weeks and two visits to Logun, the first costing £90 and the second £45 (yes he blocked the thing again) I went to visit him again. I asked for a look at the gun and guess what? Yup, it was blocked.
I took the gun home with me to have a go at fixing it for him (and to get my hands on it for a while). Being a 16 novice myself I did completely the wrong thing. Firstly I forced the magazine out (a half loaded pellet was sticking out from the breech and holding it in place) and then I used a barrel cleaning rod inserted in the muzzle to tap out the offending pellet or I should say to bash out the FOUR offending pellets. Lucky for me the breech seal remained in place.
I had the gun for at least two months.
The S16 Mk1 is a teriffic gun. Firm handling when loading is the answer to the blocking problem, better to say that there is no blocking problem, its a user problem.
My own garden range is 26.5 yards and the Mk1 was pellet on pellet at that range.
Two months was taking the mick I suppose but like I said, I'd fell in love with this gun.
It was a sad day when I handed it back.
I resolved to source a Mk1 for my own but they'd been out of production for so long I found it impossible to find one. In the end I ordered an S16s.
I eagerly opened the box of my newly delivered S16s, as I revealed the gun I took a step back and thought "what an ugly biatch!", gone were the sleek looks, the slim barrel with its neat silencer had been replaced by a squat fat shroud. I screwed the full length shroud on which lessened the squat look. It took all of five minutes to fall in love again.
The 16s had been improved and the improvements were both obvious and neccessary.
The bottle, which acts as a stock remained the same with its rubber cover but as there were earlier issues with air loss the bottle seal had been moved from the bottle itself to the reception on the rear of the gun.
Still at the rear, and easily checkable, the air reservoir indicator was changed from a simple tri colour affair to a readable gauge with readings in bar and psi.
Moving forward the aluminium cocking bolt has been replaced with a steel bolt. The two stage trigger has said to have been improved but this is one area that could still do with improvement. A trip to Logun for the assembly to be highly polished will result in a crisper trigger release, however the stock part is very useable in the field, the improvement would only become evident when target shooting.
The cycling action on the magazine is as excellent as the Mk1 and used correctly delivers eight pellets very quickly into the breech.
One more improvement would be to make the safety an automatic job but not as yet has it been done, even on the EVO.
The magazine itself remains the same and needs to be kept lubed which, in turn, lubes the breech. I fell foul to lack of lube myself and encountered a loading problem. I live about an hour from Logun so I took the gun up to them and they put it right for me as I waited. More about the Logun boys at the end of my review.
A huge improvement is the forestock. The Mk1 has a small forestock in the middle of which is an enourmous bolt which takes the bi-pod. The bolt is smack where you want to grip the gun when firing and causes discomfort, in fact its a real pain. The "S" now has a lengthened forestock and a standard QD stud mounted well toward the front which leave plenty of room to grip, even with a bi-pod fitted. The front of the forestock on both models has the aperture for mounting a laser.
The last improvement is the shrouded barrel. The full shroud is 10.5 inches in length but comes in sections. The first six inches covers the barrel itself and the remaining 4.5 inches is made up of two sections, one of 3.5 inches and one of 1 inch. The 3.5 inch section can be removed to make the shroud shorter but the difference in noise is evident. With the full shroud intact the noise is almost inaudible. How the shroud works is an enigma to me but I do know the gun goes off like a howitzer without any shroud in place.
The difference between the Mk1 barrel and silencer and the shroud can be felt mostly in the field. I found I could traverse the gun in the firing position and stop dead when my crosshairs found a target, the Mk1 tended to carry on past the point I wanted to stop and I had to come back to the target due to the weight of the silencer. The difference sounds nothing but has to be experienced to feel just how different. I should imagine this is the same for any shrouded or bull barrel when put up against a barrel and silencer.
Both models perform much the same but the "S" has been made better for use. I use mine for both hunting and target and can hold my own in both disciplines.
A word about Logun. Simon and Martin are great guys and in my case were happy to sort out my problems, they went so far to sort a friends air leak problems on his Mk11 Professional and refused to charge him.
Logun, top company.
There's my review, I hope someone finds some use from it.