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ALROS Trailsman.

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Tinbum, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    Its collectable to me, so its going in here!

    I've always had a soft spot for fold up, break down, James Bond/ Day of the Jackal type rifles. The Brocock fox was the ultimate, but sadly section 5 now.:( Air Arms have done the TDR, but that doesn't float my boat. I've owned a couple of Stealths, stupid, pointless, hateful rubbish! I can't think why I bought a second one?

    Enter the Arlos Trailsman.... When these appeared in the early 90's I was about 20 years old and in no position to buy such an expensive rifle, but with a proper break down ability, a tool roll to hold it all and Walther accuracy, I had aspirations of buying the co2 version. At least I wouldn't have to buy a bottle! They then promptly went bust!

    On Sunday I was sat in the camper van on The Lizard when I got a text from a member on here. "Alros Trailsman just gone up on <that other forum>"

    It arrived today!:D It's just as good as I'd hoped it would be. This one is in good condition and still has its roll up bag, as well as the optional deluxe stainless bolt option. As an added bonus it has a period Kassnar 3-9x50 WA TV view scope. Lovely! It took seconds to put together, and in no time I was running a string over the chrono.
    From 200bar I was hoping for 30 usable shots, but what I got was shot one at 809fps (.177) and then a consistent drop every shot until at 30 it was at just 539fps! Something was very wrong!:(

    A bit of googling showed me that 10-10.5fpe is a realistic output. It must be overstrung! I chopped the hammer spring, made the worlds smallest top hat and spring guide, polished and lubed the hammer and rebuilt it.
    This time the first shot was 720fps which rose to 730 by shot three. From there to shot 25 they were all between 730 & 740fps before dropping once more to 709 by shot 30. I'm calling that a success for now, but I'm replacing the O rings and polishing the TP over the weekend.

    My hope is to do some zeroing and take it out for a spot of armed rambling over my nearest permission this weekend, and try to capture the feeling I always imagined shooting with this gun would give me.:)
     
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    Got any pics? Sounds interesting.......
     
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    Congrats mate, which one is it you bought? Buddy bottle version or tube? Some picture would be cool :p
     
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    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I haven't taken any pics myself yet, but here's a couple from the ad I bought it off.

    Its the cylinder PCP single shot version. I love the straight lines and simple operation. Its a doddle to work on too!
     
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    That's a peach of a rifle and the tube versions much nicer than the buddy bottle one.
    Its Probably the best tdr for the break down size :) nice and compact!
    Did they ever make a mag for it to make it a multi shot?
     
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    Yes, the "Octoplus" system I think it was called. Eight shot (well duh!) rotary mag, I can't remember if it was auto or manual indexing, but there's so much room on this I may have a go at making one myself.......
     
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    Would be worth looking for one :) nice rifle but even better with the option of quick follow up shots ;)
     
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    agreed with all the comments, i've got the bottle version in .22 and it's the only gun i've owned which i wouldn't part with
     
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    Auto indexing Tb.

    It was a fixed magazine though so something of a marmite feature.

    I saw you'd snapped that one up :cool:, looks very nice,and the tubed version is more in keeping with the ultra compact style of such a takedown gun IMO.

    The bottle version (400) used a taller breech block which effectively lowered the "stock" meaning your chin ended up where your cheekbone should be! Most users employed some foam pipe lagging to make it a bit more comfortable and give an improved cheekweld without adding much weight.

    Here's one of their old adverts if you've not seen it (2003)
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    I really like the idea of the takedown rifles, nearly had on of the Saxby Palmer versions in the late 80's early 90's, but went for the bolt action rifle instead, still cant believe they are now fac!, those carts only ever worked half the time and output was always iffy.

    Your rifle looks he proper job :up::)
    chris
     
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    Snapped it up? We're back in the self same field with the camper tonight, on Sunday I was running around trying to find a signal to send a message to buy it!
    I left it at home tonight and I'm missing it quite a lot!

    I have a confession, when I'm feeling nostalgic and yearning for the good old days, I always seek out your CAPA profile where I can look up all those great ads from years gone by! The days before the dreaded AA S400 made PCP's so dull and tedious to look at. The days when you could buy a hokey TAC pistol (mail order) that always let you down, but you didn't care cos it looked and felt so right.


    Anyway, I've found the loading channel is a bisexual unit, so I'm gonna find a donor .22 barrel and have that threaded as well so I have the full set!
     
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    Yep, they were simpler days. Up to '83 just about everyone had either an HW35 or a "Sport", those who really wanted to be different had a BSF 55, or Airsporter for the nostalgic brigade. Then came the 77...

    Don't forget there was a .20 option for the Alros. Hopefully if your .177 is doing around 10.5 ft/lb it will still be legal in .22, or use the BSA multibarrel method of having a shorter .22 to keep it legal?

    Hope the camping was fun, because I doubt it was dry. :up:
     
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    I took the Trailsman for a walk yesterday. Disappointment? I don't think so!!:D Its accurate, nice to shoot, fantastic to carry and seems better for standers than any other gun I own.
     

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