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BSA lightning carbine

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by andyb78, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. andyb78

    andyb78 Engaging Member

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    Hi
    im thinking of buying a BSA lightning carbine as anybody got one to tell me what they are like

    Thanks
     
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    Bit crappy.
     
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    In what way mate
     
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    For the money you can get a second hand Weihrauch.. No contest really.
     
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    maybe true...but I've been looking at the BSA Lightning XL RRP £285 and the Weihrauch HW95K + Silencer RRP £330

    the prob is........there's none 2nd hand within driving distance of Glasgow.....:down:
     
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    I got one, no weihrauch but as a general pest control/target springer its not bad, i plan to strip an polish the internals to make iot a bit smoother once it's been bedded in:up:
     
  7. The Robin

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    I had a BSA Lighting .22 and thought it was spot on

    My review here

    http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/airgun-reviews/80814-bsa-lighting-22-a.html

    But as Barcelona68 says it's not a HW but does not claim to be. If you after a no fuss, no frills springer the Lighting is spot on and mine was spot on

    Thing to remember if buying second hand you get more 'bang for you buck' as such and would look at the HW range if one came up
     
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    I have a Lightning XL and get on well with it. I have never used a Weirauch so can't comment on them (not that you are asking about them). Mines pretty accurate at about 35 - 40 yards even with me shooting it. Nice and small so easy to hump around if you are across the fields with it or in a car if you are shooting from a vehicle (not the drive by kind of course :eek:).
     
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    early one's are pretty good! ive got a couple. bit twangy but at 30 yard rabbits it hits the mark as well as any hw will.......lol.

    .22 is the one to have in my opinion, but thats just my preference for springers.

    brett
     
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    I have a love / hate relationship with my lightning. I love the idea of it - a cheap, cheerful, chuck-it-in-th-back-of-the-truck-and-use-it-to-prop-gates-open springer, but I hate the reality of it, which is noisy and recoil-prone.
     
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    I also had a .22 Lightning and it was great to 35 yds - loved it. I've also shot several .177 versions and didn't like them. It's just working too hard IMO in .177 and feels jumpy. As said the Weihrauchs are better built. One example of better build would be the BSA has a breech pin = no adjustment, but the Weihrauchs have a breech bolt = removal of wear and tear. Another would be the trigger. The Weihrauch record is/was the industry standard for many years. The BSA unit is ok without being great.
     
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    Spot on the .22 i had was good but i have heard the .177 is not so good. As you say the BSA trigger ok and does the job without been great, the record is a great trigger and leads the way :up:
     
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    my budget £350 so would prefer a new rifle (just to put my own stamp on it) the deal i got offered was a bsa lightning carbine,bsa scope and accessories for £345 but reading your posts put me in 2 minds now lol.... any ideas what to get for my budget
     
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    thanks mate been looking on that site recently and they got some good deals on ill ring see if they can sort me some sort of package
     
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    Yes they are spot on at Redbeck shooting, very helpful and friendly. If you do go make sure you don't drive past and end up asking at the petrol station up the hill where is it :eek::up:
     

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