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BSA lightning GRT...why the hate

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by BrettMRC, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. BrettMRC

    BrettMRC Donator

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    I see a lot of negatives posted about this in terms of quality and repeatability... however it seems to be a big seller and quite popular.

    So - what is the true story, is it universally terrible? :)
     
  2. gasman

    gasman It tasted like chicken

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    this is goner be a short thread,,,, arh yeah it's bad:)
     
  3. BrettMRC

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    :D Ah....looks over substance?
     
  4. oliver13

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    I think they move a lot of units to first timers, they probably don't realise when they've got a poor weapon & if your just murdering tin cans it will be fine. When you've had a few guns & start doing groups seriously, or get a gun that cloverleaf's consistently then you will find out if it's a bad one - & there seem to be enough people doing that to give the thing a bad reputation.
     
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    Do you own one Brett??
     
  6. BrettMRC

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    Nope - I'm looking to get a PCP and a gas-ram in the near future. (Have some springers and an old SCAN at the moment)

    The BSA was coming up as popular in the gas-ram, price range of sub £300.
     
  7. Titchgamer

    Titchgamer Honorary Member

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    Theoben is the only way to go with Gas Rams :p
     
  8. Patrick

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    A bit like Marmite you either love it or loathe it.Personally I've never owned one so can't speak from first hand experience but me local RFD says they require a certain knack to shoot effectively.
     
  9. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    The one I had shot of would of shook itself to bits after a couple of tins of pellets!!!!
     
  10. kettle

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    I think it's because it's a BSA.
    The R10 suffers the same fate yet, I'm led to believe it's one of the best selling pcp's out there - doesn't mean they're any better than say an s400 though, just means they've sold more.
     
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    My belief also :)
     
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    its a gas ram enough said
     
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    It is a gas ram built into a gun that was never meant to be a rammer, factor crap build quality into it and your onto a loser, shot one and it was awful, and I like rammers, shoot one then try an hw90, no comparison.
     
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  15. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Makes a snappy gun positively rabid!

    As for someone pointing out the R10 being picked on. That is because the Mk 1 was an absolute dog that had failing regulators after 6 months. The Mk 2 seemed to overcome this, only for the problem to arise later in life. Not helpful.

    BSA have garnered a reputation for bad rifles because they are cutting pence per build by using inferior components. Just a few pence per o ring can make all the difference between working for years and working for months.
     
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    I had a Benjamin trail it had less recoil then a springer but could never get any consistency out of it only any good for shooting cans in a back garden
     
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    I had a Theoben Evolution and hated it, got a HW95 instead in .22 and loved that. Guess my style of shooting (usally referred to as missing) doesn't suit rammers.:)
     
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    i had a normal lightning xl and all it was good for was tin cans couldn`t group at all
     
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    I am a bit of a BSA fanboy and have 2 pcp's and a couple of old springers, I had a lightning xl and had it professionally tuned and it was still rubbish, they are only called lightnings because they never strike the same place twice. I've no experience with rammers though, just don't get putting an expensive scope on one..
     
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    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    .......... Black, sticky and rubbish for shooting.
     

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