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BSA Lightning silencer

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Scope.22, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Scope.22

    Scope.22 Engaging Member

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    Hi, I have the SE GRT (love it, great rifle), if I'd have seen the XL at the same time, I'd have probably gone for the XL as I prefer the look of the silencer (I know, it's not all about looks). Can I swap out this silencer, can I get hold of an XL silencer, or is there a better one I could fit? My rifle isn't too noisy, though there's is that pleasing crack when I fire.
     
  2. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    The HW95 makes a very good silencer for a Lightning! :D

    Seriously, depends on the finish to the barrel, if there is a thread for a silencer then you have a great choice. If not it involves either a slip on adapter, slip on silencer and possibly removing the foresight!
     
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    hello, i dont think there would be much difference between the 2 and is not the silencer on the xl used to cock the rifle so on you se grt same, the quality of springer silencers fitted at manufacture are not that good compaired to put on PCPs, you could try a better make slip on slip but avoid touching when cocking, if you want to spend money on another slip on mod measure the barrel diameter and look for a s/h on here or? PM matt 975 on here and get his advice he makes the MWSS mod which many on here use including myself
     
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  5. oliver13

    oliver13 Donator

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    The silencer on the XL is pretty poor, more of a cocking aid than anything else & in fact was just an empty tube in the earlier models.
    BSA now equip it with baffles but so did I & whilst it was better than nothing I didn't get much joy, the biggest factor in this failure I think is the very small volume available - & being sealed at the back so no chance of getting any reflex effect.
    Another thing, the XL silencer is held on with Loctite & one small grub screw not a 1/2" unf thread so it's not a straight swap:

    The Lightning XL barrel is hidden inside a 'Silencer', in the early models this is completely empty & is more of a cocking aid or barrel shroud, BSA did not intend it to be casually dismantled & assembled it with thread sealant. This is how to disassemble it to get to the actual barrel.
    The unit I dismantled has had a hard life ratting in barns & cowsheds & was well marked up already so I wasn't bothered by toolmarks, if you are concerned with keeping it pristine I would suggest a strap wrench or don't dismantle it, personally I reached for the Molegrips...

    The thread protector & the end plug removed, the end plug is Loctited in & needs heating.
    There is a grub screw hidden in the Loctite beneath the sling swivel.
    That's an M4 thread 4mm long into Aluminium holding the weight of the rifle & scope when you have the sling over your shoulder, you may want to have a think about that:

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    The actual barrel shroud removed, it's Loctited on so heat it first & then unscrew from the tapered base unit:

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    The final piece, the bare aluminium item which is a support for the shroud, is not Loctited on just a very tight fit. I held it in a vice & simultaneously pulled & twisted until it came off. With it removed the tapered base piece just slides off.

    [​IMG]

    There you have it, the bare barrel to do with as you will.
     
  6. tommy gun

    tommy gun Posting Addict

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    got a 10 inch parker hale striker barrel [ made by bsa]with 1/2 unf threaded end for silencer will go straight in £36 posted if you want it.
     
  7. Scope.22

    Scope.22 Engaging Member

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    Are they the same barrels in the SE and the XL?
     
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    I don't know for sure, but I think the SE has the Volumetric silencer & a 1/2" thread, it's just the XL models that have the barrel extension stuck on - I don't have one though.
     
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    That's right., the SE has volumetric (the one I have) and the SE XL have the full barrel silencer.
     

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