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BSA lightning springer

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by m4tth3w, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. m4tth3w

    m4tth3w Donator

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    Just bought the lightning xl se new from a shop today. Got a good price on it so couldn't resist.

    is it still better to get uk rather than Spanish rifle? And how would I know which I've got?

    its got bsa uk stamped into the barrel. But I suppose that doesn't mean it was necessarily made in uk
     
  2. butch

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    A BSA rep told me that the only BSA springer assembled in this country is the Lightning XL that was over 12 months ago though
     
  3. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    If it's new and an SE it will have been manufactured in Spain by Gamo; and is a completely different design to the older Lightnings. As above the only "BSA" springers made / assembled in the UK (or claimed as such) is the placcy-stocked "XL Tactical" :)rolleyes:) which is the same design as the older, British-designed Lightnings.

    The British-built ones are arguably better than those from Spain, however a quick forum search will illustrate that none of them are particularly splendid; regardless of where they were made.

    I hope the "good" price was really good - not that I want to be captain disparaging but I suspect the dealer was eager to get shot of it..
     
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  4. critter

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    I've had 2 lightning xl's to now say i wouldn't have one for free says it all! But good luck with yours.
     
  5. tommy gun

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    if the numbers are stamped on the barrel block it is brummie made if they are on the barrel crap gamo, had the new grt what a disappointment stick with the old brummie made
     
  6. oliver13

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    I've got a Tactical XL Lightning which was made in Spain, ser. no. prefix 'S' - the only real difference I've heard about is something to do with the cocking lever, plastic insert maybe?
    http://www.airgunspares.com/store/content/87/BSA/

    The barrels were always made in Birmingham, at least until recently, which is good because they are excellent & have a very good reputation - target shooters will buy the blanks for use on their guns, but they had some QC issues about 2005/6 as far as I can tell, & you wouldn't want one of those...
     
  7. m4tth3w

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    Well I've put a couple of hundred pellets through it and so far it seems lovely. I'm not quite sure why ppl are down on this gun cos for 245 quid it's seems a quality piece of kit.
     
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    Go find a HW99s for £220,you will soon realise why we don't like them once you've shot the Weihrauch.

    Hell,my £100 Hatsan will probably outperform them at 2.5x cheaper.
     
  9. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Give it time:D
     
  10. essex sniper

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    You mite have a good one mate ..if they was all that bad tney would sell would they ....I bought a new hw99s and sold it after 3 weeks it was absolutely crap ..as long as your enjoying it thats all what matters atb
     
  11. mattyts

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    Another 200 pellets and it will be a pile of parts after shaking itself apart.

    I think there was a thread last week about a guy buying a lightening after we warned him not to :rolleyes:
     
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    hi

    don't know why there seems to be lots of guys on here slating bsa lightning's, once I got mine sorted it shoots great. mine is a brummy bsa don't know if this makes a difference. I am a great believer in get what you can afford. stick with your lightning mate. not everyone can go out and buy that dream gun.

    cheers

    gus
     
  13. scottroutledge

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    My lightening was bought new 12 years ago and had a new titan xs mainspring fitted last year and has never let me down. Once you get used to the recoil it should hit everything you point it at! Or mine does anyway. Didn't like the stock so built a new 1 that has the shape of the tactical stock!
    Enjoy shooting pal everybody had different tastes in guns and if you like yours and it does what you want it to then who cares what others think of it!
    Atb scott
     
  14. tommy gun

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    Cant beat the brummie made 1s
     
  15. lone wolf

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    I had a old brummie one in .177 and it was spot on,they have there haters and rightfully so,but get a old one and spend the time to know how to shoot it and it will be fine.

    I paid £120 for mine with a silver crown scope ontop.

    Gaz
     
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    Have you ever owned a Birmingham made one Matty,? I have one and its fine, a really tight little rifle.

    John
     
  17. mattyts

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    Only shot the modern ones I'm afraid John,which is what I think the OP has purchased.

    I've used about 5-6 examples,all new in box in the past month and I could pick a fault with all of them :(

    BSA's pre charged stuff is bang on though :up:

    I just can't justify spending £245 on a Lightening when HW99s are cheaper and you can get second hand 98s and 80s.
     
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    Sounds like Triggers Broom:D
     

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