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BSA Superstar silencer removal

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Truckcab79, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Truckcab79

    Truckcab79 Busy Member

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    Recently bought one of these gun. You may have seen it in a separate thread, but I've got a question which I thought I'd post separately to avoid it getting overlooked. It has a silencer fitted. Now it's presumably original as it's slotted to slip over and pass round the foresight and the cocking lever. I'm taking the gun apart to restore it, but can't seem to find how the silencer fits. No sign of a grub screw, so is it just pushed in place and presumably loctited. Obviously doesn't screw on as it won't turn with the sight and underlever there.

    Ive searched online, but can't find a single reference to anything similar other than that I gather they're quite rare?

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  2. JD

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    It's a push friction fit, it shouldn't be glued on, but with some silencers for the Superstar,

    you had to remove the underlever retaining pin to fit the mod, then refit the pin .
     
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    So which way was the mod attached ?
     
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    Who knows! It's still not off. Haven't had much time to look at it recently. Did manage to get the plate off under the foresight with a torx bit. Very tight, but got it out. It wasn't holding the silencer on in any way. Under leaver latch doesn't pass through it so that's not holding it on. Gave it a couple of taps with a hammer and block of wood, but nothing doing. Will get some heat on it next. It's either just very very tight or it's loctited on.
     
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    I used to have a Superstar and the moderator screwed into the end of the barrell!


    There was a removable crown plug fitted which you unscrewed before fitting the mod.

    Have you taken off the foresight and then tried getting the mod off?

    If you think the mod had been loctited on then you can usually break the locktite seal with the GENTLE application of heat to the mod.

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    Yea, as above post. Foresight off, checked again for grub screws, and that the under leave catch doesn't hold it on as suggested earlier. Haven't got a photo of top and bottom, but it would be obvious if you could see it. Silencer is slotted at top to clear the sight, and at bottom to clear the latch. Loctite or simply a tight friction fit are the only things that can be holding it on.

    As as far as I know, the mk2 had the screw-in plug and silencer. The mk1 didn't. (Which in the absence of knowing any better is what I'm assuming I have). Technically this could be screwed on but I doubt they'd design it so you had to remove foresight and latch every time you wanted it on or off. They would also have to be certain that the slots lined up correctly when fitted. Seems unlikely. Push-fit is what I reckon. Next stop is gentle application of a blow-lamp. If I can get latch out it would help, as with it in all I can do is pull, can't twist to help it off.
     
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    Ive got the same make of silencer fitted to my Hw77, it needs a very good tug to remove it from the forsight/underlever catch unit.

    Wearing rubber gloves gives you a good grip when trying to remove a push fit silencer. ; )
     
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    Already posted this on the main thread about the resto, but just to confirm, attachment was barely half an inch onto barrel. No loctite or anything worse thankfully. Blowtorch waved at it for a couple of minutes to expand it, and sharp tap with a block of wood had it off no bother. Will heat it again to replace it.
     

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