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Question BSA xl tactical, good starter gun?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ado1379, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Ado1379

    Ado1379 Well-Known Member

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    Hi all, I'm getting back into this lovely sport and I'm talking to a guy selling his xl tactical. I have owned one before but didn't take it out much so I'm wondering if anyone ha had any really bad experiences with them? And before you ask... it's a British made one :) thanks guys.
     
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    Hi mate i got one in 22 build quality was poor was told it was british made by shop looked up serial numbers found out it was spanish made took it back the swaped it for a trully british made one straight away could see it was better put together i got all excited with my beautiful new gun took it to range the next week litrally after 100 pels it got stuck in the cocked posistion wouldnt fire or un cock managed to get the pel out but then had to take it to shop on bus still cocked decide that was enough to make me pay the extra for the hw 97k
     
  3. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    The British ones are Censored, the Spanish ones are worse. I think you'll find those with anything positive to say about them are distinctly in the minority.

    The guns are overpriced, over-marketed rubbish that should be avoided like the plague - buy a Weihrauch or Air Arms instead ;)
     
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  4. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    For less money buy an HW99, similar money buy an HW95, both better, much much better!

    BAR Prices Lightning £276, HW99 £206, HW95 £295.

    The HW has a much better trigger, is much more well made and will last a damned site longer!
     
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  5. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    I had an Xl tactical, I sent it to Neil Price to get a vmach spring fitted. It went away a **** rifle, it came back a brilliant rifle!

    while Neil was working on it, he did say that It shouldn't of left the bsa factory the way it was!!

    HW all the way:)
     
  6. slipperyeel1

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    Weirauch any day.....
     
  7. Ado1379

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    Cheers guys! Probably saved me a lot of money here, suppose I'll save up my pennies and see what pops up then! I don't know why I was under the impression they were a pretty solid rifle? ;)
     
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    I've got a .22 Lightning XL Tactical, it doesn't come easy but I'd have to say get a Weihrauch.
    Mines fine, but only because I've done the work on it to make it the way it should have been when it left the factory, shame, but there it is.

    That thing that scottyrob mentioned about getting it stuck in the cocked position, it's usually because one of the pins in the trigger has shifted to the side & the trigger is awry, they're only held in place by the stock...
     
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    The XL tactical is a ok gun and the Jon Sykes stock is a cracking piece of design but its not going to compare to a Weihrauch
     
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    I had an Xl tactical....very rough to shoot with a lot of twang!!!.. Soon sold on....bought a tx200 and it's like night and day!!!..
     
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    Theres a tx200 for sale on here for 280 posted
     
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    that ones got a left handed stock mind!
     
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    Sorry didnt read that
     
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    Thanks for the help guys, really appreciate the heads up... I have taken your advice, got my eyes on a HW97K :)
     
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    I've had four, and have managed to make one good one out of all of them. They need a lot of fettling but can be turned into a very good rifle, but you can spend a lot of time and money doing it.

    The 97 is a far better choice.
     
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    Have the GR version. Best gun I've owned and have owned a few. Will never part with it. Looking into getting a walnut stock for it as I have the tactical stock, it's nice but fancy the walnut one.
     

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