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Changing To Left Hand

Discussion in 'Technical' started by BLoBacK, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. BLoBacK

    BLoBacK Engaging Member

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    A friend of mine has a right handed Air Arms s400 . Trouble is, he,s left handed . He wants to know how to change the bolt over to suit a lefty. Has anyone done this? If so what is needed to carry out this procedure ?
     
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    The short version is - a lot. From what I have read, strip down, swap cocking pin to the other side, get hold of a left handed bolt and it’s done (sounds ok, but quite a bit of work involved)

    I am a lefty and prefer the cocking bolt on right when off the bags or bipod :D
     
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    I am a lefty and prefer the cocking bolt on right when off the bags or bipod.

    Ditto.
     
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    Yep, got it. He just needs to buy the left handed bolt handle. I,d forgotten the blanking pin . Thanks for reminding me.
     
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    I know nothing about it but I thought there would be more to it than just swapping the bolt handle, doesn't everything then move the opposite way?
    No idea what I'm on about but makes sense in my head :D
     
  6. Pete236

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    It's not that much work really.

    Take the barrel band off, take the breech block off the action.

    Remove bolt handle and take out the Allen bolt which is screwed into the the bolt which engages the hammer.

    In the breech block part is a pin which prevents the bolt from rotating the 'wrong' way. Remove this (I guess it's a tight fit and will need drifting out) and re-insert on the other side. Rebuild everything and away you go.

    I've seen some use the R/H bolt handle upside-doen on the L/H side. I'm not sure but I think some aftermarket bolts can be fitted either way round.
     
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    That just untangled the mess I had going on in my brain when thinking about. Thank you
     
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    As per this thread the bolt handle can be stripped and re-assembled to suit LH operation, meaning in principal the action's orientation can be altered with no additional parts. Of course the issue of the stock remains, which wants replacing rather than butchering ;)
     
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    No worries! I'm one of those that is always stripping and tinkering with their rifles, I've had mine apart so many times now that I can practically do it blindfold!
     
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    As above, the screw that holds the bolt handle on also locks the lever's orientation. Once the bolt handle is off the gun (usually requires some heat) the lever cab be pulled out of the head and reinserted from the other side. That's the easy bit, though as it invariably involves applying heat, its best done with the action removed from the stock unless you like charred edges to the stock! You have to remove the stock anyway to gain access to the pin. If you have anti-tamper fitted it doubles the complexity and difficulty.

    Rob.
     
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    Get him to have a go with it as is, I'm a lefty but prefer my cocking bolt on the right for various reasons. You never know it might not be an issue. That said, it's not a huge job to swap it over at all.
     
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    My mate has just been for a cuppa and a chat. I explained to him what is required to do the changeover and he decided it was too much hassle. So, thanks folks for your input .
     
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