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Decocking springers and PCP's - how safe is it?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dag, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. Dag

    Dag Pro Poster

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    Just browsing through the FAQ's of Air Arms Technical info and came across this section on de-cocking their PCP's and springers. I guess I am somewhat concerned over the guidance given for decocking a TX but assume it must be safer than I thought it might be. I would also like reassurance that firing a PCP with the bolt fixed back is ok. Would anyone who has used either method care to comment ?

    34. How do I de-cock my rifle?
    A. We would suggest that it is better to discharge the rifle into soft ground or other safe target rather than de-cocking. With a pre-charged pneumatic rifle you simply hold the lever or bolt back and squeeze the trigger. When the sears release you can slowly close the breech. You will need to be careful not to double load a pellet at this point. The best way not to re-load a multi-shot rifle is to remove the magazine and rotate the pellet carrier back to an empty chamber.
    With spring guns you have to be more careful because of the stored energy of the cocked spring. For the TX and Hunter Carbine rifles.
    1. Re-cock the rifle.
    2. Hold the cocking very securely in your normal cocking hand and with the butt of the rifle secure held under your other arm. Release the safety and squeeze the trigger. At this point the rifle would normal fire so you are now holding the full weight of the main spring on the cocking lever.
    3. Slowly and in a controlled way, start to close the cocking arm.
    4. The compression tube will come up against the secondary safety. When this happens, still holding the cocking arm and main spring, and using your trigger hand, release the secondary safety.
    5. Now slowly close the cocking arm completely.

    The Pro-sport secondary safety is housed under the cocking arm and because of this it is considered better to fire the rifle into soft ground.
    Whatever the case if you de-cock a rifle please be aware there may still be a pellet in the breech

    Obviously the best advice is to fire a rifle into the ground as they suggest.
    Dag
     
  2. mattyts

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    It's perfectly safe if your gun allows it, all traditional PCPs can be decocked but only certain springers without a disengage-able ABT.

    I'm not sure about the firing with the bolt back,I've done it before,the last time I did it,it blew the breach seal out and I spent about 3 days trying to get it back in :rolleyes:
     
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    Can't be done with a Wolverine. The trigger is locked if the bolt is not in the closed position.
     
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    Btw I wouldn't try decocking a Webley tracker, what a ball-acher that is!
     
  5. simonc_here

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    If you pcp rifle supports it, you don't lock the bolt back, you hold it back against the normal cocking spring pressure and then pull the trigger.
    The bolt will then try to move forward under the spring pressure and you will be holding it. Then you just slowly release the pressure on the cocking spring and the bolt can be returned to the normal position.
     
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    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    Why deco I the wolverine it's safe to dry fire but the dog don't like it
     
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    I do this when firing safely into the ground may spook quarry and negotiating obstacles on the farm like ditches etc. You need to get into the habit of getting shot (pun intended :)) of the chambered pellet before putting kit away as it could be dangerous leaving an unseen pellet in the barrel (you may think you are dry-firing your gun and have a nasty shock). No harm has ever come to my rifles doing this. Its a bit of a pain doing this with my S410 though as re-cocking would ordinarily chamber another pellet so I virtually always fire the shot off.

    Mark
     

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