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Desperately seeking quiet garden plinker

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by JohnS, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. JohnS

    JohnS Member

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    I am still pursuing my search for a 'silent' pistol for occasional plinking in the garden - you know, the one that gives out a neighbour friendly 'phut'. So far I have fitted a silencer to my Smith & Wesson 686, still too noisy. I then bought a s/hand Webley Alecto a lovely pistol for the club range but does not feature the latest threaded barrel. Yes I know I can replace the barrel with a threaded version but at £80 this seems a bit steep and with no guarantee of success.


    On the basis I may be third time lucky (and with a depleting bank balance) I've been considering the Crosman 2240. I am told that the front sight is easily removed and then a slip on silencer can be held in place with a grub screw. The simplicity has strong appeal to me. Can anyone confirm that this would achieve the result I'm looking for ? Though presumably with the loss of open sights I would have to fork out for a pistol scope which seems a little over the top for targets at 10yds or less. I quite like the idea of blinging up the 2240, walnut grips, etc as and when my finances recover.


    I would have thought my wish for a moderately powered quiet garden plinker was shared by many others and therefore an attractive item for gun manufacturers to add to their product range. Maybe there is such a pistol already available, if so could someone point me in the right direction ?

    JohnS
     
  2. Greg1983

    Greg1983 Busy Member

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    the rat catchers are a great garden gun sound wise, as you already know these are easy to fit a silencer on.. be it an adapter or a slip on :) only down side to a ratty is the endless modding options! which can turn into an addiction and will leave you with a ratty that's cost you the same amount as a decent pcp rifle would!
     
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    I fitted a Whisperer silencer to mine, and cut and shaped the foresight to glue onto the silencer mount. It`s not silent, but is very quiet.
     
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    I would get an adaptor or a new barrel for the Alecto,it will be cheaper as there's no CO2,probably higher accuracy and a better trigger.
     
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    And don`t forget the cost of co2 capsules- I`m a bit skint at the mo` (long story!) and can`t really justify buying any. The money you`ll pay for a 2240 would cover the cost of the barrel you mentioned. I`m sure, if you asked, that someone here has put one on their Alecto.
    And don`t forget the inevitable cost of Crosmanitis!
     
  6. JohnS

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    Err, many thanks for your reply guys but I still can't decide what to do. I don't want to risk a load of cash on mods or new pistol and not get the result I'm looking for. Perhaps I'll remain sitting on the fence for a while - keep my powder dry as a very good friend advises.

    JohnS
     
  7. davymole

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    having had a CP88 and a 2250 neither could be classed as silent by any means,if its stealth as so not to annoy the neighbours try a HW 45 or the cheaper HW40 .No co,2 caplets to buy the same power levels all the year round well worth a look plus a good pellet stop
     
  8. JohnS

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    Thanks to a link on another thread I have discovered I can send the barrel from my Alecto to www.airgunner.biz and for £25 they will thread it to take a silencer adapter. Obviously this is a more attractive option than buying a new threaded barrel for £80.

    Many thanks to all for responding to my post.

    JohnS
     
  9. edtwozeronine

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    I love my Alecto since getting one, but it makes one hell of a crack from 1-3 pumps with no silencer. 3 being very loud indeed, which is fun at the club!:D

    My Tempest is fairly quiet for what it is, but it's not as uber accurate. (Or maybe it's just me and open sights?:rolleyes:)
     
  10. Dag

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    My HW45 is a great pistol but in all fairness I couldn't call it anywhere near silent or getting anywhere near stealthy.
    Dag
     
  11. mickson

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    I use a Gamo Compact very quiet, and very accurate, ...mike...
     
  12. doodsy

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    considered the crosman 1377, variable power and not noisy especially on lower
    power usage, accurate, and can be fitted with the shoulder stock if wanted and then
    you have a nice little carbine.
     
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    In one of those impulse moments I set to yesterday and modified my Alecto and was successful in making a significant reduction in noise level. Working with a set of metric taps and dies and a small lathe, a legacy from my model engineering days, I threaded the barrel end, turned and threaded an adapter in brass to fit a silencer previously supplied by Mattyts (forum member) for another project. An M12 tap conveniently rethreaded the 1/2" UNF fixing.


    Bingo ! Not exactly silent but a very subdued neighbour friendly 'phut'. Sorted, thanks everyone for your ideas and encouragement.
     
  14. DaveSlain

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    Cool, I'd like to see some pics of that.
     
  15. trumpetier

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    my dads crosman 1377 is pretty quiet with only 3 pumps, which is ideal for garden plinking
     
  16. sharpsman

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    My 1377 cracked like a rimfire, i had a brass foresight come silencer adaptor made up and its almost silent now and as far as pistols go really accurate and is ideal for close range rat shooting around the piggery.
     
  17. Honest Bob

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    So would I.
     
  18. trumpetier

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    strange..i was shooting my dads 1377 today and its very quiet....my 1322 on the other hand is a bit noisier
     
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    They do get louder with more pumps. I usually only use three pumps which is enough for 21 feet plus. That's quiet enough to allow me to shoot through the night if I can't sleep. Tip. Two pumps with a cleaned barrel will shoot straight at 6yd. If pellet drops at that distance, it gets a pull through clean. ATB. Pete.
     

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