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FAC Rapid losing air.

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by Harwich Shooter, May 24, 2015.

  1. Harwich Shooter

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    Still on my learning curve. I think I have just done a whoopsy with my FAC rapid. b*****r b*****r

    It has just had some work done to it and I received it back in lovely condition. very sweet.

    Well just to prove that a Rapid is not idiot proof, this is what then transpired.....................

    I removed the 500cc buddy bottle from the action, dry fire, unscrew a bit dry fire etc.

    I have to remove the buddy bottle to fit the action to the stock because of the quick fill arrangement.

    I then fitted the action to the stock.

    I then re fitted the bottle without cocking the action. I did not realise that this should be done. I do now if this is correct (after some google research).

    I put the rifle in the gunsafe overnight and got it out this afternoon. No air!

    I then tried to refil via the quick fil and it is obvious with a bit of fairy liquid that I have a small leak from the end of the barrel.

    Have I bent the stem? and what other damage have I possibly done.

    Also, is it safe to dry fire a FAC rapid?

    I feel a right t*t.
     
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  2. Tripleteer

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    Make sure that there are no burrs on the reg valve mating face! And the mating face of your buddy bottle, I had the same thing with my Superten yesterday, a half moon burr on the reg mating face! My rifle too lost all its air, it's now Perfect!!
     
  3. Harwich Shooter

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    Thanks for your reply. The air is escaping out of the end of the barrel, not from the interface between the buddy bottle and the fast flow.

    Just been reading up some more. It appears that the valve stem was probably bent when I dry fired the action with the 500cc bottle removed. Is the probable/likely? if this is the case, i have just proved that the FAC rapid is not idiot proof.
     
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    If u have dry fired it withno buddy bottle on there's a very good chance you have bent your valve stem in fac powers the springs are heavy duty so can easily bend the stem even tho the return spring is there the air pressure behind the valve stabilises the valve on impact from the hammer hope this helps


    Does philD not do the titanium valve stem valves no more these won't bend are guaranteed not too with replacements given free if they ever do ??????
     
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  5. Harwich Shooter

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    Thanks Dave. That is exactly what I have done. Bent the stem.

    Lesson learnt and I have been put right. Will never do that again. I just wanted to hear the action with no air......whoops.

    As I type, I have a new, stronger stem on its way to me from Carl at Airtech. Top bloke and a star.
     
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    Worth considering the titanium ones mate tbh for £30 for valve and stem guaranteed for life against bends you can't go wrong never heard of one bending at stupid powers not sure if he gave up lathe work tho use to a bad back but the choice is yours they was listed on eBay
     
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    Thanks Dave. Will go with what is coming and see how I get on.
    ATB Paul
     

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