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Falcon pf25-cm review

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by i8allthepies, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. i8allthepies

    i8allthepies Posting Addict

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    This is a review of my latest acquisition and my first PCP - the Falcon Prairie PF25-Cm multishot, it's also my first review so please be kind!

    Overview
    I suppose the obvious pun is to say out of the ashes of Titan rose Falcon (not Phoenix), but it is true to say that this is where the lineage can be traced back to. Now that Falcon is under the wing of NSP, the parent company of Air Arms, it's future should be looking rosy, and the latest Prairie models, which divide into B or C models according to barrel type, 18 or 25 inch barrel, beech, walnut, or profile stock, and single or multishot options, then John Cooper's design talents should be able to attract a wide cross section of airgunners.

    Action, Fit, and Finish 10/10
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    Apart from the shooting range, this is where you'd expect a Falcon rifle to score highly, and this one doesn't disappoint. As can be seen, there are no visible screwheads, fixings, or bare metal on the action, the finish is satin smooth and the blueing deep and rich.
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    The bolt slips back and forward with a satisfying 'snick' as the next pellet is chambered from the 8-shot magazine, which is now cast ally and a great improvement on the plastic affair, which also needed a plate to stop pellets dropping straight through, and is, apparently, still available!?!
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    The classy chequering and quality timber on the stock owe everything to the shared parentage with Air Arms and bears direct comparison with the AA S510 which rolls out of the same factory. Praise indeed! Love the rosewood capping on the grip!

    Accuracy 10/10
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    Like many modern PCP's, this rifle is capable of far greater accuracy than I am. The C model has a match - grade barrel by Walther, and therefore should be equally at home punching paper, shooting FT / HFT, or just going hunting. I chose a Hawke Eclipse 3-9x50 IR Mildot scope as ideal for my type of shooting. and after getting zeroed at 30 yds I was getting sub 1" 5-shot groups off a bipod with ease, my best being 9cm c to c. Having this much fun, I was glad of the illuminated reticle on the scope as it was soon twilight. Sorry I couldn't get a better digital picture through the scope, it doesn't do the reticle justice.

    Design, Value For Money 8/10
    The design is traditionalist PCP, but has one weak point in my submiission, and that is the safety catch. The lever is on the wrong side of the rifle for a right hander ie. it's on the left hand side of the trigger. It also looks as though it's been lifted from a parts bin on a production line for a different gun - it doesn't fit in with the styling, but works O.K. Rant over. The charging system on the other hand is excellent. To fill the gun, you twist a cap on the end of the receiver which exposes the filling port, a probe is inserted and the gun charged. Simplicity itself, even for a newbie to pcp like me.
    The pricing pitches it up against it's stablemates from Air Arms, and then BSA, Logun, Brocock and others. In my opinion, it holds it's own in this company, but can't be seen as a steal either.

    Conclusion, overall 9.5/10
    When a design looks right, it usually is, and that is the case with this rifle. On the day I bought it, I looked at perhaps 6 or 8 other rifles, (thanks to the Airgun Centre, Rayleigh), but this is the one that 'felt' right. I paid just over £700 with the scope, 3 litre steel air bottle and charging kit, gunslip, pellets etc. Not exactly cheap, but I don't feel it's overpriced either. To use a cliche, it really is tack-drivingly accurate and is beautifully made, and one of it's appeals to me is that they are not owned by the world and it's wife like the Air Arms S410 (great gun though that is). Hope that doesn't sound perverse. The hardest choice for me was between this and the PF18, it's shorter - barreled brother. I hope that what I lose in ease of handling, I gain in accuracy, although that may not be the case. I've only owned the rifle three weeks, I'll perhaps do an update when I've had it a year.

    Thanks for reading my review, hope you liked it.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  2. Andy

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    Nice review Davy, :):up:
    Not sure if you wanted to get images to display between the paragraphs, but you could link to the attachments and get them to display with the IMG code.
     
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    good review:up:
     
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    Thanks Andy,
    Yes, that was what I was trying to do but sorry but that went over my head!
     
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    Thanks, A1
     

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