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Hello and and any help appreciated

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Oldnoob, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Oldnoob

    Oldnoob Newbie

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    Hi all

    After owning an air rifle as a late teen I have decided get back into it. I have recently purchased myself a used BSA lightning from my local gun shop (I know they do not always get favourable reviews but I had a lot of success wih this rifle when I was first shooting) given the fact that I purchased this rifle from my local and highly reputable gun shop do you think I need to a chrono test done it? i am assuming but must admit forgot to ask that the gun shop would have done this prior to selling it.

    i have to say after reading some articles and seeing some pictures that you guys have posted I can't wait to get out again, I just need to try and find some permissions now, I think that is going to be a big challenge.

    any advice offered about my return to this sport will be gratefully received.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    hi mate, and welcome. its illegal for the rfd to sell an overpowered rifle to a non fac registered shooter, so i assume that they will have checked that its under 12ftlb (wont do any harm to check with them tho, and get the paperwork to confirm this if possible).
    i would advise on cleaning the barrel, and trying rws superdome pellets in it as well (unless you know what the previous owner used).
    http://www.gunmart.net/gun_review/bsa_lightening
    apart from that, enjoy and stay safe
     
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  3. oldbugger

    oldbugger Donator

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    as stated above the rfd should ave chrono,d it before sale etc...i must add tho, i had a lightning xl and it was a cracking rifle,..only sold it cos i needed the brass for chrimbo,welcome back to the world of airguns mate
     
  4. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Quite a few rfd's do not chrono check the rifles they sell, it is your backside on the line, not the rfd's so get it checked...
     
  5. David M

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    Welcome to the forum mate, it'll pay you to get any newly acquired airgun chrono'd whatever the previous owner says and with the pellets you intend using as different pellets give different power levels. I personally like to get a rifle running around 11.2-11.4ftlb with a medium weight pellet.

    Good luck with your shooting and hope you get a permission soon.....:up:
     
  6. dengiebob

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    i would say that all air rifle/pistol shooter's need to own or have access to a chrono they are very handy bits of kit. first off the law as people here have all ready said if you go over 12flb you need a F.A.C license which if you do not your braking the law. On the plus side a chrono can tell you many things about your air weapons health ie if seals or springs need attention and with P.C.B weapons you can use a chrono to find the weapons 'sweet' spot which is another story all together
     
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    ive spoken to a fair amount of RFD's in the past as i was sold a rifle once befor that was well over sub12. and the question i asked is the RFD responcable for chron in the rifle. and he said yes but only if the person buying the rifle ask's to see the rifle chrono' other wise the second you leave the shop with said rifle its becomes your responsibility to make sure it is of legal limit. sucks but ive asked around the same question to alot of RFD's and i got the same anser.

    ATB hawkeye
     
  9. Chinnymonster81

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    RFD'S will always try to shift all blame to you but if you were stopped the instant you stepped out of the door after purchase and the rifle was found to be over, you may get away with it but the RFD would be responsible for the unlawful supply of a part 1 firearm and would likely face prosecution. However a day or so later you've had time to tamper and all bets are off. Still with the law in this country who knows, depends who the CPS think is the easier target. Dealer will have insurance to fight in court where as you may not. Although BASC have added 100k legal expenses to their insurance for airgun kinetic energy test failure. All that said buy a chrono and you will have a good idea of what is happening, just remember the only chrono deemed accurate will be the one the police use. Ie both my chronographs show higher readings than my RFD'S skan (go figure). Check, satisfy yourself you are complying with law and get out and enjoy yourself, else you'll get paranoid and spend all your time over a chrono. Atb
     
  10. Egg

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    Welcome aboard :)

    As many have already stated, get the rifle checked on a chrono. Not only will it tell you if the rifle's overpowered but it will also highlight if the rifle's underpowered so you can go back to the shop and say "Hey! This gun's only putting out such & such ft/lb when it's supposed to put out so & so ft/lb!".

    Either way, welcome back to the sport & enjoy safe shooting.
     
  11. Clubshot

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    It is rather a Joke - is you are liable for the power of the Gun

    But beeen stating for years that All owners should get Dealer to Chrono it with your choice of pellets before parting with payment

    As technically once you leave the Shop you are liable -

    Trouble these days they are mass produced and batch tested not each gun before leaving the Factory

    Also with BSA - made for the World so it's fingers crossed it was a UK set one -

    Worth asking Dealer to check it with your chosen pellets

    Or if shooting @ a Club get them to check it - Most Clubs check New users - in time

    Club - Air Gun's are good places for Chats abot Shooting and in most part's of the country

    It's club Members that have tied down most Air Gun Vermon Shoots -

    BOB/R
     
  12. Oldnoob

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    Thanks for the help, info and welcome from all of you. I have since phones dauntsey gun and they have confirmed that no test took place. They were however very understanding of my concerns and said that they will test foc if I take it back in which was very helpful. I will do that and look at investing in a chrono for myself.

    thanks very much all
     

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