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help im looking for some information on the pro sport

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by valboskie, May 4, 2014.

  1. valboskie

    valboskie Busy Member

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    I have the chance to buy a nice pro sport its a few years old but hardly used
    today at our coub I heard a lot of horror stories about the pro sport.
    can anyone verify if they are true or just one off incidents.

    I was told the cocking lever on most will eventually droop down
    and plenty have snapped all together.

    Also they said they are incredibly hold sensitive and difficult to shoot in .177

    They are basically a tx200 with the cocking lever concealed
    but a full length tx is a better rifle.

    I have to let the owner know tomorrow if I want it.
    I have always liked the look of the pro sport but if it is as bad as I was told
    its not going to be worth it.
    it will be for hft competitions mostly if its hold sensitive tbat could be a problem.

    Does anyone on here own a pro sport or could anyone please comment
    on the statements above.
    cheers
    David
     
  2. Cymru-Dave

    Cymru-Dave Donator

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    I have only ever seen and used one ProSport, probably not the nicest example either, shot ok but I've shot a lot better, and the cocking handle did droop down, but a gorgeous rifle they are, just have a good look at it and see if it fits... I'd get a TX over one though, but my opinions rarely count.
     
  3. Mart61

    Mart61 Pro Poster

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    I've had my pro sport a little while and it's still fine. The cocking lever does not droop on mine. I understand the very early ones did have issues with the lever snapping but the bolt hole on the lever was beefed up to counteract this.

    See the link below for an earlier post I made in this respect.

    http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=881336

    How much is being asked for it?
     
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  4. 1961nuffield

    1961nuffield Honorary Member

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    A good rifle, similar to the tx200, if its in good nick and shoots well I'd consider it.

    John
     
  5. jps norton

    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    In my experience of the ProSport I would say they are the best of the under lever rifles out there.
    I wouldn`t say mine was particularly hold sensitive, well no more than any other springer I`ve owned and mine was .177 too.
    The cocking lever still fitted nice and snug.
    For me the issue was with the weight, I found it a little too heavy but for prone shooting in HFT weight wouldn`t be a problem

    Buy it .... you`ll never know if you like it if you don`t :D
     
  6. valboskie

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I am buying it to replace my tx200 mk3 or it will replace it when I sell on my tx.
    I only considered buying it because someone phoned me to tell me it was available
    and I just sold my venom lazaglide .

    it was just all the negative talk today I heard at our club put me off.
    none of them owned one but one guy works in the shop snd they have had a few back in
    with droop and a grinding noise when cooking.

    How much do you think an unmarked beech pro sport would be worth in .177

    Cheers
    David
     
  7. jps norton

    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    In un-marked condition I`d estimate around £300 - £330
     
  8. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I very nearly got one, then got a full length TX instead. The prosports great, and even better if you dump the metal tophat and spring guide and replace it with Delrin. (Shameless plug!:D) 10% less piston mass has a huge effect on recoil/hold sensitivity.

    You can short stroke it etc, but that starts you down the road of ever diminishing returns. Spend £20 and it shoots noticeably better, another £150 and its harder to tell the difference.....l
     
  9. FPoole

    FPoole Keyboard Hero

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    I owned a PS for a few years and the cocking lever did drop down once. It was just after I opened the gun up to have a look inside. I didn't know that there is a proper technique for putting the lever/rail assembly back in place. Just push the rail forward and hold it there when tightening up the 2 bolts and the lever is fine. AA also offers a replacement spring that goes in the cocking link just for this problem, but my method worked great as well.
     
  10. Dunkman

    Dunkman Posting Addict

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    I have a .177 Pro Sport and these would be my comments

    Re Hold Sensitivity - Never noticed it at all and mine is as accurate as can be and in fact, very forgiving

    Re Lever Droop - I can see how this can happen but it is simply a case of adjustment if it does as it tucks away using an 'over centre' latch so if this becomes loose or out of adjustment I can see the problem happening. Easy to fix and on mine, I carefully assembled and lubed the mechanism so it tucks itself away beautifully.

    Re Lever Snapping - Not a problem as it was only the early ones and they will be fixed by now. Later ones fine.

    I also have a .22 H97K as a comparator to the Pro Sport. 50/50 as to which one I prefer but one observation is the loading port on the Pro Sport is smaller and offset to the right so in .177 it is fiddlier to load than a 97k.
     
  11. cloverleaf

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    I've never owned a PS but have used a few.. I'm not their biggest fan tbh.

    As you say it's basically a TX200 in a more aesthetically pleasing package. While its looks can't be denied, they come at a price.. the location of the lever is inferior to that of the TX in terms of ergonomics during operation, in addition its square edges can make cocking uncomfortable.

    They do suffer from the lever dropping out of the bottom of the stock, but this can be adjusted out so is no big deal. It's also been known for the screw that secures the cocking linkage to the comp. cylinder to come loose, but proper tightening with thread locking compound should sort this.

    The TX has more forward weight which probably helps with stability on standers, and most Pro-Sports have the same guts as the Mk3 TX - i.e. the horribly lithargic and bouncy 96mm stroke; which may be what's got them the hold sensitivity rep. The earlier ones (I think with only two stock screws..?) did have the same, shorter 82mm stroke of the Mk1 / Mk2 TX though.

    In my book the PS v TX argument is purely one of form or function - personally I chose the latter ;)
     
  12. career707lover

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    I had one a few years back, it was in .22. I didnt like it and didnt keep it long. I thought it was over priced and over rated.It was quite heavy for a small rifle and the muzzle report was loud too. Mine also had a dodgy underlever but it didnt snap :eek:

    I ended up selling it as I could shoot better with a rifle that was £300 cheaper (that might have been a lot to do with me being a rubbish shot though :D ) as previously said though it might suit you down to the ground, best have a go and see what you think. Good luck with whatever you decide :)
     

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