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Help needed - stirrup pump doesn't seem to work?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Beachcomber, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Beachcomber

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    Just got a second hand stirrup pump which I saw working when I bought it.

    Trying to charge my nice new AT-44 I just don't seem to be able to get it to work?

    The cylinder has around 100 bar already in it but when the probe is inserted the pump gauge downs't read anything. Pumping also doesn't do anything.

    Bleed screw is all teh way in - what am I missing? :eek:
     
  2. Pidlar

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    You'll need quite a vigorous blast of air from the pump to open the valve on the cylinder. Until this happens the gauge will read nowt on the pump. If the pump expels air through the whip ok when it isn't in the rifle I'd say you just need to pump harder initially.

    I forgot to add that the gauges on the gun aren't always accurate you might have less air than you think. Try cocking the action first.
     
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  3. Beachcomber

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    Got it! Bit of PTFE on the threads and a more vigorous action have done it!

    Just filled 2 rifles - now off to the spinal unit! By 'eck that's a workout.
     
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    Cool glad you've sorted it mate,enjoy your new frequent training regime lol :D
     
  5. timmytree

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    Not sure how often you've used a pump but technique is everything! Do as much of the work as you can with your knees particularly on the downstroke, that way you're using more of your bodyweight to do the hard bit. Go slowly and stop every few minutes to let you and the pump cool down if needed.
    Find the sweetspot on your gun, how many shots from what pressure and only fill to that point so as to save energy.
    Then think of the money saving and the free cardio vascular workout you're getting, you'll be rich and live to be a 100 years old! :D
     
  6. Relgubmot

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    With that AT44 as well mate, make sure the holes on the fill adapter are lined up side-to-side if you get my drift, made that mistake myself a couple of times. Fill it to 180ish.
     
  7. Shropshire Shooter

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    You might need a vigorous blast of air to close the exhaust valve if the cylinder is empty (although cocking the action will usually close it) - the gauge should show the pressure in the whip rising quickly (because you're only pressurising the whip) until the fill valve opens (you'll probably hear a 'click' or 'ping' noise) - then the gauge will move more slowly as you're pressurising the much larger volume of the cylinder.
     

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