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Inherited air cylinder - pictures attached

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by harrys66, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. harrys66

    harrys66 Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I am new to this forum and have little air gun experience. I have recently inherited various air gun items from my Dad and am getting round to selling them. I now have an air rifle (Theoben - rapid mk2) and also an air cylinder. I am unsure of the details of the air cylinder and if its worth anything.

    I see the canister says 12.2 L on the side and it appears to be past its test date. It looks like it expired Dec 05.

    So basicially, my questions are, is this worth anything and does it matter than its past its expiry date? If so, where are good places to sell this, is it ok to sell expired bottles?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Below are some pictures:


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  2. jolo-bolo

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    Spend £40 get a retest that's a no brainier retests cost different prices shop around our local one cost £25 fire extinguisher company.
     
  3. oliver13

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    That looks like a 232 bar cylinder with a diving type valve. OP means Operating Pressure, there'll be another value stamped somewhere, probably TP for Test Pressure, & about 340bar.

    That's not too brilliant, it needs a test every 21/2 years & 232bar means a limited no. of refills. I'd look carefully at the value of second hand ones before I invested in a test, they can be quite low. It's OK to sell an expired one, but obviously you need to mention this.

    Condolences on your Dad by the way.
     
  4. cloverleaf

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    Sorry to hear about your old chap.

    You should find all you need to know about cylinders here. In short it looks like an old (1988), possibly ally 232bar cylinder with a sub-surface (2.5yr test) valve; which ain't worth a lot. You could get it tested but are unlikely to get your money back IMO, plus there's always the hassle involved and the chance that it will fail.

    FWIW I'd remove the pressure gauge assy from the top and sell it separately (£25-30) and bang the bottle on ebay at 99p no reserve being totally honest about the pressure and test date. I've sold a few next-to-worthless cylinder on ebay for far more than they're worth thanks to bidding frenzies by the uneducated (not that I'd ever take the p*ss by advertising them at such prices).

    As a private individual it's perfectly legal to sell an out-of-test cylinder.

    IMO as it stands the whole lot's not worth much more than the gauge assy alone; on ebay I'd expect the cylinder on it's own to make £20-30+, depending :)

    Finally, on the unlikely offchance that the Rapid is left-handed, I'd very much appreciate first dibs please ;)
     
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  5. splat

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    does it have air in it, can see gauge showing zero.....if its been emptied and left for a long time you could have internal problems (condesation/rust) caused when pressure drops really low (sub 10 bar)...worst case is if left empty with valve open...bit of a gamble if unsure of its history. good luck.
     
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    Wouldn't the gauge only show pressure of the hose? Or is that only the other type of bottle?
     
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    depends on setup of hose, can be customised how you like. if it's got on/off valve at end, then it could be used to check cylinder contents without connecting to gun....otherwise would just blast out to atmosphere.
     
  8. harrys66

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    I'm not sure, do you know how I would check? I'm not really sure how to operate it.
     

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