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MK2 Theoben Rapid .22 FAC update

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by neiled, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. neiled

    neiled Donator

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    I've owned the Rapid for about 3 weeks now and although I've taken it out twice to test fire and zero it's not been tried out in the field yet. First impressions after selling my previous FAC Daystate Airwolf weren't too good as I found it very, very loud and not the easiest to load or cycles so things weren't looking too good. I put it over the chrono and was shocked to see it was running at 48.5fpe which along with a SAK mod being fitted didn't help the loud crack coming from it.

    After joining the Rapid owners forum and reading up for hours on other new owners findings I posted an introduction and couldn't believe the amount of positive and helpful responses I've had to include a senior member offering me the chance to meet up and he'd have a quick look at it for me :up:. After meeting up with him he reduced the power to a more reasonable 34fpe and made my day by telling me I'd bought a "gud 'un" with no major problems although the block was a bit noisy and would benefit from one of the "Rapid gurus" looking at it for me.

    In the meantime I've bought AWT reflex and Weihrauch silencers to try, a weaver rail and zeroed the MTC Viper 10x44 scope at 48 yards giving me 1" groups which is pretty good.

    Yesterday I made a 4 hour round trip to meet up with KevG, a well respected and knowledgeable "Rapid Guru" who proceed to strip it down to a bare block in minutes, half of the time not even looking at it and whilst talking to me :eek:. Then the magic began as he started rebuilding it using some of his own internals made on the lathe I was standing next to.

    Half an hour later it was test firing a string of pellets at 33fpe and I couldn't believe just how quiet it was :eek:! Gone was the loud crack replaced by a much quieter phutt from the muzzle and nothing from the block (Weihrauch mod fitted). Various other tests were carried out to make sure everything was working as it should then I was on my way home, very, very happy.

    Today the testing begins and I can't wait to go out and get it zeroed and set up for how I want it then (unlike most other Rapid owners it would appear :rolleyes:) it will be left alone with no further fettling or adjusting as all I need is an accurate, quiet and efficient rifle for hunting at ranges up to 60 yards and where RF can't be used.

    Two big, big thanks go out to the members of the R7OC forum and even more so to KevG, what a magician and thoroughly decent bloke :)

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  2. Accuspell

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    There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING to compare to a well sorted Rapid. They did not gain the reputation and hold the value they do for nothing....the other rifle makers are still trying to catch up, 25 years later.:D

    You will get to realise just how far ahead of the game Theoben were in the late 1980s early 1990s - just enjoy the superlative shooting you are now going to have. As one of those "gurus" said on the R7OC: Your old Airwolf would be OK to prop open the boot of the car while the Rapid owner worked on his rifle in the field and got it going again! You probably won't even need a seal for at least 10 years now.

    Good move. Enjoy.
     
  3. warrenater

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    glad you are sorted neiled , i would not part with mine although if i came across a good 21" barrel i would go for it as mine has a 16 " and i would like to try something a bit longer .
     
  4. Accuspell

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    21" IS VERY UNWIELDLY. Oops. I have a 16" on the .20 and 19" on the .22, even the 19" is noticably less pointable. If you weren't so far away I would say come and try it before you make a deciaion - yes the longer barrel uses less air (or generates more power for the same air) but the handling does suffer. I wouldn't go longer than 19".
     
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    Great result
    KevG sounds like a top bloke , a great ambassador for air rifle shooters
     
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    Mines got a 19" barrel and feels quite long compared to my other rifles (14" & 16" RF) so I wouldn't like to go any longer. I would have preferred to use the AWT silencer as it's a reflex so was nearly 3" shorter than the Weihrauch when fitted but it wasn't anywhere near as quiet so I won't be using it.
     
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    Can't praise him high enough, a very knowledgeable, helpful and down to earth guy.
     
  8. buffy vampire slayer

    buffy vampire slayer LOW BELLEND THRESHOLD

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    yep,he's a top man is kev and he's only 10 mins down the road from me.
     
  9. Accuspell

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    Oh dear - does that mean you are coffee logged and out of biscuits? :D
     
  10. warrenater

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    top bloke , i must admit i do like it as it is and have enough air per fill for my needs , i was just wondering if i might get more accuracy as i do think it could be improved its dead tight out to 70 but starts to open up after that .
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    its not me i dont think cos this is the ranger out at 100 yards , i had to do a bit of range time last week as i lost my rear lens cap last week and all my dial in info was written on it :(.atb gary.
     
  11. The Robin

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    Glad it's sorted and running sweet, a fettled rapid is a joy to shoot, enjoy :up:
     
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    Well done mate you took it to the right guy with kev.

    Happy hunting mate.
     
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    Good news. One of the great things about the shooting fraternity is that everyone is normally only too pleased to help a brother in trouble. I continue to be amazed at the friendly and helpful folks around - (with a few exceptions) :up:
     
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    I've just been out to quickly test and re-zero the scope and here are the first results at 50 yards off shooting sticks :D

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    The white spots are 1" diameter and I used the spot on the left (which was at the top) first and as you can see it was shooting low and to the left but then some 8 or 9 pellets later it wasn't far off. The bottom spot was then used for a 6 shot group which together with the rifle now being so much quieter leaves me absolutely chuffed (disregard the 2 low holes as they were from a previous session).
     

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