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Advice Rapid Air Weapons HM 1000 Hunter

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by the ratcher, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. the ratcher

    the ratcher Engaging Member

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    Hi everyone I am looking for a new .22 Rifle that can be easily converted to FAC in the future. I have always liked the Theoben Rapids but have struggled to find one second hand in good condition. After driving about 300 miles in the last couple of months to look at so called very good condition Rifles priced between £600-£800 I have decided to go for a new one. Since Theoben are no longer trading I have been looking at the Rapid Air Weapons HM 1000 hunter priced at £1199.

    RAW_HM1000.jpg Just wondering if anyone on here has one what the build quality and accuracy is like. Thanks in anticipation.
     
  2. john79

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    don't ya fancy 1 of these there the same price [​IMG]

    atb john.
     
  3. Accuspell

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    The RAW rifles are proving their accuracy and quality around the globe. In the South African national benchrest 9 of the top 10 places went to RAW 1000s, OK in the target stock, but the action and workings are the same - I think the hunter has shorter barrel and a sporting stock, otherwise they are the same qualty. Mike Tawn is also a very well known name in the airgun industry and is a good man to deal with.

    Impact Air - I wouldn't be spending the price of a second hand Rapid on one of their new, pedigree unknown rifles, let alone the same price as a proven RAW. I think the RAW is far more worth the money than a Daystate of that price. I do know that several Impacts have had to go for repair by one of the known Rapid men to make them work properly already........
     
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  4. milek

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    I watch two guys on the circuit do exceptionally well with their TM1000's so if they are anything to go by I would think the Hunter is something to look forward to.
     
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    sent to 1 of the known rapid men for repair really? wouldn't you send it back to the manufactures under warranty?
     
  6. Accuspell

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    To Darrin? Not on your nelly!
     
  7. john79

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    I quite like the raw rifle's , do they have to go back to the state's for warranty repair's or do tawn's sort any niggle's out?
     
  8. john79

    john79 Big Poster

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    lol... why not ,who would you send it to then?
     
  9. Accuspell

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    To be honest I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole from the outset (but I AM a Rapid fan - early Rapid that is, which has been properly sorted, with special valve and hammer improvements from one of the "backyard shed improvers" whose work is world reknowned, sought after and trusted.) If I was given one and it needed work on it - I would send it to KevG - he will improve it over and above what the factory can do. He will even fix the built-in problems with the regulator, both of them, which were the same problems in the reg of the Rapid that is an easy fix, but are fundamental flaws.

    If you want to find out how well the after sales service is going to be from Impact - talk to Lloyd at Blackpool Air Rifles......have a look at what is said on BAR website/facebook. Although it has probably been taken down by now.
     
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    back on topic ... tawn's website say's it will do 200 shot's in .22 cal ...don't say the size of buddy bottle tho ?or size of barrel.
     
  11. Accuspell

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    400cc 16" barrel - that is not brilliant.My .20 will do 360 GOOD shots from the same size bottle with the fettling that has taken place. No reg.
     
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    yep I seen and read all that rubbish lol , soon got deleted on face book and on the *** ,there arnt any flaw's with the internal's they have phild's reg's n valve's inside
     
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    that's not a 400 cc bottle on there ,I think they are a strange size 300cc maybe?
     
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    Each to their own, but why do some people like such ugly rifles? Any rifle with a massive black bottle stuck to it is damn fugly in my book. I am more in favour of traditional sporter air rifles. FUGLY AS ECK :puke:
     
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    the bottle is 360cc
    I wouldn't bother paying over a grand for a rifle to then have it
    converted to fac you'll be losing alot of money. There was an fac s stype on one of the well
    known sales sites. Looked smart aswell. They are there mate. Worth waiting i reckon until something pops up:)
     
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    Am I reading this as you would send it to Darrin but not the manufacturer or not on your nelly to Darrin?
     
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    both I think ...lol
     
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    Spellin mistake - not the Darrin that runs XTX....but Darren who is the forman at Impact and was at Theoben (some say the reason Theoben became so unreliable - get a good one and it was good, but as many were poor and then the after sales service was asgood as the rifle that came in needing it.

    As one wag put it: Darren is to customer service, what King Herod was to child protection.
     

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