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Rowan Engineering QB/XS/78/79 Multishot Magazine

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Biffo1262, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Biffo1262

    Biffo1262 Active Member

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    I have today received the prototype Rowan Engineering multishot magazine for the QB/XS/78/79 CO2 rifles. Below is a link to the photos.


    http://community.webshots.com/album/562099648lAbLBj

    Needless to say, it works perfectly on the QB but I had to make a slight alteration to make it fit my XS78 as well. The XS78 rail is ever so slightly wider than the QB78's. That problem will now be sorted at the factory and the magazine fits both superbly. I already have the S400 version and it just struck me that with not too much modifying it would fit the '78 as well. The guys at Rowan's took it up and produced the prototype for me to test. Superb! It works just as smoothly as the S400 version and I now have the benefit of two magazines as well! :) There are many thousands of these popular CO2 guns about and many have been converted to PCP's. I really wish the guys at Rowan Engineering all the luck in the world for having the nouce to listen to their customers and act on it. They now have a massive worldwide market to get their teeth into and I'm sure we can all help by passing the word on! :up::D

    http://www.rowanengineering.com./index.htm
     
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  2. Rockabilly

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    sounds good , but how much are the mags?
     
  3. a1gunner

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    probably not much less than a "propper multishot rifle"
    take the S400 model and buy a magasine kit foe it it wont be that much less so you may as well spend a little more and get the real deal.

    if you already have it though then i guess it makes more sense to buy a kit rather than selling up and upgrading
     
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    mag

    tep wot price
     
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    Right sorry a bit slow here, is this a multi-shot kit for the QB range:rolleyes:?
     
  6. Biffo1262

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    Rowan Engineering first produced a rotary magazine for the S400. They now use the same magazine with separate brackets for the S200 and the QB/XS/AR range of rifles. The comment has been made to buy the real deal BUT the way Rowan Engineering are Forging ahead there are likely to be many more rifles this same rotary magazine will fit albeit with a different bracket (which will be available separately as is the rotary magazine). To me, the advantage of being able to do that FAR outweighs spending money on the 'real deal' and like me if you have both the S400 and the XS78 - double bonus - two mags. One guy who has been in touch has six, yes six QB's now that has to be a bonus to him. Six brackets and two or three rotary magaxines and he's laughing. He doesn't even have to do that really as one bracket can be moved from one gun to the other with an Allen key and one Allen nut in seconds. So you can see the distinct advantage of buying the 3rd party Rowan interchangeable magazine over a rifle manufacturers fixed one. :D

    http://www.rowanengineering.com./index.htm
     
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    Yes but........HOW MUCH???:confused:
     
  8. a1gunner

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    i think the s400 one retails at £55
     
  9. Rockabilly

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    about £30;)
     
  10. Biffo1262

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    No - as per the Rowan Website the S400 magazine sells in the UK at £50 full inclusive of VAT & delivery. I would presume that the QB magazine would be abou the same even though there is slightly more material in the QB magazine bracket.
     
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    One can only hope. As with anything and any company developed and setup from scratch, R&D & setup costs have to be taken into account. As with all things new - if you wanna be the first to have, you end up paying the premium price. Anyone remember how much single speed cd writers were when they first came out? I do and it was many hundreds of pounds! :eek: Look at them now! Taking all this into account it makes £50 for a magazine seem positively insignificant.
     
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    it seems a lot when you can buy the rifle for not much more than £55
     
  13. Biffo1262

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    Yup but that just means the rifle is exceptionally cheap. But heres a thought for you. Who did the R&D on that gun - it was Crosmans and Crosmans still charge over £150 for it's equivalent. Why is the QB so cheap? Because it is poorly engineered and put together with cheap labour and of a design in which they had no input or costs during the R&D stage. It's us, the owners that turn into something special. How much do you think the gun would retail at given how much care and time you have put into it? Sure, it CAN be a very good gun but it's nowhere near as in the same class as the Rowan Magazine when it comes out of the factory. You get what you pay for in my opinion.
     
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    i think if you want a multishot you're better off taking the plunge and getting a propper one.

    or a logun solo or S200/400 with a mag kit
     
  15. Biffo1262

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    The point is that many people don't want a multishot. Mainly FT competitiors but they do want the option. That's precisely why the Rowan Multishot for the S400 has been such a roaring success. As regards the QB series and it's variations, believe me there are probably more people in the World that own these guns than all the other airguns put together they are that popular, there is no multishot option, till now. The photos on the website have taken 2,157 hits in less than three days. If just a fraction of those and the enquiries that have been made turn in to firm orders (people have tried but there is NO advance order book) this magazine will continue it's runaway success. It's all a matter of personal choice.
     
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    i agree that they are a good idea but if you want a multishot then you are better off getting a proper job like
     

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