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Theoben Imperator / SLR88

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jackroadkill, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Jackroadkill

    Jackroadkill Donator

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    Have just decided that I need one of the above rifles at some point. I can't find much information on them other than the basics. Does anyone know the history of them? I've no idea of how much they go for, but I don't imagine for a moment they'll be cheap. Ifa nyone can tell me anything about them I'd be very grateful.

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    JR
     
  2. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Why not look for the SLR 98 or a BSA Goldstar too? The 98 is literally a more modern reworking of the 88 and the Goldstar is the finest BSA spring powered ever to leave the factory!
     
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    Just got a bit of a thing for the 88 - I like the stock, for example, which looks to be identical to the stock on my Eliminator.
     
  4. JD

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    Along with the Hw90, the Theoben SLR88/98 is the one rifle weihrauch really should have considered taking on and making, maybe in both spring and gasram formats, its the closest us spring gun shooters will get to a semi auto with class.

    I'm sure ive got a makers leaflet somewhere of the SLR, If I can find it Jrk, I'll pop it in the post to you.
     
  5. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Don't forget the Goldstar! BSA's reply which is the finest spring powered gun they ever made!
     
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    there was a minter on *******, the seller wanted offers over 700. you'll only ever see them in .22 aswell. .177 models are like rocking horse ****.
     
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    The SLR 88 imperator is an amazing rifle shouldn't of parted with mine the gold star is awesome too
     
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    I have ever only seen one in the flesh (seen plenty SLR 98's), it was left handed but my . it was mint and I loved it. Was a heavy old lump but built to last and if it had been right handed I would have had to have a very hard think because it was stunning
     
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    One went last week in durham £250 quid
     
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    my . that was cheap, what condition was it?
     
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    Was found in a house rebuild sat there 20 years un touched sold it within a hour of advertising it
     
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    Yes I bet he did, that was very cheap but if he did not know what it was it was easy money and he was happy
     
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    Aye I just missed out on it gutted
     
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    The SLR is a self indexing magazine. It is the same magazine that was then used on the Rapid 7, which was then expanded to 12 shots. The magazine on the SLR sits in the top of the breech and fits flush, on the Rapid it goes in the side. The Gold star has to be manually indexed for each shot - not a patch on the SLR.

    You cannot base the value on one lucky find - or that makes all Faberge eggs worth £1. Did you see that the one found at a boot sale that has turned out to be the missing Czar's 3rd egg. Immediately valued at £20 million.

    I have an SLR and I wouldn't part with it for less than £550 - and if you think that is unreasonable you will have to be disappointed. Most fetch that kind of money. I was actually offered £700 by a Belgian collector, who also bought an Olympus and my old custom Air Arms. I bet you wouldn't think an AA s410 would be worth £650 either. It is worth what someone who wants it is willing to pay.
     
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    Please sir stop talking complete gonads. You obviously know nothing about the fabulous BSA Goldstar. It was launched to counter the SLR88, it is not manually indexed, it is advanced using the same mechanism that later saw service in the Hornet, Super 10, Scorpion, Ultra and R10!


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    This is a photo of an actual Goldstar magaine with the plastic inner, not a later Hornet type magazine with the metal inner. See the silver metal bit on the right hand side? Guess what that does! When you pull the underlever down to cock the gun, the cocking actuates that silver metal bit and indexes the magazine so the next shot is ready to be loaded.

    You would not describe an Ultra, Hornet, Super 10 or R10 mk 1 multishot as being manually indexed would you? The magazine is held in place with a sliding pin, similar to the Hornet/Ultra type guns. The location pip/nipple on the right hand side of the magazine is there to securely locate the magazine in the mechanism. Now to manually index the Goldstar you would have to slide the pin forward, take out the magazine, press that tiny silver piece of metal, reload it, slide the pin back then push the underlever forward.

    Ain't going to happen. More fuss than an Ultra Mk 1! Simple thing to use, load like a super 10 magazine, with hole in one o'clock position, load, slide pin back, press underlever home, aim, fire, pull underlever, aim fire, repeat another 8 times then reload magazine.


    If you meant the SLR was self actuating ie it will work when a pellet is removed from the loading port then yes, the SLR mechanism is better in that respect. The Goldstar is not, I repeat not, and I mean thoroughly not manually indexed!
     
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    Calm down - I just wanted to know a bit about a rifle, not start a war of words.
     
  17. secretagentmole

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    It is not a war of words, I just hate it when people say something without knowing or being precise in definition. The SLR and the Goldstar are both magazine fed, both index on cocking, the main difference is that the Goldstar uses mechanically activated indexing whereas the SLR an in fact all magazine fed Theobens use a self indexing magazine that requires no external to the magazine actuating mechanism.

    There is no way a Goldstar could be manually indexed without the process being more complicated than that of the Ultra. I own a magazine fed Theoben (albeit a Rapid mark 1 which has the same 7 shot magazine as the SLR) and a Goldstar!
     
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    Some info
     
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    Can nearly agree with you Moley, but the Theoben-ised BSA Superstar is the finest spring powered Beeza IMHO :)

    JR you'll pay for a SLR88 mate but well worth it :)


     
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    Nearly mate as they are gas ramed arnt they? So no spring?

    However my superstar is the best springer bsa knocked out lol :)

    Gaz

    Ps theres is or was a slr for sale at bar jr!
     

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