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Theoben Rapid S-Type - Please educate me

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by cloverleaf, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    So.. blatantly posted on the R7OC as well but this forum sees a bit more traffic and it never hurts to ask in more than one place..;)

    Have noticed a few of these about recently; looking at some old blurb on Solware's website came up with the following:


    So what are people's thoughts - any strengths / weaknesses / other differences over the other late Rapid variants (Mk2, MFR)? Is the reg really that much better? How has it been changed? What would be a fair price for a decent used example - are they worth much of a premium over any other late Rapid?

    Ta - any thoughts much appreciated [​IMG]
     
  2. dave1962

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    Speak to walker on this forum he's quite knowledgeable where rapids are concerned.
     
  3. PhilD

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    the reg internals are the same but you dont have the easy of taking the bottle off without burping like you can on the mfr, the s type was very heavy with the 500cc bottle and 19" barrel I would personally would have the mfr or the ttr who goes out and shoots 400 shots.
     
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  4. engraver

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    You can of course fit an S type with any bottle you wish, I owned an S type with a 400 cc bottle fitted and a 16" barrel and it was lighter than my mk2.

    The stock comes in handy if you want to fit a bipod or accessory rail, but apart from that its a mk2 with a scope rail and big bottle.

    Got to say I wouldn't fancy carrying a 500cc bottled gun around it turns into more bottle than gun really, a 280cc makes a mk2 balance the best inmo, that's if you don't go mad on an extra large scope and totally ruin the balance.:)

    An MFR has a 280cc bottle as standard and a slightly different reg to a standard mk2, which means you don't have to shoot off the remaining air from reg to bottle on removal of the bottle, however the bottle also needs to suit the Reg on an MFR, so you couldn't put a standard 280cc bottle from a mk2 onto an MFR.

    Also the late MFR stocks are quite heavy lumps which kind of defeats the object of running a smaller bottle, I know this because I bought one and had it on my mk2 for a while, and It altered the weight of the gun a lot so I put the mk2 stock back on and sold the MFR stock, but the earlier MFR stocks were lighter, the S type has the lightest stock of all as its a lot slimmer than a MK2.

    With all that in mind a 16" barrelled S type with a 400cc bottle makes one of the best handling Rapids you can get, the square block on later Rapids was used throughout the range towards the last Run of Theoben.:up:

    S Type stock
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    Mk2 stock[​IMG]


    MFR stock
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  5. cloverleaf

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    Thanks for the replies - much appreciated :)

    So it seems that these guns aren't flavour of the month on account of their size and weight , which I can appreciate. It seems that the MFR is everyone's favourite and I can see why; personally the 500cc bottle and the million shots per charge it affords are of little interest to me if I'm honest - especially in a rifle with no pressure gauge where it would be easy to lose count of how many shots you've taken over several sessions.

    Of course I could stick a shorter barrel and smaller cylinder on.. but of course that's more money. It also surprises me that, despite being newer than the MFR that it doesn't have the same reg setup. It's all academic now anyway as the one I was looking at sold (which is probably for the best) - was up at over a grand too!
     
  6. Accuspell

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    Over £1000 is optimistic if you ask me, but Rapid prices have been strong as people realise how reliable they are once set up correctly - and simple too. They are the Land Rover of airguns, they will just keep going. The biggest problem with Rapids is the nut that joins the sight to the trigger.;)
     
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    simple to fix , anyone heard of the EPR i had a nice one :).
     
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    Extra precision rifle.

    EPR ive never seen one for sale mate but very nice indeedy, I had a magazine review somewhere when they were launched and they were said to be like a totally fettled one hole machine.

    I would never part with one of those, but saying that I dont know how I could improve the accuracy on my mk2 to be fair.
     

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