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X mas Rapid project finished, (I think)

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by engraver, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. engraver

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    Over x mas I was thinking I was so happy with how my .177 Rapid performed last summer I thought I would build another but .22 this time, for times when I get the woodies and crows landing really close in the pattern, I thought the .22 would come in handy as I have the odd shot with the .177 that makes me scratch my head and think that should have been a clean kill.

    Anyhow after buying a block, barrel, 2 mags, 2 stocks, slinecer,and a scope rail, this is what I put together with a lot of titivating the refinished stock, im happy with it up to now.

    This is how the stock looked after being stripped-[​IMG]

    Then after my oiling process that Ive done on a few stocks now-[​IMG]

    And here is the gun assembled-[​IMG]

    BTAS silencer is very good I sprayed this as it had a few marks-[​IMG]

    I also filed the rail as it had some marks and sprayed this-[​IMG]

    And replaced the bolt with a frest Mk2 version-[​IMG]

    I now have the surplus bits to sell the MFR stock and larger bolt ect but Im in no rush I put the MFR stock on my Current .177 Mk2 for now-[​IMG]

    Ive still got the .177 HW100TK which I wont sell but role on spring drillings I think Im all set.
     
  2. yorkshireshoot

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    Looks good to me mate , never shot a rapid so think its on my new year things to do list !
     
  3. stanimal

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    That looks awesome mate,i love the pattern on that stock :up:

    Stan.
     
  4. 177

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    Looks fantastic !

    All you did is buy X, Y and Z ?

    I wouldn't even know where to start.

    If I did, I would :)
     
  5. Elk hunter

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    The origonals are still the best.
    That looks stunning and the finishing on the stock makes it.
    Andrew
     
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    Jobs a goodun!
    Nice lump of timber too. Turned out rather nice.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  7. The Robin

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    Very very nice, I love Rapids and yours look great :up:

    How does the BT mod work, is that a slip on? I'm after a slip on mod so look forward to what you think
     
  8. engraver

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    Thanks very much.

    Robin the BTAS mod is slightly shorter but fatter than an HW silencer probably slightly more volume and by pure fluke you can fit the internals of the HW hair curler setup inside the BTAS silencer if you want, by simply re arranging the baffles, they are calibre specific but I drilled this one's baffles very slightly bigger than a .22 pellet and it works a treat.

    This barrel isn't threaded so the BTAS silencer is a push on fit and a decent grub screw to hold it on and I would say its better than the Theoben evolution about on par with a Hogun decimetre, but I would say much lighter, it is obviously machined from a billet of solid high grade aluminium and the orginal anodising was very deep, its a shame it was scratched but I spun it in a drill and tried to take it back to bare aluminium and even with rough grit paper it wouldn't touch it like it was stainless or something, very tough hence the paint job, I just roughed the surface up for the paint to key too it.

    But I have found Halfords matt black to be really good for silencers and allsorts, it goes on great and will last a couple or tough seasons without chipping if its put onto a rough surface, its almost the exact same stuff HW use on their silencers.
     
  9. engraver

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    Im still adding to the wood with CCL and the tiger stripes are starting to appear its amazing what you can make a pretty bland bit of wood look like.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I've never used a Rapid, and haven't been that keen on them. Until now, that is. I really like yours, and the idea of building one from parts is very appealing.
     
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    that looks great i am sure it will give you good service , i love my rapid and its my go to gun most times . as an aside a friend of mine has been known to turn a few bits on a lathe for his guns and he uses barbecue paint and bakes it in the oven hung from a hooked piece of wire and it makes a smashing job. atb gary
     
  12. engraver

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    Its very easy mate, all it takes is someone to strip a mk2 block in front of you and it all becomes very clear how it all works its very simple, and reliable.

    And after that they become like mechano sets:D

    But beware it get addictive.
     
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    Oh ., not another air rifle that becomes addictive! It'll be like the HW springers all over again...
     
  14. engraver

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    It is mate:D

    I still like my Hw springers too.
     
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    nice work, looks tidy

    "I thought the .22 would come in handy as I have the odd shot with the .177 that makes me scratch my head and think that should have been a clean kill" the answer ..... you missed lmao
     
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    :D:up:

    Aye we all miss sometimes still account for plenty though mate with the .177
     
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    great looking rifle pal i always wanted a rapid ever since i was a teenager...how easy or hard is it to source parts for them???
     
  18. engraver

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    Its not difficult at all mate, always rapid bits floating around, I think a good place to start is the Theoben Rapid owners club sites there are loads of old hands who know their stuff.

    I have to admit Ive found the majority of Rapid fanatics to be really helpful knowledgeable guys who are enthusiastic and happy to help you out.

    I also found the man KevG to be sound straight guy who is always enthusiastic to help, I phoned him once about something which he sent me free of charge the following day despite me never talking to him before, you wont go far wrong with him.

    Fortunately my hunting mate has been into Rapids for a fair few years and there isn't much he doesn't know about them and he can make his own bits on his lathe.

    But the majority of what you need is readily available.
     
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    cheers for the fast response ...i was a bit curious as they are getting on a bit and they have shutdown in the uk..i thought they would be pretty hard to source
     
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    Really nice graining on that stock. Very nice looking gun. Bet your well pleased with that. KB1
     

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