Introduction to PCP airguns - an article



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Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« on: September 06, 2016, 01:00:44 AM »
Hey guys, I was feeling under the weather today so I spent some time working on an article I had started a while back.  It is an introduction to PCP airguns for new owners and people thinking about taking the plunge.

Here it is for you to critique.  Please let me know if there are topics you would like to see added or expanded, or if you see something incorrect.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/756b5ndvtdtt7hq/intro%20to%20PCP%20-%20rev1.pdf?dl=0

[edit: new link - minor updates to document]
« Last Edit: September 10, 2016, 01:29:46 PM by nervoustrigger »
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 02:26:07 AM »
Very enjoyable article!

The nylon string diy pull through bore cleaner idea is awesome!  I will be making one as soon as I get home from work tomorrow!

For expansion ideas, one thing I have been doing to make fills easier is to feed the pump with pressurised air from the my shop compressor.  Usually I leave some pressure in the compressor beforehand and bleed off the moisture (after giving it some time to collect) from the valve at the bottom of the tank a couple of times to ensure the air going into the gun is nice and dry.  I also use one of those little harbor freight dessicant filters in between the shop compressor and the pump.  I generally have the regulator of the shop compressor set around 50 psi...  At least so far the pump has held together pretty well for the last six months or so since I have been doing this... 
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 03:47:07 AM »
Good job Jason!  I like it!  Thumbs up!

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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2016, 04:51:13 AM »
Great article Jason, well done! Maybe this can be stickied or added to the GTA library.
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2016, 06:39:31 AM »
 That a great read sir, especially good for the new guys, will see what the boss has to say, would be a good addition to the library. David
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2016, 08:17:00 AM »
Enjoyed the read Jason. " Thumbs Up "
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2016, 08:28:04 AM »
Very informative!

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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2016, 12:53:31 AM »
Thanks, guys! 

Be sure to let me know if you have some constructive criticism or suggestions.  Patrick, I've noted yours.

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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 02:09:33 PM »
Nice read for this newb to air rifles and given PCP is going to be where I dip my toe in from the get go, this was advantageous.
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2016, 10:27:03 PM »
Great article, I am your target audience and you answered ALL the questions I had.

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2016, 12:03:56 AM »
Hey, thanks guys.  I really do appreciate the ol' tip of the hat. :D

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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2016, 11:28:36 AM »
Really, really good article.  I have been a shooter for a lot of  years, but I am an air gunning novice. I am so new to PCP that mine is still in the mail.

I have been scouring the web researching to buy and then for the basic skills and knowledge required for PCP.  I picked up several good tips from your article.  I promise never to put another MIL rod down the bore of an air rifle.  You probably saved me a buck and a half on a pump by telling me how NOT to destroy it.

I think this article should e stickied here with the title "BEFORE YOU BUY A PCP" and added to the library.

Kudos on an excellent article.
 
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2016, 03:40:04 PM »
Excellent article, Jason. My PCP is in transit. Having shot springers for a while now, some of this, I already knew, but what I didn't could have killed my new rifle. Thanks for taking the time to put this to paper... er... bits and bytes.
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2016, 05:30:17 PM »
The reason I found this article in this place is that I've recently been drawn to the "Darkside".  I will likely make the leap this winter.

This article has been very useful to me.  Particularly some of the maintenance aspects such as degas, filtering the pump, etc.  Thanks for a handy reference document with lots of information
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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2016, 06:40:00 PM »
Much obliged to you guys for your kind words.  Just to lend some perspective, I bought my first PCP without even an understanding what the bleed screw does on a hand pump. :)  So I'm very glad to hear it's helping prospective PCP owners.

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Re: Introduction to PCP airguns - an article
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2016, 08:38:48 PM »
Very good read Jason and I also like the weedeater line pull thru to clean the barrel.

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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 06:15:48 PM »
I'm trying to find some information on a benjerman maximus anyone have one how they shoot in22 cal. I'm looking to get into a pcp gun and not spend a lot of money just in case i don't like it.
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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2017, 12:30:32 AM »
Thank you for that write up. New to PCP, my springer came with a cleaning kit and rod. I won't be using it any more. Well i didn't have inter web back in the 80's either.
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