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BSA Scorpion T-10 & BSA Scorpion Single Shot rifles

Mark Camoccio tests the BSA Scorpion T-10 and the wood stocked BSA Scorpion Single Shot rifles 'head to head'

Hunting with air rifles places particular demands on design. A heavy cumbersome weapon can be a real hindrance in the field, and take its toll on tired muscles as the day progresses.

The best examples therefore, strip unnecessary weight where possible, whilst still offering features that both support and guide the shooter towards his goal. Ergonomics is the name of the game, and with more thorough design work finding its way into stock design these days, we’re better equipped than ever to take to the field with confidence.

The modern sporting pre-charged pneumatic (PCP), seems to have slipped into an accepted format; and there’s no doubting that it’s a neat design. With the barrel running above, and parallel with, the main compressed air cylinder, the dimensions can be kept relatively compact and manageable. There are some notable exceptions, but this is the norm.

In the vast majority of cases though (including most of the big players), the barrel is supported near the muzzle end to add rigidity and protect from any knocks that may occur during the rifle’s life. But any minor expansions and movement from the main cylinder (perfectly normal in any PCP) could affect the barrel, pushing it fractionally out of alignment, if the barrel is clamped to the cylinder. Therefore a small synthetic ‘o’ ring is normally used, through which the barrel runs - sitting within a ‘figure-of-8’ clamp. Even this could have an adverse affect on the rifles zero, and with earlier PCP designs on the market, it did just that! In practise, with modern soft ‘o’ rings allowing for movement within the clamps, this shouldn’t really be a problem; so it’s more a case of peace of mind.

This is all well and good and may well reassure that the barrel is protected but does fly in the face of the ideal; which for me, sees a sturdy, thicker barrel, totally ‘free floating’ and unrestricted in any way.

For this review, I’ve two of the latest rifles from BSA’s ever expanding stable; the standard Scorpion supplied with a conventional wooden beech stock and the very latest ‘T-10 Tactical’ model, shrouded in a black ‘plastic’ stock, and I’m pleased to say, both incorporate just such a ‘free floating’ arrangement.

Both rifles are bolt action pre-charged pneumatics, but whilst the wooden stocked version is a single shot, the T-10 model utilizes BSA’s own 10 shot magazine system.

Traditional wood or drastic plastic

With the sad demise of BSA’s Hornet rifle, the beech stocked Scorpion is its natural successor; sharing more than a passing resemblance. BSA chose to drop that curious yet unique, Micro Movement Cocking (MMC) plunger of the Hornet, with the only remaining link being the small protrusion at the fore-end, now cleverly utilized as a sling swivel mounting point.

The latest beech stock on the Scorpion offers a traditional sporter design, and includes a particularly well defined, raised cheek piece, for spot-on scope alignment, and a near 90 degree pistol grip, the base of which carries a pressed ‘BSA Guns’ Piled Arms logo. Extensive skip-line chequering covers both sides of the grip and fore-end; and as well as adding real adhesion, it looks the part. A schnabel tipped fore-end and quality rubber butt pad complete what is a very attractive stock - all sealed in a pleasant matt lacquer.

This is where real choice begins, since The ‘T-10’ version of the Scorpion takes a rather more radical approach.

Now I’ve often nailed my colours to the mast, being something of a traditionalist, stating that plastic stocks are surely one step too far; and no substitute for a tasty piece of well figured timber. But every synthetic design that comes my way of late, seems only to serve to erode my long held beliefs… and slowly but surely, I’m coming round to appreciating that these ‘soulless’ slabs of compound, just may be the way forward! (Editor: I know what you mean!)

Did I really just say that? ….well here’s why. Consider the abysmal year just past - with hardly a let up in the wet stuff, and the logic of it all begins to crystallize. Give any rifle a real soaking, and the wooden furniture will hardly benefit from the experience, as moisture inevitably seeps between the action and the stock. Moisture can cause the woodwork to swell and distort, with possible minor movement passed to the action, and hence a change in zero - hardly ideal.

Synthetic compound stocks, on the other hand, are immune, and should remain stable in wet or excessive heat. In a hunting environment, this is a huge bonus, giving peace of mind where it matters.

The ‘T-10’ comes complete with an extremely well thought out, synthetic stock (apparently designed by Hydrographics) and shows real design flair. Since the stock is obviously moulded, the process allows for far greater flexibility than if a comparable design was fashioned from timber.

The integral trigger guard, for example, becomes all part of the flowing design; very akin to early John Bowkett styling - so maybe a nod to the fabled consultant, and his involvement in various BSA projects. The pistol-grip area is particularly comfortable; offering a near target hold, and even incorporates a full thumb-shelf.

A push-in plastic cap sits at the base of the grip, and on removal, it becomes clear that the entire grip and a large section of the butt, are actually hollow - allowing for weight to be significantly trimmed from the stock, with no loss of strength. A substantial black rubber butt pad, and roll over cheek-piece add to the ‘T-10’s impressive spec list; whilst the fore-end is scalloped to allow for a comfortable grip.  A series of patterned panels - all part of the black moulding - contrast and add detail to the fore-end, whilst aiding grip. That said, the entire moulding is of a comfortable yet ‘grippy’ substance, and feels pleasant to hold.

Both rifles come complete with sling swivel mounting lugs- something that many hunters will be pleased to hear; although on the ‘T-10’, the forward lug protrudes where the leading hand wants to be!

Single or multi

Action wise, many similarities exist between these two stable mates. Firstly, both come fitted with that chunky, super slick, stainless steel bolt handle - termed ‘Bolas’ by BSA. It certainly is hand-filling, and feels smooth and slick in operation, especially the way the bolt subtly pulls into its groove at the end of the stroke.

Another common feature is the 2-stage trigger, which is adjustable for sear engagement, and second stage weight. In practise, whilst obviously being no match unit, the final let off is quite pleasant, and perfectly acceptable for a rifle of this type. If I had to criticize, the blade itself is just a shade too angular, and narrow on the contact surface, and looks, quite frankly, a little cheap - but it does the job.

Both rifles come fitted with 15 inch barrels, and with no attachments in place, they really are carbine length rifles - ideal for use in a hide, truck cab or anywhere where manoeuvrability is confined. With a silencer in place the balance improves dramatically (to my mind) and with it, the ability to tighten those groups. To this end, the muzzle is pre-threaded, and capped off on the T-10, with an attractive ported barrel weight, protecting the crown in the process; although on the single shot model, a simple collar hides the thread, and offers no such protection.

Metal finish to both rifles is up to BSA’s usual standard, with chemical blueing covering the main air cylinder and barrel - not overly lustrous, but effective. The breech block and bolt housing on both models come treated to a matt black parkerized effect, which matches the rest of the action.

Single shot is my favoured approach, but if magazines appeal, then the T-10 comes well appointed. To load up the magazine, the Bolas bolt has to first be drawn back until the action is cocked. The serrated magazine retaining clip (to the front of the breech block) can then be pulled forwards. The magazine can then be removed, as the bolt is pulled back slightly. Filling the mag is a matter of dropping a pellet into each chamber, then rotating the drum against mild spring pressure each time. This can be a little fiddly, unless a positive technique is adopted, but a red dot does signify the last shot.

Cycling the mag is automatic as the bolt is cocked and pushed forwards, although the process is smoother if a deliberate measured approach is maintained. The single shot model is easier still to operate, and once the bolt is drawn back, the pellet channel is exposed to guide the ammo directly into the breech.

Power up

Charging both rifles is again identical, with BSA adopting the push fit ‘probe’ method, so taking on air is a fairly straight forward affair. For ultimate safety, some form of lock-up for the valve connection would be nice, but the method utilized here is undeniably popular and easy.

Just unscrew the dust cover, push in the probe to the inlet at the front of the cylinder, charge to the prescribed pressure (either via pump or bottle), and the action can begin. BSA recommend 200bar incidentally, but after noticing some variation over the chrono, I reckoned on 180bar for a flatter power curve (bearing in mind the unregulated actions).

Over the chronograph, both rifles returned similar performance figures, with around 60 shots possible within a fair spread. The actions are unregulated, don’t forget, and given their intended use, are probably destined to see most action, despatching quarry at an average 30yds, and at this range, both rifles were capable of groupings just over half inch centre-to-centre using Daystate Select pellets.

From a rested position, both these rifles feel comfortable; yet from a kneeling or standing stance, I reckon they would greatly benefit from the addition of a silencer; taming the muzzle report (more noticeable from the single shot), and bringing the balance more towards the front.

In these Scorpion rifles, BSA have arrived at a well presented format for a dedicated hunting tool. Both stocks feel slick and supportive, but my personal choice would be to purchase the single shot, then switch to the optional extra of a synthetic stock for an additional £68.15; the best of both worlds!

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Technical Specifications
Model Scorpion T10 | Scorpion
Manufacturer BSA Guns UK | BSA Guns UK
Country of Origin UK | UK
Type Multi-shot PCP | Single Shot PCP
Calibre .177 and .22 | .177 and .22
Weight 6lbs | 6.8lbs
Overall Length 32.75inch | 33.5inch
Barrel Length 15inch | 15inch
Stock Synthetic black | Lacquered beech
Velocity High 770fps | High 776
Low 720fps | Low 733
Ave 757 | Ave 763
Vari 50fps | Vari 43fps
Fill Pressure 180bar on test | 180bar on test
Number of Shots 60 approx | 60 approx
Energy 10.7ft/lbs | 10.9ft/lbs
Price £483 | £399 (wood stock)
Options Synthetic stock or wooden stock as extra £68.15 | BSA SAS silencer

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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User Comments
  • We have just replaced our ATC Sqn's Super sports with these weapons. To be honest, i'd rather throw the Scorpion at the target, it would get better results and be more reliable. Within 2 weeks and approx 100 shots, we had to send the weapons back because they had broken.

    The single shot version has a stupidly small breach that does not make for easy loading for people with larger fingers.

    Personally I am not impressed

    Comment by: Dave Chambers     Posted on: 31 Jan 2009 at 07:23 PM

  • Sorry that you have had problems with the Scorpion. I have fairly large hands and I've had no problems with the single shot version, but perhaps you would find the T-10 multi-shot version with its magazine system easier to handle. You didn't mention how the rifles had malfunctioned. Were they fixed to your satisfaction?

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 01 Feb 2009 at 01:05 AM

  • my mate had one fairly new,was down the range, cocked it and the whole bolt sub assembly came out the back of the rifle in his hand,somthing major had broken inside that was the t-10 multi-shot version with a wooden stock.

    Comment by: julian jagessar     Posted on: 02 Apr 2009 at 10:08 AM

  • This seems unusual - I've not heard of this fault before. Did your friend send it back to BSA, and did they comment on what had happened?

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 02 Apr 2009 at 10:48 AM

  • my friend took to the gunshop were he got from and they sent it off to bsa foc, he was told it would be back in a week this friday. i am still waiting to see what bsa say. i think it is unsual i had a meteor for about 15years never had a problem with but weopon is very simple. I am begining to think the bsa scorpion is a bad design/build. eg type of metal used.to much load bearing on the bolt parts for the type of metal used, i will find out soon enough and let you know.

    There is a lot of things that the gun makers never tell you. like the life of the seals inside my logun 16s is about 1year and thats why you need to have the gun serviced once a year.to keep it in warranity costing about £90, I was told this by one of the desiners who i met at a gun fair. this does not mean the seals will not last longer than this, i have had mine about 4 years and one one of the main seals failed twice, i know it needs changing soon, it depends how often you remove the air bottle. i take it the logun 16s is a far better weopon than the bsa scorpion!!!!!! thinking about getting a daystate huntsman.

    Comment by: julianjagessar     Posted on: 03 Apr 2009 at 01:50 PM

  • Thanks for keeping us informed. I reckon you will like the Daystate Huntsman, it's a sound reliable rifle.

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 04 Apr 2009 at 11:39 AM

  • thinking of getting a t10 . 300 smackers for gun goog scope with range finder and aluminated cross hairs also with a silencer gun bag . is it a good purchase

    Comment by: DIZZLE8619     Posted on: 04 Apr 2009 at 02:35 PM

  • Without seeing the rifle and accessories I cannot give an absolute valuation, however, providing you are satisfied that both the rifle and scope are in good condition and working order, this would seem like a very sound second hand buy.

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 05 Apr 2009 at 02:26 AM

  • if people are not happy with the scorpion or find that there fingers are too big to be able to load it, then they should think about buying a BSA Hornet as i bought a second hand single shot version in mint condition with a scope,gun bag and pellets for £275 and so far have fired 200 pellets with no probs. with the hornet you get 120+ shots from a 200 bar charge and even the biggest fingers can load it. good hunting to all and enjoy your BSA.

    Comment by: richard     Posted on: 21 Apr 2009 at 01:09 PM

  • Even the most respected (and most expensive) manufacturers produce lemons every once in a while.

    I have the single shot BSA Hornet in .22 (2+ years now) and I'm very happy with it. No problems with thousands of pellets put through it.

    They are a good airgun for a reasonable price.

    Comment by: _Jon     Posted on: 27 Apr 2009 at 05:28 PM

  • With regard to the comment from the atc squadron,To train young potential members of the military with a pcp to me is totaly absurd.Being an ex soldier of long service and a PWI, a recoilless rifle is not the way for obvious reasons. Having owned many pre-charged rifles over the years, including a scorpion t10 its seems lack of experience, or poor instruction accounts for the said 'Breakages'.

    Comment by: j stone     Posted on: 22 May 2009 at 05:28 PM

  • The magazine system is the weakness with bsa multi shot rifles, they are just so rubbish.
    Until they change this , I will never buy a bsa again.

    Comment by: tim     Posted on: 29 May 2009 at 04:00 PM

  • You haven't said exactly what you think is wrong with the BSA magazine system. Could you be more specific, as I'm always interested to know about other people's experience with kit.

    I've tested the same basic BSA design magazines in rifles going right back to the Goldstar, and I've never had any real problems with them, apart from one incident, which was my fault.

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 30 May 2009 at 01:21 PM

  • got a Scorpion 3 months ago and I have set it up for 35 yards it has been fault less each shot has given a clean kill totaly happy with it top rifle for the price, the only thing is the saftey catch was very stiff when first using the rifle but now its working smooth.
    Would be happy to recomend it.

    Comment by: Dean     Posted on: 31 May 2009 at 12:32 AM

  • Glad that you are pleased with your Scorpion - I like them too, but going by some of our posts, it seems that the Scorpion is becoming the airgun equivalent of Marmite!

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 31 May 2009 at 03:18 PM

  • iv now got the t10 but having a little problem with the magazine , ill fire 3 or 4 pellets through and then it fires nothing ,then iv got to take the magazine out ant manually turn mag so ther is a pellet on show ,can anyone help missed alot of game coz of this problem, if problem cannot ge sorted then i have no choice but to sell !!

    Comment by: DIZZLE8619     Posted on: 15 Jun 2009 at 03:43 PM

  • I've bought a T10 and am impressed with the handling and accuracy, but not impressed with the 8.8 ftlbs of muzzle energy. Has anyone else had this lack of power, or is mine a one off ?

    Comment by: Stitch     Posted on: 26 Jul 2009 at 03:32 PM

  • scorp single shot, the mutz nutz, great gun, the best for the money !!!!!!

    Comment by: john bailey     Posted on: 01 Aug 2009 at 10:12 PM

  • comment by DIZZLE8619 On the 15th june
    on my T 10 the magazine did thd same i found that i had to adjust the pin on the trigger which rotates the magazine also when you fire a shot before cocking the action pull the triger back and lissen for the rotation of the magazine i have had no problems with the T10 which is set up at 45yrds and dose a very good job well pleased .

    Comment by: colin     Posted on: 06 Aug 2009 at 03:12 PM

  • sorry boys but you should all get yourselves a top quality spring rifle and learn how to shoot properly,try a hw98 trust me you will like it.

    Comment by: james aldridge     Posted on: 23 Aug 2009 at 04:30 PM

  • thanks 4 the tip john found that a great help .thanks again

    Comment by: DIZZLE8619     Posted on: 06 Sep 2009 at 07:49 PM

  • Interesting review.

    One thing you neglected to mention, however, is that us left-handers are effectively barred from owning a tactical stocked version as it is right hand only. This is particularly disappointing as the standard BSA wooden stocks are actually very leftie friendly.

    In fact, if I may be so bold, would it be possible to mention how suitable for left-handers any rifle is that you review? There are a lot of us lefties out there who buy airguns you know!

    Comment by: Mark Thomas     Posted on: 13 Sep 2009 at 08:10 PM

  • Hi Mark, we do actually have Jules Whicker - a committed southpaw -reviewing airguns, shotguns and firearms for us, and he doesn't hold back if he thinks that left-handers are getting a raw deal.

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 14 Sep 2009 at 11:06 PM

  • Good review.. I'd be interested in knowing what scope you're using with this T-10 please?

    Comment by: Terry Beddington     Posted on: 18 Oct 2009 at 04:06 PM

  • The scope on the wood stocked Scorpion is a Hawke 2-7x32 AO and the BSA Scorpion T-10 has an AGS 3-12X zoom scope with illuminated reticule.

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 19 Oct 2009 at 02:45 AM

  • the bold on my single shot scorpion keeps sticking,but if i slacking off the screw on the top with the spring and ball bearing under neath its ok,but when the shot is fired the bolt moves up and down i renewed the screw,spring,bearing and the chrome spacer with the counter sunk hole on the probe and it still sticks,whats wrong?

    Comment by: david dugdale     Posted on: 24 Oct 2009 at 03:24 PM

  • My son has a T10. after about 2500 pellets it packed up. He cocked the gun, but nothing happened when he pulled the trigger. Took it to our RFD who took the action out the stock. The trigger mechanism appeared to be working, but still the gun would not fire. The unit is sealed, so there was nothing more he could do so he sent it back to BSA. That was 3 weeks ago and still no news...

    I don't think I would buy BSA again on their current form. My HW100kt has been brilliant to date and I would recommend them to anybody.

    Comment by: Martin Hunt     Posted on: 25 Oct 2009 at 12:34 AM

  • I have just got the single shot scorpion. So far it has proved very accurate and powerfull. I think its great

    Comment by: down     Posted on: 25 Oct 2009 at 06:05 PM

  • I OWN A BSA SCORPION T10 IN .22 AND WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST RELIABLE GUNS THAT I HAVE OWNED.THE GUN WOULD OBVIOUSLY HAVE BENEFITTED WITH AN AIR GAUGE BUILT INTO THE STOCK. AS FOR ACCURACY I CAN'T FAULT IT.THE GUN IS LIGHT AND EASY TO HANDLE WEATHER SHOOTING RATS OR RABBITS. FIT A BI POD TO IT AND IT TAKES THE GUN TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

    Comment by: paul o'sullivan     Posted on: 27 Nov 2009 at 09:14 PM

  • i bought one second hand but is now 0nly producing 4 ft lbs no matter if i fill to 200 any ideas?Oh the easiest way to cure magazine indexing is to pull trigger all the way back each time and should load perfect.hope this helps some people.

    Comment by: nigel p     Posted on: 22 Feb 2010 at 03:25 PM

  • When any PCP loses power for no apparent reason, it is best to return it to the manufacturer or a qualified airgunsmith for a service - in fact with many modern PCPs this is the only way to go as they have anti-tamper controls.

    Give BSA a call on 0121 7728543

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 22 Feb 2010 at 11:19 PM

  • I have just purchased a T-10 Scorpian 10 shot and have a problem with the magazine, after 2 to 3 shots the next 3 or 4 shots will miss fire, discharging the air for each cycle but not indexing the magazine??? Is there anything that i can do???? Please any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    Comment by: Matt M     Posted on: 02 Mar 2010 at 11:12 PM

  • Have had this rifle for a while now. I find that it is a great gun i regularly use it mainly for rabbits but i shoot corvids and pidgeons ocasionly it never lets me down and is always accurate and deadly.

    Comment by: jed     Posted on: 14 Mar 2010 at 05:34 PM

  • Great gun, deadly accurate with a good grade scope i have a 9x50 aoe optik, great fun. fired nearly 500 shots now and the only problem i have is that it missfires occasionly, so i need to get a new mag, as it does not work off the trigger mechanism anymore like th r10. apart from this its great would reccomend to anyone.

    Comment by: Nick Sargent     Posted on: 18 Apr 2010 at 01:02 PM

  • I too am having a problem with my BSA Scorpion T-10. I bought a spare magazine for it which will jump 4-5 pellets foreward leaving me short of pellets, which means having to remove the mag to fix the problem. At the moment I am also having trouble getting BSA to send a replacement mag, I think that they are having problems with the manufacturing of the extra mags, in that they do not fit as well as the origional one that comes with the gun! regards sooty.

    Comment by: Dave Black     Posted on: 12 Jul 2010 at 07:58 PM

  • Hi all,

    I have had bsa guns all my life since the age of 4, I have never had a problem with any of them, and all have served the purpose they were ment for. The Scorpion has never failed me so far, and I also shoot with a ultra multishot, both are superb in the field, whether it be rabbits or pidgeons. Advice to whoever would like to purchase a bsa, then buy one, and see for yourself.

    kind regards

    Dom

    Comment by: Dominic James Saunders     Posted on: 21 Sep 2010 at 02:46 PM

  • Im on the verge of getting myself a bsa scorpian t10. My local shop is asking £460 does anyone else think this is pretty steep???

    Comment by: S J Hume     Posted on: 22 Sep 2010 at 09:05 PM

  • Have had to take my rifle back to my gunshop!
    The reason for this is,having had it chrono'd,it is producing an average of 11.9 ft/lbs with a rws superdome a medium weight pellet.
    Having been advised that this was too much if the police tested it they use a best of three using low,mid and high weight pellets,i've decided with advice to send it back to have the regulator adjusted.
    My own testing with a perfectly innocent argos catalogue,was back to back using a weihrauch 95k and my scorpion produced odd results as if the pcp was under powered,the reason for this conclusion was that the penetration on all weight pellets was 100 pages less for the pcp!!!
    Anybody else think like me,the barrel is gripping the pellet?????

    Comment by: steven price     Posted on: 25 Sep 2010 at 05:24 PM

  • a lot of the problems mentioned here about the magazines not selecting or firing could be down to the pellets being used, either used the ones stated by bsa or ask around around to what works

    Comment by: Bonzo     Posted on: 30 Sep 2010 at 12:12 AM

  • Update,rifle fettled,no detail as to the problem,dont care because it now does everything I wanted.Maggies and skyrats would agree but they're no longer with us!Regulator next to flatten out the power curve,this is lessened by charging to 170 BAR,this is optimum and still allows 50 shots before dying off.
    Thank you BSA a great PCP for half the price of so called superior PCP's.

    Comment by: steven price     Posted on: 31 Oct 2010 at 03:05 PM

  • Glad it's sorted!

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 31 Oct 2010 at 07:35 PM

  • I have just bought a second hand T10 tactical, I get 1-2 shots then 2 misfires, any firm ideas on how to resolve this?

    Comment by: Dean Duncan     Posted on: 05 Apr 2011 at 12:59 AM

  • What do you mean by misfires? No discharge of air or partial discharge of air, or something else?

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 05 Apr 2011 at 11:11 AM

  • It'll fire the first pellet of a full magazine but after recocking, it just fires air. I have lost a couple of phezzies because of this. I have wd40'd the mag, and loosened the screw a little, the mag now spins a bit quicker. I'm also going to ensure that the trigger is fully pulled back upon firing. Any other suggestions? I hope these work as I love the gun - it looks the biz!! Thanks

    Comment by: Dean Duncan     Posted on: 05 Apr 2011 at 11:29 AM

  • There seems to be quite a few people having problems with the Scorpion magazine not indexing properly. My advice is to take it back to the dealer you bought it from or return it to BSA for repair. Apparently BSA have improved the magazine on recent models, but I don't know if they fit retrospectively to earlier models.

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 06 Apr 2011 at 03:05 AM

  • Just bought a T10 with Hawk sport hd 3-9x50 mildot ir scope. Always had the usual spring stuff years ago as a kid, meteors, air arms high power etc but never had the means to buy a quality air rifle..til now...hehe smug mode!
    Love it, great accuracy, seems more pokey than any air rifle previously owned, nice finish & excellent scope. Put 7 pellets thro the same hole at 25yds tonight in low light conditions. Which was nice!
    Have had a couple of stiff feeds due to slight mag misalignment but noticed being very attentive whilst fitting mag seems to help. ie fit mag, allow bolt to return to 1st pellet before securing mag with mag catch. I seem to be getting more shots to charge tho than people have mentioned above. Just finished tin of 200 pellets and only charged it each 100 pellets....verdict..thanks BSA we Brits can still make some things well!

    Comment by: Scotty     Posted on: 30 Jun 2011 at 03:05 AM

  • I bought a T10 and loved the way I could get tighter groupings than I'd ever achieved before. (it was my first pre charged) However I did have problems with the magazine not functioning correctly and giving me an empty chamber to fire. I also suffered power loss that turned out to be the seals not doing their job. This happened just out of warranty and then again less than a year later. Its sold back to the shop and I'm going for an Air Arms springer next week.

    Comment by: Steve Sutcliffe     Posted on: 11 Dec 2011 at 05:00 PM

  • I am thinking of a Scorpion SE in the new year, although reading through the above comments I am not totally convinced. I already have a BSA XL Tactical and I cant fault it.

    Curious to know what scope he has fitted in the video. Any comments welcome

    Comment by: T Saunders     Posted on: 20 Dec 2011 at 11:34 AM

  • Go ahead and buy yourself a BSA Scorpion SE. I bought mine, in .22 cal, six months ago and would not part with it. This gun is a beauty ! It is totally reliable, with a couple of thousand shots fired so far. The new magazine design works as efficiently as every other part of the gun. Accuracy is excellent.

    The SE is my first PCP, having always owned BSA springers before. I could not be more pleased, it is superb value for the money.

    Just buy one !

    Comment by: Wilyum     Posted on: 27 Dec 2011 at 11:46 AM

  • I bought a T10 .22 back last May.I have only done garden shooting with it at the mo,and taken out 6 woodpigeons with it.It has,so far,been great.No problems with magazine at all.Very accurate gun.I'm tempted to get a single shot version in .177

    Comment by: Dave     Posted on: 24 Jan 2012 at 01:50 PM

  • I have had no problems with my r10, or my ultra, but saying that it did start having magazine trouble( the ultra that is), and I found it was down to changing to a different brand of pellet, but also there was debris in the magazine so I took it apart and cleaned it,and Iv'e had no more issue's.

    Anybody who say's otherwise might think now of doing the same as I have.

    Comment by: 12Bore     Posted on: 04 Apr 2012 at 03:50 PM

  • The new style magazines require nothing other than cycling the bolt to make them turn ie they don't need a separate action from the rifle to activate the mechanism. Old style mags needed the little catch tripping to make the inner wheel rotate under spring pressure and this mechanism can cause problems if not adjusted properly.

    The inner wheel of the new mag is prevented from rotating by the pellet itself and once pushed into the barrel and fired, there's nothing stopping the wheel from rotating when the bolt is withdrawn. As soon as the bolt is pulled back, a fresh pellet is presented ready for insertion into the bore.

    New style magazines fit in older style BSAs without modification and cost around £40.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 05 Apr 2012 at 02:00 AM

  • Had a BSA ultr for a while now its a great hunter but with low shots , just bought a scorpion , extra shots but lets see if it's as accurate - any comments would be appreciated

    Comment by: Stu     Posted on: 14 Oct 2012 at 01:29 AM

  • Hi Stu,

    Is your Scorpion .177 or .22? BSA's in .177 usually love H&N FTTs, Premiers and Superdomes and .22s love Air Arms.Give the barrel a pull through, as there is often oil (left over from the hammer forging process I think) in the bore.

    All of my BSAs are very accurate I hope yours is too..

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 14 Oct 2012 at 01:49 AM

  • i just bought my second skorpian t10 cos sold the first one and missed it so much, problem is think i have been done cos when charged with my pump it loses all its air overnight, is nthis major or can it be repaired diy, thanks

    Comment by: andy     Posted on: 11 Jan 2013 at 09:40 PM

  • You might find that there is something in the inlet valve that is stopping it sealing properly. It only needs to be microscopic but it's enough to cause a leak overnight.

    It is sometimes possible to clear it by giving it a quick blast of air from a diver's cylinder. I've had the same problem in the past when I filled a Rapid bottle with a pump- a quick injection of air soon sorted it. If you can borrow a bottle you might be able to rectify the problem, or maybe a gunshop can help you.

    If this does not remedy the problem, the inlet valve may just need new O-rings and this is a relatively simple job but ALL THE AIR MUST BE EMPTIED FROM THE CYLINDER BEFORE YOU UNSCREW THE VALVE!!!! You do not want the end of the cylinder blowing off! This job is therefore best left to a qualified gunsmith. You might consider getting the rifle serviced by BSA themselves.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 11 Jan 2013 at 09:54 PM

  • I have just bought the Scorpion T10 but with the Beech stock in .177 calibre.
    The gun came with an old style mag which was nothing but trouble. I have since got the RFD to replace it with the later mag design (which it should have been supplied with) and it has not misfired once since. Planning to install a modified quick fill that incorporates a pressure gauge, as it would be beneficial to know where the optimum section of the performance curve is as the gun is not reguated. Very happy with the gun when hunting or target shooting, very accurate and almost silent with the 'Whisper' mod. supplied by the RFD as part of the package.I have found JBS exact to be the most consistent pellet for this gun so far (10 shot group less than 12mm), but all that I have tried will produce a 10 shot group smaller than 20mm at 20 metres. Still need to try the gun at greater ranges, butfirst impressions are very good.

    Comment by: Paul Owen     Posted on: 06 Jun 2014 at 08:08 PM

  • I have had the Scorpion in synthetic single shot for about 6 years.
    it took me some time to understand the differences between target shooting and Quarry shooting amunition . I now use it just for quarry. i use the Bisley Magnums which Chrono at 11.7 ft Lbs. After a 200b fill i shoot off about 5 rounds and then it is in a sweet spot for 20 rounds. More than enough for a rabbit hunt.
    i have killed out to 40 yards but 25-30 seem to be the best.
    this is an awesome rifle and it has never let me down. it gets wiped down and once a year disassembled and cleaned. it has never been serviced or had the need to be.
    I regularly shoot with FAC armed guys but I never seem to lose out on the body count.
    I do have to agree with an earlier statement that the breech is awkward and small especially with a scope mounted but that is a small inconvenience for the performance this gun offers.

    Comment by: carl     Posted on: 25 Jun 2014 at 02:39 PM

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