Pete Wadeson lists his top 10 lightweight multi-shot PCP air rifles for hunting
AIR ARMS S510K SUPER-LITE
A lightened version of the standard model, the ‘weight loss’ is due to the wood used and the stock’s design. The Minelli manufactured Poplar Wood stock is available in Hunter Green, Traditional Brown and Deluxe Gloss. It has a high ambidextrous cheek piece, slim neck, thumb rest and a slim forend. Laser-cut chequered panels are found on either side of the grip and on both sides of the forend. There is an air gauge recessed in the underside of the stock and a 190bar fill gives approximately 70 shots in .177 calibre and 90 in .22. A sidelever action runs the 10-shot ‘un-sprung’ rotary magazine and the 2-stage adjustable trigger unit’s black alloy blade has a manual safety button positioned through the blade itself. The Lothar Walther barrel is fully shrouded and holds a primary silencer, while the screw cut muzzle accepts a secondary moderator. The calibre specific ‘Q-Tec’ Silencers made by Air Arms are highly recommended for the rifle and are very efficient.
Price: From £804
Contact: Air Arms - www.air-arms.co.uk
BSA R-10 SE SUPER CARBINE
Available in four dedicated right or left-hand configurations, the stock options are Walnut, Realtree Camo, Black and Black Pepper Laminate. All feature a high rollover cheek piece, height-adjustable black rubber butt pad, slim neck, thumb shelf and a steep drop-down pistol grip. The forend is thickset and shows a semi-Schnabel tip. The removable 200cc buddy bottle has a neat inlet valve port on the underside of the stock, adjacent to its air pressure gauge. A 232bar charge gives 190 shots in .177 calibre and 250 in .22 or 25. The ‘CCS’ (Customer Configured Shroud) with 'integral primary suppression unit’, can be removed if you only require the front silencer supplied. A generous cocking bolt at the rear runs the upgraded 10-shot removable magazine. The 2-stage adjustable, ‘match grade’ trigger has a blade and shoe configuration. A manual safety lever is positioned top right of the action block. The air regulator provides impressive shot-to-shot consistency throughout the charge.
Price: From £949
Contact: BSA Guns - www.basaguns.co.uk
The ambidextrous beech wood (synthetic tactical option available) stock features a well-defined cheek piece and a ventilated rubber butt pad. The forend is relatively slim and has two panels of ‘skip-line’ chequering set on either side, while the grip shows large, contoured panels on either side. The air reservoir has a forward-facing air gauge (manometer) and a fill of 232bar gives approximately 90 shots in .177 and 110 in .22 calibre. The teardrop cocking bolt runs a 10-shot self-actuating magazine that sits deep in a recessed loading well and is held in place by magnets. The ‘SAT2’ denoted trigger mechanism is a 2-stage, adjustable unit with an in-guard manual safety blade. Its cold hammer-forged barrel is strengthened by a barrel band, while the ½” UNF screw cut muzzle for optional silencer is protected by a ported cover cap.
Contact: BSA Guns - www.bsaguns.co.uk
The ambidextrous Turkish walnut stock has a high cheek piece, slim neck, drop-down pistol grip and a ventilated rubber butt pad. The slab-sided forend ends with a semi-Schnabel tip. Two panels of chequering are set on either side of the pistol grip and three on either side of the fore section. A fill of 200bar gives approximately 120 shots in .177 and 140 in .22, plus there’s an air gauge in the underside of the stock. The barrel is supported by a barrel band and the ½” screw cut muzzle will accept a silencer of choice. A sidelever cocking mechanism runs an auto-indexing, 12-shot/.22 or 14-shot/.177 removable magazine. There is a removable pair of Hi-Viz open sights and a power adjuster dial, which is only ‘applicable’ on FAC rated models. The 2-stage, adjustable trigger unit has a manual rocker-style safety lever positioned on the right of the action block.
Contact: Range Right Ltd - www.range-right.co.uk
This variant of their acclaimed ‘100’ series has an ambidextrous olive-green synthetic stock with a medium height cheek piece, elongated thumbhole, steep drop-down pistol grip and a sliding rubber butt pad.
The slim forend almost covers the air reservoir's underside, giving it a high level of protection. Semi-rigid, soft-touch, black rubber inserts are integrated into the build at key holding areas aiding grip and comfort.
The detachable air reservoir has a forward-facing air gauge and a 200bar fill gives approximately 50 shots in .177 and 75 in .22 calibre.The sidelever action runs a 14-shot, removable wheel-shaped magazine that's held in place by a retaining catch. Also, the design prevents double loading. The semi-free-floating barrel has a substantial barrel band and the company’s ‘HE’ (High Efficiency) silencer comes fitted on the screwcut muzzle. The 2-stage, adjustable, match-grade trigger mechanism has a manual safety lever positioned rear/ right of the action block. The selfregulating valve system ensures a high level of shot-to-shot consistency.
Contact: Hull Cartridge – www.weihrauch.co.uk
WEBLEY RAIDER 10XS
The ambidextrous walnut stock has a relatively high cheek piece with a ventilated rubber butt pad. The quite lengthy and slim forend has fluting along the top edge to offer a good leading handhold. The relatively slim neck has a well-sized thumb shelf, plus the pistol grip has a chunky palm swell. A 190bar fill gives approximately 60 full power shots in .177 calibre and 80 in .22. An air pressure gauge is recessed into the underside of the stock. A side-position cocking bolt runs the 10-shot, wheel-shaped removable magazine, which is secured in its housing by a ‘sprung’ retaining pin. The 2-stage, adjustable trigger unit has a manual safety catch positioned directly at the rear of the action block. There’s an integral primary silencer inside the full barrel shroud, plus the rifle comes supplied with the company’s QGS II Silencer already spun onto the screw cut muzzle.
Contact: Highland Outdoors - www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk
The GX-40 has a black synthetic stock with a well defined high cheek piece and a slight ‘hogs back’ design. The thumbhole stock also features a thick, ventilated rubber butt pad, a very slim neck and a steep drop-down pistol grip. To aid grip, there are panels of very fine stippling on either side of the fore section and pistol grip. An air gauge sits on the front of the reservoir and a 232bar fill returns approximately 70 full power shots in .177 and 80 in .22 calibre. A flat-ended, teardrop cocking bolt runs a 10- shot, self-actuating magazine that sits deep in a recessed loading well and is held in place by magnets. The SAT2 trigger mechanism is a 2-stage adjustable unit with an in-guard manual safety catch set forward of the wellcurved trigger blade. The cold hammer-forged barrel is strengthened by a barrel band and the ½” UNF screw cut muzzle is protected by a small ported muzzle brake.
Contact: BSA Guns - www.bsaguns.co.uk
WALTHER ROTEX RM8 VARMINT UC (ULTRA CARBINE)
The rifle has a black, ambidextrous synthetic thumbhole stock with a well-defined cheek piece and a thick ventilated rubber butt pad. The slim neck gives way to a steep drop-down pistol grip, while the distinctive forend swells out in quite a bulbous fashion, with a relatively thickset overall look and feel. It also has a well-rounded and contoured underside and at the front, there’s an underslung Picatinny accessory rail. There are raised ridges and curves set into panels located at the key holding areas. Charging the fixed 200cc buddy bottle to a recommended 232bar fill gives approximately 160 shots in .177 calibre and 180 in .22. 8-shot alloy magazine, which is held in place by a retaining catch. The 2-stage, adjustable trigger unit is equipped with an auto re-settable A teardrop-shaped cocking bolt on the side runs a drum-shaped, safety positioned at the rear of the action, which engages (pops-out) every time the action is cocked. The airgun comes with a Umarex K3 Neo Silencer already spun onto the free-floating tube’s ½” UNF threaded muzzle.
Contact: John Rothery Wholesale - www.bisley-uk.com
WEIRAUCH HW110 MS PCP
The ambidextrous beech stock has a rubberised overmould. It features a high cheek piece with a rubber butt pad, drop-down pistol grip, a slim neck and thumb shelf. The forend includes panels of chequering on both sides. The air reservoir has a forward-facing air gauge and a 200bar fill gives around 110 shots in .177 and 130 in .22. It comes supplied with their ‘HE’ silencer and a sidelever runs a 10-shot removable magazine. The action and Picatinny rail has been manufactured from polymer, which reduces weight without sacrificing strength. The 2-stage, adjustable trigger unit has an ambidextrous safety lever positioned just forward of the mag housing. A self-regulating valve system ensures a high level of shot-to-shot consistency.
Price: From £786
Contact: Hull Cartridge – www.weihrauch.co.uk
The rifle comes as a combo with a 3-9x40 AO scope, 2-piece mounts, 2x magazines, a single-shot loading tray, 2x Picatinny rails, a sound moderator and a filling probe. There’s also an alternative blue pistol grip and an alternative height cheek piece. The ambidextrous, synthetic thumbhole sporter comes fitted with a low-medium height cheek piece, rubber butt pad with removable spacers and a drop-down pistol grip. The underside of the lengthy forend features chequering, which is also present on both pistol grip inserts. A 200bar fill returns approximately 40 full power shots in .177 and 55 in. 22. The paddle-shaped cocking handle runs a 9-shot/.177 or 7-shot/.22. mag. The blade of the 2-stage adjustable trigger can be moved forwards or backwards and it's linked to a cross-bolt safety.
Contact: GMK Ltd - www.gmk.co.uk