Want to make sure your airgun performs its best? An expert gunsmith shows you how to maintain it at home using a photographic step-by-step guide.
Whilst you may be a good shot now, your education may have fallen short when it comes to maintaining and servicing your rifle. What’s the best way of doing this? How can maintain your airgun yourself and make sure it performs its best?
There are plenty of enthusiastic airgunners around who have carried out misguided home repairs on their guns. Many gunsmiths have stories to tell of finding knitting needles jammed down barrels; pellets jammed in one on top of another and customers turning up with bits of airgun in a bag, unable to put the piece back together again.
Here’s how to maintain your airgun – tips from an expert
We thought it best to give you a guide showing you how, using clear photographs. So here’s one featuring Jonathan Beauchamp of Greenfields Gunsmiths in Salisbury, Wiltshire. He strips a BSA Meteor and replaces the breech and piston seals. The BSA Meteor is a legendary airgun and is still in production 58 years after its introduction. That’s because it’s a firm favourite among young target shooters and hunters.
But like a car you use regularly, the gun needs some servicing and attention from time to time. In common with any spring air rifle, the seals and springs wear out and will need to be replaced.
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Understand how an air rifle works before attempting any home repairs
Jonathan advises you to check that you are using the correct tools and have some understanding of how an air rifle works before attempting any home repairs. In addition if you have bought an airgun second-hand you cannot be sure of what the previous owner has done to it. So watch out for overly- powerful springs or unexpected internal damage when you strip it down.
The definitive step by step guide to maintenance of your air rifle