The ed­i­tor tries a new, Bri­tish-made stock on his beloved Air Arms S410

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The ed­i­tor tries out a new Ranger stock from Ri­fle­man Firearms, on his Air Arms S410, and says it’s top class!

The Air Arms S400 se­ries of ri­fles has been a mas­sive suc­cess with over 80,000 S400, S410 and S510 guns built and sold so far, and they’re still sell­ing like hot cakes today. Be­cause of this pop­u­lar­ity, it’s quite nat­u­ral that ac­ces­sory man­u­fac­tur­ers would of­fer prod­ucts to suit, and Ri­fle­man Firearms, from Ham­bridge in Som­er­set, has just launched the Ranger stocks to fit. As you can see from the pho­tos, they’re very dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard sporter stock, of­fer­ing a thumb­hole de­sign with an un­usual humped cheek piece. The steeply raked pis­tol grip has deep fin­ger grooves and a pro­nounced flare at its base.

By choosing to use lam­i­nated wood they were able to of­fer a se­lec­tion of colour com­bi­na­tions, from gen­tly sub­tle to very loud, so there will be some­thing for ev­ery­body, from the stealthy hunter to the com­peti­tor. The colours are for­est green, wal­nut, black, royal and sil­ver, and the for­est green is my favourite. I see it as free cam­ou­flage with­out the need to spoil the gun’s good looks.

Lam­i­nated wood is heav­ier than wal­nut, and the scales con­firmed that. My S410 wears a wal­nut sporter stock that weighs 1300g, whereas the Ranger weighs 1600g. I had imag­ined that the large humped butt sec­tion would have brought the bal­ance of the bare stock rear­ward, but it bal­ances in the same place as the orig­i­nal. Of course, once the ac­tion is fit­ted, the added mass is no­tice­able and some peo­ple will wel­come the ex­tra heft, es­pe­cially com­peti­tors who value the added sta­bil­ity.


The way a stock feels to your hands and in the shoul­der is very per­sonal, and I’ve never liked fin­ger grooves. They’re too pre­scrip­tive, forc­ing me to place my hand where the de­signer de­cided, rather than what feels for me, and this stock was just that way. How­ever, ev­ery­body else who han­dled it liked the fit – so it’s just me then.

The fit and fin­ish were very smart and, as promised, it dropped onto my ac­tion with no prob­lems at all. I was im­pressed, and pleased to see sling swivel studs fit­ted as stan­dard be­cause I feel that every hunt­ing gun needs them, and we don’t need to worry about drilling our new stock if the fac­tory does it for us. The ic­ing on the cake for me is that they cost just £ 325, which is very good value for money, and if you buy an Air Arms ri­fle with one fit­ted, you get it for just £ 225 which is then an ab­so­lute bar­gain!

Fin­ger grooves aren’t for me but oth­ers love them

The Ranger stock adds dis­tinctve looks to an old favourite

I found the fit and fin­ish to be top class

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