In part one of his review Mark Camoccio looks at the unique S510TC
Part One of Mark Camoccio’s review of the remarkable S510TC ( Twin Cylinder) special, from Air Arms
C onsider the modern precharged pneumatic, and that much- copied, barrelover- cylinder design crops up time and again. It’s fairly logical and it works well, but it’s fair comment to conclude that a plethora of models available lack original design, and are instead just variations on a welltrodden theme.
Daring to be different and standing out from the crowd, brings risk, but top British brand Air Arms, did just that, when they launched their S510 TC Twin Cylinder special, some eight or nine years ago. OK granted, it is still technically barrel- over- cylinder, but look closer and there’s a lot more to it than that! I became a fan the minute I set eyes on it, so let’s get a closer look at one of the most unusual PCPs currently available, and see just why it remains such a popular alternative in their product line-up.
The clue is in the name, of course, and with two full size cylinders sitting side by side, the TC looks an imposing piece of machinery, but there’s method in Air Arms’ eyeboggling design.
Interest in the ‘buddy bottle’ style of airgun has grown exponentially over the last couple of decades, but whilst this configuration guarantees the owner a huge number of shots per fill, the profile can be clumsy, to say the least. Add in the high probability of having to grip a cold metal bottle up front, in place of a proper fore end, and many shooters, including me, are less than enticed.
Air Arms could see the popularity of such guns, but clearly wanted to approach the problem of shot count in a different way. The Twin Cylinder concept was mooted, and after some final tweaking, the S510 TC was born. By joining two conventional air cylinders, and placing them alongside each other, the shooter has the feel and heft of a conventional airgun, yet with a vastly increased shot count. Having said that, after initial mounting of the TC in the shoulder, the twin cylinder configuration, unsurprisingly, has overtones of a double barrelled sideby- side shotgun too, and as such, feels fairly unique.
It’s a very clever idea, and definitely gives this model a USP, for those who appreciate something a bit different. So just what are we getting for the asking price? A central shrouded Lothar Walther barrel for a start; the multi- shot S510 action, two ten- shot cassette magazines, Air Arms’ ‘T’ bar charging valve, side- lever action, two- stage trigger, threaded muzzle, integral pressure gauge, safety catch, and that Superlite- style beech stock.
As with all the standard Air Arms models these days, not to mention a huge slice of the airgun industry, the
ABOVE: Firepower indeed!
LEFT: Very distinctive original looks, but it works