CAMMOCCIO RE­VIEW

In part one of his re­view Mark Camoc­cio looks at the unique S510TC

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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.

USP

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.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION

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.

SUB­TLE WOOD

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

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