Mark Camoc­cio picks up the new ver­sion of BSA’s Su­per­sport break-bar­rel springer

Mark Camoc­cio re­vis­its an old friend to find some sub­tle im­prove­ments

Air Gunner - - Contents -

The Su­per­sport has fea­tured in BSA's springer line- up, in one guise or an­other, for some time now. In­deed, I first heard of it when my fa­mous old Marky­ate club, based near Lu­ton, held a night shoot for char­ity, which ap­par­ently proved to be a bit of a Le Mans for air­guns; shoot­ing con­tin­u­ously at FT tar­gets through the night!

The year was 1986, and whilst I couldn't make the event, I re­mem­ber ev­ery­one say­ing that the star of the show was the Su­per­sport – a few of which had been kindly loaned by BSA for the du­ra­tion. A good plug, of course, for what was then a brand new model in .22, but a sup­port­ive ges­ture too, for what was some se­ri­ous cash rais­ing for good causes.

RO­BUST

That early model was more ba­sic and com­pact if I re­mem­ber, rather re­sem­bling the Me­teor, but the ro­bust­ness and re­li­able per­for­mance, even af­ter a se­ri­ous ham­mer­ing, im­pressed all who used it that night, whilst a few rather more lux­ury mod­els ap­par­ently de­vel­oped faults and com­pli­ca­tions!

Fast for­ward to the present day, and we have the Su­per­sport SE, which whilst still of­fer­ing a sim­i­lar time- hon­oured, break­bar­rel, spring- pow­ered ac­tion, has an al­to­gether more re­fined look. Sub­tle im­prove­ments to the de­sign are in­evitable, and the SE spec’ is visu­ally ap­peal­ing, for sure, with more sub­tlety in sev­eral ar­eas. Open sights come as stan­dard, but these are now fi­bre- op­tic spec’, with green el­e­ments at the rear, and an or­ange bead at the front. The usual finger wheel ad­just­ment is here, and it all works well. There's a two- stage trig­ger, a smart beech stock with laser- cut che­quer­ing, and a man­ual safety catch.

HANDS ON

Pick up the Su­per­sport, and you know in­stantly it's a BSA, given the clas­sic open sights pro­file that fol­lows the orig­i­nal pat­tern. Com­bine that with that grace­ful fore end, and this model's lin­eage is ob­vi­ous. The stock is smart and func­tional, and whilst there is tech­ni­cally a righthanded cheek piece, it's so shal­low, that to all in­tents and pur­poses, the wood­work has to be classed as am­bidex­trous. Laser- cut che­quer­ing is per­fectly ap­plied to both the grip and the fore end, but it's that thumb shelf at the rear of the grip that I re­ally like; it en­hances looks, but also feels great in the aim, aid­ing good trig­ger con­trol.

In terms of build over­all, the Su­per­sport has a good qual­ity feel

ABOVE: The lat­est Su­per­sport SE is a clas­sic BSA

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