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
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.
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.
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