STRIPPERS PART 3
Has the editor reached a conclusion on whether to strip, or not to strip?
There have been times in my life when knowledge just hasn’t come easy. As the modfather so wisely wrote: ‘ The more I see, the more I know, the more I know the less I understand’, and so it has been in my search to understand air strippers. Our own Neil Price is a strong believer that these bolt- on devices really can improve your long-range accuracy and have your pellets hitting harder than a bare barrel. The theory has it that by deflecting high-pressure air that exits behind the pellet at the muzzle, it will remain undisturbed in its flight. If it flies true, it will maintain its velocity better than a pellet that wobbles in flight, so will get to the target sooner, have a flatter trajectory, and will drift less off target in the wind. I like the theory, but I needed to see the effect in action with my own eyes. I ran a test with my Air Arms S410 fitted with one of Neil’s strippers, but unfortunately, the bad weather spoiled my results, so I need to do it again in better conditions.
My job brings me into contact with some of the brightest minds in the airgun industry so I thought it would be wise to ask them what they know about strippers. You remember when I said, ‘ the more I know the less I understand’?
“My job brings me into contact with some of the brightest minds in the
At the Midland Game Fair, I sat down with airgun guru, Nick Jenkinson, and said, “Tell me all you know.” About an hour later, I was left with a head full of experiments, barrels, pellet alloys and muzzle flip compensators, but no clear answer. Over the years, Nick has experimented with any number of muzzle-mounted devices, some of which were successful whilst others showed no real benefit, and he wasn’t clear if the stripper theory worked – and if I were not confused enough, he threw in a new theory.
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