BARREL & SHROUD
Barrel shrouds usually act like silencers as the blast of air behind the pellet expands into the void and dissipates the sound- energy. As far as the barrel itself goes, there’s no difference between springer barrels and those fitted to PCPs, apart from what many believe to be the requirement of boremaintainence. While most users of pre-charged pneumatics, especially the FT and HFT competition devotees, believe their bores need a regular cleaning regimen, the majority of spring gunners prefer to keep such maintenance to an absolute minimum, and for good reason.
When a PCP is shot, the blast of heated air meets the cold steel of the barrel, and, whatever the facts of the matter, it’s easy to see how any ultra-keen shooter would worry about condensation, followed by rust. Springers are reputed to eject tiny particles of lubricant into the barrel when they shoot, providing protection from these concerns. Other opinions may differ!