Mark Camoccio has looked at Air Arms’ inroads into the bullpup sector, with the glamorous Galahad model. This month he takes a closer look at handling and performance
Part two of Mark Camoccio’s review of the Air Arms Galahad, at which he takes a closer look.
So, to the business of charging the air cylinder. Air Arms lists different fill pressures with this model, dependent upon the specification, and that sees all unregulated versions get the standard recommended 190bar. The regulated Carbine model on test here has to be filled to 210bar, and the regulated rifle version is specified at 250bar. A manometer sits in the front of the cylinder, but as I’ve stated before, luring the owner to look almost down the front of the gun is crazy, but it’s a fault common to many PCP airguns these days, so hardly confined to Air Arms. Placing the gauge on the underside of the action just has to be preferable, so manufacturers please take note!
My test model, as mentioned, came specified with Picatinny rails, which whilst overkill on an airgun in my view, does at least allow for quick and accurate repositioning of a scope if it has been removed for any reason and you can opt for conventional dovetails if preferred.
Charging the Galahad is quick and easy because it adopts the slick probe system from the FTP900. The valve cover is just pulled forward to reveal the inlet valve, then the probe can be inserted and the cylinder pressurised. The same 20 micron filter is here too, so crud can be kept at bay. Next, we need to fill the 10- shot magazine cassette, simply by dropping a pellet head first into each chamber, gently rotating the inner drum as you do so. To insert the mag’ into its slot within the action, pull down the sidelever and swing it forward, to cock the action. Push home the mag’ in the slot, pull the sidelever back and up, and this has now indexed the first pellet.
“it’s fair to say that the trigger release remains pleasingly crisp and predictable”
Subsequent cycling of the lever, pushing down, forward, then pulling back and up again, chambers each shot in turn.
ARISE SIR GALAHAD
It’s time for action, and to get hands on with the operation. Shoulder the Galahad, and it becomes immediately apparent that the action here can be cocked and cycled whilst keeping the gun firmly in the shoulder, unlike the majority of its rivals,. It all comes down to the perfect positioning of that sidelever, bang in the middle, where the arm can sweep down and back in one easy motion, cocking the action and readying shots in turn – fast- fire if you so wish, or more measured and deliberate. Everything feels refined and over- engineered, and with faultless magazine operation into the bargain, there really is little to criticise. Trigger- wise, some components are lifted from the 400 parts bin, but there’s obviously a remote linkage going on, given the trigger positioning and demands of the bullpup configuration. Taking that all into account, it’s fair to say that the trigger release remains pleasingly crisp and predictable.
If we’re talking negatives, other than the gauge location previously mentioned, then having the magazine breech area effectively so near the shooter’s face has to be another. Admittedly, it’s a concern aimed at the majority of bullpups on the market, and the Galahad does at least present the owner
The Galahad is a super- compact hunting machine
Air Arms’ Galahad is its first foray into bullpups
A decent two- stage trigger helps
The standard Air Arms mag is utilised
A perfectly positioned sidelever lies at the heart of this model