CAMOC­CIO RE­VIEW

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

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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

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