THE HUNTER’S WAY
Following on from last month, it is now time to introduce the S510 TDR. This new rifle has totally cleared any flaws that Eddie found with the 410 version
Following on from last month’s favourite rifles, Eddie Jones shows off his Air Arms S510TDR
As I said last month, the 410 bolt was not my favourite loading mechanism and was the only dislike to such an awesome little rifle. The S510 is even quicker to put together now because the moderator is already attached to the shroud, unlike the 410, so once you attach the rear end via the pin locators and then screw it together, you are ready to go. Now with the sidelever, I can’t find any fault at all with the S510, and I have taken it out more than I ever did the 410 because it is exactly what I want from a rifle. It is so light that I can carry it all day and it has a great shot count – I was easily getting 50- plus shots per charge, and the sidelever is just sublime.
The TDR is so pointable when shouldered, that even with the low cheek piece it still feels right.
I am sure that the smaller scope complements the rifle better than the lager 30mm Sidewinder, but I will try it with the bigger scope in the near future just to test the balance.
As with any Air Arms pre- charged rifle, the trigger is a dream to pull – I have still to find a rifle sent to me from the factory on which I have to fettle the trigger. Its two stages are fantastic, and you just feel the first stage before the second sends the pellet to where you want it – this makes any Air Arms rifle a joy to shoot. I would still like to see just a couple more inches to the fore end wood, but it is no way a problem, and I still get the same pleasure putting this little rifle together as I always have.
FORCED INTO IT
Now we come to the final rifle that I have in my possession, well two of them to be precise. When I first laid eyes on the Galahad I was not impressed. The Air Arms stable had made a rifle that didn’t interest me at all. Bullpups are my least favourite rifles, and anyone who knows me well will know just how I feel about them, so it was a long time before I even held a Galahad, but how wrong I was not to have done it sooner.
In the past I have been able to use bullpups because a good friend of mine has more of them than most shops, an not just of one make, either – he has many different styles, so I had a good selection to try out. Many felt heavy and cold; the coldness most noticeable when you put your cheek to the metalwork – I certainly didn’t like that. The odd gun wasn’t too bad when wood was attached to it, but it still was not something I liked.
The day came when Claire West had me around the throat and made me hold one. When it was in my hands it felt heavy, and I reluctantly put it to my shoulder, but I was massively surprised because the weight had gone! The Galahad had moulded itself into my shoulder and with the weight near the rear, the
Even resting, the Gallahad is a joy to shoot