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

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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.


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

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