Fol­low-up Test

The editor finds him­self ed­u­cated in the ways of Stealth en­hance­ment

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Terry Doe is im­pressed by an en­hanced Gun­power Stealth

Ilove be­ing the old dog who learns the new tricks. There will never be any re­sis­tance from me when it comes to be­ing taught use­ful things; I’m a ‘learn what I can, where I can’, sort of chap, and I had just such a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence a cou­ple of weeks ago, dur­ing a tour of Armex head­quar­ters in Birm­ing­ham. I was there to do a fea­ture – you’ll see it next month – on the new Armex man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity that was be­ing in­stalled while I was there. As I watched, fas­ci­nated, as the eye-wa­ter­ingly-ex­pen­sive CNC ma­chines were inched into po­si­tion, the Armex owner, Alan Phelps, re­vealed that his com­pany was now the UK dis­trib­u­tor for Gun­power. Alan fur­ther re­vealed that Gra­ham, his tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant, was a ma­jor Stealth en­thu­si­ast, and that Gra­ham’s own Stealth was def­i­nitely worth look­ing at. So I looked at it, and ar­ranged to take it with me, be­cause I think it’s worth you look­ing at it, too.

TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

Hav­ing tested the Stealth in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue, I was fa­mil­iar with its ‘dis­tinc­tive’ styling and ‘unique han­dling qual­i­ties’, so the com­par­i­son be­tween the stan­dard item and Gra­ham’s trans­for­ma­tion of his own Stealth was dra­matic to say the least. I’m not one for say­ing the least, so here’s a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the sort of Gun­power Stealth I think you should se­ri­ously con­sider.

NOT­ING THE CHANGES

The trans­formed Stealth I took away is Gra­ham’s rat­ting ri­fle, and he prefers it with­out the op­tional si­lencer, be­cause some of the barns he goes rat­ting in are ex­tremely con­fined and the ad­di­tional 6” of si­lencer, in the dark, rep­re­sents a real con­sid­er­a­tion. I just wanted to do a fol­low-up test of the Stealth, and that meant eval­u­at­ing the purely prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits of what Gra­ham had done to his ri­fle.

In ad­di­tion to ex­chang­ing the Stealth’s stan­dard fore end for a ver­ti­cal, syn­thetic grip, cour­tesy of a 9-11mm to Pi­catinny adap­tor, he’d fit­ted a red-dot sight, via an­other adap­tor, and in re­turn for al­low­ing me to take away his pre­cious rat­ter, Gra­ham made me prom­ise to test it with the red-dot on board, backed by the En­field laser he’d also fit­ted, be­fore swap­ping his sight for a scope. Here goes.

HAN­DLE AND HAN­DLING

First, for­get the sight­ing op­tions for a minute; the dif­fer­ence that drop-down grip makes to the on-aim sta­bil­ity of the Stealth, is noth­ing short of amaz­ing. Never one to un­der-an­a­lyse a ben­e­fit, I stud­ied the cause and effect of us­ing that grip, rather than a stan­dard fore end. I dis­cov­ered that hold­ing the grip put my el­bow within prop­ping range of my hip, and thus cre­ated a tar­ge­tised stance, es­pe­cially when aim­ing down­ward, as we gen­er­ally do

“The trans­formed Stealth I took away is Gra­ham’s rat­ting ri­fle”

when shoot­ing rats.

This was a huge deal and I was rar­ing to swap that no-mag­ni­fi­ca­tion red-dot for a scope, but a prom­ise is a prom­ise, so I put 100 pel­lets or so through the mod­i­fied Stealth, and amazed my­self for a sec­ond time by achiev­ing rat-stan­dard ac­cu­racy out to 15 yards.

REAL AD­VAN­TAGE

Prom­ise ful­filled, I quickly re­placed the neat lit­tle En­field 1 x 32 with a 4-16 x 50 and within sec­onds the in­creased sta­bil­ity dream was made real. That grip ab­so­lutely trans­forms the han­dling of the Gun­power Stealth, not least be­cause it also trans­forms the ge­om­e­try of the shooter’s body. Heaven for­bid that I’d over-egg a point, but us­ing that grip makes the most of every­thing the Stealth has to of­fer, in­clud­ing its ad­justable pull-length and butt pad, and com­bines th­ese with that ‘locked in’ stance to cre­ate a far more sta­ble plat­form.

MAK­ING THE MOST OF IT

To ex­tract the full ad­van­tage from all this, you’ll need to take your time in set­ting up your tricked-out Stealth, and the good news is, this will be just about as easy as it can be, thanks to some­thing called the Tac-1 Pac. Af­ter see­ing what that grip and its adap­tors can do for a Stealth, Armex has de­cided to of­fer an up­grade kit, and at a re­al­is­tic price, too.

The Tac-1 Pac will con­tain two adap­tor rails and a grip, with a re­tail price of £49.99. Other Tac Pacs will un­doubt­edly be de­vel­oped, and the plan is to of­fer fully trans­formed Stealths as com­plete kits in the near fu­ture. As far as dis­tribut­ing Gun­power prod­ucts goes, Armex has hit the ground run­ning, and there’s much more to come.

VER­DICT

Af­ter test­ing the stan­dard Stealth and an adapted one, I’d highly rec­om­mend any fu­ture and cur­rent Stealth own­ers to se­ri­ously con­sider that Tac-1 Pac op­tion. The Stealth shoots straight, pro­duces a ridicu­lous amount of shots per charge, and it can be taken down and trans­ported eas­ily and con­ve­niently. It may be the ul­ti­mate ‘Mar­mite’ ri­fle, but thou­sands of shoot­ers love it and I can un­der­stand why. With an up­grade like the Tac-1 Pac, there’s more to love about the Gun­power Stealth and I’m cer­tain that many of its fans will be get­ting a grip in the near fu­ture.

Note how the left el­bow is locked into the body to sta­bilise the stance. It makes an amaz­ing dif­fer­ence.

The grip plus adap­tor rails. Two rails will be in­cluded with the Tac-1 Pac, but you can or­der more and fit other at­tach­ments, as shown here.

The stan­dard Stealth al­ready com­mands a sig­nif­i­cant army of fans, and their num­bers are set to grow.

This Stealth han­dled bet­ter than any I’ve used pre­vi­ously - and for two im­por­tant rea­sons. .

It’s vi­tal to ex­ploit every area of ad­justa­bil­ity in or­der to make the most of the Tac-1 Pac up­grade.

The mod­i­fied Stealth in its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

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