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    to rapid air..

     

     

    I have been a rapid fan for over 20years, the only gun I would swap my rapids for are RAWs only because I prefer the side cocking lever, everything else apart from the scope rails and stocks are for almost identical.

    However, I did buy a new gun recently, not because I thought it would be more accurate that the guns I already have  (I can’t see how it actually could be) but because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. In many ways, it has exceeded my expectations but it has also confirmed my doubts.  The things I really like (and so do many other by the about of forum space it occupies) are the ease of adjustment, some of those, like the valve control knob would be an easy modification to do to the RAW, the externally adjustable reg would not be so easy but a back fillable reg inside the neck of the buddy bottle would free up plenum volume for those who are chasing power while also doing away with the v fill system allowing for an even larger valve cap plenum to be fitted. (This has already been done by a guy in his shed)

     

    There are a few issues that need to be resolved on the RAW to make it worthy of it price, fitting an unfinished spring on poorly fitting spring guide or the valve chamber and hammer channel not running concentric with each other, simply isn’t good enough. The new valve cap is a step forward but the long unstable valve return spring is truly horrible. Another part that has recently been changed is the one piece  hammer pip assembly, why on earth was that done?  It removes one on the most important tuning aids on the RAW/ rapid and that is the pip length. Getting a low powered gun to run consistently with a short hammer pip and week spring is a nightmare, it has a lock time measured in historic periods rather than milliseconds. Likewise, get power from a hammer with a long pip requires the spring from the rear axle of a 1960’s mustang. Whoever designed those parts clearly has no understanding of how the gun works.

    This might seem as though I am nit picking or a hate,  I really am not, what I am is frustrated at what I consider the best airgun available is being let down by small details that make a big and detrimental difference.  I am sorry but IMO, what come out of the factory does not close to the guns true potential.

     

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    What’s it for?

     

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    And this is how it should be done

     

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    BB do you have any contacts for folks who were doing tactical setups on thier rapids? I would be interest in purchasing something if it is done right. Also is the Rapid owners club site down?

    Thanks – Brian

    Yes the R7OC is down, Phil is trying to get it going but a lot of the technical stuff is missing, I think patience is needed.

     

    as for the tactical stuff, I don’t know of anyone doing it on a commercial basis, they tend to be done by enthusiasts in there own workshops.

    Ernie Swift used to be one of the “go to” guy for tactical stuff but had taken a sabbatical for a few years but I believe he has recently got back into it.

    one of the nicest tactical rapids is Stuart’s aka CAverminator “ überrapid, I will try and find a photo

     

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    Trauma23

    I have a question, I just got my RAW .357 back from the gunsmith (cracked stock) I fired the gun and then all the air leaked out of the barrel.  Any suggestions?

    It could be that there was not much air left in the bottle, when you took a shot, the pressure dropped, the valve was then pushed opened by the heavy hammer spring. If it does it again immediately cock the gun and that will take the hammer pressure off the valve 

     

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    Double post.

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    TEXAS

    17-35 on one platform goes to FX

    All pcp require up keep

    I have one, I certainly wouldn’t call it a “rockstar”  deva maybe!

     

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    How did you manage to do this, I just can't imagine ?

     

    i was boring with a solid carbide, the tool started to picked up so I stopped the chuck, I was unpicking the swarf off the bar and turned the chuck backwards. The bar snapped (exploded).  directly under my finger. At first I just thought it hit me but when it started to bleed I realised it had gone straight through.

    To be honest I wasn’t going to bother with hospital but I wanted an X-ray to ensure it was not still in there. It was a clean pass through but did drag some swarf with it breaking the end bone on its way.

    The strange thing is, accident and emergency deal with all manner of horrible injuries (fair play to them) but when the doctor looked at my finger she winced. I asked her why and she said there is something about an injury to a finger or an eye that make her flinch, when the nurse came in to dress the wound, she did exactly the same thing.  It didn’t bother me as much as them…..the injection though….nah, I don’t like those.👎

     

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    UglyjohnThe new Chassis System gun is a departure from those in their more traditional line. It’s possible that it might be BAD ASS enough to appeal to the target demographic (from which I am thankfully excluded).                 Uj

    Let’s hope but I don’t think it’s BAD ASS enough, chip smith, Ernie swift, nutshot, phild and a few others I can think of have been doing those type of stocks on Theoben Rapids (same as RAW) for years, Twin bottles, tactical folding stocks, bullpups .30 and 9mm calibres have all been done before  (and to be honest they looked better too) 

    IMO They need to come up with something new not a mash up of what’s been done before.

    An example, I made this years before bullpups every became popular, If a bloke in his shed can make this in just a few hours with basic tools and almost no expense then imagine what a airgun manufacturer should be able to do with all the resources available to them!

     

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    NMshooter

    OUCH!!!!

    Casted the handles for the ice cream scoops in a pressure pot myself. Turned everything on a mini- wood lathe. Had some fun with the .30 cal casings! Have been eyeing a matal lathe for a  while but still having fun in the wood shop!

     

     

    That is impressive work, what exactly are the handles made from?

     

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    I took my shroud off and replaced it with a moderator, lighter, quieter and shorter but in answer to your question, I did the initial indexing with it off, once I found the top poi I fitted the mod to see if there was any difference, there wasn’t.

     

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    Thanks guys, it had me worried, I thought it would be about 2”maximum 

     

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    After successfully testing the collet idea on one of my rapids, it was time to fit the mk2 version to my impact that suffers from zero shift. I am convinced it’s the liner crush nut that’s the problem.

     

    All I did was cut 2” of the barrel sleeve and fitted a er16 collet chuck to the end. I then made a delrin baffle the supports the shroud and also increases the Dia of the liner to 10mm to suit the collet.


     

    the collet grips the liner firmly without putting it under compression or causing damage, holds it 100% concentric to the sleeve, and the baffles 100% concentric to the shroud. Index could not be easier, slacken the nut slightly, turn the liner, pinch up nut, job done.

     

    It definitely works on my other gun, testing the impact tomorrow, see how it performs.

     

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    I like that…proper engineering 👍

     

    enjoy

     

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    I understand slow regulator as the time it takes for the reduced pressure to stabilise.

    On the regulators I am familiar with there are a few causes. 

    Too little piston endfloat (how far it opens and closes) the gap between inlet and sealing face is insufficient to allow the air to move freely. To big and the reg pressure becomes inconsistent.

     

    The sealing face being to soft or dented, the plenum fill the reg shuts but doesn’t give a complete seal, the pressure slowly rises until it forces the piston to seal (much like screwing down tightly to stop a dripping tap)

     

    Often over looked, the connection between the air reservoir and the reg, I have noticed that sometimes there is insufficient flow between the two, this causes an intermittent slow reg fill, the reg works fine when the charge if full, as the air is being used up, the reg fills slower and slower as the pressure differential between incoming pressure and reg pressure narrows.

     

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    I have been testing this for the past week or so, shot about 1000 pellet through it and have fitted a shroud and moderator.  The barrel has been in and out 1/2 a dozen times, the liner has been in and out at least 20 times, the shroud and mod have also been on an off many times.

    The results are very promising, the maximum zero shift I have had either vertically or horizontally @25yards is just 4 clicks on the scope.

    I have some er16 collets on order, one of these will definitely be fitted to my impact. I haven’t decided yet on what length liner I will fit on the rapid, I may cut it down to 400mm. Still testing but looking good.

     


     

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    Nice groups 

     

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    The new RAW Micro! That thing looks like it's gonna be a great compact rugged gun

    WE WANT PICTURES,👍

     

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    davos

    When everyone mentions the Rapid, does this include the RAW HM1000 guns or just the old Theoben Rapid?

    Other than cosmetics both are the same except for the cocking lever, about the only advantages the rapid has is better barrel clamping and the pellet probe is more rigid.

     

     

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    You missed with this one

     


     

    😆. Bb

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