Cricket Bullpup Modification Ideas

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    KitCarrera
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    Come on people! Any other proud Cricket owners out here?! Please share your pics and you don’t have to share details publicly if you don’t want to. Thanks in advance!

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    Erik
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    “KitCarrera”I must commend you on your sense of style you have an eye for what looks nice! Are those pics of a gun you owned? Can you share more details on what was done to it? You don’t have to share your source publicly if you don’t want to;) Me personally would love to know every detail including where, who, what, when, and how!

    Those pics are from the stock maker in poland. He makes his own guns as well.

    And thanks ;)

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    Erik
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    This was my first Cricket in .177

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    KitCarrera
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    I know there are other Cricket owners out here! Let us hear from you. Show us your joy and pride! Let’s see those mods!

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    T3PRanch
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    I own a Synthetic .25 but other than a picatinny rail for a bipod and replacing that HORRIBLE plastic spring tensioner, mine is bone stock and HEAVY but as accurate as they come at 50 foot pounds with JSB MK II Heavy’s. Killed a coyote at 50 yards with mine and Grackles have not been seen at my location for over 7 months now!

    Thurmond

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    KitCarrera
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    Adding a bipod rail is definitely one mod I am planning in the near future! Which make and model do you have? Did you install yourself and if so how difficult was it to do? Which bipod are you using and would you recommend it? What features do you like and don’t like? Thanks for sharing!

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    iride
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    “No just takes one oring on the mag, Makes a tight fit and the mags do not drop out of the holders..”Mike, do I order one o-ring per magazine or two? Looking to order online now. Thanks for sharing the tip!

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    Erik
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    I can share pics of how I installed a bipod to my synthetic stock when I get home from work.

    I tried the O-ring mod but didn’t like it, but you might so try it out.

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    KitCarrera
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    I would love to see that thanks!

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    Sam63
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    “KitCarrera”Hello, I just got back into airgunning after a long absence and discover this wonderful forum. My first and won’t be my last purchase was a Kalibrgun Cricket in .22 with the black stock. Love it for its performance, dependability, and history. A lot of guns have come and gone but the Cricket is still selling strong! Now my questions to all are: what mods have you done to your Cricket, what mods can be done, who are the top tuners, and please post your pictures! Thanks in advance as I am hoping for some great ideas and to read some interesting posts. Go Cricket!

    The skeleton stock would be my first modification. The skeleton stock is over a pound lighter than the standard wood and almost 2 pds less than the synthetic. How accurate is your 22 and have you chronied it? If yours is accurate with 18.1 JSB or H&N 21.14 you might want to send it in for a power tune. Without stressing the H/S or reg 22 Crickets are shooting 36 – 42 fpe with the tune. H&N 21.14’s come in a few head sizes. Both of my 22’s liked the 5.51’s, I have read some like 5.52 so if your going to try the H&N get a tin of 5.51 and 5.52.

    Your Cricket needs to shoot the 18.1 JSB or H&N 21.14 accurately before sending it in for a power tune. Charlie at Georgia Airgun has a few skeleton stocks if your interested. He did the power tune for my 25 Cricket and its shooting the 34 grain at 925 fps.


    Above a few photos of my beloved Crickets. Haven’t got a chance to post the 25 cal yet.

    Link to a video of a 22 cal shooting dime size groups at 65 – 70 yards. 
     

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    Erik
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    Nice Crickets sam!!

    Kit, here are some pics. The One with the gun in is an Old One with a different scope and before I owned the custom stock.

    All I did was drill two holes and put “machine screws” with nuts to attach the rail








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    KitCarrera
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    Thanks Erik, you have been helpful from the start and I appreciate it. Now getting back to your post – which rail did you use? Atlas? Would you recommend it? What did you like and didn’t like about it? Any issues with install? If you had to do it again what would you change? Excuse me as I don’t recall but did your custom stock have a bipod rail? If so, please answer same questions above. 

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    KitCarrera
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    Erik, few more related questions for you: which bipods have you tried, which would you recommend and why. What are you using now? Thanks!

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    iride
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    ”   What about the Oring Mod did you not like?  Never mind, I see you took out your Magazine holders…….”I can share pics of how I installed a bipod to my synthetic stock when I get home from work.

    I tried the O-ring mod but didn’t like it, but you might so try it out.

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    KitCarrera:

    I have used the Atlas rail. It is Nice but sticks out a bit far for some reason. Makes it a bit uncumfortable to hold the gun without bipod. The One on the picture is a rail I got from a friend. Not sure if it is a brand or just no name China rail. Either way it has a much lower profile than the Atlas rail wich I like.

    I have used Three different bipods. The One I recommend is the Atlas bipod, really well suited for bullpups. The One I have is a cheap $35 copy from Greenbase but if I ever feel the need I would not doubt to upgrade to the real thing, a bit pricey though..

    I also used and still have the UTG 360 recon bipod but I dislike it. The good thing about the Atlas is the 45° angle leg position, it suits the Cricket so well. However with the recon the bipod sags down due to the Big ball inside it that gives the 360 function. This makes the leg position far lower than 45° resulting in the gun sagging down as well. So for Me that defeats the whole purpose of the 45° legs and makes it a very uncomfortable bipod.

    I also used a China copy of the Harris bipod but did not Care for it that much. Not as adaptable as the Atlas.

    If I could do it again I would not waste my Money on the UTG bipod and just buy the Atlas straight away.

    I have not insralled a rail to my custom stock.

    Iride:

    I did not like it because it was too tight for my liking to put the mags in the holders. I felt like it would damage the Pellets. Also it made the cocking not as smooth. I used electical tape on the inside of the mag holders for a tighter fit instead. But if you use the tape you have to do it right, otherwise it could get messy.

    I was just out shooting, put seven pellets through this One at around 30 yards. Somewhere around .33″ ctc. As you can see my rest was not exactly ideal, I was standing next to that big pipe resting the gun on it.

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    KitCarrera
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    Hi Sam, great guns! I checked Georgia Airguns’ website and no mention of the Cricket skeleton stock. I’ll have to call them tomorrow to double check as I do like the look and the weight savings. I’m sad about losing the ability to carry extra mags though. Nice guns! Do you only have 2 Crickets? I’m teasing! I think you have an awesome combo: one sniper rifle carbine and one compact carry bullpup. If you have more than two well even better! 
    Haven’t had the chance to chrony it yet. Next purchase will be for a chrony. Question? Where do you send your gun for a tuning? What does it consist of? How much does it cost? How much of a difference does it make in terms of accuracy and reliability? In other words, if it becomes more accurate does the reliability go down? 
    Are both guns pictured in .22? You said you didn’t have a pic of the .25 yet. Is that also a Cricket? In terms of accuracy, is the carbine more accurate? By how much? Did you tune the carbine before you did the Youtube video?
    Thanks for sharing!

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    KitCarrera
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    Sam, please post pics and details of your .25. I’m dying to see and learn all about it! 

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    KitCarrera
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    I ordered some o-rings from Amazon base on the dimensions from the Zonk mod and will give it a try. Turns out that they have o-rings with different outside diameters. I measured the inside diameter of the mag holder and it’s about 35mm and the o-ring I ordered is 32mm. The o-ring mentioned in the Zonk mod doesn’t indicate the outside diameter. Either way I’ll post my results. One more thing, the Zonk mod mentions grinding the gun down to accommodate the o-ring. Yikes! Why would I want to do that!?

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    zebra
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    Ernest Rowe is the best known tuner for Crickets. He’ll be able to tell you better than me all the services he offers but the term “tuning” is usually a collection of services to set up your gun to perform well for your purposes. The goals of tuning are typically things like accuracy, power, efficiency or a combination. 

    Specific tuning activities include: adjusting the hammer spring, valve spring and regulator for optimal power with a specific pellet and optimal shot count, polishing the inside of the barrel to deburr the rifling and make the surface smooth, straightening the barrel, fixing crowning issues  and a bunch of other things I don’t fully understand to improve accuracy and efficiency. 

    Luckily for us, we don’t need to understand any of that stuff. You just send in your gun and say “please make it more accurate and give me more shots per fill” and experts like Ernest can take I from there. 

    I would think about what you want to achieve before sending it away for tuning. 

     

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    KitCarrera
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    Thanks for your input about tuning. Since I just got my Cricket I will wait until I’ve put 500 rounds through it before I will consider tuning the gun. It is accurate out of the box for my limited shooting range. One of the big reason I got it was for its known accuracy capability and after zeroeing it in I have not been disappointed. 
    For you guys and gals that have other rifles besides the Cricket please tell me how the Cricket stacks in terms of accuracy. Is it more or less accurate than say a Vulcan, Mutant, Wildcat, or Bobcat? Thanks all for sharing!

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