Easiest Guns/Brands to Work on?

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    intenseaty22
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    While I do not consider myself a Noob anymore, I do feel more like toddler stage in this hobby, I have a lot to learn. One thing I have learned is that these guns need repair and upkeep from time to time. Either changing an O ring, replacing a regulator, or finding/fixing a leak, there is always something to do. 

    I love this sport, but honestly do not have a lot of time to tinker these days. I’m not loaded $, but happily will pay for quality and trouble free equipment. Even good guns need a little TLC….

    So, with this in mind, which rifles are the easiest ones to work on? I think it would go without saying that these should also be guns that Do Not require Constant repair. 

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    mcoulter
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    I’m very happy with how easy my FX Royale is to work on.  I love how I don’t need to depressurize the CF bottle when removing it.  The regulator is easy to get at, the trigger is easy to disassemble, and the breech seal is not hard to replace (once you learn a few tricks). 

    The down side is that the regulator has not been reliable.  FX sent me a replacement and that one is currently not working well.  I blown through a breech seal (or two) every tin or so.  The hammer spring isn’t hard to get to – but its not externally adjustable. 

    Would I buy one again?  YES!  But probably in .25 vs. .22.

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    intenseaty22
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    So, are you able to change the reg for something more reliable, Huma etc?

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    NoLandBeyond
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    +1 For the EDgun PCP’s. I own the Matador R5 and it’s been the only gun I felt comfortable taking apart and installing a Huma Reg as well as adjusting the HST. The simplistic design of all the parts and the videos that ED puts out on Youtube of disassembling/reassembling his rifles with just a few hex wrenches, makes it easy to choose this gun. I dread when my other PCP’s develop leaks as I most likely will have to ship them back to get them repaired.

    I have yet to see FX, Air Arms, Daystate, or any other big airgun manufacturer go out there and put up videos on how to quickly and easily tear down their guns and service them. Most videos are from other users doing it themselves. God help me if my Cricket pressure gauge bites the dust, as an example. I’ll have to ship that gun out for servicing just because you need a special tool to get the gauge off, which is near impossible to find or you have to have skill in making it yourself.
    Heck, I’m even considering a Lelya 2.0 now after seeing how easy it is to service my Matador.

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    hawkeye69
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    “NoLandBeyond”+1 For the EDgun PCP’s. I own the Matador R5 and it’s been the only gun I felt comfortable taking apart and installing a Huma Reg as well as adjusting the HST. The simplistic design of all the parts and the videos that ED puts out on Youtube of disassembling/reassembling his rifles with just a few hex wrenches, makes it easy to choose this gun. I dread when my other PCP’s develop leaks as I most likely will have to ship them back to get them repaired.
    I have yet to see FX, Air Arms, Daystate, or any other big airgun manufacturer go out there and put up videos on how to quickly and easily tear down their guns and service them. Most videos are from other users doing it themselves. God help me if my Cricket pressure gauge bites the dust, as an example. I’ll have to ship that gun out for servicing just because you need a special tool to get the gauge off, which is near impossible to find or you have to have skill in making it yourself.
    Heck, I’m even considering a Lelya 2.0 now after seeing how easy it is to service my Matador.

    
AOA has some videos on their site for disassembly and repairs. 

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    ackuric
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    I found my Benjamin marauder extremely easy to work on. You can adjust hammer throw and spring preload easily out of the box. The entire platform is easy to take apart and understand each working part….So easy that the only remaining original parts are few because I love to tinker.

    Custom valve/hammer/stock/moderator/tp/regulator/trigger ect….the only original unmodified part left is the fill assembly..lol

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    spysir
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    As you said “guns that do not require constant repair”  – not sure what models the constant repair would be needed, have been into airguns a while and have many that have had NO issue in 10+ years. Seems some newer rigs just arent built that way-

     RAW is a very straight forward design with minimal parts that could cause issue.
    Personally I find the Air Arms rifles very pleasant to deal with
    and then pretty much all tube guns …………………… that do NOT require any “special” tools.   NEVER buy a BSA Spitfire!  Ask me how I know.

    John

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    Kdog
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    Edgun,,,Steyr and RAW. Steyr goes as far as making videos how to disassemble your rifle etc and is on Steyrs website for all to see.Edgun also a ton if HOW TO videos if a o ring needs changed etc.RAWs are also a very simple robust design.

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    Glem.Chally
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    I only have experience with FX Royale but I’ve found it a pleasure to tinker on and adjust.  There’s videos all over youtube from Ernest showing what is what and most of it is common sense,  the only part I haven’t had my greasy mitts in is the valve system.  I’ve had great luck with the regulator and adjusting it is a snap.  Me tinkering on it isn’t a need it’s a want,  to understand better and make adjustments as I see fit.

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    intenseaty22
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    “AirGunShooter”

    “intenseaty22”So, are you able to change the reg for something more reliable, Huma etc?
    While the regulator is easy to replace in the Royale series of rifles, I would not know about doing so.  As for replacing with something more reliable, my .22 Royale 400 has close to 34,000 rounds through it and the reg still works great!   I see no reason to replace it.
     


    I guess like Steve says on his videos: Your millage may vary. I have had, or still do only 6 different guns 1 springer, the rest PCPs, but I read a lot about your guys experiences with many different rifles, and that is one constant: Same guns different experiences on a lot of models. Kinda started this thread because I like to learn and would like to stick to those that are reliable, and DIY friendly. Thanks for the input. 

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    intenseaty22
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    “NoLandBeyond”+1 For the EDgun PCP’s. I own the Matador R5 and it’s been the only gun I felt comfortable taking apart and installing a Huma Reg as well as adjusting the HST. The simplistic design of all the parts and the videos that ED puts out on Youtube of disassembling/reassembling his rifles with just a few hex wrenches, makes it easy to choose this gun. I dread when my other PCP’s develop leaks as I most likely will have to ship them back to get them repaired.
    I have yet to see FX, Air Arms, Daystate, or any other big airgun manufacturer go out there and put up videos on how to quickly and easily tear down their guns and service them. Most videos are from other users doing it themselves. God help me if my Cricket pressure gauge bites the dust, as an example. I’ll have to ship that gun out for servicing just because you need a special tool to get the gauge off, which is near impossible to find or you have to have skill in making it yourself.
    Heck, I’m even considering a Lelya 2.0 now after seeing how easy it is to service my Matador.


    Not the first time I hear the same thing about EDguns. May take the plunge one of these days. I own a Cricket, and it has been very reliable. However, primary reason I went with it is that I only live about 1.5 hours away from Georgia Airguns :)  

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    azccj
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    If you want the absolute easiest to service PCP, I would have to say it would be the Edgun Leshiy. Simply depressurize the air tube with the incorporated bleed valve and unscrew the tube. Then you will have access to any orings that might need replacing and access to the regulator if you want to adjust it. If you want to clean the barrel, simply cock the gun and the breech is wide open. Want to clean the air baffle in the moderator, simply unscrew the end-cap and remove the baffle. Changing a barrel to another caliber or indexing a barrel is less than a 1 minute task. Adjusting the hammer spring tension takes just seconds. What a great, solid design.

    After buying my Leshiy I became a big Edgun fan. My new R5 should be here today.

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    intenseaty22
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    Awesome! Congrats on the new R5, let us know how it does for you. Right now my needs do not exceed .22, so an R5 would have to be in .22, I think I read that it may be forthcoming this Summer. Thanks for the feedback. 

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    mcoulter
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    FYI – Today I replace the o-rings on my Royale in about 20 minutes.  This is the 2nd time I have had the regulator out.  Next time will likely take 10 minutes.  It’s that easy.

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