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Is there anything similar to the Airforce Texan w/o the air tank in the back?

Forums Big Bores & Arrow Shooters Big Bores & Arrow Shooters – Discussion Is there anything similar to the Airforce Texan w/o the air tank in the back?

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    Deliverator
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    What's up everyone, I currently have a Bulldog which I very much enjoy, but I think it's time for an upgrade. I've been comparing different brands and I really want to love the Texan as it pretty much checks every box for what I want, but I just can't seem to get over the fact that the air tank sits on the back. Am I overthinking this? 

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    Frozenspyder
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    What is it about the tank in the back that you don't like? 

    And what is it, exactly, that you're looking for in a rifle? I'm sure you'll get some good responses if you elaborate a little more.

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    Chickenthief
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    The Texans has a straight valve leading into the barrel which makes them very efficient in air usage.

    Every other rifle has the tank under the barrel facing forwards and air has to "navigate" two 90deg bends before entering the barrel.

    Bends, nooks and crannies all introduce turbulence and reduces effiency.

     

    The 50cal Texan will do 800+fpe standard at 3625psi, with an update on tank, valve and barrel (+4") it will do 1200+fpe and still do 3 shots at more than 1000+fpe from a single fill.

    There are few others, amongst them the Extreme 50 cal and if i recall correctly it struggles to get 700+fpe from a 4500psi fill. https://www.extremebigboreairrifles.com/extreme-specs/

    So from 700fpe to over 1200fpe on design alone, thats no coincidence.

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    Steelhead707
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    We all have to get over some aesthetics when it comes to airgun performance. I like the traditional firearm shape and feel but I've sold out and own an FX Impact and two Texans. Chickenthief is right on the efficiency of the tank placement. Genius design that's still on the forefront of performance God knows how many years after it was introduced. 

    One needs to decide whether you like 'pretty' or 'performance'. Granted, beauty is the eye of the beholder but like bumper sticker says…"Try mutton. 10 million coyotes can't be wrong"

    So yes, you're over thinking it  ;)

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    bertman77mk2
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    Steelhead707

    We all have to get over some aesthetics when it comes to airgun performance. I like the traditional firearm shape and feel but I've sold out and own an FX Impact and two Texans. Chickenthief is right on the efficiency of the tank placement. Genius design that's still on the forefront of performance God knows how many years after it was introduced. 

    One needs to decide whether you like 'pretty' or 'performance'. Granted, beauty is the eye of the beholder but like bumper sticker says…"Try mutton. 10 million coyotes can't be wrong"

    So yes, you're over thinking it  ;)

    👍😎

     

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    dasman
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    Or perhaps, upgrade your Bulldog. Have a Taurus build coming my way in a week or two. Veradium Air. Contact Brian Thurman.  

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    Chickenthief
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    dasman

    Or perhaps, upgrade your Bulldog. Have a Taurus build coming my way in a week or two. Veradium Air. Contact Brian Thurman.  

    So 45 or 50 cal over 600 fpe???

    If not then it's not really a Texan rival and hardly applicabe?

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    dasman
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    Chickenthief

    dasman

    Or perhaps, upgrade your Bulldog. Have a Taurus build coming my way in a week or two. Veradium Air. Contact Brian Thurman.  

    So 45 or 50 cal over 600 fpe???

    If not then it's not really a Texan rival and hardly applicabe

    Sorry, I didn't see that his ideas of an upgrade needed to be a .45 or .50. I missed that. My apologies for sure.

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    AGFAN
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    Hatsan Pile Driver .50 Cal 800 FPE

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    CaptKeith
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    The other excellent option is a Texan with a Maddog stock—it makes it much more comfortable. 

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    Deliverator
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    Thank you everyone for the thoughtful replies! Great points made, I've been looking at 357 options as well so I'm not totally averse to that. I suppose you could boil my main concerns down to  A. I didn't like the idea of using the barrel as part of the stock from an ergonomics standpoint, but CaptKeith made an excellent point about looking into a custom stock/shroud. B. I was a little sketched out about having the tank exposed right next to my head, but as long as everything is well built and properly maintained I'd like to think it's a negligible risk.

    I have also heard much about Veradium and plan on sending the bulldog out for an upgrade there at some point. 

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    ACTORDARRYLSMALL
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    i have a bullpup  and  it  is  too heavy for me  

    i'm  downgrading a little  ,   to a  good pistol  

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    Enazle
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    I myself look at AirForce guns as the original design for a air rifle. Lewis and Clark's Girandoni air rifle has the reservoir in the butt stock. So the design has been around for centuries! Now in all seriousness, the simplicity of design makes a Texan the perfect field gun. No wood parts makes them a all weather gun and rarely do they fail. If you can get over the looks and scope placement you will be happy with one.

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    ACTORDARRYLSMALL
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    aea .30 cal  repeater……..            love it 

     AEA HP Semiauto SS+ Plus 30 Cal | AEA AIRGUN

    but if  you want a  .357 Benjamin bulldog  ..
    i  have to let mine go  ,    affordably  too..    send  me a ping.. if  it  tickles you 

    i only have one shoulder at the moment  and  you need  2 arms  for safety 

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    Fatmike
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    The aea challenger 45 or 50 is the most affordable that has numbers like the texan

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    thepelletshop
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    Pick up the new AEA Challenger BIG BORE in either .45 or .50. side lever action with a magazine.

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