Opinions about the Air Arms Galahad?

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    GunWhisperer
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    Hi folks!
    If you haven’t seen my “Howdy” in the introductions, I’m a gun collector who recently got sucked into the world of airguns by a friend. I’ve collected a handful of “springers” and then finally a PCP.
    I’m not crazy about the PCP. It’s extremely well made, and accurate. I just despise the need to pump the thing up. I have a manual pump as well as an electric one. I much prefer my springers…but the way most folks rave about the PCP’s I feel like I’m missing something. 
    What does everyone think about the Air Arms Galahad? It seemed to have excellent reviews, and I own many bullpups in various calibers and enjoy the basic configuration. Did I unknowingly buy a POS?

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    I wouldn’t worry about having a pos, Air Arms has always been known for making high quality, accurate guns.  Two things I don’t really care for on the Galahad, the cocking lever and the huge gap between the shroud and air tube.  They could have used a larger diameter shroud and air tube to close that gap and it would have looked sweet.   Not sure why they opted not to use their sidelever design (like the s510).  That said, I’ve never held one or shot one so I can;’t really speak on it too much.  The only thing that really matters is if you like it.  

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    The location of the cocking lever really appeals to.  I agree with Tweeter that I’d like to see a larger air tube.  Air Arms is very well know for quality & highly coveted throughout the world.

    Here’s a review that Steve did a few months ago https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/watch-discuss-the-air-arms-galahad-in-aeacs-rdw-vid/?view=all

    Wish I had one!

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    intenseaty22
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    Check out customer reviews on Pyramid Air. At the end of the day, it’s the folk that have used it for a few months that will give you the last word. (Most of the time) 

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    GunWhisperer
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    That was very helpful guys, thanks…I bought the thing on a whim, saw it and liked the look, and my friend who got me into ag has been pestering me to no end to buy a pcp gun.Looks like I got lucky. I enjoyed Steve’s take on it, and wandering around the reviews on pyramid was eye opening- I had that site in my favorites but hadn’t really spent any time there.

    I appreciate the help! I think the gun is great, pcp just doesn’t work for my brain. I like to be completely self contained, and while I can carry my manual pump and be technically self contained…it just ain’t my bag, baby. I think I’m a springer guy.

    I take it “springer” is for any break barrel, whether actual spring or air strut?

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    Keyman62421
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    IMO  you would have been much better off with a wildcat

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    Hynzie
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    i would take a air arms any day cocking handle on the correct side although i think u can switch it and its moved forward i wonder if a 280 ci tank wouldc fit it would maybe look better good luck hows it doing at 75 yds

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    davecole
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    I’ve had my Galahad in a .22 carbine since February of this year. Excellent gun. One of my more favorite features is the power adjuster. For my shooting it allow me to use it on it’s lowest setting (about 6fpe) to shoot indoors in 10m Steel Silhouette, on power level 3 (about 19fpe) I shoot FT Hunter class and on high for all out small game hunting and pesting. 

    The gun shoots the JSB 15.89 the best by far on all power ranges. I also found the power setting just under full (setting 4 is what i call it. There are low, high and three detents) results are virtually just as good as full power but I’m able to get another 6 shots with no change in POI at 40 yards. Dime size groups can be expected if you do your part. The SD is excellent across the power settings. I’d have to say the shot count and SD of the gun Tyler Patner test in the PA video is very consistent with my results. 

    Regulated with a fill limit to 250 bar. tons of shots per fill 

    Fully adjustable butt pad helps with cheek weld.

    There is a groove on the underside of the forestock for mounting a bipod but i have not done that yet. 

    Cocking lever is reversible and when you go to cock it, just a slight amount of pressure on it will bring it to about 50% of it’s cocking travel then pushing it “through” will fully cock the gun. It’s a nice feature. 

    Trigger is very adjustable and as crisp as a fresh saltine. A word of caution; before you start to adjust it, fully understand what set screws you are adjusting and what they do. Also make note of your starting points. Write down exactly what and how much have adjusted. It’s easier to go back to the original settings in case you screw it up. :) The manual explains it very well so be sure to refer to it. And a note on the part in the manual about adjusting the trigger. The clockwise and counter-clockwise is referenced to the gun being in the upright position. I found it easier to leave the stock off and put the action in a rest and making ittsy bittsy adjustments. 

    It may appear the gun is heavy going off what the advertised weight is (8.3 lbs). However, being a bullpup/carbine design if you put your off hand just in front of the trigger guard, the gun becomes very balanced. And the scope I have on mine comes in right at 2 lbs with rings. You can do follow up shots without ever having to point the muzzle down.  

    The soft touch coating on the stock is very durable and has a clean smooth feel to it. 

    now the bad (but not really that bad)…….

    I did have an oring break on one of the magazines. Wouldn’t hurt to get a spare. I had one from a PCP rebuild kit from another gun so I’m not sure the size. sorry. 

    My fill probe was defective upon arrival of the gun. When inserting it into the fill port, I had to push it against the side to make a seal. I thought it was possibly an o ring but after a change out, it proved to be the probe diameter was not consistent the length of the probe. Got it replaced under warranty with PA. 

    On high(er) power the gun is a bit loud. Not as quiet as say a marauder. 

    the bubble level (or spirit as it’s called) on the back of the rail is just a bit close and a bit small for me to see clearly but just a quick glance at it and i can see if I’m canting or not. 

    Basically it’s the same gun as my S510 just a shorter OAL and regulated with a slight gain in fill pressure. 

    Hope this helps. 

        

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    Hey Dave, has the Air Arms regulator proven to be reliable and efficient?  I hope that Air Arms will start using it in the rest of their guns, I cannot see why they wouldn’t.

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    davecole
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    Tweeter I think so. I shoot it more (about 150-200 shots per week) than my other regulated guns because of it’s versatility. I haven’t done a chrony string on it in recent history because i’ve not seen a need to.  
    I agree AA should regulate the S5xx as well and I think they will eventually. And when you look around at other air gun mfg, they are all going to reg’d guns. Umarex Gauntlet is a benchmark for this trend. Three years ago, reg’d guns were a pipe dream. Now a gun north of a grand must have to make it’s place in the market and this trend is working it’s way backwards.

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    GunWhisperer
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    Dave, that was incredibly helpful, thank you! I spent the morning on my range, adjusting the trigger…whew! I’m a master gunsmith and it rather beat me up! I grasped the concept, but it really took some doing to get the trigger where I wanted it. On the plus side, it is probably the MOST adjustable trigger I have ever dealt with in any gun…whatever your preference, you can find it…eventually.

    I’m starting to enjoy the gun. It has taken a bit, as my preconceived ideas about what a gun IS sort of blurred my vision for awhile. But I sat there shooting pennies at 30 yards with no problem, and I started to feel…powerful! I could kill with AIR, hehehe…lol Seriously, I was effortlessly and pretty quietly shooting pennies 90 feet away and it wasn’t costing me much of anything, financially or in terms of effort.

    Uh-oh. When I feel…the bug…bad things happen. I own 65 guitars and almost 400 firearms, 16 cars and 8 motorcycles. On the geeky side, I also have 137 yoyos and 53 throwing tops. I think I have a problem, but hell…I’m too old to change now!  These airgun manufacturers are gonna love me, but my poor wife…

    Thanks guys! I think…

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    GunWhisperer
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    GunWhisperer
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    LOL Bogey47…you can come out and play anytime, if you are near San Antonio or can get there! We’ll put a pin in the adoption for now, though…  :)

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    skohl
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    “davecole”I’ve had my Galahad in a .22 carbine since February of this year. Excellent gun. One of my more favorite features is the power adjuster. For my shooting it allow me to use it on it’s lowest setting (about 6fpe) to shoot indoors in 10m Steel Silhouette, on power level 3 (about 19fpe) I shoot FT Hunter class and on high for all out small game hunting and pesting. 

    The gun shoots the JSB 15.89 the best by far on all power ranges. I also found the power setting just under full (setting 4 is what i call it. There are low, high and three detents) results are virtually just as good as full power but I’m able to get another 6 shots with no change in POI at 40 yards. Dime size groups can be expected if you do your part. The SD is excellent across the power settings. I’d have to say the shot count and SD of the gun Tyler Patner test in the PA video is very consistent with my results. 

    Regulated with a fill limit to 250 bar. tons of shots per fill 

    Fully adjustable butt pad helps with cheek weld.

    There is a groove on the underside of the forestock for mounting a bipod but i have not done that yet. 

    Cocking lever is reversible and when you go to cock it, just a slight amount of pressure on it will bring it to about 50% of it’s cocking travel then pushing it “through” will fully cock the gun. It’s a nice feature. 

    Trigger is very adjustable and as crisp as a fresh saltine. A word of caution; before you start to adjust it, fully understand what set screws you are adjusting and what they do. Also make note of your starting points. Write down exactly what and how much have adjusted. It’s easier to go back to the original settings in case you screw it up. :) The manual explains it very well so be sure to refer to it. And a note on the part in the manual about adjusting the trigger. The clockwise and counter-clockwise is referenced to the gun being in the upright position. I found it easier to leave the stock off and put the action in a rest and making ittsy bittsy adjustments. 

    It may appear the gun is heavy going off what the advertised weight is (8.3 lbs). However, being a bullpup/carbine design if you put your off hand just in front of the trigger guard, the gun becomes very balanced. And the scope I have on mine comes in right at 2 lbs with rings. You can do follow up shots without ever having to point the muzzle down.  

    The soft touch coating on the stock is very durable and has a clean smooth feel to it. 

    now the bad (but not really that bad)…….

    I did have an oring break on one of the magazines. Wouldn’t hurt to get a spare. I had one from a PCP rebuild kit from another gun so I’m not sure the size. sorry. 

    My fill probe was defective upon arrival of the gun. When inserting it into the fill port, I had to push it against the side to make a seal. I thought it was possibly an o ring but after a change out, it proved to be the probe diameter was not consistent the length of the probe. Got it replaced under warranty with PA. 

    On high(er) power the gun is a bit loud. Not as quiet as say a marauder. 

    the bubble level (or spirit as it’s called) on the back of the rail is just a bit close and a bit small for me to see clearly but just a quick glance at it and i can see if I’m canting or not. 

    Basically it’s the same gun as my S510 just a shorter OAL and regulated with a slight gain in fill pressure. 

    Hope this helps. 

        
    Dave; I just sent a message to AG Depot to see if they can order a Galahad in .177. No response yet. I want to use one for FT and Silohuette shoots at my club. There is a 20 fpe limit. I’ve tried a couple of 22’s and turned down the power to get to 20 fpe, They just don’t seem to have the same accuracy beyond 35 yards that they do when they are at full power. What is your experience? I bought a .177 Compatto that I like and will have a regulator installed next month but there is always room for 1 more gun!

     

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    I tested a lot of pellets at different distances and power settings. Interestingly, mine (yours may be different) prefers the 15.89 up to a power setting of “3” which is about 20fpe. Turn the power up and stretch out the distance beyond 40 yards and it seems to group the 18.1 better. No real scientific testing done just 4 or 5 10-shot groups from bags. I always take both 15.89 and 18.1 and shoot groups during the FT practice to see what the gun likes that day. 

    On my first outing with the gun at an FT match I shot a 36 out of a possible 38 Hunter class missing the same target 3/4″ KZ twice. I think it was at about 35ish yards. And I was able to hit the KZ on targets further out later on in the match. 
    I’m blaming the grass it was in. LOL.

    However, I did recently get the bug to purchase a .177 Marauder (I’m leaving it totally bone stock) for both FT and indoor 20 yard BR. I’m getting ready to do some extensive pellet testing with it hopefully this week. 

    In conclusion, I’d suggest doing what I did and that is to try groups at various distances on different power settings with at least the 15.89 and 18.1. Most all AA .22 guns prefer them. 
    Best of Luck. Let us know how you end up. 

     

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    its very bad mechanical works   for cocking and turn the magazine 

    some time its stick only 3 month use it 

    specially parts n 97 its very sharp to turn the magazine and its make some damage in magazine wen u use it

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