This Annoying Fill Probe Issue…?

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    davidsng
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    This photo puts a wrench in my stomach!

    Today, I grabbed the wrong fill probe before I went to the range.  I had every thing else, but had the wrong probe, and it still did not matter.  Could not shoot, and had to drive home.

    Now, I'm only looking at certain airguns as my next one!

    Maybe, a Brocock Bantam mini.

    Maybe an Rti Priest.

    Both have only Foster fittings (no probes that then scew into another piece that THEN has the qd Foster fitting on it) to fill the gun.

    GUYS,

    Please post all the guns that you guys are thinking about getting,  in the near future, with ONLY a Foster QD filling already attached to the gun.

    (I'm not trying to start anything here.)

     

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    Sigma
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    Sounds a little dramatic, but the new jsar raptor would be cool

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    Bruce54
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    Hey,Guys! I'm a firm believer in the KISS principle. A simple little Benjamin Fortitude G2 is on the table next for me. Light and easy to use in the field and it only needs the female foster fitting!

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    Beach-gunner
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    I understand…I don’t see why the AG industry doesn’t have a standard method regarding filling an air tube.  My solution is to only own 2 Airguns, 1 in 22 cal and 1 in 25 cal.

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    Keyman62421
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    MORE THAN ONCE!!!  🤬

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    davecole
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    Two things I do to thwart "I got the wrong fill probe". 

    1. Use an electric engraver and mark on the adapter what gun it fits..

    2. Keep the probe in the case or bag in which the gun goes into… 

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    Dairyboy
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    JSAR Raptor Mini

    AAA EVOL Tac

    No fill probes for me either!

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    rkmcvey
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    There is a 25 cal  Priest for sale on the AA Classified for 1050. Only because I can't afford it!!

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    Skip-in-WV
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    My Steyr uses a probe. I hate it. The only way to add a foster fitting is to give up the air gaugel

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    vinny
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    Been there done that , now I keep each probe in its own labeled pill bottle and all in my range bag. Yup it’s a pain but that’s what they make us do!!!  

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    Exitpupil
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    They work very well for some LDC applications where filling at a 90* angle is required.

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    h2okenny
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    I agree, probes are a pain in the ***. I purchased a Donnyfl probe not long ago for my Veteran, I shoot off my deck and from my basement and have an air tank both places so I wanted a probe both places. I think I'm going to order several more for my other guns that use probes and leave them in the gun. The knurled knob sits flush with the air tube so it doesn't stick out much further than a foster would.  At $25 a pop it's neither a great fix or a cheap fix, but better than constantly dealing with the probe issue (I think). 

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    mr.grimm
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    h2okenny

    I agree, probes are a pain in the ***. I purchased a Donnyfl probe not long ago for my Veteran, I shoot off my deck and from my basement and have an air tank both places so I wanted a probe both places. I think I'm going to order several more for my other guns that use probes and leave them in the gun. The knurled knob sits flush with the air tube so it doesn't stick out much further than a foster would.  At $25 a pop it's neither a great fix or a cheap fix, but better than constantly dealing with the probe issue (I think). 

    Thats what I do, I leave them in my guns. I only have 2 PCPs but have had no issues just leaving the probe in all the time. The other thing a person could do is check the fit of the fill probe before you leave the house. Or keep them all in the same container and keep the container with your air tank ready to go.

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    Funshine
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    When I bought my FX Streamline, AOA did not include the probe, so I had to wait for awhile to fill it. Now with the Impact I don't have a probe and that's just dandy for me.

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    Yossshooter
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    Im with you on that issue, i have a  kral puncher breaker its my only airgun but i still dont like the probe filling method.

    My solution is to have a machinist make the probe with the fill nipple in the back machined and also drill and tap the front of the probe as to leave it in the gun permanently and not have it stick out much.

    Will post pictures once i have this done (probably in a few weeks) 

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    N8Mendoza
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    One thing that Is great about FX Impact. Can just use the air chuck off of the fill probe in a pinch. 

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    Bigragu
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    I only own 4 PCP guns, and that’s plenty for me. With all the parts and pieces from spare allen wrenches for scope rings all the way to replacement aftermarket mods, I had to get better organized than throwing everything in a shoebox, and guessing which parts for what gun. I bought these snap tight o ring sealed boxes from Home Depot, and coupled with a label maker, I got myself organized. Same with all the lubes, o ring seal kits, etc., required for PCP maintenance. When I leave or shoot from the bench in my garage, I grab the box labeled for the specific gun I’m using. Each box holds the probes for its gun, and I go the extra mile in trying to keep things dust free by enclosing the probes in a small zip lock. 

     

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    davidsng
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    Some Great info coming in on this thread.  Quite a great topic!

    A Bemjamin marauder is looking nice these days too!

    I may put one in a Bullpup format.

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    intenseaty22
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    Keep your probes in your Go Box. Buy a spare for each of your most used/favorite guns. It would be nice if they adopted a standard size probe, but in meantime, this may help. 

    I would certainly not change my guns just based on the probe dilemma. 

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    intenseaty22
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    I got these on E-bay for my Cricket, no need for extra parts. 

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