I have watched with interest YouTube reviews of the BSA Buccaneer SE and Gamo Coyote and read a few more in print and I'm impressed that BSA Guns Ltd and its parent company, Gamo, have put these well-specified, multi-shot pcps on the market at competitive prices. Reportedly, both are good shooters capable of achieving sub one-inch groups at 50 yards, and maybe doing a little better on a calm day and with the right pellet for the rifle.
Both rifles clearly have a common heritage which goes back to the BSA Scorpion SE and its predecessors; they share many parts in common, including barrels made on BSA's hammer-forged barrel-making machine.Both rifles have magazines that lock in place by means of a magnet (a brilliant innovation) which is an improvement on the Scorpion SE whose magazine has to be latched in place manually.
However one possible perceived downside is that both rifles employ trigger units which are undoubtedly made by Gamo; basically the same units as fitted to Gamo springers. Seeking clarification, I wrote to BSA Guns' technical support team and received the following reply:
"The BSA Buccaneer SE air rifle is fitted with the Gamo SAT trigger mechanism. This mechanism is fitted with a fixed 1st stage trigger pull. You cannot, therefore, adjust the first stage trigger pressure. The Gamo Coyote is fitted with the CAT trigger mechanism. The CAT mechanism features an adjustable 1st stage pull – achieved by incorporating a screw in the blade which increases or decreases the compression of the trigger spring when adjusted."
Personally, I don't think this is necessarily a deal-breaker and several reviewers including BB Pelletier aka Tom Gaylord on his Pyramid Air Blog consider these triggers to be not only usable, but perfectly acceptable. Should one nevertheless feel that 'out of the box' the trigger is in need of improvement, there is the option of installing an after-market trigger blade kit, such as the locally-made 'Blizzard blade' or the GRT4 as developed by Charlie da Tuna. (As an aside, one of my all time favourite spring air rifles is a Gamo Whisper X (reviewed some years ago on this forum). I didn't much like the the feel of the stock trigger unit so I fitted a GRT3 replacement trigger blade kit, which was a worthwhile improvement resulting in better accuracy and smaller group sizes.)
I must confess that I reserve a place close to my heart for BSA air rifles, having owned a few of them since boyhood (sadly all but one now sold). If any member owns or has shot with a BSA Buccaneer I should be interested in hearing about their experience of the rifle.
Thanks for reading,