In the June 2005 edition of Magnum magazine,Koos Barnard tested the Air Arms S400 Custom and reported;"So far,I have put close to 1000 pellets through this rifle and it has performed flawlessly.On average,it launches pellets about 30fps faster than my S410 rifle.Air Arms Diabolo Field pellets(8.4gr) leave the muzzle at 814fps while the 10.5gr Crosmans exit at 730fps." He goes on to say;"Just three days after recieving the rifle I managed to win a social FT shoot at a local club." Some would say that 800fps with Crosman Accupels is 12ft/lb,hence being the legal limit,and taking into consideration that the S410 is set at the manufacturers specifications to be at 11 plus ft/lb,would this velocity then not be considered illegal?
My own rifle was chronographed at Wolwehoek in June at the National Championships.To my dismay,it clocked 10,5ft/lb with what I presume were Bisley Premier's.Yet the manufacturer of my particular rifle claims that they set their rifles up at 11.8ft/lb.Would a Crosman Premier or Accupel which both weigh in at 7.9gr then not give the AA Custom an unfair advantage on the POI at say 35-40 metres before the weight to air resistance ratio sets in hence affecting pellet drop. Yes,I can understand that we don't like to talk about these things, but not all of us can afford a full on competition rifle which is optimally set up as close as possible to 12ft/lb.Almal het darem hulle trots(everyone has got their pride).Is there not some form of standardised system where some form of testing can be done with standardised chrono's using standardised pellets at a standardised temperature and pressure using some form of a barometric calculation to compensate for altitude at all FT shoots worldwide?
Koos Barnard goes on to say;"In 2001 another prominent British FT shooter,Dale Foster,bought a standard S400 classic for informal target shooting and hunting and found the rifle to be exceptionally accurate--so much so that he decided to have it turned into a 'competition model'."