New TX200


March 13, 2014, 10:05 AM
I am a person who firmly believes if it ain't broke, take it apart to find out why.

Every air gun I ever owned has been broken down to parts and refined to make it better. Even if it was just to polish moving and touching parts.

The first "real" air rifle I owned was an RWS model 48. This sweet side cocking rifle is at the low end of a magnum with the potential accuracy of a soft shooting gun in the 700 - 800 feet per second category. The 48 is advertised at 1100 FPS.

So after breaking it in with about 500 shots and realizing it likes to be held very lightly and allowed to recoil on its own, I took it down and threw in a Vortek spring kit and of course, polished the moving stuff.

The kit made it just too powerful and added a good supply of vibration to the shot cycle, just the thing it was supposed to NOT do.

Instead of shelving the kit, I chopped off two turns from the spring and filed it flat, then polished the end.

This did the trick. It made the gun a more accurate better shooter than it was before.

So what came next? I did a bunch of reading about the Air Arms TX200 and just couldn't help myself. I bought one.

Then guess what, yup, apart it came and the basic internals were the same as the RWS except the piston on the TX had a derlin collar on both ends so it is guided in the compression piston with no lateral movement. I also added a Vortek kit but this time the kit did not disturb the shot cycle like it did on the RWS.

The TX has a bit less power than the RWS but it manifests itself in superb accuracy. I can easily compare it to a pre-charged pneumatic with 8.64 grain H&N Field Target Trophy often piling up on top of each other at 35 yards.

But the TX is not without it's own troubles. There was a run of improperly heat treated compression tubes causing them to develop a hair line crack. They also have to be spot on in their cocking linkage or the breech seal will not seat properly but once these situations are addressed, you have probably the best or one of the best shooting spring guns you can buy.

35 yards, 5 shots.

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March 13, 2014, 03:19 PM
I've lusted over the Air Arms TX200 for a long time. Don't have one, but, in my view, it's about as good as spring-piston air guns get. You gotta put up some pics.

The closest I ever got was a .177 cal Webley Eclipse:

March 14, 2014, 09:04 AM
More than I ever wanted to spend on an air gun but I'll get over it.

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