Author Topic: De-cocking Spring air guns  (Read 304 times)

d_boom

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De-cocking Spring air guns
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:03:35 AM »
I have had a few springers over the years, Crosman Model 6100, Beeman R9 .20 cal., Diana model 34 .177, and others. 
I have always been able to de-cocked my spring air guns by holding firmly onto the barrel, then carefully pulling the trigger,
and slowly allowing the barrel move back into position.  I acquired a used Gamo Hunter model 440 in .177. used from a local
gun shop.   It appeared to be cocked, so I went through my procedure to de-cock this Gamo, but when the barrel was slowly
allowed back into to position it FIRED!  No harm, there was a pellet in the barrel, and pointed in a safe direction. 

Always keep safety foremost in your gun handling! 

Is my procedure in fault or are Gamo spring guns different?  :o


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Frank in Fairfield

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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 06:45:28 AM »
Your procedure is exactly what I use but I make sure the sear has released before I let go of the barrel..
You know when the sear has release when the pressure on the barrel begins fighting you, huh?
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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 07:58:57 AM »
Some springer airguns have an "anti-rat-trap" mechanism which prevents the gun from being fired when the barrel is not latched, to prevent you from getting your fingers trapped when loading a pellet if you touch the trigger.... I suspect your gun is so equipped.... It should have been obvious when you grasped the airgun and pulled the trigger that the sear had not released, however, because the barrel would not have been under pressure from the spring when you were returning it to battery.... Glad you weren't hurt....

Personally I hate them and remove them.... but I'm not suggesting that is the right thing for YOU to do.... just what I do.... I like to be able to uncock a springer when desired, instead of having to fire it.... A springer fired with the barrel open can close it so rapidly it can actually BEND the barrel from its own momentum....  :o

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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2019, 10:23:55 AM »
This issue is one of the myriad of reasons I don't like Nitro-Piston break barrels. Worse, I had a UMAREX Octane, which would occasionally fire if you touched the trigger, even though the safety was on! To each his own!
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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2019, 11:09:31 AM »
It's not just NP guns.... I had a Crosman Phantom springer with an anti-trap linkage.... removing that was the FIRST thing I did....

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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2019, 06:05:30 AM »
Thanks for explaining the "anti-rat-trap" mechanism they caused the Gamo to fire.  I don't remember if I felt spring
pressure holding onto the barrel as I pulled the trigger to de-cock the gun.  To me this "anti-rat-trap" mechanism is
also a safety hazard!  Now that I am into shooting PCP my interest in springers and Pumps is small, but still enjoy
shooting CO2 guns.  Yes, I still have spring and pump gun and do shoot them.  Sometimes I borrow a FWB 300S and
enjoy shooting it, maybe someday I find one which is affordable.
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Re: De-cocking Spring air guns
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2019, 06:40:03 AM »
My TX200 and D52 both have anti-beartraps and while it is a bit more challenging to de-cock them then my barrel-cockers, it can and has been done...
But now, unless I am sure I didn’t load the rifle, I just touch it off...
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