AA S400 and FT

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  1. steve cash

    steve cash New Member

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    guys, I’m thinking of purchasing a air arms s400, can this be used successfully in FT in its original guise?.
     
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    NeilM Well-Known Member

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    If you buy an MPR then yes, if you buy a standard S400 then yes but you are going to have to accept a few compromises, mostly in your shooting position due the the shape of the stock.

    If you choose the S400, then make sure you get one with a longer air tube, carbine's are fine for HFT, they are shorter, lighter and work well prone, but a short, light rifle is not ideal for FT, plus the longer cylinder will give you more shots. per fill.
     
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    NeilM would you mind going into detail about the stock differences.
     
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    A standard S400 has a sporter type stock, with a relatively shallow fore end and a fixed cheek piece. An MPR, or for that matter any FT rifle has a much deeper fore end, often adjustable, or an accessory rail that will accept an adjustable fore end or hamster, the cheek piece is also higher and almost always adjustable, lastly the butt pad on an S400 will be fixed and on an MPR it is adjustable for height.

    Do a google image search for each rifle and you will clearly see the differences.
     
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    Thank you.
    Have added a cheek piece and moveable butt pad, hamster next, just wondered if there was anything else.
     
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    Malcolm, Neil is 100% right in what he has told you. You would not go wrong with an Air Arm S400 MPR.FT. (that is multi purpose rifle- field target)
    This gun has the adjustable butt and cheek piece and trigger.It comes with an air stripper fitted. I have one and have had for 6years and would not part with it,one of the beauties of it is you can always add to it,things like an adjustable hamster as you can afford them. I have never found mine to be particularly pellet fussy but seems to shoot best with AA or JSB.pellets. Buy one,have fun,enjoy your shooting.

    Terry
     
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  7. Brian Keary

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    Steve s400 mpr Ft an underated gun
    I have had a couple and tbe one i have the now holds its own with most top end rifles at 55yds
    And as Neil says has tbe adjustability to get you set up well from the off
     
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    Better of getting a HFT 500 i think . more shots , better stock . rail at the front to put a hampster on ??? HOLLY
     
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    Better of getting a HFT 500 i think . more shots , better stock . rail at the front to put a hampster on ??? HOLLY
     
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    I believe a fairly standard S400 took 3rd place at the World Championships in 2006. If I remember it correctly, it was a standard stock with an adjustable cheek piece and a bolt on hamster. The scope was a big nikko I think. I'd say 3rd in the Worlds is pretty successful.
     
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    Evo Scouser by Birth mfta shooter by choice

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    the s400 is a superb rifle, i had this one and can honestly say it was superbly accurate to 55yrds and perfect for Field Target, 20181001_140059.jpg
     
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    i think the S400 is a very capable rifle but having adjust-ability is crucial
     
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    Its not in standard guise my sons s400 really accurate gun 20190509_081806.jpg
     
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    Is the Air Arm S400 MPR FT still available, if so where from..... the only MPR I can see on the AA site is the 10M version..... Is it a discontinued model?
     
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    The s400f I bought new is very accurate. I bought it as a project to tune, with the help from people on here get 100 shots with a variance of 8 fps.
    As its a third gun and I'm left handed I'm altering the stock myself.
    Done trigger, butt and cheek piece, and altered balance.
    Was looking into floating the action, but don't think l could better it.
    Just picking people brains.
     
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    Correct, the shooter was Jason Guthries from South Africa. He got a total of 136 ex 150, only seven points behind the winner who got 143 ex 150.

    Got to admit I don't recall if he had even added an adjustable cheekpiece to his stock, I seem to remember it was pretty bog standard.
     
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    It is discontinued and the replacement is the HFT500.
     
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    It was the year Ozzy won it, and he shot out of his skin to come in with a 143, beating Calps by 5 clear targets and Jason by 7.
    The Polish didn't like the fact that Ozzy was wearing a target shooting jacket, so he took it off for the competition and still kicked ass. How's that for pure class.

    Maybe Ozzy will remember if Jason's S400 had an adjustable cheekpiece on it, I'm fairly sure I remember seeing photo's of it. Not entirely sure on the scope though - it might have been a Big Nikko or it might even have been the cheaper version of the big nikko ( target master / night eater or whatever it was called ).
     

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