Pro-Target mk 3 reg service.

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  1. raisedbybrocks

    raisedbybrocks New Member

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    Hello all, whilst doing a bit of pellet testing with the PT earlier, it appears to have sprung a leak:eek: Well i've been expecting it to happen at some point really;) I ran low on air and it cracked the valve, I cocked it but could still hear a feint hiss from the reg. I put about 130bar in to se if it would help, still leaking from the reg hole.
    Its a very accurate gun and i intend to give it allot more use. So would like to get it sorted. I think the last service was done by John Ostler, does anyone have contact details for him?
    I know i can send it to air arms, but what would PT owners recommend. I've been toying with the idea of having a Welham reg fitted. I don't really need it for the summer so time isn't an issue. Any advice?
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  2. Weevie

    Weevie Banned

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    I've heard that Dave at Staffs Custom Air Rifles is a good 'un.

    Obviously there's Hydrographics and I've heard good things about them too but also some not so good things. Then again it's a rare shop that has nothing bad (true or otherwise) said about them.
     
  3. raisedbybrocks

    raisedbybrocks New Member

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    Thanks weevie, I didn't realize they did pro targets, not as far away as some either. Worth giving him a ring to see what he does and for how much. I'm in 2 minds as to go for a full caboodle service from someone as I love the gun, but there again it probably just needs a couple of new o rings in the reg.
     
  4. Flannelmeister

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    When I bought my Pro Target it was leaking through the little hole in the reg so I stripped it down to action and reg (cos I couldn't get the reg unscrewed!) and sent it off to air arms.

    They completely stripped and rebuilt and set the reg using harder seals and it has been perfect ever since.

    This was about a year ago but they only charged £42 and that included sending it back by courier. I sent it on a Friday and it was all done by the following Tuesday.

    They designed and built it and they don't charge a fortune to service it.

    Why bother sending it anywhere else?
     
  5. Weevie

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    Can they fit AT to it? If they can...:D

    Seriously though, I guess people like to have their services done by people who are enthusiasts as well as skilled engineers. I'm not knocking the engineers at AA or any other manufacturer but I guess if you do ten services every week as opposed to a hundred then it's possible you'll take more time and care over the job.

    It's also possible (and again I don't know this to be true, it's just speculation) that someone like Dave will have a broader and deeper experience of airgun engineering than a service engineer working for a manufacturer and so is more likely to spot potential problems and therefore do a more comprehensive job.
     
  6. Flannelmeister

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    No AT fitted - none was ever designed for a ProTarget.

    I challenge you to find a better service at a better price. I reckon your individual engineer would have to charge more than £42 to make it worth his while.

    Plus there is the small matter of any special tools needed to unscrew the reg which they have at Air Arms but someone else may have to spend time making or bodging - and time is money of course.

    In addition, if the man at Air Arms manages to break something then all the spares for the gun are there on the shelf.
     
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  7. raisedbybrocks

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    That is good value really. Its empty of air now but does the cylinder just unscrew from the reg? Mine is a little stubborn:D The thing is it is probably a very simple fix, just o'rings as was otherwise performing faultlessly, (well...ish), before the leak. I guess its down to what I can presently afford and whether I believe someone can set it up different and better than air arms and take the trouble to test it for a good time. There's the guy in scotland who did Dorians, think its £75 including return post for a full rebuild, replace all springs and everything, set the reg up and test for a week before returning it. That would be better value than a full service from Air arms, but i'm not sure it needs it at the moment.
    Simon how was your PT performing before the leak did you find power a bit wayward , as I have noticed fluctuations in mine over time also I have only been filling to 180 bar where as before I would give it 200 bar with confidence. How have you found it on return? Do they re-set the reg pressure as well?
    Will
     
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  8. Weevie

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    If valuie for money is what you're looking for then I guess that is a good deal.
     

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