Ripley AR5 Advice Please

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  1. chevin

    chevin New Member

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    Hi guys I am a relative newcomer to hft, I've been taking it a bit more serious the last couple of months, I'm quite pleased with the hft500 but fancy a nice second rifle though, I've heard Ripley service and back up is good, I would welcome your views on the AR5 or any other recommendations.
    I must admit I came close to buying the EV2 that was on here last week but the round trip was just a bit to far for me, anyway help us out please lads what do you think of the AR5.

    Regards Steve
     
  2. JerryD

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    Love mine, despite the relatively unsophisticated trigger, which . It just goes on and on. I like the solidness of them, although it does depend on which type of reg is in it. I've heard of a Ripper that didn't miss a beat without a service being done in 15yrs, and then that the newer regs aren't as reliable.

    Mine went 5 yrs without problems, and then had a spate of leaky reg issues. However, that's been sorted since I had a John Ostler reg in it. Ripley service is good, especially if you visit in person. Alternatively, John Ostler services the AR5s. He takes longer, but does a cracking job.




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  3. chevin

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    Thanks Jerry I've heard of a couple of local lads who have had problems they have taken them into Ripley and they have been stripped and repaired in front of the customer, these too have been older rifles that have never missed a beat for many years.
    This is one of the reasons I fancy a ripper because of the quality of service the guys received and it's forty minutes up the road for me, I suppose I'm after something with a little bit more quality than usual of the peg rifles I've had in the past.

    Cheers Steve.
     
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    You can specify exactly what you want as regard to barrel length, finish, stripper etc.

    They are superbly engineered, never heard of trigger issues.

    Go for it you won't regret it, 5 in our club now.
     

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    best gun i have ever had. got it serviced by dynodave and the trigger breaks like glass.
     
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    Rippers are made by a man who takes pride in his work. They are actually "made" in england not just "assembled" in england. You wont go far wrong if you buy one :)
     
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    There's nothing wrong with the trigger, only that it lacks the adjustment or sophistication of more modern guns. John Ostler set up my trigger when he put one of his regs in mine, and said "don't adjust it, learn how to use it". Since then it's been fine

    If you get one you're unlikely to regret it. A couple of nice ones in Sals on here now.



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  8. MickyFinn

    MickyFinn I❤HFT

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    I've got one & love mine, engineering & art form in a perfect mix!
     
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    There's a reasonably priced one in sales at the moment in a Paul wilson stock.
    Being sold by Paul Yates a very genuine bloke .
    Stock looks ideal for hft.
     
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  10. chevin

    chevin New Member

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    Thank you very much for all of the above replies, much appreciated.
    Steve.
     
  11. MickyFinn

    MickyFinn I❤HFT

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    You'd have to change the hook on the back of it if using for hft (outside the nefta region knell/stand class) but I've shot this gun & it's a cracker! ;)
     
  12. AndyIoW

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    I own both the AR5 (19 years) and AR5s (9 years) Ripleys and can highly recommend them.

    My AR5s has a Nick Murphy reg fitted but was serviced by John Ostler about 3 years ago when he replaced all the seals for ones that work at a wider range of temperatures. He also built the original rifle when working for Steve. Was set for 770fps and has hardy moved.

    Need to get the AR5 serviced but when it was fed on a diet of Crosman Premier 7.9s would run quite happily at 800fps and give good groups.

    The trigger is something that I have never touched as the feel and response I was happy with.
     
  13. Ste Hughes

    Ste Hughes Daystate's whipping boy

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    I had a short action nickle plated AR5s, what a great gun that was.

    I had it for 5 years and foolishly sold it. I got bored of it and fancied something new!

    They are a great rifle, they really feel like they have a soul. They are not like any other rifle out there.
     
  14. chevin

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    Thanks again lads, I have had contact with Paul about his, we will be speaking in more depth on Monday.
    Cheers Steve.
     

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