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T

he increased cost and reduced
availability of .22-cal. rimfire
ammunition-Short, Long and
Long Rifle-during the past few years
has spurred interest in airguns. By
virtue of their designs, however, many
lack the rifle-like accuracy and energy
levels demanded by ardent rifleman
and small-game hunters. For those
individuals, pre-charged pneumatic
(PCP) air rifles are the best option
as they offer multiple shots without
breaking cheekweld, consistent
metering of air/CO2 and reduced
vibration (i.e. no spring movement)-
all of which contribute to enhanced
accuracy. Additionally, a PCP gun's
power level can be adjusted to match
the shooting/hunting application.
Among the standouts in the growing
marketplace of PCP air rifles is
AirForce Airguns' American-made
Condor SS, which is evaluated here.
As with its counterparts and
predecessor, the Condor SS is powered
by a 490-cc., 3,000-p.s.i.-rated tank

AirForce Airguns Condor SS
that is secured using one of two
attachment systems. Coined "Quick
Detach," this is the least costly option,
and permits easy removal from the
rifle for charging. The second option,
which is called "Spin-Loc," effectively
locks the tank in place; however, the
tank has a refill fitting on the side
opposite of the pressure gauge. As
such, the Quick-Detach version is
easily filled using the AirForce Airguns
hand pump, which can be purchased
separately or is included in some kits,
as well as a scuba tank. Because of the
Spin-Loc system's design, it is most
easily charged using the hand pump.
Worthy of note is that the tank itself
serves as the buttstock, and as metal is
uncomfortable in cold conditions and
slippery when wet (i.e. perspiration),
the company had the foresight to use
a 5½"-long band of textured synthetic
material to cover it. Moreover, there
is a slight recoil pad that extends
rearward of the tank and, because of
its design, permits it to be canted.
On the left side of the shrouded
barrel is found the numbered (from
"1" to "16½") power adjustment
wheel, as well as the power scale,
which is numbered from "1" to "13."
Rotating the wheel upward increases
the amount of pressurized air released
to propel the pellet, whereas turning

it in a downward motion reduces the
volume of gas. Although the power
adjustment wheel and power scale are
numbered, the owner's manual states,
"Power does not adjust evenly as the
numbers increase or decrease. Rather,
there are zones at which the power
level settles into a velocity range." It
is recommended that a chronograph be
used to determine the optimal velocity
for a given pellet. As for power levels,
AirForce Airguns recommends "3" and
"4" for general target shooting and "6"
for general shooting. Nos. "9" and "10"
are the highest settings at which air
isn't wasted. Depending on the setting,
one can expect to get 35 to more
than 200 shots before the velocity
noticeably drops off.
Unlike its predecessor, the Condor,
and following suit with the Talon SS,
the Condor SS's German-made, steel
18" Lothar Walther barrel is contained
within an aluminum shroud-itself
integral to the aluminum frame of
the air rifle-that incorporates the
company's Sound-Loc noise-reduction
technology. Similar to firearm
suppressors, Sound-Loc utilizes a
series of baffles to decelerate air
velocity and thus reduce report. That
is noteworthy because, depending
on caliber, power setting and pellet
weight, the Condor SS will attain

Loading of the Condor SS is easily accomplished from either side of the gun by placing a
pellet into the breech, sliding the bolt handle rearward and locking it to either side. When
in the forward position, as shown here, the bolt handle automatically engages the safety.

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