Shooting With The Silk Moths
The Awesome Air Arms
S510 Ultimate Sporter's
This time Air Arms asked me to review and really put through their the simply awesome Air Arms S510 Ultimate Sporter, a true piece of brilliant British brilliant engineering with artwork of the highest standard, I have nick named this air rifle or set of rifle rifles The Silk Moths, quite simply they are sweet on the eye and as comfortable in the arm as wearing your favorite pair of slippers, to shoot WOW that are as smooth as pure silk, the cocking action is like a well oiled machine effortlessly recycling the next pellet, the shot is so smooth almost like velvet with the silencer so whisper quiet I literally have to check I had actually fired it, in sub 12 ft lb it is truly whisper quiet and in the FAC version its almost as quiet as its sub 12ft lb brother, and boy oh boy do both rifles pack an almighty dead accurate punch on target, from the very first shots my smile just got wider and wider like a Cheshire cat who had just got the cream, I felt like a kid again as I got that buzz of excitement when I fired my very first Air Arms and that was the Carmargue oh so many years ago, I have written so many articles on that gun and even featured it in some of the chapters in my books, I have said this before and I will say it again, this will not be a technical article, writing those literally sends me to sleep the wood is this the metal is that the sound mod has this in it the pellet weighed that I washed it in this, someone give me a nudge I am snoring now, what I want to know does the product do what it says on the tin with it hit the target with pin point accuracy and will it humanly kill the vermin I hunt, that’s it the what its made of etc I have no real interest in except my preference is a wood stock and above all it has to be a .22 I am no fan of the .177 although I have several of that caliber.
Right lets get on with this article, we start off on a cold windy afternoon, much like the one now, I am rained off of my pest control rounds due to storm Derrick and health and safety, as I look out of my West Country penthouse apartment office window at the back paddock even the wood pigeons in the oak tree are hunkered down sitting out the storm.
Right away I could see rats on the NiteSite screen and the best bit they never knew we were there, I turned to the wide eyed young sports and said right boys who wants to shoot first, you mean we get to shoot they said? Of course that's why I have brought the S400 instead of the S410 only single shots so you have to make them count and cant get to excited, also lets see if you have learnt and taken on board what I have been teaching you both on the range, safe fire arms handling and shooting from a calm pond is what makes you the best marksman you can be this will give you accuracy too, don’t forget to calm your breathing and take each target on its own merit.
By The Ole Hedge Creeper