TALON air rifle Owner’s Manual
Air tank volume
|400-1,000 feet per second (Depends on caliber, pellet weight and power setting)
2,800 psi/195 bar
1 in 16″
See cover of this manual
2-stage adjustable for position and over- travel
Open sights optional-optical sights may be installed
Automatic on cocking-can be reset by pushing cocking knob completely forward
The Talon is a powerful air rifle, and should be used with a firearm- safe bullet trap or other safe backstop. Boxes filled with newspapers and carpet sections suitable for low-powered airguns are unsatisfactory with this rifle, as it will shoot through them and damage whatever is behind. If a “silent” pellet trap is used, make sure that it has a steel backer plate covered by at least two inches of ballistic putty. The recommended bullet trap is one that is approved for use with a .22 long rifle bullet. These can be purchased at any good gun store or from a sporting goods dealer. This kind of trap will not wear out, even with hundreds of thousands of shots. Simply protect it from bad weather so it won’t rust, and it will last for many decades of use. Do not shoot at hard surfaces such as plywood, boards, trees, exterior walls of structures, metal or water. Although lead pellets are soft, they will ricochet and can be dangerous at some distance from the muzzle.Do not shoot in the direction of a person or animal, unless you are trying to kill the animal. Do not try to discipline animals with this airgun. Even at its lowest power setting, pellets will embed themselves under the skin of an animal, causing long distress and possibly death.
Any gun or airgun is dangerous when handled improperly. The Talon is especially powerful, so it must be taken seriously at all times. Take some time to review the safety rules that follow.
1. Airgun safety
Airguns are unique, in that they store or provide the power for the shots-not the ammunition. Think about that. The GUN is the power source, not the ammunition. What that means is that this airgun, if loaded with a nail, a pencil or any other potential projectile, can be just as dangerous as if it is loaded with the correct ammunition. NEVER put anything into the barrel of this airgun other than good quality lead airgun pellets.
2. Three important safety rules
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Safe means that, if the gun discharged, it would not cause injury or property damage.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3. Never load the gun until you are ready to shoot.
After loading the pellet, pull the cocking knob back until it is all the way to the rear. Usually, there will be a slight hesitation as the O-ring seal inside the valve cover slides over the end of the valve. The valve cover is locked to the rear by pushing the cocking knob a small amount to the left or light. The gun is now loaded and ready to fire.
How to Fill the Air Tank
An air tank filler assembly (see Figure 2.) is available for the Talon. It has a square clamp that fits over the valve head on the scuba tank, a bleeder valve to exhaust pressure before you disconnect the tank and a pressure gauge to control the amount of the fill.
The filler assembly has an O-ring seal on the side where the removable air tank attaches. Periodically, lubricate this O-ring with a small amount of diver’s silicone grease. Just a very small amount on the tip of one finger is all that is required. Relubricate when the O-ring appears dry (not shiny).
2. Filling from a scuba tank
Attach the filler assembly to a scuba tank (rated and filled to 3,000 psi/ 206 bar for a complete fill) via the square clamp, and tighten the thumbscrew until the clamp is securely mated to the O-ring in the valve head of the scuba tank. Then close the bleed screw on the filler assembly.
Next, attach the rifle’s removable air tank to the filler assembly at the threaded end. When everything is secured, slowly open the scuba tank valve and allow the removable air tank to fill for a period of at least one full minute to prevent overheating the seals. When the tank has been filled to the desired pressure (not to exceed 2,800 psi/195 bar), close the scuba tank’s valve. To disconnect the removable air tank, first open the bleed screw on the filler assembly to exhaust the high-pressure air. When the pressure gauge reads zero pressure, you may safely remove the air tank and mount it on the rifle.
The filler adaptor may either be stored connected to a scuba tank or disconnected with every fill. It can be kept clean by keeping it in its box.
3. Tank maintenance
Use only dry air from a scuba tank or from a hand pump that has a moisture filter incorporated into its design.
The compressed air tank on this rifle is a Department of Transportation classification 3AL aluminum high pressure cylinder and must be safety tested five years from the most recent date stamped on the cylinder neck. When your tank approaches the five-year expiration, contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to have your tank retested.
Attaching the Air Tank to the Rifle
The removable air tank screws on to the rear of the rifle to become the butt. As you install it, the gun’s valve cover will resist to the extent that you cannot get the threads started. Simply push in moderately on the back of the tank as you screw the first few threads, and it will start threading. You will notice that the valve cover is pushed forward slightly as the tank is screwed into position. This is normal.
How to Remove Excess Pressure From the Air Tank
Loosen the set screw on the power adjustment cap. Completely unscrew the cap, turn it around, and screw it back on the threaded pin one turn. Now screw the removable air tank into the filler assembly until the air is released.
Adjusting the Rifle’s Power
1. Adjusting the rifle’s power
The Talon is designed to allow the owner to easily adjust the power. There are several reasons for doing this. If you are shooting inside a dwelling or informally shooting outdoors, you may wish to shoot with less power and gain more shots from each fill of the air tank.
Most of the time, you will want to shoot the rifle on an intermediate power setting. You’ll have more power at that setting than many of today’s so-called “magnum” airguns, yet still get a reasonable number of shots from a fill of air.
Remove the air tank from the rifle before adjusting power. The power adjustment cap is located on the valve end of the air tank (see Figure 6.). It is a threaded cap that can be adjusted continuously from the lowest possible setting to as powerful as it will go in just a few complete turns. Small adjustments are possible with slight turns of the cap.
The power adjustment cap is held in position by a locking screw in the side of the knurled wheel. To maintain a setting, this screw must be tight, but not too tight. It is a small screw, and can easily be stripped if the force used to tighten it is too great. Be careful how much you tighten this screw until you have developed a feel for it.
After you adjust power, shoot the rifle several times to settle in the valve at the new level of performance. Also, it is best to adjust power using a reliable chronograph, although it is not absolutely necessary.
The adjustment cap adjusts from zero (all the way down) to many turns out. The USEFUL range of power adjustment, however, is much smaller. Generally, 1-1/2 full turns out from zero will give all the power the valve is designed to give. After that, you are simply wasting air without gaining any additional velocity. Each rifle is somewhat unique, however, which is why a chronograph is useful. You may find that your rifle performs slightly different than these general guidelines.
2. Adjusting power without a chronograph
You can adjust the power of the rifle without a chronograph. Here is how.
Low power – Screw the adjustment cap all the way in, then screw is out 1/4 turn. Lock it in place with the locking screw. This setting will give the lowest velocity that the rifle can sustain consistently.
Medium power – Screw the adjustment cap all the way in, then screw it out 3/4 turn. Lock it in place with the locking screw. This will give good velocity and is perhaps the point at which the rifle is most accurate, especially with the pellets weighing under 15 grains.
High power – Screw the adjustment cap all the way in, then screw it out 1-1/2 turns. Lock it in place with the locking screw. This will give the highest velocity the rifle is capable of.
The number of available shots changes with the power setting. Higher power uses more air, which means fewer shots before the removable air tank needs to be refilled. After a few sessions with the rifle, you will learn how many shots are available at the power setting you have selected. You should fill the air tank when it reaches about 2,000 psi/148 bar, as the power drops off rapidly below that level (at all power settings).
Adjusting the trigger
WARNING: Remove the air tank before adjusting the trigger.