So for about the last 24 months, I've had her on a serious diet. Now I am happy to
report that she lost nearly 13 ounces and is feeling so much better. And let me
say one thing, when I pick her up with one hand now she is light as a feather.
Well, almost a feather.
Things I have done so far:
OEM main tube was lightened by me.
Barrel is OEM and trimmed down by me.
Main tube plug is made of Delrin by me.
Gas cap is aluminum, comes from HPA and bored out by me.
Hammer is made from Delrin by me with a modified 1701P striker.
Valve is an aluminum Disco rear end with a brass Pro-Top by Anthony.
Trigger grip frame is aluminum by Bluefork Design and then hogged out by Gregg.
Front barrel band is aluminum, made by Anthony, drilled by Rich and milled by me.
The limitation from forever, is diminishing returns.
Much higher pressures are possible, with many more pumps.
Higher volume likewise, also with many more pumps.
Reducing pumping effort, with more pumps, and more loss, so even more pumps.
Fewer pumps, but with much more pumping effort.
All of these can be done, and are, but at what point does one simply decide it just isn't worth it ?
A stock Crosman is probably already at 90% or better of what might be done, so how much can be accomplished beyond that ? At what cost ? ( cost including both $$ and effort )
Just a guess, but I'd expect about the best that could be imagined would be a PCP with it's own built-in recharge pump, such that one could either pre-charge from a bottle, or pump it 1000 strokes, and then settle for a half dozen or so re-charge pumps per shot.
My favorite, and much to my surprise, has become my 1322.
It can develop close to 15 foot pounds impact energy at 40 feet with 18 pumps or so, but it gets shot with typically two pumps at 40 feet for targets.
I know I can get more out, but with more in. At what point does one just say "enough" ??
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