The Air Force product line is a
really versatile platform that allows nearly complete interchangeability
between barrels, tanks, Fill arrangements and calibers. Once you have any of
the guns you essentially can build that into any other barrel length caliober
or Tank regardless of the action used as a Starting point. The Talon SS and
Condor use the same basic Case length. The Pistol and the Talon 18” share the
same case with one having an 18” and the other a 12” barrel. The platform is
basically three barrel lengths, three case lengths and four calibers. That is
36 Combinations without the choices between high and Standard flow tanks. Then
there is the Spin Lock Vs. Screw on Tanks. So basically over 125 Combinations
would be useful for one use or another. That is versatility squared. A very
Clever modular Platform that has gained customer loyalty as they have increased
the options available. They have benefited greatly from the improvements we
have seen to the quality of Lothar Walther barrels. They have always used LW’s
and now LW’s are better than ever and the Manufacturing of the barrels is now
stateside to cope with the demand from Stateside Airgun Manufactures like
AirForce, RAW and Mac1. LW uses the same machines and tooling in Germany and
Georgia USA. American made LW’s. I like that.
The performance of the Talon 18” straight from the box
is 25 -30 ft. lb. and 20-25 ft' lb. in short barrel Talon SS configuration.
You'll get about 30-40 shots in these models when going for a relatively
efficient set-up. We usually set them up to get 40 shots when charged to around
2500PSI. The best method to get efficiency is to reduce the hammer spring
adjustment enough to bring the fill maximum much lower & shorten up the
valve duration. Conservative Striker tension settings is where these guns seem
to work best.
The new Condor 24” long barrel from AirForce has an enormous valve coupled with a large
hammer weight as delivered. After attempting to tune the guns we discovered a
gun that was at the mercy of the available pressure. At highest pressures it
can't shoot hardest as the hammer momentum will not fully open the valve and at
2000-2500 PSI it cannot be turned down. The manufacturers attempt to match the
raw performance of the Korean rivals has left it with a fairly oversprung
arrangement. Our solution is to supply 24” barreled guns without the hammer
weight and fitted with standard Talon
tanks so the long barreled guns can perform to the best of their capabilities
without the emphasis on blunt force trauma power levels. Over 100 long re-barreled
Talon SS guns had been produced by Mac1 prior
to the arrival of the Condor and I’m convinced the more discriminating consumers
prefer a gun with great accuracy rather than power noise that isn't
controllable. We can supply Condors either way but if you want to bank on our
experience you will buy the Condor with the Standard Talon Tank rather than the High Flow. We remove the
Hammer weight and set the Gun for accuracy and shot count rather than power at
the expense of accuracy and shot count. The manufacturer knows people shop on
outright output or Velocity so you can’t blame them for playing to the crowd
that demands speed. It is not my customer but it is the majority of the
consumers so the manufacturer has got it right for Sales. I think I have it
right to take full advantage of the LW’s that are so good.
Special feature of this gun is its
take down design and ease of barrel changing. It is light, tiny, black and you
can mount stuff everywhere on the dovetails. The extrusion it is made from has
dovetails on the carry handle, the receiver top, and the receiver bottom. This
is an accessory lovers dream come true.
Spin Lock Tank
The Spin Lock Tank Option
Substitutes the original break down to fill concept of the gun in favor of a
Charge and Gauge feature of the Spin Lock design that has the Fill Nipple on
the Tank so the gun can be charged without removing the Tank. There is a Foster
type fill nipple on the neck of the Tank as well as a Gauge to show the tanks
available pressure. As long as the actions are recent the spin lock system is
an option for any of the available models as is the High Flow Tank Feature hich
can also be fitted to any of the models.
The tiny tank of the Talon Pistol
with its High Flow Valve is a Tank that could also power any of the models as
long as the Hammer weight is fitted between the Hammer and hammer spring.
Basically a Talon Pistol is a Talon 18” rifle Case with the SS barrel in it and
a High flow tiny tank attached to keep it as small as possible. In .25 cal this
thing will go 50FPE easy. It is really loud.
The drawbacks that a customer should
consider is the ergonomics are compromised by the layout. It forces a very high
scope and high mounts are required for all and the Tri-Rail step up adapter
will be required if medium mounts are employed. Trigger is pretty good Butt pad
is pretty basic. Adding a Morgan to the Butt is a pretty common upgrade. This is
the only American made adult Airgun besides the RAW guns and Mac1 offerings. In
my Mind John McCasilin of Air Force is a very clever guy who has made a good
market in affordable American made gear and considering the following it has
developed it is a very successful product line-up.
The valve design has decent
consistency in High Output trim but IMO it is capable of much better accuracy when
the power is backed down from maximum output. It is a pretty simple design
using the tank valve as the exhaust valve and Inlet both like the Giffard CO2
gun did. Nothing new but it is simple, reliable and works great. When I first looked at the gun I thought it
was a mock up that couldn’t work. I’m glad to say it was a lack of
understanding of Johns Striker layout and how he was using the breech sleeve to
transfer the strikers’ energy to the valves Top Hat. Very clever and very
simple which means few parts do more.
The primary customer for this gun was
originally the 12 ft. lb. UK consumer. It must get a gob of shots at that power
level. We have taken the all corks pulled model and tamed it back to a
reasonable performance level so it has lots of power but is not unnecessarily
wasteful & loud. The best compromise for maximum useable power and shots.
It is a cinch to take apart and try different barrels and hammer setups. It is
easy to tune and simple to make barrels for. Many customers have multiple
barrel and spring/hammer weight set-ups for different applications. Whenever
you have a modular platform the end user gets involved and the Number of
Features and combinations go Viral when you consider the accessorizing capability
of the gun with scope rails top, bottom and everywhere.
The gun is a featherweight. The guns
size and pack ability is what separates it from the rest. The ease of mounting
hardware like lamps, bipods, lasers, scopes, etc. is unmatched. Pointing out a
car window to lamp and take bunnies works quite well. The only guns offering
such a compact package are pricey one off Bull pups. The USDA is the body that does the
Bird Depredation at International USA airports and the Talon SS is their gun of
choice. They use it from the Truck Cab with Baracuda Match .22 cal pellets.
It has a niche that is not likely to
go away. It has that blacked out paramilitary look some can't resist. The size
it can break down to makes it the most power in the tiniest package. It costs
enough less than the competition to make it a viable alternative but of course
it is a single shot in a sea of repeaters.
adapters to fill the tank are available in a variety of configurations. The
most practical is the Adapter with Foster male on one side and the Tank
receptacle on the other. This is the leading choise for Screw together guns as
it will dovetail into a Universal Yoke arrangement. Then Spin Lock Tanks have
the fill nuipple on the Tank Valve so they only need a Universal Yoke of any
type that terminates in a Foster Female QC. If you own another PCP we can
usually adapt the Foster Female to the charging adapter of that Yoke and the
Male Foster to the guns charging probe so you don't have to buy an extra
High BC and
High Energy Downrange
Like most high power pneumatics this
gun loves heavy ammo and will be most powerful using the heaviest stuff around.
It has the tendency to shoot the Heaviest Ammo at the Highest Power. Heaviest
Ammo generally has a Better BC than light ammo so you are making the most
energy as well as retaining it more effectively when you choose heavy. Accuracy
is good to great depending on the Tuning parameters. Safety is Automatic and
now manually resettable. This gun is manufactured in Texas. As the dollar gets
weaker it will help sell more of these all over the world as the weak dollar
will put everything denominated in USA $ on sale to the world.
High Scope Means Droopers
When you have a scope 3” above the boreline the need
for rings cut with droop compensation is real. Typically 40-50 minutes would be
the correct amount of droop to get the guns on target with a scope in the
midrange of its adjustments. Many Scopes have rather limited vertical travel
and will run out of Elevation range before they are on Target. When you need 15
Minutes of adjust to get from the Apogee Zero back to 10 yard range you are
going to want the 15 Minutes you need to fall relatively close to the middle of
the overall elevation adjust the scope has. We want to be able to use the
scopes range of adjust to reach out farther not use it all up just getting on target.
Gravity Sucks and High scopes aggravate the misalignment between where it looks
and where it hits. Droopers are the solution so you can be within a few clicks
of the scopes centered view.