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  1. itsray

    Hatsan Gladius with noisy action

    Edgar Brothers are sending to the RFD a used hammer for me because it is the only one available in the whole of the UK. I wonder why it is the only one available and if it indicates that there is a known poor quality problem with the hammers? For a component supposedly manufactured on a lathe why does mine appear as though it was CAST. It is that rough!
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    Hatsan Gladius with noisy action

    Advice taken from GTA member! The synthetic PEEK material has arrived with which to adapt the original hammer's strike on the air valve. The lack of metal to metal impact should considerably reduce the 'hammer slap' noise and coupled with the de-burring and polishing of the action and trigger components make the rifle a lot more enjoyable to use. I have still to take the sloppiness out of the cocking lever linkage which will be done by re-drilling and inserting larger diameter 'roll' pins into the hinges.
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    Hatsan Gladius with noisy action

    Ok, No answers from Hatsan or the Importers so looks its down to me and anyone else who can help. So far today I have done the hammer spring adjustment and it has made no difference to the hammer noise at all which is what I expected. I have now returned the adjustment to its starting place and that was to develop 11.40ft/lb at 782fps which is just under the UK legal limit. My next step looks to be a weakening of the rear hammer spring and perhaps a more powerful 'cushion' spring at the front of the hammer to relieve some of the mass velocity of the hammer strike. I think if I get this balance correct then the air valve will still open efficiently but without the hammer impact noise. Another solution might be to add a same diameter x 3mm nylon pad the front of the hammer then re-adjust the hammer spring tension to suit. I am still considering having a lighter weight hammer of the original dimensions made too. Not exactly looking forward to the many strip down and rebuilds it might take though. At least if it works out I can post the method of 'how to' and let others Gladius shooters benefit from it. Anyone know of a single shot adapter being sold for it? At present I am making do with the one I have for my Walther RM8 (not the Walther made one though).
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    Hatsan Gladius with noisy action

    Ok, Just took advice and fitted a 'De-Pinger' exactly as instructed into the reservoir but it made no difference whatsoever. Only thing it can now be causing the impact noise is that heavy hammer, its stroke or the reservoir output valve spring itself being too strong. One way or another I intend to solve this frustrating riddle. I might then contact Hatsan and advise them of how the problem they caused by poor design and workmanship was eventually solved! Question - Does the AT44 also suffer this problem? If not that is strange when the Gladius virtually copied its design and made it a Bullpup.
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    Hatsan Gladius with noisy action

    Ah! Cheers muchly. That gives me hope then. Can you tell me just who ISP are and how they are contacted? I shall then seek out ISP and see what is on offer. Any more info on them would help. In the meantime I have stripped it and taken every rough and sharp edge out of the actions steel cylinder and wet and dry papered the internals so they too are smooth. Never seen the internals of any rifle I have owned, including the cheapo Chinese B2 with such a poor level of machined parts and synthetic mouldings! The barrel gives it credit and it is extremely accurate, that being its only saving grace. The design measurement tolerances can be seen by the naked eye without needing the use of a vernier gauge or micrometer. I coated the inside before assembly with a thin coat of DriSlide. I polished the trigger components too just to make it a full job. It now operates far better but I will still sort out that hammer noise and tighten up the very loose links in the cocking system. This Gladius rifle cost £100.00 more than my Walther Rotex RM8 and the quality level of that one is beyond criticism, its perfect. If Walther can do it then there is no excuse at all for Hatsan's exceptionally poor quality control! Maybe I can give the hammer dimensions to a machine shop and have one made from a lighter material?
  6. Hi, Another problem to solve that is more of an annoyance than a fault. Every time I shoot the Gladius I can hear quite loudly what appears to be the hammer striking the valve. The noise of it is louder than the muzzle report even with the shrouded barrel, but also with an additional moderator fitted too! Can this be adjusted or modified?
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    Target shooting in Leicestershire area

    My answer to his question was merely an update after my honest experiences with other ranges and clubs. I simply responded to the question by another member using my later learned information gained over the previous 3 years. Obviously he had not looked at previous posts or done a forum search on here for the information. Hope that explains the reply. lol
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    Low springer power from new

    Another day and another 100 pellets. RESULT! 11.35 x 613fps average out of a ten shot string. Happy with that but why could not the manufacturer have got it right in the first place? Armex too comes to that! If I do buy another Walther rifle it will definitely be chronographed in the shop in front of me before I part with any money. Now to enjoy it.
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    Target shooting in Leicestershire area

    Apologies - Just seen this request! There are quite a few locally. Most allow the use of all types of air and some full bore/shotgun too. Here are 2 I use within your mileage. Kibworth Shooting Grounds on the A6 towards Market Harborough. http://www.kibworthshootingground.co.uk/ £25.00 per year plus £5.00 a day members/ £10.00 non members opening 0900 to dusk. Closed Mondays. But my favourite is; The Bull in the Hollow as you enter Loughborough from the A6. https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullintheHollow/community/?ref=page_internal. £30.00 per year plus £1.00 per day members open from early to late 362 days per year. I shall be giving up Kibworth this year though due to their ever increasing prices and an increasingly unfriendly atmosphere. The onsite gun shop is also expensive. Hope that helps but Private Message me if you need more info. Ray
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    Low springer power from new

    Just tested again this morning and it is performing spot on to yesterdays readings. Job done at last! Just wondering if I can possibly fit it with a gas ram? Bit more research today........
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    Low springer power from new

    Has your piston seal got the depression in the centre or the raised pip in the centre? The one with the depressed centre (on the right) is the correct one for the LGU. Jeeezus! 3KG? There is something not right there. Mine just needed a very light push. Turns out from my delving into it that there was also really bad batch of mainsprings in the early ones and of course mine was one of the first imported. It was only when I eventually decided to chronograph it after reading an article from someone else last month that I discovered the reduction of power from what Walther stated was the release level or full UK power i.e. just under 12 ft/lb or 16 Joule. Further checking on the strip down showed that the spring guide was also far too tight inside the mainspring by an estimated 1mm. I reduced the diameter of the guide using wet and dry paper by 1mm and it now allows the mainspring to slide easily over it. I bought the correct LGU (some are different from the LGV) piston, seals, mainspring, spring guide etc and a new Compression cylinder to cover all ends. all put together the power was still under 10.10 so I placed a series of power washers behind the mainspring until I got it to where it is now at 11.40 ish using .22 (5.52) JSB Exact Jumbo RS at 13.6 grain. To lessen the recoil I then opened the transfer port to 3.2mm from its original 2.6mm. Seems to be lot better on the recoil now, in fact its almost absent. Ran another full test string this morning and it has stayed as it was yesterday at a 10 shot average of 11.35ft/lb and 613FPS. I have some spare stainless steel power washers I made if you need any or want to know how I made them. By the looks of it the German version of Full UK power is different from our understanding of it! Even then the IMPORTING company states that they test each rifle they import to ensure its to the correct UK power! Yeah Right! Funny how they did not answer any of my enquiries to them. Need to know more, just ask? Cheers, Ray
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    Low springer power from new

    Nice pic of 'Exact' pellet stack! I use dedicated pellet scales which are calibrated before each use and are accurate to .01grain. Its a pain sorting for damage, head sizing, washing, drying, sorting by weight then lubricating them but its the only method to gain accuracy for a chronograph test. The test is done with the rifle on a stand and a single finger only touching the rifle's trigger so there is as little human interference as possible. Finally got the power up to 11.15 so I reckon its as close to my preferred level without a lot more expense and time. Next stage is to see if the power is consistent and try other pellet types from my stock. Old pics so there are even more now including many 'green lead free ones'
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    Can a gas ram be improved

    Few hours on and curiosity got the better of me so I stripped my Gamo Maxxim springer, the 10 shot one and being a Gas Ram looked to see if that too was adjustable. Sadly it appears not because I cannot see anywhere on the Gas Ram anything to which anything can be attached to. Would the Gas Ram, if it is adjustable, from the Gamo Whisper fit my Maxxim? Strange thing is that I once had the Gamo Whisper but sold it because I did not like the synthetic feel and bought the Maxxim because it had a wooden stock, adjustable cheek piece and of course was a ten shot plus a built in moderator and 2 magazines.
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    Can a gas ram be improved

    When I think about it it should only affect the 'lock time' because the pressure inside the gas ram cannot be altered in these rifles which develop the same power whatever the length. The gas ram rifle is designed around a particular power source (ram) so altering the travel will probably have an adverse affect. Never had mine apart yet (strange for an inquisitive engineer I know) but your question intrigues me so I might just try an experiment. I get great accuracy using non lead 5.4 grain ThUnderbolts (the spelling is correct) and develop 11.35ft/lb at 973 fps and that was straight from the box. Overall 10 pellet types were tested in strings of 10. Hope that helps, but keep me posted please........
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