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The Air Arms S510 TDR: Compact Sporting Air Rifle

So today we’re going to have a look at
the Air Arms S510 TDR Takedown Rifle which is in this very discreet injection
molded plastic security case. And inside there you have everything you need for day shooting. As you can see it’s compact everything is in there that you need, not
only is the case robust so you can check it in the back of your car along with
the rest of your gear and equipment and it’s not gonna get damaged. It’s also discrete, so if you’re going shooting and you want to keep that
private this is a great way of transporting your rifle and where your
equipment without letting on what you’re doing. Now, as you can see everything
fits in the case, the rifles in two sections a front end with the action
and the pistol grip and the rear ends with the butt. There’s also storage place
for pellets, this will bag with the filler adapter
and allen keys and also the N plug for your barrel if you want to take off your
moderator if you not concerned about sound or you only really confined space
and you don’t want that extreme length. Now the rifle itself when it’s been
fully assembled is 1.06 meters and weighs in about 2.8 kilos. So,
it’s quite a lightweight rifle, However still has that standard rifle dimensions.
If you’re shooting an Ultimate Sporter which the same action and their weight
in about 3.6 kilos should give you an idea this is significantly lighter. Comes
together very easily take the front end back end as you can see here there’s
three pins on the butt plate and three receiving holes on the action slot
them together turn the mill grip at the back which pulls the butt assembly into
the action and the rifle is now assembled and ready to go now. The rifle
won’t fire unless the butt plate has been fully fitted into the action. So,
it’s pretty straightforward and simple to do. What I’m going to do here is there
is an accessory rail on the bottom of the rifle and I’m just going to fit this bipod. And there we have it nice compact and
lightweight it’s great rifle for all hunting scenarios in standard versions
some 12 foot pound version but there’s 40 shots in both .177 and .22 if you get a
higher power version which is 20 foot pounds on .177 and 29 foot pounds in .22 and the shot capacity comes down to 15 which actually for a days rabbit
shooting is probably about right but for most of us 40 shots as it is a pretty
good day in the field. Now, looking at the features and functionality starting
from the back isn’t adjustable butt pad I’m a great believer in getting a rifle
to fit you as closer as possible and using every plane of adjustment to your
advantage the quicker and more intuitively the rifle comes to the
shoulder the more likely it is your eyes going to be aligned behind the scope and
you can acquire that target in there and the sight picture much easily. So, just
simple but pad nice soft touch cheek piece underneath which can store two of
the ten shot Air Arms magazines each of those magazines itself indexing, ten shot
magazines two in the stock and then one in the rifle itself gives you 30 shots
that haven’t fiddle around and reloading. So, as you to come into the action itself as you can see it’s Air Arms S510 side lever action which is one of my favourites. It’s
fast indexing it’s very positive you can feel the lever in the dark so even if
you’re in a barn or you’re hunting with night vision then it’s very intuitive to
be able to use so it’s a very fast cycling. I’ve never had any missed feeds
with an Air Arms magazine or slightly over action before, so it’s one of my
preferred types of action for hunting and on top of this we have an 11
millimeter dovetail scope rail. To that I’ve fitted a Hawke Air Max 4 to 12 by 40
adjustable ejected scope which i think is the ideal skate for this
package at the right level of magnification it’s also got a TMX
reticle which allows me to pinpoint my aim points and my hold off points.
Underneath that we have a walnut stock, now this has a pistol grip which I’m
pretty big fan of it allows you a lot of versatility in terms of how you grab the
rifle in terms of how you hold the rifle your hand position can change you’re not
locked in by a thumb hole or by over target style stock. I think the more
variation you have on grip and more closely fitting your butt that the
better and more instinctively you’ll shoot. So, as you move forward from there have a
fully adjustable match-grade trigger with the built-in safety. Now of
course only blocks a trigger the only way to be entirely safe to make sure
you’ve never point the rifle at anything you do on the shooter and you keep it
pointing in their safe distance at all times. So safety is really down to you,
but it’s always good to have these barriers put in place to keep this as
safe as possible. We’ve already seen the accessory rail in the fore-end which can
fit a stud all manner of different accessories you know here I tend to use
a bipod for a rifle this small behind that we have a built in manometer to let
you know just how much air you have left in the cylinder. Moving forward there’s a
395 millimeter Lothar Walther match-grade barrel. One of the things
that Air Arms always do has puts really good quality barrels on there rifles.
Not only is the action consistent but also the barrel will put the pellet
where you want it so it’s absolutely vital to make sure that no expense is
spared there. That barrel is shrouded, which I think is a really nice touch
nice feel that really solid rugged look about it and then the Air Arms silencer
on the end there. This can be removed as we’ve said before and replaced with a
plug at the end but this really does bring the sound down to almost inaudible
levels. So, there you have it lightweight, compact, manoeuvrable and very well put
together one of the things you get with Air Arms rifles is an incredible level
of engineering and quality the finish on these rifles really is second to none
added to that how the internal workings and mechanisms you get from over 30
years of making precision air rifles means that the pellets that you fire
from this rifle are going to go where you want them consistently. So, with that
in mind we’re going to take this bad boy out and have a look at how she performs
on the range. So, here we are at the range again with
the Air Arms S510 TDR. First things first here is equipment I will be
using. Obviously we’ve got the Air Arms S510 itself fitted with a Hawke 4 x 12
by 40 max scope. We’re going to start by putting a few shots through it just
to get a settle down i got the action cycling put a few pellets through the
barrel from then we’re going to use the Scan Crony to measure the velocity and
the muzzle energy over the full charge of the rifle to give it a shot string.
We’ve got some HFT practice targets at the end we’re going to do a 10 shot
magazine all the way through and see what group we can secure it 30 yards.
I’ll be using Air Arms Diablo 2 2 pellets 16 grains and of course I’ve got
a pen and paper and to note down all the velocities and range data. We need to get
the rifle charged up and get the magazines loaded and the Air Arms S510
TDR runs off 190 bar fill pressure which is easily topped up through this quick
release valve at the end of the cylinder. Loading the magazines on the Air Arms
S510 TDR is very straightforward. Uses a standard 10 shot rotary indexing
magazine that’s familiar to all Air Arms users. You open up this cocking lever,
pull out the magazine dropping the pellets and rotate the cylinder. Simply
slide the magazine back into the action throw the cocking lever forward the rifle is
now loaded and ready to fire. So you’ve fired 30, 40 shots through the barrel
I’m very happy that it’s grouping consistently so hopefully the actions
all settled down now these rifles shoot pretty well out of
the box I know there’s a train of thought that says you need to let in a
barrel but I’ve just had it 30 yards down they’re a group that will fit
inside a five pounds piece I’m very happy that she shooting consistently now
I’m gonna run her through the chronograph and see what the shot string
delivers you know what the sweet spot for this particular rifle is it’s a long
and laborious task but here goes. So, I have to say that was pretty
remarkable, Air Arms claim 40 shots per charge, but I’ve just run a hundred shot
string through the TDR firing off 3 shots just to get the barrel settled
down get the hammer active shot number one was 552 per second and shot number 80 was 550 feet per second. Now the variance across all 80 shots is 17 feet per second so the highest only
had one 567, that’s a 2.9 percent variance across 80 shots. Within that as
you’ll see from the graph and there are little sweet spots here and there so for
the first 30 shots it was around 555 to 557, the next 30 shots in the early 560’s
late 550’s. But overall I think Air Arms have pretty much undersold themselves
here. I’m not suggesting that you need to use all 80 shots, but it’s great to know that if you do have a full day out in the field that you can expect to
have more than the 40 shots that have been laid out by the manufacturer. Not
entirely sure why it’s so different but it’s a great thing to have in your
arsenal. So, now that we know you’ve got plenty of capacity and there’s good shot
to shot consistency within that capacity now let’s see how it actually performs
out there on the range and see if we can get some nice tight groups out at 30
meters so I’ve kept the magazines loaded and I’m going to do 4 10 shot groups. Now
there’s a little bit of breeze in the air but these are pretty average wind
conditions I’d say for hunting in the field so it’ll give you an idea as to
not only the consistency of the group, but also how the pellets handle the wind. So, there we have it. You know that’s
some pretty good groups. 4 10 shot groups fired back-to-back each at
different targets first 10 shot group here second third and fourth and as I
say it’s not particularly windy there’s a little bit of breeze that would have
added some of this variance but if you imagine that each of these squares here
there’s 25 millimetres or you know close to an inch none of these groups have
gone outside edge to edge an inch across so that’s a pretty consistent shooting
there and of course that’s with me on a bipod with a back end floating in my
hand so if you’re something a little bit more stable a little bit more consistent
than imagine these are tighten up by another 10 to 15 mil. But that’s not how
we shoot in the field you shoot up bipods we lean on trees we shoot off
sticks so this thing is a fair representation of the accuracy that
you get out of this rifle in normal field conditions in normal wind. I think
for such a small compact maneuverable and lightweight package this is some
pretty insane performance so so well done to Air Arms. So, there we have it
the Air Arms S510 TDR sporter rifle. It’s pretty much everything it professes
to be lightweight, maneuverable, accurate and comes in a discrete hardcase. But
also it’s not a gimmick it’s not a rifle that you should have in addition to a
sport a rifle. The TDR S510 could be used as your everyday go to hunting rifle. All
of the functions and features you’d expect from an air rifle from Air Arms
qualities manufacturing the quality finish innovation things like the 10
shot rotary magazine which were all pretty familiar with side lever action
easy to handle in the dark and cold weather a good all-around package that
performs well in the field.

5 thoughts on “The Air Arms S510 TDR: Compact Sporting Air Rifle

  1. On my list to get Ian, I already use the S410 TDR it’s one of my favourite hunting rifles as I’m out teaching Bushcraft and tracking a lot so it just works space wise 👍👌, the ones I’ve seen have a walnut cheek piece? Is the soft touch one an update?… great vid 😉

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