Originally Posted by DEAN C.
Are you forgetting that the Pro Target had serious reg issues when that came out?
I own an NJR100, GML400, GML410, ProTarget Carbine, my MPR and now an EV2 Mk4 as well.
Oh and my Pro Sport which shoots better than I can do it justice with.
I have had a Shamal FT and it was very accurate, but not as well desinged as the NJJR 100.
Mmmm, The NJR was fantastic but long and very dated and heavy looking parts internally, If you could change the PT to side lever it would be perfect.
The new HFT500 is probably going to be as good as any MPR for HFT but it will be personal choice on the balance of the gun to each individual, mainly due to the longer cylinder and better standard stock.
There are quite a few PT's running in the HFT circuit and it was only 2012 when Dave Semmens mopped up the NEFTA hunter with one very convincingly.
I dont think one is better than the other for HFT. I dont like any of the standard stocks on anything AA have brought out, but at least the HFT is useable, and handles better than you would expect looking at it.
The FTP is nice to handle but probably needs more time on the circuits to be developed a bit more, as with most new guns,and slightly too heavy for me, I like my HFT guns around 9 1/2 to 10lb.
I still love my MPR though.
I think you have captured the point, just come off a long PM trail with another guy. I think rifles need time to develop, AA is pushing the boundaries more regularly re new kit so have 1st and 2nd generation issues.
I also feel we as shooters get wrapped up in the enthusiasm of new kit and maybe do not invest the time and effort to get a gun bedded in from new, pellets chosen and a good few 1000 round through the barrel and then the start to come sweet or we get to know them well enough to get "comfortable" with them. I was and still am a bit of a "butterfly" but only got into any form of shooting in Jan this year. I think I am finally coming to the conclusion that a lot of time served on here have already found, grass is not necessarily greener, new guns need time to develop and when you find a good one, resist the temptation to move it on! So many regrets out there amongst the glitterati of the air gun world re lost loves!
One thing I do love about this whole scene is - you can come on the likes of this forum connect with 1000s of years of experience. Talk and mix with world champions, in their chosen specialism,
and they freely share - name me another sport where you can do that. Went to Weston a month back and met and spoke to 5 former world/European champions - one of the best days my eldest son and I have had together! So will shoot till I can't hold a rifle anymore and enjoy the journey - probably always be mediocre but can fool myself if I had started 40 years ago I could have been good!