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★★★★★

“Very good gun for a spring gun one of the best vermin...”

Written on: 23/09/2007 by 04warreng (1 review written)

Very good gun for a spring gun one of the best vermin control spring guns around… Read Full Review

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“I like it. Beats my mates Gamo every day of the week!”

Written on: 20/09/2007 by gandelff (1 review written)

I like it. Beats my mates Gamo every day of the week!… Read Full Review

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“This is not a bad work man blaming his tools. I've...”

Written on: 28/07/2007 by debrovnik (1 review written)

This is not a bad work man blaming his tools. I've got 2 other rifles and get along perfectly with them.

What I hate most about this rifle is the kick. I have a standard Lightning, it has shattered TWO stocks and most recently A SCOPE. It's ridiculous.

I'll spend 20 minutes zeroing it, get it bang on then suddenly, it's shooting groups 6 inches to the left or right. It is a constant battle which I am just fed up with fighting. Today the trigger went and to be honest, I did what I should… Read Full Review

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Richardpm38's Response to 301188_debrovnik's Review

Written on: 14/10/2007

Seems like me and you got the 2 bad rifles in the batch. Where did you buy yours?

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★★★★★

“An excellent hunting rifle, mine is coupled to AGS 4 x...”

Written on: 09/07/2007 by bobjbrown (34 reviews written)

An excellent hunting rifle, mine is coupled to AGS 4 x 40 scope and can shoot a consistent head shot at 20 m on a rat.
Drop off is big after 25 metres and beyond my ability to predict; but At the end of the day its rat and bunny bagger, and excellent value too… Read Full Review

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Weaverfish's Response to bobjbrown's Review

Written on: 16/06/2008

hey man, im thinking of getting a lightning with a AGS 3-9x40, was your scope in the saphire class? if so, how effective hunting wise is it?

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Bobjbrown's Response to bobjbrown's Review

Written on: 18/06/2008

Hi Weaverfish:
<br/>I use an AGS hunting scope 4 x 40 so its plain cross hairs.
<br/>If you're looking for vermin at short to medium distance ( say up to 25 metres) its probably not the best, but its more than adequate. I can't blame it if I miss its my own fault!.
<br/>It sells at a price which you don't really mind paying, knowing that its going to get wet, possibly muddy.
<br/>I'd argue that its high in the Value for Money stakes.
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★★★★★

“The BSA Lightning is a truly incredible air gun. The...”

Written on: 03/04/2007 by Rabbit banger (15 reviews written)

The BSA Lightning is a truly incredible air gun. The power/weight distribution is perfect and the recoil and sound are that of a rifle. It also looks great. The Supersport was my runner up but it was not a comfortable to hold. I've been shooting a 1" spinner from 35yds and can hit it 9 times out of 10. Other reviewers have complained of the spring noise however, I have found it to be minable compared to the beautiful noise coming from the barrel. One of the main complaints other reviewers have… Read Full Review

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Rabbit Banger's Response to Rabbit banger's Review

Written on: 03/04/2007

Good Hunting, everyone.

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Missed It's Response to Rabbit banger's Review

Written on: 22/06/2007

I have a westlake 22 and its a load of rubbish I had a go of a lightning so choose carefully before you part with your cash and remember cheap is cheap so save an extra £20 and get a BSA

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★★★★★

“People in other reviews have said this gun is...”

Written on: 20/03/2007 by WFitch (1 review written)

People in other reviews have said this gun is inaccurate what i say to them is learn to shoot straight after all a bad work man always blames his tools. I have had this gun for two years and have used it for just about anything. Firstly if you find a good rest to set up the scope you will find that even up to the guns maximum range at 40-50 yards i can still achieve a fairly good grouping and at 20 yards i could continually hit 1p coins. It all depends on how you decide to go about setting up… Read Full Review

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“This is great starter rifle for someone looking to get...”

Written on: 14/12/2006 by tom121 (2 reviews written)

This is great starter rifle for someone looking to get into hunting. I bought mine at Blackpool Air Rifles great shop by the way came with Hawke 3-9 x 40 which let me down and has been replaced many times when recieving the rifle the spring had a bit of a twang to it so i fitted a gas ram which was superb much smoother and a bit more power and then replaced the trigger guard and trigger for brass ones made it look great however this didn't change the trigger poistion which is quite annoying as… Read Full Review

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Wfitch's Response to tom121's Review

Written on: 20/03/2007

The scope you have must be very poor if it cant handled the recoil. I have never noticed there was a recoil when i fired the gun.

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301188_Debrovnik's Response to tom121's Review

Written on: 28/07/2007

My lightning smashed a scope - shattered the metal straight through. It's a poor gun. I chucked mine in the bin today.

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★★★★★

“A great gun.”

Written on: 15/11/2006 by jc 1234 (1 review written)

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“Good air rifle”

Written on: 15/11/2006 by jc 1234 (1 review written)

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★★★★☆

“I bought a BSA Lightning a long time ago, before the...”

Written on: 01/11/2006 by danche (18 reviews written)

I bought a BSA Lightning a long time ago, before the XL and tactical were created, but I knew what I was buying, basically a Lightning is a cut down version of the BSA Supersport with the added Maxi Grip Scope Rail and Silencer. I did find that when fired, the spring made a noise, best described as a 'twionk', this was a bit off putting and even made my friend who was with me, with his Logun S16, laugh, but it didn't matter as I'm an avid airgun fan. I knew a couple of tricks learned from… Read Full Review

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Seagal's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 07/12/2006

I've had my BSA Lightning for 8 years in April, and I have fired probably 20000 odd shots plus through it. During that time I've never had an issue with the silencer becoming "loose" or damaged from using it as a cocking aid. Maybe I'm lucky!?

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Rabbit Banger's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 03/04/2007

also, you said never use the silencer to cock the gun. on BSA&#039;s website it says that silencer doubles as a cocking aid.

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Rabbit Banger's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 03/04/2007

danche, I'm sorry but i disagree with your bad points on this gun. I&#039;ve found the stock to be great, the noise off the gun is fine and what&#039;s wrong with the trigger?

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Danche's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 28/01/2007

If it was me I'd go for the V Mach tuning kit.

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176891_Bombom101's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 26/01/2007

Considered getting a V Mach tuning kit for this? Or a theoben gas ram? My friends got a deluxe with a Theoben gas ram in it, recently been fitted, and it is very quiet and smooth!

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Danche's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 04/01/2007

I think it's terrible when BSA etc. say that you can use the silencer as a cocking aid. You should not, as it is only held in place with one grub screw, so it will definitely come loose over a period of time. I never do this with my lightning; it's harder, but I use the steel barrel to break the action, and I have never had a problem with the silencer coming loose.

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176891_Bombom101's Response to danche's Review

Written on: 19/12/2006

I know it might be difficult but you should never use a silencer as a cocking aid as the pellets will eventually clip the silencer. Good review danche :)
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<br/>regards
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<br/>tom

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“I bought a BSA Lightning last week for pest control. ...”

Written on: 26/09/2006 by revilo (1 review written)

I bought a BSA Lightning last week for pest control. The shop set it up for me with a Hawke Sport 4x40 scope which was zeroed with a barrel collimator, but the guy in the shop explained that I would still need to zero it by shooting over the kind of distances that I will use it for. So I set a target up at 25 yards in my garden. I'm using Bisley Pest Control pellets and the grouping is very poor - I'm getting a spread of around 5 inches at 25 yards. I realise that the Pest Control pellets… Read Full Review

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Tinkerman's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 14/10/2006

Try using Accupell or Webley Lazer Dome.

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Pearhead's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 29/03/2007

Gerry just realised you have the xl,i had the standard lightning so the silencers maybe attached differently. Im sure we can figure it out between us.t here are many things it could be but check the silencer first. Let me know how you get on mate.
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<br/>Best wishes and good luck
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<br/>Pearhead (Dartmoor)

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Gerry999's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 28/03/2007

Thanks Pearhead i&#039;ll give it go.
<br/>I have been shooting shotguns for 20 years but very new to air rifles. I&#039;m in the uk, near Bristol.

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Pearhead's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 28/03/2007

The silencer is attached by a small grub screw. But first have a look where the pellet exits the silencer and see if there is any signs of lead from the pellet, this would indicate pellets clipping it. I had to put a little tipex just inside the silencer to see if they were clipping it, some of the tipex was removed by the pellets rubbing against it, so I repositioned my silencer. How long have you been shooting? Are you in the uk?

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Gerry999's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 26/03/2007

How will I know if the pellets are clipping the silencer? Can the silencer be removed?

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Wfitch's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 20/03/2007

Learn to shoot straight i can hit 1p coins at 30 yards with that gun

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Pearhead's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 05/03/2007

Check to see if the pellets are clipping the silencer. It is a very common problem.

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Gerry999's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 24/02/2007

Thanks Matt. I'm new to this. Please advise where I can locate the furniture screws on my XL. I'm ready to give up on mine, but there are so many good reviews.
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<br/>Thanks again.
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<br/>Gerry.

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Gerry999's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 19/02/2007

I have had the same problem with mine - at 25m I have a 150mm spread. Any ideas?

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Texx's Response to revilo's Review

Written on: 20/10/2006

I found that the furniture screws (the metalwork to woodwork) came loose on my BSA Lightning air rifle, and that made a poor grouping. Once tightened, I can now do 95% accurate kill shots at 25 yards.
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<br/>Matt

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“What a waste of money, I got this BSA Lightning rifle...”

Written on: 23/09/2006 by paraculos (3 reviews written)

What a waste of money, I got this BSA Lightning rifle this morning. Originally I wanted BSA Lightning XL but I have been convinced by the shop owner that BSA Lightning is the same rifle just different stock, so I purchased it. Stupid me. Straight from the shop I went to the range to zero it with my Deben Hawke 3-9x40 Sport HD scope. It started that you can't load the pellet into the barrel because it is too tight. I used Crossman AccuPell and Webley Venom Lazapel, both with no success. Each… Read Full Review

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Danche's Response to paraculos's Review

Written on: 01/11/2006

In my opinion you should take it back. A standard BSA Lightning IS DIFFERENT from an XL! Firstly, the standard doesn't have a two stage trigger which an XL has. Also, the silencer is very different on the XL; it is much longer and covers more of the barrel. By the sound of it you have a dodgy gun anyway. I have used, with success, most of the pellets you mention with my standard Lightning, with no trouble at all. I think the problem with the silencer is this - do not cock the rifle from the end of the silencer as is advertised; it is a silencer not a steel cocking aid! The silencer is alloy and the barrel is steel, so logically the silencer is weaker, so cock it further back towards the breech.

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★★★★★

“The model is BSA Lightning .22, the scope is a Simmons...”

Written on: 20/09/2006 by Martin H (3 reviews written)

The model is BSA Lightning .22, the scope is a Simmons 3-9x40 with 30/30 reticle and the cost was £160 S/Hand. I bought this off a friend who had bought it brand new and put less than half a tin of pellets through it. Out of the box or to be more accurate, bag, this rifle felt very light and easily manageable. The finish of the stock was excellent and the action/barrel has a very satisfactory bluing with no signs of scratches, chips or thinning.

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Danche's Response to Martin H's Review

Written on: 01/11/2006

Martin H, I have written a review about the BSA Lightning. I'm Danche. There is a tip in my review for stopping the spring noise. You need a little bit of knowledge regarding dismantling Air Rifles. Unfortunately, the trigger I can't do anything about.

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Martin H's Response to Martin H's Review

Written on: 02/11/2006

Thanks danche. I've now passed the BSA Lightning over in favour of a BSA Hornet. But apparently there are a few modifications that can be made to reduce the spring noise. Macari buttons is one such mod.

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★★★★☆

“Overall the BSA Lightning is a nice starter gun but...”

Written on: 31/08/2006 by marek 23 (2 reviews written)

Overall the BSA Lightning is a nice starter gun but definitely a field gun not a hunter… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The BSA Lightning is stylish, comfortable, and deadly...”

Written on: 31/08/2006 by Ewan151 (1 review written)

The BSA Lightning is stylish, comfortable, and deadly accurate, with the right pellet (try Webley Long Range Gold). The silencer became loose soon after purchase, but once tightened properly, it was fine. It has a slight recoil. I would definitely buy another of these… Read Full Review

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Tinkerman's Response to 257627_Ewan151's Review

Written on: 14/10/2006

Are you talking about the new BSA Lightning XL air rifle or the old BSA Lightning?

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★★★★★

“Buy it”

Written on: 28/07/2006 by jakeBrooker (4 reviews written)

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Deadeyedick's Response to jakeBrooker's Review

Written on: 03/08/2006

IT BROKE!!!! Oh my Good god thats amazing how it managed to do that. you really shouldn&#039;t shoot people crimbo trees lol

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★★★☆☆

“It kicks quite a lot which I found to effected how...”

Written on: 28/07/2006 by weener (1 review written)

It kicks quite a lot which I found to effected how accurate it was.

The stock snapped in half, for no reason. I don't like the gun so it's been sitting in the spare room for the last couple of years.

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Markthebum's Response to 253071_weener's Review

Written on: 12/09/2006

If the stock snapped for no reason then you should've sent it back to the company and had it replaced.
<br/> If you ever let go of the barrel while cocking it, before it was completely cocked. Then that's why your stock broke. This is the most common issue with any brake barrel spring gun. The barrel snaps closed, and the force brakes the stock almost every time.

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★★★★★

“As you probably are aware the BSA Lighting has one the...”

Written on: 24/07/2006 by Hunter440 (4 reviews written)

As you probably are aware the BSA Lighting has one the best in class award, which i feel is just and deserved, it is a light, powerful, and accurate gun. However all those benefits come at price (about £180) which in my opinion is a little expensive for what you get. Also the finish on the stock may well be great, but it does have a tendency to mark very easily. Pellet choice isn't a problem as the gun fires many well, Promethues pellets inparticular. To conclude i would recommed this gun to… Read Full Review

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“I found the BSA Lightning to be highly accurate. Not...”

Written on: 25/05/2006 by dexy (1 review written)

I found the BSA Lightning to be highly accurate. Not bad recoil, doesn't lack power even over distance. Slightly too short, should come standard with metal trigger… Read Full Review

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“I have been using the BSA Lightning .22 for about 1...”

Written on: 11/04/2006 by Shetishooter (2 reviews written)

I have been using the BSA Lightning .22 for about 1 year now mainly for pest control work. The rifle was very easy to set up and has more than enough power to deal with anything that I have had to dispach, be it fur or feather.

I feel that the rifle is very comfortable to aim although the cheek rest on th stock could be a litle higher for more comfortable eye releif from the scope, but then that is only my preference.

At intermediate range (17 yards) I can land the shot into a target the size… Read Full Review

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