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★★★★★

“Bsa lightning se”

Written on: 13/04/2014 by Hoffman386 (1 review written)

My gun is a very accurate and decent at shooting 5p's at 55-60 yard with the right scope there good verming guns for rabbits/pigeons ect mines shooting stanferd at 11.68flb with handn power Would reccomend good guns… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“overall very disappointed ”

Written on: 17/03/2014 by ardnamonach (1 review written)

was very excited about purchasing this air rifle but like so many others you are not allowed to trying before buying. It is very nice in the hands but after about 30 shots I observed the little grub screw that secures the silencer to the barrel ( 2mm alan key ) was coming loose allowing some movement between barrel and silencer. The end cap on the silencer had worked loose and find it difficult to keep tight. My worst finding was that the trigger requires a fair amount of pressure to… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Fussy with pellets”

Written on: 13/06/2013

I bought a BSA Lightning XL .177 about 12 mths ago, it handles beautifully but when I first fired it, God it was loud, it sounded louder than my un-silenced .22 rimfire. The silencer is awful so I modified it, and it was extremely pellet fussy and grouped like a shotgun. However, if you hold the rifle very loosely, and let it recoil freely it's a very accurate gun especially with RWS and Air Arm pellets, but at first I could have easily chucked the bloody thing in the river. My next gun will… Read Full Review

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“VERY BAD MODLE OF BSA ”

Written on: 22/04/2013 by Airifler123 (1 review written)

I brought this gun for Christmas it costs £303 and a nikko Stirling scope and the guns safety chatch failed and smashed 2 nikko scopes and got the gun replaced and that gun sheared the 2 screws that hold the stock to the inerds of the gun took it back to Exeter gun centre where I brought it from and told the man who sold it to me what kept happening and tryed telling that there was nothing wrong with this modle and he sent it of to BSA to see what. Keeps happening to the rifle… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“lightning xl se”

Written on: 27/11/2012

bought it new for 277 pounds put 300 pellets through it and both the stock forend screws sheared .came back from bsa repaired so called range tested . put 50 or so shots through it utter rubbish.i now own a hw 95k and cant fault it. i lost 57 pounds on part x would not recommend lightning xl se… Read Full Review

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“Bad bad bad”

Written on: 11/11/2012 by Whw95 (1 review written)

Bought brand new xl se lovely Finnish chose it over the hw95 had back to shop 3 times in 4 times out with it just trying to zero it first it smashed the scope a hawke 3-9-40 hd ir scope scope creep was horrendoeus then silencer came loose and wouldn't tighten up I put 400 pellets through it trying to zero in only 4 times out bsa credited the shop with another gun so I went for hw95 wat a difference I mite have just got a bad 1 but the trust was gone I couldn't have took a unreliable gun out… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Not worth owning”

Written on: 30/08/2012

Purchased as a weapon for removing ferral pigeons. Returned to BSA after the cocking lever snapped. Repair was ok but after shooting a weirauch 95k and 97k you realise how poor the BSA actually is… Read Full Review

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Dsz77's Comment

Written on: 11/11/2012

Got to agree I picked a bsa lightning xl se over hw 95 bad mistake had back to shop 3 times in less than 2 weeks only used it 4 times broke the scope hawke 3-9-40 ir so not a poor scope had to change mounts cos scope creep was really bad then silencer came loose wouldn't tighten back up I put 400 pellets thru it and couldn't get it zeroed pile of poo basically got hw 95 brilliant gun shooting bottle caps out to 50 yards excellent gun

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★★★★☆

“My BSA Banter”

Written on: 03/05/2012 by exterminator (1 review written)

hi i bought a bsa ultra pcp new from a shop and shot over the legal limit then they replaced it for an air arms with top scope silencer mounts worth triple the ultra :) what a bad thing to experience as a non fire arms licence holder!!!!!!!!!! total bil for them 950.00 for my free kit! BSA me 1 them nil i bought a bsa lightning springer again with a scope but no hope with accuracy AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! sent it back to the shop and bsa repaired it they called it rock barrel where the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“WORST RIFLE I'VE EVER OWNED”

Written on: 03/04/2012

Went to Lincoln on a day out and on a impulse bought the XL Tactical version of this supposed great little gun from Lincoln city air guns, Can't fault the guys in their excellent shop, but the rifle is in a word a "PIG". Bought it Saturday tried to zero the pig with quality ammo IE accupells, superdomes, ft trophy and lastly airarms all to no avail!, and to top it all a energy level of 9ft pound. Now the round trip back to Lincoln is about 120 mile, so I duly sent it back to BSA, thinking I'd… Read Full Review

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Baggus's Comment

Written on: 12/05/2012

its called lightning because it never hits the same place twice, after 3 months and 2 different scopes i gave up on mine. i traded it in against an 8 year old tx200 and what a difference,I should never have bought it . the recoil was horrendous when i fired i lost sight of the target due to recoil being so fierce. The groupings were very poor and I even changed the scope thinking it was faulty,I was missing magpies at 15 yards.This was the worst gun I have ever owned but also the best looking gun.If it shot as well as it looks it would have been brilliant. the gun shop where I bought it offered me half of what I paid for it. (new 3 months ago). do not buy one of these without trying it first I dont know if there all the same but there seems to be lots of complaints about them. mine was .22 cal. but more chance of hitting a target by throwing the gun at it.

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Vultee's Comment

Written on: 12/05/2012

I also have a BSA Lightning XL, and I have found it a pig to shoot accurately, it's extremely pellet fussy, and as noisy as hell despite having a full length silencer, I have a 30 + year old Webley Vulcan that out shoots the BSA, and I've been an avid fan of BSA since cutting my teeth on a Meteor and moving to an Airsporter 'S', but sadly I will NEVER buy a BSA again

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★☆☆☆☆

“Does not live up to it's reputation.”

Written on: 14/01/2012

I bought this gun new and it had to be sent back to Birmingham twice for losing power. It dropped to below 8fps each time. After a new spring was fitted and it lost power again, BSA offered me my money back And I bought a Weirauch and never looked back… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 16/03/2012

Had to send mine back today same problem i'v had mine two months and the barrel screws have snapped and its now 8fps well angry. Do not buy this gun!!!

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 05/04/2012

And here was me thinking it was just me, I did the same but I'm stuck with this useless rifle!

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★★★★★

“great accurate gun”

Written on: 17/09/2011

I recently bought a second hand bsa lightning for £200 after doing much research on it. I have owned a number of spring air rifles including a hw97, crosman phantom and a modified Webley tracker. With the exeption of the weihrauch as that cost £100 more than the bsa, the lightning is by far the best. It gets 1cm groupings at 25 yards! Also, the woodwork and build quality matches the hw97 as I chose to buy the old model made in england. It's very light and the carbined barrel makes it easy to… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 05/12/2011

Hi..I have also recently bought a second hand .22 lightning and waiting for its deliver this week.Having found these reviews after buying it has opened my eyes a lot more on the spec of the rifle and you do get some bad opinions always, sometimes its the factory building of it to handling and carriage .Their was a person that i was reading about could not get his lightning to stay zeroed so it was shooting out of aim terrible ,he try and checked all sorts ,check barrel ,checked scope creep, checked fitting screws .And after a long time the rifle was stripped down and it was found that it had a broken spring guilde tube..It was changed and was spot on ,but he curse this model to bits. The main thing i are just wanting to no are all lightnings made in the Uk. And the XL's models the GAMO range then..And what pellets People find best for their shooting.I'm looking for removing rabbits and vermin. I'm not looking to be shooting at 50mts unless it his the right day and everything his spot on well tested at that range...Thanks for any help new lightning bsa, owner shortly....

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★★★★★

“A cracking rifle, takes out rabbits at 50yrds no...”

Written on: 21/05/2011

A cracking rifle, takes out rabbits at 50yrds no problem and has plenty of power. 10/10… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

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Written on: 07/03/2011 by Infiltrator2K (7 reviews written)


Terrible rifle! Accuracy was shockingly bad. Then I found that the bullbarrel had actually bent slightly causing the pellet to clip. The direction it had bent indicated that it had been caused by cocking the rifle. The BSA Lightning Tactical is hard to cock, but you don't expect it to bend! (underlever next time).

Then I found the rifle's trigger and safety would lock solid. This turned out to be caused by the loose sear pin in the trigger mechanism misaligning. I loctited it to prevent… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I bought this gun from someone and i went out hunting...”

Written on: 22/01/2011

I bought this gun from someone and i went out hunting and when i shot it there was a lot of recoil which was making the accuracy bad, im not sure why this is happening as it isnt over the limit as its 12 fps-llb. It might have been modifiyed im not sure, it is a carbine. Is this truee ???… Read Full Review

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Grocott2964's Comment

Written on: 21/05/2011

This is not a review it is a question. If you dont know what is wrong with you weapon get it looked at. Then tell everybody what it's like then it might be helpful as a reveiw.

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★☆☆☆☆

“the bsa lightning is a completely rubbish gun i had to...”

Written on: 05/01/2011

the bsa lightning is a completely rubbish gun i had to constantly send mine back to bsa i had loss of power screws snapping not accrate and kept letting me down… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Bought an BSA Lightening .22 around 12 years ago for...”

Written on: 20/11/2010

Bought an BSA Lightening .22 around 12 years ago for pest control, mounted it off with a simmons 3-9 x 40 scope. Shot about 20 rabbits and around 20 squirrels then managed to slip in the mud and bend the barrel. Got a replacement barrel from BSA although it fitted straight on it was longer than original but had no problems at all with accuracy so left it at that. 12 years later lost count of rabbits it has killed, still used on a weekly basis for crows and rabbits out to 45 meters. Overall… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Hi there i was wondering if any of you guys have any...”

Written on: 02/09/2010

Hi there i was wondering if any of you guys have any ides of how to up the power on one of the old bsa lightnings because mines running at about 8-9fpt
any suggestions would be great thanks… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“this rifle is exelent i shot a rabbit at 30 yards....”

Written on: 23/07/2010 by gun guy 123 (1 review written)

this rifle is exelent i shot a rabbit at 30 yards. this gun is very acurate i recomend this to a person who goes shooting often. my vesion is 1.77 i use super point and air arms field diabblo pelets. the only down side to this rifle is there are no open sights the good things about this air rifle is that it is verfy acurate and a good power i definatly recomend this for hunting small game such as rabbit rats pigeons etc if you want to see me shoot my gun go on www.youtube.com and type… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“very good air rifle not sure wot pellets work best as...”

Written on: 10/07/2010

very good air rifle not sure wot pellets work best as ive only used accu pells any advice would b great… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“a top class light weight (2.8 kg) air rifle comes...”

Written on: 23/06/2010

a top class light weight (2.8 kg) air rifle comes with a silencer got 730 fps power in the 2.2 ... i put a hawke3-9x40 sight on & r hitting within 5mm with each shot ,it sure is a real belter of a gun & it is only 37 inch long & for £210 new ....cant wait 2 get go hunting with it… Read Full Review

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