Modern Airgun Pumps have come a long way from the early back‑breaking devices. Mark Camoccio is not only a big fan, but recommends using one regularly…
1. PUMP INDOORS IF POSSIBLE
If possible, pump the gun indoors. Obviously, if you possess a gun with a relatively low shot count, you will probably want to take the pump down the field to charge the gun on-site and extend your shooting time. However, best practice dictates that pumping indoors means there is less moisture in the air, as well as less dirt.
2. REPLACE THE MEDIUM
I’m a huge fan of the British-made Hill Air Pump: this quality, robust design comes with a proper moisture trap. Hill recommends replacing the medium inside every three months (the dry beans that feel like mustard seeds, although they’re not) – and if you don’t, it seems a waste of this brilliant feature.
3. PROTECT THE ADAPTOR AND CABLE
It amazes me when I see some shooters drag their kit outdoors through the wet and dirt. PCP systems are relatively fragile, and don’t appreciate dirt and foreign bodies. Keep them in good working order by taking care of the kit. That means keeping dirt out of the cable and adaptor end. A simple bag and elastic band is a good emergency cover.
4. USE QUICK-FIT SNAP-ON ADAPTORS
I’ve mentioned it in previous issues, I know, but if you’re charging several different pneumatics, use the quick-snap fit connectors from Best Fittings. This makes life so simple, and avoids having to keep connecting and disconnecting adaptors from the charging cable – a practice that can damage threads and lead to a bad air seal.