First impressions: BSA R-10 TH

Mike Morton takes a look at the BSA R-10 TH – a rifle celebrating the (R)10th anniversary of the Birmingham gunmaker’s flagship PCP

BSA’s R-10 has been with us for a decade now, and to celebrate this milestone the company has released a new variant – the R-10 TH, which comes with a new thumbhole stock with an adjustable cheekpiece – and the rifle’s biggest shot count yet.

The new TH handle, which has been crafted in walnut by master Italian stockmaker Minelli, is a blend of the old and the new, as it features the traditional forend of the current R-10 SE, but with a new thumbhole grip along with a cheekpiece that’s made of wood, but is covered in a soft-touch finish, which should make it feel warm against your face in colder weather.

Key specs

Manufacturer: BSA Guns (
Model: R-10 TH
Price: £999
Calibre options: .177 and .22
Shots count: 280 in .177 and 340 in .22 from a 232 bar fill
Overall length: 125cm (49.2in)
Barrel length: 38.1cm (15in)
Weight: 3.66kg

The features

  • Fully regulated action
  • Increased 280cc detachable buddy bottle delivering up to 340 shots per fill
  • Available in walnut
  • Adjustable butt pad
  • Adjustable Soft Touch-covered wooden cheekpiece
  • Fully adjustable two-stage trigger
  • Pressure gauge and quick-fill system
  • Self-actuating magazine system
  • Ambidextrous Thumbhole stock

Shot count is higher on this new model, as the TH has a larger 280cc buddy bottle, meaning the rifle will deliver up to 340 shots in .22 calibre and 280 shots in .177.

The TH also includes a slew of features that come with the regular sporter-stocked SE model, including a multi-adjustable butt pad, two magazines and the creative customer configurable shroud (CCS), which allows the shooter to remove the shroud and re-fit the supplied moderator if they prefer the more open look of this option.

This involves the removal of the silencer and shroud, after which the nut must be slid down the barrel and tightened. The silencer connector is then screwed to the end of the barrel after which the silencer can be attached to the connector. The conversion takes just a few moments to accomplish, and can easily be reversed at any time.

I have a full-length R-10 SE in .22 calibre and have been shooting it on a regular basis for the past two years. It’s a great gun, and has been with me through thick and thin, and I’m not alone – talk to other hunters or pay a visit to your local club and you’re bound to come across more than a few fellow owners, as the R-10 has established quite a following over the past 10 years.

And I predict that the choice of a new stock and improved shot count will only broaden the appeal of this iconic rifle, meaning that the new TH will be picked up by a new generation of shooters, and this celebration of a decade of R-10 production will continue to serve them for decades to come. 

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