Mat Manning gives his verdict on the Lee Enfield Sentry, an affordable PCP that bridges the gap between sporter and tactical styling.
The Shooting Party is well known for selling some great affordable kit, and their latest PCP offering certainly maintains that theme. The distinctively styled multi-shot Lee Enfield Sentry boasts some impressive features and retails for just £399 making it a very appealing passport to recoil-free airgunning for shooters on a tight budget.
MAKER: Lee Enfield (Guns) Ltd (www.leeenfieldguns.uk)
SUPPLIED BY: The Shooting Party (www.shootingparty.uk)
TYPE: Bolt-action PCP
CALIBRE: .177 (tested) and .22.
OVERALL LENGTH: 1030mm
LENGTH OF PULL: 360mm
WEIGHT: 3.7kg (without scope)
POWER: 11.4 ft-lb
The Sentry certainly has its own look, and I would say that its styling bridges the gap between sporter and tactical. Measuring 103cm and with a 36cm length of pull, it is an airgun for adult-sized shooters. Despite looking pretty chunky, it tips the scales at a very manageable 3.7kg before you fit a scope.
With optics mounted, the point of balance falls about 10cm in front
of the trigger. That feels about right once you have it shouldered and the Sentry is a nice gun to shoot from a variety of stances.
The stock is certainly distinctive and the main part for the long forend is made from ballistic polymer. Large cutaway vents help to shave down weight and make for an extremely secure hold. The forend is also equipped with numerous accessory rails – there’s one on each side, one on the underside and no less than three above the barrel.
Shooters who like to adorn their airguns with add-ons like lamps, lasers and bipods will not be disappointed. If you do want to pair the Sentry with a bipod, check out The Shooting Party’s latest combo deal which includes the rifle, an Adras tilt and swivel bipod and a really neat AirForceOne tactical case with loads of padding and countless accessory compartments, all for £529.
Offsetting the tactical forend is a nicely grained piece of hardwood that makes up the rear section of the ambidextrous stock. It has been sculpted into rather an elegant thumbhole design with a steep, chunky pistol grip which really fills the hand.
Another nice touch is the adjustable cheekpiece; made from ballistic polymer it can be adjusted up and down by simply slackening off its two retaining screws – no tools are required…
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