How Long Can You Keep Air Rifle cocked?

Old 08-03-09, 05:08 AM
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How Long Can You Keep Air Rifle cocked?

I just bought a Crosman Storm XT (break barrel) air rifle & am wondering how long I can keep the rifle cocked b4 shooting it? (the instructions say not to "Store" it cocked...but will it damage the spring to keep it cocked for...say an hour?)
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I am not familiar with that particular gun but I have kept spring piston airguns similar to the Storm XT cocked for very long periods without any problem. I have had trouble with airguns you pump 10 times to build air pressure. Some will slowly leak and loose pressure over time. The spring type guns do not have this problem since nothing is pressurized until you pull the trigger and release the spring. I think they tell you to never leave it cocked for safety & liability reasons.
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I don't think an hour or so would be a big deal...but keeping a spring compressed over long periods of time may cause it to lose some force when released (in other words.."take a set"). Might not be real noticible but you could lose some velocity.
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see if this helps.........................

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