The Air Force product line is a really versatile platform that allows nearly complete interchangeability between barrels, tanks, Fill arrangements and calibers. Once you have any of the guns you essentially can build that into any other barrel length caliober or Tank regardless of the action used as a Starting point. The Talon SS and Condor use the same basic Case length. The Pistol and the Talon 18” share the same case with one having an 18” and the other a 12” barrel. The platform is basically three barrel lengths, three case lengths and four calibers. That is 36 Combinations without the choices between high and Standard flow tanks. Then there is the Spin Lock Vs. Screw on Tanks. So basically over 125 Combinations would be useful for one use or another. That is versatility squared. A very Clever modular Platform that has gained customer loyalty as they have increased the options available. They have benefited greatly from the improvements we have seen to the quality of Lothar Walther barrels. They have always used LW’s and now LW’s are better than ever and the Manufacturing of the barrels is now stateside to cope with the demand from Stateside Airgun Manufactures like AirForce, RAW and Mac1. LW uses the same machines and tooling in Germany and Georgia USA. American made LW’s. I like that.
The performance of the Talon 18” straight from the box is 25 -30 ft. lb. and 20-25 ft’ lb. in short barrel Talon SS configuration. You’ll get about 30-40 shots in these models when going for a relatively efficient set-up. We usually set them up to get 40 shots when charged to around 2500PSI. The best method to get efficiency is to reduce the hammer spring adjustment enough to bring the fill maximum much lower & shorten up the valve duration. Conservative Striker tension settings is where these guns seem to work best.
The new Condor 24” long barrel from AirForce has an enormous valve coupled with a large hammer weight as delivered. After attempting to tune the guns we discovered a gun that was at the mercy of the available pressure. At highest pressures it can’t shoot hardest as the hammer momentum will not fully open the valve and at 2000-2500 PSI it cannot be turned down. The manufacturers attempt to match the raw performance of the Korean rivals has left it with a fairly oversprung arrangement. Our solution is to supply 24” barreled guns without the hammer weight and fitted with standard Talon tanks so the long barreled guns can perform to the best of their capabilities without the emphasis on blunt force trauma power levels. Over 100 long re-barreled Talon SS guns had been produced by Mac1 prior to the arrival of the Condor and I’m convinced the more discriminating consumers prefer a gun with great accuracy rather than power noise that isn’t controllable. We can supply Condors either way but if you want to bank on our experience you will buy the Condor with the Standard Talon Tank rather than the High Flow. We remove the Hammer weight and set the Gun for accuracy and shot count rather than power at the expense of accuracy and shot count. The manufacturer knows people shop on outright output or Velocity so you can’t blame them for playing to the crowd that demands speed. It is not my customer but it is the majority of the consumers so the manufacturer has got it right for Sales. I think I have it right to take full advantage of the LW’s that are so good.
Special feature of this gun is its take down design and ease of barrel changing. It is light, tiny, black and you can mount stuff everywhere on the dovetails. The extrusion it is made from has dovetails on the carry handle, the receiver top, and the receiver bottom. This is an accessory lovers dream come true.