Every year the pilgrimage to the greatest "Weapons Exhibition" in the world is a thrill.
And, of course, spending some real-face time with my DIANA friends is a boon to boot.
BUT CoViD19 put a damper on IWA 2020 and IWA 2021, next year IWA 2022 has been programmed, but there is no guarantee.
Anyway, one of the more charming aspects about IWA is that you can interact with top notch gunsmiths from around the world. Not all are interested in airguns, but most of them understand the complexities of low power shooting.
Among the typical discussions is the eternal one about the "German" way and the "American" way. From sling placement and usage, to sights and stock shapes, there is always someone that claims to be "richtig" & "genau". :-)
Of course the reality is that we need to take the best of all the options available to us. And this post is a bit about that: Getting a German, medium powered springer to be a joy to shoot in a specifically American endeavor: Plinking with iron sights using economy pellets.
So, when a friend requested something to complement his scoped R-7, I thought: This is a good opportunity for a DIANA 280.
And so the project started some months ago, the guns were available then and they were procured.
One, in 0.177", cal has already been reviewed here.
And the challenge with this one in 0.22" cal was to make it shoot well with iron sights.
We went back and forth with different rear sights, but in the end, it was necessary to change the front sight to something that would allow proper head positioning, BUT, we still wanted to keep the gun as DIANA as possible, and so we changed the front muzzle piece to one that was made by DIANA for the larger guns to use the "Korntunnel" in the DIANA lineup.
However, there are no Fiber Optic korntunnels in the German world, ¿What on earth for? you are supposed to shoot ONLY at paper targets! You NEED BLACK! . . . . LOL! . . . Nope!
Enter Tru-Glo, an American company that has been making optical gathering front sights for some time.
That allowed us to use the Williams FP rear and add the Merit Iris for light and contrast control, but since the sight stop is located fairly forward, an extension to the eyepiece had to be manufactured.
The powerplant was changed to a Titan #10 spring in a custom composite guide; performance stats are located in the targets for those that need numbers.
Overall it was a great project, fun and challenging.
So, let's look at some pictures: