Most of you will know me as a "Science guy" and, yes, I guess I am more than a common NERD.
But life and experience have taught me that there is a lot of worthwhile knowledge to be gained from just listening to the users. Especially if the users are experienced and UNCOMMON persons, in the sense of having been endowed with more than a passing grade of "COMMON SENSE".
When I was much younger, my GrandMa used to tell me that the least common of senses was the common sense. After almost 64 years I have come to agree wholeheartedly with that.
Bill and I met by "accident" in one of the fora, we both love airguns, and German Airguns more precisely; and I cannot but see a future me (result of a strongly driven and purposeful youth with lots of physicality to it) in him.
One day my body will present the "bills" for all those strenuous activities.
And, while growing old is mandatory, it's growing up what I plan on keeping "optional" ;-)
To keep a capacity of wonderment, and the love of life, is what will make the next decade (or two), what it is supposed to be.
And so, in that spirit, I present you with a notable person, in the sense that he makes a lot of sense.
Oh!, and what does the title mean? Well it's sort of a private joke because while discussing the idea of this Blog entry, Bill asked me (and rightfully so), "Won't we be comparing apples to oranges here?"
My response was that there were sufficient characteristics shared by BOTH guns (HW30 and AM03) to think more about a comparison between Mandarins and Oranges: about the same, just slightly different size, zest and flavour.
¿Isn't that what life is all about?
I yield the floor to Bill:
Guest Blog by Bill Rickvalsky
The reason the cocking effort is an issue for me is that I am in my 70's and have a chronic health condition that occasionally affects my muscle strength. But I thoroughly enjoy my shooting and regularly have somewhat lengthy shooting sessions. The HW30S allowed me to do this without wearing myself out.
As a result of that forum discussion I was offered an opportunity by Hector to compare my HW30S to a Diana AM03 Mauser that had been modified with people in just my situation in mind, older folks with health issues. The AM03 started life as an NTec gas piston rifle. It now has a steel spring operating an anti bounce piston (ABP). The rifle is putting out 13 fpe and has a cocking force of 23 pounds. My objective was to report on the perceived cocking force and the shooting characteristics of this rifle and the HW30S.
A couple of the shooting sessions I had were fairly lengthy with over 200 pellets down range. On those occasions the cocking effort of the AM03 and HW30S became an obvious advantage for me. I believe I could shoot either of those rifles all day long. I eventually would lay the Diana 34 aside while shooting the other two. I know there are people who do not find the Diana 34 difficult to cock. But it apparently crosses a threshold of work for me. I like the rifle and can shoot it for a while but there are limits.
One side comment I would like to make here is about the length of the cocking arm (barrel) and how it affects this. While many people say the longer barrel provides more leverage it also requires a longer reach, particularly when sitting. When reaching up to the end of the barrel my arm is fully extended and then has to swing out and down while still fully extended until more than half way through the cocking cycle. This actually is as much of a disadvantage as it is an advantage. I find it easier to not reach all the way to the end of the barrel.
Someone else's technique may give different results in this regard.
I would love to have a hybrid of the AM03 and the HW30S. I like the extra reach of the AM03 without paying a significant price in cocking effort. The AM03 that I am shooting is heavy, especially for occasional offhand shooting. But there are times I wish the HW30S had just a little more weight for offhand shooting. This light, short rifle sometimes seems a little twitchy without a rest of some sort. It would also be nice to have the barrel on the AM03 be two or three inches shorter. For me anyway the shorter overall length would balance better.
I hope everyone learns a little something from this old guy's comments. I know there are others like me out there who may have the same concerns.
And yes,I learned things that we expect to put in place with the new EMS line at DIANA.
The 34 EMS will allow users to "tailor" the gun in such a way as to suit THEM.
Particularly in Bill's case, I am already envisioning a 34 EMS with the NTec trigger, a lightweight ABP unit inside the OEM piston, a shorter barrel, and a Carbon Fiber moderator/Harmonics Tuner in place. The short barrel will save 1 full pound of weight, the Carbon Fiber mod/HT will save another ¼ lb, and a beech stock will also save another ¼ lb, so, all in all, with a Traditions lightweight scope in small ZR Mounts, we could be looking at a 7 to 7¼ lbs all up rifle still capable of delivering 12 ft-lbs at the muzzle with a bit over 25# peak cocking force.
Now, THAT would be an interesting little gun, LOL!
Keep well and shoot straight!