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I'm still learning about springers and one thing I am reading a lot about is potential finger loss and "anti-beartrap" safety devices. Do these anti-beartrap safeties ELIMINATE this hazard or is it still something to be mindful of?
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They are SUPPOSE TO[/color](and they have on all the rifles I have that are equipped with them) but as with any safety one shouldn’t put to much faith in them. I make it a habit of holding on to the cocking lever while loading. If your fingers are in the chamber loading a pellet and the piston slams shut it will mash your finger(s) or even cut them off(it has happened). On break barrel cockers open the barrel/chamber far enough to load the pellet then cock the rifle. Side and under lever cockers do as I instructed. Personally I wouldn’t purchase a new springer air rifle that didn’t have some sort of safety on the cocking action. Lawdog
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Thanks Lawdog,
Are there any rifles that load in a different manner? Or are all springers loaded in this fashion?
Thanks again, I hate to ask trivial questions but as I said earlier, I'm only half way up the learning curve on these things!
 

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The majority of spring guns are loaded by pushing a pellet into the exposed breech, whether its a break-barrel, side lever or under lever. There are however a couple designs that don't expose your fingers to this problem. The most common is the rotary tap. Its generally found on better quality airguns as it requires fine tolerances to work right. Its basically a section of the barrel that rotates 90 degrees so a pellet can be dropped in from above. When the tap is rotated back the pellet is in line with the bore.



Theres also a design that has a trap door breech, where you flip up a small door to expose a loading tray. A pellet is dropped into the tray and the door is closed, sealing the chamber.


There are also a few spring guns that have a magazine, usually a rotary design like a revolver, that indexes the next pellet when the gun is cocked.[/img]
 

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Bowtied said:
Thanks Lawdog,
Are there any rifles that load in a different manner? Or are all springers loaded in this fashion?
Thanks again, I hate to ask trivial questions but as I said earlier, I'm only half way up the learning curve on these things!
"dave"[/color] pretty much covered it. One just needs to watch what they are doing and use the best safety in the world, the one located between ones ears[/color]. Lawdog
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Thanks Dave for the pics and the info. And Amen to to that "safety between your ears" Lawdog.
I will hopefully be ordering my TF99M on Monday!
 
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