Condor .25 Cal PCP ( Spin Lok Tank , New Re- Settable Safety Design & Crisp Break Trigger )
The popular U.S. made PCP finally got a re-fit in the caliber department with the addition of the 6.35mm Lothar Walther barrel. The Condor was impressive with the .22 pellet but with the new .25, it's put on even more muscle as the pellet weights in .25 can exceed 40 grains or the same weight class as the venerable .22 L.R. Airforce have even taken the time to fine tune their high flow Condor cylinders to ensure that every prospective buyer will receive the most powerful and efficient " magnum " PCP possible. The spin lok tank offers several very good improvements over the original in that it can be filled on the rifle and a pressure gauge is included as standard equipment. The fill fitting is a foster style quick disconnect for use with the Airforce charging pump or scuba tank adapters. The latest and highly appreciated improvement to the Condor is the re-settable safety system which easily indexes forward or backward in the front of the split trigger guard assembly. The new safety also feels more solid and positive in movement ( it only slides about an 1/8 of an inch )than the old pin style that was standard for many years on the Condor and Talon models. By cradling the safety blade between forefinger and thumb the safety can be activated or de-activated with no sound whatsoever. The CrispBreak® trigger still features the very popular and comfortable trigger shoe, but the similarities end there. The whole trigger group has been redesigned for the crisper and consistent pull, but also to minimize noise.
This new trigger also feels more positive with virtually no creep and a lighter pull weight as factory setting, our tests found this new trigger releases at aroung 2 pounds 6 ounces which was a non adjusted rifle right out of the box.
Airforce have released accuracy reports for the Condor as well, and they conservatively rate the big gun as capable of shooting 1" groups at 75 yards. Speaking privately with Airforce, they openly admitted that they have obtained even better grouping but felt that this rating was attainable by most shooters using high quality lead. The kinetic energy of the .25 Condor is really impressive as well with our own range tests generating almost 75 ft lbs of energy with H&N Baracuda pellets and a fully charged cylinder and the power adjustment wheel set at position 12. Airforce suggest that for the best performance the power wheel should be dialed back a little from the full forward position and that is exactly the setting we chose for our test. For this testing we decided to use the airforce charging pump and started pumping with the gauge reading 0 psi. The pump is best rested for cooling at about the same amount of time as it is in use. So, if you pump continuously for 5 minutes, it is recommended to let the pump cool down for the same amount of time. Starting at no pressure in the cylinder, it took 160 strokes to reach 1000 psi on the gauge. After an additional 200 strokes the reading showed 2000 psi, and the time expended so far with rest breaks was right around 30 minutes. With an additional 200 strokes, the tank was fully charged at 3000 psi. Total time elapsed was 45 minutes at a steady pumping rate with equal resting periods so in actual fact, the pumping time would have amounted to only 20-25 minutes from no pressure. We tested 3 different pellets varying in weight from just over 20 grains to 31 grains. The first pellet tested was the H&N Baracuda weighing 31.02 grains and the five shot string went like this 1031, 1030, 1025, 1020, 1015. The Baracuda generated a maximum 73.23 ft lbs. Second in line was the JSB Exact King ( 25.4 grains ) which went downrange at 1100, 1100, 1104, 1098, 1102 and kinetic energy of 68.75 ft lbs. Lastly, we chose a lightweight pellet, the Beman FTS 20.06 grains. The chronograph recorded 1148, 1142, 1141, 1136, 1136 for a maximum energy rating of 58.71 ft lbs. After the initial chronograph results we charged the tank back up again and did a cylinder exhaustion test, by starting out with a full 3000 psi and using H&N Baracuda pellets. The first shot was lower than expected (1008), perhaps due to a minor valve lock which can occur as the hammer weight struggles to overcome the extreme pressure exerted on the back of the valve when the tank is fully charged. The second shot was more what we expected and came in at 1027. The full list of velocities follows; 1008, 1027, 1031, 1038, 1036, 1040, 1038, 1018, 1034, 1030, 1022, 1020, 1009, 1013, 1005, 997, 1002, 993, 982, 968, 963, 966, 960, 943, 934, 937, 931, 928, 924, 925, 923, 912, 912, and 898. Shot 34 went sub 900 fps and with that we stopped the test as the velocity was now more than 140 feet per second slower than the highest obtained. Shot #6, 1040 fps was the highest obtained and good for 74.51 ft lbs. Heavier .25 pellets should yield even greater kinetic energy.
After the 34 shots were fired, the tank was checked for residual pressure and found to be resting at 2100 psi, which is pretty much what we hoped for. So useable shots at high power setting is right around 30 shots. If the gun was adjusted to a more conservative setting the shot count will also be higher. The base charge of 2000 psi is clearly the minimum before velocity and performance are seriously compromised. Expect 200 pump strokes to get back up to 3000 psi from 2000 and 15 minutes of time. The first test we fired 17 shots which brought us down to 2500 psi and it took 5 minutes and 90 strokes to get back up to full pressure.
The Airforce Condor is a remarkable gun in the air rifle world with excellent accuracy, incredible, adjustable power, and a reasonable cost when you consider the Lothar Walther barrel under the hood. We love Airforce guns and were the first stockist in Canada to represent the PCP from Texas that has an ever growing number of fans all over the world.
Weight with cylinder - 6.5 lbs
Overall length with cylinder - 38.75"
Shot Capacity - single pellet
Safety - automatic and re-settable
Barrel length - 24"
Velocity range - adjustable from 600-1300
Cylinder pressure - 3000 psi
Trigger - 2 stage adjustable
Accuracy rating - 1" at 75 yards
Scope rail built-in for 11mm, bipod, sling swivel dovetail built-in.