The bull-pup air rifle format had been around since the late 1980’s & early in the last decade there was a resurgence in their popularity.
Buoyed on by American dealers numerous requests for an Air Arms bull-pup the company decided one in their stable would be a good move so the usual measured & thorough Air Arms development started late in 2013.
Whilst the Air Arms R & D department worked on the action, renowned stock designer Nick Jenkinson set about designing a stock.
Their followed a number of prototypes with number 7 being reviewed by Airgun Wold in January 2016. There was also a lot of toing & froing between Air Arms, Nick Jenkinson & Italian stock makers Minelli.
There were a couple of delays in the launch but with the largest pre-order of any new Air Arms rifle the Galahad, described as a “Sport-pup”, was finally in the shops at the end of August 2016.
With plenty of options, buyers have a few decisions to make:
Carbine or rifle
.177 or .22 (.25 is also available for the FAC version)
Regulated or unregulated
Walnut or black soft touch stock (was initially also available in beech)
Picatinny or dovetail rail
The action block is machined from a single piece of aluminium alloy using state-of-the-art CNC machinery whilst the power plant inside is straight from the proven S410/%10 series, as is the 10-shot magazine system.
A baffled shroud surrounds the 395mm Lotar Walther barrel & is threaded to accept an optional moderator.
Below this there is the steel air cylinder with a matt finish. A sliding section at the end of the cylinder reveals a filling port.
Airgun World - October 2016
The cocking lever is side mounted & can easily be set on either side. Operation is very easy – the lever flips down with a little downward pressure, push forward & then bring it back to its start position.
Other features of the action are:
Adjustable 2-stage trigger
Spirit level mounted to the scope rail
Built in pressure gauge
Airgun World - November 2016
The ambidextrous thumb-hole stock has a adjustable butt-pad offering vertical & side-ways adjustment. Optional butt-spacers can be used to increase the length of pull if needed.
Attached to the action is a cheek-piece with a “soft touch” finish on both the walnut & full soft touch stock options.
There is a short accessory rail at the fore-end of the stock.
In 2018 Air Arms made the decision to dis-continue the un-regulated versions of the Galahad.
More information about the Galahad can be found HERE.