THE PP1 PISTOL

Information is difficult to find on this little known first pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) pistol from Air Arms.

It was developed alongside the 100 series, likely due to feedback from field target shooters who had a full powered pcp pistol on their wish list.

It was first seen by the public at the CLA game fair in July 1989. At the time it was still undergoing final trials with the assistance of leading authorities such as Mick Dawes.

 

The pistol was with retailers in November 1989, with an initial price tag of £322.

 

Air Arms are unsure exactly how many PP1's were made but have confirmed the figure is around 100 ,with production ceasing in December 1990.

Available in .177 and .22 it was essentially a shortened version of the 100 series action with a 9in Walther barrel. It had a total length of 15.5in.

The stock was made of walnut. I have only seen right hand versions but there was reportedly an ambidextrous version.

The standard offering had a knob type loading bolt, 1/8th bsp thread filling valve with plastic cover and a 2 stage, fully adjustable trigger with a straight brass blade.

Optional upgrades were offered in the form of a lever bolt, aluminium filler cap, sound moderator, open sights and, from around August 1990, the Olympic Trigger.              

1990 Advert Featuring The PP1

The optional front open sight mounting block & shroud were produced by Air Arms with Williams supplying the bead, as well as the rear sight.

Later examples were also offered with quick-fill and/or the 100 series Mk2 aluminium filler cap.

As with the 100 series rifles, the alloy bolt housing on the prototype pp1’s had the same gloss finish bolt housing as the Shamal. Production models had a new housing with a grey/silver satin chrome finish.

2 cylinder lengths were used over the production period, with the later one being 33mm shorter. The shorter cylinder reduced the weight and provided better balance – the downside being the shot count dropped from around 50 good shots to around 40.​

PP1 Review - Airgun Worls December 1990

My verdict:

The PP1 is quite a lump of a pistol but never the less feels quite balanced, especially the shorter cylinder version. With grip it sits well in my hand.

Due to its weight Ii find that it is not long before I need to put the pistol down for a rest. I suppose this is one of the downsides of the quality build from strong materials.

My version has the lever bolt and cocking is smooth and positive but not stiff.

The trigger is excellent. I have it set with a short first stage, minimal second stage and a very crisp, light release. Very nice!

Accuracy wise, the pistol provides tight groups off the bench as i would expect from a Walther barrel on such a solidly built pistol.

It’s not the prettiest pistol I’ve seen but has its own charm and shooting it does put a smile on my face

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