finalChoosing the right air source for your PCP gun can be tricky. There is more than one way to fill your rifle and each of them has both advantages and disadvantages. If you don’t take a step back and consider all the potential options, chances are you are going to end up with frustration because everyone is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In this post, we will take a close look at the pros and cons of 3 common ways to fill your gun: hand pump, scuba tank and carbon fiber tank.

Hand pump

hand pump

A hand pump is generally the same as the bicycle pump, but instead of pumping the tire, you pump the air reservoir of the PCP gun. It’s recommended that you do not pump more than 5 minutes and let the pump cool down 15 minutes between pumping sessions to prevent overheating. A modern hand pump can get to 3000 psi (pounds per square inch) When you start to pump, the beginning is easy and you can even pump with one hand to get to 1000 psi. But from 2500 psi on, you begin to feel strong resistance so it’s best to leverage your body weight to pump at this point.

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