Each year the pilgrimage to the finest “Weapons Exhibition” in the world is really a thrill.
And, of course , investing some real-face time along with my DIANA friends is really a boon to boot.
BUT CoViD19 put a damper upon IWA 2020 and IWA 2021, next year IWA 2022 has been programmed, but there is absolutely no guarantee.
Anyway, one of the more captivating aspects about IWA is that you simply can interact with top notch gunsmiths from around the world. Not all have an interest in airguns, but most of these understand the complexities of reduced power shooting.
Among the standard discussions is the eternal a single about the “German” way as well as the “American” way. From sling placement and usage, in order to sights and stock forms, there is always someone that claims to end up being “richtig” & “genau”. : -)
Of course the reality is that people need to take the best of all the possibilities to us. And this article is a bit about that: Getting a German born, medium powered springer to become a joy to shoot in the specifically American endeavor: Plinking with iron sights making use of economy pellets.
So , if a friend requested something to fit his scoped R-7, I believed: This is a good opportunity for a DIANA 280.
So the project started some a few months ago, the guns had been available then and they had been procured.
One, in zero. 177″, cal has already been evaluated here.
And the problem with this one in zero. 22″ cal was to be able to shoot well with metal sights.
We went back plus forth with different rear places, but in the end, it was essential to change the front sight in order to something that would allow proper mind positioning, BUT , we nevertheless wanted to keep the gun because DIANA as possible, and so all of us changed the front snout piece to one that was manufactured by DIANA for the larger weapons to use the “Korntunnel” within the DIANA lineup.
However , you can find no Fiber Optic korntunnels in the German world, ¿ What on earth for? you happen to be supposed to shoot ONLY in paper targets! You NEED DARK! …. LOL! … Nope!
Enter Tru-Glo, an American firm that has been making optical collecting front sights for some time.
That allowed us to utilize the Williams FP back and add the Value Iris for light plus contrast control, but since the particular sight stop is located pretty forward, an extension to the eyepiece had to be manufactured.
The powerplant was changed to a Ti (symbol) #10 spring in a customized composite guide; performance statistics are located in the targets for people who need numbers.
Overall it had been a great project, fun and difficult.
So , let’s take a look at some pictures: