The BSA company located in Britain has a deep and rich history extending back over 100 years with the original R-10 Airgun being introduced in 2008 and the updated version, the R-10 MK2 coming out in 2011. The R-10 MK2 came with a number of upgrades, better balance and a new magazine system.

BSA R10 Airgun

BSA R10 MK2 Air Aifle

 

The BSA R-10 MK2 comes in a rather unflattering plain brown box, but what’s inside is truly one beautiful airgun.  Described by BSA as “sumptuous, flowing lines and that glorious walnut stock” we would have to agree with them. With the curves, contours, checkering and finish on this right handed walnut stock, you might wonder if this gun should be used or just placed on display.

BSA R-10 MK2 Airgun

BSA R-10 MK2 Adjustable Rubber Buttpad

BSA R10 MK2 Air Rifle

BSA R-10 Checkering and Pressure Gage and Quick Fill Port

 

The BSA R-10 MK2 comes with and adjustable rubber buttpad with a deeper concave cut outout for your shoulder than normally seen on other rifles. A raised right handed cheek piece, extremely comfortable palm swell and a 14″ trigger reach. All this lends to a very comfortable to hold and shoulder rifle and gives this 7 LB 4oz beauty a balance and feel of an airgun that is much lighter. We actually went back to the scale to double check if our original measured weight was correct.

The pressure guage is located on the bottom letting you know how much air is left in it’s removable 232 Bar 200cc bottle.  The BSA R-10 MK2 is also fully regulated, comes with a on-rifle quick fill system (recommended) and a cold hammer forged shrouded barrel. It should be noted the bottle can be unscrewed and filled by way of a bottle adapter sold separately (not recmmended). Be sure to read and understand the instructions before filling the airgun.

BSA R10 MK2 Bottle

BSA R-10 MK2 Bottle

BSA R10 MK2 Barrel

BSA R-10 MK2 Shrouded Barrel

The BSA R-10 MK2 comes with an 11mm dovetail rail for mounting a scope and an adjustable 2 stage trigger. The weight of the second stage and length of pull of the second stage can be adjusted. First stage trigger adjustment is factory preset and can not be changed. In addition, the trigger grip can be adjusted lengthways, sideways and swiveling. Be sure to carefully read and understand the instructions before making any trigger adjustments or have it adjusted by a qualified gun smith. We found the trigger from the factory to be set well with a clean crisp break.

BSA R-10 MK2 Trigger

BSA R-10 MK2 Trigger

BSA R-10 MK2 11mm Rail

BSA R-10 MK2 11mm Rail

The BSA R-10 has a rear bolt action and operates smoothly with a short throw. The 10 shot rotary magazine on the .177 caliber is inserted from the left side which can be a draw back for those using a larger side focus wheel on their scope.  The .22 caliber version also holds 10 shots while the .25 caliber holds 8. The R-10 magazine is removed and installed by way of a cleverly placed catch located at the rear of the barrel. The manual safety is conveniently located on the left side and is easy to operate.

BSA R-10 MK2 Magazine

BSA R-10 MK2 Magazine

BSA R-10 MK2 Safety

BSA R-10 MK2 Safety

BSA R-10 MK2 Magazine Catch

BSA R-10 MK2 Magazine Catch

We pulled a few cotton patches through the barrel to clean out any remaing manufacturing residue, mounted an Optisan EVX 4-16×44, grabbed a tin of JSB .177 10.34 grain pellets and headed to the chronograph and the range. As expected, the R-10 MK2 performed flawlessly. Below are our results, ignoring the first shot since the rifle was filled from empty.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
890 926 923 929 927 924 920 922 929 922

Next we took 10 quick shots off a few sand bags, 2 supporting the front of the rifle and one supporting the rear. We were impressed with the dime size group given. Shooting from a supported rest or in the hands of steady Field Target shooter we’d expect that group to tighten up.

BSA R-10 MK2 Accuracy 30 Yards

BSA R-10 MK2 .177 Caliber, 30 Yards, JSB 10.34 Grain Pellets

For more information, availability and pricing on the Walnut BSA R-10 MK2 .177 caliber visit BSA R-10 at Trenier Outdoors.