These guys had it 40 years ago!

These guys had it 40 years ago!

Joined: June 8th, 2009, 8:03 pm

June 30th, 2012, 3:42 pm #1

Forget everything you knew about springers and their inherent problems.

The forums are full of people asking how tune the "thangs", the "sqeaks", the vibration, the recoil and the hold sensitivity out of their springers. Tars, guides, molys, shims, etc...

Well it seems like Diana had already the "recipe" some 50 years ago!

My Diana 66 just came back from Mike - the talented and ethusiastic airgunner who has repaired my 4th Giss airgun for free. The pistols felt good but this my first Giss rifle.

Well after changing BOTH deteriorating piston seals, breach seal, a worn "sharnier" washer in the barrel pivot point and lubing everything properly I have to say that this airgun is built like a vault, the mechanism cocks like a swiss watch and the trigger breaks like glass!

Enough with the clichés though. When you pull the trigger after a short first stage the second stage comes repeatedly well defined to break in the end crisp exactly when expected.

Then comes the firing cycle: You hear a short crackling sound and then you see a hole in the target.
Nothing else! No vibration no recoil - not a thing. It feels like a PCP, or better , as if you didn't fire it yet. The target image is always visible in the small peep apperture and the best of all:

The target has just one hole, benched @ 10 meters, even with cheap H&N Sport 8.18grain pellets!

Here are some photos:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1061097269 ... directlink

/Dimitrios
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Joined: April 15th, 2009, 2:16 am

June 30th, 2012, 4:06 pm #2

Never tried a gun with the Giss system, rife or pistol. But from your description it sounds like they are really something to experience. As for them having it 40 years ago, well, that was before the bean counters and lawyers got involved! After they get their mitts into things the quality goes down in the name of profit and triggers become "safer" (supposedly, lol).

Enjoy your 66, it sounds like a good one!


"You've come far, pilgrim."------"Feels like far."
"Were it worth the trouble?"----"Ah, what trouble?"
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"Were it worth the trouble?"-----"Ah, what trouble?"
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Joined: February 7th, 2009, 1:44 pm

June 30th, 2012, 5:12 pm #3

Thanks for pointing out this gun, just had a look at this clip of one in action
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhtt8GcjqfQ
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Joined: April 15th, 2009, 2:16 am

June 30th, 2012, 6:02 pm #4

I was watching him as he broke the barrel open to load. It looks like the 66 not only has the barrel latch, but also has a chisel style lockup as well. That combination has to make the barrel lockup pretty reliable as far as consistency. Also noticed that there was no recoil at all. Nice!


"You've come far, pilgrim."------"Feels like far."
"Were it worth the trouble?"----"Ah, what trouble?"
Jim in SWMO

"You've come far, pilgrim."-------"Feels like far."
"Were it worth the trouble?"-----"Ah, what trouble?"
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