|Logun S-16: A Solid Performer in the Field
|After reading about this gun in the British Airgunning Magazines, I finally got the opportunity to try one out on the bench and in the field.|
|The Logun S-16 is a Take Down Rifle that can easily be transported anywhere you want to hunt, and is loaded with features: a 16 shot magazine, modular integrated shroud, on board pressure gauge, integrated scope rails, and an easily engaged safety.(left)
The gun resembles the Talon SS, another gun that I personally like and use a lot. While there are several simularities, especially on a cosmetic level, these are very different guns. (lower)
|The clip is easy to load; eight on the top and eight on the bottom. It has functioned flawlessly on my gun.|
|The gun produced velocities up in the 980 fps range ans was very accurate with a variety of pellets|
|The Logun S 16
I have always liked the Talon SS, finding it a compact and highly efficient hunting rifle that was easy to travel with. I liked the use of the air reservoir as a buttstock and the high shot capacity this yielded. The only thing that it was missing as far as I was concerned was a multi-shot version. I found that when squirrel hunting in the winter months, it was a choice between frost bitten fingers or no follow up shot, finding it impossible to reload the single shot Talon with gloves on.
Speaking with Val over at Pyramyd Airgun Mall about this one day, he asked if Iíd be interested in trying out the Logaun S 16. It had many of the attributes I wanted, plus the 16 in its name referred to the 16 shot magazine. I said of course Iíd like to have a go with it and a few days later found myself sitting in my den opening up a shipping box with a brand new S-16 in it.
The Logun S-16 is a take-down design which packs up into a fairly compact and easily transported case, facilitated by the detachable bottle forestock and barrel shroud. The grips, forestock, and bottle cover are rubberized, which ensures a stable hold under adverse weather conditions. The barrel is a free floating Lothar Walther barrel that ensures accuaracy, with a modular sound suppression shroud. The trigger is a two stage adjustable design with a push button cross bar safety catch located just above and in front of the trigger. There is an integrated pressure gauge that allows the shooter to monitor air consumption while in the field, which is a feature I come to like more and more, especially in a high capacity gun like this where I can never keep track of shot count.
The gun is shipped disassembled and the barrel shroud and reservoir are screwed in at the muzzle and butt respectively. This gun, while it looks similar to the Talon is an altogether different animal; it is larger and heavier, the reservoir screws in below the barrel while the Talon bottle is inline with the barrel, and the magazine is fed into the breech from below and there is no access to feed the gun single shot, which means some pellets canít be used. However, the magazine has in my experience functioned flawlessly (with the exception of an ill advised test of some non production pellets) and digest most pellets well.
To load the gun, the bolt was pulled back half way and a button situated on the right side of the gun just forward of the magazine pushed in, which dropped the magazine into my open hand. The magazine is actually two eight shot rotary clips mounted in a single housing, after the first eight shot are sent down range the magazine is removed, flipped over, reloaded, and the shooting continues.
On The Bench
The first step was to mount a Leapers 4-12x scope on the gun using a set of that companyís low profile mounts and sight in. After getting dialed in I proceeded to try a number of different pellets before selecting RWS Superdomes, and shot a number of ragged one hole groups at 20 yards. I then moved the target out to forty yards where I was able to shoot a few thirty shot 40 yard groups which could be (or almost) covered with a quarter. As a matter of fact, with one notable exception this gun cycled and performed well with a wide variety of my favorite pellets. However, the Predator Polymer Tip pellets were too long and the magazine could not be inserted when loaded with this projectile.
Shooting fifteen shot groups across the chrony I obtained velocities in the 980 Ė 960 fps range and found an average velocity spread of approximately 18 Ė 22 fps, with a sweet spot noted on the forth or fifth shot. This yields about 26 -30 fpe in a gun that due to the modular shrouded barrel is very quiet.
The gun was fairly comfortable to shoot off the bench, however the pistol grip did get in the way a little, but not so that it hindered my shooting. Used offhand, this configuration was very comfortable. The position of the bottle below the level of the barrel allowed me to get a comfortable and consistent sight alignment through the scope. Another nice feature, though one I didnít really get a chance to use, is the hollow insert at the front of the forestock which allows an integrated laser to be installed.
In the Field
In the field I have found the Logan S-16 a good hunting piece. It is a bit on the heavy side, though I donít have a sling on it yet, but once I do it will be an eminently suited field gun. As mentioned this is a very shootable piece, which I find to be one of those guns I shoot better offhand than rested. I like having 16 shots on tap, especially in cold glove wearing conditions, and find it easy to cycle the action and quickly flip the magazine when the time comes. The gun is so quiet that when shooting pigeons, they would often stay put after Iíd downed one of their flock mates. This is most definitely a gun which could be used for raccoon size game in situations where silence is required. All in all I find this gun, which is a quite popular version in the UK, to be one that any airgun hunter would find an excellent option for taking small to medium sized game.
|I thought this rifle carried pretty well in the field, though a bit on the heavy side for a day of hiking. I think a sling would negate this, but don't think this offsets the positive attributes. What I really liked was that this is an easy gun (for me anyway) to shoot offhand, which is how I often have to shoot when hunting.|
Air Reservoir 400 cc
Overall Length 38"
Barrel Length 14.5"
Weight 8.25 lb
Dual 8 shot Magazine 16 shot capacity
Velocity 960 fps
Muzzle Energy 30 fpe