A year or two back I was out on a squirrel
hunt in Kentucky with Randy Mitchell, and had
a chance to use his Techstar. I found the gun
to be a nice shooter and wanted to give it a
more serious work out. Unfortunately by the
time I got around to asking him to loan it to
me, the gun had moved on (as they often do)
in a trade.

Jump ahead to the present; I was offered a
loaner Techstar to have a go with and
promptly jumped at the opportunity. The folks
over at the well known online airgun shop
Compasseco are the sole importer of the BSA
badged gun, and they kindly provided me with
one to use on the bench before heading out
west on a jackrabbit hunt.

The Techstar is a .22 caliber single shot
carbine that comes equipped with iron sights
and a grooved receiver which accepts a scope.
It presents as a compact package that is easy
to carry for a long day of tramping around the
desert. The overall length of the gun is 37�
with an 18.5� barrel, and weighs a scant
6.6 lbs. This rifle is manufactured by the long
established and well respected British company
BSA. The Tech Star is based on the companies
Hornet model and even though less expensive it
produces more power. The Tech Star has an
adjustable power setting and the 100cc
reservoir yields about 25 shots at 38 foot
pounds (1000 fps), but you can get another 10-
15 shots by dialing back the power.

I mounted a Weaver 3-9x scope and sighted
the gun in at 35 yards before I left home using
a variety of pellets. The gun is loaded by
depressing a small lever just behind the action
on the right side, which causes a dedicated bolt
to slide open and open the loading port.
Cocking the gun is accomplished in a separate
action by pushing back a golf tee shaped
cocking handle located at the distal end of the
forestock. This is not my favorite aspect of
this gun, but many of buddies think it’s the
greatest thing since sliced bread, and truth be
told it is was not a problem for me to get used
to it pretty quickly.

I shot several brands and styles of pellets
through the gun, but narrowed it down to the
Predator Ultrashock, JB Exacts, and a
prototype of the new XP2 Tin/Copper Alloy
pellet that I’d been doing some concurrent
testing on, using a variety of shooting
platforms. As I was doing my sight in
procedure the rain started to pour down so I
had to move inside the shed which limited me
to a twenty yard range. The results are shown
in the attached photographs, all three yielded
good accuracy and all three proved fit for
hunting. The highest velocity was achieved
with the prototype pellets, and I obtained a
peak velocity of just over 1000 fps, along with
quite respectable accuracy. This was followed
by the JB Exacts at the 950 fps mark and the
Ultrashocks at 930 fps.

One thing you notice with this gun right away
when you start to shoot is that it is loud!
However the barrel is threaded and I had a
moderator which fit and effectively reduced
the report to a whisper. So all geared up it was
time to pack up my guns and gear and head
out for the airport. I arrived early in the day
several hours before my son was set to join
me, and immediately on my arrival rented a
jeep and drove deep into the desert to get in a
quick jackrabbit hunt. Arriving at my secret
spot nestled deep in the Mojave I was pleased
to find an abundance of rabbits everywhere as
I parked and got myself situated. I used my
hand pump to charge the gun up, no small feat
I might add, and started off through the brush.

My first rabbit heard me coming and started to
move away, but as soon as I spotted him I
stopped in my tracks. Slowly moving around a
bush I saw him at thirty five yards sitting alert
listening for my approach. I slowly brought
out my camera and snapped a picture, then
slipped it back into my pocket. The rabbit sat
with ears erect as I brought the gun to my
shoulder and took aim. I had slipped an XP2
pellet into the loading port and cocked the gun
before starting off, so all I had to do was ease
off the safety and start my shooting sequence â
€¦â€¦. Two full breaths, blow out half, slowly
squeeze the trigger….. watching as the head
shot found its mark, flipping the big jack off
his feet. Walking up to retrieve my downed
quarry I scared up a second bunny that went
bounding off straight away from me. I pulled
up the gun and snapped off a quick shot that
rolled the running rabbit tail over head. I hardly
ever take a shot at a running rabbit, but when
they move away it is easier to line up the shot.
I spent about two or three hours in the field
and collected eight rabbits.

In the field I found the gun easy to carry and a
compact package that was quick to come to
shoulder and pointed well. The loading port
was generous and I had no problem loading the
gun even when I was busy watching a
potential target. There was no question of the
power being sufficient, especially when
partnered with these prototype XP2 pellets.
The efficacy of this gun and ammo
combination was impressive. I liked the gun
quite a bit and believe it is one of the best
values in a hunting PCP, costing under
$300.00 at Compasseco while their inventory
BSA Techstar
Jim Chapman
The author taking aim, the Techstar is a great hunting rifle!
The rabbit (middle of picture) scanning with his ear
Walking back to the Jeep with a brace of bunnies.