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BSA GRT Lightning XL SE Video Review

A beautiful hardwood stock is not all that this rifle has to offer

Overall Reviewer Rating
  • Accuracy
  • Ergonomics
  • Quietness
  • Power
  • Trigger

Video Transcript

Like a lot of gun owners I’m a fan of beautiful wood stocks with a nicely blued gun sitting in them. When I opened up the box on the BSA GRT Lightning XL SEI started to get really excited. This rifle is simply beautiful to look at as well as shoot. My sample airgun came in .22 caliber and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

The BSA GRT Lightning XL SE comes in a beautiful ambidextrous hardwood stock. The balance is wonderful and it is very comfortable when pulled to the shoulder. It has great contours and checkering that’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional.

There are no open sights on the rifle and there’s no bundled optic. I’m very pleased that BSA lets us choose what we’d like to put on the rifle for an optic. For me, I’ve matched a Hawke Airmax EV 4-12×40 AO scope and a set of heavy duty match rings. This scope has an increased field of view which is noticeable when in the field. The Map6 reticle is well suited for airgun use and works perfectly with Hawk’s Chairgun Pro software.

The rifle is powered by BSA’s GRT gas strut vs a traditional metal spring. Generally I’d prefer the metal spring that’s properly tuned, but this gun may change my mind. Cocking is very smooth and the shooting cycle is one of the nicest I’ve felt in a long time. The shot cycle is so smooth and steady, you can often see the pellet in flight.

The rifle is very compact and yet has a fully suppressed, shrouded barrel which makes this gun extremely quiet. I’m able to shoot this on my front yard range without any issues.

The trigger is a decent sporting trigger. The pull weight is right at 2 pounds with a long 2nd stage pull. It is not well suited for bench shooting, but very good for hunting and general target practice.


The BSA GRT Lightning XL SE is a break barrel airgun. To fire you’ll need to cock the rifle each time between shots by pulling down the barrel. Make sure to put the rifle on safe before cocking as it does not have an automatic safety.

Cock the rifle, secure the barrel with your off hand and load the pellet, then close the barrel.

Take aim at your target, release the safety and gently squeeze the trigger. To fire again, simply repeat the process.

The firing cycle of the BSA is simply wonderful. There’s a “thump” and that’s about it. The rifle can be shoot directly off a rest so long you pay close attention to the resting point. You’ll also need to work on having consistent trigger control to overcome the long 2nd stage.

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