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Definitive Guide to AirForce Texan SS
An American-made big-bore airgun that will put out over 400 foot pounds of energy and won't leave your ears ringing? Meet the AirForce Texan SS in .45 caliber. This sexy silenced beast will get you hunting anything up to deer while being easy on your ears.
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The Basic Anatomy of the Texan SSBased on the proven Texan platform, the Texan SS is just over 45" long and weighs in at 8.45lbs. This makes it a few inches shorter than the Texan, and almost half a pound heavier.
Starting at the tail end, the butt plate is the same that we have seen on other AirForce guns. It adjusts for length of pull, cast-on and cast-off, and cant. It also has a hole for mounting a sling stud.
The air reservoir is also the same large 490cc Spin-Lock tank we have seen on the Talon, the Condor, and the Texan, and like those it fills to 3000psi. This is a lower pressure than many big bores operate on, and it means that you will get more fills from your 4500psi SCBA tank. The tank has a convenient Foster quick disconnect fitting that lets you hook up directly to your air source without needing to keep track of a pesky probe.
On the other side of the tank is an accurate pressure gauge that shows the 3000psi fill level, and, like a proper gauge, shows another thousand psi in red. Only fill it to 3000psi; any more and you'll experience some valve lock and consequently slower first shots. Spare tanks are available and switch out pretty easily with the help of the included wrench.
The lines of the frame are similar to those of the Talon and Condor, but, like the Texan, the Texan SS has a side-lever cocking mechanism that makes loading ammo smooth and pleasant. Because of the way it is leveraged, it can push back a heavy hammer spring with very little effort.
When you push the cocking lever forward it exposes the tuner window on the other side. The tuner allows you to adjust for different weights of ammunition. When shooting a heavy projectile, the inertia of the bullet keeps the valve open long enough to release the air that it needs. However, if you are shooting a lighter projectile, like a round ball, there is less time for back pressure to build up, so you need to increase the tension on the hammer spring. This will make the valve release enough air to get the lighter bullets up to speed immediately. Just move the wheel up to decrease the pre-load tension and down to increase it. In our experience, most projectiles shoot well with a fairly high level of pre-load. When shooting lighter ammunition starting with a lower fill pressure, around 2700psi, also helps with consistency.
To load a bullet or round ball, push the lever forward to expose the breech, insert projectile and push it forward seating it firmly, pull the lever back, remove the safety and get ready to smile.
The gun can also be easily uncocked by pushing the lever all the way forward and then pulling it back 3/4" so you can take off the safety, and then pulling the trigger as you pull the lever back. If this isn't completely clear to you, try it a couple of times with the gun UNLOADED!
The safety is automatic, and, while we usually prefer manual safeties, in this case, considering that it is for hunting and not plinking or target shooting, we think the automatic safety is a good feature. The fact that it is in front of the trigger and can be easily pushed on and off makes it natural and unobtrusive.
The Texan SS has a dual stage trigger that adjusts only for position and breaks crisply and consistently at 2lbs 6oz. Optics and other accessories can be mounted on the 11mm rail that runs on the receiver and the top and bottom of the base of the suppressor.
Now for the big hunk of suppressing sexiness on the front. The Sound-Locģ System technology is what distinguishes the SS from the regular Texan. The Sound-Loc suppressor features internal baffles that really do their job, and make it possible to shoot this gun comfortably without hearing protection. It still isnít what you might call silent, and for it to be backyard friendly you would need a very big backyard or very understanding neighbors, but it is a lot quieter than the Texan, and most importantly, you can shoot it without having to put on ears. On our sound meter the unsuppressed Texan .45 registered 116db and the Texan SS .45 registered 110db. But the numbers donít tell the whole story, because even though the sound meter only shows an 8db difference the difference to the ear is considerable. The sound drops from being a sharp and rather painful crack to a loud hummph.
Is there a trade-off for the quietness? Yes, of course there is. In order to incorporate the silencer without making the gun inordinately long, AirForce had to reduce the length of the barrel from the 34" of the Texan to 24 3/4". This means that instead of the 500fpe that the Texan gets, the SS maxes out at about 430fpe. 430fpe is still more than most big bores put out, and if you need sound suppression then this is the gun for you.
Performance and AccuracyThe most accurate bullets that we shot were the Air Venturi 405 grain flat-nose bullets and the AeroMagnum 259 gr Lone Star Hollow Points.
At thirty-five yards the AeroMagnums put two bullets in literally the exact same hole, so of course we pulled the third one to make a one-inch group. At fifty yards, three went into 0.50", and at 75 yards, they made a 1.20" group.
The Air Venturi 405s were very consistent as well as accurate. The 35 yard group was .82", the 50 yard group was .91", and the 75 yard group was 1.0".
This is one accurate big bore airgun!
The Texan SS shoots a 405 grain bullet at 677 fps which generate 412 foot-pounds of energy and this exceeds the manufacturer's claim of 400fpe. For a flatter trajectory, the AeroMagnum 259 grain Lone Star Hollow Point is a great option. Very accurate, it leaves the barrel at 773 fps for a muzzle energy of 325fpe. At 933fps, 137gr Air Venturi Round Balls exceed the manufacturer's fps claim of 900fps and they deliver 276 fpe. With most ammo expect 5 shots with an extreme spread of about 65fps, but to keep the groups really tight, refill after three shots.
Accessories and PackagesWe have put together a combo package that bundles your Texan SS with a Hawke scope so you can get shooting right away. The dovetail rail on the bottom of the suppressor is just asking for something like the UTG Tactical Bipod. You will need a dovetail to picatinny adapter though.
Summing UpWhat do we think of the .45 Texan SS? We love it! It has almost everything you could ask for in a big bore airgun. You can get up to five shots per fill, and then you only have to fill it to 3000psi. It is powerful, producing more power than the majority of big bore airguns. It is accurate, in fact, minute of angle accurate out to at least fifty yards, and kill-zone accurate out past 100 yards. It is suppressed and, in spite of the power it is putting out, you can shoot it without hearing protection. It isn't too long, nor too heavy, and its all metal construction is perfect for hunting in all conditions. It is made in America out of solid, aircraft-grade aluminum, and sports a Lothar Walther barrel. If you are looking for a powerful and quiet big bore airgun, take a serious look at the Airforce Texan SS.
Accuracy & Power The Texan SS shoots a 405 grain bullet at 677 fps which generate 412 foot-pounds of energy and this exceeds the manufacturer's claim of 400fpe. For a flatter trajectory, the AeroMagnum 259 grain Lone Star Hollow Point is a great option. Very accurate, it leaves the barrel at 773 fps for a muzzle energy of 325fpe. At 933fps, 137gr Air Venturi Round Balls exceed the manufacturer's fps claim of 900fps and they deliver 276 fpe. With most ammo expect 5 shots with an extreme spread of about 65fps, but to keep the groups really tight, refill after three shots.
Quietness On our sound meter the unsuppressed Texan .45 registered 116db and the Texan SS .45 registered 110db. But the numbers donít tell the whole story, because even though the sound meter only shows an 8db difference the difference to the ear is considerable. The sound drops from being a sharp and rather painful crack to a loud hummph.
Adjustability When you push the cocking lever forward it exposes the tuner window on the other side. The tuner allows you to adjust for different weights of ammunition. When shooting a heavy projectile, the inertia of the bullet keeps the valve open long enough to release the air that it needs.
AirForce Texan SS
83% Recommend this product (5 of 6 responses)
north central florida
January 18, 2018
I bought this air rifle for urban hunting big southern boar. The gun is accurate, powerful and a lot of fun to shoot.
Gallatin, TN 37066
January 16, 2018
Everything about my experience was wonderful. It was easy to purchase on line. I do not do a lot of on line shopping so that is a plus. The product arrived earlier than expected and even the box had no damage to it. I have not gotten to take it out and shoot yet, but like how light weight it is and easy to use. Have already recommended it to several people.
ProsEasy shopping, shipping on time, lightweight
ConsNone found so far
By Roger w..
January 10, 2018
Wow , this rocks for a air gun...
I used my friends I couldn't believe that a air gun with 45 cal. Bullets could be so accurate and powerful ...And it's also quiet for that much power...... I'm going to order one soon....
ProsGreat, accurate and powerful
By Vince A
November 20, 2017
I finally got to shoot my new Texas SS in .45 caliber. First shot surprised me. The adds say it is about half as loud as a regular Texan. I have never shot one but this thing is pretty quiet. I would say it's about as loud as closing a car door normally. Kind of makes a fumped sound. It does however hit hard. I have an 1/8" thick steel plate I put behind the target to deflect the bullet into the ground. First shot, bong, loud, everything falls over. Have to go set it up again. Accuracy is good, one hole at 25 yards and around an inch at 50 yards. This was a non-ideal day, windy, and I was shooting off sticks sitting in a chair. First impression is very good. Only thing I didn't like was the creep in the trigger. It's pretty long and then finally breaks pretty clean. Overall it is a well made gun.
ProsQuiet Hard hitting
By Chris Cornwell
Canyon Lake, TX
November 1, 2017
I agree with Larry!
Nice tool for slaying feral hogs
April 6, 2017
What is the point if they aren't QUIET?
Problem is you need to figure out a way to get your air guns QUIET like they should be. What is the point if they aren't QUIET? You should be competing with how QUIET the gun is, and not completing with the power of a regular firearm. You want to sell more air guns and rifles? Then make them more QUIET!
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