Information contained is the result of several hours work by Dennis and Tom Himes. I certainly want to give credit where it is due and they went above and beyond IMHO.
The manual I received indicated it was for an M2R version, so we were working from scratch on this one.
Out of the box the trigger is extremely light, but what we found out was that neither the first or second stage screws were even making contact with the trigger, so it was just the rocker arm doing all the work out of the box against the trigger blade.
If you don't feel comfortable working with the tube pressurized then there is a sunken hex bolt forward of the trigger that allows you to degass the pressure tube. I believe it's between the two larger screws that hold the stock on.
Take the stock off by removing the 3 larger hex screws from the under side of the stock. One is at the metal piece holding the tube and floating barrel. The other two are close to the trigger.
Once you remove the stock you can see the trigger workings a bit better and you will find it easier to work on things minus the stock.
Also, before you do anything else, if you haven't degassed then set the trigger mode to dry fire.
Remove the trigger plate/rod by loosening the one screw that this assembly attaches to.
Once removed there are two small screws used to adjust the 1st stage (forward screw) and the 2nd stage (rear screw). There is a larger screw just forward of that allowing you to adjust what we believe to be the 1st stage spring tension.
The 2nd stage is so light that you probably don't want to increase the first stage tension otherwise you won't be able to feel the 2nd stage.
Try to make all adjustments with the trigger engaged, which might bean you having to keep re-cocking it. Again, trigger test mode is best for this.
Also, you don't have to keep attaching the trigger plate/rod assembly. We found it easiest to insert the small hex tool into one of the screws and feel the tension. It wasn't until the fine-tuning at the very end that we bothered with the rod/blade assembly.
Dennis screwed in the 1st stage screw quite a bit until he felt it contacting the release blade.
Once you have the 1st stage then you can start to wind up the 2nd stage.
This trigger is very much like the Marauder trigger but a whole lot lighter.
In the end the trigger is still extremely light, but you can definitely feel the 2nd stage. And while there is a tiny bit of play in the 2nd stage I will have to use it some more to determine if I need to take out some of that play.
To appreciate Hector Medina you need to understand that he is crazy meticulous to the Nth degree. So anything that he does has a lot of thought involved trying to take into consideration every possible detail. Sometimes it's a bit much and leaves my mind whirling and asking for a sippy cup, but, if you can take it in, you end up learning a lot.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend I was within 25 miles of his home and figured that I would drop by to visit him and his family.
We were working on a couple of projects and so I showed him were I was at. Veronica surprised me by expecting me to have brunch with them and wouldn't take no for an answer.
After brunch the kids were getting tired and I got ready to leave at which point Hector disappeared for a couple of minutes. Not wanting to leave without saying goodbye I figured he was downstairs in his workshop so waited patiently.
He comes up and hands me a pen. OK, thanks, I think...
But WAIT! True to Hector's meticulousness, if that's a word, this isn't just a pen. It's also a ruler, both standard and metric. But wait, there's more! It has a level built into the body as well as a tip on the end to use on your smartphone. And if you screw off this tip it also has a micro screwdriver (standard and phillip) that can also accept any other micro bits that you might have.
Who knew a pen could have so many uses? I certainly didn't.
So when someone hands you a pen, ask them "So what else does it do?" and see what kind of look you get
This past season I came across people that were adding "bling" to their equipment. Not necessarily my cup of tea but it looked "cute" and added personality to their equipment.
The first I noticed was Betsy who took her all black synthetic Marauder and added bling with some stick on diamonds and such, which suited Betsy's personality very well.
Later in the season the Himes' brothers introduced anodized scope screws and of course Betsy was one of the first to implement this. I liked this bling but on my "grey/black" streamline I just couldn't see adding that.
Fast forward to this past Thanksgiving weekend and I stopped by the Himes' brothers for the day on my way back from Frederick, MD. I had gotten a "gift" for each of them in the form of a pellet tin for matches (here) and wanted to drop that off. I had shot with Dennis at some point and he pulled out his current pellet tin and all of the pellets promptly went all over the place so I thought this would work for him.
We worked on my Pyramyd Air Cup Ataman M2S Field Target rifle. After working on the trigger and some other things we all sat back in our chairs and looked at each other thinking "what next". Tom got up and brought over his anodized screw sets and started looking at colors. As his gift to me he asked if I wanted to add some bling to my rifle. WELL, the Ataman now seemed to be the perfect candidate and the red, white and blue stock just called out for some red screws integrated into the scope to match the red in the stock. You can get their screws here
So succumbed to a bit of bling and I'm now the proud owner of an Ataman with some "flair". For those younger ones that reference is here :)
Bigger competitions can be intimidating, but PLEASE don't be intimidated. We're fortunate in our sport to have such a great group of people representing airguns and they're the nicest bunch that I've come across. So if you're unsure about going to Pyramyd, Crosman, Nationals, Cajun Classic, etc. I would sincerely encourage you to just do it (pardon the Nike reference...)
Each person I have shot with I have learned something from, even if it's something not to do. The number of stories that we have created seems to be endless and it's always fun to reminisce when you're shooting with someone again.
Big comps are also a great time to try other equipment. For example, I have a bucket with a plastic "tractor seat" on top. Typically someone sees it for the first time and sort of laughs, but I get up and have them try it and their smirk changes to a look of envy. And there's no limit on this. If you didn't have equipment there is typically someone ready and willing to share their equipment with you.
Look, we're in this sport because we love it and we are happy to share our addiction in any way that we can. So please don't think that you're not "good enough" for a match and get out there and have fun.