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    How to hold and pump a scoped Sharp Ace?

    Ok gang, with thanks to Ped and Lawrie my project rifle is ready to be scoped and used.

    Once I have attached my chosen scope how/where should I hold the Ace whilst pumping it up?

    Don't want to strain the stock unduly!

    Cheers Rich
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    Quote Originally Posted by averageplinker View Post
    Ok gang, with thanks to Ped and Lawrie my project rifle is ready to be scoped and used.

    Once I have attached my chosen scope how/where should I hold the Ace whilst pumping it up?

    Don't want to strain the stock unduly!

    Cheers Rich
    Over the years I have developed the strong view that a lot of things that can be fiddly or otherwise annoying to do standing up are much easier if you sit or kneel. E.g. unloading a tube magazine on a pump shotgun, or cocking powerful springers.

    My technique for pumpers is to sit or take a knee in conventional fashion (left knee up, right down, for a right hander).

    Hold the gun in front of you with the right hand side facing you.

    Place the heel (top) of the butt in your left instep.

    Place the palm of your left hand on the top of the barrel.

    Use your right hand to operate the pump handle.

    For the higher pumps, you can use pressure from both arms.

    It works for me. Far better than trying standing up, either holding the scope (bad idea) or the pistol grip (poor leverage).

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    Geezer guidance sounds compelling, but my simpler approach was to use sturdy (wide, double strap) mounts, and ensure I placed the heal of my hand on top of the scope mount, so the pressure went through it and not the scope.
    I'm currently looking for: pair of scope low/med 25mm mounts to suit a 13mm BSA rail, any thin drinking straw barrels (any cal), and any cheap, interesting, knackered project guns. Thanks, JB.

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    Hi, this might help.
    On the photo is an unscoped Innova, but with a scope on your Ace you will probably still be able to hold the stock and the scope together in one hand.
    What I learned from this photo is to put the butt on my right upper leg, whilst bending my leg a bit. It makes pumping a lot easier. And never hold the wrist of the stock.



    This is a photo of what I mean with my Victory



    Cheers, Louis

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    Quote Originally Posted by averageplinker View Post
    Ok gang, with thanks to Ped and Lawrie my project rifle is ready to be scoped and used.

    Once I have attached my chosen scope how/where should I hold the Ace whilst pumping it up?

    Don't want to strain the stock unduly!

    Cheers Rich
    Many years ago I had an FAC Sharp Ace which required ten pumps. This probably isnt the approved procedure but I grabbed the pistol grip in one hand and the scope in the other and having quality mounts had no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by POLO View Post
    Many years ago I had an FAC Sharp Ace which required ten pumps. This probably isnt the approved procedure but I grabbed the pistol grip in one hand and the scope in the other and having quality mounts had no problems.
    so what did you use to pump it - your leg ?
    I'm currently looking for: pair of scope low/med 25mm mounts to suit a 13mm BSA rail, any thin drinking straw barrels (any cal), and any cheap, interesting, knackered project guns. Thanks, JB.

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    I used to hold the pistol grip between both knees forend near pin with right hand and pump with left arm worked well and can use fingers on right hand to help

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I will hopefully give it a try at the weekend now I have fitted a 4x40 Kassnar which seems to suit it.
    I have also reinstated the silencer and adapter it came with which does make it a long beast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by averageplinker View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I will hopefully give it a try at the weekend now I have fitted a 4x40 Kassnar which seems to suit it.
    I have also reinstated the silencer and adapter it came with which does make it a long beast!
    Sounds nice. Very eighties.

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    It certainly feels a lot easier to pump without a scope. As Louis photo shows you'll have to hold down on the scope, I've read pumping with one hand on the grip not only puts pressure on it but may also cause you to twist the pump arm.
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