"BSA LIGHTNING XL"
The XL is an upgrade on the best selling Lightning which took the airgunning world by storm and sold in their thousands, what made the Lightning so special??...BSA were the first company to give buyers exactly what they wanted...a no frills powerful and accurate hunting rifle, it was light and compact enough to take anywhere, its chunky silencer was factory fitted and it cut muzzle crack to barely a whisper, Any faults i hear you ask? well, if im being honest there was one...the stock, to put it mildly it was "plain" with not a hint of chequering to be had.
The new XL model has changed all that, it now has the look of an expensive Custom built rifle, its stock now boasts much sleeker lines with a slimmed down fore end and a nicely raised cheekpiece which is comfortable and aligns the eye perfectly with a scope of your choice which when clamped securely to the rifles Maxigrip scope rail is as solid as a rock and will not "creep" under any circumstances, panels of nicely cut chequering adorn the fore end and the grip of the XL giving it the look and feel of a much more expensive rifle,
BSA have not cut corners with the new Lightning XL , a new longer sleeker silencer replaces the earlier model, it helps to give the XL more graceful lines, Now on to the all important trigger unit, I never thought I'd say it but in my opinion the BSA unit is better than the legendary Rekord trigger unit fitted to the famous German Weihrauch rifles...im sure that many people will immediatly disagree with me...especially Weihrauch owners, my advice? try the BSA before jumping to a hasty decision...im sure that you will be pleasantly surprised !!
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GUIDE JULY 2009, By Ken Lambourne.